Game 79: Halak, Canadiens blank Sabres

Canadiens defenceman Ryan O’Byrne celebrates his first goal in 25 months. He’s greeted by forward Travis Moen.
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At a Glance: Now this is a perfect weekend: the Canadiens won their second game in as many nights and goaltender Jaroslav Halak earned two straight shutouts. Montreal whitewashed the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 at the Bell Centre Saturday, 24 hours after having scored a 1-0 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia. This time, Halak made 29 saves to run his streak of shutout goaltending to 144:01. Canadiens defenceman Ryan O’Byrne nearly scored on his own net early in the first period, took a roughing penalty a few minutes later, then at 12:03 scored his first goal of the season – and his first in 25 months to the day – on a redirected snap shot from the point. Tom Pyatt got his second of the season at 2:41 of the second, converting the rebound of a Maxim Lapierre shot; that was something coach Jacques Martin has been wanting to see more of from his team. Then in the third period, Sergei Kostitsyn finished off a fine play with Dominic Moore feeding Travis Moen, who found SK74 in front of Sabres goalie Ryan Miller for his seventh goal of the season and second point of the night.

Key Moments: Good night for Sergei Kostitsyn, the game’s third star, but let’s give the nod to big defenceman Ryan O’Byrne for his first goal in more than two years.

What It Means: The Canadiens remained in sixth spot in the Eastern Conference with 86 points and a 39-32-8 record. The Boston Bruins, 2-1 overtime winners in Toronto, are next with 84, while the New York Rangers, 4-1 winners over the Panthers in Florida, pulled even in points with idle Philadelphia with 82 points, through the Flyers have more wins.

What’s Next: And then there were three: the Canadiens hit the road Monday for a game Tuesday in Long Island against the New York Islanders, head on to Raleigh for a Thursday match against the Carolina Hurricanes, then return home to wrap up the 82-game regular season next Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


  1. deuce6 says:

    Price doesn’t “lose” games, he just doesn’t do quite enough to win them..Halak steals games, Price doesn’t..That is the difference..

  2. WestHab says:

    It worries me too but I think we’ll win it.  But it will be a goon show.  On one end I think the Habs could get a lot of PPs. On the other we could lose a primer player for the playoffs.

  3. BosKibbles says:

    I somehow wound up with a -10 for my score.

    Still. Better than Komisarek.

  4. deuce6 says:

    MAB shouldn’t be in the line up, period..There is a lot more to the game than simply shooting the puck..

  5. BosKibbles says:

    Wow, didn’t know that. Good to know someone is posting relevant stats!

  6. TomNickle says:

    Hammer played ok last night but that doesn’t change that he’s been the team’s worst defenseman since Markov’s return.  He’s also been the deciding factor in 3 losses in the last two weeks.  No player has had that negative of an impact on the roster in a long time.

  7. BosKibbles says:

    Jaro looks like the Akroyd brother they never talk about…

  8. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Tom,dude you sound like damaged goods……..

  9. TomNickle says:

    Consistency is the most important thing for any professional.  I’m just trying to make the point that there is a misconception out there that Price loses games and Halak wins games.  They have actually the same number of wins where the team has scored a victory with 2 goals or less.  That’s significant when considering whether or not goalies “steal” or “win” games.

  10. WestHab says:

    ditto here, MAB is a cardio health hazard.  He makes a boring play look exciting.

  11. habs-hampton says:

    That’s why I qualified my comment with “usually”.

    I stand by my comments. The team seems to do better with Halak in net.

  12. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. homerbowen says:

    Next Sat against the Laffs worries me for a couple of reasons;

    1) If we need it to get into the playoffs we won’t get in.

    2) Burke & Wilson will want a goon show to end the year and we have only pussies

  14. Nick_Habs1 says:

    Here is another post that DID NOT watch the game lastnight. If you think they played better lastnight….thats proof you know nothing about hockey.

    Give your head a shake.

  15. habs03 says:

    Spacek better be feeling better or they better call up a D-man, MAB should not be playing D, he is beyound horrible back there, I kno Shaker wants Hamrlik out and MAB in on D but I have to respectfuly think that nuts, MAB should be in the lineup everygame for his shot but only as a forward.

  16. habs-hampton says:

    I love Price, but the bottom line is that team seems to win and usually plays better in front of Halak. Therefore we have to ride Halak to the end (whenever that is).

  17. Say Ash says:

    You make it sound as if consistency is of low importance.

  18. BosKibbles says:

    Saw this funny Jacques Martin quiz and thought of Dave Stubbs:

    How Would Jacques Martin handle this?

  19. light_n_tasty says:

    Consistency is the most important aspect of goaltending.

  20. Say Ash says:

    Your avatar has peaked.

  21. TomNickle says:

    Yeah Yeah Yeah, Jaro steals games and Price doesn’t.

    Well, that was the third time this season that Halak has won a game when the team scores 2 goals or less.  Price has done it three times too.

    Don’t get me wrong, Jaro is a very good goalie and played great last night but the only thing he’s done better than his teammate this season is remain consistent.

  22. christophor says:

    please no MAB on D. 

    sorry to those who want him there. 

    my heart can’t take it.

  23. habsguy says:

    Exactly,  the players today are bigger stronger and faster,  the equipment is better,  the sticks make for harder shots,  and the goalies equip is twice the size.  I also the think the players are in better shape.

  24. habsguy says:

    BTW,  the Bower comment was meant as a joke!!!

  25. youngwun says:

    you have no idea what you talking bout!!


  26. habsguy says:

    Okay lets see….Sawchuk was great, Bower was okay but was 40, our guys are kids and will only get better,  Hall and Plante had an awesome year in STL, our guys (if we could keep them together and happy) could have a decade of Hall and Plante,  Smith was above ave on a great team,  Resch was okay, Hayward was good,  but not even close to either of our guys,  that leaves us with Moog and Fuhr,  close but I would take our guys hands down over the two of them….All great goalies though and I understand your point……The year Theo was zoned in was proably the best goaltending I have ever seen for that short period!!!!

  27. Maffu says:

    No surprise tonight. Halak will hold the fort against the Sabres.

  28. Habhopeful says:

    The Montreal Parade started yesterday BTW!! MTL is the best when it gets nice out…

    The problem with the habs is usually we have one line who stays hot or atleast one player who is on a hot streak…At one point it was the Gio-Gomer-Pou-Pou line..>Then it was the Pleks-Camz-Titz line that was hot…and when both lines were cold, our depth scoring would come into play…These past few games, every line has been cold…Its only a matter of time before we start to heat up and start scoring again…Give it time, I say we break out tonight, Halak could have possibly given the team some more confidence after last nights performance


    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  29. Storm Man says:

    Yes on you tube and type Alf

  30. says:

    If he is a Red Wing his Ws will be better lol 😉 (wink wink, joke)

    They call me Shane

  31. habsguy says:

    I think it’s just you looking at his butt!!!!!

  32. says:

    Yeah it’s hard to compare our tandems against the past.  Then again it’s hard to compare the past to today.

    My favourite tandem?  Dryden/Bunny


    I never got to see Vachon/Gump, but I bet they were awesome too.


    They call me Shane

  33. Habhopeful says:

    Found this snooping on the net: I guess a little forewarning to the Flyers…




    Cant wait till tonight! Last night was a heartstopper! Loved it!

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  34. Say Ash says:

    Anybody got a clip of JM completely wigging out, or should I just go back to my unicorn hunt?

