Game 73: Canadiens flat against Senators

Senators’ Peter Regin deflects the puck passed Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak during the first period Monday night. John Mahoney, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Brian Gionta | Jaro Spacek | Hal Gill | Andrei Markov | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: The Canadiens had a chance to take a big step up in the Eastern Conference standings on Monday night, but they came up empty in a 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Montreal mustered only six shots on Brian Elliott in the first period, but the Senators did even worse with only five shots on goal. However, they got one past Jaroslav Halak when Peter Regin tipped in a pass from the top of the crease. After a scoreless second period, Erik Karlsson scored his second goal of the season on the power play 8:17 into the third period. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Senators and handed the Canadiens their second-straight loss after a six-game winning streak.

• Key Moments: For the second straight game, the Canadiens inability to take advantage on the power play cost them dearly. Montreal was 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Travis Moen left the game in the second period after being cut in the face by a skate, but RDS was reporting that he did not need to hospital and was treated at the Bell Centre, which is a good sign.

• What It Means: Montreal drops to 36-30-7 and remains at 79 points in seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Senators and Flyers. The Senators and Flyers play each other on Tuesday night.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens play in Buffalo on Wednesday before coming home to play the Panthers on Thursday and the Devils on Saturday.

390 Comments

  1. TomNickle says:

    Scotiabank place is also in Kanata.  Very suburban area with ions of room for parking!

    TD Bank North Centre(formerly known as the Fleetcenter) in Boston is the worst arena for parking.  Had to pay $50 for valet parking but to be honest I would do it again in a heartbeat.  Parking area was immediately outside of the subway station which connects to the rink.  Out of the arena in 5 minutes, out of the madness that follows a game in another 5.

    Other advantage.  The building is covered in blue glass.  Last time there a friend and I got caught up in the road closures that accompany the Boston Marathon and it took us 3 hours to get to the vehicle after a Red Sox v. Yankees game in the early afternoon.  Got to our seats just in time for warmup because we were able to identify the rink amongst the busy business sector of Boston.

  2. Say Ash says:

    By the way, who the heck thought of putting Earth Hour during a Habs game?

  3. Say Ash says:

    It’s been his saving grace, but I wish his one-timer would come around.

  4. TomNickle says:

    For all of the Jaro Spacek haters.

    +12, leading the active roster.

  5. Bugs says:

    If it’s so unpleasant, I can take those tickets off your hands if you want?

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  6. bostonantifan says:

    Regular goalie “law” is that the more they play the better they get. See Dryden, Roy, Hasek, Fuhr, Curtis Joseph, etc.

  7. christophor says:

    sorry to state the obvious dude(tte?), but you’re usually the one to throw some goalie comment in there. your feelings seem easiest to hurt. toughen up a bit and then we’ll have a little more peace.

  8. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    If you are implying that bad location was part of the reason for their failure, agreed 100%!!!!

  9. sholi2000.com says:

    lol, that’s funny.  I stopped reading his opinion years ago.

    They call me Shane

  10. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Not only would it not be better, it would be terrible were it placed ‘in an open field’ or somewhere with excess land. If there is excess land, thats a hint its an undesirable area with little else going on. Also, it was intended to stay close to the forum’s location and ya know, the site where hockey originated in organized form.

  11. habs11s says:

    I heard parking at the Expos games nowadays is amazing, same with the Nordiques (sp?)…

    ___________________________________________________________________________

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

  12. Bugs says:

    That’s incorrect.

    Our biggest game of the year so far was the one against Boston.

    We aspired to the playoffs, not to 5th place.

    Consolidating 5th place is a cherry on the sundae, not the sundae itself.

    If we lose, we still survive with a smile. Ergo: NOT our most important game of the season so far.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  13. Bugs says:

    Whereas, with other goalies, it’s the other way around?

    They play better the LESS they play?

    I dunno, mate…

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  14. mike g says:

    I’m not saying it’s the worst arena in the league, it’s far from that.

    All I’m sayin is if they would have built it in an open field, or somewhere with a ton of land, they could have built it much larger, with even more seats. It wouldn’t have been accessed as easily, but it would certainly accomodate to all needs. But it’s MTL, the Bell could be anywhere and it would be jam packed every night.

    I like the Bell Center as I said. But, you can’t say it wouldn’t be a better ARENA if it were even bigger.

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

  15. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I get out of Centre Bell quicker than I get out of HSBC by car. Yeah, you are definitely correct regarding narrow hallways and parking is of short supply but there are many ways to get to the game quickly. Parking next door is unnecessary. I think its much more advantageous to have an arena/stadium downtown in the thick of things. People will go. They will not go if the arena is way out of the way… see Expos, Senators, even the Coyotes would do much better if not for crappy placement. Suburban stadiums are an economic, aesthetic, and logistical disaster in many cases. Unfortunately I think Quebec City will end up having a suburban stadium, but that can not really be averted. Hopefully it is closer than the Colisée, it will make the team more valuable in terms of economic benefits.

  16. boris420 says:

    Are you crazy? It’s a NHL arena where every game is packed! Ever go to a game in toronto…just as bad….ottawa, even worse their corridors are not even bigger than ours!

     

    Ever leave an allouettes game? Same thing but only a quarter of the people. As for parking thats the city’s fault not the bell center’s.

  17. boris420 says:

    Are you crazy? It’s a NHL arena where every game is packed! Ever go to a game in toronto…just as bad….ottawa, even worse their corridors are not even bigger than ours!

     

    Ever leave an allouettes game? Same thing but only a quarter of the people. As for parking thats the city’s fault not the bell center’s.

  18. mike g says:

    I understand…I’m just saying..

    From an entertainment point of view, the Bell Center is tops. But, some things leave alot to desire…

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

  19. Les Habitants says:

    1.laffs……they might get on a hot streak..

    2.all of above..

    3.nobody!

    4.sleep.

    5.about the same.The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  20. mike g says:

    Cheering for a team is totally different from anythign else in the world….

    We don’t use “we” because we pretend we play for the Habs, or are part of the team. We say “we” because it’s our team. When you’re on vacation and someone asks you how people in MTL are for example, is it wrong to say ” we are……”. No it isn’t. Jack Todd should understand this…He’s old enough.

     

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

  21. boris420 says:

    I think halak likes being played a lot. Regular goalie law doesnt apply for him, the more you play him the better he gets. Specially if he gets 40+ shots on him.

  22. Mark C says:

    So when I saw the Hurt Locker a few months ago and paid for the ticket and purchased the soda and popcorn, I could have said “we might win the Oscar this year?” 

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    You’te talking to a guy who’s 6’4″ so I’ve just become accustomed to not having much leg room really, I get up in every hockey arena between periods and go for walks to stretch my legs by necessity. If I get into the game, I don’t notice much else, I have a very particular focus on a hockey game. Corridors, meh, I’m used to crowds and moving through them so again, doesn’t bother me. I’m just happy to see a hockey game when I make it to the Bell Centre.

    Scotiabank Place would be in the centre of Ottawa if a great deal of it wasn’t basically historical buildings that can’t be knocked over and that leaves the rest of the land so expensive to a developer it was easier to put in the middle of nowhere, which hurts that team’s bottom line as it’s hard to get people to come out there. They needed to put it downtown and for access, the train and metro are literally attached to the Bell Centre so that’s public transit handled and yes the parking situation sucks, but the parking situation in the city of Montreal sucks in general.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  24. mike g says:

    I’m not going on a rant here, but the seating capacity and exceptional view from anywhere are the only positives about the Bell Center. It’s really not a well built arena….

    The parking is pathetic. It takes you an hour to leave downtown.

    The seating is way too tight. Leg room is scarce.

    The corridors are smaller than one’s at local arena’s.

    And so on…..I love the Bell Center because it’s well decorated with Habs stuff, and it’s where my favorite team plays. But if you’ve ever been to the Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa, that’s a well built arena. Tons and tons of parking, wide corridors, and so much leg room it’s rediculous….In the lower level, the seats are so big you can slouch, and you don’t have to stand everytime someone needs to pass. You have easily 2 feet between your legs and the seat infront of you.

    But, I guess that’s what you get when you absolutely want an arena in downtown MTL. Not much land to build on, and scarce parking…

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

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not making this up: Team 990 with Pierre Mcguire on the Bruins offence “It doesn’t take a math scientist to figure this out” My Exact Reaction.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  26. WindsorHab-10 says:

    As the Laffs did on Saturday? Are you serious? Did you honestly think the Habs gave it their all.

    Come on.

  27. mike g says:

    1- DEVILS….they represent hell

    2- Bruins

    3- Lappy

    4- Poutine’s available at every restaurant/ Laughable “celebrity” status

    5- I personally prefer the debate of Margarine vs Butter

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

  28. habs11s says:

    1) the San Jose Sharks- they destroy during the season but they choke every year in the playoffs… the ultimate NHL tease

    2) Hitler- I think his Blitzkreig can be stopped if you can successfully use the trap against him- someone call New Jersey

    3) Price should be a healthy scratch and MAB should suit up as the backup

    4) He ate too much poutine, it made him very slow during the games, now he is in Minny and away from the poutine, he’s back to skating fast

    5) both are trying to debate ‘who saves more?’ so i think its a tie

    ___________________________________________________________________________

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

  29. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We’ve had many must win games this season, none bigger than tonight’s game. Habs should not have any excuses not beating the Sens tonight. Both teams know what’s at stake and I’m hoping our team will add to Ottawa’s woes.

    Biggest game thus far IMO.

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    My father went to the Old Forum for games when he was much younger, there were columns that obstructed your view in the higher levels if you were in the wrong place. As far as modern hockey arenas go, I find the Bell Centre to be pretty well-built towards the purpose, seats over 20,000 people, the ice is pretty good, the lighting is great and there’s no giant columns to block your view of the game.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  31. mike g says:

    Does Jack Todd realize that “we” are the ones indirectly paying the salaries of the Montreal Canadiens? And that if “we” didn’t pay so much money to sit in that badly built Bell Center, pay 15$ for a hot-dog and uncapped bottle of water, there would be no team here?

    He’s such a piece of garbage. Maybe his old age is getting him all grumpy.

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

  32. B says:

    On the Maple Leaf?

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    1. Florida Panthers

    2. I’m hoping a Lockout cancels the playoffs in that scenario.

    3. Lapierre if he has some more off games

    4. Himself, sense of entitelement, lack of will to compete, take your pick.

    5. Both sides accuse the other of using misleading statistics, run smear campaigns and blame the other for causing all the problems, they are really similar when you get down to it.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  34. HNS says:

    Jack can kiss me where I pee!

  35. Say Ash says:

    Who stopped?

  36. HabFanSince72 says:

    Five questions to pass the time until face-off.

    1. In hell, which sports team will Timo be forced to support?

    2. Who would you rather see out of the NHL playoffs: the Philadelphia Flyers, Hitler, or Stalin?

    3. Who, if anyone, should make way for MA Bergeron (assuming Pyatt makes way for Cammi)?

    4. What was preventing  Guillaume Latendresse from “concentrating on hockey” in Montreal? Note that the answer “Too much Quebecois p**sy” will get you banned from HI/O.

    5. Halak versus Price or  American health care reform, which debate is most compelling?

  37. Ayan_SB says:

    Jackass Todd. I like that, it’s got a nice little ring to it.

  38. HabFanSince72 says:

    Can we still refer to Jack Todd as an untalented hack?

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    I wonder if we had beat the Leafs on Saturday night if Todd’s article might have been a more glowing subject? He was over the moon with victory when the Habs were reeling off wins, but now there’s a little adversity, back to Jackass Todd.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  40. Say Ash says:

    My use of “we” will never include Jack Todd.

  41. Ayan_SB says:

    I share that sentiment…I mean the title of the article. 

    I wonder if Todd still refers to “we” when talking about the Expos. This guy should’ve been left jobless like Youppi.

  42. Top Corner says:

    Jack Todd…..i cant stop laughing at the name myself……Jack Todd – Esquire

     

    Loved it , eff You Jack Todd , WE will make the playoffs…..ROTFLMAO

  43. Dennis says:

    Jack Todd says we can’t refer to our Habs as “we” anymore. http://dennis-kane.com/fk-you-jack-todd/

  44. christophor says:

    well ottawa has five shots. people are talking like they had 20 and halak is jesus. he’s played well though but the rest of the habs are sucking.

  45. Ian Cobb says:

    Deleat please.! Habwarrior. family present!!!

     

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    What angers me is they are very capable of playing good hockey, so why this stuff????

  47. Top Corner says:

    Likes this !!!

