Game 81: Habs blown away by Hurricanes

Hurricanes’ Chad LaRose scores on Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak Thursday night. Ellen
Ozier, Reuters

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• At a Glance: For the second time in less than 10 days, the Canadiens failed to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, a team eliminated from playoff contention that has given Montreal fits. On Thursday night, the Hurricanes posted a 5-2 win, dominating the game in just about every respect. Two Carolina players did all the damage. Eric Staal scored a hat trick and Chad LaRose added a pair of goals. The Canadiens got goals from Brian Gionta and Marc-André Bergeron. Gionta’s goal gives him 27 on the season to lead the team. Staal finished with five points on the night, while LaRose had four.

• Key Moments: The Canadiens went 0-for-2 on the power play, a facet of the game that has been dreadful of late for Montreal. The Canadiens also missed several good scoring chances, with pucks bouncing over sticks or missing empty nets.

• What It Means: With the loss, the Canadiens see their record drop to 39-33-9 and the remain at 87 points, still shy of a berth in the postseason. Montreal will be watching the scoreboard on Friday night because if the New York Rangers lose to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Canadiens will back their way into the playoffs.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens finish the regular season on Saturday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.


  1. canada4l says:

    We can only hope that JM will be fired.  Only problem is he is Gauthier’s friend.  It’s well knowed that Gauthier was a major reason why JM was hired.  I would love to fire JM and call Boucher up from Hamilton.  Is it too late to send Martin down to the minors or does he have a one way contract with a no movement clause?

  2. luca says:

    o my if sergie wasint hurt im gonna snap i could of named a handful of ppl that should of been benched, Jm is a joke of a coach and this team i just dont get it one night they look like a top team and the nexted 4 wow its brutal.All i no is that this team has one bright spot and thats there goalies and thats all

  3. slapshot777 says:

    I rather play a whole year with the Bulldog defense then watch this defense again next year. They should all retire. You want an incentive to play good hockey, have a clause put in if a team misses the playoffs then they have to give back 15% of their contract.

    I bet we ouldn’t be watching hockey like we have seen in the past week. I bet the Habs would have wrapped it up 3-4 games ago.


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

  4. Les Habitants says:

    good idear?

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

  5. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    I hate the Leafs with a passion, but after these last 2 games and remembering that debacle a few years back in the last game of the season, you just gotta know!

  6. slapshot777 says:

    He hasn’t done anything. I said earlier that he ws one of the players who were invisible out there. Just as well be on the bench. They can’rt beat the weak teams and you can already see the outcome on saturday.

    After the season is over fire JM and bring someone in like Boucher who can work the team into some kind of offense, rather than this sh!t they’re playing.

    What the F*@k good is a team going to the playoffs when they can’t even beat the bottom feeders.



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

  7. tricolore says:

    Time to sit some non producers.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  8. Les Habitants says:

    so what if they do get in, sure not going any where with that bunch of losers………

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

  9. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Say goodnight and goodbye. Leafs will eliminate Habs Saturday night, JM will be fired.

  10. Mrhab24 says:

    I think I just threw up in my mouth. If I have to put up with the friggin Taranna fans after knocking us out of the playoffs again………. oh my god……….. i cant take it……… waiter ANOTHER ROUND PLEASE!!!

  11. Kooch7800 says:

    Playoffs?!?  Why bother!

    Cammy looks way out of sync.  Plec’s dissapearing act continues.  We don’t deserve to play past Saturday.  Gomez constantly giving the puck away.  I thought he was supposed to be good defensively? 

  12. tricolore says:

    Boy, you could just hear Halak on that 4th Carolina goal. He was left out to dry. The Leafs will play to kill on Saturday. I know this is a tough job but frankly, I think Martin is a failure as a coach. He makes the wrong decisions and should give serious consideration to using youth and strength if they actually make the playoffs (Deharnais, Trotter, Subban). Having said that, it is a culmination of factors that are limiting the success of this team. Lack of production from your so called ‘stars’ is inexcusable and a huge detriment to this club. Wake up you pansies!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  13. brandonhab19 says:

    you think with the playoffs on the line this team would show a little more compete level. But they weren’t even in this game tonight, and its time for Martin to go, his system is’t right for a team with bad defense, and semi skilled forwards.

  14. christophor says:

    screw this.

    even if they do get in…washington?

    leafs play spoilers again?

  15. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    there’s no point for a team like this to go and get swept 4 straight in the playoffs against an actual quality team

  16. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    there’s no point for a team like this to go and get swept 4 straight in the playoffs against an actual quality team

  17. krob1000 says:

    If Sergei isn’t injured then Martin should be…..

  18. slapshot777 says:

    If this is the best the Habs can muster, they should miss the playoffs.


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

  19. habbyone says:


  20. deuce6 says:

    MAB finally uses his one and only asset and scores….Use it more often, ya moron, and help out your teammates instead of turning the puck over….


  21. slapshot777 says:

    I don’t understand what is so difficult for the Habs playes to understand win 1 game in the last four now the last two and there in. Get one point in the last three and there in. Are they just plain stupid. So far this game players who really stand out as not doing anything are:

    O’Byrne, Pouliot, Hamrlik, Cammalleri, AK46, SK74, Gomez,  these are a few who are pretty invisible out there.


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

  22. habs63 says:

    Unfortunately, we only have one call up space left.

  23. habs63 says:

    Thank you Gionta, now get back to even with another goal please.

  24. habs63 says:

    This is painfull. Please someone do something other than Markov pinching and getting caught.

  25. tricolore says:

    You got that right. Nice avatar by the way.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  26. tricolore says:

    Leave it to the habnots to not putting things away when they can control their own destiny. I know it’s still the 2nd period but they are down 2-0 and the best player for them is between the pipes. Too bad Halak can’t score goals. Poor guy. His team is abandoning him tonight. Where the hell are Camm, Gionta, Gomez, and AK? Where are the goals? 

    I’d call up Deharnais, Trotter, and Subban. 

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  27. SmartDog says:

    Gomez = 0 points in 3 games; 1 goal in 15 games.  And half asleep tonight. Wow.  True suckitude.

    Halak = Best numbers of ANY goaltender since the Olympics.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  28. Derek2 says:

    Good analogy.  I agree with your assessment on the D

  29. Mad Habber says:

    I agree about the goaltending being the reason why there is even any chance of the playoffs, but what’s wrong with Gionta? 26 goals is tied for first on the team, and he missed a good chunk of the season with injuries…


  30. pmaraw says:

    if halaks name was price, no its not good enough

  31. LeeFree says:

    I wonder what team will show up tonight.

  32. SLONCOLD says:

    uhmmmm baby seal burger

  33. Chuck says:

    It’s just a rumour, but I hear that Halak is an active participant in the yearly baby seal hunt.

    Howzzat for causing a stir?  :)


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

  34. SLONCOLD says:

    i agree with ya, just i always get the feeling from posters that the goalies gotta steal every game for us.

  35. Danno says:




    Beat the drum hard!



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

  36. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    I’m with you on that. If we had played a better game at the end, or in the first period. If Max had fed Darche for a tap in. Hell, if Hamr didn’t get walked around at the beginning of the third, we’re in a different situation. But, things being what they were at the time, 39 saves wasn’t enough.

    I don’t know if my point is coming across, but I’m not saying that Halak cost us the game, or that he is a bad goalie. All I’m saying is that for this team to come out ahead in games, we’re going to need stand-out performances in net. It sucks for them, but that’s what the situation is. I can’t think of many games this year where we got decent goaltending and two points in the same night. Not allowing any bad goals is not going to be good enough, we need them to stop a lot of the ones they have no business stopping. Halak had a few of those on Tuesday (Tavares across the crease), he needed one more.

    Actually, if I’m going about it this way, I should say that 39 saves was too many. What we needed from Halak was 5 fewer saves. 34 out of 36 in regulation would have gotten the job done just fine.

  37. Bugs says:

    No stone unturned analysis: Montreal Canadiens feeling the fear.

    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:

  38. SLONCOLD says:

    maybe we needed more scoring chancing and shoots on goalie and more offensive zone puck possesion. pretty just that might have helped

  39. nunacanadien says:

    JM hasn’t got us into the playoffs, its all be Halak, Halak has saved many on the Habs from facing a dismal post season with terrible stats, for instance Gomez and Gionta, both very highly paid players who hardly scored since being with Montreal.  So I would say JM is where he is because of good goal tending.

  40. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    Easy, now. I’m not slamming goalies at all. I am very aware of why we are where we are. Halak has consistently shown up and won games for us all year. I am very happy with his play and very confident in him as we head to the playoffs.

    All that being said, 39 saves last game was not enough. We needed one more. That’s not intended as a slam, it is a mathematical fact.

  41. HNS says:

    This team’s system seams to be choke the lead with minutes left in the 3rd and blow it in the shootout. Wonderfull system eh

  42. SLONCOLD says:

    uh………………. give me a break, you guys r killer on our goalies. you are aware that we’re in a playoffs race due to our goaltending being our strongest position?

  43. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    No dig on Halak, but no, 39 saves wasn’t enough last game. We lost.

  44. SLONCOLD says:

    39 saves wasn’t good enough for you last game?

  45. Say Ash says:

    It’s hard to make cross-conference comparisons.

  46. JIMVINNY says:

    I’m getting a little tired of this “cam Ward owns the Habs” sentiment.  Does no one else remember the time we lit him up for three power play goals in the first and he got yanked before that period was done?  We’ve done it before, and we can do it again!!!  Positive thinking, people!  Besides, Halak’s due for a good one.