  35. Storm Man says:

    Neilson is hurt :(

  36. Storm Man says:

    You forgot your meds today

  37. andrewberkshire says:

    Hasn’t peaked? So next season Halak will post a .945 save percentage? Why can’t fans just be happy with consistency. There’s almost no possible way for Halak to improve on this season in the reality that we live in.

  38. Jbird says:

    Hmmmm Something is up with Spach in that shot.  

  39. naweed235 says:

    ya and i still believe that Ovechkin is going to be like Begin…

  40. HardHabits says:

    Halak hasn’t peaked yet and wont for a long time. He’ll only get better.

  41. HardHabits says:

    It’s just you.

  42. linp says:

    I am quite optimistic this time. Ranger and Philly will fight it out. One of it will not make it. Atlanta’s schedule is a killer. We’ll be at least 8th.

  43. Jbird says:

    I’m not relaxing yet, but the Habs are in a relatively good spot vs. the 4 other team. I feel confident that the team chasing us are too crappy to catch the habs – even if the habs mess up royally. 

    The math is a bit complicated cause of the 4 other teams in the race for 3 spots. If the Habs beat either the Islanders, the Sabres or the Canes they are almost garaunteed the last spot.  If the Rangers, Thrashers, Flyers or Bruins lose one the chances of a playoff spot go way up.  Even if they Habs don’t get 1 point in their next 4 games they still have 1/3 chance to finish 8th.   

    I absolutely agree with Tony M on sitting everyone vs the Leafs.  


  44. linp says:

    I would call up Conboy and Neilson for that game. Then we are ready.

  45. Storm Man says:

    Im happy for the win happy how Halak was the man(I still think he is going to be like Theodore) great 40 mins of hockey by the team but WTF not one shot for over 14 mins in the 3rd. I dont know what Martin has for brains but this rope a dope style will get us killed in the playoffs. Martin let the guys play a 60 min game.

  46. Bugs says:

    Is it just me or does the leading Jaro in the picture look like his garter’s ridin up his butt?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  47. B says:

    Gainey signed Martin to a 4 year deal.

  48. Habs Proud says:

    Halak to the rescue again last night, he has carried this team most nights in close games, Price has played well in a lot of cases too. I am a fan of both, but lets compare Price vs the Canes and Halak vs the Flyers, both games the Habs thought the game was only 40 minutes long and the extra 20 minutes was an optional skate which most opted not to participate in, lets put one in our own net like Hamrlik did and lets leave,  oh say Mike Richards unattended beside the net like O’Byrne did Eric Staal to bang in a rebound and guess what, the result is the same, last night we got lucky that it wasn’t a loss, just a bounce away from a devistating loss. Carey Price is not a bad goalie, if given a chance, as I said I’m a fan of both of these young guys

  49. B says:

    Bouillon? Schneider?

  50. Born in a Bad Year says:

    It was quite nice of Philly to call one for us last night.

  51. ed lopaz says:

    what about robert lang? Coyotes

  52. smiler2729 says:

    I’d really hate to have it all come down to the freaking Leafs next Saturday night. I gotta live here in Leafland with these clowns, that’d be their Stanley Cup.

    ]It’s bad enough every time Toronto beats Montreal on a Saturday night, I find the front page of the Toronto Sun sports section taped to my dressing room area at Sunday morning hockey.

    Imagine if they ever won a Cup, I’d have to move back to Montreal.

  53. ed lopaz says:

    stubbs – although I agree with sitting our key guys against the leafs – not sure I would send Subban out in that situation, either.

    leafs could be head hunting; and a d-man who carries the puck through the neutral zone with speed can be an easy target for a head hunter with no interest in the puck.


  54. RC-51 says:

    Just out of curiosity, of all the players we traded and/or UFA’s  last season, only Begin in Boston and Kovalev in Ottawa are in the playoffs as of today!

  55. smiler2729 says:

    What about Sawchuk/Bower in Toronto? Or Hall/Plante in STL? Or Smith/Resch NYI? Or Moog/Fuhr EDM? I remember Brian Hayward pushing Patrick Roy pretty good in ’88.

  56. wmarcello says:

    I agree with sitting some guys against Toronto. We ALWAYS seem to lose important guys to injury when we play them. I still contend that Subban could help for one game though, just while Spacek is out. We’re missing a defenseman, plus we’re offensively challenged. Subban could help in both cases.

  57. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    I agree with all said in the previous two posts, but it’s highly unlikely that Boucher gets the call. Martin has a hefty contarct for another 2 years and Carbo is still getting paid. Boucher’s time will come , just not next year.

  58. jimmy shaker says:

    IF, IF, IF…..hopefully we are in position to rest some guys….but like a couple of years ago it might come down to that stupid game next week to see if we are a go or no go for the dance……I’m dreading that game if it does come down to it.  I guess it should all have to do with todays outcome of all the games.


  59. Dave Stubbs says:

    No Subban yet. Not with a playoff berth still unclinched. If Habs lock it up this week, bring him in next Saturday vs. Toronto and let him have some fun. Sit Markov that night. Tony Marinaro had a good point last night: sit Halak, Markov, maybe a banged-up forward or two. Leafs won’t care if anyone’s left standing that night.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
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  60. jimmy shaker says:

    True, that he sometimes makes it look like an adventure out there……but it was his first game back on the D in forever and he wasn’t as bad as hammer looked… he made the first pass out to get the play going for our goal last night…….Just as Jaro get’s the W”s, MAB is steadily getting points game in and game out….now if we could get cammy off and going things will be alot better.


  61. SLONCOLD says:

    Jaro is really starting to turn some heads in the league. I’m sure philly would have traded a second round pick for a win last night too.

    In a market that has been pro carey, i’m amazed of the push and calm you see in halak; it says a lot about his character. Jaro should get the start tonight and pretty much run the table for the season.

    Playoffs are a different story i think both goalies should be considered and unless one gets blown out of the water or allows really bad goalies, i think they should choose one to ride and go with. My choice would be halak. I’m sure price would do just as well in the playofss but i think the organization owes halak the chance to start the playoffs.

  62. jimmy shaker says:

    C’Mon Jaro…..hopefully you don’t need to stand on your head like last night for the win…..maybe cammy can break out and get a hatty…….Oh and please let Spacek’s virus be passed onto Hammer so he can sit.  PP will score tonight, and Miller won’t pull a Miller like he did last time around! 


  63. smiler2729 says:

    Martin also has to learn to call a Time Out late in close games.

  64. zak says:

    If all does not go well I would like to see the whole ‘Dogs coaching staff with the Habs next year.

    with all the call ups this year they,ve done a great job with that team.Coaching does make a difference.i.e Coyotes

  65. Bill J says:

    No but it might hinder the balance in Hamilton.

    Tough call – in Hamilton you have a Calder Cup contender (due in large part to Subban & Desjardins – oh great ANOTHER goalie to controverse about lol)

    In MTL – you have a team fighting for it’s playoffs lives.

    I too would like to see PK – but somehow I don’t see him being called up unless 2-3 defencemen go down to injuries in MTL prior to this season ending.

  66. wmarcello says:

    I want him to stay with the Bulldogs too, but one game won’t hurt his development. If Spacek is still out, that’s a huge hole in our D right there that MAB can’t even begin to fill.

  67. cashbagg says:

    always an adventure when he has the puck in the defensive end!

