Game 82: Habs are in the playoffs … barely

The Canadiens celebrate a goal on Saturday night against the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre. Phil Carpenter, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: The Canadiens grabbed the lead three times on Saturday night, but were never able to hold on to them as the Maple Leafs defeated Montreal 4-3 in overtime, with Dion Phaneuf scoring the winner. The point for the overtime loss was enough to guarantee the Canadiens a spot in the playoffs, however. Andrei Markov opened the scoring 6:14 into the game when his shot went in off Mikhail Grabovski’s skate in front of Jean-Sébastien Giguère. But Christian Hanson scored his first career NHL goal three minutes later when he took advantage of Jaroslav’s Halak puckhandling miscue to slide the puck into an empty net. Brian Gionta scored his team-leading 28th of the season 16:17 into the period on the power play on a nice pass from Scott Gomez. The Leafs tied it again in the second period when Viktor Stalberg beat Halak top shelf with a nice shot 11:55 into the period. The Canadiens took a 3-2 lead before the end of the second period when Marc-André Bergeron scored with a bullet from the point off a faceoff. But the Leafs were not going to go quietly with Hanson scoring a shorthanded goal 3:32 into the third period, one Halak would definitely like to have a second chance at. That was the Leafs’ third goal on only 17 shots up to that point in the game.

• What It Means: The overtime loss gives the Canadiens a 39-33-10 record for the season and 88 points, giving them seventh place in the East.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens will be watching the scoreboard Sunday, but it won’t be to see if they make the playoffs or not. The results of Sunday’s games will determine where they finish in the Eastern Conference standings. If the Flyers defeat the Rangers, Montreal will finish in eighth place and will face the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs.


  1. SeriousFan09 says:

    The eternal “Next year” of the Leafs fans…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  2. Jeff says:

    Bulldogs of course, they are always better than the SMABS!

  3. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Not only did the dreadful Bruins win but they set a NHL record with 3 short handed goals during the same penalty. We couldn’t even score one with the man advantage against the Canes.

  4. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    3SH goals in the first 2 MINUTES of the 2nd period WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF that more than sucks and thats how they pass us for 6th place you got to be shitting me 

  5. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    100% Agreed.

    And after last game, I wonder if O’Byrne adn Sergei will be pumped and ready to play, or will they be nervous to screw up and make any mistake, lest they be sat.

    I hope JM lets the boys have fun and play, not try to coach a win with stupid headgames.

  6. Jeff says:

    Other than Subban, pray tell? 

    Oh yah, next year’s French toast coach but he doesn’t get on the ice!

  7. light_n_tasty says:

    Bulldogs: 52-17-10

    Marlies: 32-34-12

    Who has the better future?


  8. blu3chip says:

    well…  thanks for proving my point?

  9. rated_R says:

    that twig wont be any use for you guys  next season…relax buddy we got more talent in the farm than your crappy marlies…

  10. Jeff says:

    Just to clear your focus a wee bit, Taylor or Tyler is not or ever will be Phil.

    In addition, we are getting Kadri too, next season 4 months away….. sooooo what did you get?

    I like that commercial !

  11. T-roy West says:

    Based of the teams play for the last week, why would we think that we will win todays game. The Leafs are going to be so pumped for this game. Damn the Habs for being in this situation.

  12. Jeff says:

    I’m not waiting Bugsy, see post above.  It really summarizes what fans expect tonite.

    Do you honestly think I would be posting here after the Leafs beat your Habs, really????

    You guys may be singing the NA, na, na, song, so we’ll let the players decide the outcome.

    Any post here will not change what happens on the ice, enjoy the game Bugs.


  13. CHCanadien says:

    Brickley and Edwards on NESN are the biggest homers!

  14. topher5468 says:

    Maybe the habs can emulate the Booins, win a game to make it to the Post season, If we lose tonight I don’t want this team to make it.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  15. Jeff says:

    What did you expect?  All three teams vying for this playoffs don’t deserve it.

    The Habs are the Canadian version of the Cardiac kids, it will be a great game tonite with some super plays both ways. 

    The atmosphere will be electric.  Leafs VS Canadiens, what could be better?

    I realize the Leafs will bring an ‘A’ game and of course the Habs will want to match the intensity of the rabid fan base.

    IF the Habs don’t panic, they should take control of their own destiny and win by a close score.

    What all the fans do NOT want is to have to watch the Philly Rangers game tomorrow afternoon!

    All of Canada will be watching this game tonite hoping that more than 2 Canadian teams are in the playoffs.

    Enjoy it but keep the Gaviscon handy or your fav drink in copious quantities, Ha! Ha! Ha!



  16. aemarchand11 says:

    Bruins win in Regulation.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  17. havok says:

  was a suggestion about Gio, not FACT…



    The Dany Heatley highlight reel: kills a teammate, screws the Senators, chirps all night at the Canadiens, throws a cross-check after the siren. What a hero! Human toilet paper.

  18. blu3chip says:

    I’m a habs fan in Toronto, but I can tell you the Leafs fans are quite quiet this year, espeically now when they just locked up Seguin or Hall for the Bruins…

    I dunno..  fans in real life seem a lot more rational than those online…  I guess that’s part of the web phenomenal.

  19. Harani says:

    Sergei HAS to play, It’s just an instinct I have. He CANNOT sit. I’ll go berserk on JM if he does make a bonehead decision like that. 

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

  20. aemarchand11 says:

    FSHurricanes is pretty bad too haha.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  21. Bugs says:

    Y’all realize how bad that leafer Jeff is gonna be if we lose tonight? Can you imagine for a second the sh*te we’re gonna hafta endure from that clown whose sole claim to success is measured by whether or not his team of donkeys beats the Canadiens, their lord and masters?

    It’s gonna be bad.

    So if the Boys love us, I mean truly, deeply love us, they won’t let that happen.

    Some things oughta remain sacred imo.

    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:

  22. DONJUAN says:

    I’ve had that feeling since thursday’s loss to the canes, but the habs can do it.  GIONTA FOR CAPTAIN.

    In HABS we trust.

  23. adam76 says:

    Wow – watching the NESN feed – I though Bob Cole was bias.

  24. habs03 says:

    WOWOWOWO Bruins almost scored in their own net on a delayed penalty, wow, read that the team named Gio captian and announced tonight…

  25. jimmy shaker says:

    How did they score 3 shorthanded goals?  So ward isn’t playing like Wardeur against the bruins I see.  He only brings that out against us……Man that sucks!


  26. punkster says:

    It’s time indeed. Good job Madison.

  27. habs03 says:

    Man, I need antidepressants cuz of this team!

  28. habs03 says:

    Good job kido, love the song too!!

  29. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Life …AND especially a Habs Fans’ Life …is funny

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  30. Fansincebirth says:

    For God’s sake, I gave them one bloody thing to do while I was in the Dominican and that was to wrap up a playoff spot before we met the Loafs but noooooooooooooooooooooo, couldn’t do it for me could ya?!?!?!?


     “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  31. habbyone says:

    All we need is a miracle

  32. doogmac says:

    on the same powerplay nonetheless

  33. Shagi says:

    Just a little something to lighten the mood and get you excited for the game. This is another video by Madison Grenier, but for the habs this time.

  34. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I wonder what the age expectancy rate is if you’re a habs fan? I’ve easily lost 5 years off my life this year.

  35. HUDSONHAB says:


  36. Mikey_39 says:

    Honestly, what happens happens.  If they don’t come out playing with intensity tonight, proving that they want this just as bad as the fans, there’s not much we can do.  It’s in their hands.  I hope they don’t let the people who have been riding with them on this roller coaster of a season down.  


    I do have faith that everyone will step it up tonight.  This team will show how much character we have.



  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    Chances that Gaborik will play 5 full healthy seasons in NY anyway? Sather gambled huge on Gaborik and it’s paid off this year so far for them, but if he’s injured next, they’re pretty much doomed on the season.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  38. blu3chip says:

    wow 3 shorthanded goals?!

  39. punkster says:

    I’m glad to see you taking a positive approach to this game Rob. If they crap the bed they’ll deserve all the negative comments after the game. But for now and over the next few hours we can look on the bright side. Who knows eh, they may shock us all tonight.

  40. blu3chip says:

    Gomez is a playmaker, Gaborik is a sniper.

  41. SmartDog says:


    1. We have the RIGHT goalie in next this year for our final must-win game.

    2. The Habs are DUE to score (trying to be positive).

    3. If they don’t find their intensity this game, they never will so might as well pack it in.

    4. Even if we lose, we’re still probably in the playoffs.

    On the OTHER HAND:

    1. The Laffs would love to stop us from making the playoffs.

    2. Halak is the best goalie in the entire NHL since the Olympics, but the team in front of him has been less than average.

    3. Gomez has I think 1 goal in his last 15 games and THIRTY goals less than his ‘replacement’ in NY (Gaborik).

    4. Cammalleri still seems to be recovering from his injury.

    5. The team needs to show the WILL TO WIN.  And we said that last game (and the one before)….

    Go Habs!  (Hoping at least.)


    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  42. Laramy87 says:

    3-2 bruins.. GO CANES

  43. smiler2729 says:

    What a sad state the Montreal Canadiens are in. Gutless, punchless, leaderless, nobody quite knowing their role, hell even the head coach can’t quite seem to grasp his role. On paper they look great, like they did last year, too bad paper can’t skate.

    The fanbase is nervous, restless and downright scared knowing full well the embarrassment that awaits as the flat team will be the one showing up again tonight on home ice against the last place Leafs.

    Why is there always such a sense of dread rooting for this team? Even in ’08 when they finished 1st in the Conference, deep down, we all knew, admit it we KNEW they’d let us down in a bad way… and they did.

    To be hated, to be fated… behind blue eyes.

  44. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    when you analyze any catastrophe in hindsight you can easily pinpoint all the factors and elements that led to the disaster…but when it is unfolding very few will notice those signs.

    so, if the Habs were to be eliminated from post play, they would have had to lose against the ISLES & lose against the CANES, meanwhile Boston would string together wins, and NYR would beat PHILLY outright, then beat them in PHILLY via overtime…

    this perfect storm scenario has completed 99%….there is only one way to avoid it.


  45. Danno says:

    Two words: Bet Man


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

  46. Laramy87 says:

    Okay the only team that does not have urgency is clearer Habs… they better show up tonight

  47. habaholic68NJ says:

    Please convey this to Martin and the Habs.  They don’t seem to get it.

  48. adam76 says:

    Also – the game against the canes is not over – these are still the caradic canes – anything can happen.


    Montreal will win tonight.

  49. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    there are too many elements against us… Boston has solidified…Rangers won at home, now Philly will win at home on Sunday, but in overtime…we must win… can’t we all see that everything that can happen to knock us out of the playoffs is  unfolding right before our eyes… it must be recognized as 100% fact that RANGERS will beat PHILLY in overtime tomorrow.

    we must win tonight…for honor, for glory and lastly for the playoffs……there is no other option.

  50. Habsone says:

    Go Halak!!  Do it like you can!!  Go Habs Go!!


  51. Favorite Son says:

    Oooh shiiiit 3-0 Bruins, it’s goin’ doooown meet me in the maall!!!

  52. Fire_Laraque says:

    Undertand your point BUT, the Bruins are burying them.  MTL had plenty of occasions in the first against the canes, they just couldn’t put them in and then… they gave up.

  53. habaholic68NJ says:

    Simple.  They Bruins press them offensively.  Martin plays for the tie.

  54. HabsFansince49 says:

    Excuse me Mike; it had nothing to do with Carolina; they’re the same team. But the team they are up against today is rather different to say the least than the team they encountered a few nights. One difference – intensity; another difference – desire to win. 

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

  55. mb says:

    For sure they give more than the Habs gave but… Come on, 3 goals in one Canes PP! 

  56. habs03 says:

    You want to see a team that wants to make the playoffs, Bruins just
    scored 3 shorthanded goal on the same PP vs the Canes!!

  57. Fire_Laraque says:

    Not sure it’s because the Canes were better against us… seems more like the Bruins are giving more then the Habs gave.

  58. MikeMcLaren says:

    PLEASE explain to me why we didn’t get to play THIS Carolina Hurricanes team and THIS Cam Ward.

    Three goals in the first 1:36 of the second period?  All three short handed?



  59. SmartDog says:

    Go HALAK!!!!

    …I mean, Habs!!! (I kinda forgot there were other players…)

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  60. BJ says:

    Could be important as a very last resort for the Habs if the Bruins lose this one and tomorrows in Washington in regulat time. 0-0 after 1st.

  61. habaholic68NJ says:

    Forget about being FIRED.  If the Habs fail to get 1 point in their final 3 games against teams that are not playoff bound, then Martin should resign.

  62. adam76 says:

    Lets cut the negativity – get behind our team and win this!



  63. light_n_tasty says:

    Time to pull out all the stomps.  I’m powering up with ALL 4 DELICIOUS FLAVOURS!  Nobody can stop  us now.


  64. Danno says:

    Save the cyanide flavoured ones for last…


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

  65. light_n_tasty says:

    For the record, “stomps” is a typo.

  66. Fire_Laraque says:

    Ouh…. you didn’t talk to your poo this morning I see.

  67. SmartDog says:

    Wow. Really got me. Very, very smart. 

    I’m impressed.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  68. Fire_Laraque says:

    Anybody has the bruins-canes games live or know where I can find it?

  69. adam76 says:

    Bruins just got three short handed goals in a span of less then a min.

  70. habaholic68NJ says:

    Don’t bother. Bruins just scored 3 shorthanded goals on the same PP.  Where was this Canes team when we played them?

  71. MikeMcLaren says:

    Woah.  I guess you beat me to the bunch by mere seconds 😉


  72. mb says:

    Haha, seems like it!

  73. mb says:

    Wow, 3 Booins goals in 1:30 minute…  Not good.  What is Cam Ward doing??

  74. hab lifer says:

    I expected that. Boston is a REAL team, not a bunch of chokers like outr AHL team.

  75. jimmy shaker says:

    Win and we get 6th or 7th guaranteed, and avoid the caps first round, but then we still could have buffalo, NJ or Pitts.  Who cares actually….just win for the love of God and everything that is good and Holy in this world!


  76. naweed235 says:

    not only we will win tonights game, we will win the stanley cup too… NOW THATS SOMETHING YOU HAVE NOT READ IN HERE :)

  77. vic says:

    I have watched this team over 50 years.They had pride,what I have seen lately and for the last couple of years is lack of pride.No one really fighting for the win.

    They used to play to win the cup  not just make the playoffs.

    A loss tonight and the whole team and management should be examined

  78. WindsorHab-10 says:

    More like should be let go.

  79. hab lifer says:

    so let me get this straight. Bruins have 2 must win games and win both.

    habs have 2 must win games and lose them both. What does that say about thse scumbags?

    It says Boston is a team with heart, discipline and with a very good coach. the opposit holds true for the habs.


    I believe that’s the only way JM will be fired. and when Boucher takes over, you’ll have a REAL NHL coach, not a wannabe like JM!

  80. light_n_tasty says:

    Just wondering how the last 2 games were “must win” when we didn’t have to win them…

  81. Odie Cleghorn says:

    If we can’t beat the Loafs then all of this season’s questions about goaltending, coaching, which free agents to sign, who should be captain will be answered. 

    Go Habs Go.

  82. says:

    Unlike others, I say 


    They call me Shane

  83. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That’s a really great picture, Shane! 

    Go Habs Go!