  47. soperman says:

    Filling the rink is easy (in Canada), building a good team is hard.  Guess which one of these things the Leaf’s management cares about?


    “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

  48. B says:

    Calgary does have more points than Montreal FWIW.

  49. Say Ash says:

    Probably, but everyone else wets themselves as well during those late one-goal leads.

  50. Daard says:

    Maybe, if she lost ten or fifteen pounds, that is….


  51. SLONCOLD says:

    oh yoy oyoy oy oyo

  52. SLONCOLD says:

    Q1. what is considered a good game for a goalie?( it appears 39+ saves doesn’t qualify, sometimes a shutout isn’t good enough)

    Q2. is it really necessary to say the other goalie would have made that one save if he were in?

    Q3. Can we please agree that although goaltending is very important to win, a strong team effort from the other 20 players is much more important.

    Q4. given halak’s numbers this year. Do you think he can reproduce the same type of numbers in the following years or not( why/whynot).

    Q5. for those who think carey has more potential than halak, does this mean you think he’ll have a high numbers career wise compared to halak numbers this year?

    this should cause a bit of a stir… lol

  53. wotever says:

    He’s in a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situation.  If he changes and they lose, the mgmt goes, “That’s not what we hired you for”.   If he plays the same old schtick and they lose, he goes, “That’s what you hired me for”.  The only thing he thinks he CAN do this late in the season is play the way he’s always played, for better or worse.

    I’m more curious what the rest of the coaching staff is thinking, and what he’ll do in the playoffs when the going gets rough.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  54. Say Ash says:

    I know a lot of us here consider it so. I’ll bet you’d agree that Sutter, Sutter & Co. had a bang-up year as well.

  55. shootdapuck says:

    Come on!

    1-2-2 trap is a system!

    But it requires mobility in the back-end and forwards who actually come back!



    PS. JM had a wet dream with that 1-0 game in Philly!


    “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”

  56. smiler2729 says:

    HA! Perfect!!!

  57. punkster says:

    System? SYSTEM??? This team doesn’t have a freakin’ system and it never did. That was a joke we all shared in the fall but nobody really believed it, did they? I don’t confuse ineptitude on the ice with a breakdown of any sort of system. These guys are still a few good players and a full year from being a real threat to anyone. But a system?

  58. Say Ash says:

    I heard last night on RDS that Toronto has a chance to finish with both the worst PP and PK in the league. The last that happened was the (Mighty) Ducks in 1994-95. Their coach? Ron Wilson.

  59. punkster says:

    Bingo! I know it would add 20 yards to my drives.

  60. mike g says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Benoit Brunet in our next shootout…

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

  61. shootdapuck says:

    The “systematic” woes are from one source!

    The players don’t just suddenly decide to play 1-2-2 and stop forechecking!


    “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”

  62. mike g says:

    While your point is valid, you can’t let yourself be satisfied with it…

    The fact of the matter is that if this team was coached properly, we would have clinched a spot 3 weeks ago, and probably be in 4th place. With the amount of games and points we’ve blown because of his failed “system”, the Habs should have 95+ points this year even with all the injuries!

    Immagine how much better we would be with Lindy Ruff behind the bench…

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

  63. shootdapuck says:


    The “shortcomings” cost him cups in years with loaded teams in Ottawa!

    The inflexability and lack of adjustment in-game are the worst.

    “Fell into the playoffs” may be more accurate!

    “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”

  64. TomNickle says:

    I agree, I have respect for him as a good coach, I just don’t think he’s the guy to make us a top tier team.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  65. shootdapuck says:

    Remember Mara just had shoulder surgery and can only use one arm!

    Youppi is a healthy scratch – away game.

    Moen could possible score so no way!


    “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”

  66. Danno says:

    Toronto is going to finish in 29th spot this season. And they proudly take home this trophy.


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

  67. punkster says:

    Just for the sake of argument and because I don’t necessarily believe the woes of this team can be “blamed” on any one person:

    Will the players show some desire, even with a lead, at any time and particularly in the third period?


  68. smiler2729 says:

    Whatever his shortcomings, JM has gotten this team into playoffs in spite of all the bumps and bruises.

  69. mike g says:

    I think you may be right except for one of your points; the shootout list

    JM’s next one probably goes something like this: Travis Moen, Josh Georges, Youppi

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

  70. TomNickle says:

    Facts are facts.

    In the Ottawa game they held a 1-0 and ran a controlled breakout from behind their net whenever they got possession in their zone because we trap every time a team runs one.  There’s nothing wrong with that when you’re tied or up a goal or more but it slows the game down and gives the opposition control when they have a lead, he didn’t make an adjustment.

    In the Buffalo game he had Dominic Moore and Hal Gill on the ice for around 90 seconds before getting a whistle and instead of calling timeout and getting a good defensive group on the ice he went with Pleks, AK46 and Cammalleri(in his first game back).  It was a big part of the reason we lost.

    His failure to make the proper calls in game have cost the team important points.  It’s very beneficial long term to preach discipline and consistency while trying to refine the defensive game of ALL of your players to where you want them but at the cost of a possible playoff berth or good matchup isn’t satisfactory in the eyes of some fans.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great ones

  71. shootdapuck says:

    He was not the best choice because the best choice was not / could not be considered!

    He is still living in the clutch and grab era when the defence could back in and tackle anyone in close.

    His passive resistance late game “SYSTEM” has proved over and over to be a failure but he keeps coming back cause its all he knows!


    “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”

  72. smiler2729 says:

    Seems you’re not a JM fan. He’s hard to get behind… I’ll give you that.

  73. shootdapuck says:

    So many questions need to be answered tonight:

    Will JM allow his team to forecheck 2 deep even with a lead in the third?

    Can JM make in-game adjustments, like any other million dollar NHL coach?

    Will JM continue the use of MAB on defence late in games?

    Will JM use his time out late in the game? ( last game was an exception rather than the rule)

    Has JM already made out his Shoot-out list? (Mara, Carey Price and Gill?)

    Will Paul Maurice add his name to the list of NHL coaches who have outcoached JM for a win?………….. AGAIN?

    Time will tell?




    “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”

  74. TomNickle says:

    You’re just being silly Mike.  You know that as soon as we get a lead the foot is coming off of the gas.

  75. Praj12 says:

    Halak sucked in the last game, hope and pray that he has a good game because if we lose and have to play the Laffs to get to the show, I am betting that Price refuses to go in nets if asked on Saturday. He would let the glory or the failure land on Halaks shoulders. If I was Price, I would refuse outright. If we lose both game and do not make the playoffs, Halak can carry the burden. Afterall, it is him who whined months ago through his agent that he was not being given a chance.


    Lets see what happens.

  76. smiler2729 says:

    Shhhh, dude!

    I got pasted in the Aunt Bea/Carolina thread for saying Halak had a less than solid game vs. the Isles. As for Price refusing, as goofy as it sounds, I kinda see your point. If that Islanders game featured Carey making 40+ saves, letting in a last minute goal and sucking in the shootout, he’d a been strung up and whipped.

    But since it was Jaro… well, there’s a double standard here.

  77. pmaraw says:

    I honestly think Price has waaaaaaay too much integrity to do that.

  78. habs4_25th says:

    I agree, it Halak doesn’t get it done tonight, then he should get another start on Saturday.  Because they will hang price out to dry if they go with Price on Saturday night and then blame him entirely for not making the playoffs ( if it comes down to that).  Halak wanted the role of Starter, i say here is your chance and run with it.  Besides the 13 wins that Price got this year have made a difference in the standings beileve it or not.

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

  79. avatar_58 says:

    If a player ever refused to play (*cough* Tanguay *cough*) I’d say g’bye the next day. Take a seat. Carey is not that player – he wants to be in net win or lose. Why would anyone want to be a goalie otherwise? No one wants to be a backup, but you do what the team needs.

  80. smiler2729 says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong (and I know you all will) but didn’t the Habs back into the playoffs in ’93, losing like 8 out of their last 12 or something?

    Then quickly fell down 2-0 in games to the Nords before winning all those OT games and the Stanley Cup (thank you NY Islanders).

    Just saying… this could be our year.

  81. TomNickle says:

    They finished at the bottom but I don’t remember if they backed in or not.  They were really missing Savard, I know that much.  They were also a team built for the playoffs due to their strong defensive play and timely scoring.  I think this group is dangerous enough to win a couple of rounds but the Sabres are the only team at the top who I would expect us to get by.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  82. HabFanSince72 says:

    They finished 5th that year only 2 pnts behind the Nordiques.

    Then all the top teams  proceded to be upset before we ever faced them.

    Plus we had the greatest goalie of all time playing the best hockey of his career. And our 3rd centre was not Dominic Moore. It was Guy Carbonneau.


  83. TomNickle says:

    Don’t accuse the Price haters of a double standard Smiler.  I did that yesterday morning and ended up in a day long argument with somebody who thinks that Price is fighting the puck right now.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  84. smiler2729 says:

    Carey Price is fighting the bench.

  85. Laramy87 says:

    1000% agree with you. Price is a scapegoat for the habs. Everytime they lose a game whether it be 1-0, 2-1, 2-0 with Price in nets, i hear stupid comments like Price cannot make the big saves to win the game, noting about the offence. Well where was the big (rather routine save) with 2 minutes left in the 3rd on Halak.

    I dont agree to this Halk is the better goalie, the fans/media are making him a better goalie. Maybe PLAYING better, but all around i do not think the better goalie….

    That being said GO HABS, i got a good feeling abuot Tonights game

  86. TomNickle says:

    Well there’s that and the fact that he’s been lights out since the Olympics.  But I’m just gonna rise above that crap from now on.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  87. Chuck says:

    Unfair as it is, in some minds Price has become the new Breezer. 