  68. wmarcello says:

    Also, I’ll be fine with either goalie in tonight. If it wasn’t a back to back, I’d say go with your #1 in Jaro, but lots of GMs play their backups in a back-to-back situation, and Carey is by far the best backup in the league right now. He’s been giving the team ample opportunity to win these games. They just haven’t delivered.

  69. cashbagg says:

    Let’s hope Martin has learned a thing or 2 in the past 2 months:

    Halak wins, Price loses. Quite consistantly too.

    Don’t ask me why. I call it the “Curse of Carey” as of late. The kid can’t catch a break, even when he plays well.

    Anyway….pleeeeeaaaaase Jacques, don’t test our playoff luck on Price, and start him tonight. He’s a good goalie, but he belongs on the bench until, God forbid, Jaro lays an egg in the 1st round.


  70. Bill J says:

    While I agree the Habs overule the Bulldogs in terms of “importance” level – I also think long term (not just this season) & when I think like that, I want PK to stay in the AHL this season – go win the Calder Cup & build on his winning experience.


  71. habsguy says:

    well I’ve seen them all from Plante, Dryden, Sawchuck, Hall, Parent, I’ve seen all the greats, but I’ve never seen a duo like we have right now!!!!!

  72. wmarcello says:

    If Spacek doesn’t play tonight, I really hope they call up Subban for the night. Otherwise we’ll just see 20 more minutes of Bergeron on defense. I just can’t take it.

  73. Bill J says:

    Bang on point.  It’s the position I’ve adopted, while yes I am on the Price side (long term), I will certainly admit I am on the Halak side (short term) as well.

    What I have known since day one of this season, we have 2 very good young goalies with a high ceiling on the talent level they have.

    The real issues ?

    I am starting to agree with many here, JM’s style is equally to Gainey — out-dated for today’s NHL.

    In one hand I would like to see Boucher come up next year, but is that too soon for a young coach ?  Do coaches also risk burning out if not “quite” ready ?

    I DO appreciate what JM did to improve the chemistry, but realistically if he could not build chemistry with the character players BG picked up, JM would truly be a useless twig.

    I like many others do NOT agree with him not sticking up for his player(s).

    Go Habs GO – Good luck to whoever is in net tonight, they will like the previous 78 games need it with the team & coach they are aligned to.

  74. smiler2729 says:

    The only position of strength on the club and there are about 15 NHL GMs who are envious AND all we fans can do is bitch and moan about which is better…

    Let’s count our blessings at Easter.

  75. habsguy says:

    I can’t remember a team with the goaltending we have,  either or,  Halak or Price, what a tandem!!!!

  76. says:

    I guess we seen the last game Carey Price played this season.  Jaro saved the season and helped get them into the playoffs…so far. 

    Halak should start tonight, he played awesome last night.

    I’d still consider Carey but the Bell Fans don’t deserve him.

    They call me Shane

  77. noelsroyce says:

    Even *I* know they won’t select Price to be in net tonight! Jaro made some pretty awesome saves (similar to some Carey has made in his recent games) but it always seems to work in Jaro’s favour. Either way, we need more than an awesome goalie to win a game. We should have WAY more goals being scored. Let’s hope we can do that tonight.

  78. HardHabits says:

    You’re right, the Bell fans deserve wins.

  79. soperman says:

    While I think Jaro is playing better than Carey right now, Carey did not deserve to be booed.  He played well.  Carey may play against Toronto if we clinch a playoff spot by the last Saturday night.  But that is hardly a reward in that situation.  Playing Toronto with nothing to gain?  If the team comes out flat he will look bad, if the team stomps over them people will say, well it was only Toronto in a meaningless game.  Montréal fans have higher standards than Leaf fans, beating the Leafs in a meaningless game is not enough to make us happy.

    But on to what is really important.  We have to beat teams like Buffalo because if we sneak into the playoffs or back into the playoffs without being able to beat teams like this, its get out the brooms and dustpans.

    “Pusie possessed a wickedly wild shot, so inaccurate that he could not hit the province of Quebec if he was standing inside the Montreal Forum.” Dick Beddoes

  80. says:

    I’d rather Jaro get the rest of the starts.  I don’t want to t see Carey get humiliated again.  Sad. But when Jaro loses no one cares, and understands that the team in front is usually the cause.  But when Carey loses, it’s all Price.  Retarded asinine thinking!

    They call me Shane

  81. HabsFansince49 says:

    Let’s hope we raise the bar tonight – we cannot expect Halak to save our butts 2 nights in a row. Someone besides the goalie must show up in the 3rd period. Or is Martin’s responsibilty to keep them forechecking in the 3rd instead of laying back? I admit I’m no Martin fan and nothing he has done this year endears him to me, not the least being his failure to support Price a few nights ago when Bell-head fans booed him.

    As someone said on this site; I’m glad I’m Habs and not a Philly fan this morning. It wouldn’t matter if I were a Leafs fan – I’d be delusional, every year ending up at or near the bottom and believing “we” (the Laffs) were about to win the Cup 

  82. says:

    Miller is due to have one of his “holy crap I suck nights”, maybe tonight will be it.

    They call me Shane

  83. J.J. of Turku says:

    Spring is coming to Finland…


    I have a good feeling about tonight’s game… :)


  84. habsfan reduxit says:

    … time for a dose of reality here. If the habs can manage only one goal against one of the league’s poorest goalies, I shudder to think how they’re going to beat Ryan Miller. We’ve got the goaltending – either guy – but is there no one on this team who can SCORE???

    … “Whenever you have the puck, and don’t know what to do with it, put it in the net.” – Toe Blake

  85. ccs says:

    I thought the Habs played a pretty good road game against a desperate team, a tough team. They were not intimidated or by the broad street bullies. Yeah they came at them pretty hard in the third but that was pretty much expected. Jaro played amazing and I was impressed by AK. He played hard down low and was winning battles all night. MAB….well scary to watch on D at times. I think its time to bring up PK for the remainder of the season and the playoffs. Go Habs Go.

  86. habs4_25th says:

    Not to knock they played a good game, but a tough team…. I mean the Islanders wiped the floor with them the night before.  I agree that PK should be up to help us out.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  87. SmartDog says:


    1. What five skaters do you want on the ice in the last minute of a must-win game.

    2. What five skaters do you NOT want out there?

    3. Name 3 players who are the best DOLLAR value on the team (cost versus impact).

    4. The 3 players with the worst dollar value (cost versus output).

    5. If you’re Gauthier, can you realistically let Halak go?  The goalie who a) fits with your team b) has probably been your best netminder for 3 years c) has pretty much proven himself as a #1 even on the international scene d) seems to rise to tough games and e) has one of the best save % in the world’s best hockey league? 

    A NOTE RE Q5: I have to say I feel for Price, and there’s no question he’s has shown real character by keeping his head up
    (against significant tides) since the Olympic break… and in fact throughout the year. We love you
    Pricey, and we believe in you.We do have 2 great young goalies.