  84. Say Ash says:

    Three hours left. This day can’t go by fast enough!

  85. linp says:

    Real vs Barcelona on TV now. Which team will take the Spanish title?

  86. EricInStL says:

    MESSI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  87. AndyF says:

    I will accept not making the playoffs this year if we lose to the Leafs.   It will mean that the players didn’t really feel like playing in the playoffs.  And if they don’t care, why should I?



  88. HabsFanNorway says:

    Good luck tonight everyone!


    Everyone from Sweden, Finland (swedish speaking), Norway, Denmark: Join the Facebook group “Montreal Canadiens Fan Club Scandinavia”!

  89. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    3 hrs and counting, Im so pumped GO HABS GO, guys riots start at 21h45 if we loose im starting it with a flaming molotov lol 

  90. EricInStL says:

    Try a flaming Moe…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  91. habs03 says:

    Oh if we loss tonight, a riot would be justified!!!!!

  92. karpen33 says:

    I’m not sure if anyone has made this comment but Giguere is in net for the Leafs tonight. How many times have we seen a french canadian puckstopper come into Montreal and steal the show. Just something else to worry about Iguess. From what I saw the other night the heart of the Canadiens plays in Anahiem.

  93. HaloHabsFan says:

    Everyone take a deeeeeeep breath…….. now exhale……

    Relax.  It’s the Leafs.  There is a reason they are last in the conference, 2nd last overall, and eternally f n screwed out of their draft pics.  Be happy we are playing the Leafs in this game as opposed to Washington, NJ or Chicago.  There’s a reason they play all 82 games, I’m pretty sure we’ll get in.

  94. BKAK72 says:

    KOVY out for PLAYOFFS.  Other former “key” HABS to miss this years edition include KOIVU, TANGUAY, HIGGINS and KOMISAREK.

    Funny how karma has a way of paying back these guys for being gutless and floating for the final 35 games in 08/09 to protect their bodies for a free agent contract.


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

  95. habs03 says:

    Same could have been said about the Isl and Canes games, plus MTL Vs Tor is always close..

  96. SeriousFan09 says:

    Koivu never floated with this team.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  97. Jeff says:

    Does that include PLEKS?

    We’ll see tonite, won’t we……

  98. Jeff says:

    Who’s the worst team in the NHL 5 on 5?????

    The Montreal Canadiens!  Heh, heh, heh….

    & only ‘pretty sure’ against the AHL Leafs….Haaaaaa!

  99. ed lopaz says:

    thank you – serious fan –

  100. HaloHabsFan says:

    Isl and Canes games are in the past.  We’re down to one, and like I said there is a reason they play all 82.  I do not care about the “history” of the loafs always playing us hard, we’re down to one game with the current roster of both teams head to head and we’re at home in Montreal.  I like our chances.

  101. Jeff says:

    You’ve got that right on, he’s in Anaheim.

    That had to be one of the most inexcusable things done in Hockey.

    Well firing Neilson by Clarke after he was diagnosed with Cancer….. still holds # 1!

  102. HaloHabsFan says:

    If overall standings and playoff positioning was based on 5 on 5 play I could see your point, but since it isn’t I fail to see the relevance of your post.

  103. habs03 says:

    Yes I agree but it wont be easy

  104. ed lopaz says:

    23 years ago I moved to toronto and worked there for 2 years. it was 1987. the leafs had not won a cup – at that time, in 24 years – people were in the process of going INSANE!!


    Leaf fans give truth to Einstein’s definition of INSANITY:

    each year you cheer for the same crap over and over – always expecting a different result!!

  105. ed lopaz says:

    get rid of koivu, and not replace him – why?

  106. BKAK72 says:

    Take your rose coloured glasses off.  He was captain of the sinking ship and is just as responsible as all others shipped out.

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

  107. Bugs says:

    Give us a final score, Jeffy.

    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:

  108. Le Jadester says:

    Anyword on SK 74 in or out ?

    That 3rd trio is an important factor in the team’s overall success.

    Wonder what the CBC boys will make of all this before the game ?

    Funny how all these fairweather Laff fans have come out for this one last game. How Pathetic.

    HABS, OLE !

  109. Mikey_39 says:

    Koivu was an amazing captain.  He always played his heart out.  He was always on of our top point getters and when it came to the playoffs was always by far the best.  So I would definitely not call him gutless.  WE should have never let him go

  110. ooder says:

    koivu?!?! common man the man never floated.


    it’s not his fault he was 5″11 and was slowed down by cancer and knee injuries.

    as for Kovy, even though he floated during regular season the man ALWAYS showed up in the playoffs. The guy was a force  and walways at least a point per game.

    as for Tanguay, screw him


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

  111. Thurston says:

    Leaves will win 3-2 in OT tonight.

    Montreal gets the point to get into the playoffs but will still confound their fanbase by losing to the lowly Leaves.

  112. ooder says:

    i guess Iginla and Niermayer are also bad captains then.

    you might as wel lump in LEcavalier as a bad one as well


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

  113. Say Ash says:

    In the four playoff appearances Kovalev had with the Habs, he was a point per game.

  114. Rush says:

    I lived amongst them for 14 loooooooooooong years after having had been “forced” to move from Montreal.

    And yes, pathetic, shameless, and incoherent are words which come to mind…

    For one thing, I learned not to waste my time trying to reason w them using, egads, facts…

  115. Bill J says:

    Niedermeyer & Lecavalier won Cups.  Iginla went to the finals

    Koivu has yet to do either (not slamming him here, just stating the facts)

  116. dh says:

    But I thought Habs fans only riot when we win?

  117. ooder says:

    I agree, but Koivu has never played with high enough players or team to win.

    there are much better players who have never own the cup.


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

  118. Bill J says:

    Thus why I said I was not slamming Koivu… 😉

    My reply was more to your post stating those other 3 captains where not good ones based on the previous post, just saying those 3 are bad examples perhaps.

    RE: Koivu not playing with talented players…. I unno about that.

    The Habs DID finish 1st in the eastern conference in 2007-08, so seems to me they have had good teams.  Capt. K has had some talent with him in the past.

    I think (not holding anything against him) if he had been a bit luckier with his health during his career, that there is a strong possibility the Habs would have had a legit shot at the Cup in the past 10 years.

    Bad luck & bad Timing.

  119. hab lifer says:

    Lecavalier won a stanley cup.

  120. ooder says:

    he can thank khabibulin for that


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

  121. ooder says:

    to win a cup ther are so many factors… including a goaltender who knows how to shut it down

    i just find it strange how one player can be balmed for a team’s failure

    but i see what you are saying


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

  122. Bill J says:

    Name me one Stanley Cup Winning team that did not owe thanks to their goalie for winning the Cup.

    Cup winners are often determined by a hot goalie, even if they do not always win the Conn Smyth.

  123. Bill J says:

    Agree to both your points.

    In fact replied to the Khabibulin post up above based on your first point here 😉

    2nd point…. That my friend is a Fan & Media initiated problem IMO.  Price is taking the brunt of it this season, in Montreal (I don’t like it trust me) we seem to like to have a scapegoat to blame all our woes on.

  124. Bill J says:

    I dunno about that…. Detroit has had some pretty hot goalies (when it counted).

    Granted not Many Vezina winners, but hot when it counted…. yeah…


  125. Nas26Kos74 says:

    Let’s get it done tonite fellas!!! Sad my boy Baby K is gonna be in the press box … Let’s see Gomez show us what it’s all about. I’m sitting here in my Camms jersey pumped for game time. Dig deep and keep your stick on the ice!!

  126. says:

    Great Cammi intro!

    BAH… only 4 plates per side lol….I kidd.

    They call me Shane

  127. DJay says:

    If the people who subscribe to HIO were required to take some kind of Intelligence test, about 75% of the posters would not be allowed to post.

    This is getting ridiculous. Do you even watch hockey?…like ever? Koivu would have been more than a ppg player earlier in his career had he not been injured constantly and been paired up with 4th liners. Yet he is still the 10th leading point getter all time on the Canadiens. He never took a shift off and never complained when stupid “fans” like you questioned him.

    Kovalev, even though he floated at times, almost single handedly made the whole team better 2 years ago when he hit 84 pts. I believe he’s been our best playoff performer since the time he joined the Habs.

    There’s alot more i can say, but i’ll leave it as that.

  128. salshabs says:

    I won’t be able to watch it, s**t I probably will, I really don’t know if I can take it, I won’t do anything too stupid..BUT…a week ago this all would have seemed impossible, now, we are staring it in the face…it really sucks to have to wait to see if this team can beat a 29th place team to make the playoffs…if they lose tonight they don’t deserve to be in the palyoffs anyway, plus the humiliation will take a long time to overcome…that tatoo on my arm is like an open wound when they do stuff like this, I will have to haer the music all summer…DON”T BLOW THIS CHANCE!!!

  129. says:

    and the first of 7 Leaf fans walk in my front door.

    I love Hockey Night in Canada parties!!!!!!!


    They call me Shane

  130. kmachabs27 says:


  131. habbyone says:

    edit. SK’S in poopoo. He’s scratched tonight!!!

  132. HNS says:

    May I suggest visine with their beer? They’ll be going home in no time. 

  133. rogus says:

    Scratched Pouliot? When can we have Carbo back?


    Praise the day that Lapierre is placed on waivers!!!

  134. habs03 says:

    And S.Kostit is in like everyone here wanted…:S:S:S

  135. HNS says:

    How can a kid with such great talent go into the sharter in no time. Can someone explain? Bugs on suicide watch.

  136. habs03 says:

    No mistake, Pouliot in S.Kost out

  137. HNS says:

    Suicide watch is cancelled. ERROR

  138. Don Carnage says:

    He can thank the refs for that

  139. JoeC says:

    JM needs to be fired at the season, benching  Sergei is retarded

  140. sailor2963 says:

    I’m pumped, let’s go!

  141. habs03 says:

    WOWOW Halak just killed a perfect start. Looks like JM is only playing 3 lines, wow Halak just killed us!!

  142. tricolore says:

    Tense and nervous time for les Canadiens. 1-1. That Leafs goal is a perfect example of how nervous they are and how they can piss it all away with simple mistakes in basic execution. C’mon boys….work, hit, skate, shoot…..let’s go!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  143. tricolore says:

    Let’s hope Gauthier gets rid of that left over garbage from last year Gainey never finished with his house cleaning. Anyone want 2 Belarusian brothers?


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  144. habs03 says:

    Should be 3-0, Halak gave them a goal, and Poully shot the puck backwards on a empty net:S:S:S. Great first period tho!

  145. lavie says:

    I want one more Belarusian player.

  146. sailor2963 says:

    Breathe in, breathe out, repeat as required….

  147. lavie says:

    …ing. lol

  148. arrow says:

    Keep the goals coming! I’m calling Pleks on the next one, then Cammi! Shouldn’t have benched SK!

    GO HABS GO!!

  149. BKAK72 says:

    DO YOU READ POSTS OR JUST CRAP? I made it clear these guys floated for 35 games in 2008/09. Where did it say entire careers? READ the post before posting your CRAP.

    You’ve been a HABS fan since 2000 (as per ID HANDLE) vs one who has been watching this orgnization in its glory period 70s and through the mid-late 1980s.  I feel sorry for you and all other HABS fans who are sold the history with these over-priced floaters AND that does include KOIVU in the final 35 games of 2008/09.  That cost CARBO his job, by def’n the HEART OF THE CANADIENS and ultiimately GAINEY the BLOOD of the CANADIENS.

    All those guys listed above shamed some of the best CANADIENS of all time b/c they took off the final 35 games of 08/09 to preserve their bodies for free-agency.

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

  150. AndyF says:

    That’s funny!  :-) 



  151. HUDSONHAB says:

    Technically, we don’t have to win this one either :)


  152. linp says:

    Messi just knows how to score.

  153. says:

    Thanks.  Matthew was 4 then.  He’s nine now.  That picture reminds me of all things great!

    Win this one for Halak.

    They call me Shane

  154. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Not only for Halak bud. Everyone, including Price. 

    And the loyal fans.

  155. says:

    God Bless Us Everyone hehe

    They call me Shane

  156. lavie says:

    Les boys, let’s play it in a playoff way.

  157. Say Ash says:

    It’s been a while since I watched a game standing up. My living room pacing has burnt a hole in my carpet. By the way, how about Gionta’s ability to bat a puck out of the air. Is there anyone better?

  158. brandonhab19 says:

    youre telling me this team doesnt need a fighter. Look at Orr he just ran Moen from behind no one did anything. THen goes right to the crease and no one to answer. And Phaneuf rubs out Gomez pretty hard. Sure we have a powerplay now but no one to stop this from happening. OUr biggest guy who can’t even fight hasnt even played. This team is a joke

  159. tricolore says:

    Boy that Hamr-head is like lightning in a bottle…..of molasses.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  160. Bugs says:

    Tied 2-2.

    Gomie-Gio-K Senior.

    Do it, Jack.

    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:

  161. homerbowen says:

    Are we being worn down by a younger, bigger, tougher team?

    If we try to confront these goons we will be clobered, just skate and skate hard. Pussies do not stand a chance against behemoths.

    Now tell me we don’t need bigger players.

  162. brandonhab19 says:

    after watching that last shift Orr had when he rocked moen from behind and then roughed up every hab in the crease before taking a penalty. It official even if we make the playoffs, were too small to compete.

  163. homerbowen says:

    Are we being worn down by a younger, bigger, tougher team?

    If we try to confront these goons we will be clobered, just skate and skate hard. Pussies do not stand a chance against behemoths.

    Now tell me we don’t need bigger players.

  164. homerbowen says:

    Pleks needed that for the $5M payout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  165. brandonhab19 says:

    maybe its better he didnt score it then ; )

  166. homerbowen says:

    Thank you my Wheat King City friend

  167. duffy says:

    This team has so many chances to score ,but lacks so many skills at finishing and putting the puck in the net. Mr. Gainey should be REAL PROUD OF THIS BUNCH.!!!!

  168. Say Ash says:

    Who’s down with MAB, yeah you know me (and Timo)? Everyone still hate Hal Gill? Anyone? Anyone?

  169. dre1744 says:

    Lets get a cushion in this game   cause I’m gonna have a heart attack here soon.

  170. dre1744 says:

    Stamkos with 2 goals  tonight for 50!!!!!!

  171. Say Ash says:

    It’s hard to get a cushion when you’re told to play the System for the last 20 minutes. I hope I’m wrong.

  172. dre1744 says:

    Screw the system……   I’m sure to have heart failure  if they play the system.

  173. smiler2729 says:

    Holy SHEEP-SH*T, just back from Boone’s game thread, what a bunch of two-faced morons there…

    Is it any safer here or is there a Shiloh or Hablifting here to insult your intelligence if you post a comment that disagrees with their oh so grand perfect way of seeing things???

  174. brandonhab19 says:

    another scrum another example of a small weak, team……….and that really just happened…….

  175. sailor2963 says:

    Halak is not having his best game…why now!

  176. dre1744 says:

    Atta boy Jaro  come up  big  when we need you the most!!!!!!!


    Hammer sux  aswell.

  177. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Agreed, Halak is not focused tonight

  178. BKAK72 says:

    TO ALL HALAK FANS…please allow me to introduce you to CAREY PRICE, the other most over-rated prospect goalie in the NHL.
    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  179. tricolore says:

    Here’s a novel thought. As a paying customer of things related to the Canadiens, I am allowed to critique positively and negatively. The product is far from performing well. We are allowed to celebrate, admire, observe, or criticize. 