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

  88. smiler2729 says:

    He’ll be the starting goalie soon… too good to let rot on the bench but let’s just let Halak ride this Huet-like feelgood hot streak.

  89. matmacat says:

    and here is your double standard.

  90. smiler2729 says:

    Hey, turnabout is fair play.

  91. habsgirl74 says:

    its not even worth saying anything to the Price haters, they don’t know anything about hockey or talent of players anyway

  92. SLONCOLD says:

    ya the fans and media won games for halak lol they got him shutouts too, then made 40+ saves.

  93. TomNickle says:

    I think it’s more of a comparison than a double standard but to each his own.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  94. smiler2729 says:

    And they won with a defence that consisted of Eric Desjardins, J.J. Daigneault, Patrice Brisebois, Kevin Haller, Lyle Odelein and Mathieu Schneider. Who says you need those Niedermayer/Pronger types to win?

  95. TomNickle says:

    Lyle was a Pronger type without the offense.  I think Jaro Spacek is going to really step up his game in the playoffs, I could be wrong but we’ll see.  Kevin Haller was one of the unsung heroes of that run.


     With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  96. pmaraw says:

    i think we have the best shot against washington IMO. our record in regular season is .500 vs them and worse vs the other top teams. i really think we match up well against them due to their poor goaltending being worse than our mediocre scoring, and our great goaltending being on par with their great scoring. every other team has our number, nj, beat us 3 out of 4, sabres beat us 4 out of 6, and im pretty sure pitt beat us 3 out of 4 as well

    washington, both teams took 5 points, and went 2-1-1

  97. adam76 says:

    I think that Roy fellow may have helped too.




    Never wrestle with a pig – you’ll both get dirty, and the pig will love it

  98. HabFanSince72 says:

    Desjardins’ has trick against the Kings in game 2 is something Pronger never did.


  99. TomNickle says:

    Desjardins had a couple hat-tricks in his career.  Pronger may have had a couple if he got to see Kelly Hrudey though.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  100. Say Ash says:

    Quebec almost saw Red Light in game 3 – Demers was pretty close

  101. TomNickle says:

    My fingernails were gone when he called for the measurement.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  102. adam76 says:

    It really is amazing – being in 6th place.   Markov missed half the season,  Cammalleri out for almost 2 months (same with Gionta) and our “starting” goalie posting a 13 – 20 – 5 record.


    Anything can happen in the NHL. 



    Never wrestle with a pig – you’ll both get dirty, and the pig will love it

  103. smiler2729 says:

    Never try to teach a pig to sing… you’ll only end up wasting your time and really annoying the pig.

  104. Maffu says:

    Who agrees with me that the Leafs threw that game last night against the Rangers?? Why not pull Gustavson and put in Gigeure after letting in 3 goals after 11 minutes in the 1st period?? Then Phaneuf says ‘Its unacceptable at this time of year’ as if they’re fighting for first in the division. Dirty on the part of the Laffs.

  105. habs4_25th says:

    they left Goof in because Giggy wanted to play in Montreal.

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

  106. smiler2729 says:

    The Leafs didn’t throw the game for lots of reasons,

    if they lost (which they did) they’d be guaranteed 29th overall and Boston gets Hall or Seguin.

    if they won, the Habs woulda clinched and Leaf Damnation couldn’t have that.

    Oh yeah, also THEY SUCK

  107. linp says:

    This is an away game. I would play the trap and go for counter attack. Don’t give up any odd man rush. We should be OK.

  108. WindsorHab-10 says:

    There should be no excuses for Les Boys before or after the game. The plan is very simple, earn a single point and you are in. I will be very upset if we lose this game (God forbid) and we start hearing how flat they started or how they sat back blah blah blah.

    I know Ward owns Montreal but if we are determined enough, we can get it done without relying on the other teams. For the love of God JM, let this team play their game and not your stupid NO SYSTEM game.

  109. Chuck says:

    Ron Wilson went on record a couple of weeks ago saying that he was going to alter his goalie rotation specifically so that Giguere would play the last game in Montreal.


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

  110. deuce6 says:

    LOL..Never seen this one coming..What a bunch of clowns…I guess that what we get when MAB is being played like a Norris candidate…

    How bad is our defense when he is a minute muncher when the game is on the line?

    Too many mistakes in our own zone and again our weak PP can’t bail us out…This team stinks..


  111. jimmy shaker says:

    Relax deuce dropper on MAB, he was one of our lone bright spots out there besides Halak!


  112. LeeFree says:

    One word! PATHETIC!

  113. dre1744 says:

    even if they make the playoffs  they will be swept  just like last year.  For the hell of it lets  start a goalie war.   Halak  just was not good enough!!!!!!     



    I bet both goalies  wanna get the hell out of Montreal anyways.   Where was the Turtle neck today,  when the going gets tough Mr. Turtle neck doesn’t show up. They better not pay him 5 mill a season.  Mike Cammelarri what has happened too him  he can’t get on track at all.  I can’t remember but I think he also didn’t do shit down the stretch and into the playoffs for the Flames last season.

  114. says:

    Price to the wolves, play him Saturday night just for the fun of it and make the ratings on HIO climb to the pinnacle of all ratings lol.

    They call me Shane

  115. BKAK72 says:

    Somebody please put an end to this misery!
    WTF…piece of crap…shameful effort and disgusting roster. Horrible MGT AND COACH!!– I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  116. says:

    Halak’s bagged, hope he can find one more horseshoe on Saturday night 😉

    They call me Shane

  117. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Halak had No, Zero, Zip, Zilch int erms of rebound control … some terrible goals … however, that does not excuse the HORRIBLE play of the rest of the team … I am surprised that you would even want to start Halak on Saturday … for all the Price haters … why not start him (’cause they are going to get destroyed by the leafs – because for some reason the Leafs can always get up for games against Montreal) and you can blame missing the playoffs on Price.


    I will be at the game on Saturday Night … I can only hope something truly magical will happen and the HABS come away with a win.  GO HABS GO … PLEASE GAWD GO AND WIN THIS LAST GAME.


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

  118. JohnnyBEast says:

    If the leafs crush our hopes again, I don’t know that I’ll live to see another season

  119. jimmy shaker says:

    Great pinch markov, great pinch………mayday, mayday, mayday……we’re going down, I repeat we’re going down!  PLease help us rangers, please because these guys don’t want to help themselves.


  120. ari says:

    i told you,guys


  121. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Pathetic effort, not only tonight, but the last few games. We lost to teams that aren’t even playing for anything. I’m speechless. Yeah, we’re going to probably make the playoffs, so what? We’re going to lose in the first round. Every year the same old, same old.

  122. sailor2963 says:

    So disappointing.  Lapierre was the best player tonight, the first line did not live up to it’s name.  Halak should sue for non-support

  123. petefleet says:

    Explain to me why after the wait for the hats to be cleaned up, Martin, the brain surgeon, put the f@#$%^& 3rd line on and not the scoring lines.  Unbelievable !!!!!  I’m sick.

    Go Habs Go

  124. joe-hab-nuno says:

    What a sad team to watch, Iopted to not wacth some of the last games they have played and felt at ease cuz I didn’t waste my time. Why did I watch tonight?

  125. framptunes says:


  126. joe-hab-nuno says:

    what are they going to do? score 3 goals in a minute?

  127. ari says:

    good luck on saturday,we just gave hope to rangers.even if we make it,it is gonna be 7 loss in a row,

  128. christophor says:

    you mean after it was 5-2?

  129. luca says:

    Now ya no how PRICE feels teams a jokeeeeeeeeeee

  130. luca says:

    Now ya no how PRICE feels teams a jokeeeeeeeeeee

  131. dre1744 says:

    Can you imagine if Price played tonight  and stood on his head  and  the habs lost 3 – 2   man the poor  kid would  be crucified!!!!!

  132. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    I am finally convinced that JM is an idiot. Does he not have any ability at all to motivate a bunch of millionaires. Poor Halak, hung out to dry again.

  133. ari says:

    bring koivu back.if the room is big enough!

  134. Laramy87 says:

    wow simply wow…. Playoffs on the line for second game in a row and this pile of crap….. We wont beat Toronto on saturday because they are gonna come out flying knowing they can knock mtl out, we need a philly win in regulation.. I cannot believe we have to put our hopes on other team. Man i am pissed off right now

  135. B37zc says:

    Bye bye playoff…

    gonna be drunk tonight

  136. says:



    They call me Shane

  137. ACF says:

    This team does not belong to be in the playoffs.   If they are fortunate to make it they will not be there for long.   The Canes are a way better team than the Habs.  What is it about JM that I can’t stand?

  138. habs63 says:

    Poor effort tonight by the top line. Hopefully they can get some kind of energy on Saturday.

    Why was SK74 benched tonight? I thought Giaonta and Markov were on first 2 goals. Did miss something early into the game that caused him to be benched. SK74 has produced lately more than Cammi and Gomez.


  139. habs63 says:

    Poor effort tonight by the top line. Hopefully they can get some kind of energy on Saturday.

    Why was SK74 benched tonight? I thought Giaonta and Markov were on first 2 goals. Did miss something early into the game that caused him to be benched. SK74 has produced lately more than Cammi and Gomez.


  140. habsonly says:

    Brutal effort from a team that is trying to make the playoffs, Saturday ain’t goin to be prutty either.

    As much as I hate the Leafs I do not like the idea of going down to the last game to decide whether this team is good enough for the playoffs. If you are not in by now you are not really a playoff team……….Phuke.

    When, when is Cammarelli gonna show up? Why was Sergi not playin? Gionta apart from 1 goal was a no show. Poor effort by all.