  48. deuce6 says:

    Geez, I can’t wait for Cammy and MAB to get back and help on that rancid PP..Does that stink or what?

    Too many odd man rushes for OTT, Halak bailed out his team mates on more than one occasion..This has no flow and no hustle…

    Thought they finally turned the corner, but inconsistancy has set back in…

  49. mike g says:

    I agree with the bad feeling…

    Kovy and Alfie haven’t scored in like 2 weeks. Alfie always plays great against us, and Kovalev seems to shine only vs the Habs this year.

    Also, like you said the powerplay has gone south lately. Our 6 game win streak was due in large part to clutch PP goals. If it wakes up tongiht I see us winning. 2 goals on the PP and 2 five on five. If that happens I doubt Jaro let’s in more than 3.

    Hopefully…

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

  50. Ian Cobb says:

    Thank gawd for Halak or it could have been a slaughter out there. No passion out there.

  51. nunacanadien says:

    What is it with Montreal and these Price gremlins?  They excel when we are losing, they defend the sh*t out of Price whether he loses or not, they don’t care if we make the playoffs.  No, I like the peace we have now with Halak and the pride of winning and being champions!

  52. Say Ash says:

    Sorry, I’m just a little edgy before that game. I got a bad feeling – especially watching the PP go 1 for 6 and not having Cammy and MAB in there tonight. Douche was uncalled for.

  53. sholi2000.com says:

    There’s always CJAD.com if you can’t find an online feed.

    They call me Shane

  54. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    You back from the land of protest yet? I might be downtown soon, so if I stop by the ‘ol office I’ll be sure to come up and say hi! My new job doesn’t allow me as much Habs I/O time as before, and boy so I miss reading this site!!!!

     

  55. lavie says:

    6 SOG for the whole 1st period? Can’t believe…

    Habs just rested and relaxed TOO much.

  56. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    THANKS EVERYONE!

  57. homerbowen says:

    This is “THE” game and yes it is a must win against the Sens. While there ae still pleanty of games left they must convince themselves they can beat the Sens to be considered contenders.

    I myself am not convinced we have the size, speed and skill to advance far. The bigger teams can wear us down (as the Laffs did on Sat…imagine losing to th Laffs gimme a break, I’m still sick about that!!).

  58. cautiousoptimist says:

    I never cheer for injuries, but even I gotta admit, this latest string of misfortunes couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of thugs and goons.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  59. cautiousoptimist says:

    hahahaha

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  60. cautiousoptimist says:

    Seriously.  It seems like Captain Obvious has been overshadowed around here recently by Captain Jerkoff.  It’s enough to make you pine for the respectful — if passionate — rantings of yesteryear.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  61. HABWARRIOR says:

    Or u can just not watch the game and just assume they’ll lose like our buddy Timo.

  62. HABWARRIOR says:

    What duz a blonde hooker and the Maple Laughs have in common?

     

    They both suck d*ck.

  63. cautiousoptimist says:

    Hey stranger, atdhe.net always has the games, and they almost always work. : )

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  64. HABWARRIOR says:

    F *** the Flyers

  65. Iceberg84 says:

    It’s funny how you really can’t say anything here without some douche chirping at you whether your comment states a controversial opinion or not.

  66. HABWARRIOR says:

    ATDHE.net

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    atdhe.net is your best bet, my preferred RDS stream, it usually works is http://www.justin.tv/nad_et_pic_4

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  68. Bugs says:

    The only consolation is that at least we’re not the laughing stock of the League wallowing in last place praying the pick we traded away for no help at all doesn’t end up being the first overall.

    Shame like that would kill me.

    But at least your sworn enemies who are IN the playoffs lost a game.

    That’s what’s most important, right?

    Haw-haw!

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  69. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    Ahhh stupid Bell broke last night and someone can only come fix my dish tomorrow. Where oh where can I watch the game online (preferably for free)?

  70. Ian Cobb says:

    Sloppy, slow and no communication out on the ice. The fire has gone out, or what?  We are playing like pee wees out there.

    zzzzzzzzzzzz!

  71. andrewberkshire says:

    Halak wasn’t shakey last game, he played pretty well.

  72. habs_agardiner says:

    Just when everyone thought we couldn’t make the playoffs we are pushing for 5th place. And on a positive note, Flyers will be missing their top scorer Jeff Carter for 3-4 weeks acorrding to tsn. Nice! Go Habs Go

  73. Say Ash says:

    Uh, yeah. I think Captain Obvious agrees.

  74. Mattyleg says:

    Echhh… Sergei’s going to take a bad penalty, I can feel it.

    The kid’s boiling.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  75. mr.a. says:

    didn’t watch the game. what happened to moen?

  76. brad.men5 says:

    lucky you, he got cut by a skate in the face.. scary stuff!

  77. idle says:

    There is no threat from the point whatsoever.  Who is shooting the puck from the point with MAB out? and I’m not talking about Markov flipping a wrister from the hashmarks.  No one is afraid of a point shot so the penalty killers don’t even have to push out to the blue line, they can just stay back and clog up the middle or block the passing lanes.  Plus, where ever Habs are shooting from on the power play they are missing the net too often.

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  78. Duffman says:

    One word to describe tonight’s loss: Powerplay?!?!?

    Where is it? 0 for 5 is inexcusable in the NHL, hopefully MAB and Cammy can relaunch our powerplay (fingers crossed)

  79. K-hab25 says:

    He’s getting “Price’d” right now. Well except there aren’t any morons claiming that his teammates don’t like him, as a response for the teams poor play in front of him. Halak’s just getting a taste of what Carey’s gone through all year, playing good, but still losing. In my opinion he’s played better in his 2 losses than he did during his winning streak. It’s funny how the goalie doesn’t mean spit if the TEAM can’t score goals. Price has had to deal with it all year, now it’s Halak’s turn.

  80. pic1983 says:

    yeah i always loved how people would bash price after wed lose like 3-1 or 2-0 with him in nets.  Not the goalies fault the team in front of him doesnt score!  Im not the biggest price fan or anything, but you dont bash a goalie and say he cost the team the game when the team cant even muster up 3 goals!

  81. Omit says:

    That’s Mr. Gainey.  Always be respectful of your superiors.

  82. light_n_tasty says:

    Please tell me you don’t have a Chris Neal jersey.

  83. Le Jadester says:

    Ya, You’re absolutely right about Neil.  When he was gonna be UFA last year……..I was hoping Bobo would make a move for him. Just to make things interesting within the division.  Fact of the matter is that he’s still a Sen, boooooooooo-urns to Neil !

    Habs, OLE !

  84. mike g says:

    NO, lol.

    Not even if he played for the Habs. He’s the type that a player t-shirt is sufficient. Not a jersey…

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

  85. brad.men5 says:

    why do so many people hate gill? he is so effective when used properly.

  86. idle says:

    What did Gill do wrong this time?

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  87. mr.a. says:

    If habs want to succeed, they need to nail Gill’s ass to the bench and bring PK up.

  88. SeriousFan09 says:

    Right, because Gill didn’t reel off a hat trick, that’s why we lost the game.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  89. deuce6 says:

    This has to be the worst hockey game I have ever seen..My lord, this is hard to watch..I think I would rather go down to the local arena and watch the tykes play..At least I may see a team that remotely resembles a hockey team..UGH!

  90. Say Ash says:

    I think they earned another one. Glad we could help a team find their winning way. Oh, and would anyone mind if we destroy our precious chemistry by bringing back MAB? No?

    By the way, the whores are tonight – for consoling…

  91. Jeff says:

    Okay boys, here’s another shot!

    The two BEST trades this year…..

    Poolidiot for SNIPER LATENDRESSE! Ahem!

    Draft schmaft picks for SNIPER KESSEL! Hooeeee!

    2nd best trades,

    Pierre for Booby! Well…talk about sittin pat..

    Toska & Blakey for GIGGY!

  92. Jeff says:

    Gee from a good East Coaster too….ease up & get some therapy for your frustrations.

    I know, I feel for you..your midgets are not what they seem just when you think they’re IN, THEY’RE OUT!

    Okay Bud, should we wait an extra week for your SMURFS to tee off…..HAR HAR HAR!

    Wait maybe…

     

  93. Habscore says:

    Enjoy Komisarek for 5 mil$/year!

  94. Jeff says:

    Habnots……FORE in a week or sooooo….wait maybe not uhhhhh close to a BIG THUD!

    How’s Poolidiot working out, I hear Latendresse is doing some scoring on a real contender…HAAAAAAAA!

  95. pmaraw says:

    longest not making the playoffs streak for the leafs?  hows that feel?  I think im gonna go buy some Molson 67!

  96. pmaraw says:

    ur funny, pouliot is fine, thanks for asking.  Im guessing you think bozak is the answer?

  97. Bugs says:

    Do you remember how fast the leafs were when they were spermatozoids? Boy, oh boy, I hear they all came in FIRST place on the day of the big race.

    Since then though, they’ve only amounted to colossal losers.

    But at least you have the day of the big race to be proud of.

    One day, maybe your team will be an NHL-caliber team too and not the monumental farce it is now, so that you won’t seem so pathetic in your “vindication” from watching your lord and masters get stung by a bee.

    Asking a lot, I know. Losing is a lifestyle choice for you guys; hard to escape it after So. Many. Decades. DECADES. Of LOSING. Like losers.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  98. Jeff says:

    Sooooo predictable…GO LATTS GO!

    GO KESSEL GO!

    Who? Pleks….who does he play for? Oh yah sometimes…

    Has he been signed yet? No, well we’ll wait til he leaves just like all the others….HA! HA! HA!

    How are your draft picks looking? Nooooo, who?

  99. pmaraw says:

    kessel is not worth hall or sequin, there was your franchise player plus you’d have the 1st overall next year to, boston is licking their chops.

  100. habs63 says:

    so what was the reasoning behind keeping Cammalleri and/or Bergeon out of the line up tonight?

    1-5 vs and Toronto and so far 0-4 vs Ott on the pp.

  101. SLONCOLD says:

    oooooo, habs not playing so well tonight. how many 2on1/3on1 have the habs given up… still some time though

  102. pmaraw says:

    the leafs have a lot to look up to but nothing to look forward to.  its funny how they try and golf during the regular season, you know, lowest score/points

  103. Jeff says:

    Oh wow, the Bugs has a nerve!

    Do you equate losing to pretending as the Habs have for soooooo long. Years & years & years….decades even…har har har!

    Don’t even quote Cups bud, it’s how they win them & you certainly know how a couple of hab wins were accomplished!

    My race day will come a lot sooner than your day Bugs. 

    You realize that too…deep down, deep down..it’s there… a real stomach-tightening realization of the utter futility of your Habs chances…HA! HA!

    That non-NHL calibre team of WHL’rs BEAT the crap out of your team in very category this year! You know it!

    The Leafs will be much more for you to handle next season, wait we get to kick your a… one more time!

    Possibly put you out of the playoffs like a couple of years ago….yahoooooo!

    How are you feeling about the playoffs? Will the Smurfs make it, we’ve got some room for tee times!

     

  104. Jeff says:

    We will, we have lots of $$$$ to spend, how’s the signing of Pleks going?

    Do you have $5.5 million to spare over 4 years?

    Really?  And Markov? What’s he worth?

    Oh yah, he was Komi’s partner last season, how’s Marky doing without Komi?

    Oh, hurt….did he make a big diff coming back, aw too bad!

  105. Jeff says:

    Lay off the absynthe & do some research DORK!

  106. deuce6 says:

    Glad I didn’t fork out 200 bucks to watch this garbage..lol

  107. pmaraw says:

    a lot of pent up aggression being taken out on habs fans, you need to release some stress, or has being a leafs fan made you as impotent as the leafs?  are you mad?  do you actually think you have a team?  you think all these undrafted us college kids are the answer?  or is nazm kadri the habs fan gonna try as a leaf?  he burnt a leafs flag the day they drafted him, did you know that?

  108. pmaraw says:

    hows komi doing on the IR?  check the stats, you tell us how habs are doing with markov in the lineup, we all know already.

  109. Jeff says:

    You are kidding right?  Kessel plays part of a season, no pre-season, shoulder surgery and still dominates your HABS!

    Give me a break, Taylor or Tyler…. with names like that…u r kidding right?

    We have a few franchisers, Kessel, Kadri, Phanuef, Gustaffson, uhhh what do you guys have PK?

    U R KIDDING!

  110. pmaraw says:

    we drafted halak, hows pogge doing?  or rask?  oh wait rask plays for boston along with the leafs would be franchise pick this summer

  111. LeeFree says:

    I love it, Bugsy, I love it, lmao.