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  180. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Halak sucks!!! Halak sucks!!! Halak sucks!!! JM has no ba**s to pull his # 1 period. Live and die by the sword. Priceless!!!

  181. arrow says:

    Heart-Attack HALAK, What’s up! Keep us in the game, come on guys score another please!!

  182. tricolore says:

    Hamr-head is a liability. Not providing any positive contributions of any sort. Slow, slow, slow. 


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  183. docketrocket says:

    What goaltending controversy?


  184. tricolore says:

    Since Roy, we are diseased with ‘overatitus of the goaltenderitus’.

    Just ask Chicago and Washington. 


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  185. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    If you’re Toronto and the score is tied with 1 minute to go, do you pull your goalie?

  186. BKAK72 says:

    YES. That demonstrates honour.
    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  187. McIntyre18 says:

    Trying not to be a goalie fan over a hab fan, but it worries me that when the pressure is on Halak isn’t the star we need him to be. With 7 minutes left let’s see if that changes.

  188. dre1744 says:

    Damn you Gigure!!!!!!! Damn u to hell!!!!!!!

  189. McIntyre18 says:

    Today must be opposite day in Montreal, Halak is having an off day and Lapierre is one of the harder working players of the day.

    Regardless, we got our point.

  190. habs03 says:

    WOW WOW WOW, now lets get the 2nd point, everyone played great expect Halak!!

  191. brandonhab19 says:

    did lapierre play more the last 15 mins of the game than kostitsyn?

  192. slapshot777 says:

    Okay now we have made the playoffs, with no pressure go out and ge the win now.


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

  193. brandonhab19 says:

    if the leafs win is he garunteed the playoff start?

  194. homerbowen says:

    Can’t figure why the Laffs did not pull their goalie…… Millan is driving me nuts

    I`m going to church in the morning

  195. habs03 says:

    Will some one put a C on Gionta plz

  196. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Painful but relieving….

  197. slapshot777 says:

    Bob cole must be calling another game. I can’t see how Toronto was takingit to the Habs. I know they scored a shorthanded goal, but other than that Toronto have had no sustained pressure. On the other hand the Habs have hit about 7 posts tonight.


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

  198. brandonhab19 says:

    Price has to start, Halak when the pressure on is terrible has been the last 3 games when hes needed to be good.

  199. noelsroyce says:

    I *think* I know what you were attempting to say…




    Damn, he looked hot tonight! *droolz

  200. JoeC says:

    3 Straight off games, im scared

  201. noelsroyce says:

    Let’s go Carey, let’s go! Oooh Oooh!

  202. Say Ash says:

    Still there?

  203. Jeff says:

    The C wouldn’t fit on his Toddler sweater.

  204. Jeff says:

    It’s called class, the Leafs would NEVER do that to eliminate a team especially a Canadian team!

  205. habs03 says:

    Halak better be on a short lesh for the playoffs! He deserve to be the starter for game 1, but on the biggest game of the year he didn’t show up.

  206. JoeC says:

    Halak has crumbled under pressure the last 3 games, wow …

  207. slapshot777 says:

    I don’t know about anybody else, but I see Price playing games in the upcoming playoffs. Halak has been running on fumes for the past couple of weeks now. Thank God that we got that point. Halak in no waqy shape or form played a good game. If this continues Price will be in. So it looks like Pittsburgh or Washington, who do you guys like?


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

  208. brandonhab19 says:

    neither pits is my second fav team and has a shot at the cup and washington has dominated us. But for a realistic change hoping for the pens.

  209. tdrmoss84 says:


  210. tricolore says:

    I admire Pouliot and Camm for trying tonight. Nothing to show for it but at least they had drive. Still, the lack of production by this duo concerns me. AK is invisible out there. Pleks is struggling. Is he going to be ‘playing like a girl’ as he has said before in the coming play offs? He’s been our most productive player and we need his production.

    As we have seen on 3 goals tonight by the Leafs…..Gill and Hamrlik are liabilities. Yes they have expertise, but their best years and speed are well behind them. It costs us goals. Where are the points and goals that Spacek was supposed to bring us?

    I hope I’m wrong. I want to be wrong. Habs lose the first series. In 5. Anyone need Belarusian brothers?


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  211. karpen33 says:


  212. Thurston says:

    I hope my 6/49 picks are as good as my pick for tonight’s game. I knew they’d blow it in OT but still back into the playoffs.

    There is no way the Habs should have lost to a supremely crappy team like the Maple Leaves. No way. But they still found a way as we once again got garbage goaltending against Tranno.

  213. Thomas says:

    That was a terrible result.  We played good at times, but I am absolutely appalled at the lack of effort

    from A. Kostitsyn.  The guy is a bum, he’s a waste of space an should be released by the team.  He’s been showing 

    his real colours the last 2 weeks, and he’s done nothing, he’s a half assed bum.  Totally useless.


    In no way did we deserve to make the playoffs based on our last two weeks of play, Martin has lost this team I believe

    and I hope he is fired before the playoffs start.  We just got made fools of by 3 of the worst teams in the league.  Pitiful.

  214. habs03 says:

    Both sisters are out of here during the summer!!!!

  215. dre1744 says:

    Not too confidant with Halaks  play going into the playoffs…. Can he handle the pressure?

  216. smiler2729 says:

    Nope. It’s time for Price to shine. He’s angry, he’s hungry, he’s talented, F New Jersey! F Washington!

  217. blu3chip says:

    I think Price will start in the playoffs (and I’m NOT saying Halak sucks, everyone has a bad day or two).

    Losing that one point may actually let us face the Sabres instead of the Devils/Penguins.

    anyhow… YAY! PLAYOFFS! GO HABS GO!

  218. terrygain says:

    Not a chance. This game could have been 2-0 early in the game but for Halak.

  219. jimmy shaker says:

    Never will happen…..100% guaranteed Jaro is the starter.  Now does JM have a short leash on Jaro?  Yes.  So if Jaro struggles like he did tonight, I don’t mind one bit that JM goes to Price.  Things will be different come Wednesday or Thursday!  Stick with him…he got us here….remember!


  220. slapshot777 says:

    No with this loss it means we will either be playing Washington or New Jersey. If Philly wins tomorrow Montreal finishes 8th and will play Washington


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

  221. Bryan says:

    The rest of the team plays well tonight at least.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  222. sailor2963 says:

    Let the goalie debate begin in earnest.  Halak did not have a great game tonight and has looked vulnerable the last couple of games.  I argued that JM should have been playing both goalies down the stretch.  Right now I would argue to start Price…the but is that he has not played for a number of games; however, he has played well when called upon.  That is why the Habs have two goalies capable of being #1 goalies.  You have to be able to go to the other goalie when one is not at the top of their game,

  223. jimmy shaker says:

    Yes,  I’m pro Halak…..yes he struggled huge tonight…..but he was the guy that got us here.  He’s going to start in the playoffs, but if he struggles like he did tonight, I have no qualms of JM going to Price.  You go with what got you there (to the dance) and that guy is Halak.  So to answer the question;  Goalie controversy?  NO!  And c’mon JM, Gill out there in OT on a 4 on 4 situation?  Play anyone other than Gill….O’byrne even though he played only 2 min all night, pyatt or anyone not named Gill.  But you can’t have Gill out there in OT bottom line.  He the slowest guy in the league 5 on 5, now you want him to cover more ice with more speed coming at him?  Great job JM.  And to finish…..yes Jaro struggled…..but they got the point, the boys bailed him out for once, rather than Jaro having to bail the boys out!  We’re in!!!!!  Who’s next?


  224. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Halak could not beat the worse team in the East. Brutal goaltending for the last 3 games. What does JM do now? Halak has lost 3 in a row. What’s next?

  225. duffy says:

    Cant win one game against three non playoff teams when there playoff lives are on the line .Nothing but a bunch of lazy ,no talent,overpaid losers.Will go down 4 straight in first round.

  226. Thomas says:

    You really think the rest of the team played well tonight??  Which team were you cheering for??  Kostitsyn was BRUTAL!!  He was floating around trying to look pretty, the guy has lost it completely.

  227. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Wow some posters here just don’t get this game. The HABS were beat by the ‘iron’ tonight. GREAT things are in store for them in this year’s cup run.


    You have to keep in mind, MTL was never in doubt of making the playoffs (in my eyes), Leafs are out so they play more physical, etc since it is their last game. HABS have to keep some energy and less the chance of injury.

    I am very proud to be a HABS fan tonight.


  228. Off-side says:

    Yes, yes and YES!!!!! We made it!  I AM MAB ABOUT BERGERON!!!!!!!!!!!! MAB!!!!! MAB!!!!! MAB!!!!! MAB!!!!!

  229. arrow says:

    We’re in! We’re in! Time to think about playing Price! Heart-Attack Halak needs a rest! Pleks better rest too because he just wasn’t great tonite! But those who were great Thank you! Markov, Gio, Georges, Gomez, Cammi (at the end) Moen, Lapierre, Moore, Pouliot, and MAB (what a shot!) and he wasn’t too bad defensively tonight!

    GO HABS GO!!

  230. homerbowen says:

    WOW…..we just finished losing (again) to the last place team. Re-building over the summer is necessary as some teams (Laffs) will be much better next year.

    No.1 priority is to get bigger and we must move two of our smaller players in exchange for size, speed and grit.

    No. 2 priority is to become more mobile on defense (PK + 1 more) and try to move some of Spacek, Gill and Hammer

    No. 3 priority is to sign Pleks and possibly trade if value there

    No. 4 priority is to sign both Halak & Price and trade one only if Gomez included

    No. 5 priority is to sign a fairly skilled tough guy (if that is even possible).

    No. 6 priority is to find the best possible coach (any language will do).

    I will cheer for my Habs for however long they last in the playoffs but that doesn`t change the fact we need to make significant changes for next year. Too much squeeking in just leads to the same old, same old.

  231. Thurston says:

    Is Allan Walsh on Twitter tonight running his mouth about his boy Halak? Probably not.

  232. Jeff says:

    Well that was a great game!  If you didn’t like it you are not a hockey fan.

    As I predicted, a close game with the Habs ummmmm getting into the playoffs.

    It’s too bad that Grabovski still thought he was playing for Montreal, heh, heh, heh.

    Halak looked shaky and Giggy showed him how to play goal, Price may need to start, he’s got ice for blood.

    Where did Pleks go or the Sisters?

    Anyway, enjoy the reprieve, we’ll get a few Golf rounds in before the Habs join us, Ha! Ha! 

  233. Say Ash says:

    So, we probably still play Buffalo, or what? Sorry, this game had me drinking way too much to figure it out right now.

  234. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Is your mother picking out your outfit tomorrow?

  235. duffy says:

    Not Halaks fault it’s the loser team in front of him.

  236. dre1744 says:

    Man is Cammy  snake bitten  he can’t buy a goal.

  237. Off-side says:

    I agree with your analysis about Toronto but not with Montreal’s.  Montreal did not play the game with fear of anyone getting hurt.  They gave it their all.  Unfortunately Halak got freaked out by the first goal and the rest of the game was plain ol’ cautious playing for him, hence, allowing all these goals…

  238. jimmy shaker says:

    Bring on all the mindless goalie rants about Price should be the starter!  WOW, is all I have to say.  Do you guys even think we would be here without the play of Jaro throughout the year?


  239. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I am a fan of Jaro’s but I am glad you pointed that out, I was going to. I did not see him out there either, was he off the ice? Camera never showed the entire surface, but I think he SHOULD have been there to shake hands.

  240. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    Fire Jacques Martin. Seriously. Kirk Muller would do a much better job at this point.

    I agree Halak has played well, but not the last few games. Price should have been in net tonight, and odds are we’d be playing Buffalo instead of a (more than likely) first round exit to the Brodeur and the Devils.

    All we can hope for now is Cammelleri, Andrei and Pouliot to get hot and start scoring some %^&*$ goals…!!!

  241. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    i hope philly wins, we can knock of the caps with price in nets

  242. RiverviewCanadien says:

    People forget so soon what this kid has done for the club. Halak DESERVES these playoffs. Price sucked and still played, Halak got them to playoffs back to back seasons, he is due for a nice string of wins.

    What better time than playoffs.


  243. Habs1st says:

    I like both Halak and Price.  I think Price will have a superb and long NHL career, I hope its with Montreal.  But I have to agree, Halak HAS to start in the playoffs, go with what got you there – which was Halak.  However, Halak sucked tonight – at least 2 of the goals should not have gone in.  Of course, Pouliot should not have missed the open net in the first either!

    This game is another one that shows how frustrating it can be to watch Habs games – team is great, goalie sucks OR goalie stands on his head and the team loses 2 – 0 (with an empty net goal!).   And in those examples, goalie is either Halak or Price – the team have let both down at times this year and vice-versa! 

    GO HABS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

  244. WestHab says:

    At least we don’t have to wait till tomorrow.

    This game should really feul the goalie debate…eh?…Oh My! Who does JM start in the s first playoff game?

  245. savethepuck says:

    I don’t think you watched the game, you are only looking at the score.  We dominated that hockey game, our goaltender played his worst game of the season, and our biggest strength is goaltending. We are fine.  Maybe you should watch it again on RDS Canadien Express in an hour. 

  246. BKAK72 says:

    Before the PRICE camp comes out to bash HALAK, and then to be followed by HALAK fans criticising PRICE can we all agree that these two kids deserved a senior goalie to mentor them as professionals? 

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

  247. Thurston says:

    Clever response.

    Are you old enough to remember when this team was a contender or are you too busy declaring this to be a moral victory?

  248. martin says:

    Jocks is not a good coach. Face it if you can’t get your team going in the right direction for the past week then something is wrong. Halak is good but this past week showed he is not a full time number 1 goalie, he tires and can’t handle the workload. No intensity again tonight good job coach, follow the system down that drain.

  249. lavie says:

    Possible, if Sabres win Devils and Rangers win Flayers.

  250. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    Unfortunately, looks like we face the Devils. Boston has a point on us to keep them in 6th.

  251. DONJUAN says:

    Is this the Halak everyone is praising the most important week of hockey in his career to date and he almost blow it.  He needs to show me pressure control before I can say he’s the future.

     In HABS we trust.

  252. mrhabby says:

    halak was the better keeper all year. give him some rest and then go with who got ya to the dance. if he bags it go with price. thats what i would do but whatever.

  253. RiverviewCanadien says:

    post after post after post after post after missed open net after post after missed open net after missed open net after post after post after post after fan after fan on open net…


  254. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    Huh. I thought it was more or less a lock. Let’s hope for whatever scenario gets us playing anyone but NJ….

  255. hab_skill says:

    You are all pessimists. Celebrate everyone! We are in the playoffs!

  256. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Thanks, I thought it was.

    Nice job at fishing, too bad you never caught anything =)


  257. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:


  258. Habs1st says:

    Okay, question Habs fans:

    Do you want Ovechkin or Brodeur?  Ovechkin can kill you, but Brodeur ALWAYS plays great against the Habs!  If Halak stands on his head, I think I’d prefer Washington, Montreal may have a hard time beating Brodeur and Halak, when he is on his game, is better than any of the Washington goaltenders!  Then again, if Halak (or Price) does not play outstanding, we may have a blow-out in 4 straight no matter who we play.

  259. Mad Habber says:

    Actually I prefer Gill to Hamrlik he looks, old, slow and worn out (for the past four games). He always misses the pinch in along the boards which usually lead to quick chip outs and odd man breaks against. In his own end he looks flat footed..