    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  88. smiler2729 says:

    Gotta love SD’s Q5:

    1. Gionta, Gomez, Moore, Gorges, Gill.

    2. Plekanec, AKostitsyn, Lapierre, O’Byrne, Bergeron.

    3. Moore, Metropolit, Halak.

    4. Markov, Gomez, AKostitsyn, Hamrlik, Spacek.

    5. Yes, even Gretzky was traded.

  89. lBUSYl says:



    I like HALAK and he invokes a sense of confidence in me when I see him between the pipes. For a young and upcoming Goalie, he has poise and a mature demeanor on the ice. He definitely has stolen some games for us and I’m sure opposing teams are mindful of his skills. What we don’t know about him and his agent is what is happening outside the 60Mins. of game play. How does Halak feel about the city that will chew you up on the front of multiple presses? Will money make him swallow that thought and can he keep his focus on the ice? Can he make the same dollar in another locker room minus the microscopes? He definitely deserves a good shot at being the teams #1 net minder. Here or elsewhere.
    Price has played some great nights and I am sure he wishes, whomever has this curse on his ass, has some pity on him soon. Maybe he should sell the house he built on the ancient burial ground or pay the voodoo master his ransom.

  90. deuce6 says:

    1. Gionta-Moore-Moen-Markov-Gill

    2. AK-Cammy-MAB-Spacek-Price (J/K)-OB

    3. Halak-Plex-Metro

    4. Gomez-Gomez-Gomez

    5. No

    RE5: Agreed..

  91. dicktracy says:

    1. hammer, markov, gomez, gionta, pleks

    2. gill, mab, pulliot, ak, #13

    3. halak, price, pleks

    4. bgl, ak, gomez

    5. he must keep both…for now

  92. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    1-Metropolit, Plekenaks, Gionta, Gill, Gorges.

    2-AK46, Pouliot, Laps, MAB, OB.

    3-Metro, Halak,  Plekanek.

    4-Gomez, AK46, Laraque.

    5-Keep both for now, unless there is an unbelievable offer for one of them.

  93. HardHabits says:

    1. Plex, Moore, Moen, Markov, Gill

    2. Cammy, AKost, Pouliot, Gorges, MAB

    3. Halak, Plex and Halak

    4. You want us all to say Gomez, Gomez, Gomez here LOL but I’ll say Cammy, Gio and Gomez are all over-paid and for too long.

    5. Sign Halak long-term, he’s actually going to get better


  94. punkster says:

    Good one Rob.

    1. Pleks, Cammy, Metro, Markov, Gil (if we’re leading) or Spacek (if we’re behind)

    2. Laps, AK, MAB, Gorges, Hamrlik

    3. Cammy, Gionta, Pleks

    4. Too obvious, not playing this game

    5. No (but he shouldn’t let Price go either). WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT TANDEM.

  95. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Halak can steal games, Price can’t.

  96. says:

    It’s hard to respect your opinion when you said Price blew it against the Canes…

    Halak was awesome last night.  Way better than the last time he faced the Flyers and got pulled.

    They call me Shane

  97. WindsorHab-10 says:

    A couple of scary stats from the last 2 games: Outshot 17-10 in a tie game vs Carolina in the 3rd period & outshot 14-3 vs the Flyers in a 1-0 game also in the 3rd. Not a very good sign.

    Willing to donate an organ for a win vs Sabres tonight.

  98. SmartDog says:

    You wouldn’t want Pleks out there in the last minute?  Man, I would… he’s the best at covering the point shot/pass.  And he should be in #3 IMO – at least this year… though I like your list.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  99. smiler2729 says:

    Pleks doesn’t win enough crucial faceoffs to warrant putting him out there… as a winger, fine but as a center, no.

  100. says:

    Yes they do….some of them anyways.

    They call me Shane

  101. HardHabits says:

    I’ll agree that the ones who booed Price don’t even deserve to be there.

  102. Mikey_39 says:

    MAB definitely has defensive flaws.  He did, however, play a pretty good defensive game last night.  Ok, he made some mistakes, but not as bad as usual.  Besides, our offense has been pretty non-existant lately, and our goaltending has been solid.  You need to play him.


    On another note, is anyone else as excited as I am about the future of our defense? We already have Markov who is a star, and Gorges who is a warrior and has become a solid defenseman, but add to that Subban, Webber, and Obyrne who just needs a little more experience and we have a pretty awesome looking defensive lineup in the future!

  103. mr.a. says:

    as long as gill is not part of the equation.

  104. wmarcello says:

    I closely watched MAB all night. If last night was not as bad as usual, we might as well just forfeit tonight if he plays another 20 minutes. He was absolutely brutal last night. I saw him make at least 4 or 5 huge defensive blunders.

  105. ABHabsfan says:

    I agree there is plenty of talent in those 5 but we need a real prick of a d-man. Like Mitchell in Van or even Pronger. The guy is a dick but you can’t argue the results. I am not saying get Pronger but a guy like him. Brian Allen in Fla comes to mind

  106. Anonymous says:

    So…. Now that the goaltending issue is settled
    how about we talk about the real problems. 30 th in the league for 5 on
    5 goals and a recently pathetic pp, which by the way we also draw the
    least. Why don’t many people like to argue about the real problem? Price
    is not the problem and Halak cannot be the solution to a team that
    doesn’t score.

  107. christophor says:

    common sense. thank you.

  108. mbplekfan says:

    We dont score 5-5 because nobody is willing to go to the net. All of our offensive guys want to score with one timers from the perimeter and not do the digging in the crease or slot.

    Cammy, AK, Gionta, Pouliot are all shooters. Not a crease clogger in the bunch. Moen cant score, sergei doesnt have the size, Moore shoots from far out and our fourth line cant find the net with a guide dog.

    No Kaleta, no Gaustad…Two guys that most of our D cant handle in our end. And we have nothing to counter with but speed and finesse.

  109. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Halak is the solution… a proper team around him and we win ,FO SURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. TripleX says:

    Many of us have since last July 1.  Only to be told to shut up, stop being negative, Bob is God and the team needs time to gel.

    The team Bob built was and is mediocre and the contracts disastrous.

  111. ABHabsfan says:


  112. habs4_25th says:

    I completely agree, yeah Halak is having a good year, so all this let’s dump
    price and keep Halak. The same has happened over the years of goalies having
    good years and then we all want him as the starter then all of a sudden our
    goalies crap out on us.  I am a strong believer in that Goalies are the
    hardest to introduce into the league because being a goalie you are all on your
    own and only your mentality will keep you on top of your game.  We cannot
    stand back and watch our goalies be thrown under the bus when the team in front
    of them can’t generate anything.  Price will be a great goalie in a couple
    of years, and Halak is on top of his game right now, lets not make any hasty
    decisions and jeopardize the most important position in hockey.


    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  113. HardHabits says:

    Yep. Hopefully with a solid Halak in nets the team can work at correcting the other two glaring deficiencies, and that’s not even mentioning the D zone coverage, which needs work, not to mention the quick outlet passes AND flowing, wavy hair.

  114. christophor says:

    halak is the solution….with a whole new team. ok then i guess the whole new team part is just secondary. 

    halak, yes.

    the goalie-fetish you and so many share, not enough.


    i’m not banking on 1-0 results all the way to stanley’s cup

  115. habs4_25th says:

    Halak is just having a good year, now is it fair to say he is the solution for this team.  IMO one year is not good enough to say that, that person is the entire solution for this team.  So naive to believe that one year and your the solution to this team.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  116. TripleX says:

    That comment makes absolutely no sense.  I guess the individuals that actually make a living playing in the NHL have no idea about who is good.

  117. SeriousFan09 says:

    More like they’d all enjoy getting paid a couple million over their actual market value. With the weak FA market coming up, someone will likely secure a contract well over what he’s worth and get his name on that list. It’s a lot of professional jealousy sometimes in these polls.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  118. Anonymous says:

    Just because you have a skill doesn’t mean you have good judgement of that skill for other people. You forgot to explain about any biases either.