  112. pmaraw says:

    i bet he lights the leafs up lol, oh wait the monster…. LMFAO

  113. pmaraw says:

    your going on names?  okay Phil?????  ur stupid!  Kadri burnt a leafs flag the day they drafted him.  kessel is a bonafide wingman to a franchise player phanuef will put himself in concussion problems but it wont affect his game, hes terrible.  the monster?  oh ya, hes not shaky at all, whats his GAA?  SP?

  114. pmaraw says:

    i bet he lights the leafs up lol, oh wait the monster…. LMFAO

  115. Mattyleg says:

    Elliot doesn’t seem to know what’s going on, but the puck just keeps hitting him…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  116. pmaraw says:

    i noticed your favourite player is khadri, did you know he burnt a leafs flag the day he was drafted?  did you know his home is filled with habs memorabilia?  LOL  how funny is that.

  117. deuce6 says:

    Our Habs don’t know what’s going on….

  118. Jeff says:

    Gee, and the Bruins are doing so well with Rasky, u r kidding right?

    Imagine Hab fans quoting Boston’s draft picks, the Hab cupboard is truly bare!

    How’s the Princess working out?  Really? 

    We have a couple of your guys Grabby & Beauchemin, how’s Gill & Moore doing for yah?

    That’s what i thought…. 

     

  119. Jeff says:

    So was Crosby, now he lights you up all the time! 

    You guys are so without hope……

  120. habs63 says:

    Montreal is so hot cold this year.

    I hope Camm and Bergoen can bring some energy to the team whenever they return.

  121. ooder says:

    and your team’s future is very bright, with all those high draft picks…

    oops, nevermind

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  122. ooder says:

    hows Marky doing without Komi???

    haha oh my.. you are quite the moron aren’t you.

    as you can see it’s komisarek who is crap without markov.. oh wait you can’t, because the glass doll broke upon arrival… at least he managed to pot one in before getting hurt… oh wait..

    he scored on himself, that’s right jeffy…

    as for markov…

    we’ll take his 28 points in 38 games as well as his +9

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  123. Bugs says:

    Habs haven’t lost “for decades” like the leafs. 17 years. That’s not decades.

    So even in your attempt at comparisons with your lords and masters, you fail, Jeff. But please don’t stop. Your patheticness is very amusing.

    What’s great about Jeff, folks, is that he makes it so easy.

    That’s why I love’m. I never read any blogger who made looking so incompetent such a point of pride.

    It’s in their genetic makeup to be losers, the leafs. All they know. All they’ve been taught. Stands to reason it’s the only thing they can talk about. Losing. Like losers. For decades.

    A disgrace to the NHL. A shame on everything hockey. If they had ANY respect for the game, they would move to Winnipeg and let a REAL hockey city run things for them.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  124. habbyone says:

    Looks like size does matter! Habs don’t have what it takes to keep on going even with days off!

  125. HabsFansince49 says:

    Sens 2 Habs 0

    But they looked pathetic. Halak only player on the ice. The playoffs are clearly in doubt

  126. Les Habitants says:

    our Dmen is f**king usless!!!!The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  127. HabsFansince49 says:

    Read Christopher read! I wrote “in doubt” – check the standings. I still believe they can… Perhaps your over-reaction was illogical

  128. HabsFansince49 says:

    How is it possible for players to be flat at this time like this?

    Answer: It’s difficult to score goals when you are flat on the ice looking up at the roof instead of the goal. Ottawa simply man-handled them; men-boys game.  Were it not for Halak miracles, it would be 8-0

  129. jimmy shaker says:

    6-2-1 to get into the playoffs….lets go!  I think the doctors were away today, because there is no reason humanly possible to not have Cammy and MAB back in there tonight.  They both have been practicing, both have wanted to go, but our Doctors are on vacation in Tahiti till tomorrow……way to go!  Now that one of the biggest games of the year is down the drain, and the offense forgot how to shoot on net, I hope carey, cammy and MAB can change the momentum and change it fast wednesday night!  6-2-1 or 6-3 out of the last 9, it is possible, right? Gulp!!!

    Shaker

  130. daveho29 says:

    I was watching the sens feed, they said with Cammalleri it was probably just a conditioning issue.

    But ya the PP doesn’t look sharp right now.

     

     

     

  131. dre1744 says:

    Where was the passion  , the urgency,  this game just flat out stunk.  they had a chance once  again to move up in the standings  and they come out Flat

  132. HabsFansince49 says:

    Carey – are you kidding? You want us to lose every game from here on in?

  133. daveho29 says:

    Shall we cancel the parade then?

  134. Da Hema says:

    This will be a grumpy thread….

    :-(

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  135. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Do the Habs think they have a playoff spot clinched?

    2 consecutive pathetic efforts against 2 pathetic teams. Very disappointing.

  136. jimmy shaker says:

    I know Halak was our only player tonight, but you have to know that JM was going to carey no matter what vs the sabres.  I just felt it today, that price would get the call vs the sabres on Wednesday.  Not saying anythingk bad about Jaro or his performance tonight……something is just telling me that JM will start price on wed.  100%

    Shaker

  137. christophor says:

    i dont understand how these records mean anything.

    they might not need to take 13 points if atlanta doesnt get really really hot.

  138. Les Habitants says:

    no more days of boys

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

     

  139. habs12345 says:

    Oh please lets not bring up this size bullshi* again we dont win or lose these games because of size we lost because of an abyssmal power play. my 2 cents are that when cammalleri is back use him on the right point for the power play.  i know bergeron would be the one you’d all expect too play that role but i feel cammalleri can play that role just as good if not better and we wouldn’t have too break up our recently very strong 3rd and 4th lines. cammy played point with the flames last year quite often and ended up having as many pp goals as ovechkin if im not mistaken

  140. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We sure make him look like Vladimir Tretiak.

  141. WindsorHab-10 says:

    How about 1-12 on the PP last 2 games.

  142. christophor says:

    prime example of illogical fandom. 

    one day looking forward to the cup, the next saying there will be no playoffs.

  143. jimmy shaker says:

    I just see the 92 points putting us in a 6th or 7th spot which is where I want to be.  I don’t want to leave the invitation to the dance coming down to the leafs game, the last game of the year for all the marbles .

    Shaker

  144. homerbowen says:

    The hungrier team won tonight. Sad but the Sens are hungier than us evry time we play them. Again, I will repeat what I’ve been saying all year….we have too many small players and while thier hearts may be big they are what they are…………… tiny. We are such a small team we get pushed off the puck and as the games get more important it will show up even more. This will be a tough week and just hope we don’t need to beat the Laffs at the end of th season just to make the playoffs because we won’t beat them (size!!).

    Over the summer we must make every effort to get bigger. Move Gionta (will get good return for him), sign both goalies and trade one only if Gomez included. Get rid of Laps. Be wiling to move both Kosts if return is there. Sign and trade Pleks if return is there.

    Get rid of Spacek, Gill and JM

  145. jimmy shaker says:

    I take it that you are posting that to habsfan right?

    Shaker

  146. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Say what you will any time you want. Reason we lost the last 2 games has nothing to do with size and everything to do with lack of effort. I didn’t hear you complaining about size when we won 6 in a row.

  147. A. Berke says:

    I think we should hold on to parade plans until we get there.

    The way the team is playing, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    Ali B.

  148. AH says:

    “Barring a total collapse the Habs should make the playoffs”, so, the losing streak is now at 2 games, so how long before the collapse is “total”. Another HUGE 4 point game against a divisional rival, on home ice, coming off a garbage losing effort against the Laffs, and boy did JM ever have them motivated and ready to go huh? We go 0-5 on the powerplay, Ottawa gets a powerplay, they put 2 guys in front of the net, throw it at the net and BINGO!, it’s in and game over, real complicated huh? The Habs get on the powerplay and they throw the puck around the boards all night until the lose possession, or they dick around with nothing passes trying to look like the old Central Red Army team and score the pretty goal, with zero success. You’ve got JM, Pearn, and Muller, so are we supposed to believe that none of them knows anything about how to set up a successful powerplay?? I guess they figure they’ve done their job for the year by going on a 6 game winning streak and now they can just coast into the playoffs? Halak has now lost 2 in a row (no debate here I like both of our goalies), but now, how long do you ride Halak while he’s losing? IF they make the playoffs, I’ll be shocked if they go farther than 4 games no matter who they play. You really have to wonder what is going on in the dressing room with this team…always so many questions with these guys and very few answers…SIGH!

    Sorry for the length, just expressing some frustrating thoughts. 

  149. STZA says:

    Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?! I’m afraid that if this team even gets a sniff of what could remotely resemble success, we’ll be stuck with the same crap yet another year. I know the state of affairs isn’t that bad, but the yearly “changes” regarding this team don’t accommodate for any of our weaknesses! 

  150. Willy the bum says:

    The Habs really did not look like they’re trying for a win… then again, I’ve seen their kind of play when the Habs play crucial games that involved being on the the playoff spot or being at a certain place on the standings.

    Who care about being on 5th place? As long as they’re in the standings they’re fine. They’ll worry about who to go against at season’s end, but now they’ll keep going with the coming games and win a few.

    By the way Habs, no more fancy passing and just bring the puck in the opposing zone; that’s what Gomez’s doing and crap, others than him the Sens picked off… in my opinion.

  151. pmaraw says:

    id take moore and gill as 3rd liners any day over grabasski and beauchemin as 1st liners and 2nd string d

  152. Rob D says:

    I suspect this is the kind of team who can ONLY win one way. All four lines going, goaltending above average to excellent, and compete level through the roof. Anything less than that and they aren’t going to win most nights. Like the old Jersey Devils (minus the top line talent those Cup teams had obviously) they need to get the lead and then play kitty bar the door. They said duing the TO game that they were still a smallish team and that laying the body on them changes their abiltity to compete. They looked listless, fidgety with the puck and made those little giveaways a team that is feeling the heat will often experience tonight.

    So maybe the Leafs softened them up. Or the longer layoff has left them out of synch.. Who Knows? And really, who cares? They played this one like an Aug. exhibition hockey..

    This is the kind of stretch where you need your big game guys to break through and lead the team. AK? BEnny? Gionta (Ok..he shows up almost every game), Cammy? (now thats the guy I”m talking about!) I don’t think its fair to single anyone out in particular. We need contributions from everyone and a lot of ENERGY expended. We got shortchanged tonight in both categories.

     

    That was  a big game. IT doesn’t bode well for future big games they might have to win to make the playoffs or to win a playoff series. Back to reality ? Yep, I think many of you are correct in your assumption. The win streak is over and its time to get back to working on “a” playoff spot, not focus on getting 6th or 5th.

     

     

  153. habbyone says:

    Just sayin. Didn’t look like a small team playing big these last 2 games. Looked like a smal team playing smaller. These were games where they needed to play big. This type of play won’t fare well in a 7 game playoff series!

  154. Xtrahabsfan says:

    How tall are you?lol

  155. LeeFree says:

    So very, VERRRRRRRY disappointed in the scrub game they displayed tonight. And what’s with the Bell centre ice? I’ve never seen the puck jump so much.

  156. mr.a. says:

    from what I’m reading here, I guess i was lucky my wife convinced me to watch DANCING WITH THE STARS. I’m sure Pamela Anderson was much easier on the eyes than watching tonight’s snoozefest.

  157. Jeff says:

    Good evening…..er maybe NOT!

    THUD, THUD!   Deux a zero, HA! HA!

    At least it didn’t hurt the Habs, they don’t have far to fall & get hurt…yeowwwwww!

    Who scored for the Sens, who???? Regan, & who? really, where do they play WHL?

    Halak in the nets too…wow their best goalie too…uh oh playoffs maybe but what then???

    Hello anybody down on the Dogs to help this sad sack group….

    Not at the Bell Centre too….aw crap missed a good shellacking. 

    YES, i am LMAO…..yeehawwwwww!!!!!!

    Damn the Leafs looked sooooo good beating the Habs Saturday…..soooooo good!

     

     

  158. Kooch7800 says:

    Well, Halak showed up….everyone else…not so much. The last two games look like the habs of before the Olympic break.

    I still believe we will be ok but this week will be a big factor. Buffalo is playing well and we are having trouble scoring. 

    Can someone please explain to me why AK 46 gets so much ice…he is TERRIBLE.

  159. Kooch7800 says:

    Seriously Jeff……  You truely are a pathetic loser that you have to go on another team’s forum when your team is in last place. 