  260. mrhabby says:

    fire JM after his 1st year. the molsons have the money but there is a limit on how much they will swallow. not going to happen.

  261. terrygain says:

    Good list. I especially agree with 4, 5 and 6. Trade Price with Gomez for a Mike Richards.  The most pressing need is a new coach. Sitting out SK – one of our best players in the last 20 games –  to go with 3 lines was dumb. Didn’t Spacek  look great on that third goal. And he’s signed for 2 more years.  But you are wrong about Gill. He’s very steady and phenomenal on the PK. 

  262. AndyF says:

    No worries, guys.  They’ll all get their PRPs and microdoses on Monday and be bolting out of the gate on Wednesday/Thursday, for sure.  😉 



  263. nHL80 says:

    unless i’m missing something, HABS ARE PLAYING CAPITALS in first round regardless of tomorrow’s game between Philly & NYR.  There will be no scoreboard watching.  If NYR wins, they will have an identical record as us, 39-33-10, with the tie breaker being goals for or differential, which they both have over the Habs.


    break out the Caps game tapes

  264. Jeff says:

    I distinctly heard a few irons behind Halak tonite, he was shaky & lucky!

    IF Price gets a start or two, the Habs may win one or two games, Washington or the Pens, YIKES!!!

    BTW, the Leafs win, the Leafs win, the Leafs win!!!!!   


  265. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    True, but it just sucks when they don’t get in with a win. We’re on a losing streak…

  266. Qikdraw says:

    Maybe his agent will tweet an apology.

  267. Say Ash says:

    No interview, I bet.

  268. mrhabby says:

    washington because iam hoping OV and his team is burned out from a great year. We should have no pressure on us and just go out and have fun. habs not expected to do anything anyway.

  269. habs03 says:

    Im not sure but I think its record vs eachother b4 before goal differential.

  270. Thurston says:

    You’re the only one who thought it was.

    And if you’re going to comment about a game, could you at least watch it first?

  271. Billyboy says:

    My sentiments exactly. It was obvious to everyone that Halak was not on his game tonight and should have been pulled early in the game. Martin is not a good coach and needs to be replaced.

  272. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Atta boy. Now go grab the Sears catalog… 

  273. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    Better chance against Washington IMO. Brodeur gets us almost every time.

  274. Qikdraw says:

    He should just to prove that Price’s camp has more class.

  275. terrygain says:

    He made a mistake on the first goal. Otherwise he was solid, as he usually is.

  276. jimmy shaker says:

    I think the first tie breaker is wins, then it goes down to the season series between the teams then goal differential.  I think.  SO ya, I don’t think we only get either washington or new jersey.


  277. Jeff says:

    OMG, who’s next? Are you kidding?

    Caps or Pens, bring up the Bulldogs and confuse them all!!!   Ha! Ha! 

  278. CanadienBoy says:

    we not going anywhere soon to small for play off call the ER !

  279. slapshot777 says:

    No the first tie breaker is head to head wins and the Habs have it over the rangers so the rangers with a win would finish in 8th. The 1 point tonight guarantees that the Rangers no matter what they do can’t get ahead of the Habs.


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

  280. jimmy shaker says:

    I wanted buffalo so I could go and watch a game, but I’ll take washington anyday of the week before I want to see Marty between the pipes!


  281. Habs1st says:

    Okay, I’m a Montreal fan (as opposed to a Price or Halak fan), but I guess you’d have to put me in the Price “Camp”.  But Halak deserves to start the playoffs.  I agree with you that both need a senior goalie to mentor them.  However, I think Price needs one more than Halak – both need one, but Price needs it more.  That being said, if treated right, I think Price will have a better NHL career than Halak!  I simply think Price has the greater potential compared to Halak.  Someone else in here put it very well, I thought, when they said that Price “has the higher ceiling” in terms of potential.

    GO HABS!!!!! 

  282. Thurston says:

    They are not going to pay three coaches. In addition to paying Martin’s contract off, Carbonneau still has a contract as well.

  283. jimmy shaker says:

    Nope I remember he was playing great, and I loved it.  But that was how long ago?  2 or 3 years ago? 



  284. Mad Habber says:

    Good for Giggy, it’s about time he picked up his first win on the road this season…What it only took until the eighty-second game too…good for him..

  285. terrygain says:

    Missed the first 5 minutes of the game , did you.  We could have been down 2-0 if Halak had not been so sharp. 

  286. int says:

    You ARE definitely missing something =)

    There are two games tomorrow which will affect who we play:

    1) BUF / NJD — a BUF win in regulation puts BUF in 2nd place in the East. A NJD win in regulation or OT put them in 2nd in the East. PIT locked up 4th today by losing to ATL

    2) NYR / PHI — a PHI win in regulation or OT puts them in and the NYR out. A NYR win in regulation or OT puts them in 8th, behind the Habs since the tie-break before goal diff is head to head, which we won 3-1 against the Rangers this year.

    GO BUFFALO AND NYR TOMORROW.. and if so, we could see a BUF/MTL first round match-up, which I would love to see!

  287. terrygain says:

    Without Halak the Habs are in last place. 

  288. jimmy shaker says:

    I do to, but not in OT.  Gill should not even see the ice unless we are killing a penalty.  As much as I hate Hammer this past month, he is a little bit more mobile than Gill.  4 on 4  = never play Gill in this situation!


  289. Jeff says:

    Gee, only on the second last nite of the season, pffftttttt!

  290. Jeff says:

    Soooooooooo  CORRECT! 

    Without the play of Halak, Habs would be Golfing!

  291. Mad Habber says:

    Yes it’s much better to know in Janruary that you aren’t going to make it.

  292. Bill J says:

    Hey – When Pittsburgh drafted Marc-Andre Fleury, they went last a few more times after that.

    Look at them now.

    Instead we Have a goalie who DID NOT Bring the Habs into the playoffs.

    3 GAME LOSING STREAK !!!  Against NON-Playoff teams

    how is he going to handle Top Tier Playoff teams in a few days ?

    at least Let the goalie we have who has WON in the playoffs and actually gotten shutouts in the playoffs to play game one, otherwise go with Halak and at the rate he’s playing go down 3 games to 0 before FINALLY exclaiming Price Maybe should start.


  293. dh says:

    From the hab’s standings page:

    If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:


    1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).


    2. The greater number of games won.


    3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any “odd” games, shall be used to determine the standing.


    4. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.

  294. wotever says:

    Could be the management told him to go there directly just in case the classless fans booed.  Could also just be that his mind was already on the next game, .  Also, has he ever played a season-finisher?  Maybe he just forgot.  

    I know you’re out as a big Price fan, but really: there is no reason to attack the character of Halak.  It weakens your argument, as it does when any side behaves in the same manner.

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

  295. Habs1st says:

    You may still get Buffalo, realized that after my question.  A win by Buffalo over the Devils tomorrow in regulation and a win by the Rangers, and you get your wish!  Anything other than that and Montreal gets either Washington or New Jersey.

  296. Jeff says:

    Does it really matter?

    The Leafs made major moves, what did Monsieur Gauthier do?

    Habs in the playoffs, LEAFS WIN!

  297. Jeff says:

    Great handle Dork!

    If the glove fits….well…

  298. dudurules says:

    as i said… halak is spent… i’m telling you he’s tired… if that was a clutch performance tonight, our habs are in trouble.

  299. dudurules says:

    totAlly agree! PRICE PRICE PRICE

  300. Mad Habber says:

    Major moves? More like desperate moves…

    BTW Phaneuf looks great in a leafs jersey see how man handle that little Gionta in the crease on the goal?

    He’ll fit right in on that defense that loves to go for the big hit rather than actually play any..

  301. Jeff says:

    Major moves compared to the bunch of Hobbitts you signed for long long long contracts, Cap room HA!

    Give it a break, go to TOYS R US and buy yourself a few sooses for the SMABS.

    They’ll be crying much too soon!


  302. slapshot777 says:

    I can see Price licking his chops. He sees a opening and if he gets in Halak will not get back in. This last couple of weeks and sagging play by Halak may have just made the decision of which goalie may be traded.


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

  303. martin says:

    go habs go. to hell with jocks system we will do fine in the playoffs. With his system, well we just seen tonight!!

  304. Mad Habber says:

    My memory isnt to good, but I don’t think dominated is the right word for how Washington has played against the Habs…I’m pretty sure alot of the games have gone into OT…

  305. WestHab says:

    I like the way the Habs did not sit back with the tie, they still kept coming and just missed afew times.  I was afraid that given a tie in the 3rd they’d just try to protect the tie.  I’m happy with the play.  Halak had a bad game so lets just get over it.  He has been spectacular this season but I still would not be upset to see Price start next week.

  306. Jeff says:

    Great coaching by JM!

  307. christophor says:

    people, new jersey and buffalo play tomorrow for 2nd.

    it could be any one of the current top 3

  308. linp says:

    Buffalo is getting Vanek back. It won’t be any easier, NJ or Buffalo.

  309. Habs1st says:

    I just realized you are right! If Buffalo beats NJ in regulation and if NYR beats Philly in regulation tomorrow, then the Habs will play Buffalo as the Sabres will have 2nd place and the Habs will have 7th. If Philly wins, the Habs get 8th and Washington.

  310. WestHab says:

    The other good news is that we have no new injuries going into the playoffs. Unlike last year we start with Markov.

  311. Jeff says:

    Who? Oh, the guy that got the goal that Grabovski scored.

    Leafs win!

  312. blu3chip says:

    Devils – 101 pts

    Sabres – 100 pts

    They play each other in their last game, if Sabres win in regulation, they will be #2 seed.

    If Rangers win, we will be #7.

  313. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Playoffs here we come! What’s everyone so pissed about the team played well, if it wasn’t for Giguere we probably would have had a couple more goals + we hit 4 or 5 posts..not too shabby.

    That being said, I hate to say it but Halak almost lost this one for us, although this is no reason to hit the panic button, I think the guy has stolen enough games for us to be allowed one bad game, I just wish he would’ve picked a different time.It was pretty obvious he was wasn’t happy with himself.

    The thing that worries me the most is our #2 line. There is simply no chemistry there. Cammy is hitting his stride but kind of doing it on his own. AK just doesn’t fit there.

  314. habfan01 says:

    and Halak let in 2 or 3 he should have stopped

  315. WestHab says:

    Yeah Grabs was perfect on that play! Leafs finish in last place thats their accomplishment.

  316. naweed235 says:

    Jeff, I dont know you but Im going to make an educated guess and say that as a child you must have been molested by a MTL fan or something…

    Also, leafs winn but finnish dead last in the league… and best part: you will not have first round picks for the next two years for consolation.. Suck on that buddy…

  317. Jeff says:

    Noooooo, second last and a much better team than the little ones who are going to be demolished in the playoffs!

    Leafs WIN!!!!!!  Haaaaaa!

  318. Jeff says:

    Oh touchy touchy!

    Leafs win the game!

    Leafs get Kadri.

    Leafs have Phanuef!

    Leafs have Giggy!

    Leafs have the Monster!

    Leafs have Kessel!

    Like the commercial,, What did you get?

  319. Mad Habber says:

    “second last and a much better team”


    Better take your meds, your having dellusions again…


  320. naweed235 says:

    we got a playoff spot something you havent seen since 5 years… lol also all those players that you named are barely worth a bag of pucks in my book… so enoy the golf season loser 😉

  321. Jeff says:

    You know what I mean, at this point the Leafs are a MUCH better team. \

    BTW, they won the game!

  322. Jeff says:

    Yup, no denying the OBVIOUS, we are out of the playoffs again, but rebuilding as of February this year!

    What did the Habs do?

    Didn’t the Habs back into the playoffs last year too????  Wha happen?

  323. RH says:

    Boy, is there egg on my face after going on record and saying the leaves would win 6-0.  The Habs managed to get the badly needed point despite bad goaltending and missed opportunites. Congratulations to the 2009-2010 Montreal Canadiens on making the playoffs for the third straight year. Maybe they’ll actually win a game, in the post season, this year……..or maybe not.

  324. lavie says:

    Either you are For-Halak or Against-Halak, it’s Halak who brought us to playoff. Halak is the #1 of THIS season. Halak will definitely start in playoff.

    (Halak’s curve will be up from the 1st playoff game)

  325. savethepuck says:

    I thought the last 3 games were supposed to be be like playoff games, we only needed 1 point and his record 0-2-1, GAA 3.6, sve% 885, that’s far from playoff goaltending.

  326. terrygain says:

    Anyone who is against Halak  (or against Price for that matter)  isn’t a real  Habs fine. And anyone who doesn’t know that Halak has been a much better goalie this year is in denial, or not very bright. 

  327. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    I’m not against either, I just think Halak is a backup having an excellent year.
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  328. Habs1st says:

    How about “for” Montreal Canadiens?  Whatever and whoever it takes to win!  Halak should start in the playoffs.  If he loses us a game (or games), go to Price.  But Halak deserves to start.  Oh, and I am in “the Price camp”, but Halak deserves to start.  He has outplayed Price this year and the team plays better in front of Halak than in front of Price – which is mind-boggling, they should play their best no matter who’s in goal.  I think Price will have an outstanding NHL career, it may not be with Montreal, but he will have an outstanding career.

  329. terrygain says:

    Your post went over everyone’s head. You need to write  sarc/ at the end.

  330. Jeff says:

    They GOT it believe me!

  331. adamkennelly says:

    why is O’Byrne being benched?  no way he coughs up the puck or gets beat as bad as Hammer lately?  AK is seriously useless and Pouliot also needs to watch a few games to figure out that this is not mens league.  Gonna be in DC next week so half hoping Habs end up 8th so I can weasle some tix and wear my Habs jersey.

  332. terrygain says:

    Hammer plays with Spacek  (which is like playing with a broken leg). AK makes better passes in the offensive zone than anyone on the team. 14 and 13 hardly ever return the favour.

  333. Habs Proud says:

    Playoffs the hard way, should have been about  7- 3, how many times did the Habs pound the post/crossbar. Nice to be in the playoff but would have been sweet to do it by beating the bottom feeding Laffs

  334. naweed235 says:

    never was I ever so satisfied and happy after a loss to the leafs :) :) :)

  335. habfan01 says:

    Price starts the playoffs. Halak hasn’t been that great lately.

  336. Chartrand1223 says:

    This is Halak’s second bad game, maybe he can’t take the pressure. Maybe backup is his role, he didn’t look confident out there and why is he so far back in the crease, the same as his shootout loss. JM, how could you sit out SK74, bad coaching for for two years now. Anyways I hope the Habs get New Jersey, Brodeur should be easier than Miller, good luck Habs. Martin, your a bad coach with a bad hairstyle…

  337. kkurji says:

    Yey! We made the playoffs! Oh my God I’m so happy, that our beloved habs were able to lose to the isles, canes and Laughs and back their asses into the playoffs.  Wow we are going to be one hard team to play against. This team used to play better in front of Halak, but now they play the same in front of either goalie. If that’s the case Id rather see price in nets, but regardless we’ll see both goalies play because our habs are simply do not have the will to win. FIRE JM, what a piece of crap!

  338. Jeff says:

    Now that is sooooo pitiful!

  339. terrygain says:


  340. terrygain says:

    23 goals in 11 games. Yeah it’s Halak’s fault.

  341. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Whatever man, stop raining on our parade. The way things have been lately it’s nice to feel happy about a game for a change.