    Pizz poor effort for a team that is trying to wrap up a playoff spot. Doesn’t really matter as this team is not built for the playoffs and will be out in 4 or 5 games in the 1st round, if they make it.

    This team needs some changes and sadly I don’t think there are any answers right now. The only good thing is our goal tending, after that I am at a complete loss for words. Terrible just terrible……………………………..

  141. arrow says:

    Price should have been in tonite. I would have pulled Halak after the 2nd goal, not his fault, but it seems only the (2) goalies are the ones playing well this year. Price should have been the starter. We will never know!!

  142. Mikey_39 says:

    Wow not only does JM not learn from his own mistakes, but he can’t learn from better coaches successes.  He waited till 1:20 left in the period to pull the goalie when we were down two goals? Whatever, I’m done getting aggravated with this lifeless coach.


    I hope pouliot is benched next game.  I think he’ll be more comfortable in the press box instead of having to run through the motions on the ice.


    At least the Gomez Gionta Cammy line was looking mildly threatening.  If cammy can start connecting again we’d have a nice scoring line.  AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CAN I SEE PLEKS WITH THE BROTHERS?

  143. Nina76 says:

    We lost our chance for a nice lead when we lost to Buffulo……no drive to-nite what a stupid game boring big time I gave up watching the game.

  144. BC HAB says:

    What the eff happened to Pouliot.  He is playing like sh$t.  Did Cammy pick up the Chris Higgins disease while he was injured? The guy can’t cash in sh$t.

    J Martin needs to be let go.  Bring on Boucher.

  145. dre1744 says:

    Carey will get his big win on Saturday!!!!!!

  146. deuce6 says:

    I need a drink..


  147. PeterStone says:

    its a sad excuse for a team … at least if there was some hope on the Horizon, but, aside from PK and Guy Boucher,  we have nothing of value thats coming from the farm.

    Plus, we are so bogged down with those awful contracts , we can all expect the SAME BS next season.

    Pathetic management of this team for 2 decades and counting. 

  148. ACF says:

    Agree, it has become obvious that the head coach can’t motivate this team.  

  149. homerbowen says:

    While I dislike Farraro he stated between periods that Montreal’s problem is three guys all under 5″9. Farraro may be a lot of things but one is not blind. We fail to beat teams below us so why would we beat teams above us? Better pray for the Flyers because over the past 15 games the Laffs have played better than the Habs. They are bigger (very important), they display energy and enthusiasm (why can’t we) and they are tougher. Over the past quarter of the season Burke has out manouvered the team he hates the most and is so looking forward to ripping out our heart on Saurday night.

    Offseason we must: 1) trade two of our smaller players (preferably Gomez + 1 other), 2) Move Spacek and or Gill and possibly MAB, 3) sign Pleks to long term, 4) sign Price & Halk to as long a term as possible, 5) Get the best coach available no matter what language he speaks.

    Yes, I’m mad but I have been saying pretty well the same thing all year (too small, get bigger).

    Tommy, don’t even bother to comment as we know you kiss Gianta’s butt and besides most on this site concede you are the debate Queen anyway.

  150. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    I’m so pissed off I’m gonna have a beer, watch Law & Order and go to bed!

  151. says:

    I hope he plays just to get everyone all fired up lol

    They call me Shane

  152. brandonhab19 says:

    just a guess but umm everything?

  153. jimmy shaker says:

    C’mon now, you’re smarter than that!


  154. christophor says:

    problem from the start: gomez is going nowhere. who will take him?

  155. dre1744 says:

    sign pleks long term  only if its for 4 mill.  Let him walk if he wants over 5.  I bet he follows  up this his best season next year  with his  worst!!!!!!!

  156. petefleet says:

    Wake up and watch the games.  Buffalo did it to the Habs last week.  Geez, are there any real fans on this site?

    Go Habs Go

  157. slapshot777 says:

    Well at least we won`t have to worry about paying Pouliot any big bucks for his play. How can he or his agent come to PG looking for a nice raise when when the chips are down he can`t even stay on his skates. I now see why Minnesota was so fustrated with this type of player.


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

  158. slapshot777 says:

    Well at least we won`t have to worry about paying Pouliot any big bucks for his play. How can he or his agent come to PG looking for a nice raise when when the chips are down he can`t even stay on his skates. I now see why Minnesota was so fustrated with this type of player.


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

  159. Le Jadester says:

    Was SK 74 benched or is it his lower body injury flaring up again ? I think he had one shift with Poulio and Moore and that was it early in the 2nd.

    Didn’t get MAB pretty much playin’ the whole third too ?

    Oh boy, the leafs are the only ones standing in our way !

    Habs, OLE !

  160. adam76 says:

    This team doesn’t give a frack, why should we?

  161. adam76 says:

    Price who?

  162. Eliisa says:

    Shane, can I ask you a question please? And I mean this question sincerely. Why don’t you like Halak? Can’t you appreciate everything he has done for the Canadiens? This season especially he has earned the number one spot. Can’t you agree to that much?

  163. avatar_58 says:

    I love that his point was size yet his video evidence was of Moen, Lapierre, Gill, Moore, etc. Sorry but I don’t buy it.


    Problem is size? Funny because Carolina isn’t huge and this wasn’t a problem a mere month ago. No excuse

  164. Bill J says:

    How “intelligent” – no wonder Tom thinks your a complete moron.  I agree too.

    If the last two games show anything – is that Price is as good as Halak.  It has been months since Price has let more then 3 goals, meanwhile Halak “has won us some key games the last two”

    Soon enough this debate will be over.  Personally I REALLY, REALLY hope Halak is traded – just so it shuts you up!!!


  165. K-hab25 says:

    Why don’t you like Carey and appreciate what he’s done for us the last 3 years?

  166. Eliisa says:

    Are you kidding me? You don’t know who you are talking to. Of course I love Carey and everything he has done for us. I have always been a huge Price fan and I have followed his career from the beginning. However, I appreciate that Halak has been playing better this year and I think he deserves to have the number one spot. Would I prefer Carey was rocking in between the pipes? Of course. But I am just a Habs fan first. I will never put down a player who is giving everything he has for our team.

    I never once said I didn’t appreciate Carey, I just don’t understand how someone could put down Halak constantly.

  167. Habs84 says:

    Bigger isn’t important at all. Philly, Rangers, Flames, Ducks, etc… Detroit is HUGE! Right? And the Pens have monsters on there team… Bigger does not equal tougher. Never has, never will. Burke has done an amazing job at leaving former teams a complete mess. Why would you trade Gomez? And sign Pleks? Pleks is a no show when it matters. Ha done it 2 years running, this will make it 3. Spacek and Gill? Really? Not O’Byrne and Hamrlik??? But, i will agree with you 1000% about your opinion about the coach. That is all.

  168. says:

    I completely agree that Halak has saved our season and I don’t dislike Halak.  I just dislike some of his fans :)

    They call me Shane

  169. deuce6 says:

    Dude, he takes a roster spot away from a player that helps in so many more parts of the game…Sure he scored, but we need grit and hard nosed play..Since his return, we have been on a downward spiral..Why screw with what was working after the break? His shot isn’t enough for me..I am sick of JM’s boner for this guy..He is basically Breezer with a few more MPH on his slapper..

    Darche does not deserve to be sat..That 4th line was our best line out there against the NYI…Instead of sitting the plug, he sits a guy that actually helps more than just hammering a puck..

    ..and I don’t appreciate being called a deuce dropper..Penis shaker


  170. jimmy shaker says:

    Well then, get off the throne deuce and actually make an intelligent comment!  Our top 2 lines are the problem and the inibility of our slow D to add to the offense…hence MAB getting the minutes.  Darche should be playing and either LAPS or SK74 should be benched.



  171. says:

    Oh I’d love to be at that game.  If I leave now I could be there in 29 hours :)

    I’d wear my Price Gamer for sure.

    They call me Shane

  172. brandonhab19 says:

    anyone miss latendresse? I mean Beniot looks just like lats did before he got traded…..

  173. BC HAB says:

    I miss him.  We are cursed.

  174. FuzE_gus says:

    Is anyone surprised with this loss?  I’ve been saying it for a while.  This team is not a playoff team.  Nothing would make me happier to be proved wrong but I’m not holding my breath.  They will squeak in but what’s the point of getting into the playoffs and then getting swept?  A good draft pick would help more at this point, preferrably someone over 5 feet tall.

    With Regards from FuzE_gus

  175. jimmy shaker says:

    Jaro is starting ACE……


  176. RC-51 says:

    TOTALLY DISGUSTING!! Embarrased to say im a Habs fan after that attempt of an effort! SAD, VERY SAD!!!

  177. deuce6 says:

    Gomez gives us 1 goal for every 1.5M dollars of his cap hit..Great investment..


  178. dpthehabsfan says:

    Its kind of nice not having to wear a playoff beard. A lot less itchy.

  179. Big Bird says:

    I’m so close to being done for this year.  This team struggles to make the playoffs and then what? Gets swept in 4 straight?

    Who are we kidding.  We’re not a playoff calibre team.  Name one player besides Halak, Gorges, Plekanec and Gionta that has played consistently well this season.  

    I’d rather we lose to Toronto and get a better draft pick rather than get swept in 4 straight.  It will be the same as it was against Boston last year.

  180. slapshot777 says:

    The Habs will only get in if and only  if  the Flayers happen to beat the Rangers. 


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

  181. showey47 says:

    I disagree with you,sorry bud. I’d rather play the playoff games. Whether we finish 8th or 9th,we probably still draft the same player regardless.