     

  160. ooder says:

    true that!

    espeically since there was no 5 on 3 for Hal Gill to show off his sexy pose

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  161. Nina76 says:

    Good going Habs……all you are waiting for are the injured players to come back…..do you guys think that they will be in game shape.GET A LIFE HABS!!!! If you play bufflo like you did TO & Ottawa you are toast………………maybe you want to hit the golf course…….they way it is going that’s where my habs will be vey disapointed with my team, for two games they have not had their hearts into the games. I feel sorry for the fans who pay big money for crap like that at least I can turn my TV to another channel .Do you think you guys can pick it up for the next two games????????? I am so mad right now I think I will just leave for now

  162. TheIndian says:

    lol Timo…u r funny…haha…good one

  163. homerbowen says:

    Take your blinders off  have been saying it all year.

  164. Mattyleg says:

    For all those people saying this is a boring game: You must be confusing this with the EHL: The Entertainment Hockey League where players wear multicoloured masks and have nicknames.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  165. mr.a. says:

    what? there was no hasselhoff pose? Maybe next game. Or should i watch american idol instead? Might have more action there.

  166. HardHabits says:

    It’s OK dude. I realize that for you being a Leaf fan the best therapy you can get is coming to this fan web-site of the best hockey team in history of the sport and mingle with the best fans as well. Not a problem. You can watch how the best do it. Take notes. How’s the lottery pick going?

  167. LeeFree says:

    The most pathetic post of the year award goes to this nit wit. I hear the weather is nice in Toronta, the links will be nice and green and awaiting the losers since ’67, lmao.

  168. JIMVINNY says:

    They don’t need to be big to win, but they do need effort.  Lack of effort was the only thing that cost us the win.  Not lack of size.

  169. brad.men5 says:

    pathetic.

  170. brad.men5 says:

    Who don’t you want us to move?

  171. mr.a. says:

    Oooh sounds bad. Checked your profile. noticed you like gorges. I like him too, think he’s doing great. Too bad he’s paired up with useless #75.

  172. brad.men5 says:

    yeah joshie’s solid, one of the most consistent guys out there. but to be honest, i like gill when he’s played in the right situations. but he’s so slow and pilony!

  173. sholi2000.com says:

    Sorry Mike but I have to vote you the Most Odd Montreal Fan Ever.

    The Flyers are an arc enemy of ours.

    Mike Richards is your favourite player and Jagr is your fav all time?

    I’m guessing you are in your 20′s?

    Not trying to cause trouble just trying to find the reason. :)

    They call me Shane

  174. mike g says:

    Yes, there is such a thing. If you’re a fan of the sport of hockey itself, like me, many different teams are interesting to watch…

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

  175. mike g says:

    I am 22. Nice guess, lol…

    The Flyers aren’t an arc enemy really. The Leafs and Bruins are. The Flyers are IMO in the second tier rival category like the Pens and Rangers for example. And I like the Flyers because they play an entertaining brand of hockey, and are extreamly intimidating. The edge that even their elite/star players play with is admirable. No other team plays like them. I understand, and will admitt, that they are abit over the limit sometimes, and act like goons and cheap-shot artist on occasions. But who doesn’t? Every team does this. I’ll tell you one thing though. Ask anyone who plays in the NHL and I’ll guarantee you they all tell you that the Flyers are in their top 3 toughest teams to play against.

    Mike Richards is my favorite player for one reason. He understands the meaning of a complete hockey player, at the ripe age of 25. Nobody else in the world can currently say that. He’s a captain, he hits, scores, plays defense, and defends his team no matter what. He kind of reminds me of myself when I was playing hockey. I was a first line player that did exactly the same thing. If I had to block a shot, score lots of goals, and drop the gloves I would do it all if it meant a W in the end. Mike Richards does all of this.

    I guess that could be the reason why I appreciate him so much. And just because I like the Habs anove anyone else, doesn’t mean I can’t like another team. Like I said, it’s not like I cheer for the Bruins or Leafs, that’s a different story. I’m a fan of hockey as a game, so I like and appreciate the style the Flyers play. And incase you’re wondering, I have a 3rd favorite team as well, lol. It’s the Kings. Just like I do with the Habs, I watch all the Kings’ games because I’m lucky that they always play at 10 or 1030 PM. They’re another awsome team to watch and follow.

    But, over and above all, I’m one of the biggest Habs fans around. A room in my house is dedicated to Habs memorabilia of all sorts. I follow and cheer them 100% more than anybody else, and that will never change. Also, this should make it clear; If the Habs were to play Philly or LA in the playoffs or regular season, I’m Habs all the way. I don’t give a crap about the other teams or Mike Richards.

    If someone told me the Habs would win the Cup, but it would come at the expense of Mike Richards suffering a career ending injury, I’d say FUCCK Mike Richards, lol. MTL winning the Cup is all that matters…..(sorry for the length of my post)

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

  176. sholi2000.com says:

    and now we know :)  Thanks.

    I bet if you watched them play in the 70s/80′s you wouldn’t be a Flyers fan.  At one time they were the dirtiest team on the ice and I could not stand them.  More than once the Habs and Flyers cleared the benches in the 80′s.  It was awesome.  I hate the Flyers. They are top five on my list.  Bruins, Leafs, Flyers, Wings, &  Hawks. 

    Less 2008 they’ve always been competitive.  You have to appreciate that. 

    Nice chattin with ya, I’m a young 38 lol.

    They call me Shane

  177. mike g says:

    NP, glad you also appreciate their style of play over the past 15 years….

    But, I’m sure if I was your age, I’d hate them just as much as you do. I’ve seen some old Flyers games on ESPN classic, and they were a bunch of idiots…lol. Have to be honest about that.

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

  178. mike g says:

    No doubt.

    Since Philly’s my 2nd favorite team, I really feel for them. Like you said, with Emery and a healthy lineup the Flyers would be a nightmare to play against in the playoffs. People forget the rules change in the postseason without official notification, and the clutching and grabbing is permitted.

    Philly would have been really tough to beat, and Emery wouldn’t have had to be great, just good. That team was soo stacked offensively, and not a wash on defense like the Caps are.

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

  179. TomNickle says:

    Ditto.  They got screwed without getting kissed last year against the Pens too.  Officiating completely changed that series and they would’ve won it.  Anaheim got that same deal against the Wings too.

  180. Chuck says:

    You have a ‘second-favourite team”? Is there such a thing? 

    :)

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  181. Jeff says:

    Respond to your taunts. Is that all you can bring?

    Midgets are not going to win ANYTIME soon, possibly a long long time. Get used to it kid.

    How’s that trade going for you, Poolidiot for Lats???? Just asking?

    Dream on kid, you are sooooo entertaining, how was the game tonite? HA! HA!

     

  182. TomNickle says:

    Are you expecting an answer from that bonehead Joey?

  183. joeybarrie says:

    You can’t tell me that when you look at my response and nothing is siad to defend it doesn’t make you smile to know how bad the Leafs have sucked for 43 years and that we are fans of the Greatest Team on the Planet…

    Especially the no playoffs since 2003…

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

  184. Say Ash says:

    I planned on having a great workout after the game, being inspired by the win and all…instead, I find myself drinking. Man, I was in such great shape two years ago.

  185. Olay Olay Olay says:

    There’s a few of our key players who seem like they’ve lost all motivation or they’ve just hit a lazy snap. 

    • Markov’s in his own world these days.

    • The 2nd line just is not working with AK on it, there is no chemistry there.

    • Pouliot is not working like he used to, maybe put him with Pleky and see what happens.

    But there where a couple things to cheer about.

    • Gionta…awesome the only other guy out there who wanted the W tonight.

    • Halak….nuff said.

     

  186. Bugs says:

    I, for one, would very much like to see Poulio and Plecky together.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  187. light_n_tasty says:

    I think it’s more like the 2nd line is not working with Pyatt/Whoever on it.  Needs Cammy.

     

  188. Habscore says:

    About 50 stitches for Moen’s wound on eyebrow area :S. I’m glad it wasn;t the eye

  189. CHsam says:

    definately shades of Koivu accident revisited

  190. Bugs says:

    Hey Timo, your friend Jeff is here. Maybe you can tag-team with him. Not that he needs help making a fool of himself, it’s just that it would save space on our replies.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  191. Jeff says:

    I figured you would look for help.

    Tag team with Timo?  Could be worse….at least he makes sense and is realistic at times!

    Drink your carrot juice, but add some Rum or whatever to take the edge off another devastating LOSS.

    Playoffs???? Yah right!

     

     

  192. pmaraw says:

    you wanna talk devestating loss? how about the leafs 1st loss of the season, have they recovered from it yet? cause you havent

  193. Jeff says:

    Yup, that was a bad loss to a totally dominated Habs team, everybody still reminds me of it too…darn it!

    Tosky’s gone as well….

    He’s playing great for the Flames though….duhhhh!

  194. ooder says:

    now you have the heart attack monster… and giguere.. you know that guy who lost his job to hiller.

    it’s ok Mitchell and Bozak will rescue the leafs lol.

    haha… can’t wait for next season… maybe then you will shutup, when you see the joke of a team you guys have

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  195. Harani says:

    Anyone watching the Kings/Avs game. Through one period, 4 SOG per team and 1 blocked shot each. The score is 1-1. That must be one helluva game! Good for my pool coz my opponent has Jonathan Quick. 

  196. bostonantifan says:

    The reason people think he’s a lousy defenseman (I don’t think they really hate him) is that he’s the slowest skater on the planet, when he tries to hit players when they fly by him, he usually misses them, he falls down quite a bit, and the only thing he’s good at is penalty killing because he doesn’t have to skate as much in those situations.

  197. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Let’s make the play-offs bring in the Subbanator!

  198. wotever says:

    Preface, I really know nothing about Hamilton, beyond what I’ve seen trickle up here.  Has boucher faced adversity, really done the development, or has he been working with a loaded deck?  Is this a career year for the Bulldogs, ala 2 years ago up here, or is it consistent production? 

    (Where can I learn about Boucher, and the ‘dogs?)

  199. matraque says:

    I missed the game, how was AK?

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  200. SeriousFan09 says:

    One of the better players on the night, snakebitten around the net but he took some shots and made better plays than most. Getting back there, reuniting with Cammy will really ignite things later this week I think.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  201. Say Ash says:

    He tied for top scorer.

  202. light_n_tasty says:

    So, I PVR’d the game as usual.  Once I saw that first PP, I just watched the game in fast-forward.  Took about 20 minutes.  It was still slow.  PP Brutal.  That is why we lost.  I’m assuming there were boos.  Halak looked good.  But all-in-all, it looks like the Canadiens we have grown not to hate are back.  Maybe Cammy and Bergeron will help the PP.

  203. POPS says:

    This team still can’t seem to find a way to win a high pressure or meaningful game!!!!  I would like to see Martin put together some new lines when Cammalleri gets back.  Darche, Gomez, Gionta (Thirty Something Line).  Pouliot, Plekanec, Cammalleri (CPP Line).  A.Kostitsyn, Moore, S.Kostitsyn (Goodbye in the Summer Line).  Pyatt, Metropolit, Lapierre (Playing for Work Line).

  204. AH says:

    “Tied for top scorer”….LOL, hilarious!

  205. ABHabsfan says:

    I am inclined to agree that now may be a good time bring up PK. This team desperately needs a spark and PK can provide that. The effort tonight was atrocious, even the dismal effort against the Leafs was better and it probably would have produced a win or at least a goal. These guys need a kick in the ass right now and PK can infectiously increase the speed at which this team plays. It could be a lot of pressure for the young man, but hey, it’s coming sooner or later.

  206. Rainrocket16 says:

    Not sure if it was mentioned yet but the post above states that we are 2 points behind Ottawa and the Flyers. We are still tied in points with the Flyers. Anyways, the Habs played awful but I am confident they will rebound and get in the playoffs! Lets just get in and then we can worry about who we play!! Go Habs Go

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  207. AH says:

    You know?, I think you might have something there Pops! those lines make a lot of sense. But of course because they do, JM would never think of them.

  208. pmaraw says:

    noq i know why the build the cn tower in toronto. its so the leafs fans can truly have their heads in the clouds

  209. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ha! Good one.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  210. Rainrocket16 says:

    I did not watch the game…I heard about Moen, did anything happen to Pouliot as far as injuries?

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  211. CHsam says:

    wheeewww. Lets all relax everybody. We’re still missing our Cammy and MAB.  At least we’ve created a chance to make the playoffs with our midget team unlike the Laffs.