  342. Jeff says:

    How many times did the Leafs hit the crossbar hmmmmmm

    BTW, the Leafs WON!

  343. b_whalen13 says:

    Hello Playoffs! What a game. Gomez, Cammi, Markov, Gionta, Pouliot, Etc. The boys came to play. Lost in OT, but who cares, I’m sure they dont.  Lets start Halak in the playoffs, even though he hasnt been that sharp the past few games, but he did lead us to the big show. We still got Price sitten, and waiting to be the best, which aint a bad thought when it comes to a back up goalie. :). Regardless of who starts and who dont, lets cheer our team, win or lose.  :)

  344. Ian Cobb says:

    We are going to the DANCE! Only problem is, we have nothing to ware!

  345. nastyHABit says:

    had to watch the game on CBC and listen to Bob Cole……i sure hope that was his last regular season game

  346. Bill J says:

    Odd – this is what Price fans where saying about the lack of goal support he was receiving.

    And when Price fans answered Halakians like yourself, with answers like you just provided.

    we where called PRICE-Man Crushers etc etc….

    Is this where I’m supposed to start insulting you now ?


  347. duffy says:

    Why would you start  Price when he has only 5 wins in 15 nhl playoff games.This includes a 5 game losing streak dating back to last year and the year before.

  348. CanadienBoy says:

    Why did that  hanson kid score no ckecking on him now replace him with Ovie.. get it ,we fuck !

  349. Ian Cobb says:

    Agree, Cole is a knob.

  350. Bill J says:

    Do tell – what is Halak’s record in the playoffs.

    Oh & BTW

    Price has won a playoff series… AND recorded 2 shutouts in the playoffs….

    Do I also have to remind you that if the playoffs had started last Tuesday, we’d be down 0-3 in the series ?


  351. ThirtyThree says:

    Finally the point we’ve all been waiting for. Congratulations, Canadiens.

    Halak looked shakey. He starts the playoffs – he’s the team MVP – but he has to get back to his best form for the HABS to have any chance.

    MAB is looking better and better with each passing minute.

    The best matchup for the Canadiens is Washington. They matched up well this season, and all the pressure would be on the caps.

    GO! HABS! GO!

  352. terrygain says:

    You could try thinking.

  353. Bill J says:

    Funny I was trying to inspire YOU to use your head.

  354. RC-51 says:


    Halak will start. But Halak has 0 wins and 1 playoff game played!

  355. Habs1st says:

    Montreal is still in the playoffs and Toronto are not Jeff.  And don’t tell me you wouldn’t change places – Leafs in the playoffs and Montreal seeing their next two first round picks going to Boston!!!!!!  Oh, and that 1st round pick this year, won’t be any lower than 6th (I believe) and the Leafs have the 2nd best chance of getting the first overall pick.  Now I think that is pitiful!

  356. Jeff says:

    Hello Ian, are you home from Florida?

    Yup, the Habs will be IN tough.

    It is NOT Price or Halak but the crappy team in front of them!

  357. jimmy shaker says:

    So to clarify & add on to Habs1st post….buffalo beats the devils and the rangers beat philly….we get buffalo!

    anything other than these 2 outcomes and we play the caps or devils, right?



  358. deuce6 says:

    Why is there a Halak vs Price debate after every game? lol

    I don’t want any piece of WAS..I want BUF or NJ…I think Brodeur is on his way down and they traded their best d-man to get Kovalchuk (Oduya)…

    BUFF we can beat..The only thing is, is our goaltending has to outplay Miller..


  359. PatMan says:

    ..well….it would have been nice had we clinched last week, and rested a few guys….. and would have been nice had we soundly beaten the Leafs handily….and would be nice had Halak been stellar this past week – removing all doubt….but you know what would be really, really,really nice?….had we made the play-offs…what?…oooops…right…we did… That’s all that matters from this point moving forwrd….

    As the song goes:..”You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you guys what you need….”

    Go Habs !!…..And ask yourself this: did you really, honesty, truly think 3 or 4 days before the play-offs started they were going to win in 86?….or even in 93?…..

    “…The Edmonton Oilers – hockey’s team of the 80’s versus the Montreal Canadiens – hockey’s team of all-time….” – Dryden

  360. Willy the bum says:

    Price has won a playoff series… AND recorded 2 shutouts in the playoffs….

    “A” playoff series… that was 2008, and there were Koivu, Kovalev, and co.

    What about the year after that (last year’s)?  No mentioning of it?

  361. K-hab25 says:

    So what you’re saying is this year we should go with Jaro who’s lost 6 of his last 9 starts. Ya good plan. :-)

  362. Jeff says:

    You are soooo wrong!

    No way will the Habs win a series and my stomach couldn’t handle that pressure if the Leafs were as bad as the Habs.

    We got Kessel, we have Kadri coming, we have 2 great goaltenders, a young team.

    The Leafs are actually wearing equipment that is NOT from Toys R US…..unlike the Habs!  Haaaaa!

  363. CanadienBoy says:

    who stand up for moen tonight ?

  364. PatMan says:

    Of course, that’s “…GET what you need…’….drat those ryes and water….

    “…The Edmonton Oilers – hockey’s team of the 80’s versus the Montreal Canadiens – hockey’s team of all-time….” – Dryden

  365. dre1744 says:

    Don’t worry guys  its all about the system!!!!!!!  Score a quick goal and hang on for dear life…..  or get a 1 goal lead and hang on for dear life.  JM  is the man nobody beats the SYSTEM!!!!!!!

  366. ed lopaz says:

    its great to watch the playoffs – and know the habs are still playing.

    a few quick points:

    1) spacek and hammer – wow! – its like Robinson and Savard out there together; I have been saying ALL SEASON, and I will say again – split these 2 up = its bad enough that they play on the same team, and it happens to be the team i cheer for

    2) the fact that JM keeps going to these guys should be enough to get him ousted

    3) beyween the 2 of them, Spacek and hammer must have 30 NHL seasons – and unless I’m missing something (and feel free to correct me, I won’t be upset) ZERO CUPS RIGHT??


    And I don’t care how nice a guy Spacek is – Boone!

    and for all you Halak vs Price arguers out there – here is the last word – you heard it here first, and you won’t need to argue again.

    Halak WILL play the first game.

    If he wins, he’s in for the second.

    If the Habs lose the first game, PRICE WILL START THE SECOND GAME ON THE ROAD!!!

    this game is about all about WINNING; and if Halak can not win, Price will get the 2nd game.

    If Price wins the second game, on the road, PRICE WILL START THE 3rd game – and keep playing until he loses.

    Get it – end of story

    its: game 1 – Halak

    habs win, Halak is in for game 2

    Habs lose, Price is in for game 2

    winner keeps playing, loser will sit,.

  367. dre1744 says:

    how can anyone stand up for Moen when hes your toughest guy!!!!!!

  368. Willy the bum says:

    Jacques Martin sold his soul for THE SYSTEM.

  369. RC-51 says:

    Funny but im more of a Price fan.

  370. CanadienBoy says:

    Spacek the one who should be sitting Mab way more hungy  ands OB more body !

  371. Xtrahabsfan says:

    And  your Laff’s play a mean golf game,lol

  372. ed lopaz says:

    MAB saved our bacon tonight – the one trick pony was dynamite.

  373. kkurji says:

    You feel about this game? How? Because we played hard and still lost to the leafs? Don’t get me wrong I love our Habs, but realistically, this franchise has been mediocre since 1993. Just making the playoffs every year is not the way to build a contending team. Look at Chicago, pitts, Washington, Vancouver, LA you have to suck for a really long time to eventually be a good team that can contend for a cup. Honestly, yes I am happy we made the playoffs, but do we really have a hope against Washington or NJ, with a team that really has not shown that they want to compete? Its so hard to be happy right now, with how we made the playoffs.

  374. Habby4life says:

    Halak is done like dinner! When both of their careers are over Price will have the better numbers and Price will have the longer run of it too! Halak will only be a memory while Price is still playing. Hopefully with Montreal!

  375. Off-side says:


  376. Willy the bum says:

    What about both goalies not winning for each game?  I called that a sweep for the other team.

  377. Bill J says:

    Well lets see

    1) Price HAS Won in the playoffs

    2) Halak has not, and to make matters worse is on a 3 IMPORTANT game losing streak (against VERY non playoff teams)



  378. Mad Habber says:

    Pills Jeff, pills…you need to take them now…

    Giguere was a good goalie, but his career is winding down..”The monster” hasn’t proven squat yet, neither has Kadri for that matter.

    Kessel is a good goal scorer that likes to float by the blueline… and you dealt 2 first rounders (one a top 3) and likely a top ten again next year.

    Toronto has played well over the past month, but only when there is no pressure on. Turn the pressure on and they are like a fly on the windshield.

  379. RC-51 says:

    The second season starts Thursday!

  380. K-hab25 says:

    I agree he should get game 1, but after that nothing should be set in stone. I just was trying to point out your hypocrisy, saying we shouldn’t have played Price last year because he was in a slump, but Halak, despite being in a slump should start.

  381. shootdapuck says:

    Not nearly strong enough Ian, Cole is a poor, inaccurate and biased sportcaster rated as the worst by sportsfans!

    The people’s network need to dump Cole, Milbury and Healey with his union rants asap!



    “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″

  382. deuce6 says:

    I agree, he was amazing because he actually used his 1 and only asset..He doesn’t let it rip, he is useless..


  383. Willy the bum says:

    Jack Bauer, can you prevent the Habs from losing the first round in order to save the team from crowd rioters?

    It’s a mission you can’t pass up.

  384. dudurules says:

    as i keep saying “halak will choke and be traded… i’m sorry, i hate this JM’s choice.”

    sucks to be right half the time

  385. CanadienBoy says:

    Mab take the pres… off markov  i tink Spacek messing the pairring off the D big time and the 4 line for dumbo JM

  386. deuce6 says:

    They really need a Facebook like thumb on


  387. Willy the bum says:

    What’s your left half?

  388. kmachabs27 says:

    you guys always think once a goalie has a bad game hes done for, all good goalies have bad games once and a while and this was one of them…. big deal come off of it…look at hs numbers this years halak is not going to play good EVERY SINGLE GAME, they have bad games once and a while….as brodeur, luongo and miller do.

  389. ed lopaz says:

    hey smokin Aces – you will see your buddy Price in game 2 if the habs lose – i bet I know who you;re routing for in game 1 !!!

  390. Ian Cobb says:

    We have been back for a while now, it was some kind of cold there. They had me fooled for years. Next winter we are heading closer to the equator. Costa Rica, or Belize we think!

    Hope not Jersey but we can take Washington in 6

    We only have 1 top 4 defence. Very weak on the back end.

    Up front we have enough small horses to get the job done. Along with 1 donkey #AK

  391. dudurules says:

    uh… left half? right/left ohhhhhhhh i get it.

    sorry RITE, RIGHT, BRIGHT…

  392. Jbird says:

    yep.  And if Philly wins the habs play caps.

  393. CanadienBoy says:

     Vackon still playing  so will Halak the Hab s don.t known to go for the kill

  394. kkurji says:

    Don’t get me wrong I love our Habs, but realistically, this franchise has been mediocre since 1993. Just making the playoffs every year is not the way to build a contending team. Look at Chicago, pitts, Washington, Vancouver, LA you have to suck for a really long time to eventually be a good team that can contend for a cup. Honestly, yes I am happy we made the playoffs, but do we really have a hope against Washington or NJ, with a team that really has not shown that they want to compete? Its so hard to be happy right now, with how we made the playoffs.

  395. kkurji says:

    Don’t get me wrong I love our Habs, but realistically, this franchise has been mediocre since 1993. Just making the playoffs every year is not the way to build a contending team. Look at Chicago, pitts, Washington, Vancouver, LA you have to suck for a really long time to eventually be a good team that can contend for a cup. Honestly, yes I am happy we made the playoffs, but do we really have a hope against Washington or NJ, with a team that really has not shown that they want to compete? Its so hard to be happy right now, with how we made the playoffs.

  396. Willy the bum says:

    Never worry, Bill J.  Key word for the playoffs is: surprises.

    Lost to non-playoff teams, but how do the Habs play against Cup contenders?

  397. linp says:

    I don’t quite understand the rule. If Rangers win, they will have the identical record with us: W:39, L:33 and OT:10. Who is going to get the 7th spot?

  398. CanadienBoy says:

    My point!

  399. deuce6 says:

    Cheers boys and girls..Here’s to some playoff hockey! All you have to do is get invited to the dance and you have a shot at bringing home the prom queen…


  400. habsfanincalgary says:

    A few notes about this game and the upcoming playoff season:

    – What was Gill doing out on the ice in O/T?
    – Was ak46 bench in the final period?

    I’m beginning to think like I did mid-season:  this team is no stronger than they were last season; just much more expensive!  They squeaked into the playoffs with an O/T loss in BOS and this year, they squeak in with a loss against TO.  The work ethic may be stronger this year, but at the end of the day, it’s the same result.

    Here’s hoping that BUF wins tomorrow; I think it’s the best chance of them winning anything at all.  Although just one win against NJ, they can compete with BUF and have had difficulty with WAS this year.

    And one more thing to add on the Price/Halak debate:  How different would Carey’s record have been with a little goal support in many of his starts?

    Let the playoffs begin!


  401. lavie says:

    We won 3-1 over Rangers this season.

  402. Ian Cobb says:

    He does have a laser if given time to get it off.

  403. Willy the bum says:

    ha ha, sorry dudu, we’re just glad they got a point. :)

  404. Rudy says:

    I really really hope the Rangers win tomorrow. If it is a Washington-Montreal 1st round I am going to have a rough time.

    Live outside of DC and got my playoff tickets yesterday. Of course I would root for the Habs, they’re my team, but I’m also a Caps fan, and it’s going to be so hard because I also know the Caps will go a lot farther than the Habs would.

  405. Jbird says:

    Normally I don’t mind Cole – his great voice and rhythm outweigh his flawed eyes and distorted mind – but tonight I found him to be at his worst.  

    • The leafs score shorthanded on the brutal play Halak and he went on and on about the habs sitting back 10 seconds after the goal.  
    • AK laid the body on Bouchemin and he says its the other way around. 
    • He said that if the leafs scored to win it in regulation that the Habs season would be done – which he really, really should have known not to be true.
    it went on and on.

  406. dudurules says:

    heck ya… it was the greatest loss to the leafs ever.  i am glad we got that spot.  now who do the habs thump round one?

  407. Habscat says:

    I am embarrassed to say that we are from the same Province. As legend has it, He sucked as the St. John’s Capitals announcer 50 years ago and he isnt much better now

  408. Ian Cobb says:

    I think we match up very well against Washington. Jersey and Brodure will have our bacon. Pittsburgh is to well rounded  a team for us but we might have a shot against Buffalo.

  409. Jeff says:

    I know what you’re saying, my brother has been complaining all Winter, he’s in Lakeland.

    Whoa, Costa Rica or Belize.  Have you seen the size of the snakes down there?

    My niece says they’re VERY intimidating, especially when they climb your stairs to get inside.

    I know I’m a real pest here on this site but just trying to get some Canadian clubs to see the lite and get much better.  Also have to inject some realism and irritate some anti-Leafers, heh, heh, heh.

    Regardless, Marky is good, Gill is a shutdown giant, but the rest well…it could be a short series.

    Ovie can be shut down. You may be right. Goaltending is another weak point in Cap land.

    P.S. You know changes have to be made….

    Anyway, enjoy the playoffs & have a great Summer.  