  182. deuce6 says:

    Gainey seen the writing on the wall and bailed…He did the smart thing to do and jumped on it like a fat kid on a Smartie..


  183. Eliisa says:

    I am with you on this one, Showey. I would rather them play 86 games than 82. I mean what are we? The Leafs?

  184. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    you make it sound like that would be near impossible…

  185. Storm Man says:

    Eric the Red > The little three

    Any coach > JM 

  186. AH says:

    So did everyone see Jaro throw his hands up after the 4th goal? I can imagine what he was saying: “what am I supposed to do with these losers in front of me??!!!!” It’s time to take off the rose colored glasses folks, and face the truth; they’re just a lousy team, with an inept coach (and coaching staff?). Sure they’ll sneak into the playoffs, only because the odds favor them with all the permutations and combinations it will take for them to not make it, but at the end of the day does it really matter?; with their size and skill level what will the playoffs mean but another 4 games of poor effort to watch? Whoopdee doo!

    Back to the drawing board. Bring on 2011.


  187. Storm Man says:

    Sad very very very sad

  188. Big Bird says:

    I suppose you’re right Showey.  I just can’t put up with watching 4 or 5 more games like tonight.  It’s wretched.

  189. Bugs says:


    Halak or Huet on Saturday?

    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:

  190. SeriousFan09 says:



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  191. showey47 says:

    Going to the game on saturday,i was really hoping it wasn’t going to mean anything other then a night of expensive beers.

  192. johnnymolson says:

    That was just embarassing.  Our big men played like wimps, our smurfs looked ineffective as they always are against bigger stronger teams, and overall there just weren’t enough guys who wanted to win as much as the Canes players did.  I am starting to think that missing the playoffs would be preferable to squeaking in, as this bunch will get slaughtered by the Caps or the Devils just as they were by the Bruins last year.  Pathetic…thanks for leaving a steaming pile of crap in the dressing room on your way out the door, Gainey.

  193. habs11s says:

    Carter’s going to be back REALLY soon….


    “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

  194. Eliisa says:

    So… I was thinking you could send me that case anyway? What do you think? That way I could get drunk enough to forget about this game or I could simply drown myself in it?

  195. Ian Cobb says:

    Girls and boys! You have all been had! Don’t you know this is a business, business intention is to make lots of bucks. Think about it, are the Molson boys out to lunch?

    No! can they see plenty of bucks to be made if it comes down to a Habs, Leaf game to determine going into the play offs or not? Sure! and it was written in the stars long ago.

    Only thing is, for just one game can we ask Big George to show up and earn his first million by playing one shift to tackle Orr Saturday night. If not there is going to be a run on stretchers playing this bunch of nut bars.

    On a side note, Martin has done all he can up to this point. He could never get any club he has coached over the years to a higher level, so I believe he will be moving upstairs soon.

    Kirk Muller will get us to the next level with Boucher, coach of the year in the AHL this year as his assistant.

  196. K-hab25 says:

    Your math isn’t very good. 12 goals at 7+mill is closer to 600,000 per goal not 1.5.

  197. zooziff says:

    LOL! Very nice.

  198. habs11s says:

    Curtis Sanford FTW


    “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

  199. johnnymolson says:

    And we’re stuck with a lot of these clowns and their overinflated salaries for an extended period, so it’s not like the current GM can do much to fix this mess.  Gainey’s number should be torn out of the rafters for what he’s done.

  200. Rudy says:

    Anywhere I can find video of the Gill/Lapps conversation.

    Must be great to be one of JM’s kids, never getting in trouble, no yelling, no consequences 

  201. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:


  202. johnnymolson says:

    I disagree, Ian: Scotty Bowman couldn’t coach this cast of sad sacks to a respectable record.

  203. K-hab25 says:

    Halak, he didn’t get pulled the game before like he did 2 years ago, but hey facts have never gotten in the way of your obnoxious opinion.

  204. Eliisa says:

    Oh, aren’t you lucky! That will be some game, Showey. The biggest game of the year and you’ll be there. I am pretty jealous. What kind of seats did you get?

  205. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I can handle losing, but at least make it seem like you give a damn! We basically got beat by a farm team in every way possible when we need a win the most. I agree that I’d like to see this team in the postseason, but if they don’t seem to give a damn then why should I.

    Just a painful game to watch.

    It seems like Halak has spoiled this team.

  206. Tis Himself says:

    There is no payoff to suck in any and I mean any profession Ian!

  207. Storm Man says:

    Racicot on Saturday. Should sum up this season

  208. johnnymolson says:

    [sarcasm]  Only 600k per goal?  Wow!  What a bargain, in that case!  [/sarcasm]

  209. Le Jadester says:

    Agree with all your points sir !

    If Muller and Boucher guide the ship…………..I see nothing but paradise too !

    Habs, OLE !

  210. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    If only…

  211. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    hilarious that some posters think that one goalie or the other will make the difference. 

    The reality is we have two very good goalies, but the real problem lies in the size of our forwards, the mobility (or lack thereof) of our defense, and the inability to drive the net consistently (which in part has to do with the smallness of our guys).

    coaching is debatable.  I’m not a JM fan, but I think what he has to work with is limited.

  212. Ian Cobb says:

    Halak kept these guys in this game as long as he could, he is a very steady performer. But this team has not the type of coach that can coach in the modern rules NHL.

    The game has left him behind big time.

  213. Storm Man says:

    You should live in Calgary having a going away party lots of gray goose going around after the game

  214. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Another fine 20 minute showing from the habs, if nothing else, they are consistent.

  215. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    a farm team with 6 former cup winners on it…

  216. Bill J says:

    And I’m a Price supporter.


    For the love of god please let them not repeat 3 years ago. OMG!!

    If Price was to lose ? – he would be hunted down – & rather unfairly I would say.

    If Halak loses ? – yikes.  But still he will be forgiven much easier then Price would right now.

  217. Off-side says:

    It don’t look like we’ll be in the company of the teams fightin’ for the Stanley.  The consolation prize is that we have Saturday night against the Leafs as our own little version.  Miny Stanley.

  218. Storm Man says:

    The only thing I want Martin doing with this club is selling beer

  219. Ian Cobb says:

    Sorry! what do you mean?

  220. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    i hope they win too, but based on recent performances against non-playoff teams, I’d bet against them!

  221. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Try chocolate milk – Works for me (for only 15 seconds).

  222. showey47 says:

    Section 105 not sure which row. Should be a blast,not looking forward to the 6 a.m. flight home on sunday morning though. I doubt i will be sober by then,lol.

  223. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    no, it would be flat!

  224. ZimHabwe says:

    Just bought a six pack and I’m hoping to drink it all tonight. Just as a temporary fix to help forget this game. That’s all.

    Habs for life. Love them when they are up. Love the when they are down.

  225. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    if he win’s good for him
    if he gets booed …

  226. Ian Cobb says:

    Scotty would not be playing the 1-2-2 with the lead in past games. And he would not put up for one second a first perriod like we played and then come out in the second worse again.

  227. ManApart says:

    You forgot to mention that it was all Gainey’s doing in the first place. His mediocre managing will haunt this franchise for years to come.

  228. Bugs says:

    Accepting the fact that an opinion can be “obnoxious”, what is my opinion again?

    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:

  229. habsguy says:

    it sure didn’t look like they wanted that one !!!!!!!….I really hope AK is gone after this season!!!

  230. ACF says:

    Yes, I’ve seen Price do this as well when the team hangs him out to dry.  This team is pathetic.  The only decent hockey they played all year was the west coast trip after the break.  Since the Buffalo melt down they have been crap.  I think we all agree they lack any passion, I just wish someone would ask JM why exactly this is the case.     

  231. Bugs says:

    What if he wins and gets booed?

    Ah, see? Now, you’re stuck.

    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:

  232. pmaraw says:

    hopefully the gm fires him before he takes the gm position 😮

  233. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Why would that happen…

  234. Eliisa says:

    I might not even get to watch the game live! One of my friends asked me to go to Kelowna a while back, before I realized the significance of Saturday’s game. Haha, I can’t even tell her I am sick because we work together. Got any other excuses for me?

    Are you heading back to Quebec? Need to be closer to the Habs action perhaps?

  235. Eliisa says:

    Haha, I will try that one next time, sweetie. What did you think about the game?

    And where is the rest of my list? :) Part One was great!

  236. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    I’d be glad to ship both of them out.

  237. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I agree that the goalies are discussed as the problem way to often considering most of the wins we’ve had this year have been stolen by them. I don’t agree that the size of our offence has anything to do with it, Gionta has 27 goals in 60 games, alot of which have been scored near the crease. 

    I think it boils down to lack of confidence and probably the worst defensive lineup in the league. We’ve got two guys over 35, and Bergeron and Gill are probably the worst defence men I’ve ever seen. Georges is a work horse but not elite, O’Byrne has improved 100% but he’s still not quite there yet. Mara…next. Carle…next. 

    Who’s left? Markov, and he hasn’t been right since the olympics

  238. POPS says:

    Tomas Plekanec, where are you?

    Andrei Kostitsyn, where are you?

    Sergei Kostitsyn, where are you?

    Benny Pouliot, where are you?

    Scooby Doo, where are you?

    What a joke!  I cancelled RDS last week!  I should have done it earlier considering I only missed the Islanders game.  This team has been awful to watch.  No excitement!  No passion!  No entertainment!  I ask everyone on this site, how can the most storied and important franchise in the history of professional hockey go a full season without a captain?  Jokers on this site want to trade Price?  Wake up people…Price is the only player this franchise has that has the pedigree and potential to be a superstar!  My advice….everyone is available but, Price, Cammalleri, Gionta, and Subban!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  239. Habs84 says:

    No he didn’t. This is the time to play lights out. Looks like pressure he cannot handle…

  240. Eliisa says:

    Hopefully you can go home celebrating. There is nothing better than the Bell Centre after a win. You might not even remember the flight home.