  212. Da Hema says:

    Oh Lord, why do the Habs make AHL-quality goalies like Brian Elliot look like Jacques Plante? I noticed during our winning streak that the forwards were driving the opponent’s net hard. The last two games they have not. Coincidence? One would think the Habs would be doing everything possible to get out of Washington’s and Pittsburgh’s playoff bulleyes. The last thing I want to see is the Habs begin the playoffs with either of those two clubs. If the Habs want to get the shite kicked out of them in the first round, then they are certainly setting the table for it.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  213. Rainrocket16 says:

    That they are, setting them selves up for failure. Well hey at least we are still in it, I never would have thought that with all the injuries we would be alive right now! Hopefully we can end up in 6th at least!

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  214. Da Hema says:

    True. It looked pretty bad for the Habs just a few weeks ago.

    Even the most passionate (and consequently unrealistic) fan knows to avoid Washington and Pittsburgh in the first round. Only Dryden-ish goaltending would keep us in a series against those two clubs. I really don’t want to see the Habs make the playoffs only to be embarrassed by getting swept in the first round.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  215. kmachabs27 says:

    how bout we do not talk about the playoffs yet and take it game by game because if atl beats boston tommorow we will be a scary 3 points out of 9th.

  216. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Another give away in a division at this time of the year is high on radar system. But our Habs seems to let it go by the way side, Geeze!!! My blood is boiling and JM did not motivate his team tonight by playing its A game. PP is starting to shut down and that could spell double trouble. OUCH!! Halak deserves to get the next start against Buffalo but I have a feeling it would be Price. Halak will play against Florida. Go Habs Go!!!!!

  217. jrshabs1 says:

    Please don’t panic! The Habs just came off their longest winning streak in 3 years. The Habs best player and pp speacialist  are returning this week and hopefully Markov will shake his olympic hangover. As long as they come to life again for playoff time things will be alright. No worries!!!

  218. daveho29 says:

    Went to the pub and caught 2 periods of the Kings/Avs game.

     

    2 trades I would love to see(a bit unrealistic)

    Hal Gill and for Drew Doughty

    Laps for Matt Duchene

     

    I’m sure if PG offered something a little extra(wink,wink) they might go for it.

  219. Kristopher7 says:

    “(a bit unrealistic)”

    You mean delusional?

  220. Kristopher7 says:

    7-2-1 in 10 games. Take a chill pill folks. The PP will get a lot better with MAB and Cammy! Can’t wait to see how we play against Buffalo with a full and HEALTHY line up, finally!

  221. Kristopher7 says:

    And a late congrats to Teemu Selanne on # 600! What a champ. Only the third European to reach this plateau, 18th in the NHL. I remember drooling over him and Kariya while I played hockey growing up. His rookie season still amazes me, 132 pts and 76 goals in 84 games. Good job Selanne, a toast to you good sir.

  222. Kristopher7 says:

    bigj, you do realize what type of players those teams have, right? Franchise players. Oh wait, Montreal has one? wasn’t it supposed to be Price? Guess Gainey failed.

    Ovechkin, Crosby, Brodeur, Price. Yeah, doesn’t look right.

  223. matmacat says:

    You sir, are a breath of fresh air!

  224. linp says:

    Pouliot had 20.01 ice time, 4.31 PP time. He didn’t skate, didn’t hit, didn’t make any play. He was just floating around. No wonder Minn. gave up on him. He is the softest 6’2” player.

    At least some players realized how Ottawa scored on the PP. It is not the passing. It is to get players to the crease. It would draw their players to the crease also. It will open up room to shoot from the middle of the blue line. We kept passing the puck from side to side. Either we lost the puck there or shoot from there.

    We were so undisciplined as if we don’t have a coach at all.

  225. jimmy shaker says:

    I guarantee that your wrong! Jaro won’t have as quick of a hook as you think.

    Shaker

  226. Kristopher7 says:

    Yessir.

  227. Kristopher7 says:

    I’m going to quote you, “You want the Pens,Caps or Devils”.

  228. Kristopher7 says:

    You’re right, I don’t expect MAB to get much 5 on 5 play. Hopefully they limit his 5 on 5 mins.

  229. habby27 says:

    hal gill is the worst defenseman in the league… mays well get me to go play his role cuz im pretty sure i would do better. He’s a disappointment to the habs organization

  230. SLONCOLD says:

    although i don’t think he sucked i don’t think he was great. But how bad is the philly GM lol i mean halak for a 2 rounder seems like a prety good deal to me. although i’m sure since we are montreal fans we might over price our assets. but still if that were the deal to get halak for a second rounder makes philly look dumb

  231. SLONCOLD says:

    so i hear all this about we have to “develop” PK… But gezzz u would think you call the guy up and give him some powerplay time. he’s the one guy down in hamilton who can help us out. Nothing against the other boys from hamilton but they aren’t nhl caliber scorers; they’re grinders and pluggers.

    Anyways don’t expect much from Cammy and Mab when they come back. They’ll need a few games to get into game shape and a few other games to not worry about the knees.

  232. SLONCOLD says:

    cloud, stop sniffing glue and propane before 1pm lol

  233. ed lopaz says:

    there’s a reason why hockey has adapted over the last few years. there are new rules which restrict clutching and grabbing and help to open the ice

    many teams went to the trap after lemaire and others succeeded with it.

    martin plays the trap – which definitely reduces how many scoring chances the habs should give up

    but 5 on 5, a trap team needs some offensive push from the back end dmen

    1) a quick, short, accurate first pass from a dman

    2) a burst of speed (mobility) ala scotty niedermayer to lead the transition through the neutral zone

    3) quick and effective decision making with the puck in all 3 zones

    these are SKILLS – these are attributes of dmen that CAN PLAY WITH THE PUCK

    these skills ADD TO THE OFFENCE, and help a team – especially a trap team – generate scoring chances

    we are SEVERELY LACKING in this area.

    I’ve made this point a few times when I was SCREAMING for us to bring up PK.

    Gill, Hamrlik, Spacek, O’bourne, to a lesser extent Gorges (he’s better) are simply not that skilled.

    of course, some are more skilled than others, but I don’t want to start listing them in order today.

    suffice it to say that our defence just does NOT add much to our offence, 5 on 5 or on the PP.

    there’s a reason why everyone is drooling over Carlson, who we saw last night for Ottawa.

    he was a factor in BOTH of ottawa’s goals, and was one of the dominant players (with the puck) all night.

    oh – by the way – can someone take a guess how old he is?

    yup – 19 years young – same age as PK.

    you think Ottawa is happy they had carlson in the lineup last night?

    you think Carlson made a difference out there at 19 years of age?

    you think Ottawa is wondering if they should have carlson playing in the AHL right now – because he needs to learn how to play professional hockey

    guess what folks?

    PK is as good or better than Carlson (everyone who I’ve heard discuss the two of them agrees - both 19 – but PK was NOT IN OUR LINEUP LAST NIGHT)

    Now – I say it again for everyone to hear – all Habs fans that want this team to go far in the playoffs THIS YEAR – stop buying the crap that PK needs more development in Hamilton – its horse hokey –

    BRING UP PK NOW!!!!

  234. jimmy shaker says:

    Gill has been decent since the olympic break…..if he only has to play in his zone or kill penalties we would be fine…..any other aspect of his game is futile.  That is why when MAB comes back on Wed. MAB will be playing in the Defense, rotating with Gill, Hammer and Spacek.  With MAB on D, he will take minutes from Gill, hammer and spacek…..all of which are really showing their age….especially hammer.  Less minutes for those guys and MAB getting more shifts and minutes than as a token 4th line guy will be good for everyone mentioned and the team ultimately. 

    Shaker

  235. Natrous says:

    I wouldn’t waste my time with this guy, he doesn’t really bring much to the table in terms of argument besides “why aren’t we built like this year’s #1, #2 or #3 team??”. Of course, those teams are interchangeable year after year – come to think of it, we were one of those teams when we won the Eastern conference under Gainey a little while back… hmmm…

  236. Psycho29 says:

    Chill out people….

    It’s so predictable in here:

    Last Week: We won 6 in a row, everyone was positive, upbeat: JM isn’t such a bad coach after all…Bob Gainey, what a genius, signing those free agents, making trades in the off season. Getting Pouliot for Tenderflake! Gill is amazing on the PK! Who needs Bergeron, can we sit him for the rest of the season? The team is gelling! We can finish 5th in the conference, maybe 4th!! Maybe we can pull an upset in the first round…..maybe 2 rounds!

    Today: Get out the daggers: OMG those losers! We will be lucky to win a game if we make the playoffs! No wonder Gainey quit! He blew up the team last summer without a plan! That Martin knows nothing about hockey! Put Gill and Spacek and Hamrlik on waivers now! Pouliot…no wonder the Wild wanted to get rid of him! Is Bergeron healthy? We need him to run the PP now!!!!

    We are 7-2-1 in the last 10 games…….MAB and Cammi are coming back…..relaxxxxxxxx everybody!

  237. since1988 says:

    perfectly said

  238. smiley4 says:

    Can someone please tell me why Tom Pyatt is on the first line????? The guy has one goal and 3 assists

    in 35 or so games-we are basically playing a man short on our first line. Now we face Buffalo(what do we have-2 wins in buffalo in the last 10 years)….Florida(who we have a losing record against) and Jersey(say no more).

    Thank god for Halak last night-he was the only guy to show up.

     

  239. habsguy says:

    Careys been sitting on the bench getting rusty, and if the habs play like they did agaist the sens,  he’ll be back on the bench after wed!!!!

  240. jimmy shaker says:

    It is quite commical on here!!!!…….the only thing I was pissed about were the friggin doctors last night!

    Shaker

  241. SeriousFan09 says:

    There’s no pressure playing in Ottawa, it’s a dead arena unless Habs or Leafs are visiting and then our fans outnumber theirs in how vocal we are. Karlsson is -11 this season with 2G, 14A, that’s hardly a massive contribution for a player who’s supposed to be a top puck-moving defencemen. If Ottawa wasn’t desperate for anyone on their back end who could move the puck, he’d be in Hamilton but they haven’t had a real top defencemen on their back end since Chara left, hence why Karlsson is there now.

    P.K. Would be brought into one of the most demanding sports markets in the world, all the pressure on him to perform and change our team’s flagging fortunes. If he doesn’t do it right away, he’s a goat and a wasted prospect because that’s how it works in Montreal. Ottawa beat us last night because the team didn’t compete against them and Clouston knows how to kill the JM system, Karlsson was not a one-man show killing us, the top defencemen last night for Ottawa was Anton Volchenkov, killing our offensive zone momentum with huge plays. He is a rushing, offensive defencemen with wonderful instincts, a heavy shot and fantastic speed but his development is going along extremely well in Hamilton, we shouldn’t mess with that.

    We need better coaching for this team to be better, not call up a 20-year old and expect him to cure all our ills.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  242. tdrmoss84 says:

    If Carey Price can increase our Power Play Productivity and score some goals…then start him.  Perhaps at the point?  Because if you can’t score more than 2 goals lately….news flash you aren’t gonna win many games unless it’s against Edmonton….Halak is not the issue duh!

  243. 100HABS says:

    Chronic pessimism is treatable. Try beer and rose-coloured glasses.

  244. HabFanSince72 says:

    I have never understood the choice of linemates  for Pleks when there are iunjuries. Obviously his usual linemates should be Andrei and Cammi. But when one of them is injured, it would seem to make more sense to put Sergei on that line, or even Darche. Someone who can put the puck in the net.

  245. jimmy shaker says:

    Good thoughts and points…..our D aside from Markov really doesn’t add too much to the team.  Sure we need O’byrne and Gill who are big, block shots, kill penalties……and gorges is just a steady d-man, not flashy or great in anyone area……more of a salary cap player, but hammer and spacek who are supposed to be our very good all around guys…AREN’T.  They look old and slow, can’t get a shot through any forward.  Can’t raise the puck if there life depended on it and aren’t worth the money their contracts are paying them.  I would take PK and his style over hammer and spacek (who at least has a good +/-) but there contracts are tying us up pretty good right now.  I wish we could buy them out and not have it count against the cap.  My ultimate D pairings would be….

    Markov/MAB

    Volchenkov/Obyrne

    Subban/Dandenault &  Gorges

    I know these look a little wierd, but we still have to take into consideration the cap….so I just couldn’t list an allstar cast.  I think these guys have a better mix of speed, aggressiveness, shut down capability and offensive punch than what we have now.  Let me have it now!

