Game 66: Habs beat Bolts, win streak at four

Canadiens captain Brian Gionta arrives to congratulate teammate Hal Gill on the latter’s first-period goal.
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At a Glance: The Canadiens extended their win streak to four games Saturday night, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 before a typically buoyant Habs-friendly crowd in south Florida. Sniper Hal Gill, who had gone 99 games without a goal before scoring Thursday in Montreal’s 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers, hit the net for the second straight match to get the Habs on the board at 5:27, his slapper beating Tampa goalie Dwayne Roloson. It was just the second time in Gill’s career that he had goals in consecutive games, the first time coming Oct. 21 and 24, 2002 when he was with the Boston Bruins. David Desharnais put the visitors up 2-0 about three minutes later on the power play, but the Lightning got that back 85 seconds into the second with an extra man, Lars Eller off for tripping, when former Canadien Dominic Moore beat Habs goalie Carey Price in a scramble. Max Pacioretty gave the Habs a two-goal edge again, with yet another PP goal, at 14:05. Pacioretty scored his second of the night, his 14th on the season, on a one-timer off a fine feed by Scott Gomez at 1:18 of the third. Vincent Lecavalier banged home Tampa’s second on a Canadiens turnover, generated by Moore, at 14:07.

Keys To The Win: The Canadiens’ successful kill of an 88-second 5-on-3 Lightning power play in the third period and Price’s typically stellar goalkeeping, a 43-save performance.

What It Means: The Habs enjoyed a perfect 3-0 road trip to Atlanta, and Sunrise and Tampa, Fla. Their record stands at 36-23-7 for 79 points. The win has the sixth-place Canadiens seven points ahead of No. 7 New York Rangers in the East and kept them in the hunt for first in the Northeast Division heading
into Tuesday’s Bell Centre game against the division-leading Boston Bruins, who
lost in overtime to Pittsburgh. The Bruins are five points up on the Habs  with a game in hand.

What’s Next: The Canadiens were to fly home immediately after the game. They’ll face the Bruins on Tuesday, for the first time since the gong show of their last meeting in Boston – an 8-6, penalty-filled Habs loss. Then they head back on the road for a game Thursday in St. Louis and Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.


  1. joeybarrie says:

    Whats astonishing to me is that Price has almost as many NHL games as Thomas. By the time Price is 25 (the usual age for a goalie to start in the NHL) he will have as many or more games in the NHL than Thomas has now at 37 (cause he is closer to 37 than 36).

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

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    Considering how Brodeur has folded like a cheap tent in the post-season since the lockout ended, I’m game.

    Their run is magical but honestly, can it really last all the way through to the playoffs and endure? Great story if they make it, but they’ll probably be spent making it in.


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

  3. joeybarrie says:

    Actually the hockey player HAAGEN DAZS is from Poland………But qualifies for the US Olympic team.

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

  4. CHsam says:

    i wonder if TB have ever thought about burying Lecavalier in the minors.

  5. Habnofear says:

    Against Tampa I’ll be generous and say it’s a 50/50 chance our Habs win and against Boston ZERO %.  At the Bruins game you’ll find the Habs reluctant to leave the dressing room,the damage has been done  and Boston doesn’t have too raise a finger….Great job Gauthier!

  6. Ian Cobb says:

    Pat Hickey is correct about our Habs being the most penalized team in the league. The thing he does not realize is that was Martin’s plan to get ready for the play offs. How else can we have the best penalty killing team in the league without practice.

    I am telling you that with Martin’s defensive philosophy and his ability to think out of the box, we would not be peaking at the right time for the up coming play offs. Our lines and pairings are becoming set now, our goal tending is with the best in the league. We will be going deeper into the play offs than last year.

    I just hope we rest Gomez’s back for a few games before the play offs, it has been killing his play most of the year. But the pro that he is, he has played through the pain most of the year. He will be ready.!

    Our Habs will be so prepared for the start of the play offs, no one is going to want to play us. All the penalties that we gave to the opposition will dry up and our speed will draw them into taking penalties.

    This year we are in for a great ride, even though all games will be decided by one goal, keeping us sitting on the edge. Could we ask for more??

  7. habsguy says:

    how are we head to head with the bruins this year??

  8. W35T5ID3 says:


  9. SmartDog says:


    Funny post! Thanks!

  10. SmartDog says:

    I thought he was from Sweden…. that must be Yogen Fruz.  :)

  11. gumper says:

    Setting aside all mathematical possibilities and acknowledging my tendency towards hyperbolic overstatement, I believe that the Habs must win this game tonight if they hope to move into that coveted top 4 position in the conference. The time has passed for letting a couple of points slip away in the hope of making up for it later. Also, tonight a win makes a statement that the team is ready to make a second deep playoff run. A loss smacks of “we’re-not-quite-ready-for-prime-time.” To win tonight they’ll have to be better than they were for the past two games, even though both of those games were wins. 

  12. Danno says:

    Ian, with all due respect, why in the world would Martin be giving Gomez so much ice time if he’s been playing hurt? It makes no sense.


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

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    punkster, Another new word for me, thanks. What does it mean?

  14. punkster says:

    “…and may God have mercy on your soul.” Outstanding!


  15. adam76 says:

    You do know the habs are 3 – 1 against the Bs this season?  No professional player is scared of a group of classless goons.


    Montreal will win by 3 goals against the Bs Tuesday night – bank on it.

  16. punkster says:

    Google it Ian. I don’t want to be banned for describing it 😉


  17. joeybarrie says:

    How do you give the team that has consistently beaten Boston in the last 5 years a ZERO chance of winning. Especially when the Habs simply have to stay away from the physical aspect of the game.

    The only reason the game went like it did last time, is because the GOOINS didn’t know any other way to beat us. It wont be the same type of game, and I think the pressure is on the Boston.

    Does anyone actually think bringing in a goon is going to lead to a WIN for us?

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

  18. Danno says:

    Props to you Propwash!


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

  19. adam76 says:

    Agree 100%, we can;t play like we did in Hotlanta and still expect the 2 points.

  20. geo_habsgo says:

    I’ll be surprised if the Bruins can sustain that kind of pressure and truculence (hate that word) over a series. Like someone said, the pressure is on the bruins this Tuesday night. The Habs can definitely win that game just as much as the Bruins can. While we haven’t gotten bigger since that game we have made some acquisitions that were designed to protect this team and its assets a little more than before. Don’t count Montreal out. 

    Besides, I’m tired of everyone calling that game a beatdown since we really only lost by 2 goals. Whether the game was 2-0 or 3-1, the outcome would have been the same as this 8-6 loss. It was a close game and by all accounts we did give as good as we got.

  21. SLYDER says:

    Also, Ian, with all due respect, why would Jm plan to be among the most penalized teams in the nhl for the sake of practise?

  22. SLYDER says:

    is “Habnofear” ….scared?


    Habs will win – sit Pyatt and play White. I really feel Pyatt would be the only one affected by that brawl. Hamirlik? please…


    Spacek is out – Mara and Sopel in.


    Pouliot and Moen can’t freakin wait…


    dont worry…habs 4-1

  23. drivefor25 says:

    As I recall, Haagen Das learned to skate on all those frozen canals in Holland LOL.

    Fan since ’71

  24. SmartDog says:

    Ian, I hold you to a fairly high standard of truth but I think your optimism is having you build fantasies in the sky.

    > I just hope we rest Gomez’s back for a few games before the play offs

    Not much being carried by Gomez’s back lately… and where did this sudden injury come from??

    > It has been killing his play most of the year.

    So that’s what it is. At least one mystery solved. Now we know why he’s afraid to go near the front of the net. (Sarcasm.)

    > Pro that he is, he has played through the pain most of the year.

    What? He’s a pro so he’s played CRAPPY hockey through pain instead of healing… and JM has given him tons of ice time through this supposed injury?  It doesn’t wash. This back thing is BS to me.

    > He will be ready.

    Huh?  Is this some sort of a conclusion or a fantasy?  His back has been killing him, he’s been playing terrible hockey, ergo he will be ready!

    Ian I love your faith in the team but your backing of Gomez as he sinks deeper and deeper in the mud is just fantasy-land.



  25. Bugs says:

    Well, then run along and go hide under the bed and when it’s all over, we’ll come and get you, aw’ight?

    You can bring your teddy-bear and pray to little jebus if you want too. We’ll bring you some cookies and you can be all warm and safe, aw’ight? How’s that sound? Sound good?

    (…my first post of the day, damn, i have absolutely no shame…)

  26. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Curious to know what you are basing this comment upon.  We’re 3-1 against the Bruins this year.  As for the Habs being scared of them, again, upon what are you basing that? In case you didn’t notice, the Bruins started the bush league stuff in the 2nd period, and from thereon in the score was 6-6.

    So what was injured during that game? The Canadiens’ pride, or yours?  Luckily the Habs are professionals who have dealt with bush league play before. Something tells me Gio isn’t too fazed by the Bs. 

    At any rate, enjoy cheering for the Bruins on Tuesday.  I’ll be pulling for the Habs.

    (to raise a finger).

  27. SLYDER says:

    *6-5 – mtl didnt get the 6th until Patches sniped one with 15 seconds left

  28. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


  29. geo_habsgo says:

    I love your optimism as much as the next but at some point it can get to be a little silly. Suggesting that Martin’s trying to be one of the most penalized teams in the league in order to practice? Kinda silly. Gomez, being the professional that he is, should be able to realize that his injury is hampering his play and the team and take the time off he needs to heal. Playing through pain that stifles his production and ruins his line mates does not scream of veteran experience and professionalism. Thats pretty silly. 

    Again, I like your optimism but you gotta reign it in a little bit :p I guess your CH blood runs a little deeper than mine considering you’ve seen a lot more cups than I have (can barely remember the ’93 run!)

  30. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Sooooooo……wouldn’t that make it 6-6?? Or do you mean that it was a pretty insignificant goal because it came so late, and thus not a fair reflection of the score?


  31. SmartDog says:

    This Gomez injury thing doesn’t pass the smell test.  Gomez needs and excuse for his truly sucky, soft, and unproductive play.   If he WAS playing with an injury Martin would be at the very least easing off on him.  Instead Martin overplays him to get him going.  It makes no sense.  Gomez is somewhere between “in a deep funk” and “washed up”… he’s barely worth talking about anymore except that his crappy play is taking up a crucial spot in an otherwise increasingly balanced lineup.

  32. Bugs says:

    I think Mr.Ian’s attempt to draw some positivity out of an alarming situation is to be commended.

    And maybe humoured somewhat.

  33. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    (SmartDog, hope you don’t mind if I steal your format)

    5 questions:

    1) Halpern on the wing, on the top line.  Temporary fix, or is that what we’ll see in the playoffs?  A good fit?

    2) Where does Darche fit in when he returns?

    3) Eller – never, ever a winger again?

    4) Weber, Mara or Picard? Who do you like until Spacek gets back?

    5) Does Roloson have one more good playoff run in him?

  34. TorontoHabsFan says:

    So a Montreal win puts them 2 points behind a fading Tampa Bay, and yet Boucher is a genius and Martin doesn’t know his @ss from his elbow.

    The Grass Is Greenerism ’round these parts is ridiculous, bordering on absurd.

  35. Bugs says:

    I think my 12:17 reply applies here too.

  36. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Gotcha, my misunderstanding — I was arguing that the score in the second and third periods was 6-6, the only difference was the quick two goals in the first and thus the rough stuff didn’t really have an impact on the score of the game.  But you raise a good point that the brawls started later in the second, not right off the bat, where I was starting from. 

    Regardless, I think we can both agree Bruins = bush, Habs = champions. 

  37. Bugs says:

    IT’S a madhouse, fersure.

    Thankfully, you’re here to make sense of it all, TH.

    And I, for my part, appreciate that immensely.

  38. SmartDog says:


    Pick the one that is CLOSEST to reality.

    1. I hope the Laffs lose every game between now and golf season OR I hope the Laffs make the playoffs because at least Boston won’t get a top draft pick. 

    2. AK has found his rythm because he has the right linemates OR AK has woken up for some reason no-one can possibly guess.

    3.Habs have a discipline problem OR a few Habs are making too many stupid mistakes.

    4. Scott Gomez has been playing with injury and that’s why he’s played poorly so much of the season OR that’s BS.

    5. We will beat Tampa tonight OR Tampa is the kind of aggressive offensive team that we are giong to have problems against.


  39. samTHEman says:

    Canadiens are on a hot streak. With another great performance by Carey Price, here are my predictions, if we can stay out of the penalty box reasonably. Stamkos finally breaks out of his scoring slump and pots a pair. Cammalleri and Subban are both due for a goal. Pacioretty is on fire already despite whatever line he is on. He’s a constant threat.

    3-2 Habs

    Cammalleri – Pacioretty – Subban

    Stamkos (2)


    Can’t it just be 7PM already?

  40. samTHEman says:

    1. couldn’t care less

    2. both

    3. a few habs are making dumb mistakes. ahem POULIOT

    4. he might have an injury of some sort but i doubt that’s the main reason to his problems

    5. tampa is going down

  41. andrewberkshire says:

    Pacioretty and Cammalleri are both left wingers. Neither is effective on their off wing. Only Gionta or Kostitsyn have the ability to join Plekanec and Cammalleri on that line.

  42. ZepFan2 says:

    I too am raising a finger…to you.

    Guess which one it is.

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  43. OneTimer says:

    Habs are training for playoff mode my friend, they’re going to shut down Stamkos the superstar all game. It’s some no-name grinders that are going to score 1 or 2 against the Habs tonight

  44. HotHabs says:

    I believe this “injury” news is an opportunity for sympathy, but I don’t doubt Gomez is injured to some degree.  However, he hasn’t been injured all season and his unproductive play has carried through the season thus far.  He’s just an overpaid millionnaire having a lame year.  We hate his contract.  We hate his lack of pts. even more.  Fans would feel much more at ease with the dollars if the points were streaming in.  Sucks to be Gomez, and yet I’m sure his bank account acts as a lovely soother.