  241. linp says:

    JM is so annoying. For such an important game, he benched O’Byrne for one mistake. Gionta was partially at fault on that one also. Gomez has made so many mistakes and was on the ice with Pouliot for most of the goals. I agree you can change the line but not shorten the bench. How you want the players to play for you? JM has destroyed the team.

  242. Caballero says:

    Have to agree with you there. I think it is time for this coach to be placed under a microscope. Certain journalists have been doing it all season. He is only part of the problem though. This team lacks size up front and our D can’t keep up. When MAB is your best defenceman there is a problem and that was the case tonight. It’s going to be a long summer folks.

  243. Bugs says:

    I see you got permission from your dad to write this…

    Tell’m to pull himself together, would you?


    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:

  244. light_n_tasty says:

    Light_n_up guys and gals!  Here’s what’s goin’ down.  The Rangers will beat the Flyers tomorrow in regulation.  We will lose in regulation to the Leafs.  BUT, the Flyers will beat the Rangers in a shootout on Sunday.

    No pressure.

    No stress.

    No wins.


  245. Bugs says:

    Nice one.

    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:

  246. Bugs says:

    ANOTHER “reality” is that out’ve of our “two very good goalers”, only one has been winning this year.

    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:

  247. Bugs says:


    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:

  248. habsguy says:

    I’m with you!!!!!…it’s sad to see so much talent go to waste!!!

  249. Caballero says:

    Have to agree with this. Our is old and can’t keep up. We are missing a number 2 and 3. That really hurts. Markov can’t do it alone.

  250. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    true, but I think the other not-so-winning one has the luck of Gamblers Anon. meeting… he actually is pretty good in term of form and technique, just a little weak between the ears.  i wouldn’t throw him under the bus just yet…

  251. POPS says:

    He simply ran out things to pull Bugs!  He is howling in the night.  He cries Skrudland, McPhee, Lemieux, Keane…no answer!  He cries Smith, Naslund, Ludwig, Walter…still no answer!  What?  DAD?  No. NO. NO!  I must go to bed now Bugs…the cries of Svoboda are too much for my young ears!

  252. SLONCOLD says:

    lol you’re retarded

  253. SLONCOLD says:

    poor price… wahhh no one loves me. give it up. go boo halak u retard and make it even so i don’t have to read your bull

  254. showey47 says:

    Should be home and back in bed sleeping by 9:30 a.m,lol.

  255. SLONCOLD says:

    saying halak can’t handle the pressure. come on dude….

  256. SLONCOLD says:

    lol nice one

  257. Qikdraw says:

    I agree with you many times over,goalies aren’t the problem, maybe just the agent of one.Bob’s worst mistake was to hire this clown of a coach.

  258. devils_fury2 says:

    First off u should haven’t mentioned Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez on where are u…only thing that Cammaleri has done since his return is spark Andrei Kostitsyn because Kostitsyn has done well since Cammalleris return, and Tomas Plekanec has played well the majority of the season and in my opinion, I’d have Plekanec over Scott Gomez any day…Gomez has done nothing as of late……Second of all yes Price has the potential to be a superstar, but without Halak we wouldn’t have a chance to be in the playoff race this year and Halak has had twice as many wins as Price, and guranteed no matter what Halak will do ALOT more then Price has ever done in the playoffs…Halak has been going above and beyond his potential thus far I think and I believe he can still become better

  259. daveho29 says:

    Ruh, Roh Raggy, How about a scooby snack for the team.

  260. daveho29 says:

    Just got home from the pub myself. Trust me it helps.

  261. habsgirl74 says:

    no one is entitled to an opinion unless they agree with you, did you even watch the game, not to hard to figure out that halak goes down so you shoot high, therefore thats how the canes scored…not rocket science

  262. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, it’s not like the other teams’ results over the past few days worked out in our favor …

  263. MontrealAtheist says:

    Remember that it was Bob Gainey himself who hand-picked this coach as his replacement … I guess getting a francophone coach was more important than getting a good coach.

  264. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, we’ve all seen how much pressure Price can handle when he plays round 1 of the play-offs.

  265. MontrealAtheist says:

    There’s only so much that you can blame on bad luck.

    With the huge gap between these two goalies you gotta wonder whether the goalies themselves might have something to do with these different win/loss ratios.

  266. MontrealAtheist says:

    Not to mention a farm team who beat us during the play-offs not too long ago on their way to winning the Stanley Cup.

  267. Bill J says:

    Why dont YOU shut your trap ? seriously your so dumb you can’t even see I dont slam Halak.


  268. SLONCOLD says:

    no but you’re turning this into what if price was in nets thing… come on dude…


  269. Storm Man says:

    Eliisa go to Kelowna love that place, Im flying out Saturday I will be at the game family has season tickets, I would go and watch the game At Roise’s in Kelowna and drink lot’s you may need to after the game Saturday;) 

  270. Eliisa says:

    Holy crap. That sucked.

    What the heck are they doing? Do they not realize all they needed was ONE point to make the playoffs? One. They were asleep the whole first, there is the passion? The thirst?

  271. BC HAB says:

    The problem with the Canadiens is coaching.  How the hell did we end up with Martin.  A good coach should be able to motivate a team.  This guy sucks.

  272. BC HAB says:

    The problem with the Canadiens is coaching.  How the hell did we end up with Martin.  A good coach should be able to motivate a team.  This guy sucks.

  273. MontrealAtheist says:

    How the hell did we end up with Martin.”


    You can thank Bob Gainey for that, a guy who understands even less of coaching than JM.

  274. homerbowen says:

    Hop? You need to ask? Let’s see we had Vigneault, Julien, Carbo, now Martin (I know I missed a couple of brothers). That should say it all and none of the above have coached a Stanley Cup Champion. Oh well maybe the clowns will go after Boucher after all he has proven a lot in the NHL.

  275. Storm Man says:

    The fans at the bell centre need to booooo JM all night long Saturday night, I will be leading the charge

  276. ZimHabwe says:

    OK… I’m a logical guy who tends to use logica arguments in my reasoning.

    I acknowledge that we lost tonight. No doubt. But if I could blame anyone, I woud blame the whole team. And maybe the coach somewhat.

    But at the beginning of the season everyone had already concluded that this team would make it to 8th place at best. I don’t remember anyone saying this team was a Stanley cup contender. I don’t remember any of our regular posters (whose opinions I value highly) making the analysis that our team would even make it to the playoffs. I don’t remember any high expectations.

    Tonight’s game was frustrating, I know. But I don’t understand the high levels of disappointment as if we were even supposed to be 6th in the East.

    Tonight I won’t play the blame game because it is utterly useless. My vision is way ahead of that. I am in playoff mode even though we haven’t made it yet.

    I refuse to be trapped in the misery that most fall into year after year.

  277. habbyone says:

    Look for a lot of changes soon! JM will be 1st to go!

  278. brandonhab19 says:

    so we blow the team up to off seasons in a row? i dont think ive ever seen that happen before. But with this team i wouldnt be against it.

  279. jimmy shaker says:

    Agree, it could turn ugly if Price plays and we lose and somehow don’t get to the dance!


  280. habs_1993 says:

    was just thinking the same thing man

  281. Eliisa says:

    Bribe them or something! Tell them if they win a game they will get to do something crazy like… say go to the playoffs maybe? Surely that should be enough motivation to win a damn game. You would think so anyway.

    Did anyone else notice the “conversation” Gill and Lapierre were having on the ice? Hmmm… I wonder what happened there.

  282. deuce6 says:

    Seen that..Gill was ripping Laps a new


  283. Le Jadester says:

    Totally, was thinkin’ the same thing too.

    Somethin’ happened tonight amongst the players and coaches ?

    2nd Period timeout ? Benchings ? Line Juggling ?

    Habs, OLE !

  284. Storm Man says:

    The players are done playing for that Coach I have been saying this for weeks, Wait till the season is over the truth will come out.

  285. Eliisa says:

    Agreed. I don’t know if I will survive this season without some kind of hospitalization. Ask me on Saturday.

    I can understand how the tempers are flairing with this level of play. Maybe directing some of that to their game would be an improvement.

  286. Eliisa says:

    I thought they might fight ;). At least then there would’ve been some kind of action.

  287. Eliisa says:

    I am sure it is nothing major, just frustration. I didn’t realize who Gill was arguing with originally. I thought maybe I missed a bad call from a ref, I was surprised to see Lapierre skate up beside him.

  288. Ace says:

    Lets see, Price was booed off the ice for allowing 2 goals against these bottom feeders with a team of deadwood in front of him.  Sooo, what can Halak expect at the airport after allowing 4???  Stoning?  Tar & Feathering?  Excommunication?  

  289. Caballero says:

    A parade I guess? Hehe

  290. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Key to the city

  291. daveho29 says:

    Sexual favours from his supporters, Too bad I’m in BC

  292. pmaraw says:

    where do we go from here? they gotta play halak vs toronto, hes the guy right?

  293. Off-side says:

    That’s it.  I’m done — well-done, over-done.  I can’t take the stress anymore.  It’s spring and I need to focus on renewal, growth, awakening.  My zone is the positive stuff now because that’s what spring is.  I can not longer let this team bring me down.  Goodbye.

  294. Mothstoflame says:

    Oh man there is this commercial on T.v right now with a duck trying to buy a crunchwrap at taco bell!!  He uses a bille joke and everything.   i recomend you all watch it,  its great.   On a related note….