    Shaker

  246. jimmy shaker says:

    Those guys won’t sit for MAB when he comes back….JM is going to play with 7D and 11 forwards….so pyatt and laps will be the odd men out when Cammy and MAB come back wed.  With the 11 forwards cammy, gio, Ak46 and poully can double shift with darche and metro and make that line even more dangerous, plus it will give extra time for cammy to get his timing and legs under him, and maybe even help ak46 who seems lost again out there.  With MAB spelling some minutes from hammer, spacek and Gill, it will help those guys by playing less and help MAB out as well by playing more than the fourth line minutes that he would normally get.  Trust me, this is the best scenario.

    Shaker

  247. nickster13 says:

    more importantly, darche on the first wave PP?! Lets not kid ourselves here, he is a 4th liner. We need Pleks to play center on the PP, with gomez on the wing or something

  248. ed lopaz says:

    you underestimate Pk Subban and you are not fair to habs fans either

    you probably think habs fans are responsible for Latendresse, Price, Ribiero, Theodore, all these your kids that we’ve somehow ruined.

    well – I don’t buy it – please don’t blame the fans – especially not habs fans – I don’t like it and i find it offensive.

    I’m very proud to be a habs fan living in montreal.

    you underestimate senator fans as well – Ottawa and the surrounding area is one of the great hockey areas on the planet – you think they don’t “demand” from their players?

    you think that Ottawa is like Atlanta or Florida or Phoenix?

    Ottawa is one of the toughest hockey towns around, and their fans know their hockey and demand performance from their players

    Carlson has done great there – everyone sees it – like Buffalo has done with Myers down the road – another very demanding hockey market and a great hockey area (one of the few in the USA)

    ask yourself what’s going to change in your analysis next year??

    next year, PK will make the team right out of the gate – guaranteed

    he’ll still be 20 – and ‘weak and vulnerable” – unless the next few weeks in Hamilton are going to miraculously cure him??

    habs fans will still be vicious, unrelenting, calling PK a “goat” because he doesn’t vault us into first place

    what will change?

    what are you afraid of, that somehow is going to change between now and 6 months from now?

    somehow, if PK plays during this playoff run, and makes a few mistakes, that after all of PK’s experiences over that 15 years of competitive hockey, all of his success, all of his confidence, and talent,

    that somehow we are going to ruin him in the next 9 games and playoffs?

  249. Ian Cobb says:

    From the very first shift of the game nothing changed. The sign of quality coaching is the ability to adapt and to conquer the oppositions game plan. I was waiting at the start of the second and the third for some kind of change in our tempo, competition level, execution, and desire to change the game around in a way that we might be successful. But alas we played the same effective game that did not work for us for 60 minutes.

    Ottawa, to their credit stayed on top of every play and the puck the whole night. They took away time and space from us so we could not execute even our passes properly. We continually turned the puck over to them and we could not get any flow to our game with their relentless checking. Jacques Martin was unable to change things up with his players.

    Although Jacques Martin came in here this year with calming, patient leadership skills and has put this train wrecked team back on the tracks with some respectability, I have to tell you that I am looking at him a little different these days. I am of the opinion he has done a great job to date but I feel for us to get to the next level in this very competitive league, it is now time at the end of this season to move him upstairs and bring up Boucher from Hamilton to work with Muller and staff.

    After Hamilton wins the championship in the A Boucher will know better what players are about ready to make our roster in the fall.

    I believe this was Bob Gainey’s long term game plan for the club in the first place. We will get there and have our cup in its rightful place again in just two more short years boys and girls. Enjoy the ride because the getting there is the most fun of all.

  250. Natrous says:

    So let me get this straight: Gainey leaves, and the team finally goes on an ‘up’ by winning some games in a row – that’s all fine and dandy. But then the team drops 3 in their last 10, and the sky is falling and Gainey is back to being lower than scum because we’re not a perennial cup contender?

    It’s a shame that you think the same team should win the cup every year, because that’s just not how it works anymore. I simply said that Gainey made the tough choices that needed to be made in order to create some chemistry (Gionta, Gomez) and start from scratch (rest of the 2009 acquisitions), and I’m totally ok with that. By the time this group is in full stride, plus one or two additions that will no doubt happen, this team will be just fine. And you know who the ‘founding father’ of this squad will be? Gainey, like it or not.

  251. ed lopaz says:

    we are stuck with Hamrlik for at least 1 more year unless we buy him out.

    spacek and gill are multi year deals – they are also not going anywhere

    we will not go after volchenkov because we won’t have any cap space or any room on defence.

    any way – most people on this site think that Spacek and Hamrlik are awesome – including the moderators.

    I don’t there’s another team in the league that would pay 5.5 million + for hamrlik and 3.8 to Spacek, but you and I are in the minority here at HIO

  252. habs11s says:

    True but we can still miss the playoffs, especially if we play like we did the last 2 games…

    ___________________________________________________________________________

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

  253. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think rushing Price, Latendresse hurt their development more than the fans did, Ribiero and Theodore just couldn’t handle the pressure of being members of the Canadiens.

    It is simply the pressure of being in Montreal, the geography of it, being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to play this game in a city that is a very big playground for a young man who’s got the opportunity to do whatever they want off the clock basically. Hard times? There’s a lot of ways for these kids to distract themselves in Montreal in case you didn’t know. It is the pressure of stepping on to that Bell Centre ice and feeling the crowd’s eyes on them, the pressure to perform, to come up big and deliver the team because a call-up at this point would mean just that, Subban is expected to make everything better and that shouldn’t be on his head. It should be on JM to have a more consistent team play on the ice and it should fall to the players as well.

    Ottawa is nowhere near as hard a hockey market as Montreal and that’s a silly comparison, you can’t even sell out the Senators arena for half of their home games, when’s the last time the Bell Centre wasn’t sold out? Dead crowd most of the time, I’ve seen enough of their games to know that.

    Karlsson hasn’t done that well to be a top puck-moving defencemen for 16 points in 51 games and Myers is so far ahead of him it’s like comparing Markov to Gorges. Subban is going to spend the year in Hamilton, finish out his season, likely collect the AHL Rookie of the year honours and possibly Best Defencemen honours, play in the AHL Playoffs and possibly contend for a Calder Cup. More development time where he competes in a highly charged game environment in 7-game series as the Dogs go for top honours in the AHL. That’s important development right there, playoff-type environment as he continues to compete at a level that lets him focus in on all the little things to improve his game. Next year he makes the team yes, but with more good experience from a long AHL run that wasn’t messed up by coming up to try and save a team that shouldn’t need saving.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  254. mickygrabovskiiiilz says:

    if there’s one thing i can say with certainty after watching the habs get shutout by the leafs’ lil brother, it’s this: YOU MISS MICHAEL GRABOVSKI. xoxoxo

  255. daveho29 says:

    Must have been that last pint of Guiness,

  256. habsguy says:

    WHAT??????…..no school today??

  257. Drive_For_25 says:

    I’ve said that about JM all year.  His number one fault is this.  When the team comes out flat, he does nothing to change it and the team plays the same way all game.  We’ve had maybe two games all year where we came out pretty flat and finished the game flying.  His other fault is the way he loves to have us sit back after taking a one goal lead.  But that’s a whole different discussion.  I really think he needs to move upstairs and be in a management type role on this team because he is a great hockey mind to have on your side.  We need Bouch behind the bench!!

  258. ed lopaz says:

    why is it that certain guys can withstand the pressure better than others – I’m sure you would agree that you can’t expect everyone to react the same way to pressure.

    what makes Derek jeter thrive from a young age in Yankee Stadium?

    what makes magic johnson or larry bird excel right out of the gate in front of the LA or boston basketball fans?

    do you think the bell centre is tougher than these arenas – more pressure.

    certain guys can deal with it, others can’t.

    I believe PK will do just fine.

    The kid was brought up for 2 games against a very tough (at that time of the season) Philly team.

    His FIRST 2 GAMES of his life in the NHL, and Red Fisher wrote that he was the BEST HAB ON THE ICE.

    The second game – at home – he was phenomenal.

    For now – all we have is those 2 games and his AHL, Junior, record to discuss.

    at every level there was pressure – World Junior Championship could be as great more pressure than you can possibly imagine

    we disagree – and it looks like the habs are ready to let him ride it out in hamilton

    but I will always maintain that PK COULD HAVE helped us, and PK is the type of character (the special ones, the unique, and definitely few and far between) that could have jumped right into our lineup and never missed a beat.

    too bad – it would be fun to watch him play.

    he seems like the type of player habs fans will absolutely love to watch play!!

     

  259. Say Ash says:

    Miss Grabovski – hehe

  260. pmaraw says:

    i think we can beat the caps based on our 4 game regular season series with them where we tied them taking 5 points each with 2-1-1 records, however dont think we can beat the pens sabres sens or devils

  261. sholi2000.com says:

    Or we can still make the playoffs because of the way they played the other 8.

    They call me Shane

  262. sholi2000.com says:

    He may be ready but I think the Canadiens are thinking more about losing a year on his contract then skill.  I’m not sure but if he starts next year then the Canadiens would get an extra year of RFA status.  Business first, hockey second.

    They call me Shane

  263. SLONCOLD says:

    business says when you win more games yuo make more money

  264. LeeFree says:

    Okay, Mods, no more drugs for that guy.

  265. LeeFree says:

    JM is a reincarnation of Carboneau. I was going googly eyed all last night with the who is playing with who.

  266. tdrmoss84 says:

    Um…when’s the last time Halak got pulled?  The Price is wrong Bob!

     

     

    # Goalie GPI GS Min GAA W L OT SO SA GA Sv% G A PIM
    31 Carey Price 39 37 2235 2.82 13 19 4 0 1175 105 .911 0 1 6
    41 Jaroslav Halak 38 36 2204 2.45 23 11 3 3 1171 90 .923 0 0 0

    you do the math…who’s the number 1?

     

     

  267. light_n_tasty says:

    not in Montreal

  268. K-hab25 says:

    UMMM, He got pulled in Phi, his last start before the Olympic break. UMMMMM DUHHH!!!!!

  269. habs11s says:

    AK-Gomez-SK…. i’d like to see JM to try this line

    ___________________________________________________________________________

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

  270. Jeff says:

    Really Bugs, this sounds desperate!

    And the wording…well take another look…unless it’s your hidden talent…ahem!

  271. pmaraw says:

    i think someone has a crush on you

  272. Bugs says:

    It’s in the nature of the weak to hang on every word of the strong.

    He’s just a kid; I don’t mind. Better to have him here with us than out vandalizing his city’s property, I say.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  273. Bugs says:

    Can’t split Gomie and Gio.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  274. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Time to take a Deepak Chopra moment my fellow Hab bro’s,lol

  275. Les Habitants says:

    what a awful start, we are going to have to be a lot better in secound…..

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  276. Ian Cobb says:

    This period will say tons about what kind of coach we really have.

  277. pmaraw says:

    i hope you mean the 3rd and i hope it shows what a tremendous coach we have lol!!!  im watching this game thru a crack inbetween my fingers

  278. Mattyleg says:

    Mannn…. we really need to get our power-play plugged in. Especially seeing as how we’ve had so many chances with it of late.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  279. pic1983 says:

    Its funny because he shuffled at the beginning of the year when the guys probably needed consistency to gel, and he doesnt shuffle in games when he needs to shuffle.

    Coaching is definitely no easy task, but if theres one thing I’ve learnt through watching more hockey than im proud to admit, its that teams actually match up in certain ways.  Generally the lines JM had going yesterday have been working for us as of late, but toronto and ottawa just matched up better against those lines.  Thats where i agree that you have to shuffle things on the fly sometimes.  Spread the wealth a little bit, mess up the opposing teams line matching. 

    I think thats been the most frustrating thing this season with the habs…theyll win 4-1 in jersey on a friday night, beat washington the next night, and then lose back to back games to florida and tampa bay.  Well go 7-1, and then lose back to back games to the leafs and ottawa, only mustering up 3 goals in those two games…  I think its just the nature of the game today.  Even san jose can get blown out by the oilers, so anything can happy really, especially when you underestimate your opponent.

  280. Say Ash says:

    JM is the complete opposite of Carbo, who seemed to draw names out of a hat with every shift. Can’t we get a guy that’s somewhere in between?

    And I’d like to see a little more emotion from JM in the post-game interview. With the TV on mute, you honestly can’t tell if he won or lost. I’m not saying make Tortorella look like a monk, just a little more passion. JM, you’re coaching a team that keeps laying eggs in the four-point games for Pete’s sake. C’mon, man, a little fire, please.

  281. TomNickle says:

    I’m going to wait until the playoff games have started before judging but I don’t like that.

    1. He stuck with Lalime in Ottawa in spite of his terrible playoff performances.

    2. He doesn’t seem to ever show emotion.  That we see anyway.

  282. notbigbird says:

    If MAB and Cammy aren’t going to get dressed, I certainly hope they stay out of public view.