  119. TripleX says:

    If I had a company and I wanted a good assessment of a new employee I think I would poll the workers on the floor.  Only makes sense.  It does not require any kind of judgment just simple observation.  Biases?  Polls always have biases, so we should ignore all polls?

  120. Anonymous says:

    If you like to generalize a comment about one poll being about all polls, than yes.

  121. TripleX says:

    So in a recent poll of current NHL players Dion Phaneuf ranked as No.1 most over rated player.  Guess who ranked No.3?

    Why our own Scott Gomez.  No surprise about either player.  At least Phaneuf is only 24 and has potential to get much better.  Gomez?

    Thanks Bob.

  122. Anonymous says:

    Who cares about what the players think? There not all that smart or biased, right?

  123. Storm Man says:

    Old news my friend I did that post yesterday. I just hope the team does not hear Alf tonight when he tells them to sitback after we get a lead, The Washington game was great balls to the wall run and gun.

  124. Chuck says:

    I think that Phaneuf voted for himself.


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

  125. kmachabs27 says:

    where can i look at this poll?

  126. Favorite Son says:

    Gomez was a last resort. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Bob’s first choice. However, I don’t recall the free market of last year having an abundance of centers, so Bob went with Gomez since he knew he wasn’t going to sign Koivu. And since Plekanec had a bad season last year, he had to get something. Yes, we’re stuck with his contract, but Gomez isn’t playing horrible so let’s give it a rest with the anti-Bob comments, he’s gone now.

  127. matraque says:

    Price is in the list as well it seems.


    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)

  128. jimmy shaker says:

    And Jaro bailed him out, just like he bailed out Poully and Marky and Gill etc etc etc……but I do recall him starting the play out of our zone that produced the one and only goal that was scored yesterday! 


  129. wmarcello says:

    Jaro bailed out Bergeron FAR more than he bailed out any other player. No D-man had a great night last night, but MAB was the worst of the worst by a longshot. One pass doesn’t make up for that.

  130. jimmy shaker says:

    Uhmmmm, I think it does…1-0 remember……Okay so give me all the plays that MAB blew last night and I’ll give you the plays the other guys blew and we’ll see where we come out at!


  131. wmarcello says:

    I would need a tape of the game and about 3 hours to detail his blunders. And the score was 1-0 in a game that Halak absolutely stole. If he doesn’t rob that game it’s probably about 4-1 Flyers, and the MAB argument is a lot plainer. Hammer, Markov, and OB also had a fair number of blunders, but they simply weren’t in the same league.

  132. jimmy shaker says:

    So you see how MAB’s reputation is what people continually go off of time and time again.  Because the media pounds that into us all the time, about this guy having great offensive skills but a liability defensively, that liability comes to the forefront all the time no matter what, because the bad sticks easier than the good.  Here are the plays that I think MAB made poor decisions on…..he pinched on a horrible play in the first period that lead to an odd number attack but there was no shot that got through.  He made some bad passes but those weren’t coming back the other way on us for direct scoring chances.  He did make one bad pass in our zone that caused some problems, when he tried to do a cheeky back hand pass up the middle to Laps that was cut off….but other than that, he covered the front of the net well, stuck with his guy and even took away a pass on an odd man rush when he went down to block a shot and the flyer shot it high and wide on Jaro.  Hammer was the guy the let vanriemsdyk alone in front of the net covering air and richards on the rebound as well.  So that was my thoughts on MAB last night……his FIRST game back on the D in a long time…..remember!


  133. linp says:

    I am not disappointed with MAB. We know his strength and weakness. At least he tried his best to help the team The same can’t speak for Pouliot. We have seen him playing much better.

    We have to take MAB as is. There is no surprises. He is a weak physically but he can pass and shoot.

  134. jimmy shaker says:

    Haven’t been to the Bell Centre in years…..but from watching the games on the telly, where is the electricity inside the building?  The Philly game was energized from the drop of the puck to the end of game.  I know Philly badly outplayed us and deserved better so maybe that had something to do with it.  But from watching every game this year…..I rarely recall the Bell Centre being continually that noisy.  I hope the 21,273 the second most in the league now behind the united centre (look it up, they expanded and added standing room)  help the team and keep the energy up and noise level up all game.  We need the fans to help us now more than ever….not be a hinderance or fickle…….Cheer’em on all game, make some noise and be that 6th man on the ice that we need tonight against lindsay Ruff (I know it’s Lindy) and the biggest diver in the league ROY.


  135. HardHabits says:

    Last night’s game was in Philadelphia.

  136. light_n_tasty says:

    Just going to disagree about the Philly game being energized.  During the game, the TSN commentator was even talking about how he was surprised how such a loud building could be so quiet.  TSN did have the on-ice and and arena sounds jacked way up during the broadcast though, so maybe that’s where you got the idea that the building was “energized”

  137. TripleX says:


    ps  I was going to add that Price is also on the list but why start another flame war…

  138. HardHabits says:

    Sidney Crosby received seven votes.

    Three goalies got more than one vote:

    Roberto Luongo (three)

    Carey Price and Marty Turco (two each).

    Based on a survey of 272 NHL players.

    Sounds like some players have axes to grind.

  139. ManApart says:

    How much you want to bet that if there was an underrated poll, Halak would be the top of the list for goalies

  140. TripleX says:

    Ummmmmmm?  Did you read what was posted?

  141. jimmy shaker says:

    Thanks boss, just merely pointing out how alive the wachovia centre was compared to the bell centre…..I’m just wishing our building can have that electricity for 60 min, not just for the first 5.


  142. HardHabits says:

    Sorry. Didn’t catch your sarcasm. It’s back to the future with the Montreal fans sitting on their hands again and being reactive as opposed to being proactive. In all honesty, Habs fans are not necessarily the best, they just have the most bandwagon riders per capita. 

  143. Favorite Son says:

    The Wachovia center was alive because their team gave them something to cheer about for almost the entire game. The Flyers dominated last night and the effort was there. They were the ones attacking all the time. Of course people are going to be loud.

    Have you seen the Habs’ forwards play lately? Nothing to cheer about… I’m all for supporting the team no matter what, but they gotta give us something to start with!

  144. jimmy shaker says:

    Agree, agree….I wish we they could be proactive instead of reactive like you said.  And like the post above yours I understand his angle to, but someone has to give…..either the 20 guys on the bench or the 21273 in the stands…..


  145. Favorite Son says:

    I’m gonna go with “the 20 guys on the bench”, what with them making millions of dollars…

  146. Storm Man says:

    How many mins does the team go without a shot tonight??? bidding starts at 4mins

  147. showey47 says:

    I’m sure they will get plenty of shots on goal during the warm-up

  148. showey47 says:

    Vinny was bob’s first choice and did whatever he could to try to land him. The first time in early january then again at the draft. The rumour is they had a done deal at the draft but one of the tampa owners didn’t want the deal to happen and bettman stepped in and the deal was killed. The only real ufa option was nick antropov.

  149. Favorite Son says:

    Now there’s a debate: Which would you rather have, Gomez or Lecavalier? (with their current contracts)

    At first glance, I’d have to say Lecavalier because of size and he is more of a scorer than Gomez. However, he hasn’t had much of a season and injuries have slowed him down.