  410. Thurston says:

    You can include P.J. Stock in your scrap heap as well. Then, of course, there is the older fellow who wears a shower curtain during the first intermission…

  411. Flabadagub says:

    Hey shitrules,

    You were right this time, so you can stop gobbling your own knob now. ~(o:b

  412. Ian Cobb says:

    AK kept the bench on his butt all night, he will not be on our roster next year!

  413. Jeff says:

    Really? What happened tonite?

    If not for Halak, Leafs would have sunk your Habs in regulation.

    LEAFS WON in OT!

    How does it feel going into the playoffs with your bunch of floaters when they’re NOT being paid?

    Just keepin it real Bud! Try it sometime!

  414. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    I agree with Ian, we’re 2-1-1 vs Washington and buff (not sure) but the habs only have 1 win against NJ
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  415. Bob Barker says:

    so basically you’re a terrible fan 

  416. Ian Cobb says:

    Enjoy the remaining games and by the way I am a snake charmer!

    We can shut down the Washington offence very well. But can we put enough in??

  417. bostonantifan says:

    Who the hell is Vackon? Do you mean Tomas Vokoun?

  418. Nahlsy says:

    There is legitimate cause for concern. He’s never won a playoff game in 3 appearances. He went 0-2 in the Olympic Medal round games, he’s had 4 games in his career with a chance to clinch a playoff spot for his club and he’s lost all 4 of those (to the Rangers in 07, then to 3 of the worst teams in the league NYI, Canes and Leafs this past week).

    So the basic tendancy seems to be Halak can win the meaningless games with no pressure on him against Atlanta or NYI in October and December but, when the pressure’s on and the team NEEDS to win, he seems to pull a big time disappearing act. Let’s face it, this one was squarely on him tonight and those were some godawfully brutal goals that he flubbed when the team needed him most. If he’s embarrassed like that against Hanson, what will Ovechkin or Kovalchuk do to him? 

    If this is a guy that folds under pressure, playoffs for an underdogs Habs team isn’t going to be a good fit for him. There are more questions than answers right now though.

    After the display put on out there in the three biggest games of the year, I’d make the switch but, the coach has thrown his eggs into the Halak basket so he pretty much can’t do that. You’ve got a goalie that’s won at every level through his career and has shown a tendancy to play better the more important the game is, who’s been one of the 3 stars in each of his 4 full games down the stretch, who’s won championships and who’s clearly hungry. Hopefully if the other guy struggles and shows that he’s not ready to handle the pressure, they make the move quick before it’s too late and see what happens.

  419. Willy the bum says:

    You’re right, they’ll have to face Jose Theodore…

    …and Ovie would’ve love coming here; the only city he’ll play without a Red Bull before the game (I heard it from somewhere)

    Just give the Caps a night in the city, strip bars and classy clubs and all, and they’ll be sub-par with the freshly relaxed Habs.

    Ah ha ha, now that’s an evil plan!

  420. Mad Habber says:

    AAh which game watching?

    Giguere played better than Halak tonight…and it could easily be said that if not for Giguere your beloved laughs would’ve lost in regulation. Not that it matters.

    Laughers had no pressure on tonight…if they lost, so what they would still be the second worst team in the league…

    Kessel, he really lite the world on fire didn’t he…




  421. Willy the bum says:

    I’ll go with the Caps.  Habs in 7 or Caps in 5.

  422. bostonantifan says:

    Yeah, right. It’s Halak’s fault that Plekanec couldn’t score on a breakaway if he had an open net (I’ve seen him screw up at least 6 this season). It’s Halak’s fault that Cammalleri, Kostitsyn, & Pouliot all disappeared from the scoresheet when they came back from injuries (Right, Pouliot wasn’t injured, he just disappeared). It’d be nice if this team got a coach who knows how to teach offensive hockey, and some big forwards who can hit & score, then maybe Halak (and Price) wouldn’t have to be near-perfect to have a chance to win a game.

  423. bostonantifan says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, either he’s getting senile, or CBC is paying him by the word. He says less with more words than any announcer I’ve ever heard.

  424. ab-hab-nut says:

    I think AK 46 needs some Red Bull

  425. Duracell3 says:

    Halak is hardly ina a slump, he had 2 shutouts and was the best player in the NHL last week.

  426. Habs1st says:

    Why not?  When the rest of the team screwed up or didn’t perform in the games Price played, it was Price’s  fault!!!!  LOL  (I’m kidding, of course.)

    I agree on the coaching.  I disagree on Pleks, I’ve seen him score on breakaways before. 

    Good to see someone else not blame the goaltending for a 2-1 or 1-0 loss!

  427. Habs1st says:

    You HONESTLY would prefer that your Leafs were not in the playoffs?????????  SERIOUSLY??????  WOW.  I hope your fellow Leaf fans don’t know your real identity.  

    As for goaltenders, most analysts (and most Habs fans) think that the Canadiens have, at least one of, if not the, best goaltending tandem in the league. 

    As for the Leafs being “as bad as the Habs”, check the standings dude.  The Laffs have the 2nd worst record in the league while the Habs are in the playoffs.  While you’re checking the standings, check out the meaning of the word “bad” in a dictionary!   I’ll take “bad” and in the playoffs as opposed to “bad” and 29 in a 30 team league – with no draft pick!

  428. Duracell3 says:

    It’s not like Halak had 2 back to back shutouts and was the best player int he NHL last week….

  429. Bill J says:


    Man you Halakians are killing me.  EVERYTHING us Price fans where saying when he had a slump this year – you guys are using now for Halak.

    I thought you Halakians only cared about win’s ?



  430. Jeff says:

    Yah, yah yah, silly …could’ve?

    Little ones playing a man’s game.



  431. Xtrahabsfan says:


  432. christophor says:

    i didnt say it would be.

    just correcting all the talk about “washington or new jersey now” or “washington no matter what happens tomorrow” talk.

  433. Bill J says:

    Hurry up & run to a mirror.  And proclaim this to yourself OVER AND OVER again please.

    Don’t need to be bright to NOT play the goalie who has lost 3 straight VERY important games.

    Could have a rock for a brain and still know better then to do that.



  434. Habs1st says:

    Well said!

  435. terrygain says:

    The guy you think is number one has yet to prove it, despite starting the last 3 years as number one.

  436. Qikdraw says:

    A very Logical Comment

  437. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    all star team, Second round of the playoffs, a calder cup, Canadian Major Junior – Goaltender of the Year, WHL – Del Wilson Trophy (Top Goaltender)
    what’s your definition of earn ?


    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  438. terrygain says:

    Yes he was brilliant. In the minors.  He has been badly outplayed by Halak all year.

  439. Jeff says:

    Oh the two Hobbitts!

    History baby, history!

  440. Flabadagub says:

    So happy we had Pyatt in for his 5:04.

    Seriously, SK would not have helped??!?!?

  441. dudurules says:

    Best move Pyatt made was a hand shake to marryoyelly

  442. linp says:

    Halak’s value must have dropped quite a bit after failing to win these 3 critical games. We may be able to resign both goalies now.

  443. ari says:

    What the hell is wrong with JM,why sergei is out.this seoson will be finished by 7 loss in a last one

  444. lavie says:

    JM rested SK for playoff.

  445. matraque says:

    Seriously, you guys are hammering on Halak?!!?  You guys just went FULL RETARD.  NEVER go full retard.

    Halak brought us to the playoffs.  Halak will start the playoffs.

    Canadien en 5.


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  446. Willy the bum says:

    Whoa, pas trop vite!

    Canadien en 5?

    Easy on the guesses, we haven’t figure out who the Habs are facing in the first round…

    On the other hand, Canadiens en 7.  I’m a realist.

  447. Habscat says:

    Well, that was ugly but a win in game 1 will put an end to all the negative thoughts. Just have to get the goaltending and we will be fine.

  448. lavie says:

    Canadiens en 6, Bell Centre.

  449. Bob Barker says:

    Pouliot couldn’t buy a break tonight. Missing the open net and then hitting two posts. At least he was getting chances and skating. Best game I’ve seen him play in a while. 

    Cammy almost had the OT winner. Too bad he couldn’t finish the play because it was a sick move. 

    Halak played his worst game in a long time. Looked like Huet on a couple of those goals. Hopefully he plays much better in the playoffs or if he doesn’t JM doesn’t wait too long to go to Price. 



  450. pmaraw says:

    not that long…

  451. ari says:

    IF people on the halak side keep talking like this they are the most retarded ones,without the first two wins against t.o ,buffalo,we were not here any way.every win is important ,but the fact he won more this seoson,doesn’t make him much superior ,any how i wish him luck in play offs

  452. Flabadagub says:

    So I can postpone my Habs lobotomy??!??!

  453. nickster13 says:

    YAY! its the playoffs guys, ANYTHING could happen, thats why we picked up guys like Gill, Gionta and Gomez, theyre winners and are more heart and soul. So be happy guys, anything can happen, lets let our team know we’re behind them.

  454. megagoten says:

    that’s the spirit! varlarmov could get injured!!

  455. habs03 says:

    K if Rangers win, we get 7th if not 8th, but with a Rangers and a Sabres win in regular time we get the Sabres if the Devils take it past regular time we get them no matter what. As for the game, Halak didn’t show up, he deserve to be the starter for the playoffs but one bad game and its Carey time. A.Kosit and S.Kosti are outta here in the summer i hope. I use to be on MAB for being bad on D but since the Isl game he was been solid back there.

  456. RC-51 says:

    So, if NYR beat Philly (in reg)and Buff beat NJ (in reg)tomorrow,  we’ll be in Buffalo  Thursday 7:00pm

  457. lavie says:

    Has Halak ever got booed in Bell Centre? Was he booed for the last 3 loss?

    He is the #1 (of this season), and he will start playoff. Get used to it!

  458. habs03 says:

    yup but the Rangers don’t have to win in regulation.

  459. ari says:

    because the other side has more class and brain

  460. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    when they wear the white jerseys it means they are away
    when they wear the Red jerseys it means they are at home
    last 3 games 2 were away and 1 was at home!
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  461. deuce6 says:

    To those that want WASH in the 1st round, you are all smoking

    They only lost 15 games this year and you think we can beat them 4 out of 7? lol


  462. ari says:

    those are the idiots who boo anything for any stupid thing

  463. Eliisa says:

    I am glad we can all breathe a sigh of relief, Habs are in the playoffs.

    I know it has probably already been brought up but Carey played all four games this season against the Caps, 2-1-1. The Habs record against New Jersey is 1-1-2 Halak played three (win, tie and a loss) and Price got a loss.

    Could this play a factor in the decision for who might be in net? Halak looked a little shaky tonight but he has without a doubt carried this team into the playoffs.


  464. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I am a true fan of Les Canadiens and I figure they’re winning the Stanley Cup this year so who’s gonna bet against me ?……………………………………………………………………………….lol

  465. lavie says:

    I know Red and White, but I meant tonight. Crowd in Bell Centre express long-term accumulations. (I don’t like the boo that is so classless.)

  466. Bill J says:

    This is why I don’t bet on the Habs.

    I am just like you on this.  Lost too much $$$ lol

    But as they say. Playoffs are a WHOLE new season. :)

  467. Willy the bum says:

    If only miracles can happen, deuce.  :)

  468. RC-51 says:

    They have a 1 in 16 chance now, better than when the season started

  469. Kooch7800 says:


    I think JM will go with Halak in the playoffs…..he has really had some smelly ones when it has counted in the last few games but he seems more comfortable with him.  This worries me about as much as Pouliot and Cammy missing great chances game after game.

    We need all engines firing and quickly!

    oh well, 4 more games at least! 

  470. lavie says:

    Happy to earn a berth in playoff.

    Now it’s time to see the shows from Gill, Gionta, Gomez, Moen, Markov, Spacek… who are playoff guys.

  471. Willy the bum says:

    The only thing I booed in the Bell Centre is the cost of a soggy plastic cup of beer for $10.

    Yep, call me an idiot.

  472. K-hab25 says:

    How come Halak’s loss in OT is a “tie” and Price’s is a “loss”.

  473. Rudy says:

    How do you know it will be Thursday night? The playoff schedule doesn’t come out until tomorrow night or Monday morning.

  474. Eliisa says:

    Sorry! I mixed up the numbers. I meant 1-2-1. Sorry about that.

  475. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    He use to be the go to guy for home games, the home crowd normally likes Jaro (illogical idiots), but why would you boo a guy at the beginning of the game (illogical b/c it ruins his mood), he didn’t play well enough to earn a star (he might have been booed if he did get a star). After the game he got thanked by his teammates then he left. they didn’t have a chance to boo him and the excitement of clinching overshadowed Halak’s unimpressive play.
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  476. blu3chip says:

    Who do you wanna face in 1st round?

    Capitals, Devils or Sabres?

  477. Mad Habber says:

    I think if anything tonight was a good sign toward them breaking out of it..At least they are getting chances now…not invisible like say a guy that wears #46….

  478. RC-51 says:

    Leaf post game press conference a reporter actually asked Ron Wilson if he thought about pulling the goalie to try and win in regulation time! What kind of person asks a question like that? what an idiot!

  479. Willy the bum says:

    What kind of person asks a question like that?

    A Habs hater, that’s who.  And I’m sure he sounds like one too.

  480. Duracell3 says:

    Huge OT goal though, could be the difference in playing the Sabres (whom I think we could all see beating), and playing the Capitals (…lets hope for something crazy)

  481. matraque says:

    Honestly, i hope we play the Caps because the Caps will have a ton of pressure and i think they Habs have nothing to lose against them.  I’m sure the Habs can make it interesting.


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  482. gmd says:

    Capitals.  Miller and Brodeur worry me.  I think the games between the Habs and Caps would be wide open, so fun to watch.

  483. Willy the bum says:

    Female fans’ Habs short shorts.  This year’s Habs car flags.  If only I pray to see.

  484. RC-51 says:


  485. RC-51 says:


  486. SeriousFan09 says:

    That and it would be a much more exciting series than playing the New Jersey Trappers.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  487. Willy the bum says:

    Here are my predictions for Habs’ first round:

    Habs in 7 or Caps in 5

    Habs in 6 or Sabres in 7

    Devils in 4

    What?! Devils got Kovalchuk, the b*stards…

  488. linp says:

    At least we can relax tomorrow watching Philly and the Rangers fighting for their life.

  489. hotspur says:

    I’ve been noticing MAB more and more- in a good way. Several times in the last few games he has broken up a good scoring chance for the opposition. Hopefully he keeps it up.  

    Audere est Facere- To Dare Is To Do

  490. deuce6 says:

    I won 2 cases of beer from Leafers this year..

    Hmmm..What flavor do I want? Maybe I will go with Molson


  491. deuce6 says:



  492. SeriousFan09 says:

    Henrik Sedin had a 4-assist night against the Calgary Flames, bringing him to 112 points, besting his own personal record by a full 20 points.

    Alex Ovechkin would need 3 points against Boston tommorow to tie Sedin and beat him for the Art Ross trophy since he would have more goals, 4 points would create a clear win. He and Stamkos are each tied for the Rocket Richard trophy with 50, Crosby trails by 1 with 49. AO plays Boston, Stamkos has another match with Florida while Crosby tangles with the Islanders. Each player has the opportunity to run up the score tommorow to claim the Richard, but only AO can claim both the Art Ross and Rocket with a big game tommorow.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  493. namgel says:

    Despite Halaks best effort in the last few games,  Habs are in.  Price better start cause Halak almost gave the season away.   All you Halak lovers gotta admit he screwed the pooch tonight.  My leafer buddies are telling me if it wasn’t for Halak we woulda won in regulation 3-1. 