  283. krob1000 says:

    Fear not…since “the incident” there is a zero tolerance policy pertaining to all materials able to be made into paper airplanes and any such materials are promptly confiscated by ushers and security staff.

  284. joeybarrie says:

    I REALLY thought MAB at least would be back. So Halak didn’t play all that well, but still starts. HOW UNFAIR???

    If we had Price in on Saturday I think we might have won. Price is better in the Shootout. (then again hidnsight is 20-20) I’m glad Halak is in, I hope he plays better. He usually does, after playing pretty loose and giving tons of rebounds.

    Camma and MAB would have helped. Hopefully we dont suck it up again like Saturday and come out HARD. I realy want to beat the bad. I don’t want to give L’artiste a single point. I want to be in 5th ALONE…

    They are on a bad streak and it has to end soon. So I hope we are ready for them.

    Doesnt matter if Price or Halak is in. It all depends on what team shows up. The one who is gonna win, or the one who hopes the Goalie will steal it for them…

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

  285. 123456 says:

    check your stats again – halak has better SO save percentage going into the game (both are good)

     

    secret mod

  286. ooder says:

    you know i used to think that price was better in the shootout… but halak is  9 -1 in the shootout this season.

    and he even beat team russia in the shootout as well in the olympics

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  287. Natrous says:

    I saw on NHL Network last night that Cammalleri was back tonight vs Ottawa.. what gives?

  288. Cookies says:

    Coach’s decision. A pre-cautionary one at that.

  289. Bryan says:

    Bryan has a baddd feeling about this one.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  290. Cookies says:

    Was near perfect before Saturday, at 15/16 saves (~94%).

    Still a very high rate at 16/19 (84%) for shootouts.

  291. joeybarrie says:

    Stats don’t show the truth in this case. I watch the games. Last 2 shootouts Halak has not made 1 save. He makes himself big and the player misses. Which is GREAT. But still in the end he hasn’t stoped a puck in a shootout in a while. The last one he stopped went throught his pads and just missed the net wide. 3 posts in his last 3 shootout if i remember correctly. I say Price may have won because Halak didn’t make all the players miss the net last game.

    By the way… both goalies have let in 4 goals this seaon in a penalty shot. Same amount of goals let in yet Halak is 5-1 and Price is 2-2. What does that say about the team that plays in front of them?

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

  292. solomio says:

    I can’t watch anymore of this shite, again !!
    solomio

  293. mike g says:

     

    WOW– 1 loss and the negativity level is through the roof on this site. So, feeling like it’s gonna be another day of 31 vs 41 arguments, here’s a positive post for ya’ll….

    - Congratulations to the NHL: You’ve finally done something properly this year. The new marketing campaign for the playoffs is spectacular. The commercials with Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, and soon others like Patrick Roy circa 1986 are wonderful. Thumbs up.

    - Howling Coyotes: I will admitt I’ve doubted the Phoenix Coyotes all year. When they started off like monsters, I actually really disliked them because of their crappy fans. Also, the NHL owns them and while hockey is my passion, the NHL as we all know is a joke. But this team is for real people. They’re so exciting to watch it’s rediculous. I’ve only been following them on a daily basis for about a few weeks now, and I encourage all of you to do so. Watch their games guys, they will go far in the playoffs. For some reason, they somewhat remind me of our beloved Expos…

    - Directly on TV: Finally, Direct TV has reached a deal to carry Versus and therefore way more US citizens will be able to experience the NHL at it’s best time of the year; the playoffs. I’m not sure how long the deal is for but it’s good progress.

    - You’ve been TMZ’d: The Chicago Blackhaws were seen boarding their team bus somewhere in the States last week, and TMZ was there to greet them with a camera. The whole team seemed to be giddy when they were told it was TMZ, and they all smiled and screamed at the camera looking very excited to be considered celeberities. The only thing that sucked is those TMZ guys in the office. They poked fun at the sport of hockey, saying they had no idea who any of the players were or how the Hawks were doing this year. The whole studio laughed when one guy said, ” Who cares, nobody watches hockey. It’s the forgotten sport”. Well, hopefully some exposure on a popular show like this can do some good for the sport.

    So, that’s my positive post for the day. Your thaughts?

     

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

  294. SLONCOLD says:

    - when u stink it up against the leafs hard to be positive

    - didn’t see the new marketing stuff

    - bryzgalov is playing like a beast

    - direct tv and hockey … i doubt the games will be free

    - uhhh i hate TMZ…..

     

  295. Jeff says:

    Well, well, worried about the Sens?  They are the worst club in the NHL at this point.

    If the Habs cannot beat this sad group of underachievers well the playoff exit is well planned.

    The Habs have had a great run lately, pretty impressive to say the least, but it will end and with a decisive THUD!

    Why are the ‘injured’ not playing? Selanne is playing hurt as well as many others to help their clubs?

    Is Price playing tonite, Halak looked lost in the S/O versus the young, creative & winning Leafs Sat nite?

    Hey Sask, Bugs, et al, bring it on!

     

     

  296. SeriousFan09 says:

    Find better ways to spend your time. I hear books a good distraction.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  297. ooder says:

    hey Jeff I got a serious question for you…

    do you hoenstly believe that next years leafs will be better and continue to play like they have in march?

    I am not trying to be sarcastic or anything, I want to know a leafs fan’s opinion.

    I mean, you guys made fun of the canadiens for having small players, but i don’t see any huge guys on the leafs that can make a difference (colton orr and thugs like that don’t make a difference).

    I mean do you honestly believe that kulemin and bozak can continue their play all year long (kessel can, i know).

    Also, stop calling your leafs “young”… they are not that young… in fact they are only 0.2 years younger then the habs.

    Bozak is 24.. same as pouliot

    both of our goalies are younger.

    grabovski is older then BOTH kostitsyn brothers.

    Mitchell is 25.

    so stop swallowing all the media BS about how the leafs have such a “young” team.

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  298. joeybarrie says:

    Sorry Edmonton Oilers are the worst team in the NHL at this point. Thats what the standings are for…And they beat The Sharks last night and The RedWings before that… Which bring me to my second point. The Sharks and The Lighting have the same last 5 loses. So do you think the Sharks are the worst team right now????  Good luck against them (unless your in the playoffs). So I guess your bettiung on The Coyotes winning the Cup this year huh…?

    Why does it always have to end in a THUD???  We have comfortable made sure we will be in the playoffs. Do you think playing hurt helps our team????  Thats the dumbest thing i have ever heard. If Selanne wants to risk the rest of his LONG LONG career then by all means. But that 40 year old has retired what 3 times already???

    We are one of the hottest teams right now and you want to disrupt that by putting in a less than 100% player? Thank god you arent in charge…

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

  299. joeybarrie says:

    You have been a fan since the Leafs were a non playoff team???  So you have always been a Leafs fan? 43 years???

    Why are the Canadiens a playoff team either? Im pretty sure we have played post season hockey in the last 5 years… You havent seen what hockey is like during Maple Leaf Golf season since what 2003???  Soon to be 10 years…

    Go have yourself a Molson 67 while your team plays for dead last and gives the number 1 draft pick to Boston…

    As for injured players not playing injured………Have you seen Mike Komisarek play this season??? How much does he cost you a season????

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

  300. notbigbird says:

    Reading all of the posts below, I fully understand why trollers troll. Because they catch an awful lot of fish.

  301. Psycho29 says:

    TROLL ALERT!!!  LEAF FAN ALERT!!!!  Oh wait, same thing….

    The Habs might not have won a cup since 1993 but at least our last Cup win is in colour….and has sound. Plus we don’t have to show the same empty net goal over and over and over again…..

  302. sholi2000.com says:

    Ignore the troll

    They call me Shane

  303. SLONCOLD says:

    that’s very offensive lol

  304. sholi2000.com says:

    Only if that person in the picture is you, otherwise it’s freakin funny to see Jeff lol

    They call me Shane

  305. SLONCOLD says:

    u have to photo shop komisarek’s head on it

  306. sholi2000.com says:

    lol, that would be funny but I’ll never waste my time on a traitor :)

     

    They call me Shane

  307. Drive4twenty5 says:

    Hey krob, what incident you talking about again?

    “Well, he’s a thoroughbred, and maybe your wife doesn’t recognize that, but then again, I can’t bake bread all that well. We all have different skills.” …Bob Gainey “Classic”

  308. krob1000 says:

    Ryder got harrassed because he makes a mean paper airplane and chose to do so when he was in the pressbox running test flights instead of intensely studying the goings on of television timeouts…..probably never would have been a story but the thing flew better than Air Canada and he refused to divulge any of his engineering secrets.

  309. slapshot777 says:

    I don’t see that sense of urgency in their play. It’s like they have a spot all wrapped up and are just going through the motions. What did JM give them a delusional drug or something during the 4 day break.

    I hope Moen is alright, It looked bad according to the way Graham came running on the ice and the way he went runnin off the ice with Moen.

     

     

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

  310. deuce6 says:

    What a boring freaking hockey game..No flow what so ever..Everything is being bottled up in the neutral zone and neither team is willing to open it up..

    I hope Moen is OK..That looked like a nasty cut..

  311. ooder says:

    maybe a coloring book for this one

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  312. SeriousFan09 says:

    Leafs Fan, don’t bother, he sniffs the markers enough as it is.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  313. TomNickle says:

    My money’s on gluesticks.  I can’t see them giving him something that can do permanent damage. 

  314. dougiehab says:

    is there something wrong with shooting the puck at the net. My God man

  315. slapshot777 says:

    They are not rushing up the ice as a five man unit like they were during the 6 game win streak. They are doing it solo again or in two man rushes. Too many people trying to beat their man one on one rather than use their teammates.

     

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

  316. adesbarats says:

    Dude, although your questions are very good, your post is far too long. Due to their tiny brains, Leaf’s fans cannot comprehend complex subjects and have trouble retaining attention span beyond one or two sentences. Best to break your questions out in multiple posts. Just a suggestion….

  317. ooder says:

    haha ok…

    leafs no young

    leafs little to

    leafs no good for long time

    better?

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  318. adesbarats says:

    Much better!

  319. mike g says:

    Jeff Carter out 3-4 weeks with a fractured foot.

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

  320. sholi2000.com says:

    I hate hearing bad news like that, but man this could be great for other teams.

    They call me Shane

  321. TomNickle says:

    I suppose the phrase “anything can happen” is a good reason not to mortgage the future to pick up a veteran defenseman like Pronger.  I have to admit, with a healthy Emery and the trade for Pronger I predicted a Cup for the Flyers but it certainly won’t be happening now.

    That’s a huge blow to them and the team that gets them in the first round will be licking their chops now.  It won’t be an easy win but it just got a lot less difficult.

  322. sholi2000.com says:

    I tried to warn them, now Jeff is laughing his butt off!

     

    They call me Shane

  323. joeybarrie says:

    I don’t know if any leafs fans have been laughing in the last 5 years. To end at the bottom and to give away your draft pick to another team. Sucks. This was supposed to be the year they would be better than us… UM NO

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

  324. Jeff says:

    Darn Shane, why can’t you leave the cry babies to vent their frustrations out.

    I am LMAO, Habs are still pretenders as are 29 other teams who will not win the Cup.

  325. Le Jadester says:

    Tonight is bigger that hUge…its a “ginormous” game for obvious reasons.

    Revenge for:

    1) The Cammie Injury (although I don’t think Volechenkov had any intent to injure)

     2) The regular season record 1-4 (especially the Hockey Day in Canada game)

    3) The whole Kovy soap opera

    4) Chris Neil thinkin’ he’s so tough when he plays us

    5) Being below them in the standings throughout the year

    6) Cory Clouston thinkin’ he’s a good coach. (which he actually might be…but I still don’t like him)

    This is going to be a very good indicator on whether or not we can pound down the nails in Ottawa’s coffin.  I didn’t really care so much for the Leaves on Saturday night (sorry Jeff – your team is not worth caring anymore – mabey next year though !) we have bigger fish to fry ! (i.e Ottawa, Buffalo, Philly).

    Couldn’t be more pumped. I hope the fans take it to the next level 2nite. It would be really nice if Plekie and AK had a big multi point night as well. Just to spite Kovy. 

    Allez Les Boys !

    Habs, OLE !

  326. mike g says:

    Agree with all of your points except for #4…..

    Chris Neal is tougher than most guys in this league. I hate him because he’s a Senotor, but if he’d wear the CH I’d love him….

    And what makes me hate him more is that he always manages to score against us when the games are played in MTL…Him, Alfredsson, and Kovy (THIS YEAR)  seem to play their best games vs the Habs.