  45. samTHEman says:

    Remember when Gomez sat 2 games with an undisclosed injury of some sort? He came back and played well for a period of time after taking that break so if JM and co need to sit him for the overall benefit of the team in the long-run then for god’s sake pull the trigger already

  46. samTHEman says:

    Per, Cammy and AK both play the LW. Who played the RW when they were together with Pleky? I think it might of been AK, correct me if I’m wrong. If that’s the case, then I take back my suggestion for putting Pac with Cammy. But if Cammy played the RW on that line then there’s no reason he wouldn’t be able to duplicate that success again with Pac on the LW.

  47. SmartDog says:

    1. I hope the Laffs make the playoffs and get creamed by the Habs in the 3rd round.  Boston loses it’s good pick, and the Habs get to Laff at the Laffs even more.

    2. AK has the right linemates and those guys have matured.

    3. A few habs making mistakes (Pouliot, Spacek, Gomez)

    4. BS

    5. We will have problems with Tampa.  We can beat them but only if our D AND our offence both play really well for 60 minutes.  A lot to ask.

  48. SmartDog says:

    NP, these are good!   But you scooped me while I was writing my own!  :(

    1. Temorary fix. First line is not his place.

    2. Got me on this one.

    3. Never a winger again. Eller is showing he’s got the goods at center.

    4. Weber.

    5. I believe Rolie does, yes.


  49. J_P says:

    1. I hope the Laffs make the playoffs.  Theyll get smoked in the first round anyways and it guarantees that boston will get a mediocre pick at best.  However, Im not sure how big of a difference there in draft ranking between finishing 9th, and getting knocked out in the first round.

    2. linemates.  Everyone plays better when they are separated from scott gomez.  Although AK matching up against other teams 5-6 D-men certainly helps.

    3. Neither.  Their defensive system doesn’t compliment their lack of size, and seeing as the habs dont generally control the puck and cant muscle their opponent off the puck, they result to stick infractions to slow their opponent down.

    4. BS. 

    5.  Tampa will probably beat us tonight, but not because theyre an aggressive offensive team, just because theyve been slumping and theyre do.  I also don’t see the habs winning 4 straight.   


  50. J_P says:

    Tampa bay doesnt have our defensive depth, nor does it have the same caliber of goaltending.  Roloson can be lights-out but he can also be really awful, especially playing behind tampa’s porous defense.

  51. olematelot says:

    Don’t be such a negative Nellie, have faith

  52. J_P says:

    1. Temporary fix for the top-line.  I like halpern on the wing though.  If I had to choose between eller and halpern centering a line, I would choose Eller to center it.  Halpern seems like he can move to the wing easier than eller can.

    2.  Tom Pyatts spot, thats about it.  Bonne Voyage mon ami!

    3. NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER again.  Its a travesty to put a player like him on the wing.

    4. Weber, just because of the upside.  Mara isn’t exactly impressive in the career plus/minus category.

    5.  Not behind that defense corp, that’s for sure. 

  53. J_P says:

    The key is definitely staying out of the box.  Nothing like a few powerplay opportunities to get stamkos out of his funk.

    If the boys can stay out of the box, play tight defense, and get solid goaltending, they could take this game no problem.   

  54. 100HABS says:

    1- The Toronto MakeBeleives lose, I smile. No playoffs.

    2- linemates – Gomer is the black hole of centres.

    3- 3rd option – the refs are being paid for us to lose. Particularly against the Rangers and Leafs.

    4- may be injured now but wasn’t the case all season – BS

    5- We will prevail.

  55. Flabadagub says:

    Dildonic, so graphic. Thank you, eh.

  56. Flabadagub says:

    Keep up the spirit!!!

  57. JIMVINNY says:

    If the leafs squeak in but get pounded in the first round, their pick (now boston’s) will only be a couple of spots lower than if they finished 9th.  I’d rather they didn’t make it, so we don’t have to listen to leafs fans brag about how they made the playoffs after trading away a bunch of assets.

  58. TripleX says:

    Sometimes a little perspective helps when making comparisons.

    Last season the Lightning had 34 wins , 80 pts. and finished out of the playoffs.

    This season already they have 37 wins and 81 pts.  I think any objective observer would say Yzerman and Boucher have more than met the high expectations.

  59. TorontoHabsFan says:

    So conversely, the fact that Martin coached a team that made the playoffs last season still means that he doesn’t know his @ss from his elbow?


  60. Price_Is_Right says:

    But were not the most penalized team in the league, were 19th! with 854 PIM





    Good things come to those who wait…But only what’s left by those who hustle!

  61. Kimberly2u says:

    Look at Little David score…

  62. samTHEman says:

    One guy that gets little mention is Hal Gill. He’s playing f’n solid, and i’m not even refering to his back-to-back games with goals.

  63. Muckbringer says:

    k, im pretty sure at least 1/2 cent off my monthly net goes to grapes… i wrong for feeling ripped off?

  64. Jonson says:

    Well said.

  65. Jonson says:

    thats the most interesting thing i ever heard on this site. never would of thought of that. thats BRIlliant if its true



  66. Jonson says:

    is there a new 1st line??

  67. Trisomy 21 says:

    The second penalty called against stamkos was kind of bogus, ad Gomez caused the puck to leave the TB zone twice on the PP, I’m so glad he didn’t get an assist for the point.


    Toronto lost their game pretty quick though 😀

  68. JonnyA777 says:

    Man is it fun watching Bergeron give the puck away on someone else’s blueline!

  69. Jonson says:

    you hate Benny ,yet you like Gomez…….lol ill never get it!

  70. dre1744 says:

    I was thinkin  the same thing.  I’m  sure happy  we don’t  have  his  dumb  ass on our blue line.  Will take  the wiz  anyday!!!!!!

  71. adam76 says:

    tied up with 40 seconds left

  72. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Ians not the kinda guy to hate any player,  I think he’s just callin it like he see’s it.

  73. HalifaxHabs says:

    For sure, he is EXACTLY what PK needed, and now they are great looking D combo together.

  74. HardHabits says:

    TX has been clinging to the JM bashing life-raft since the Halaknic hit the Priceberg.

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  78. HUDSONHAB says:

    Good Lord that is an awful picture. Could Gianta look any more like a peewee player up against his Dad.


  79. Humungosaur says:

    Richards trying to pull a Campbell and nailing him with the elbow pad. Nice. The goon.

  80. StevieM61 says:



    Come on down get a piece ‘a me . . . . .

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  81. ZepFan2 says:

    Mike Richards gets some “respect” from Dubinsky.


    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  82. Strabo says:

    Dubinsky will be in trouble now. He didn’t let Richards win, so he wasn’t showing enough respet … BAHAHAHA


    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  83. habstrinifan says:

    I think White and Mara will be in against Boston. Look for Sopel to be given more ice time too. And yes I believe there WILL be action… and if what a poster reported is true, JM seems to be ready to coach like Wyatt Earp if he has to. Good for you JM.. you WILLL be a Habs yet.


  84. Bugs says:

    Seven? I thought it was 10!

    Ak, I take back what I said; we’re doomed!

  85. habstrinifan says:



  86. Mike D says:

    I’ve been wondering about the Pyatt over White thing too. The only thing I can think of is that Pyatt usually plays the PK (which was perect over the past few games until the one last night). Mind you, I don’t remember seeing Pyatt on the PK last night, so maybe I’m wrong there.

    Or maybe they want to maybe rotate those guys in and out for each other every few games so they both get playing time and stay fresh. That and maybe create some competition for the spot to get the most from both guys.

    The only other option I can think of is that they maybe wany White to watch a few games from the box and “observe” our style of play a bit more. Maybe they’re trying to fine-tune a few aspects of his game or something?

    – Honestly yours

  87. chartraw27 says:

    Sorry I don’t have the link but I read it on cyberpresse. It may have been Mathias Brunet or one of those guys. I live in Edmonton so I don’t know how credible these guys are or not. I read it around Christmas time I think.

    I don’t know if that helps you any.

  88. Ton says:

    well u may have been on some of sort of majic muchrooms; centers from his era that were better than he;


    dave keon

    stan makita


    Gordie Howe

    Jean Beliveau



    pocket richard


    list goes on and on.  lemaire was good but at best a second or third line center

  89. Miltie01 says:

    If I were starting a team I would take Lemaire over Flower in a second. He was one of the best centers of his era. Flower was great, but Jacques gets overlooked way too much. I did by the way watch those great 70’s teams.

  90. fbkj says:

    it would be if we drove on the other side of the road… on scooters… :)

  91. habstrinifan says:

    Lemaire was known to be very envious of all the acclaim Lafleur got from fans and sportswriters. In fact he was more than envious , he bore quite a grudge against Lafleur over it. As for the other stories re Lemieux etc… WOW.. if they are true.

    Having said all that Lemaire has become a great coach… evolving from when he adopted the ‘swedish trap’ to it’s worst lethargy to the job he is doing now.

    I hope he has also refined his anger/jealousy and make overture to Lafleur. I think Lafleur is on record as saying that he( Lafleur) wouldnt.

  92. Storm Man says:

    Glad you had fun… The way people drive it is the same in Montreal no? 😉

  93. BJ says:

    I knew Lafleur well and I was at the press conference at the Forum and Lafleur told me Lemaire was basically the one that forced him out. They refused to trade him to any other team so he was forced to retire. Here is another Lemaire story that I got directly from a scout. He told me that the Habs had a trade made in principal with Pittsburgh for the rights to Lemieux at the draft. Lemaire nixed the deal because Lemieux was not responsible defensively. True story.

  94. Ton says:

    15 times over right

  95. BJ says:

    Thank you very much.

  96. Trisomy 21 says:

    I don’t know, I thought Chery was bang on last night. I see a lot of ppl here on HIO dislike him but I think he’s usually pretty good at calling it like it is. He’s not afraid to call out campbell, who gave Gillies 10 games for a shoulder to shoulder hit, but no games for the crosscheck to the head from Lucic (which was specifically shown and Cherry said that ‘this must be ok’)

    He didn’t say all players who race for the puck are going for people’s skates, that’s just unfair to draw that conclusion. Though if someone does get hurt really bad you know you will see him doing the ‘I told you so’ dance on Coaches Corner, and they finally will consider changing the rules.

    As for the instigator thing, He’s an old fashion guy, heck I think he even liked that Bruins add on NESN. I think his point, however is that it is a deterence.. And seeing interviews from some tough guys, they say the same thing and that’s actually the rule I’ve heard in interviews, that they’d choose to get rid of first. I agree though, that you will still see dirty hockey.

  97. Storm Man says:

    How was the trip?

  98. HabFanSince72 says:

    Lower down Tom says he would take Lemaire over Lafleur.

    Tom, do you mean as a coach now or as a player then?

    And if the latter, are you old enough to have seen the late 70’s Hab dynasty in action?


  99. Mike D says:

    You’d have to check with St. Louis sites/papers/etc., but I don’t believe Jaro is ready to return yet.  I think he is still a couple weeks away.

    – Honestly yours

  100. habs001 says:

    if we beat boston on tuesday and if it is an emotional game this game could be a dude game for the habs…

  101. Ton says:

    irrelevent as coach, guy never coached but did Lemaire do a good job of coaching Guy, hell no!

  102. Mattyleg says:

    I’m cheering for the ambulance crew!

    Morbid, I know, but I never said my support for the Habs was humane.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  103. Psycho29 says:

    Rangers are only 7 behind us….

  104. fbkj says:

    NICE… bookmarked

  105. adamkennelly says:

    why do they keep scratching White for Pyatt – makes no sense…that White, DD and BP line was developing fairly well…

    anyone think there will be any action in Boston on Tuesday…

    lastly – is Halak going to be back for the game in STL on Thursday..I live in KC – bout a 4hour drive – which I am willing to make but want the goaler duel to take place..otherwise, it could be a dud with STL out of the playoffs…


  106. Danno says:

    In these cases I prefer just hoping both teams beat the living snot out of each other. The more physical harm the better.


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

  107. SeriousFan09 says:

    Considering our total lack of depth at LW, I don’t see the harm in bringing back Pouliot even if he’s only going to be a 3rd-line forward. We have nobody on the farm at present who’s a natural LW that is or can be better than Benny (hoping this gets resolved on draft day with Nicklas Jensen personally).


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

  108. B says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the Bulldogs game. Flyers vs Rangers is on NBC starting now (12:30 PM).

  109. Psycho29 says:

    Rangers vs Flyers on NBC, just starting at 12:30…

    Go Fl—Fl—-Fl—–I have trouble saying it!

  110. Bugs says:

    Never. Go Rangers. They’re 10 pts back, Psy. If they catch us, we deserve to lose. Go Rangers.


  111. Psycho29 says:

    I meant go Flucking Rangers! :-)

  112. Bugs says:

    Uggh, the ARROW, I meant, the damn arrow, last one was to Bergie. Ultimately his play.

    I don’t know WHEN Boucher “interrupted”; I didn’t see that. I merely suggested why he could’ve done so BECAUSE buddy was showing the gameboard live on camera, something an NFL coach woulda been summarily fired for.

    Important? Maybe not. But good to know? Why the hell not? I’d rather KNOW the enemy’s plan than ASSUME I know it, no?

  113. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I think the Kulemin deal last year is a pretty good benchmark for Pacioretty. If I had to guess I’d say $2.5m per for 3 years.

  114. Bugs says:

    And you have no verification it wasn’t considering that the first “drawn play” in question was totally stuffed, yes?

  115. TomNickle says:

    Bugs, you have no verification that the white board info was relayed to the Habs staff.  And even if it was, the information was a non factor considering how obvious the plan for Tampa would be in that situation.

  116. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cammy still has Fleury’s pride and dignity in his trophy case though.


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

  117. fbkj says:

    try setting up a vpn

    ive never done it but friends of mine who live in china do this so they can access facebook and google proper

  118. TomNickle says:

    I never once said that Lemaire was a better player.  I’d rather have Lemaire though.

  119. habs4ever2894 says:

    Our team should look like this next year:

    Cammy- pleks – Ak46

    Gio-gomez -MaxPac

    Pouliot – Desharnais – White

    Moen – Eller – Dawes


    Spacek -Hammer

    Subban -Markov

    Georges -Gill




  120. TomNickle says:

    With Gorges coming back there’s a better chance that Weber holds down a roster spot than Hamrlik.