    Hal Gill   Traded to anyone for  2 mini crunchwraps with hawt sauce

  295. athanor says:

    Actually, it was a loon in that ad. Hence the joke about being  misled on the cost of the wrap.

  296. SLONCOLD says:

    1.a) how many odd man rushs D the habs give up?

    1,b) how many time did the did pinch and get caught

    2. Canes have rookie on teh blue lines, why did thr habs D play like rookies

    3. puck possesion was horrid…..

    wow, so disapointed in tonights game. i wish halak could have pulled out a few more killer stops but it was not to be. wonder what will happen on saturday…. i have a feeling people will say halak let in 7 goals in 2 games, time to switch it up.

  297. Habs84 says:

    Just something to think about. We have 30 teams in the NHL. There isn’t 30 superstars. So, you make due with what you have. Hopefully you draft a gem. Consider the market. Florida, Tampa, L.A., etc… No pressure, awesome weather, and so forth.Playing in Toronto, Montreal, or New York isn’t easy. Every little
    mistake is blown out of proportion. There isn’t much constructive criticism. It’s all personal shots, which affect the player. You think
    players want to play in these cities??? I am embarrassed to say that we
    have probably become the worst fans in the league. Leaf fans are just
    delusional. I wouldn’t take any crap that I hear about. We are at a
    disadvantage right there. The taxes is another strike. A lot of you will say that you need passion to play, or desire to play in a “real” market. Well, I used to think like that. But, a lot of people forget, they are still human. Do not blame the player for his salary. One GM won’t sign him, another will. They end up screwing each other over. And the owners are just as idiotic. “He makes this much, he should get this many points!” Doesn’t work like that. All the people bashing Gainey, you are nuts. Before he came along, we were the Leafs. Pathetic. We had good years with him. He did what he could. You really think anyone of you guys could have done better? I don’t think so. Until this organization does what is right, which is you get the best person to do the job, we won’t win. I don’t care if the person is black or white, speaks Chinese or Greek. We want to win. That is what makes us happy.

  298. MontrealAtheist says:

    Last time the Leafs blew us away in regulation.

  299. MontrealAtheist says:

    The good news is that if we make the play-offs this season it won’t be Boston sweeping us away in round 1. Instead, it would probably be the Caps with Ovy scoring a hat trick in each of the 4 games.

  300. daveho29 says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m not worried about making the playoffs.


    The Flyers are not going to play for 1 point in 2 games and hope the Habs lose to the Laffs in regulation………………It may be backdoor, but I have no problem with that.

  301. Bugs says:

    This article we presented you during the day wasn’t intended to be an “I told you so” (cuz we never say that and we don’t like poeple who do); it was merely a REMINDER. A reminder that no matter how hard one works to surmount the fear, the fear itself doesn’t disappear.

    Only either way, sooner or later, it just has to be faced.

    Caners and leafers, ferpetessakes, what kind’ve “playoff team” are we, anyway?

    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:

  302. dre1744 says:

    don’t the Habs and the leafs always go into OT or a shoot out this year!!!!!!!

  303. MontrealAtheist says:

    It’s not making the play-offs that worries me, it’s what happens afterwards that worries me. Last year we also barely made the play-offs and we all remember how that turned out.

  304. light_n_tasty says:

    It will give you extra leverage when making fun of the Calgary Fleafs/Lames.

  305. Eliisa says:

    Come on, Timo.

    I have to have something over the Leafs fans I know. Seriously. I will never hear the end of it, there are so many out here.

  306. Eliisa says:

    Haha, yes. Exactly. :)

  307. light_n_tasty says:

    Actually, I thought we lost 3-2 in a  shootout…

  308. dre1744 says:

    if the habs make the playoffs and get swept again that will be 12 straight loses in the post season is that some kind of record!!!!!!

  309. dre1744 says:

    nope leafs won 3 – 2 in SO

  310. Ayan_SB says:

    That’s what she said.

  311. dre1744 says:

    4 of the 5 games against the leafs have went into OT or SO!!!!!

  312. Frank2468 says:

    Sorry but the way the team has been performing this year, they don’t deserve a birth to the post season.  Even if they should get there they will be bounced in 4 maybe 5 and embarrass themselves and the organization along with the fans.  The only one I feel sorry for is Halak, it would be a waste of a good and consistent performance all season long.  The rest well you know what they can do.  If the Rangers win Friday night there will be a lot of shaking in their boots going on in the Habs change room because the Leafs would love nothing better than to be the spoiler and bounce the Habs from the post season.  It would be almost as good as winning the cup in the eyes of the Leafs and if that happens the Habs have no one to blame but themselves.  But in the end lets remember what Pierre Boivin said that the most important fan is the French speaking fan and the most important criteria in hiring coaches and GM’s and so forth is that they speak French.  Well we have that and how do you like the Habs now.

    I know some people may say I being pessimistic, but I’m neither pessimistic or optimistic I’m being realistic.

  313. Eliisa says:

    You have to admit I have a point here, Sunshine. Don’t you want to rub it into the Flames fans just a little bit?

  314. light_n_tasty says:


  315. Tis Himself says:

    Come on and let me know

    Do they suck or do they blow?

  316. Bugs says:

    You’re being realistic in your opinion.

    In my opinion, the Montreal Canadiens ALWAYS deserve to be in the playoffs.

    No matter what, no matter how.

    Because it’s a minimum of four extra games to watch in the season that I have an emotional interest in.

    In my realistic opinion.

    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:

  317. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Tough call.

  318. light_n_tasty says:

    I wonder what it would be like to cheer for a team with talented, strong power-forwards; a big, mobile defence; and no goaltending.  I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

  319. WindsorHab-10 says:


  320. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Timo, I ripped & criticized most things you said this year about the team but I have to admit that 81 games into a long season, you were right.

  321. Frank2468 says:

    They suck and they blow, so lets call them a Shop Vac.

  322. Eliisa says:

    Haha, yes. I call Timo Sunshine because of his hopeful, sunny and optimistic outlook on everything about our Montreal Canadiens.

    Fitting, don’t you think?

  323. WindsorHab-10 says:

    If it comes down to Saturday, The Habs players will feel like they have cement in their skates.

  324. Eliisa says:

    Clearly. I don’t know what other people are missing here, Mike?


  325. Eliisa says:

    You don’t want to talk about hockey? What else is there? Honestly.

  326. Eliisa says:

    Haha, I guess that has to be it. Hockey or nothing. Goodnight, Sunshine. Don’t forget Go Habs Go!

  327. AH says:

    LOL!!!! I needed that tonight!!

  328. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …THIS is as close to needing Your Play-on gameface as anytime in
    the forthcoming Play-ons

    …if anything …this IS answering a lot
    of outstanding questions We have been asking and debating: …like
    there is
    a max of what Plekanecs can be paid …Halak is human, therefore ‘hope’
    for Carey …Jacques
    Martin will never bring Us to the Promised Land, We need a more dynamic,
    imaginative leader after He leading Us through the difficult re-build 
    …Scott Gomez is
    DEFINITELY overpaid, and I would try to get a desperate Darryl Sutter to
    bite on a multi-Player trade for Jarome Iginla (I say naively) …the
    Team seems to have gotten more Jello than gellin’ …and a few more Hockey
    Players with over-sized testicles, size and jam to support Our skill and speed are critically required

    must be hidin’ in the Weeds as We speak at this moment, bitin’ His
    tongue …and I don’t blame Him one bit

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  329. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Who would you start in goal this Saturday night? Halak or Price? Halak should get it since he played all below teams in the standings all season long. Price will be destroyed if he was to lose to the Laufs by alot of boo birds in the stands. So it is Halak’s to win or lose. The pressure is on Halak not Price. Price will get his chance next year. I perfer Price over Halak any day but Halak has played basement teams all season long while Price played the elite teams and was plastered by most people here on HI/O by not performing well.

  330. CHCanadien says:

    Is it April 11th yet?

  331. BJ says:

    You have to go with Halak. For the following reasons: 1) They still have the chance to make the playoffs and the only reason they have that opportunity is because of Halak. 2) A couple of years ago last game of the season in Toronto-remember- again Halak had given the Habs a chance to make the playoffs. So what happens they give Huet the net and we lose 6-5 despite 3 goals by Michael Ryder. So its redemption time for the Habs so give Halak the net and see what he can do. If he loses he’s traded this summer and Price is in next year as #1. 3) If you give Price the net and we lose …… does he have a career in Montreal?

  332. light_n_tasty says:

    If the Flyers win Friday, start Price Saturday.

    If the Flyers lose, start Halak.  What ever happens will resolve the “What if Halak had started instead of Huet” debate that has been ongoing since 2007.

    If the Flyers lose in OT, start to panic.

  333. Aaron13 says:

    Jacques Martin doesn’t understand that a team has to have finesse AND grinders like Lapierre, Moen and Darche (and why was he a healthy scratch tonight?). I could see from day one that this man was not the coach we needed. The third and fourth lines worked hard tonight while the other two lines were a non-entity. Also, it’s the concensus of my friends that Pleks is not an impact player worth $6M to re-sign.

    Benching players like Lapierre in the past shows his bias towards finesse. With all due repect, O’Byrne is a liability. This is the third game in a row where he made critical errors leading to a goal or dangerous situations.

    Unfortunately, I believe we’re stuck with Martin for the next four years – unless upper management has seen the light.

    I’m disgusted with this team. Both Halak and Price should feel the same way of the play in front of them.