    Both contracts are messed up…

    Antropov would’ve been good, but who would’ve thought he’d be as good as he is now?

  150. showey47 says:

    Antropov has been very solid for the thrashers this season,but there would have been no guarantee we would have landed him. Kovalchuk played a role in getting antropov to come over,as he did for afinogenov as well.

  151. Storm Man says:

    I wanted Antropov on this team he would have been great with cammy and AK

  152. Favorite Son says:

    I agree. But would Gionta and Cammalleri have signed here with no Gomez? Apparently he had a lot to do with their decision to come here…I guess we’ll never know.

  153. B says:

    Antropov had better production than Gomez last season too. His cap hit in Atlanta is only just over $4M. Good pickup by Waddell

  154. habs4_25th says:

    I want Halak to start the rest of the games and we’ll see where we end up, because even though Price will give the same effort as Halak, unfortunatly the team in front of him won’t give him the same effort.  I say we ride Halak and if we fail then there will be no Price bashing.  Save the kid from being the scape goat of this teams horrible efforts this year.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  155. Anonymous says:

    If he won two in a row most people would forget about halak. seriously that’s how most fans are. two in a row, he will be a hero again.

  156. Favorite Son says:

    The argument that the team gives more of an effort when Halak plays than when Price does isn’t as strong anymore because the team isn’t playing good at all lately. Did the team in front of Halak really provide a great effort last night? I don’t think it’s a goalie issue, it’s a scoring issue with the so-called scorers we have not putting the puck in the net.

  157. habs4_25th says:

    agreed, but the team would have to help him out like they help out Halak.  Last night I watched players laying down for  Halak during the PK, but the other day for Price they just stood there flat footed.  It has been sad to see a young goalie have so much trouble.  They need to give him some confidence again.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  158. HNS says:

    No practice=win.

  159. Anonymous says:

    It makes it easier to get pumped up after the afternoon nap.

  160. showey47 says:

    anybody who still wants to bitch about our goaltending should just go and watch the stinker hedberg just gave up against the pens,which was the game winning goal in OT.

  161. Storm Man says:

    Goaltending is this last thing to cry about on this team we are dead last 5 on 5 scoring and we have Alf as a coach

  162. jimmy shaker says:

    Well even that being so, I just don’t get really any energy from the Bell Centre.  Watching it from the telly, it seems like an easy place to come into and play, because the fans turn so quick, only cheer for a goal or a nice play…..they seem to fickle and deserving rather than being that 6th man whose going to cheer and elevate the team and the building anyway they can.  Basically I just want the Bell Centre to be rockin and a hard place for the opposing team to come into and play.


  163. Storm Man says:

    you need to watch the games in HD :)

  164. jimmy shaker says:

    I DO, can you convince the wife?


  165. light_n_tasty says:

    I agree about the Bell Centre lately, from an “on TV” perspective (I haven’t been there since 2007). I noticed the last few weeks the commentators talking about how the normally loud Bell Centre has been subdued.  Hard to get excited about the way they are playing.

  166. Storm Man says:

    Convince your wife to do what

  167. JIMVINNY says:

    Probably to let him get HD.

  168. Storm Man says:

    well buy some nice candles and a nice bottle of wine, Make a great dinner rent the moive notebook and after the movie give her a full body massage that should do it.

  169. linp says:

    The atmosphere in the old forum is much better than the Bell Center. On the other hand, our team was also much better.

  170. The Cat says:

    Tonight the sabres get trounced.

  171. The Cat says:

    Im glad Halak is starting, only because he got a shutout last night. I dont particularly care for the way the habs organization have been trying to sneak Price in as the number 1 for the playoffs. Against Carolina, it should have been Halak starting.

  172. matraque says:


    -Started the season with a new team and a new coach

    -Lost Markov on the first game of the season

    -We have 2 young goalies that perform well

    -Team got injuries after injuries

    -We will probably make the playoffs

    I’m impressed.  Sure, we want our team to go 82-0… But with all the bad luck we got this season, i think we did good.

    I also want to tip my hat to JM… He did miracles with the team that had 0 chemistry at the beginning of the season.

    -You guys can now return to your coach bashing.


    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)

  173. hockeylegend514 says:

    Finally someone with some common sense on that board.

  174. matraque says:

    Thanks… but i sometimes talk some crazy shit too, just like the rest of us! 😉


    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)

  175. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Good post – I’ve bashed JM a lot of times on this website but I often forget that this team had no chemistry during the beginning of the season. Props to Martin for that!

    But I still prefer a different coach – CAR-BO! 😉

  176. Curtis O Habs says:

    Kudos to you.

  177. habs03 says:

    Im not the biggest JM fan but come on, we have been hurt all year and we could be a lot worst, and I think people have been a bit too hard on him. Example last game vs Sabres, his game plan shut them down to the T for the first 56 minutes of the game until we started taking pentalies. As for Carbo man I loved him, not saying you were one of them or anything but it seemed like everyone hated him and wanted him fired. But thats how it is here, were way too hard on people for making mistakes and wonder why they become great when they leave here.

  178. TomNickle says:

    I have a great deal of respect for the way that the coaching staff and management team with the organization have handled a new team and the high number of important injuries they’ve dealt with this season.  With that said, I have absolutely no use for Jacques Martin following this week’s handling of his goaltending issue.  Looking an opportunity to defend one of your players who’s been unfairly criticized in the face and then spitting in it is the work(or lack thereof) of a man who has no interest in keeping his team and players happy and secure in their careers.  When I combine the personality of this man with his inability or refusal to make adjustments during games, I come up with the opinion that he is not only a coach not suited for this team, but not suited for professional hockey.  I have no use for the man anymore and nothing good to say about him other than that I have respect for the way he prepares his team to play prior to a game.

  179. Shiloh says:

    Do we know yet who’s starting? Halak? Spacek?

  180. rogieshan says:

    Halak starting. Spacek game time decision. 

  181. rogieshan says:

    Martin may be a good Xs and Os coach, but as Boone and others have pointed out, his in-game adjustments leave a lot to be desired. We started taking penalties last night because the players stopped skating and went into fall-back mode. As soon as an opposing team starts to push and fatigue sets in, we’re toast (witness the last few matches with the Sabres, Hurricanes & Flyers).     

  182. Le Jadester says:

    SK ?

    Habs, OLE !

  183. Bugs says:

    If Jaroslav Halak doesn’t score tonight, who will?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  184. Iceberg84 says:

    Warning: This is a statement of the obvious. If you don’t like people saying things you already know, I advise you to turn back now.

    Unless I’m mistaken, the only way Montreal will fail to make the playoffs is if they lose the rest of their games and Atlanta wins most of theirs and passes them, due mainly to the fact that Philadelphia and NYR have two games against each other remaining, so by virtue of that, they can’t BOTH pass us unless we fail horribly over the next four. Also, considering Atlanta’s ridiculous schedule, I just don’t see how they can pass us (washington, pittsburgh, NJD) so allow me to state the obvious (I’m not sure if it was stated earlier in this thread) but it doesn’t seem to be a question of whether or not they’ll place in the top eight, merely against whom, a factor which we can’t really control. I also think that because of the NYR/PHI situation, the eight place seed will only need 87 points to clinch. So I’m looking ahead to the post season!

  185. punkster says:

    Limb time Bugs. My feeling is Cammy, MAB, SK and your boy Pou-pou with a couple. Strange night ahead at the Ding Dong Centre. Clinch time.