  121. TomNickle says:

    Absolutely.  Nobody in the World would know without being told that Tampa would try to get a shot from Stamkos or Bergeron with traffic in front.  😉

  122. BJ says:

    Pouliot is coming around. No way I would trade him. A 30 goal scorer in two years. I’d like a solid right winger on that line with DD. Maybe Dawes altough he’s a natural left winger.

  123. TomNickle says:

    I would call this year’s Letang an upgrade over last year’s.  I would call Michalek an upgrade on Gonchar.  Martin is an upgrade on Leopold, Neal is an upgrade on Guerin and Niskanen is an upgrade on Eaton.

    They may not be a better team overall, but they’re miles better defensively.

  124. Bugs says:

    Pittsburgh ain’t Pittsburgh no more.

    Their new team is better than the one we beat?

    I doubt it. And I pray we face them first.

  125. BJ says:

    You could find 15 Lemaire’s every 10 years but Lafleur’s probably once every 100 years. 

  126. rated_R says:

    only in ea sports

  127. Miltie01 says:

    You really think the Habs, or anyone for that matter, needed to see that whiteboard on tv to know what their strategy would be ?

  128. CHsam says:

    Not that I know anything about hockey, but it seems like Boucher’s system is the total opposite of JM’s.

    5 guys all attacking, but who don’t necessarily chase the puck back in the Dzone


    It was great to beat Tampa

  129. DearyLeary says:

    Look at the Leafs and Reimer.  They think he’s gonna pull a Halak and bring them far into the playoffs. I think they’re lucky if they even make it in.  Young new goalies who haven’t been heavily scouted always look a lot better while people are still unfamiliar with them.

  130. Bugs says:

    The LAST player to be circled was Bergie, yes? That’s why I say the plan was to get it to him ultimately. I suppose there could’ve been options but that’s not what you said. You said it wasn’t to get it to Bergie…

    That’s the 2nd point.

    The first point is, better to…interrupt the guy who’s placarding your gameplan on national tv than to let him carry on, no? Cuz the play after the first tiimeout was utterly STUFFED by our boys and I think someone informing them on relay might have had something to do with it.

    Yeah, “interrupt” the guy. That just might be a particular “circumstance” that shouldn’t apply to your “regardless” no matter how strongly you feel on the matter.

    (and uhhh, do you not see the board on the 2nd timeout? it’s right there, below the skyline…cuz Boucher…after “interrupting”, told him to keep it down this time and not give the team’s secrets away like a buncha morons, yes?)

  131. Bryan says:

    Yeah I really don’t understand the outrage over that hit.  It wasn’t from behind, and it wasn’t boarding.  His arm came up a bit and hit Clutterbuck’s head, but I’m not convinced it was intentional.

    Lucic gets applauded for that hit.  Gilles gets villafied.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  132. BJ says:

    Do you know where else on the internet you can stream this game? I’m in Germany and CBC streams are blocked.

  133. TomNickle says:

    I’m not in any hurry to get rid of Pouliot.  

    I also wouldn’t be in any hurry to bring Sopel back if we’re basing this on early results.

  134. habs4ever2894 says:


  135. Miltie01 says:

    Yes but with no fear of taking an instigator penalty you could send a Nilan type player out and keep a Hunter off the ice for 10 minutes a game in fighting majors……….something this team could certainly appreciate when we play a guy like Lucic.

  136. Ton says:

    oh yeah agree that’s why lemaire won 3 art ross trophies, lafleur 0, lemaire won 1 con symth, lafeur 0, 3mvp trophies to lafleur zero, and (6) 50 goal seasons to lafleur 0.  do they make 15 of one type??? and oh by the way lemaire didn’t always center lafleur he proved he could play with other good centers, mahovlich, larouche, napier, etc.

  137. LizardKing1967 says:

    So, is this asking too much, or is it possible:

    2011-2012 team

    Cammy – Pleks – Cole

    Gio – Gomez – Patches

    AK46 – Eller – Setogutchi

    Dawes – DD – White

    Extras: Pyatt

    P.K. – Gill

    Gorges – Wiz

    Sopel – Spacek

    Extra: Picard, Mara

    Price – ???



    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  138. Storm Man says:

    I loved the way G-Money schooled MAB on the Lightning power play and almost scored short-handed…..

  139. TomNickle says:

    Pittsburgh is somehow doing a better job of playing our style of hockey than we are.  I don’t think they can keep it up but who knows.

  140. Ian Cobb says:

    Road trip, 11 goals to 3. Including Boom Boom Gills two. I think we are scoring far to many goals, we need to hold off a little and surprise come the play offs.

    Only negative point, far to many stupid penalties. But then again, it keeps our penalty killing units well oiled. Every time Martin wants to practice the PK he sends out #57.

  141. Bugs says:

    To give credit to the ole’ bastich, I’d never actually SEEN Gillies’ hit on Clutterf..uhh..buck.

    He convinced me it wasn’t worth a suspension!

  142. TomNickle says:

    Hey Bugsy, I’m watching it again right now just so that I can save face if wrong, but I’m not, even though I’m not 100% correct.  Fleming draws a pass to Bergeron and circles him, and also draws a pass to Stamkos, and circles him.  I guess it would be fair to say that they were both options and that it was up to the defenseman to read the coverage and use the best option.

    As for #2.  Regardless of the circumstances, you don’t interrupt your coach at a critical time in the game, Fleming also continued to speak as Boucher was speaking.  Whether he was adding to what Fleming said, while Fleming was saying it, or if he was trying to cut him off, either is a mistake.

  143. Bugs says:

    Wouldn’t mind driving the stake into Pittsburgher’s heart neither…

  144. Bryan says:

    I guess that depends on your definition of a star :)


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  145. likehoy says:

    he’s under the same category as AK46 when he came up and lit it up for a year…

    no choice but to pay him 3-4 million but hopefully PG figures something feasible out.

    – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  146. Mattyleg says:

    Good call, it used to be a cool old tavern, but it’s got kinda douchey for me…

    Otherwise cool atmosphere, but the food didn’t fill me up when I went.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  147. TomNickle says:

    And people wonder why every team in the East wants them in the first round.

    One and done.  Roloson doesn’t have enough help and Brewer and Hedman can’t play 60 minutes each game.

  148. Bugs says:

    Uhhh, NO. You’re wrong on both counts, Tommy. The arrow CLEARLY pointed to Bergie for the bomb. That was the plan.

    2nd timeout, they were NOT just speaking; the gameboard was BELOW the players this time. You could stiill see the top corner. In FACT, they waited til V4 COMPLETELY blocked the view before BEGINNING to speak.

    Boucher brought order into disorder. Excellent mistake-FIXING on his part.

  149. Mattyleg says:

    There’s the old fallback, Hurley’s on Crescent St. An Irish pub, with good eats and a big pre-game crowd.

    Old Orch is a good bet too.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  150. SeriousFan09 says:

    Puck drops in 1 hour, 15 minutes for HAM-TOR action in the AHL, CBC and the NHL Network will be covering the match. You can also catch the stream at if you like.

    Names and numbers to watch: #4 Brendon Nash, #12 Andrew Conboy, #22 Andreas Engqvist, #26 Alexander Avtsin, #28 Aaron Palushaj, #40 Gabriel Dumont, #72 Mathieu Carle and maybe getting a call-up for the playoffs, #19 Nigel Dawes, goal-scoring leader in the AHL with 33G in 52GP.

    Some bubble candidates: #14 Olivier Fortier, #24 Ian Schultz, #32 Frederic St. Denis

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

  151. Hoegarden says:

    And watching Eller getting under Vinny’s skin was a treat. He is coming along just fine.

  152. SeriousFan09 says:

    Power forwards command a hefty payday unfortunately, but they more than pay for themselves provided the terms are fair. I’m interested to see what the length is, the longest deal in team history with Gainey/Gauthier was the 6-year deal for Pleks but usually it’s between 3-5.


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

  153. Bugs says:

    Joisy might be in too much of a hole to climb out in time but dabfragit, the leafers are closin in, aren’t they?Philly – leafers 1st round, yowza.

    Anyone can elimnate Philly for us, we’re friggin SAILIN after that.

    Boston? Ha! This ain’t the Centennial Team no more, the foundation on which most Beaners lay their hopes to sweep us in 4 again today. And when they strut in thinkin it’s a done deal, Admiral Akbar’s words will resonate everywhere: “It’s a trap!”

  154. Mark C says:

    Are you really arguing that Gomez shooting with his 5.7% SH% is a lower % play than a cross ice pass and one-timer by Max-Pac and his 12.7% SH%? The one defenseman in the play wasn’t that much closer to Max than Gomez, there was enough open room for the pass and the shot. The D was the middle of the circles not backing into the goalie.

    Why are you left wondering what he was thinking? To me, that play was a microcosm of Gomez as NHL player, plays like that one are the reason he made it to the NHL and got paid like he did. He makes a strong opportunistic defensive play on Stamkos to turn the puck over, and then he uses his speed to quickly transition the play into the offensive zone and create a scoring opportunity. He then takes the opportunity to use his best skills, passing and vision and makes a perfect pass.

    If you are left wondering about that play that’s fine, a lot of players like Gionta shot the puck in that case, but Gomez makes that pass almost every time. I guess you just don’t understand Gomez.


  155. TomNickle says:

    He’ll probably be the first ufa priority for Gauthier.  I think he deserves a raise, hopefully his agent doesn’t read HIO.

  156. Hoegarden says:

    Link please, if you still have it.

  157. SeriousFan09 says:

    Before the instigator penalty, there were plenty of dirty hockey players. Bobby Clarke used his stick like a scythe for his entire career. Dale Hunter wasn’t exactly Mr. Clean before the Instigator came in either, plenty of others were nasty well before this rule supposedly prevented the enforcers from ‘taking care of business and making people think twice’.


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

  158. SmartDog says:

    Totally true.  You need good veterans but what that often means is character and knowledge. If you have a good group of young guys that kick it you’ll go far.  That’s why those big contract players are such a gamble.  And why development – and draft picks – are so important.

    The DOWNSIDE is that Patches is going to command 3-4 million next year.

  159. DearyLeary says:

    Scoring at a 30 goal pace at the age of 22, I’d say he’s got the potential to get better.

  160. TomNickle says:

    Except the plan wasn’t to give Bergeron the puck but rather to draw a defender to him and move the puck back to Stamkos for a one timer on the other side of the zone.

    They weren’t drawing anything up on the second timeout Bugsy.  They were just speaking.  Creating two voices in a situation like that creates confusion, bad mistake on his part.

  161. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Ol’ Don Cherry was in fine form last night, from telling Ron to “stop putting your finger in my nose” and saying Giguere “has no groin” to arguing that every time a player going for the puck on an icing rush are purposefully trying to take the skates out from under the defender – he was on fire.

    Once again he made the argument that the instigator penalty is killing hockey. Since Don is wrong about most things, I decided to look it up. There have be 1089 fighting majors called so far this season, the instigator has been called in 39 of those fights. That’s a whopping 3% of the time.

    Now either players really are afraid of getting the extra 2 minutes, or the refs just aren’t calling the penalty. Judging from the number of times I see players roaring in to defend a teammate from a completely legal hit, I’d suggest the latter is true.

  162. SmartDog says:

    Okay, I admit it. I’m on the Gill rocks bandwagon too. I noticed that often after a game lately Gill always has a few words for Price or Subban.  Last night Gill was the first one to congratulate Price on the game and you can see the rappore is really good.  Seems like getting Gill working with Subi has got him mentoring two of our young stars which is awesome. 


  163. Bugs says:

    He interrupted the guy because he was showing the gameboard to the cameras on the first timeout. EVERYBODY saw that the plan consisted in moving the puck over to Bergie for the bomb.

    I’da interrupted him too, pleading with hi not to give the opponent all our secrets, you know?

  164. LizardKing1967 says:

    You want some real good grub and good frosty beer:


    Ye Olde Orchard Pub on De La Montagne

    I usually go the one in NDG, but I have been to the one downtown a couple times. Great pre-game atmosphear.

     PS: the Irish Stew is awsome


    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  165. Kimberly2u says:

    That pictue of Gill and Gionta is priceless….

  166. TomNickle says:

    I know some Guy Boucher lovers out there might not want to hear this, but he made a big rookie coach mistake last night.  When the Habs called timeout Wayne Fleming was again giving instruction to the Lightning players.  Guy interrupted while Fleming was speaking.  Huge mistake.  Causes a ton of confusion at a critical time of the game.  Hopefully those rookie mistakes continue if we get them in the first round.

  167. ClaytonM says:

    So you want Brodeur to make the playoffs in 8th place, which would insure he’d play 4 of 7 games in Montreal if we met them in a conference final?

    Well, I guess if they eliminate Philly and Boston, showing a certain amount of gratitude would be necessary.

  168. SmartDog says:

    I agree.  Patches has WHEELS.  That puck race he won the other night for his break-away was awesome. He exploded so fast taht starting behind the other player by the time he hit the blue line the other guy couldn’t even reach him if he wanted to slash. Patches must be giving other teams Dmen nightmares, which is just what we needed. 


  169. TomNickle says:

    I’d take 15 Lemaires over 15 Lafleurs any day of the week.

    And yes, Buffalo will make the playoffs.

  170. HabFanSince72 says:

    St.Louis won the Hart in 2004 and was probably very close to winning the Conn Smythe. But you’re right for some reason he isn’t as big a star as other players. Sizism probably.


  171. lemess says:

    Everyone is in a good mood so now is as good of a time as any to ask…

    My wife and I are going to Montreal for the games on the 15th and 17th (Caps & Lightning) – the last game I was able to go to was in 1996 (Habs beat pens 7-3 – 3rd last game in the Forum). Could any of you reccommend a good place to eat.  Possibly a good steak or ribs and a frosty beer – nothing fancy.  Maybe a sports bar near the Bell Centre? 

    Thanks – I’m a little more excited to see this team compared to the 1996 team:)

  172. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gill will be behind the bench when he hangs up the skates. Hopefully the Habs have the sense to make sure it’s behind theirs.