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

  327. smiler2729 says:

    Ottawa owns us this season, ya just knew they’d come out of their slide sooner or later.

  328. Shublips says:

    Habs were weak in the last two games.  Halak is the only reason it was ONLY 2-0.  Hopefully the Habs can find the balance that they had during the winning streak.

    Read more at Habs Addict.com:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/03/montreal-ottawa-habs-come-out-flat-in-2.html

  329. JD_ says:

    Pre Game

    Works for me. Making pre-game observations about Alex Kovalev’s current funk, RDS’ Joel Bouchard shrugged and said “Kovalev is Kovalev”. As he spoke, the thought struck me that AK27′s epitath should read “Kovalev was Kovalev”.

    George Costanza would be envious. Demers wore that jacket again last night. You know, the one that’s made with the same fabric used to cover those La-Z-Boy reclining sofas, the ones with the big wood handles at each end and the cupholders.

    Game

    A picture’s worth a thousand words. The game on paper doesn’t look like the game on TV. I can’t remember the last time the Habs played a game where the distribution of everything – shots, hits faceoffs won, takeaways, shots blocked, etc… – was so evenly split down the middle. There is, however, no stat for intensity nor for first-man-on-the-puck. Truth is, if it weren’t for our PP opportunities, the stats would have favoured Ottawa. They were better prepared and showed it virtually from the get-go.

    The rumours are total, pulpy fiction. There is absolutely no truth to the story that Ottawa head coach, Young Harvey Keitel, said the following in the Senators dressing room just prior to last night’s game: “If I’m curt with you, it’s because time is a factor. I think fast. I talk fast. And, I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please with sugar on top, win the f****** game.”

    A progressive regression. The game started out fairly evenly. Both sides were aggressive. Foligno heard, however, that the water in the penalty box was awesome and decided to try it out a couple of times. Absent anything lethal from the point, the Habs just couldn’t get the PP going. Clouston had his guys all over anything Hab on the PP, playing one of the most aggressive boxes the team has faced this season. This intensity carried over into even-strength, with Ottawa’s forecheck sensing and ultimately capitalizing on the Habs’ sometimes fragile transition game. By the end of the first period, the Canadiens had ceded the neutral zone.

    Seems logical to me, captain. To compensate, the Habs tried to ratchet up their offensive game whenever they gained control of the puck. Against a team hungrier for the puck and picking everything off, it led to a relatively unbelievable number of odd-man rushes for Ottawa throughout the evening. I haven’t seen that many odd men rushing since the Spock t-shirts were marked down 50% at the Trekkie convention.

    Positives. I like Pleks’ in-yer-face style. He’s been doing it all season and it works. Pouliot hasn’t been connecting of late, but it’s not for lack of talent nor the fact he really doesn’t mind getting into it. Plays with a temperamental elan. Gomez might be overcompensated, but 9 times out of 10, he effortlessly carries the puck into the O-zone. Markov’s back in form and OB’s all growed up ‘n’ all, as a result.

    Post Game

    Last word on the angry clown’s “we” rant. In his, as I speculate, self-medicated rant yesterday morning, Jack Todd noted the following: “When a fan refers to the Canadiens and he uses the word ‘we,’ as in ‘we’re going to make the playoffs this year,’ well – he loses me right there.” Interesting parallel in that when a sports columnist refers to himself and he uses the words “Jack Todd,” as in “Hi, I’m Jack Todd,” well – he loses me right there.

    JD

  330. HFX-HabFan says:

    Awesome stuff.  You’re easily one of the best writers among the fans on this site.  Keep up the great work.

  331. habbyone says:

    snooze fest

  332. homerbowen says:

    In the new NHL (parity) unless we can bring in the best available management, coaches and players without worrying about what language they speak we will continue to flounder either scraping into the playoffs and getting bounced early or running up just short of the playoffs. This will result in more mid/low level draft picks which will keep us in the middle of the pack or being the bridesmaid but never the bride.

    Many posts suggest Boucher to replace Martin next year and while it appears he is doing well in Hamilton there is nothing whatsoever on his resume to indicate he can coach successfully in the NHL. For years we have tried this method of bringing in an untested coach just becaue he can speak french. We give them their start and they flounder for a few years then we fire them and some move on to successful careers while others disappear. I understand the importance of language in Quebec, however, is it more important than icing a competitive NHL team? Is it more important to be able to answer media questions in french about why we lost? If so, do not expect to see positive results on the ice.

    I think grooming Boucher is a good idea but not right into the CEO seat.

    Please understand it is not an anti french thing with me as I love my french brothers but I want our team to be competitive and quite frankly they haven’t been serious contenders for many years . It’s time to make hockey the #1 priority.

  333. habs001 says:

    we are not an elite team (top 8) …we are a team that is pretty equal to teams 9 to 22….just looking at yest line up darche,lapps,pyatt,moen,moore,metro,ak46,sk74 ,gill,spacek,obyrne,gorges 12 players who have done some good things and some can be good pieces but teams 1-21 pretty well can put the same or better level of players on the ice…looking at our top players we have some good ones but so does all the teams…we have one game breaker forward cammy…so we should not get upset when they lose just enjoy the wins…again not to pick on the 12 players i mentioned but if these guys make up a large % of your team you are the team what the habs are   

  334. sholi2000.com says:

    Typical Canadiens Fans!

    Win a bunch and the Cup Parade is planned, Lose a Bunch and they are the worst team ever!

    Why can’t you guys be like the we fans outside of Quebec.  We understand that there are streaks, highs and lows, and that the entire earth does not revolve around the Canadiens.

    So we lost a couple, big deal.  The Canadiens have showed that hey can be the best or be the worst.  Just like every other team in the NHL.

    Now we go into Buffalo tomorrow night and maybe Halak can steal a game for us or maybe we lose another one. Maybe we play the best game of the season and beat them by six.

    Relax my little ones, it will all work out in the end.  :)

    They call me Shane

  335. Thurston says:

    It’s not uncommon to lose a couple after a big win streak. Not that big of a deal as long as they right the ship again in an expediant fashion.

  336. habs63 says:

    Any news about Moen? My french is not good enough to understand RDS.

  337. pmaraw says:

    Habs announce Moen has a facial laceration and will not be going to hospital. Good news

  338. smiley4 says:

    Atlanta or Boston tonight? Who are we cheering for?

  339. sholi2000.com says:

    I want Atlanta in, they have more heart, and I would love to see the Bruins beside the Leafs in the standings.

    Also Atl has a better chance at knocking out a top tear team….not much of one, but a chance.

    They call me Shane

  340. Say Ash says:

    As I throw up…it’s the Bs. You gotta keep the teams that are on the outside on the outside.

  341. Chuck says:

    Too bad we hired JD_ as the HI/O chef.

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  342. HFX-HabFan says:

    I hate it when assets are wasted!

  343. JD_ says:

    I hear you, bro.

  344. mark_13 says:

    Team is far more balanced with Cammalleri back in, will make a big difference if he gets into his stride quickly, lets not panic over two defeats!  Clearly Elliott is playing his best hockey at the moment, back to back shut-outs.

    Plus AK46 is a streaky scorer, he will start scoring at just the right time for us!  Think it’s weird though that Sergei wasn’t up on that line while Cammy was out!?

  345. HUDSONHAB says:

    A couple of thoughts…. 1) Price to start vs Sabres???

                                      2) Will Cammi and MAB play vs Sabres??

                                      3) What is Moen’s status?

     Hab4life

  346. rogieshan says:

    I think the Habs went into the last two games with confidence they were the better team and got beat by their own game. I applaud the fact that we’re no longer giving up 40+ shots a game and committing penalty fouls more than our opponents.   

    Regarding Pyatt: he’s a solid energy player, but he’s not even a top-six forward on the Bulldogs – Maxwell is. Tells you how little faith Martin has with Ben.  

     

  347. Les Habitants says:

    leaf fans stand for one thing only!   losers………losers….losers. he can say all he want and he will never change that,

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  348. krob1000 says:

    I have only one real issue  witht he last two games….when the offence and pp isn’t working why wouldn’t we switch things up? ..and I mean before it’s too late.  I understand letting the the lines have some stability but that has not happened all year and we decide to when we are struggling? Shuffling the filler isn;t going to make drastic change ..shake things up for a while in those instances.  Play pleks wtih Gio and Sergei, Gomez with ak46 and Pouliot …not long term but to rattle the guys and try and get something going ….try something different to give the guys a spark, play Sergei on the pp not token last seconds from a faceoff.  Someone to something to wake the guys up…how many fights have we had lately? we sleepwalked through the last two and in some respects did in a couple of our wins too……we need to find what wakes these guys up when they get ina funk and changin Tom Pyatt with Mathieu Darche isn;t it! Try something bolder,from a coaching eprspective, someone on the ice…try firing the guys up….someone drp the guys up and get some emotion happening.  We seem to go through phases where we play very robotically and creativity is replaced with habitual play and it becomes contagious…..

    As poorly as we played we were in both games unti the end so the insertion of MAB and Cammo should help but just plugging Cammo in and MAb on the pp may not be enough to snap the guys out of this….if after the first period next game chances aren’t generated….try shaking things up.  I wouldn’t mind seeing Pouliot playing on the third every now and then either (if Gio and Gomez are clicking any third will do…Darche?)

  349. TomNickle says:

    As much as my like and dislike for Jacques Martin this year has been a back and forth, one thing is consistent.  He doesn’t make adjustments in the middle of the game, no big ones anyhow, and it was part of the reason the team lost last night.  With the effort they put in they weren’t going to set the world on fire but there are things that he failed to adjust to.  

    1.  It’s typical that when teams run a controlled breakout(man starts behind the net with the puck), you trap so that your forechecker isn’t pulled out of position.  With the lead in the third period Clouston had his defensemen stop play and slow it down behind the net consistently and Jacques didn’t make an adjustment to run a lock or 2 man forecheck to switch things up.  That made the offense anemic in the third period.

    2. Ice time decisions and Powerplay.  Playing Maxim Lapierre, Dominic Moore, Josh Gorges, Mathieu Darche, Tom Pyatt and other offensively starved forwards on the Powerplay and late in games when we’re trailing is the equivalent to waiving a white flag.  I think the reason that he does this is to preach discipline and consistency above all else but we have games to win and are jockeying for position.  This gamble of his better pay off, because if it doesn’t, he’ll lose the players in the room, especially the veterans.

    Aside from that I think he’s done a very good job with the circumstances he’s been under all year but I hope that when the games count he has the guts to make adjustments, because that’s what good coaches do when the time is right.

    I think putting Travis Moen(when healthy) is a good choice to go with Gomez and Gionta, a big physical presence that isn’t afraid to stand up for his teammates.  Can you tell me why Gomez has been the team’s cop since BGL was sent packing?

  350. ed lopaz says:

    re Andrei Kostytstn

    according to the belarusse embassy;

    average salary in Belarus is $139 per month,

    now – ask yourself the obvious question!!

    why is it that he has to work hard again?

     

  351. TomNickle says:

    I thought Halak played as aggressively as I’ve seen all year last night Ed.  Certainly not the goalie I saw for the last two weeks.

  352. Harani says:

    Thank God the Flyers #1 is Michael Leighton and Jeff Carter is out for a month. We might still be able to get to 6th. Sens need to beat Philly tomorrow (technically, we would still be 7th because Flyers have one extra win than us but we’ll have played the same number of games, thus giving us an opportunity)

    Think ahead and stay positive! Cammi is coming back. No more questions around who MAB replaces because Moen got injured. PP practice tomorrow. *** happens, this was a bad game. Sens played it tight. 

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  353. christophor says:

    boucher you mean

  354. SLONCOLD says:

    good call… but lets hope montreal can spank buffalo and start to create a little seperation from the 8th spot

  355. Mattyleg says:

    Good news. Well, as good as it can be.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  356. HabFanSince72 says:

    Against the Leafs and the Sens a functioning power play would have won the game.

  357. idle says:

    We need Cammalleri back in a big way.  MAB too.  Feb 4′th was the last time a Montreal defenceman other then Markov scored a goal.  That was Hamrlik, 15 games ago.  Markov has scored twice since then.  Actually the last time MAB scored was New Years Eve (Gill scored that game as well) and since then there have only been 4 goals from the D.  4 goals in 31 games from the point is not good enough.

    It was cool when the third and fourth lines were chipping in with some goals but now that that has dried up it reminds us that we really don’t have a constant threat from the top line.

    Haven’t heard either way but I hope that Moen is O.K.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.


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