  186. Bugs says:

    Not allowed to placate me by predicting a dominant performance from my boy!

    Puts me in a position of weakness by not being able to disagree.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  187. brad.men5 says:

    Anyone know a site where I can stream the game?

    Away from home at grandparents house who don’t have rds…

  188. WestHab says:

    Yes I guess it would taking some doing to miss the post season play.  My whish is to see the Habs clinch before that last game against you know who.

  189. deuce6 says:

    Wait, are you looking for a stream to watch it or do you actually want to stream it?

    If you want to stream it:

  190. lavie says:

    No bias to any player, but putting #26 on PP it’s just too JM.

  191. naweed235 says:

    the MAB and Gill pair up is PURE GENIUS!!!

    WOW… what would be a good name for the pair up of two give away machines?

  192. pmaraw says:

    pyatt and ob….  not in a million yea…. holy smokes

  193. brad.men5 says:

    Carbonneau did that too.

  194. slapshot777 says:

    Good game so far, now let’s keep the foot on the gas and don’t let these guys back in it. One thing I find amazing when the Habs get a lead the other team seems like they can do what they like with regards to penalties, like Tyler’s cross check from behind, a Charging hit in the Buffalo end goes uncalled. While pleks even though it was a hold, you mean that Pleks can throw Roy to the ice with one hand. Should have been a dive on Roy also. How many dives does this guy make in a game? 


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

  195. Ian Cobb says:

    I am not saying a thing until the end! Hope that I have not seen this dance before.!

  196. pmaraw says:

    that is saying something 😉

  197. lavie says:

    We have a goalie who can play 61 mins.

  198. FuzE_gus says:

    This team is really jekyll and hyde…I have no idea what to expect from game to game…I like what I’m seeing tonight (so far)


    With Regards from FuzE_gus

  199. JohnnyBEast says:


  200. slapshot777 says:

    Halak derserving of back to back shut outs.


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

  201. sailor2963 says:

    This was a great team effort.  Better game than last night.

  202. LeeFree says:

    Great effort, boys. On another note: I didn’t know that flying elbows and leaping sabertooths were now legal.

  203. Rainrocket16 says:

    MT. KILIMANJARO!!!!!!!!!! What a beast!!!

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

  204. jkmorris says:

      Great victory. Living in the Buffalo market (Rochester), I have to listen to Sabres fans all the time. Tired of listening to the Buffalo announcers when the teams play each other.  They are the most smug bunch after they win, especially the last game in Buffalo. All respect to RDS, but English Habs TV please.

  205. Keith says:

    I gave up trying to figure out this team Ian. It’s too hard on the blood pressure!

  206. habs_agardiner says:

    Obyrne yess finally!

    He works hards, from that penalty and the almost own goal. He has come a long way from someone last year who scored on his own net. To a number 1 d-pairing with Markov. And most recently with his mothers death.

    Go Habs GO!!

  207. shootdapuck says:

    Then you get senile Bob Cole!

    I don’t know what is worse!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  208. dre1744 says:

    Its good too see the habs leading comfortably in the third and not givin me a heart attack

  209. BKAK72 says:

    The “other” thoughts of the game:

    1.  LAPS – the ongoing embarrassment.  Does he have a model contract on the side?  How can he not be inspired by MOEN?  Please release this piece of garbage and keep MOORE and/or METRO at center.  Poster boy for turtle!

    2.  TOP 2 LINES – guess they are tired?  Good to see AK46 bounce a few guys out there.  He has the stature to hurt the opposition both physically and with goals.

    3.  PP – what’s happened?  Seems like too much of the play is focused to the LEFT of the goalie.  Haven’t seen MARKOV move in and shoot from the right side in a while.  Hope he is ok.

    Let’s hope the team puts pressure on the ISLES and allows us fans (me at least) to rest the emotions.


    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  210. bigbighabsfan says:

    It’s so nice to see a total effort like that and great execution. Very impressive. And Halak man he’s something else. Back to back shutouts when the heat is on is a very good sign. He looks fresh as a daisy. No sign of fatigue at all. I read so many exotic statistics about their goalies this week it got me wondering about one… does anyone know what goalie has gone the most consecutive games without getting a shutout? I’m pretty sure I know who the active goalie is.

  211. jimmy shaker says:

    Little respect for the elder statesman of HNIC please.


  212. deuce6 says:

    Release a guy because he

    I understand he embarrassed himself, but he was one of best players tonight..Claude Lemieux? I guess we should have released him, as well..

    Cammy looked better..Had some chances, but snake bitten..It’ll come..Funny how well the bottom lines have been playing since MAB has been taken out of there..Hmmm..But, he wasn’t noticable tonight as much as against PHI..I am guessing JM gave him a talking to..Just stay back and chip the puck out when pressured and shoot the damn thing when on the PP..Simple hockey..

    Top lines HAVE to get going..We can’t depend on the 3rd/4th lines to produce all of the scoring..

    What can you say about Halak? I am willing to say he is one of, if not, the best “hybrid” goalie right now..I am impressed by how he is able to pick up the puck in traffic..

    Better effort all around

  213. shootdapuck says:

    Little declining exponentially to none.

    Useless play by play man behind the play wrong players game in and out!

    LAFFS lover too!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  214. madmat411 says:


    2) O’Byrne…….i wanna open his head and see if there actually is a brain in there

  215. HUDSONHAB says:

    Great game. Thoughts… Sabres got away with a lot of crap.

                                    If there were more games left Pouliot would be a healthy scratch to wake him up..


  216. Rainrocket16 says:

    Please respect Bob Cole, he is the voice that makes every game seem like the Stanley Cup, with his strong high pitched excitement! Love that guy!

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

  217. shootdapuck says:

    Based on this season performance where he showed up for what 3 games in 70 something, ya dump him!

    No more free passes for LALA!

    Ryan White in Hamilton would be serious upgrade!



    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  218. jimmy shaker says:

    There is always the “MUTE” button my friend or radio…….but why not come on here and just say something like “I don’t enjoy Bob Cole anymore, it seems like his day has come and gone.”  No need to ridicule the glue of HNIC for so many years.  A comment like that gives you some credibility, whereas your first comment makes you look like an ignorant little jabrone!  Nothing nice to say than zip it, I believe is the how the old saying goes.


  219. jkmorris says:

      Sorry to say, but Bob Cole is past his time. From what I get to see, HNIC is more like Hockey Night in Toronto. Harry Neale isn’t much of a color man either. Doesn’t let facts get in the way of his commentary.

  220. MontrealAtheist says:

    O’Byrne…….i wanna open his head and see if there actually is a brain in there”

    Are you referring to his almost OG? Hey, at least he more than made up for it with a goal in the right net.

  221. Rainrocket16 says:

    Great heart displayed by Moore, Meon, Gionta, and the Incredible HALAK!!

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

  222. jkmorris says:

      I have followed the Canadiens and CANADIAN broadcasters since 1970. I know exactly what I am talking about. Lighten up Francis…

  223. MontrealAtheist says:

    Agreed … The Laffs have been beating the shit out of everyone these days, so we wouldn’t want our play-off fate to rest in their hands.

  224. Off-side says:

    You’re a bad boy BKAK72.  Laps played a good game.  Were you sleeping?

  225. Off-side says:

    I suppose if you don’t speak French then English TV would be your obvious choice.  Duh.