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

  173. ed lopaz says:

    exactly right SF – hey, my son is in St Petersburgh with his school hockey team, are they still in the playoffs?

    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.

  174. chartraw27 says:

    I was shocked to see that TB had 45 shots. A lot did come from far out. Price is in the zone. I think the boys have played quite well in the last two  games. They weren’t great against the Thrashers. Hopefully, we can  continue the hot streak this week. I have noticed that they have been driving the oppositions net more ofter thus creating scoring chances. The young guys are playing very well. Gotta stop with the silly penalties though.

    Pacioretty is playing great. Cammalleri has been struggling in the last two games.

    Sucks about Gallagher. Hopefully, he is ok.

    I read an article stating that PG is making a greater effort to sign Emelin and bring him over next year. Apparently he is being more aggressive than Gainey was to get him signed.


  175. HabFanSince72 says:

    Sunday Morning Debate

    Although head shots are a recent phenomenon, the practice of intimidating or attempting to injure star payers isn’t new to hockey. It was very literally the Flyers’ game plan in the early 70’s.

    The question is: is this an intrinsic part of the game? After all, tearing down those with talent is a very Canadian trait. It could be our country’s motto.So maybe it’s fitting that the Canadian sport should have this as a central feature?

  176. ed lopaz says:

    When I saw Gill joking with Subban during practice, I knew he was something special.

    After everything Subban went through, it was Gill that stepped up when Subban needed someone.

    Thats the way I saw it.

    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.

  177. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think WSH is going to take over the SE Division by the end of the season, TBL are falling out of it a bit, Stamkos’s scoring slump is killing them. I think the NE title is still within reach, take both remaining games against the Bruins and it’s a 1-point difference, hold a better record in the final stretch and it’s ours.

    Home ice is the key for a good run this season.


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

  178. ed lopaz says:

    did you see Buffalo play yesterday?

    Buffalo is playing like a  terrific team.

    Buffalo will make the playoffs.

    I also am rooting for the Devils.

    I have been a huge Lemaire fan dating back to the ’70s.

    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.

  179. SeriousFan09 says:

    Contending, or teams that hope to contend need that, kids on their early deals bringing in way more value than what their actual contracts are. We need the next batch of kids to be ready to bring in that kind of value in 2-3 years when Kristo, Leblanc, Avtsin debut with the Habs.

    Pacioretty’s playing himself into a very nice contract next season, hopefully Gauthier locks him into a solid deal.


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

  180. HabFanSince72 says:

    What I’ve ben saying all along. But not a few tough guys from the Bulldogs.

    Instead scour the streets for psychopaths and make sure they know that actions that would land you in jail in the real world are tolerated and sometimes applauded on the ice.


  181. LA Loyalist says:

    In a perfect world, the first round would look like this:

    New Jersey (8) vs Philly (1)

    Washington (7) vs Boston (2)

    We match up fairly well against the other teams, especially if Pitts don’t have Crosby (though I think he will be back for playoffs).

    Anyone want to bet against New Jersey making it to 8? Every week they are closing in.

  182. alestar says:

    I can’t believe the bush-league calls against the Habs over the past few weeks….just stupid.


    XXIV…and counting

  183. TomNickle says:

    So he won’t be a star in if he scores 70 points in Montreal?

  184. derfab says:

    Rest Cammi, Gionta, Gomez, price and bring up 3 big ugly boys to play forward against boston.

  185. Hobie Hansen says:

    One position? You’re obviously talking about goaltending. That’s obvious.
    I think we have a better defensive game and overall game plan than they do. All this talk about Boucher being some super star coach is blown completely out of proportion. The game TB plays reminds me of when the Habs had Turgeon, Damphousse and Recchi. All offence and no system.
    I don’t care what anyone says; martin is an awesome coach and blows Boucher out of the water. All the talk of us letting a coaching genius go to TB was simply to sell newspapers and create controversy. Maybe TB has more star power than us but our team is better coached and unless we’re involved in a skills competition, we can handle them in a seven game series.

  186. TomNickle says:

    I also don’t think the Cole comparison is really fair.  Their speeds are quite different.  Cole was very effective at using his speed while going to the net but Cole didn’t have the wheels to pull away from any zone.

    I think Pacioretty has a brighter future than a Cole comparison.

  187. TomNickle says:

    Gill – $2.25 million

    Halpern – $500,000

    Speaking of Gill, the result of his last 30 goals now has been a record of 24W-1L-2T-3OTL.


  188. Bryan says:

    I’m as big a fan of Pacioretty as the next guy, but the term “star” is thrown around too much.  I think his ceiling is a 30G guy, with 60-70 points in a season.  Someone at suggested that a good comparison would be Erik Cole in his prime, which I’m totally okay with.  Habs have been missing a big, scoring winger for a long time.  He can score 30 goals on my team any day.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  189. Strabo says:

    Bulldogs vs Marlies on CBC at 2:00pm Atlantic


    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  190. HabFanSince72 says:

    Agreed. He is looking more like a one-dimensional sniper than a great player.

    However let’s not forget he is only 21 years old.

  191. Danno says:

    Or approx. 60% of you-know-who’s salary.


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

  192. HabFanSince72 says:

    A big difference between the two is Halak is not consistent. He plays lights-out for 2-3 games than has a bad one.

    That was the case in the playoffs too.

  193. ed lopaz says:

    where would this team be without the off the charts contributions of:



    and , of course, Price.

    Out of 59 million in team salary, these 3 total

    Subban: $875,000

    Paccs:   $910,000

    Price:    $2,750,000

    About 4,5 million or about 8% of our total payroll.

    That’s great value from the kids.


    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.

  194. TomNickle says:

    Observations from last night.

    1. Tampa’s defense is as bad as advertised.  Kubina, Bergeron, Ohlund and Clark were terrible.  They have huge issues dealing with coverage, in front of the net and even moving the puck efficiently.

    2. Max Pacioretty is going to be a star.  His combination of size, speed and offensive instincts is fairly rare.  The majority of his goals have come from around the paint but his breakaway speed and shooting ability mean he can score in other ways, which he showed again last night.  

    3. The Habs were never as bad as advertised on the road.  Aside from that miserable road trip in December where they went 2-5, they are 14-10-1.  

    4. This team doesn’t do a good enough job protecting Price.  This guy is essentially their season.  The next time somebody gives him a shot, a whack on the glove, a shove after a whistle, lays on him a little too long, I want blood.  Teams need to know that if they want to take liberties with him, more than anyone else, there will be consequences.

  195. HabFanSince72 says:

    Tremendous sport we have.

  196. Danno says:

    Admirably pathetic perhaps?

    Yes. I think that sums it up!


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

  197. habitual says:

    If Leaf fans had started staying away from games instead of filling the building every night no matter how bad the product, change would have come years ago.  They have contributed to their own misfortune.

  198. LA Loyalist says:

    …and now we have “Goal-a-Game Gill”, so no worries!

    Desharnais goal showed real serious skill, patience, backhand against the flow, slick, really slick.

    … Gomez’s assist was interesting because it was representative of what he’s generally doing, he made a great play to strip the puck and start the rush, then with a clear shot he passed, with the defender closer to Max than Gomez. Yeah we scored, but it was a low % play and it worked out as the D was backing in on the goalie who whiffed it, but I am wondering what he is thinking? Can he not shoot? Has he got some secret muscle tear? There is either some secret injury or his judgement is just bizarre.

    … Price looked good managing his crease, his size and reach are an advantage over Halak, for sure which will help against nasty teams like Boston and Phil.

    My main concern is we’re still coughing up 40+ shots…

    As for Boston, we have to be really circumspect and not take dopey offensive zone or retaliation penalties for once, as that will lead to the game getting out of control. Earlier in the year this could have been used as a message game, but it’s too close to the playoffs and the 2 points are critical. 




  199. HabFanSince72 says:

    You’re right about Tampa. The fact is that 2 maybe 3 of our goals were due to a weak goalie.

    So yes, tampa are bad, but except for one position they are better than us.

  200. HabFanSince72 says:

    I thought Gill’s goal was perfect example of what the team needs to orchestrate more.

    If only we could orchestrate playing against lousy goalies every game. Gill’s shot was completely stoppable.

  201. habitual says:

    And it has been scoring from unexpected sources, which I find a vital ingredient.  Two goals from Gill in the past two games.  Desharnais coming up and making an impact?

    This has to continue in the playoffs.  Teams focus on the scorers – Cammie, Pleks, and now MaxPac will see checking lines and may be neutralized.  Remember last year when we got goals from guys like Moen and Moore at critical times and it make the goaltending stick.

  202. SmartDog says:

    I agree with you, the numbers aren’t the whole story.  But put an average NHL goalie in our net and we don’t win a lot of games where we get majoriy outshot.   I agree the team seems to be coming together.. knock wood.

  203. Ton says:

    score board that counts, you should know this by now, read the post previous to yours, low percentage shots. 71 canadiens always got outshot, islanders of the 80’s always got outshot, knowing the game takes decades.

  204. HabFanSince72 says:

    Oh I agree completely that Tampa are no good, but they were good enough to keep us pinned in our zone fore ages.

    That’s the point. Except for our goalie, we aren’t as good as a team that isn’t very good.


  205. habstrinifan says:

    Respectfully disagree with you on this one Habsfan. Dont see where habs were dominated in that game. There were moments, especially after TB second goal where we lost focus, but they righted the ship and regained poise and played at least equal to TB.

    I thought Gill’s goal was perfect example of what the team needs to orchestrate more. It was turning out to be a two-on-two threat with more TB players coming into our zone. Subban was well stationed to keep the crease clear and Gill made a great defensive play. I twas great to see a defenseman break up the play and the SAME defenseman start and lead the rush and not ‘dump’ the puck in or pass to forwards but gain the o-zone with ‘shot’ on the mind. It is that type of split second change in flow where the TB goalie was mentally ‘settling down’ cause he expected least 10 seconds of TB pressure in our zone and he had to adjust quickly and ‘find our players’ on the ice and Gill’s direct charge must have surprised him. It is the stuff of individuality contributing to a winning moment.

    I hope HABS start having more of them.. same defender who breaks up a play take the leads the charge into the o-zone, keeps the puck and takes a shot. Too often they either dump the puck out or let the ‘offense build with the forwards’ while they hurry back to safe defense positions.

    I loved Gill’s play. It was a great moment in our season.

    Max’s goal was great stuff too. We gotta give them credit when they execute like that. Quick, sure, and purposeful.

  206. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs got pushed around in the 2nd period but how often was Carey challenged outside of the 5-on-3 chance? Not often, a lot of perimeter shooting and Tampa’s defence became very porous when faced with counter-attack.

    Tampa is a lesser version of the Capitals, all-offence that struggles when Stamkos + St Louis aren’t completely dominant.


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

  207. habitual says:

    Thanks Bryan and Serious.


    Tough one, I guess.  Money means something.

  208. Danno says:

    As others have pointed out a majority of the SOG’s are low-percentage perimeter shots which pose no threat. Price is key but the scoring has come around to support him and that is going to make the Habs even harder to beat if the current goal production continues. The team has scored at least one goal per period in the last five games. That’s consistency that’s been lacking in the past. Faceoffs have also improved. The main area that could still use improvement is discipline – staying out of the box. But frankly, much of that is due to lame calls by the refs. This team is coming together at just the right time.


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

  209. SmartDog says:

    I was just telling someone the story of the Leafs…. the Harold Ballard years, etc…  and, maybe I’m getting soft but I really feel sorry for Leafs fans.  It’s a genuinely sad story.  Imagine if that was the Habs.  We had just one decade of terrible management… they had at least 4. 

    I can’t decide if long-standing laff fans are truly pathetic or admirable in some way.

  210. SmartDog says:

    Like the saying goes “nothing succeeds like success”.  When our team is on a roll, you can feel the confidence. 

    Even though we were doubled in shots last night, the Habs were strong when they needed to be.  But all I can say is thank god we have Price.  And I hope the puck-possession / break-out (whatever) game gets stronger before we hit the playoffs. 

  211. SeriousFan09 says:

    And it was a headshot, spectacular…

    Could be out (and probably should be for safety reasons) out for the rest of the season.


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

  212. Hobie Hansen says:

    Dominated us LOL? The majority of their shots were from outside the high percentage scoring areas. TB looked like a very one dimensional team that plays in a weak division and relies completely on offense. I’d love it if we met them in the first round!

  213. Strabo says:

    I just watched the hit on the post game interview  on the giants web page. It was dirty. Gallagher is coming down the wing 2 Portland players on his left, as Gallagher starts into the corner he turns left, and the outside player cuts inside and puts a shoulder into his head. Not nice at all the middle guy is setting a blind screen no chance at all.



    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  214. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s been hinting at it and his contract with Aks Bars ends this season, I’d say this is probably MTL’s last realistic chance to get him over the pond, if he doesn’t switch leagues now I don’t think he ever will. At present, I’d say the chances are a coin flip.


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

  215. SeriousFan09 says:

    Didn’t see it, just read ‘hard hit’, could have been either.


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

  216. habitual says:

    Are there contractual hurdles to his coming?

  217. habitual says:

    Makes sense.  Thanks!

  218. Bryan says:

    As SF09 mentioned above, his current KHL contract is up at the end of the season.  I think one of the major hurdles for him coming over is that he’d want a NHL roster spot, and not to spend any time in the AHL to develop, which is totally understandable in my opinion.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  219. Strabo says:

    Was it a clean hit on Gallagher?


    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  220. habitual says:

    Robert, what’s the deal with Yemelin – will we see him here next year?

  221. Bryan says:

    I totally agree.  People act like the loss was a total embarrasment.  It was ugly, sure, but up until late in the 3rd we were 100% keeping pace with Boston.  An 8-6 isn’t a total blow out.  Other than a couple of fights at the end and the Bruins gooning it up, I thought it was one of the most entertaining games I’ve seen in a long, long time.