    Time for Pricey !!


    Go Habs Go !!


    Coach Martin say’s one… little forward…two….two lit..

  494. blu3chip says:

    This is the first season of his contract too!!

    Gosh I want some top 5 picks and draft some franchise players, look at the used-to-be-pathetic teams… Penguins, Capitals, Hawks etc… all tanked for years and now they will be super (for a few years).

  495. habs-hampton says:

    we also had an incredible amount of injuries. We still wouldn’t be elite, but a healthy team would have 98-100 points.

  496. habs001 says:

    the biggest upset in playoff history if we play the caps and beat them…looking at some of these stats from a couple of days ago it looks impossible to beat the caps…

    it is very important we do not finish 8th..while we had some success vs capitals reg season in the playoffs the intensity and physicality revs up to another level
    the caps have scored 98 more goals while giving up 13 more than us ..but if you look at their secondary forwards it is impressive
                                                             laich         height  6-2    25 goals
                                                             knuble                 6-3    28
                                                         Fleischmann            6-1    23   
                                                              fehr                    6-4    21
                                                           chimera                 6-2    14
                                                             bradley                6-3    10
                                                             steckel                6-5     5     
       plus they have morrison 42 points and belanger  39 points who are also physical players…plus their big 3 forwards all  about 6-2…there is no way we can match up with them if they are playing up to par….in contrast we have secondary forwards pyatt  5 points….darche 10 points….lapps 14 points….sk74 18 points…..moen 18 points 
    pouliot 27 points….moore 27 points….plus a slow footed d and questionable physical abilities.
  497. Mattyleg says:

    Meh, points mean nothing in this league and its f-ed up schedule. We didn’t play the same teams and/or as often etc as we did last year. Irrelevant.

    I’d like to see a more balanced schedule, like one in which we actually play ALL the teams…?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  498. andrewberkshire says:

    Eliisa! Nice to see you around here! Haven’t see you comment for quite some time! Hope you enjoyed your time in Montreal. I’m worried about Halak’s play slipping going into the playoffs, I’d give him the first game but he’d be on a very short leash!

  499. Mattyleg says:

    You’re out of your bloody mind. Seriously.

    Halak didn’t have his best game tonight, but he’s the reason we’re competing at all.

    It’s about time his forwards saved HIM a game, rather that HIM saving them the game, as he has done for the past month or so.

    Are you actually referencing the opinions of LEAF fans?? Check where they are in the standings. Don’t ask their opinion. As far as they’re concerned, they were ‘thisssss’ close to the cup this year… like every year.

    Grow some cochones, watch the Habs games like a hockey fan with his own opinion, and then re-think what you’ve written.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  500. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    look dude I know Halak shit the bed tonight…and that I was actually suprised the fans didn’t boo Halak after his performance considering who Price played last game…But honestly look man…for the all years Halak has been year and all the times he’s pretty much single handedly took us to playoffs I think it’s time for this team to give him the chance he deserves

  501. deuce6 says:

    We are screwed if we play WAS in round 1..Not saying we aren’t screwed at all, but 1 win would be


  502. christophor says:

    the playoffs are make or break for pleky’s future.

    i’m glad the trigger wasn’t pulled when he had more points than games played. this doesn’t mean i dont want him back, just that his salary next season shouldn’t be bloated.

    also, something doesn’t sit right with pleky and gomez as our centers for 4 or 5 years. either is an A+ 2nd liner, in my view.

    some interesting considerations:

    -he hasn’t gotten a point in about half the games this season. when he was racking in the points earlier in the season, he got them in bunches, a few games apart. in other words, he’s either there and noticeable or a ghost.

    -4G 0A in last 8GP

    -unless i’m mistaken, halfway through the season, at 42GP, he had 45PTS.  in the next 40 GP, he has 25PTS.  if i’m not right on with those numbers, its close enough. he sure has faded.

    -first 39 GP: 6G 36A ; last 43GP: 19G 9A

    -its great that he’s played all 82 games

    considering the last few years, as well as the last few months, the first half of this season has been the exception for pleky. it shouldn’t weigh the heaviest in contract negotiations. he might do better in the future, but he shouldn’t be thought of as more than a 60pt/avg man.

  503. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    Just wondering after Halaks poor performance why was he not booed? Don’t get me wrong I love both of our goalies but I’d like to see these idiotic fans in the Bell Center to be a little more balanced with how you treat your goalies…Poor Carey loses 2-1 in a really tight bad bounce game..Halak almost craps the bed and comprimises our playoffs and nothing happens…And remember don’t get me wrong…Halak is now finally going to get his chance after a couple years of being screwed over and playing amazing…the ball is now in Halak’s court and I wish him all the best…but then don’t scapegoat one poor guy who just doesn’t ever seem to get any bounces his way and then praise of let some guy off the hook for playin a barely mediocre game…all I’m saying is Jaro…It’s all you now buddy…Show us what you got with this team barely able to score

  504. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    Just wondering after Halaks poor performance why was he not booed? Don’t get me wrong I love both of our goalies but I’d like to see these idiotic fans in the Bell Center to be a little more balanced with how you treat your goalies…Poor Carey loses 2-1 in a really tight bad bounce game..Halak almost craps the bed and comprimises our playoffs and nothing happens…And remember don’t get me wrong…Halak is now finally going to get his chance after a couple years of being screwed over and playing amazing…the ball is now in Halak’s court and I wish him all the best…but then don’t scapegoat one poor guy who just doesn’t ever seem to get any bounces his way and then praise of let some guy off the hook for playin a barely mediocre game…all I’m saying is Jaro…It’s all you now buddy…Show us what you got with this team barely able to score

  505. A. Berke says:

    For a week now the team has been 100% healthy!

    Look what they did when each and every point counted.

    Injuries were a good excuse for a while but pretty much every other team in the league had important players out with injuries and they managed way better (just look at the bruins right now).

    The gelling and the system were the biggest b.s. this year.

    Ali B.

  506. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    yeah well retard…try giving pleks a healthy line for the whole year and watch what happens…how bout for the first half of the year the lines were soo jumbled you could write a crossword with them..once it was established AK PLEK CAM….Ak got hurt when they started clicking and then Cammy gets hurt…hockey is a team sport that involves players on your line…and if you can’t  give this guy a healthy line up what’s he supposed to do…and yes i realize he had a healthy line up for the last couple games of the season but then again Cammy coming back from a knee injury will take a few weeks for him to fully get back on stride…and with AK i don’t know what freakin planet he’s playing on

  507. christophor says:

    go back, start you comment respectfully, then i’ll bother to respond respectfully in turn.

  508. deuce6 says:

    I honestly think it was the Bell Centre fans stating their pick for our #1 goalie..


  509. A. Berke says:

    “It’s about time his forwards saved HIM a game, rather that HIM saving them the game….”

    Just like the same forwards (and the D) saved games for Price countless times!! Yeah right!

    I didn’t see you defending Price when the team in front of him played like crap, all the Halak fanboys were very quick to blame Price instead. Even though tonight, the team in front of Halak played damn good, to you and others it’s still the team’s fault and Halak is blameless.

    Sheesh! enough already. Let’s call a spade, a spade.

    In truth it wasn’t Price or Halak, it was the team in front of them throughout the year played mostly like crap. 

    BTW, it’s spelled “cojones”. But you should try to refrain from insulting other posters (people will think that you lack maturity)

    Ali B.

  510. deuce6 says:

    Losing Cammy and AK for extended periods of time had something to do with it, but if he wants a big payday, he needs to make the players around him elevate their games along with his own regardless who is on his line..All the great ones do it..

    Mario Lemieux made Warren young and Rob Brown 40 and 50 goal scorers..Not saying Plex is a Mario lemieux, but you get where I am coming from..

    Plex gets 4M..If he wants more, let him go..70 points is not worth anything more, IMO..


  511. Habsone says:

    If I would of been the coach tonight I would have pulled Halak after the 3rd goal!  I am a biga Halak fan!  Price should have been put in!  Martin just doesn’t know what to do when it counts.  Price would of got us two points tonight!  I am a Halak fan!!!

  512. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    sorry i’m drunk I sound like one of those retarded fans from the Bell Center :( You’re right and I apalogize

  513. A. Berke says:

    Keep on dreaming, they say it’s good for the soul!

    Ali B.

  514. deuce6 says:

    It never fails, we lose with Halak, we should have played Price..We lose with Price, we should have played Halak…

    Give the goalie debate a rest..Jaro is the #1..


  515. christophor says:

    i think that makes sense. 4 mill.

    its weird, though, that he was actually producing earlier in the year when he had new linemates every night, and mostly 3rd and 4th line quality mates. it was cammi-gomez-gio back then and plek was with patches or metro or laps on the wing. he still managed to be a point per game player with no help. when AK got going and cammi moved there, that line got going for a couple of weeks, which sent pleks to the next level. but since late december, he’s been producing just a little more effectively (point per game-wise) than last year. 

    i’m just worried he had an exceptionally good half of a season and that its not reasonable to expect it from him regularly. i hope i’m wrong.

  516. A. Berke says:

    May I suggest a little simplification in your wording?

    How about: “Martin doesn’t know what to do” – period (IMHO, he pretty much didn’t know throughout the whole season).

    Ali B.

  517. christophor says:

    no damage done.

    looking at pleky’s stats in the second half did make me think and worry a bit.

    i just want others’ thoughts about the situation.

  518. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    I don’t where you are coming from because in todays NHL not every player is a Crosby, Lemieux, Ovechkin or Crosby…When it comes to these avarage talented players they score and play in bunches…lets just hope…the next bunch of points comes in the playoffs…if not we’ll get some good prospects for him lol

  519. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    Yes whatever…just don’t boooo the freaking future of this team…I will not be suprised to see him leave and win a cup wherever he goes

  520. deuce6 says:

    Where I am coming from is that he isn’t an elite player so he shouldn’t cost “elite money”..


  521. Habsone says:

    You know what I mean!

  522. Habsone says:

    Nice sexy pic!

  523. matmacat says:

    That was refreshing! You put it in as few words as was needed. Thank you.

  524. Clay4bc says:

    Kind of like Gomez, no?


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  525. Clay4bc says:

    Did the reporter work for the CBC?


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  526. Clay4bc says:

    It’s “illogical” to call them “idiots” – that is showing emotion. You’re out of character…


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  527. Aaron13 says:

    Halak should have been pulled as you said, but once again, Martin doesn’t see the light. Once again, the 3rd and 4th lines did very well as did Gionta. He has the instinct to get in front of the net despite his size. He’s the one who should be the highest-paid player on our team. I have no idea why Gomez was one of the three stars. He can rush with the puck but those cross-ice passes are futile. I guess you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.



  528. Aaron13 says:

    Even great goaltenders have bad games. An intelligent coach would know that and so should you.

  529. Aaron13 says:

    Halak knew he had a bad game, but it’s up to Martin to take him out. You should know that much about the game.

  530. light_n_tasty says:

    19 goals in 43 games?  SNIPE.

  531. Habs1st says:

    Excellent points.  Well said.  I guess the booing comes from the same mentality as the Price bashers on here when he loses 2-1, or 1-0, etc.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Price (or Halak or any other goaltender) is not counted on to score goals.  But when the team doesn’t score, and loses, its Prices fault!  Maybe most fans simply just don’t like Carey Price.  He’ll be a great goaltender in the NHL for a long time, in my opinion.  Time will tell if it will be with Montreal or not.  If they trade either one, I just hope they get a solid return in the trade. 

    I’m absolutely thrilled that the Habs made the playoffs, but it was very nerve-wracking this week.  As much as Halak is a big reason why we made the playoffs, his play this week is also the reason we almost never made it.  I’m not sure if I buy the excuse that he was too tired and couldn’t handle the workload.  Personally, I think the pressure got to him.  I think he saw what the fans & the media did to Price and he was trying too hard and therefore was put off of his game.  I just hope he shines in the playoffs.  By the way, if it was in fact the workload, then he’ll need a really, really good back-up on whatever team he plays for!

  532. Habs1st says:

    You are dead on!  A lot of times this year the team played like crap and, unfortunately, for Carey Price, it happened a lot when he played.  Unfortunately, there’s a double-standard when it comes to Price & Halak.  Price and the team plays bad, its Price’s fault.  Halak and the team play badly, its okay, cause Halak is allowed to have an off day or its the coach’s fault or Gainey’s fault!  It sickening!

  533. Aaron13 says:

    Martin should have pulled Halak after the 2nd or 3rd goal. Even good goaltenders have bad games. As my best friend commented, Mike Keenan would have pulled the goaltender at the first sign of weakness. Martin is a fool in my eyes.

    Halak needed a rest after the superlative performances he had in March. However, if I recall, Price’s record against the Leafs is not good. Regardless, Price could have relieved Halak some time during this game. 

    Unless the GM sees the light, we’re stuck with Martin for the next four seasons. He’s a destructive force that ruined players in Ottawa, if you recall.

    As far as playoff opponents, the D is too slow. Hamerlik and Spacek have lost their step. Although Gill is slow, he has the experience to be in the right place at the right time. I hate to admit it, but the Habs don’t have the offence to overwhelm any playoff opponent. 

    We need a younger defence, a power forward, and on-ice leadership. This may sound crazy but if I were the GM I’d sign Koivu – a leader. The 3rd and 4th line grinders should not be discarded. As far as Pleks is concerned, he’s not worth $6M. For that money he has to be a leader and score 30 goals at the least.

  534. Bill J says:

    Don’t scapegoat just one guy ?

    WTF do you think Halak supporters have been doing to Price all season long.

    Remove your blinders!

  535. Bill J says:

    Like to read your posts generally Eliisa…. However.

    “without a doubt” ???

    There is LOADS of doubt about Halak.  the guy is on a 3 game losing streak heading into the playoffs.

    If that does not raise doubt I don’t know what will.

    P.S. those 3 losses – against NON Cup Contenders/bottom dwellers.

    Halak did not just have ONE bad game, he’s had 3 straight bad ones based on Halakian-slam-Price standards.

    Price should start!

  536. Bill J says:


    Yeah I know… Because you are backing Halak – who acts like he aint in the net of late.

    Try again.

  537. New says:

    The booing is bizarre isn’t it! You would think since booing indicates displeasure that it would be confined to something unfair. Say an obviously offside pass results in a goal. Four officials and millions of fans see it but the goal stands. Boos rain down, cups, refs make an announcement that the game could be forfieted…afterwards the league meets with the officials and something changes next time. Instead a scapegoat is found, the boos rain down on the home team player, and ultimately he leaves town. Just a form of bullying I guess.

    Now posters write things, but you know that is a sort of silent opinion. You can ignore it, challange it, or just go elsewhere. But the booing is right in the players face, the media questions and mics are in their face, and you have to live somewhere other than a bunker with your kids. Now it will start with Halak.

    I swear, if my name was Maurice Richard and I played hockey for the Canadiens I would legally change my name to Lucien Leblanc and visit my family in Ottawa rather than put them through the crap the media led fans throw around in the guise of expressing an educated opinion.