  334. J Haul says:

    People seem to always mention ’07 and how Halak should have played over Huet in the last game, but people seem to ‘forget’ that Halak was in the game before against the Rangers with a chance to clinch. He failed to do so and was actually replaced by Huet in that game. At that point they went back to “thier guy”, which was Huet at the time, for the final meeting of the season. Halak had his “shot” that year, but came up short. I sure hope this time we have a better end result, but the last two games haven’t exactly been ringing endorsements that it’ll be any different.

  335. MontrealAtheist says:

    It may also go a long way in resolving the “What if Halak had started instead of Price” debate ever since we got swept away by Boston in round 1 last year.

  336. homerbowen says:

    You cannot be successful in the NHL when three of your top forwards are under 5’10” and then again Pleks is no giant. That’s just the way it is and I’m not saying those guys aren’t talented because they most certainly are, however, size here matters.

    Our defense lacks mobility and some tend to panic under pressure.

    Goaltending, for the most part, has been outstanding.

    As for coaching well I think JM has been a total bust. My good friend from Quebec (French Canadian) insists that the media would riot if there was a non french speaking coach for the Habs. He says it’s not even a talking point. To that I say the dark days are here and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. If that’s the case why not the players too, go all out and really be the laughing stock of the NHL.

    On Saturday night there will be two re-building teams going head-to-toe. Small vs large, tough vs pussy, enthusiastic vs dull. I still hope we win but I won’t bet on it.

  337. MontrealAtheist says:

    You’re right … my bad!

  338. jimmy shaker says:

    “Basement teams”.  There you go, another jabrone spewing out garbage on here about the goalies.  Don’t you see that your part of the problem, making stupid comments like that.  Basement vs elite……wow!!!!  I think your love for Price is blinding the reality that is going on around you!  But for a realistic comment, here goes:  IF rangers lose, yes give the start to PRice, if Rangers win, Jaro has to go!


  339. linp says:

    JM said that the players didn’t execute his game plan. What is his game plan? Did he prepare the team well enough? The team played too wide open and the forwards didn’t help out the defense. O’Byrne was exposed because Markov and the other forwards on the ice was playing too offensively. The “system” fails.

    JM wants to punish players regardless the outcome of the game. He was lost last night. Some players will not want to play for him.

    Pouliot is soft, lazy and has no heart. No wonder Minny wanted to get rid of him.

    The way Gomez played recently, he is worth no more than 3 mil.

    We can’t beat a team missing their two best Dmen.

  340. noelsroyce says:

    Price in nets Saturday!! C’mon!!

  341. jerjerbigs44 says:

    Goaltending was not the reason the Habs lost in the playoffs last year, it was because the Habs backed into the playoffs with a bad team just like they are doing this year. I wish everyone would quit with the Halak vs Price debate and just realize that we’ve got two good goalies. Is Halak a true No1? I highly doubt it. More like the Tim Thomas situation of last year. Look at the Vezina trophy winner now folks, how much is he playing now a days? His team is in a dogfight for a playoff spot ant the current Vezina winner is sitting on the pine. Halak could very well go down that road and I suspect he will as he gives out a huge number of rebounds which also in turn drives up the shots he faces. Price looks to have more natural talent and ability but he lets in some soft ones and seems to blame the team whenever a goal goes in wheter it be his fault or not. I think this is why the team has “given up” on him a bit. I say give the Toronto start to Halak because Price can’t win in this situation and they’ve ridden Halak to this point (which isn’t very good folks, we are backing into the playoffs again) and this way if he loses there will be a firestorm of a goaltending controversy before the playoffs!!! JM is an idiot who has no game plan. He is going to ruin our young talent just like he did in Ottawa when he was there. Too bad cause I love this team GO  HABS GO!!!

  342. Shublips says:

    I think the noose around Jacques Martin’s neck might be getting tighter and tighter.  He just doesn’t fit with the players he has and ha can’t adapt and is asking them to adapt.

    Recipe for disaster, imo.

    Montreal-Carolina: Habs Fail to Clinch in 5-2 Loss to Canes:

  343. Laramy87 says:

    I guess the only consolidation we can take is that Habs play well against the top teams in the league. With exception to the canucks game early this year and one Penguins game we have played Caps/Pens/Sabres/Devils very well this year…. I hope that trend continues in the playoffs…. LETS GO FLYERS (wow i can’t believe i just said). I would like to have playoffs clinched going into tomorrow nite because everyone knows the leafs would lvoe to eliminate us and are going to play like its game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

  344. 123456 says:

    a week ago i was thinking the 6th seed would be the best so the habs could play the sabres (not NJ, Pens or Caps). while i still think the sabres would be the easiest to knock out, i’m telling myself a match-up with the Caps would be a great chance to take down the best team. at some point the habs would have to play a very good team to win the cup (sans 93) why not in the first round and win?

    yup this is what i’m telling myself!!

    in any event i hope for a win sat, halak in nets….i am a price fan as well but i hope halak really gets his chance to be #1 sat and in the post season, will go a long way to see who is signed over the summer.

    GO HABS GO….. i mean FREAKING GET ON IT!!!!

    secret mod

  345. habsfan_61 says:

    I thought last years play was awful. but, what i have witnessed in the last 2 weeks from a supposed playoff bound team is absolutely disgusting. no finish,intensity or effort. has this team stopped playing for jm or what.we dont deserve to be in the post season and considering saturdays opponent it aint looking good. nothing like it for the laffs to eliminate us again(their stanley cup)

  346. 123456 says:

    i generally agree but the sabres game the habs looked great.

    secret mod

  347. daveho29 says:


  348. adamkennelly says:

    playoff team?  did that look like a team scrapping for the point needed to secure a spot.  Team is simply way too easy to play against.  Half decent opposing coaches pick our game plans and PP apart.  Opponents laugh at this team – take away their PP and hit their forwards and they are DONE.  Made Larose and Stahl look like Greztky and Kurri.  I think JM has lost touch with today’s NHL and today’s NHL players – obviously this bunch needs motivation and he is not getting it done.  Lastly – Pouliot is done and AK could possibly be the biggest joke in the league.  He has the size and skills to literally contribute twice as much as he does.  Embarassing.

  349. Habsone says:

    I agree!!!

  350. habs4_25th says:

    Not a chance, JM wants Halak as the starter, he needs to finish this season, that way if he fails then it is on his shoulders. If Price were to play, at home and lose could you imagine the fans in Montreal they would run him out of town in no time.
    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  351. nunacanadien says:

    I disagree, we had some great players and Price didn’t help none.  In fact the past two years the team has quit on Price.  Price has to find a way to work with team if he is to be our future.  I agree play Price and then we can scream loud and long to trade him when he continues to let in floaters.  Maybe Halak will like Roy buck up to the challenge. 

  352. habs4_25th says:

    I agree with you on, that I too prefer Price over Halak, but  I said earlier it should be Halaks season to Finish not Prices,  JM has made Halak the Starter so he needs to ride him to the end of the season.  Who knows if we make the playoffs, might have Price come in ala Cam Ward (05-06) and carry us on if Halak should faulter.

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

  353. 23 HABS 23 says:

    habs4_25th … I hope you are right … and I could not agree with you more!  Halak wants the starting job … then he has to take it … along with all the highs, lows, and pressure (from the media and the fans).  I would truly hate to see Price started and lose – Price has been the HABS scape-goat too many times.  I look forward to Saturday Night … I am at work right now … but I will be leaving in a couple of hours from Sarnia, Ont and will be there live on Saturday Night – 4 ROWS FROM THE ICE! (HUGE GAME) and I hope the Canadiens come to play … and more importantly … TO WIN!


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

  354. Praj12 says:

    Exactly what I stated in a post yesterday.

  355. Praj12 says:

    JM has a three or 4 yr contract so my bet is that he will be here next year.

  356. Aaron13 says:

    The team in front of Price have score 0.6 goals/game less than with Halak in net. I don’t understand your thinking.

  357. Tis Himself says:

    Well, there’s always B-League soccer, or whatever that division is that the Impact play in!

  358. pmaraw says:

    well… it was free hat day….

  359. Tis Himself says:

    Price right now is, well ‘er, irrelevant.

  360. MontrealAtheist says:

    If Price gets to play and he loses in regulation, he’d better get out of the Bell Centre with a helicopter before the crowd can lynch him.

  361. Bugs says:


    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:

  362. Habs84 says:

    Not for nothing, but Patrick always played his best hockey. Yet we chased him out…

  363. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Unfortunately, in order for us to make it we will need help from Flyers/Rangers or other teams because this pathetic bunch lacks leadership to deliver ONE LOUSY point to clinch it. I said I don’t want to hear excuses from the team and that’s exactly what we got from our stupid coach and the so called leader Cammalleri.

    What more motivation do you spineless wimps need in order to play a full 60 minutes? It’s really too bad that this team will make the playoffs but in my book they don’t deserve it.

  364. daveho29 says:

    Nice avatar!  

  365. Ace says:

    Halak, Price and you…are Aces with me 😉

  366. AndyF says:

    Watching the game, I honestly felt like that was 2.5 hrs of my life I will never get back.


    The number of mistakes made was spectacular!   Gomez, for example, couldn’t hold on to the puck to save his life!   And what’s with going down the boards all the time?  Sheesh!


    No wonder Halak got mad….



  367. dudurules says:


  368. dudurules says:

    that ice was terrible… puck stuck and bouncing everywhere.

  369. Praj12 says:

    Again, Halak was weak. Why is he always on his knees?

  370. Praj12 says:

    Again, Halak was weak. Why is he always on his knees?

  371. Merc_Roswell says:

    I loved MAB’s goal. Habs need more of that no-hesitate slapshot. Ward didn’t have a chance.

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