    Plus, we absolutely own Tim Thomas.  I’m not overly worried.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  222. Bryan says:

    He’s been hinting he wants to come over for years now, with no results.  I wouldn’t hold my breath.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  223. observer says:

    Habs are 3-1 vs. Boston this year and have scored 2 more goals in the 4 games. Habs also had a winning record over the Bruins last season.

  224. SeriousFan09 says:

    Prospect Update:

    RW Brendan Gallagher may be injured long-term, after a hard hit that sent him right off the ice of the opening period with the Vancouver Giants last night, he did not return to the game and is doubtful for tonight’s match. This spells serious concern for Vancouver as Gallagher is very much the team’s MVP player and had been pushing them into their playoff berth for two months straight.

    G Karri Ramo and Avangard Omsk see victory in the 1st round of the KHL Playoffs, Omsk finds their offence to pot 7 goals in a 7-3 Game 7 victory, coming back from a 3-2 series deficit to advance to the 2nd round. They face Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the next round starting Wednesday.

    D Alexei Yemelin with Ak Bars Kazan will engage Salavat Yulaev Ufa on Wednsday as well.


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

  225. Ton says:

    watching anti chambre last night and one the fellows mentioned that Martin said its one of those things one “remembers” when referencing bruins/habs game 8-6 game.  he wanted a couple of bull dogs tough guys to be called up for tuesday.  problem is bruins are tough as a winning team, why weaken habs line up to weaken their winning team.  5 points back, a win puts you 3 back, i would not worry about the bruins goon ways and beat them with team toughness and on the board.

  226. observer says:

    Would you say Price now is playing even better than Halak did last REGULAR SEASON when Halak went 26-13 or whatever?

  227. observer says:

    These are mind-boggling numbers. Last season after 82 games Washington scored 318 goals(3.88 avg per game ) which was 101 MORE goals than the Habs total of 217 goals(2.64 avg per game ). This year after 65 games Washington has scored but 173 goals(2.66 avg per game) while the Habs after 66 games have scored 176 goals(also 2.66 avg per game). The Capitals inspite of the huge drop in standings points and offensive numbers, still are a big factor the rest of the way in, Habs who basically are matching last year’s offensive numbers(as a team) have greatly improved in the standings from a under .500 team last year to one who has won 13 games more than they lost(in reg). These are the current 2 lowest scoring Eastern Conference playoff teams.

  228. SeriousFan09 says:

    Still early to call with Gallagher, I’m hoping it’s not that bad but he was apparently ‘woozy’ coming to the bench and that’s a phrase you hate to hear with a hockey player.


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

  229. habstrinifan says:

    Thanks for update. Sad about Gallagher.. he was having outstanding season.


  230. SeriousFan09 says:

    Been like that for a while, Marty always played a bit in Lecavalier’s shadow despite to me, being the superior player and helping to generate a lot of his offence. It’s no surprise Lecavalier’s numbers have dwindled since Marty was assigned to Stamkos. He should be wearing the C.


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

  231. The Cat says:

    Halak did have a pretty lifeless bunch in front of him at times. I think this years team is better.

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

  232. habstrinifan says:

    Halak was going thru one of those ‘are you kidding me’ phases. Not saying here Halak is better or anything like that so no haters with that interpretation please. But I think Halak HAD to play more above his normal than Price is right now. One reason is the team is BETTER now. Price has played GREAT all year which in the long run builds more confidence in the team than a goalie on an ‘exceptionally unrepeatable and unsustainable’ run. I dont think there is a single HABS fan who cannot see Price doing this night after night for many many more years. And I am one who did have my doubts re his character and readiness. All gone now!


  233. habstrinifan says:

    Like JM’s way of thinking if you are reporting that he will be calling up bulldogs for Bruins games. I think the players will respond to that sense of ‘not gonna happen again’ coaching. Not sure if enough ammunition on the farm though for two tough guys.. so one tough guy and Nigel Dawes to put goal scoring threat in. I have this feeling re Dawes. I think he’s gonna get into the lineup and just ride that chance right through the playoffs. Nothing but gut feeling and belief in his experience, skill, and pedigree draft status which he earned with great minor and junior career.

    And it seems he came over to be a HAB with enthusiasm… from his play in Hamilton.


  234. The Cat says:

    Nevermind the importance of the 2 points, habs arent in danger of missing out, sometimes you got to make a statement for the long road ahead.

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

  235. HabFanSince72 says:

    We won that game because of the goalie difference. Roloson was pitiful. The Gill goal and MaxPac’s second should have been stopped.

    Overall they dominated us, sometimes very significantly. Although I admit the refs were terrible and the 5 on 3 kill was awesome.

    Gill, Subban, Gomez, MaxPac also had big games.

  236. SeriousFan09 says:

    Initial year he can’t get much because he has to enter the league on a 1-year Entry-Level contract before he can start going for more cash while at present, he’s close to tax-free in the KHL and set to make a lot of money on his next deal.

    Depends on his personal feelings, does he want to make a name for himself in the NHL and prove he’s tops in the world or go for the money?


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

  237. Bryan says:

    I agree Max’s 2nd goal was stoppable, but man was that a nice shot.  I thought it Cammy at first with that release.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  238. TomNickle says:

    It’s quite clear that St.Louis is head and shoulders better than Stamkos.  St.Louis manufactures offense when the opposition focuses on taking away the middle of the ice while Stamkos goes through the motions.  I’ve never seen him look so plain as a hockey player.  He wasn’t willing to pay the price to get scoring chances.


  239. Hobie Hansen says:

    I agree 100% with all your points!

  240. TomNickle says:

    My point wasn’t really to bash him as much as it was to promote Marty.  If there’s a Hart winner on that team, it isn’t Stamkos.

  241. SeriousFan09 says:

    SKA Saint Petersberg is indeed still in, they won the first round of the KHL playoffs in a 4-0 sweep over Spartak Moscow, their Bobrov Division opponent, which was named after Russian hockey player Vsevolod Bobrov (KHL names each of their divisions after legends in their hockey programs, something the NHL should start doing again). Their next opponent is Atlant Moscow, who defeated Maxim Trunev’s Severstal Cherepovets 4-2 in their series, Atlant Moscow hails from the Tarasov division, named for the legendary coach.



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

  242. Bugs says:

    I don’t think Emelin’s absence on this club has anything to do with our management’s “aggressiveness” and more to do with the Russians’…

  243. DearyLeary says:

    To be fair, there’s no way that Roloson should have stopped Gionta’s rebound chance in the 1st.

  244. Mattyleg says:

    Holy God, how bad were the Lightning defence last night??

    They looked like the Tortorella Lightning of a couple of years back, and the Thrashers of around the same period:

    ATTAAAACK!!! Forget about defending!!

    …and when you’ve only got MAB back, you really don’t have anyone back.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  245. Bugs says:

    You should see the picture of me with Manute Bol.

  246. ed lopaz says:

    thanks for the info SF!

    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.

  247. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m sorry sir, I think you’re probably SOL.


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

  248. TomNickle says:

    Bergeron was first to be circled, then Stamkos.

    I said I wasn’t 100% correct.  Not sure what you’re looking for beyond that Bugs.

    Boucher wasn’t speaking to Fleming when he was speaking, or rather if he was, I’m not sure why he was looking at Lecavalier if he was speaking to Fleming.

    I’m not sure that a relay from upstairs to the coaching staff regarding Bergeron and Stamkos as shooting options is as important as you make it out to be Bugs.  If they relayed that information to Muller, I could see his reaction as being “DUH, really?  You really think they’re looking for Bergeron or Stamkos here?  NO WAY!”

  249. Bugs says:

    Yeah, and if they had Crosby and Malkin there too, I might be a little worried.

  250. Bugs says:

    No, but actually SEEING it sure as hell confirmed it, wouldn’t you say?

  251. notbigbird says:

    But would you really take one Lemaire over one Lafleur?

  252. Mike D says:

    From what I understand, we don’t curently employ a defense coach.  Talk about a perfect fit for old Skillsie!

    PS – and NO, I’m no making a smarmy remark about JM’s defensive system.

    – Honestly yours

  253. fbkj says:

    beautiful, off season but still pretty sweet

    the club you suggested is seasonal, i did inquire though… found a sports bar that put the habs game on for me and the lady… ran into a few canadians…

    oh and the roads… the way people drive… lets just say im grateful to have survived lol

    amazing food on that little island

  254. Ton says:

    i also know a former hab player and executive from my home town that was close to the situation.  he said lemaire was jealous of guy’s success. sure he forced him, like alot of trap lovers over the last 25 years, they feel its the only way to win a game

  255. Mike D says:

    Who’s bashing Benny?

    – Honestly yours

  256. Habitoban says:

    So now that AK is out of the dog house, I guess we can concentrate on bashing Benny.  Like, why doesn’t he do more with his 6 whole minutes of ice time?  Where is the offensive production now that he is playing with such a smooth playmakers as Tom Pyatt?  And then there are the dumb penalties?  As if he is the only one on the team who takes them.  I think I heard that we are the second most penalized team in the NHL. When Pleks is grumpy he takes some cheapies, as does Cammy and you can’t blame BP for maybe being a bit grumpy these days given the way he is being played.  And then there is the falling…. watch how much time Halpern spends flopping around.  Scoring and playmaking is all about timing and a feel for the game.  You don’t get your timing by sitting on your butt.  Sigh. 

  257. JD_ says:

    I’m told V-Love also laces his own skates.

  258. Displaced says:

    for those interested in quirk stats, here are some numbers for you.  Since JM go got here:

    with Markov:        51 games | 59 points | 139 goals for | 131 against… 1.16 pts/gm | 2.73 gf/gm | 2.57 ga/gm

    without Markov:  96 games | 106 points | 251 goals for | 257 against… 1.10 pts/gm| 2.61 gf/gm | 2.64 ga/gm


    In case you’re wondering that extra 0.06 points per game equates to 4 points (or 2 wins) per season.  And, we were missing Gorges and Cammi for long stretches as well. 


    And, in case you’re wondering we were about Gorge’ number this year, here you go.  In 35 games with Gorges, 40 points, 90 goals for, 81 goals against; without Gorges 30 games, 37 points, 80 goals for and 83 goals against. The averages follow: With: 1.14-2.57-2.31 and without 1.23-2.77-2.80…

    Turns out that Gorges might be more valuable, but it’s tough to say with just 7 games to extrapolate from.  It is interesting that we score more and let up more without Gorges, but have more points per game. 

    Maybe, JM should let the boys play a little more offense and rely on Price — which is all we do anyway.


    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  259. Drive_For_25 says:

    We really don’t need all these stats to show that Gorges is waaaaaay more important to our team than Markov is do we?  I don’t.  Not knocking your stat work though, really enjoyed reading it because I was figuring it was along those lines, these past couple season’s, that our numbers are pretty much the same with or without Markov and we’re not completely dependant on him to have a successful team anymore.  It’s pretty simple when it comes down to winning tough (a.k.a Playoff) games, Gorges has all the heart!  Markov has all the talent in the world but just seems to lack the “dig deep” type of effort needed to win in the playoffs.  I’ve really been down on Markov after all of these injuries and then I was watching that new “Your Canadiens” show and saw the one with Markov and he was saying how much this summer sucked because he had to work out and rehab his knee all summer and he couldn’t just lay on the beach.  This shocked me that he had no plans of doing to much off-season training if he wasn’t hurt.  Got the same impression from the Ovi DVD commercials and they’re good buddies.  Would rather spend the money on a guy like The Wiz next year then take a chance on Markov being a band-aid again next year.


    GO HABS GO!!!!!

  260. Mark C says:

    This underscores the importance of Markov. The website has a great stat, which counts the difference in goals for and goals allowed per 60 minutes for each player. Last season Markov was plus 1.08 at even strength (9th best # in the NHL); the second highest number among Habs D was Spacek at plus 0.32. In Markov’s 7 games this season he was plus 1.0, the best Hab D this year is Weber at plus 0.63.

    Montreal is a wildly better team when Markov is on the ice relative to any other D. Montreal has been able to weather the loss of Markov, but this team might be elite with Markov on the ice for 20-25 minutes a night.  

  261. Habitoban says:


  262. Psycho29 says:

    Versteeg thought he was still with the Loafs on that goal…

  263. Strabo says:

    3-0 now



    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  264. savethepuck says:

    To all the posters on here who were willing to give the Flyers the Eastern Conference title when they acquired Versteeg( why, I don’t know). They have lost 4 of their last 5, 5 of their last 7, and are down 2-0 to the Rangers early in the second ( another struggling team).

  265. HardHabits says:

    I believe there is a trend that at trade deadline the best moves are the ones not made. It appears more often then not that new comers disrupt chemistry more then add to a new dynamic.

    The best moves it appears are the types of tweaks we’ve seen the Habs do. Rather than wait to the last minute and make that block buster deal they silently study their needs and make under the radar steps to stabilize the team rather than add a player that is supposed to take them over the top.

    Does anybody remember how much of an impact Kovalchuck had on the Devils last year?

  266. ZepFan2 says:

    He’ll get help from Cherry when he rants about the lack of respect from Dubinsky.

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  267. Bugs says:

    That armpit save on St-Louie was set up by a beautiful pass from the non second effort-givin V4..; just sayin.

    And if we need Bergie all the time to make Gomie look good…yowch.

  268. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hehe, Mabbin’ the bed.

    Classic JD.


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

  269. JD_ says:

    * Don’t know if he’s playin’ through pain, lacks conditionin’, or is jaded through a combination of already havin’ won everythin’ and bein’ set to earn $500B over the next 75 years, but Vinny is not much of a second-effort kinda guy. If the play doesn’t pan out, he just backs off. And this has been goin’ on for a long time. Can’t say the same for Marty. The guy never stops. That late shot Price trapped in his armpit would have been a signature marker for the perennial Habs killer, quick and opportunistic.

    * Clearly difficult night for Stamky. Despite leadin’ his team with 8 shots, he also led both teams on the giveaway front, had no hits, and was tied for a team-worst -2. Ended up takin’ two penalties, one on a Gionta dive that followed his own penalty-triggerin’ dive. Caught him doin’ that after-the-whistle, one-handed stick-swingin’ thing you see frustrated players doin’ on a night when nothin’ is goin’ right. I imagine he’s a hair more dangerous durin’ a best-of-seven series, but just the same.