  226. Off-side says:

    Why??? You SHOULD say something, and it should be positive.  Even if we don’t make the playoffs, the team deserves our praise tonight.  Be an honorable fan, please.

  227. showey47 says:

    laps turtled so much i expected a video game plumber named mario to appear and stomp on him.

  228. ManApart says:

    I agree on White. Maybe next year teamed with Pyatt, they could be dynamite.

  229. ManApart says:

    I agree 100%. Don’t know why people slag him. IMO, best play by play man out there. Well Houde is better.

  230. bostonantifan says:

    One reason people “slag” him is that the guy definitely sounds like he’s getting paid by the word, he says less in more words than any announcer I’ve ever heard. He’s always asking stupid questions and answering them himself. “Canadiens battling hard to get the puck out, will they be able to clear the zone? Yes, and Gill shoots it down the ice.”  Why bother asking Bob, just shut up and see what happens!  It seems like he’s trying to be a combination play by play and colorman all at once. He used to be very good when he concentrated on play by play and didn’t bother with all the other BS.

    One other thing, does anyone else get irritated when CBC (among others) announcers talk about how important faceoffs are, but the producers are showing inconsequential replays while the faceoffs are missed? The best one was tonight when they were showing 30 seconds of how Halak stands up in his crease looking for the puck at the points, that’s really important stuff to miss a faceoff for.

  231. shootdapuck says:

    Want to experience a quality hockey sportscaster kiddies?

    Check you-tube for Danny Gallivan and Rene Lecavalier!

    Bob Cole, a “nice” newfy voice does not a great sportscaster make.

    This refers to here and now not 30 years ago!

    He follows in the proud tradition of Bill and Foster Hewitt, well known manglers of televised hockey.

    Cole is legendary for being the biggest Toronto Maple Leafs shill on
    the planet. During any Leafs game , Cole is forever
    blurting out, “And a scintillating save by (insert name of Leafs goalie
    here)”, or, “That was a crushing hit by (insert name of Leafs defenceman
    here).” This despite the fact that the save or the hit is often of the
    most routine nature. This boosterism gets cranked to the nth degree when
    the playoffs come around and the Leafs unexpectedly find themselves
    actually not wearing shirts with little alligators.

    Cole is also famous for calling the former Vancouver Canucks’ Markus
    “Mats Naslund” and referring to the Canucks’ Sedin
    as the “Sundin twins”. And that’s just when he can
    remember part of the name. He often will refer to a dump-in being
    corralled by “the (insert team name here) player”. One of the worst
    aspects of Cole’s announcing, though, is his tendency to be behind the
    play. He routinely can be heard describing an outlet pass, for example,
    after the play has already gone down ice and resulted in a shot on net
    and a save.

    Cole might have his supporters, probably people who are just so used to
    the man after half a century in radio and television. But the time
    always comes to move on, and Cole’s time came more than a few years ago.

    HNIC with Bob Cole and Millen or Harry Neale has become more like community cable with Wayne
    and Garth!

    Other share the same thoughts:

    According to


    Top 10 worst sportscasters on television:

    1. Bob Cole

    2. Joe Theismann

    3. Pierre McGuire

    4. Tim McCarver

    5. Steve Armitage

    6. Tony Siragusa

    8. Terry Bradshaw

    9. D. Vitale

    10. Sean Salisbury


    NB: Some referred to Mr. Cole as “Grandpa Simpson.” That, of course, is a huge insult to Grandpa Simpson, who may be senile and blind as a bat, but has never been known to wave blue-and-white pompons in the broadcast booth.

    McGuire could write a book on the dump-in, which he apparently believes is the most exciting play in hockey. TSN wouldn’t confirm the rumour that they put him down between the benches so he could be closer to all the players — Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf and many others — on whom he has a man-crush.

    Grapes is a joke that’s just not funny anymore. Although he likes to remind people he was once named coach of the year, Boston fans should remember him best as the man whose ineptitude probably cost the Bruins at least a couple of Stanley Cups. When he’s not playing the part of clownish neanderthal or maudlin militarist, Cherry cheers his heart out for his beloved Maple Leafs.




    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  232. ACF says:

    Great post.  Completely agree on Bob Cole.  I notice that he is slowly being phased out by HNIC…

  233. zooziff says:

    Bob Cole is one of the great all time hockey announcers. I’m not certain what this has to do with the thread either. Playing haters working overtime?


  234. shootdapuck says:


    By that statement your age is prominently showing!



    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  235. Storm Man says:

    We need to give the team 6 scoops of No-Xplode each that will give them a pump

  236. Tis Himself says:

    Great goaltending is an integral part of The System, offense is not. Just four games to go before a gelling of truly epic proportions takes place. Not even JM can prevent it from happening!

  237. Storm Man says:

    Team cant score if they dont have the puck and wait on the blue line and need to shot to try and get a goal no shots for over 14mins someone needs to grab Alf by his ears and tell him

  238. Favorite Son says:

    You’re right, it starts with shooting more often, but it’s not just that. When they shoot, no one goes to the net. Nobody’s getting any rebounds. They’re not creating traffic in front of the net. And yeah, I’m starting to get really sick of the “system”…

  239. Storm Man says:

    The Alf system worked in the 90’s does not work anymore he needs to watch game film on the Washington game and let the players use the skills they have.

  240. habs4_25th says:

    I completely agree, this team is not about the goaltending it is about the team being consistant,consistantly going to the net, consistantly playing defence instead of giving up.  The goalies in my mind are equal, but the team up front has been playing roller coaster hockey.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  241. ManApart says:

    Right on. Except Gionta is the only one that goes to the net on a regular basis. Metro also did a little bit too.

  242. dre1744 says:

    As the Habs sit now there probability of making the playoffs is at 85.5%.

  243. Danno says:

    Actually no. The chances are more than 98 per cent.

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

  244. Le Jadester says:

    Third line again is getting better and better.  Good group of guys there workin’ hard. Moore was too good and SK 74 shoulda had a trick tonight. Moen’s a warrior !

    Can’t believe Grapes said Georgie (along with Markie) was the leader of our team in the dressin’ room ! ?

    Could’t be happier for O’Byrne. He’s gonna get better and better too !

    We’re gonna need Cammy in Le Series (still keepin’ my fingers crossed), but I’m sure he’ll get things back on track soon.

    Halak is on another planet right now !

    Desite this team’s bi polarity problem all season long……. I’m startin’ to feel better as the regular season is coming to an end. Les boys made a statement these last couple.

    Happy Easter to All

    Habs, OLE !

  245. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


    Halak showtime baby!! Back-to-back shutouts! Ownage.

    And wow Sergei Kostitsyn! Really liking his play recently!!

    There’s a reason why the Kostitsyn bros. are my favourite players (after the goalies, of course)


  246. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …sincere best Easter wishes on this special-Sunday

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  247. ACF says:

    Thanks for the article link and best wishes.  It’s a bit off though as it says: “The Habs…are guaranteed to finish at least second in their conference.” 

    Shouldn’t this read Division?

  248. Habscat says:

    Awesome win last night. Going to be a great last week.

  249. Les Habitants says:

     needs one more win, and we will be in…….

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

  250. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …it’s a dated link of an April 2008 National Post article that I keep as a reminder of how I feel the ‘identity’ of the Montreal Canadiens is lost since My own journey as a Habs’ Fan began

    …I keep it as a tag to allow others to take or leave to form Their own feelin’ about it

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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