    * Winner, however, of the HON is our ol’ friend, MABoing! The first blueline choke required some effort from Gomer, at least I think it was him. But that second one? Classic. As Gomer started movin’ towards Bergeron at the blue line, I imagined Scotty was probably buggin’ his eyes out with brows raised and puttin’ on some shit-eatin’ grin, like a crazed hobo on a ham sandwich, so much so that when Bergy ended up mabbin’ the bed, I burst out laughin’. Please, l’Antichambre, pray tell.

    * Max-Pac. Two shots, two goals. What can you say about someone who continues to do nothin’ but put his money where his mouth is?

    * Once again, as I think has largely been the case on this road trip – I’m too lazy to verify – the Habs were materially outshot, this time almost 2:1. Let us give thanks. Our Price, who art in nets, hallowed be thy game. Thy trapper come, you’ll get it done, on the road as it is at the Bell Centre. Give us this day our daily save, and forgive all the Price-bashers, as we forgive those who troll against us. Lead us to a Stanley Cup, and deliver us from Philly. Amen.

    * Brian Burke sucketh.

  270. savethepuck says:

    Same forward lines as the last several games except maybe insert White for Pyatt for a little more grit. Pic and Weber scratches at D, giving us a larger tougher D corps.

  271. Ton says:

    please never the mind yesterday, the poke check, lemaire over lafleur 15 times over in a bad dream, etc…….        what about Tuesday what is going to happen…….. line up options please vs bruins…

  272. SeriousFan09 says:

    It should on the far right of the page scrolling down on, not there than I don’t know what to say.



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

  273. BJ says:

    Serious fan09. Whats the link to the Bulldogs game on CBC. Someone helped out below to bypass the out of country restrictions. I’m on the CBC site but can’t seem to find the game?

  274. SeriousFan09 says:

    Goto the Sports section, it should be an available stream.


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

  275. Psycho29 says:

    Nothing more beautiful than Mike Richards getting a good old fashioned ass kicking from Dubinsky…

  276. SeriousFan09 says:

    Where do we send the muffin baskets?


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

  277. savethepuck says:

    To all the posters on here who were willing to give the Flyers the Eastern Conference title when they acquired Versteeg( why, I don’t know). They have lost 4 of their last 5, 5 of their last 7, and are down 2-0 to the Rangers early in the second ( another struggling team).

  278. SeriousFan09 says:

    And Toronto went on a tear after they traded Versteeg, the kid is nothing but bad luck since he won the Cup!


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

  279. BJ says:

    Its a blank page with television-radio-news  and lower Featured most recent most popular but no stream


  280. Hobie Hansen says:

    LOL wow. I think 9/10 people with a pair were embarrassed when Spacek was back peddling and scrambling for his life in that game against the Bruins. Not saying its right to pick on a smaller player but it’s hard to believe that a guy who’s in his late 30s and has been in the league for a long time can’t at least slap a bear hug on a guy and hang on. The entire embarrassment of the game could have been avoided if Spacek didn’t look like a complete idiot!

  281. habitual says:

    Agreed, Punkster.  What is embarrassing is a supposedly tough Bruins team that would target guys who don’t fight.  They are too stupid to be embarrassed, so how about we settle on gutless.

  282. ClaytonM says:

    I’d rethink your Spacek attitude. He’s improved this regular season over last year’s, and now that he can play his proper side has gotten even better. I wasn’t a fan of his last year, I thought he had too many giveaways and complete defensive breakdowns. THEN, the playoffs started, and look what he did to the other team’s big guns. So with him improving in the regular season, logic suggests his playoffs will also improve, assuming his physiotherapy goes well. I’d also prefer his playoff experience over Weber’s 0 playoff game experience.

    Big picture, we’ve got 9 D-men for the playoffs, none of which I’m afraid to see get on a regular shift.

  283. Psycho29 says:

    I think your comments about Spacek totally embarass this site.

  284. habstrinifan says:

    Hope you dont mind me responding!

    It may be a little unjust to just eliminate Spacek from the team’s plans for the playoffs. The fact that he took a beating or two for the team should be a credit and not an embarassment because he LOST. He showed up, and that is more important.

    Definitely think Mara will be dressed. Wonder if Gomez is hurt to the point where he would ‘shy away’ in a physical game. I f he is I would like them to call up Dawes. Dawes will bring experience and offence.


  285. Hobie Hansen says:

    Carey Price is just awesome! I’d have to say that he’s the best goaltender in the NHL at handling the puck outside of his crease. Martin Brodeur used to hold claim to the number one goaltender who could handle the puck but I think Price is now the best. Teams are forced to take low percentage shots from just inside the blue line, rather that shooting it around the glass and hoping to gain possession.

    Another interesting side note of late is the absence of Jaro Spacek. Is it just coincidence that the Habs are playing so well defensively without him?  The only thing Spacek has left to offer is a tiny bit of offence. I believe PK Subban, James Wisniewski and Roman Hamrlik bring enough offence to the team and they’re better served with Hal Gill, Yannick Weber and Brent Sopel as playing partners. I think it would be a big mistake to dress Spacek this year or next instead of Weber, Sopel or even Alex Picard. Spacek is constantly out muscled in his own end and not to mention he’s had the tar beaten out of him twice this year, totally embarrassing the team.

    The final thing I have to say about the team is it’s kind of neat how they have some offensive weapons spread across all four lines. I really think Benoit Pouliot and Davey Desharnais do deserve more ice time than 4th line duty but what are you going to do? Next year it would be nice to see the Canadiens put together a true 4th or agitator line. Maybe go out and get a big and nasty player to center a line with White and Moen. Play them 7-10 mins a game and bump Desharnais and Pouliot up to the top three lines.  

    Habs are looking pretty darn good at the moment and although it’s not good to change up a winning formula, they should seriously have White and Mara dressed for Tuesday’s game against the Bruins.


  286. punkster says:

    Your Spacek comment regarding his embarrassing the team is unjustified. Shame on you.


  287. Psycho29 says:

    The future looks bright for your team (AGAIN).

    Although I have heard this for the last 44 years….Hope they don’t blow it…AGAIN.

  288. habstrinifan says:

    I understand.

    Just little sensitive to be harsh on any guy who stands up to teams that want to play the bully against the habs. I remember when I would be sweating Saturdays before Bruins game ( those supposedly Big Bad Bruins) and could feel the relief just come over me as little guys like Tremblay and Jarvis and Riseborough and quiet guys like Gainey and Bouchard would just stare the rough stuff right in the face and show the team and the Bruins what we were made of.

    Sometimes I am a little scared that we dont have those type guys anymore and I am grateful for anyone who does stand up.

    I understand your qualms re his defensive liabilities though.

  289. Hobie Hansen says:

    The fact that Spacek was beaten up is really just a side note. The main point is that he’s pretty weak when battling for the puck in front of the net and in the corners. Not to mention that each and every game his clearing attempts along the wall are constantly picked off, allowing the play to continue in our end. Maybe I’m being a little hard on him but there’s definitely quite a few scary moments every game with him on the ice.

    His little bit of offensive upside is overshadowed by his shaky physical and defensive play, in my books.  


  290. fbkj says:

    hell also bring takers when he has to clear waivers

  291. habstrinifan says:

    Yes he was ‘huge’ on 5-3 situation… was all alone on that play too.

  292. observer says:

    Because Buffalo will make it, the only way Leafs can make they playoffs is if they catch BOTH the Rangers and Carolina who both are bad hockey teams.And even with those 2 teams choking – Carolina lost to Chicago the night before as well, Leafs still will have a hard time making it BUT next year with over $20 million in cap room? Hello Brad Richards!

  293. Danno says:

    Too much truculence inevitably leads to suckulence


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

  294. Psycho29 says:

    The Loafs didn’t show much truculence vs the Blackhawks….

  295. theremster says:

    Picture perfect game demonstrating the fact that being offensive for most of the game is a better system than Jacques Martin’s defensive “get two goal and panic yourself in keeping that lead by defending for the rest of the game” mentality. Specially when your defensive core was depleted by darn knee injuries.

  296. habstrinifan says:



    As I said in other post, this was one game I didnt turn off/on just cause I was nervous. Heck I didnt even rush to solace of Boone’s blog till after game, I was so calm. Still read the blog twice though… too good a feature of this site to miss.


  297. WindsorHab-10 says:

    With pleasure.

  298. says:

    Yes, with Pat H.

    I’ve got markers coming in as well with a pile of Halak/Mtl fans.  Going to be a great spring!


    They Call Me Shane

  299. says:

    Oh I can’t wait for the day when Habs Inside Out has the ol hockeymit with the thumbs up, and thumbs down function.


    They Call Me Shane

  300. says:

    You know, we should be happy with 30, but no, I want he and the team to hit 40.  There is way too much bashing on here, and that W total would pretty much sum up every single negative sally. 

    Can’t wait for Tuesday.  Payback, and I mean on the scoreboard, run it up, and send those losers back to that bandwagon jumping city where they belong.

    They Call Me Shane

  301. habstrinifan says:

    Not ususally a ref commenter but tonight you are right. Especially the interference on Gionta and also a non call on hit on Subban.  But generally the HABS play was too good tonight to fret re the refs.


  302. habstrinifan says:

    I posted me reactions to the game before I read the posts. I totally agree with you that this was probably one of the best games of the year if not of many years.

    One way I judge it, and this may sound stupid. I never felt nervous about their play that I had the need to play my little game of ‘turn it off/on for a minute’ to not blight them.

    This was like an old time confident habs team, where you watch knowing that your boys were not gonna be outplayed.

  303. skoalbandit says:

    again, learning from cammi

  304. db says:

    Or he’s just acting like he’s been there before… or getting used to scoring in the NHL..  I think our vets are bringing the best out of these kids.. this is the most cohesive team Ive seen in a long time..

  305. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Sadly, no. He’s not kidding.

  306. HardHabits says:

    It bodes well for the play-offs if Gomez wakes up.

  307. light_n_tasty says:

    Excellent game by Gomez (second time I’ve said that this year).  See what happens when our “impact” centre has an impact?  

  308. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    This guy represents stupidity on an epic level.

  309. otter649 says:

    Didn’t Rick Moffatt from CJAD have a bet with one of the reporters from Habs Inside Out that Price would have more wins than Halak this season. Moffat has Price………

  310. otter649 says:

    Well Lucic tried knocking out Dom Moore with a cross check to the head a couple of games back with a non call from The Refs………

  311. Trisomy 21 says:

    Ugh.. I try not to read those comments. These are the same people who were saying Halak’s performance was a flash in the pan

  312. Rainrocket16 says:

    Great game tonight by the Habs..maybe the best all year. I think the lineups are working finally! Stamkos might want to relax a little he might be the next Cindy Crosby, and not in a good way!

  313. andrewberkshire says:

    You’re kidding, right? Claude Lemieux was a way better player than Gomez.

  314. savethepuck says:

    The collapse by Detroit blowing a 4-1 lead puts Carey back tied with Howard for the league lead in Wins at 31. He may get it to 40 yet. 16 more games left.

  315. Nahlsy says:

    Tough to be hard on a team getting smoked by the Hawks right now. The Champs are back in form now that they’re getting healthy again.

  316. Nahlsy says:

    I guess that’s why he’s been going after guys like Hammer and Kubina lately.

  317. Trisomy 21 says:

    Pretty sure it was Moen

  318. Trisomy 21 says:

    I don’t know about a great game.. He looked like a spaz out there on the PP. but he is playing better than at the beginning of the season. Still has to be better

    I know, I know, I need Gomez-anger management

  319. HardHabits says:

    They’re always reffing with our heads.


  320. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    For your viewing pleasure, the Idiot Of The Day Award goes to this TSN poster:

    “You would think that after the classless fans booed their future star in a pre-season game, that he would want out. But Price wanted another chance in the playoffs to avenge his past record (0-8). Little does he know, the Habs can’t go anywhere in the playoffs without the goalie carrying them. His record will be 0-12 because he is no Halak, he won’t be able to make 55 saves a game for the shutout! No Halak = throw in the towel!”

    How is it a goalie goes 0-8, or 0-12 for that matter, in the playoffs?

  321. savethepuck says:

    I seem to remember him winning a playoff series his rookie year before losing to the Flyers.

  322. VancouverHab says:

    Comparing Scott Gomez to Claude Lemieux is like comparing Mats Naslund to Stéphan Lebeau,

  323. blu3chip says:

    MaxPac didn’t look too excited after scoring the two goals… maybe I’m thinking too much…

  324. stephen says:

    That picture of Gionta and Gill on the front page looks like a little known deleted scene from ‘Harry and the Hendersons’.

  325. Timo says:

    Koci against McIntyre… pretty good bout but really… two goons throwing it isn’t going to spark a team. To get a spark you need Levacalier vs Iginla type fight. Or DD knocking Lucic out.

  326. blu3chip says:

    Come on, be a man.

    How about this. If Gill end up scoring more than Gomez this season, I will give you $100. Otherwise, you go get a Gomez t shirt and wear it every time the Habs play for a year.

  327. Timo says:

    It is a shame that yotes are playing in Phoenix cause they are a pretty good and exciting hockey team. I hear Toronto is looking for an NHL team (moahaha… man, I crack me up)

  328. dre1744 says:

    with the bald  one  in net

  329. JohnBellyful says:

    I agree. I hate these guys who do the heavy slogging for most of the regular season to get the team into the post-season and have nothing left over for the playoffs. Man, they really should learn to pace themselves.

  330. Timo says:

    Oh yeah… I remembered the painful game against the leafs, then blank, then atlanta… I did drink a bit after that leafs game.

  331. Timo says:

    Ok… keep reading 4 in a row… who the hell did we beat before Atlanta?

  332. WindsorHab-10 says:


  333. otter649 says:


  334. dre1744 says:

    Ak    played  another inspiring  game   he  showed  some  speed  by  chasing down  some  pucks  tonight.  If the guy  would  be  consistant  like this  every  night  it  would  be great!!!!!!!

  335. Former Jets Fan says:

    The mighty Red Wings blow a 4-1 lead after two, lose in shootout to Phoenix.

  336. C_Hand says:

    Like I’ve been saying all season: Gomez picks up his play at the end of the regular season and performs brilliantly in the playoffs. It’s rinse and repeat every year, guys…

  337. Ian Cobb says:

    The officials were certainly reffing the score tonight. We had to play Tampa and the refs.!

  338. blu3chip says:

    I will take that over a player who shines in regular seasons and disappeared in playoffs.

    If Gomez, Gionta and Cammalleri step up during playoffs, we are a serious contender.

  339. CanadienBoy says:

    Larrey as they call him did drove Vinny nuts love it

  340. Ian Cobb says:

    Taking the two points will be good enough for me.

  341. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I feel guilty taking money from a fellow Habs-fan.

    That would be funny though.

  342. Timo says:

    It was beautiful to see.

  343. blu3chip says:

    Please, don’t be.

    How about $200?

  344. CanadienBoy says:

    They will because that is why Gainey got them for PLAYOFF TIME

  345. blu3chip says:

    $100 Gomez will have more goals.

    You in?

  346. CanadienBoy says:

    Hope you right,but yes TB,Flyers and Boston seem to be on a low and Habs ,Jersey and Wash.. should be on a high 

  347. HabFanSince72 says:

    Shawn Thornton got his bell seriously rung by Mike Rupp:

  348. WindsorHab-10 says:

    NESN, the Bruins station, is advertising the rematch on Tuesday & bragging about how Boston Man-handled the Habs last game. Win or lose, I want revenge on that dirtbag Campbell.

  349. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Did you enjoy watching Red Light Reimer get lit up tonight as much as I did?  Doubt it.   =)

  350. CanadienBoy says:

    Good new !

  351. blu3chip says:

    Cammy is the fan fav; Gomez is the scapegoat. Everyone has a purpose on this team.

  352. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Saweeet! Bout time some teams try to put the Bruins in their place!

  353. CanadienBoy says:

    He want 7 to 10 years deal and Burky does not give those

  354. HardHabits says:

    Thanks for leading me to that moron. His two posts are currently at -84 and -57 for a grand total of -141. Trolls gonna hate. He’s probably observer or that other f***tard who doesnt post anymore habitant5.

    I love this comment too: I heard Bob choking down tears at one point he was so deperessed anouncing this game.

  355. Nahlsy says:

    The main picture looks like it was taken at a father and son game or something.

    So do we figure it’s enough time for those who were crucified for the opinion that Price was the goalie they wanted the Habs to keep to say, “I told you so” yet? He stole six points this week, getting outshot 41-23, 45-23 for 3-1 and 4-2 wins and tossed a 4-0 shutout in a 31-30 shot game. 116 shots – 77 shots and we outscore our foes 11-3 in those games? Player of the week in the biggest week of the season so far considering it was against most of the nearest playoff rivals.

  356. habs99 says:

    Yeah not bad, but for $10million or whatever he makes, just don’t know what happend to him.

  357. dre1744 says:

    Wow  detroit    just blew  a 4 – 1  lead  vs  the yotes…….    Babcock  won’t  be  too happy about that one.

  358. blu3chip says:

    Rough night for Leafs fans.

  359. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    IMO Vinny’s a lot like Gomez, still a good player, just not what he used to be.  Problem is, in a salary cap reality, their cap hits are a little harder to hide in the shadows.

  360. observer says:

    Bad clearing pass by Sopel on Atlanta’s only goal, then Cammaleri accidently falling causing the first one to happen tonight, shutout of Florida means Price really allowed just 1 goal in the last 3 games? And made a zillion great stops to boot?

  361. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Nice road trip for the team. Go Gill Go!!!!!!!!!!

    Any bets that Gill will end up with more goals than Gomer?

  362. SeriousFan09 says:

    Milestone March Continues:

    Roman Hamrlik has played more than 300 games more than any member of the Montreal Canadiens, he’ll become the 49th player in league history to play 1300 career games when he hopefully plays Career game No. 1300 against Washington on March 15th. He is the 2nd-longest serving Czech in league history. Provided he starts in the NHL next season, he’ll surpass Bobby Holik’s 1314 games for No. 1.

    Carey Price needs 8 more victories for 100 career wins.

    Jacques Martin is after 8 as well for 600 career wins as a head coach, he’s also 4 wins away from his 6th 40-win season as an NHL head coach.

    Mike Cammalleri is still looking for an apple to have 200 career assists.

    Andrei Kostitsyn needs 4 assists for 100 career helpers.

    Max Pacioretty just cracked 50 career points in the NHL with his 2-goal performance tonight.

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

  363. savethepuck says:

    JM is pretty dry, but every once in a while, he comes up with a good one.

  364. HardHabits says:

    He kicked butt in the FO circle though.

  365. observer says:

    He’s far from finished. Yes, he isn’t the same player as when he was younger. What was it? His 17th goal so far this season?

  366. rogieshan says:


  367. Ian Cobb says:

    Gomez had another great game Fred. Most people miss out seeing how good he is with and without the puck. Their lose.

    We are just now hitting our stride, Boston is in for a surprise.

  368. observer says:

    There is no more no trade for Richards. If Leafs offer him a million more than NY he’ll sign in Toronto in a NEW YORK MINUTE.

  369. HabFanSince72 says:

    Not finished. Just not as good as he used to be.

  370. habs99 says:

    Anyone else think Lecavalier is finished.  He looked useless out there, yes he scored, but man, what a drop off.  Can you imagine if he was in a habs uniform…yikes!

    Eller did a great job to take the body on him all night…I’m really digging his play of late.

  371. Fred D says:

    I trust that the absolutely perfect lead pass to Max, was noticed. Without it there is no goal. The timing and placement were spot on.

    This is starting to be a pattern. Keep watching.


  372. JohnBellyful says:

    Was able to see only the last half of the match. Liked what I saw, for the most part:

    Positives — Carey Price; five-on-three penalty kill; Gomez’s set-up of Pax’s second goal (he also started the play that led to Max’s first goal);

    Negatives — cheap penalty assessed Camillari; dumb penalty by Halpern; giveaway by Gill that resulted in TBay’s second goal; Bob Cole doing play-by-play (either he’s too far from the play to see what actually is happening or they’ve got his monitor showing another game entirely). Here’s a suggestion: CBC institute the seven-second delay, to give him time to make the correct call. Hmmm, make it 17 seconds)

    Oh, yes, one more negative, Don Cherry (hey, I didn’t say this stuff would be news). Know what the dumbest thing in hockey is? The penalty for firing the puck over the glass by the defensive team. Not hitting from behind, not head shots, not engaging another player in a fight for having delivered a solid, legal hit.

    And you know what it will take to persuade the NHL to adopt no-touch icing (which Cherry is right to champion)? Someone breaking their neck. Okay, Don, what will you say after someone breaks his neck in a fistfight or suffers a career-ending concussion from a swat to the head? Oh, right, that’s part of the game. If there wasn’t fighting, people could get hurt.

  373. Danno says:

    On Hal Skill.. “I thought I was watching Bobby Orr” — Jacques Martin at press conference


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

  374. observer says:

    When Moore scored TB’s powerplay goal to cut the lead to 2-1, which Hab player fell at near centre ice leading to the Lightning to rush back into the zone essentially with a 2 man advantage?

  375. CanadienBoy says:

    So Richard only agree to lift his no trade for The Rangers ,i guess Burky,s out ,finally the Habs winning 3 on the road !

  376. Timo says:

    For a change a rather convincing victory. Really liked Eller against Lecavalier on a couple of shifts – drove Vinny nuts. 

    However, when is the last time Cammilleri did anything useful for his 6 mil?

  377. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Let me talk to Gill first & I’ll get back to you.

  378. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jimmy Howard is a serious achilles heel, he can’t find consistency and he had about as sheltered a development path as one could dream of.


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

  379. Mattyleg says:

    Ha! We’ve got an Eight Million Dollar Claude Lemieux!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  380. Trisomy 21 says:

    lol it totally does.

    It’s still early to say that, though I feel it’s rightly earned to say so. There are still those who don’t follow the team until the playoffs, if Price pulls a stinker or is left hanging out to dry like happened 2 years ago, they will be on Price like white on rice.

  381. WindsorHab-10 says:

    So what you’re telling us is that he’s a maple laff fan.

  382. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Had the exact same thought.

  383. daveho29 says:

    Is it just me or does Gionta look like a midget in this photo.

  384. Mike D says:

    Well Skillsie is 6’7″ so standing next to him makes most people look small. Factor in that Gio is listed at 5’7″ (which is generous apparently) and that’s likely the conclusion you’re gonna come to.

    Funny lookin pic though, that’s for sure.

    – Honestly yours

  385. The Cat says:

    What a goofy looking picture.

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

  386. says:

    Actually, for a 40 + shot night, I thought they were for the most part pretty tame, and mostly perimeter.

    But Carey was huge on the 5 on 3 PK, he read the play perfectly and knew not to let Stamkos score.  That poke check was the game difference.

    It’s a good thing TB plays in the South, they’d get eaten alive in any other division.  It seems (looking month by month) that no one takes this team seriously when they play down there.  I’m guessing there is a whole lot of sitting on the deck and looking for golf time. 

    But what’s really funny is that with the exception of one game, they spent the entire month of February (coldest and most depressing winter month) at home.  Tell me the NHL isn’t getting kickbacks from the TB tourism industry haha.

    They Call Me Shane

  387. habs365 says:

    Glad we won..but tonight Carey was our savior again..nice to get the win but too many shots against

  388. observer says:

    Now the Habs also have a winning record on the road as well.

  389. habstrinifan says:

    Great game played by the HABS. They played with confidence and cohesion as a team. For the most part they maintained their purpose and work ethic and ‘game plan’ on the ice.

    Players who stood out were Gill/Subban pairing, Gomez had a very good game as did Eller/pAC/AK.

    There were some periods where they lost focus and their play became scrambly and allowed TB to assert themselves, but it was good to see the team correct themselves and gain the momentum again.

    This was a GREAT game for the team. Price made outstanding saves when he had to,and yes he played his usual stellar part in getting the win. But I disagree with habs365 below. I havent checked the final shot tally but this was not a game where the Canadiens were being outshot in a manner or quality that the goalie was the saviour.

    The team contributed an all around effort to the win.

    This was a GREAT team game. Kudos to JM and his coaches! And to the players. Great Saturday night hockey as a HABS fan. You saw enough style and speed from the habs along with steady, focussed team presence. And all the while the LEAFS were losing too.


  390. Mike D says:

    Great game by Carey (and the boys) tonight!

    And man, that shot by MaxPac on his second goal was an absolute BULLET! He was barely at the faceoff circle when he shot that and it was in the net before Roloson even flinched – just awesome!

    Perfect feed by Gomez on that goal too – gotta give him credit where it’s due. He had a really solid game tonight. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come and not just a random good game.

    – Honestly yours

  391. Drive_For_25 says:

    Lovin the play of Gomez and Kostitsyn of late.  Don’t know if it’s good chemistry on the new lines or their hard work making these new lines work, probably a little of both, but whatever it is I like it!  Gomez looks like he’s gearing up for the big playoff push and Andrei is just a force out there these days, hope he can keep it up.  Is anyone worried about what’s bothering Subban’s wrist??  He seems to be hunched over on the bench clutching it at least once a game lately and hasn’t been out on the PP much which tells me they’re trying to keep him away from the big one timer lately to keep the load off his wrist.  Hopefully he can heal it up before playoffs and be 100% healthy and ready to go.  Nice to see a few wins strung together too!!!


    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!

  392. Trisomy 21 says:

    Yeah, good job taking it out of context, a$$. I was not spreading hate about the habs. I was responding to why people don’t flood the boards after all our wins. Last win, although helpful in our pursuit, was no blockbuster team we beat. If we beat a team like TB, Bos or any team making a push, we could draw some lines on how good we actually are. I can’t believe I had to explain this, and it’s surprising how you react to some realism.

  393. SeriousFan09 says:

    Top-5 pretty much requires the Habs capture the NE Title and more, Being Top-5 has demanded between 102-110 points since the lockout ended. MTL would need to collect a lot of Ws for that to happen.


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

  394. HardHabits says:

    You know why I am saying top 5? That’s the sweet spot. Nevertheless winning the division would be very, very sweet.

    Bruins have been on a major tear lately though. It’ll be tough to catch them but if the Habs win the next two game against them it’ll be real close. Right to the last game maybe.

    To say the next game is huge is an understatement.

  395. observer says:

    The way I see it – I may be all wrong – but this year there is no great eastern team like Washington was last year or Pittsburgh was as well last year – and Habs beat them anyway last year in 7 game series. The top 3 seeds last year all knocked off in the first round. Parity in both conferences. Plus I think this year’s Montreal team even minus those 2 defensemen is better than last year and their record and points sure show it.

  396. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I like the Carolina/Boston matchup.

  397. HalifaxHabs says:

    1) Washington is looking good to finish 3rd, hence my suggestion the Habs finish “4th or 5th”

    2) Pittsburgh is still good even without Crosby and they still have 5 pts on us, that’s why I had the “5th” possibility in there. But you can’t tell me you don’t like the prospect of getting Pittsburgh first round with no Crosby… (I know he still may come back, but at this point no one would be surprised to see him get shut down for the year)

  398. savethepuck says:

    I am predicting :

    1. Boston

    2. Philly.

    3. Washington

    4. Montreal

    5. Tampa Bay

    6. Pittsburg

    7. Buffalo

    8. Carolina

    I hope we can catch and pass the Bruins, but it may be tough at 5 pts back ( that goal at 19:27 to send it to OT tonight was a killer).  We still have 2 games left against them so you never know.

  399. observer says:

    Pittsburgh without Crosby beat Boston in Boston tonight. Washington cannot be ignored either.

  400. HardHabits says:

    I am talking top 5 over-all in the league, and I know it’s a bit on the optimistic side, but I agree there will be some shifting of positions in the Eastern Conference before the season is over.

  401. HalifaxHabs says:

    I’m hoping Carey finishes the rest of the season this strong, and steals the Vezina from Thomas’ flabby behind!

  402. Kimberly2u says:

    Carey is playing so well…way better than flabby Thomas

  403. observer says:

    Bet on them all 3 of these road games in the south. An excellent week for me. BUT I would have still liked Gauthier to have added a scorer. Even tonight – this game should have been 5-0 or 6-0 in the first period instead, someone falls during a penalty and Tampa Bay is in the game down 2-1 and outplaying the Habs and still in the game BECAUSE Habs didn’t have scorers who can hit the net.

  404. HalifaxHabs says:

    Man I love that pic, Mose is a crazy.

  405. Muckbringer says:

    huge win…observer, what clubs you use? alll shout oh friggn lay!!!!

  406. SeriousFan09 says:

    Win both remaining games against the ‘Ruins and only 1 point seperates us, the streak is maintained and it could be a NE Title soon enough.


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

  407. savethepuck says:

    Now that our D corps are relatively heathy, I am seriously looking at home ice advantage in the playoffs.

  408. HalifaxHabs says:

    yeah with Tampa slipping up, and who knows what’s up with Crosby, I like the Habs chances of getting into the 4 or 5 spot…

  409. HalifaxHabs says:

    yeah with Tampa slipping up, and who knows what’s up with Crosby, I like the Habs chances of getting into the 4 or 5 spot…

  410. HardHabits says:

    The Habs can finish the season in the top 5 and if they do let me be the 1st to say, “Ça sent la coupe!!!”

  411. Storm Man says:

    I could not have said it any better. Go Habs Go

  412. JohnBellyful says:

    Actually, you don’t have to ‘listen’ to any of them. That’s why God made scroll buttons.

  413. says:


    They Call Me Shane

  414. slapshot777 says:

    Love it when the Habs win, because I haven’t got to listen to all the a$$holes that come on here with their hate for the habs players and management.


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

  415. savethepuck says:

    A few of the comments here Thursday night after the 4-0 win over Fla were ” who cares, we beat an AHL team”.  So they even do it when we win.

  416. savethepuck says:

    I am just confident he may get 1 orf the 3 stars. Still good.

  417. Jordio-oh says:

    yeah i’d bet alot on that. i was corrected on the other thread too, haha. i forgot about the other stars.

    But I’m holding out for number one!!

  418. Jordio-oh says:

    i mentioned this on the other thread, but the only player standing in Price’s way for player of the week is Toews. 5 goals, 2 assists, +5 on the week.

    But i change my mind from before. Gotta give it to Carey!

  419. savethepuck says:

    Great road trip for a change. Playing good now that we are heathier. Great week for Carey. 3-0 with a 1.0 GAA and a 9.74 SV%. Should get consideration for a star of the week with those numbers. Back to November form!

  420. Trisomy 21 says:

    Too little too late from the ref- i mean lightening.

  421. adam76 says:

    Can’t argue with results!!

  422. pmaraw says:

    wow vinny only has 16….

  423. skoalbandit says:

    looks like cammi has taught patches a thing or two

  424. showey47 says:

    I disagree,size has nothing to do with taking more penalties. If you are taking interference penalties it’s because you lost body position on the player you are checking not because your small. All you need to do is see that the leafs are one of the least penalized teams and it’s not like they have plenty of big players and the ones who are big are not very fleet of foot like komisarek and phaneuf. If anything the leafs should be where we are when it comes to being shorthanded.

  425. The Teacher says:

    Totally agree, officiating has been poor at best since the lockout.

  426. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t just watch the Habs though to make this statement though. I watch the Hawks, the Ducks, the Red Wings, the Capitals and on occasion the Jackets and Kings. The Habs are simply called more often for things other teams get away with and draw less penalties than they should.

    The NHL doesn’t care about doing a good job.  They just don’t, they’d rather bury their heads in the sand and claim everything’s fine even if player safety is compromise.

    If they wanted to do a good job they’d call officials after a Buffalo game and say the next time we see you swallow your whistle because Lindy Ruff won’t stop whining you’re not doing NHL games for a month. They’d tell them the next time you fail to keep a game under control (see the DAL-BOS, MTL-BOS, NYI-PIT Brawls) you’re not working for a month. They would make sure the sole responsibility for discipline in the NHL doesn’t go to a guy who thinks his son’s team can do no wrong. They wouldn’t have a different standard for Stars and scrubs. It is ridiculous to pretend that the NHL has given a damn about keeping the officiating even.


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

  427. solomio says:

    Sorry JP I posted without reading your reply! I concur with your analysis

  428. notbigbird says:

    Didn’t I read somewhere that there is no debriefing after games etc. Seems like there’s no accountability.

  429. showey47 says:

    I think i was more irratate by the home opener against the bolts where we were holding the lead with about 2 mins left.  Subban was given a garbage slashing call when the refs had already put the whistles away by not calling anything else that entire period. Then when short handed boyd(i believe)tries to get to a lose puck which would have given him a free shot at the empty net but was tripped by a bolt player then seconds later tampa ties it up then we lost in overtime. Though the wings game was a pile of steaming crap by the officiating also i think i was more pissed at gorges when he tried to hold a puck in the corner to kill off the final seconds of the first period while we were short handed instead of icing it when he had a chance to do so. I think the most frustrating thing is as a person who is a center ice subscriber hence watching multiple games every night. You see how inconsistent these refs are.  Refs like Chris Lee and Dave Jackson look like they go out of their way to make marginal calls against the the habs. Then two nights later they are going some game like nashville vs phoenix and you don’t even know they are on the ice. It’s almost like the habs should hire an entire new scouting section to just scout officials.

  430. solomio says:

    SF,I haven’t check my next statement out but if you look you’ll prolly find that the majority of Habs penalties are of the interference type. I surmise that that is because of the fact that a smaller player cannot power his way through battles and because of that disadvantage in weight and size must revert to interference in hope of winning those battles.

  431. J_P says:

    IMO, the fact that the habs are small is precisely why they are the 2nd most penalized team in the league.  Being unable to outmuscle your opponent off the puck results in an increase in hooking, holding, and tripping in an attempt to slow them down.  Especially considering the defensive system they play.  If they were playing a puck possession system like detroit, they would have the puck more often and wouldn’t take as many penalties. 

    I’m not one of those guys crying for more size or saying the habs are too small, but the style of system they play doesn’t really compliment their lack of size, and seems to lead to more minor penalties taken. 

  432. RiverviewCanadien says:

    The DET game pissed me off. The call on Pleks in the O-Zone is one that really struck a chord with me. Habs and Wings played hard that game, it had a real playoff feeling to it, but then the refs ruined it and allowed DET to walk away with the win.

    But the Habs do take BEAUCOUP lazy, untimely penalties.

  433. adam76 says:

    Or maybe Montreal takes a lot of lazy, undisciplined penalties.

  434. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    The Detroit game, is that the one where the Swedish ref was shaking hands with the Swedish players on Detroit after the game?

  435. The Cat says:

    What happens when a person getting bullied doesnt do anything about it -they keep getting bullied…Until JM throws a serious fit behind the bench, nothing will change. Dont make it easy for the refs…

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

  436. Danno says:

    That Detroit game was handed to the Wings on a silver platter by the refs. We got six penalties and Detroit got only one if my memory serves me correctly. It was a real disgrace.

    Just checked… It was six penalties to one…


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

  437. SeriousFan09 says:

    You can tell how crooked the NHL is when the Habs, a group of non-fighters and based around smaller, skilled players is the 2nd-most penalized. Not only that, we’ve been getting the dregs of the officiating world, Lee, Auger, Walkom, Kowal, L’Ecuyer, Massenhoven… this team has been getting jobbed since we played Detroit.


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

  438. alestar says:

    OMFG…this makes it official…Tony is really Pierre McGuire!!!


    XXIV…and counting

  439. adam76 says:

    In other news, water is wet.

  440. Omit says:

    Are you sure?

  441. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    That is mathematically astute.

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

  442. observer says:

    Habs are but 4 points behind the Lightning, a Habs win in regulation tonight reduces it to just 2.

  443. LA Loyalist says:

    New Jersey. But as for the others, yeah, and Anaheim and Dallas play each other often, those games are generally very tight.

    I scored tickets to the Anaheim/Kings game March 19th, will get to see Penner again and hopefully Koivu will be back.

  444. The Cat says:

    The 3 best teams in one goal games are Anaheim, TB and Dallas.


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

  445. doublerr says:

    The worst was Brian Boyle of the Rangers with a blatent elbow/forearm to the chin of Spacek, should of been a suspension and there wasn’t even a penalty.


  446. adam76 says:

    Those are a couple of micro examples.  You will find examples like this for every team in the league.  The officiating is bad, not “corrupt”  What about all those 2 many men, is that the league screwing the franchise who is number two in attendance and number two in merchandise sales? .




    Such theories should only apply to the moon landing.

  447. SeriousFan09 says:

    Two players hook down Ben Pouliot in the offensive zone, no call. Pouliot’s stick taps a guy’s leg and he falls down like he was speared, penalty. That’s been the tale of the season, players can dive like they’re training for the Olympic Swim Team and nothing happens.

    Lars Eller was speared off of a faceoff this season (when at least two sets of eyes are on that!) and that rat Briere wasn’t called on it.


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

  448. G-Man says:

    Hey, Price had a lot of defenders last year. I am one of the few that sees what Gomez brings every night in a positive light. I am really sick of seeing AntiChambre here at HIO. (As I am sure all the Price boosters hated seeing negative remarks about their favourite goalie.)

  449. Clay4bc says:

    Stand pat.


    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  450. observer says:

    Correct numbers and if you have the ability to subtract, the Habs right now have just 11 points less than they had all season long last year when they set the new world’s record for lowest points ever to make the NHL playoffs under the current format at 88 points AND they couldn’t even set the record themselves and had have to share this proud record that probably will never ever be attained again by a NHL team so long as you or your descendants live. Is this sentence too brief?

  451. Danno says:

    Arithmetically observant!

    Tony’s going to put this guy out of business…


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

  452. Propwash says:

    Carry the one, account for wind resistance……..

  453. Bryan says:

    Give me a moment while I double check those calculations.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  454. kempie says:

    Tampa will do fine against another contender tonight. They’re a pretty decent team this year.

  455. SeriousFan09 says:

    Contenders for #1 in the East? Maybe.

    Real Contenders have things like defensive depth and goaltending.


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

  456. adam76 says:

    Great test against a contender tonight – GO HABS.

  457. observer says:

    Washington is going to pass them anyday now for that division lead. If they lose tonight, Habs too are poised to catch them.

  458. solomio says:

    C’mon SF Rolly the Goalie hasn’t been good?

  459. SeriousFan09 says:

    Victor Hedman can’t play all 60 minutes, the rest of that crew is past their prime or just 5-6 D quality on their best day. The last goaltender to win a Cup after age 40 was Johnny Bower and Roloson ain’t no Bower.


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

  460. adam76 says:

    Tampa Bay has a solid D core, and dwayne roloson has one more run left.  Flyers, Bruins and TB are all letgit congenders in the east.  Sad but true.


    They also have one of the best “rookie” coaches in the league.

  461. observer says:

    Right now closer to #4 and #5 than to Boston who is #2 overall.

  462. Ayan_SB says:

    Not to mention seeing Johan Franzen shake the Swedish referee’s hand after the game.

  463. J_P says:

    Its pretty true what you are saying.  I remember a game against buffalo where the sabres took a couple of penalties in the first period, Ruff loses his marbles on the refs, and all of a sudden they stop calling penalties against the sabres for the rest of the game. 

  464. SeriousFan09 says:

    They’d probably just start throwing bench minors at us.


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

  465. The Cat says:

    The 3 teams in the East with the best record against the Western Conf are NY Rangers, Pittsburgh and Carolina.

    The 3 teams in the West with the best record against the Eastern Conf are Colombus, Chicago and Detroit.


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

  466. savethepuck says:

    But most of their loses are in OT or an SO

  467. The Cat says:

    How are Pittsburgh still in 4th, seems they dont stop losing lately.

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

  468. The Cat says:

    Probably, but being good on Saturdays certainly wasnt the case last year. The only other day this year the habs have a good record is Friday (5-2), the other days are basically slightly above or below .500.

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

  469. habrez says:

    I think the reason the Habs record is so good on Saturdays is because they usually play at home on Saturdays. I could be mistaken though.

  470. Clay4bc says:

    Those are impressive Saturday numbers. Looks like our boys rise to the occasion of being broadcast “coast to coast” – and beyond, in my case.


    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  471. The Cat says:

    The Cat’s Tale O’ The Tape: Habs are 18-8-1 with 1 day off and 12-3-1 on Saturdays. TB are 14-11-2 with 1 day off and 9-3-2 on Saturdays…Saturday has been the habs’ best day this year by far.


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

  472. observer says:

    But you didn’t see him receiving a check from the player under the stands before the game.

  473. Danno says:

    Marcus Vinnerborg

    No cheques please. Large bills only.


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

  474. observer says: – – – – – Brian Gionta ranks seventh in the NHL with 245 shots on goal. … Stamkos is 17th in the League with 215 shots.

  475. Clay4bc says:

    So does that make you the anti-Gomez basher? A Gomez booster, perhaps?


    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  476. G-Man says:

    In a little while, all the Gomez bashers will be on saying that if he’s injured he shouldn’t be playing. TB will be a good test and I am looking forward to an intense battle.

    Funny how the Habs are the 2nd most penalized team in the league without too many fighting majors. Odd, isn’t it, how no team that plays the Habs gets more than 1 or 2 penalties. Must be that they are all angels when they play Montreal.

    Anyone see that roughing call against Subban the other night. Utter bs. The Ontario refs in the NHL just love the Habs. You can tell every time one of the Habs get interfered with or hooked; no call. But, every time a Habs player farts, he is in the box for 2.

    So, Habs. Beat Tampa and the refs, too. You just know they will have 5 power plays while the Habs get 1, maximum 2.

  477. adam76 says:

    4 IN A ROW.  Great job!

  478. naweed235 says:

    its the Sopel effect  !!!    =)

  479. lavie says:

    I predicted 4:2 win with a empty net goal. 99% correct. :)

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