  538. Habs1st says:

    I’m not talking about save percentage, games won, etc.  What I’m saying is that when Price is goal and the TEAM loses 2-1 or 1-0 because the TEAM cannot score or plays crap defensively and Price makes a significant number of outstanding saves which most goaltenders would not have made, posters on here blame Price – blame him for the rest of the team screwing up.  If the same thing happens when Halak is in, Halak is praised and the rest of the team is blamed.  If Price was in last night and made those same mistakes (that cost him two goals) do you really think Price would not have been booed off the ice????

  539. Bill J says:

    Hey only cuz I constantly “correct” Halakians.  I gota be fair and correct you on this one.

    Allan Walsh (Halak’s agent) complained.  Not Jaro.

  540. Don Carnage says:

     Dan Marouelli

  541. deuce6 says:

    I just realized something ..We made the playoffs and still have a better 1st round pick than the Leafs..



  542. HABZ24 says:

    wow by the skin of our teeth. lets go philly beat nyr, we need caps in first line team with crap goaltending. we’ll boooo theo back to the stoneage.. ovy will get shutdown then hit downtown mtl.

  543. deuce6 says:

    1 line team? What are you smokin’?





    *Better than what we


  544. HABWARRIOR says:

    agreed…i aint afraid of ovi and the crapitals….they can be had.

  545. habsguy says:

    good effort tonight,  with any luck and better goaltending,  it would have been a runaway!!!!

  546. Seven_Days says:




    – Seven Days

  547. Vid says:

    at least we won’t be playing the bruins again.  Sure the caps might wipe the floor with us but I’d like to watch the habs play against them purely for entertainment value.

    Buffalo would be okay.  I absolutely don’t want to watch snooze-fest New Jersey.

  548. HABWARRIOR says:

    we’ll beat anybody…trust me.

  549. andrewberkshire says:

    Laich is actually the second line center, and Steckel is also a center considering he’s one of the best faceoff men in the NHL, but none of this alters your point. The Caps are an offensive powerhouse.

  550. HABWARRIOR says:

    Anyone else notice how Pleks and Cammy picked up their game in late 3rd as soon as Darche was inserted to the line in favor of AK46?Man o man,AK46 needs to wake up.

  551. CHCanadien says:

    Mathieu!  The guy comes to play every night and is willing to grind.

  552. HABWARRIOR says:

    Well FINALLY we’re in to the post-season and as i like to look at it-it’s a clean slate,a brand new season where ANYTHING can happen.I could care less who we play.We can beat any team on any given night in any given series.Think what you want but i believe in this team.Bring on whoever the hell it is…caps,sabres,devils…bring it on.We will surprise because nothing is expected of us and we’ll be taken lighty.Time will tell.

  553. habzfan2003 says:

    Amen brother! *cheers*

  554. BJ says:

    Now that we have squeezed in I think the best case scenario for us would be a Rangers win vs Philly and Sabres win vs New Jersey later today. We play Buffalo if thats the case. In my humble opinion its probably the team that is best suited for us to play against despite Miller. They don’t bring too much toughness (other than Ruff and he’s not on the ice), not too high scoring. We can skate with them. A key element will be Halak, he seemed very tight last night, as well as in the last few games. He needs to go back to his play of 5-6 games ago, because we will live or die by our goalie/goalies in these playoffs.

  555. homerbowen says:

    I agree with you as I feel we can compete, to some degree, with Buffalo depending on Miller. Halak or Price will still have to be at the top of their game. I am having second thoughts about Halak given his performance over the past three games. Not that he was bad but he will have to elevate his play to what it was before this recent drop off……………this is the playoffs after all.

  556. linp says:

    Nothing will be easy. Sabres has Vanek back and he had 4 points last night.

  557. HABWARRIOR says:

    Camalerri is ready to explode in round 1.

  558. pmaraw says:

    hopefully pouliot s shot is on as well lol, those dingers were snipes

  559. Danno says:

    It was never in doubt.


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

  560. linp says:

    I have a lot of respect on some of our players like Gionta and Markov. They played their heart out every game. But I don’t like our head coach at all. Instead of developping young players, he punishes them in public and didn’t defend Price when he was booed. His passive “system” is outdated. I won’t be surprise that Price and some of our young players will leave whenever they have a choice and we’ll have to sign those over-priced veteran in the future or fill the lineup with AHL players.

  561. Bill J says:

    100% correct – JM has to go – or we enter the 2nd 15 year Cup drought.


  562. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Way to go Halak.The team finally shows up & plays a strong game, Halak decides to suck. His worst game in a Habs uniform.

  563. linp says:

    For me, Halak was mentally exhausted last night. It reminded me of Price two seasons ago during the playoff. The 1st and 3rd goal were clear indication of that. I hope this 4 days rest can recharge him. His glove hand didn’t react fast enough when he is tired. Nevertheless, Halak deserves to start in the playoff.

  564. Bill J says:

    … on a very short leash.

    Because losing in game 1 represents 4 straight losses. and in the playoff world, that’s not a good streak to have.

    So seeing as Halak could not win the big game (3 straight) against non-playoff teams.  And if you figure the TEAM (Who cares about what Halak deserves) wants to WIN!!!!

    One would think you would go with the other guy, but if not…. Halak better be on a short leash. 


  565. pmaraw says:

    i say put price in for game 1, if he wins, great if he loses, put halak in for the remainder of the series

  566. topher5468 says:

    IMO, I believe Halak has earned the right to start in the Playoffs but he needs to be better than he has been the past week. As I listened to the audio Gio declares that his team didn’t panic, from my TV I thought they played scared most of the night. AK46 needs to elevate his game, I also thought that Benny P Played a much better game. I don’t know exctly what SK did but to me he’s shows more heart than his brother and should be playing. Pyatt, Darche, and Moore have all earned the right to play as well. I hope JM makes the right moves for the playoffs, 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  567. Jon202 says:

    Terrible way to end the regular season…. should have been a convincing win to get ready for the post-season.

  568. naweed235 says:

    thanks god you dont have a say in real life… pheeewwww…

  569. Bugs says:

    Losing our way in still means we’re in.

    Backin our way in doesn’t make us any less in.

    How we got in is now secondary to us being in.

    And now that we’re in, it’s a whole new ball game. … Except with a puck. A whole new puck game.

    Anything can happen now. Chin up, mates. Bring on anyone except Pittsburgher, imo. And let’s get it on. Say…when’s it start anyway?

    Oh yeah, one more thing: how ’bout that kid Poolio?

    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:

  570. Bugs says:

    Shoulda, woulda, coulda, I agree.

    But here we are 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:

  571. Bugs says:

    Oh, PM, you just bein cwazy now.




    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:

  572. habzfan2003 says:

    First of all, Congrats to the habs and all their fans! It wasn’t easy but we got the job done… so to speak. A little bit on the game… Gio you are sick buddy! Cammy startin to get it goin. Halak… I thought was very shaky, but who didn’t? I’m an avid Price fan, but i’ve accepted Halak as the man with the plan in the past few months. All the best to you Jaro, I believe in you! GO HABS GO!

  573. Bugs says:

    The first goal he let in frazzled him, looked like.

    I know it certainly frazzled me.

    Had a clear thought pass through me head at the time: “We done gone picked up where we left off 3 years ago!”

    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:

  574. habzfan2003 says:

    she didah!

  575. gumper says:

    Just wondering this morning, like most mornings these days, what exactly it is that this team lacks. No epiphanies here, but here are my cloudy-Sunday-morning-before-yet-another-stumble-into-the-playoffs thoughts. While you can look at any aspect of the team – goaltending, defence, forwards – and say there’s room for improvement, there are very few teams that can’t do the same. I think our biggest problem is that we don’t have a potential game breaker at any position, but especially offence.  On any given night, Jaro has been able to fill that role in net, but he has yet to prove he can do it when it’s clutch time. Witness last night. We’ve seen flashes of it from Markov on defence, but not much recently, until last night. There are guys on offence who fill the role on a rotating basis – Gionta, Pleks, Gomer – none of whom can be counted on to consistently be there. Last year those guys were Koivu and Kovalev -guys who the others would look to when the situation was desperate, to pull a rabbit out of the hat. Some will argue they were better at that than this year’s go-to guys, some will say worse, the truth is likely that they were somewhat the same, so we’re still looking for someone to truly fill the role. Where are we to find such a player?  IMHO it’s rare to bring in, by trade or free agency, someone who can do that job. Gretzky might have been an exception to that rule, but look at the calibre of the player. Looking down through the ranks, the pickings look slim. Perhaps PK will eventually fill that role. He’s the only one that stands out right now as being (possibly) the kind of player who has that white hot desire to compete and win. (And like most of us here, he’s been a Hab’s fan since birth. I don’t see it on the current roster, and I offer up as evidence the fact that no one has really made an ironclad case for himself this year to captain this team – hence we have no captain. In any case, begging the forgiveness of the pie-eyed optimists, we’re likely destined for another early playoff exit this year, (Would it were not so!), and what worries me most is that PG will look at this season as a “gelling” season. That, combined with the high number of injuries and the cap situation may just convince him that status quo is the way to go, when in fact the defence needs to get younger and meaner, we’re still looking for a top six shooter with size, hands and attitude, and (forgive me for bringing up the goalie thing again) we really need a veteran presence, a solid proven 20-game guy, to mentor whichever of these young goalies we decide to keep. Seems to argue for packaging up a goalie, maybe a Kostitsyn or two, and whatever else it takes, to bring in a young power forward and a backup goalie, and finding away to unload Hammer’s contract so the youth movement on D can begin. Thoughts?

  576. Bugs says:

    “Halak better be on a short leash”?

    Or else what?

    You’ll put the Priceberg back on a long one?

    Yeah, that’ll make things right…

    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:

  577. novahab says:

    STRART PRICE and this is why number one he hungry, two he has big game exprience and number three I think the team now has doubts about Halak . The chances of the Canadiens getting by the first round is very slim so might as well throw everything into the ring.  I think Price will do the job and give the Habs the best chance of winning. I think Halak is a very good goalie but he not a number one that can lead this team deep into the playoffs. Its time now for Price to show why he was drafted number 5. Just remember Ward sitting the bench and our Habs two game from eliminating the Canes then stepped in Ward and bam they won the cup.

  578. novahab says:

    STRART PRICE and this is why number one he hungry, two he has big game exprience and number three I think the team now has doubts about Halak . The chances of the Canadiens getting by the first round is very slim so might as well throw everything into the ring.  I think Price will do the job and give the Habs the best chance of winning. I think Halak is a very good goalie but he not a number one that can lead this team deep into the playoffs. Its time now for Price to show why he was drafted number 5. Just remember Ward sitting the bench and our Habs two game from eliminating the Canes then stepped in Ward and bam they won the cup.

  579. pmaraw says:

    thats a pretty big paragraph/wall of text

  580. pmaraw says:

    nah, im not crazy, i think it’d be a good idear.  instead of doing some silly thing like a few years back where they were flip flopping the goalies every 2 games or every game “Oh we’ll put price in for 2 losses then jaro for 1 and the price for one more” if i see that…  that is terrible Real Life goalie management.  either way, I just hope we win.

  581. Bugs says:

    Toronto Star article on Burke goin over leaf season.

    Sad in the beginning; funny at the end.

    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:

  582. pmaraw says:

    playoffs start wednesday, i imagine mtl plays thursday tho

    hopefully benny has more lamp lighters than post ringers, what a shot on that guy!

  583. jimmy shaker says:

    You’re funny you jokester you.  Start Price, that is very funny….I’m still laughing.  That got me going, first thing in the morning.  I thought after last night the mindless unintelligent comments about the goalie situation would be over, but apparantly this is not the case.  Jaro is going to start.  He’s the one that got us here, so he’ll be the tender going forward.  If you or anyone else can’t see it, then your just a bunch of hacks.  Yes go to Price if Jaro struggles, but no Price will not start, and should not start!  WOW!  Even the next day we still have some cloud jumpers.  Wake’em up!!


  584. pmaraw says:

    it will never be over until we have me as a backup, or you know, a bad backup lol

  585. pmaraw says:

    LOL @ showing up at my brothers place last night, with an apartment full of toronto fans with their 100 year old toronto hats that are losing their seems and falling apart and their 100 year old toronto t-shirts that are coming apart at the seems and stuff in my new richard jersey 😀

  586. jimmy shaker says:

    Right you are MR. Richard!


  587. Danno says:


    You’ve got to love Brian Burke’s candour when he sums up the Leafs season:

    “We all failed. Everyone gets a failing grade: Me, the coach, the
    players. But I’m the one driving the bus and the bus is in the ditch. So
    it’s my fault, because I get to pick everyone who gets on the bus.”



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

  588. jimmy shaker says:

    Pyatt and Darche played like what 8 min all together last night?  Another area where I disagreed with JM….those guys should’ve been out there taking regular shifts……darche played great when he went in there for AK46 (maybe he should be sitting, not his brother).  Pyatt and Darche are hard working energy guys and they should have seen the ice more than they did.  Great job Jack!


  589. mrhabby says:

    good thoughts but i will leave my thoughts until after we are eliminated from the race that way i will have better indication of what is needed…

  590. notbigbird says:

    To me it makes some sort of sense.Since visitors almost always lose the first game, it’s not much of a gamble. Maybe Price becomes a wall. If not, Halak starts the next game after getting a bit more of a breather. There could actually be a big payoff to a bold move like this.


  591. notbigbird says:

    Good description. A paragraph break or two would have helped. It was a tough slog, but I finally made it.

  592. pmaraw says:

    oh please dont call me that, im just a fan lol and thats near blasphemy

  593. Danno says:

    I think we’re back to the “Win and you’re in” system of tandem goaltending for the playoffs. Whoever’s hot is going to stay in nets. Whoever’s not will sit. That’s my hope. Not because I prefer one goalie over the other. It’s just the reality we face with two excellent net minders who happen, at times, to hit slumps.


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

  594. habsperspective says:

    I see tickets for the habs are on sale at noon, if anyone were to speculate on, when games 3/4 would be, do you think they may fall on Sunday, Tuesday, or Monday, Wednesday?

    Being the playoffs dont start till Wednesday, and also being western usually starting on Wednesday, would Game 1 and 2, be Thursday, Saturday, Leaving it  to Tuesday, Thursday of the following week?

    Anyone have any educated ideas?

  595. BJ says:

    Good thing its a new season for the Habs as we have lost 8 of the last 11 (thats only 3 wins including the miracle win in Philly)?

  596. RC-51 says:

    Sounds about right

  597. Sakus Bionic Leg says:

    I for one am praying for a Philadelphia win today. A Jersey 1st round match-up is not a fun prospect. 

    At least that’s how I think it needs to pan out for a tussle with Washington…

    ugh.. last night… 


    I don’t have the answer. Just an opinion.

  598. Danno says:

    It could have been worse. Seriously.


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

  599. RC-51 says:

    also,if Buffalo beats NJ in reg. today they would finish in 2nd

  600. linp says:

    O’Byrne played only 1.46 min. MAB brings an unique element to our team. I would play MAB on the defense, sit O’Byrne and roll four lines to keep everyone fresh.

  601. gumper says:

    I wasn’t actually seeking feedback on writing mechanics, but I promise to take your needs into consideration next time.

  602. habsperspective says:

    We lost to the Islanders, Hurricane, and Leafs this week, I dont think no matter who we play, were F*^^ED!

  603. Danno says:

    Jaro was Halak-adaisacal last night. We should go back to the “You win you’re in” system for the playoffs. I’m not saying that because I prefer one over the other either. I think they are both great but like all goalies, even great ones, they fall into slumps.


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

  604. habs001 says:

    mab has very good offensive instincts and decision making is very good but because of physical limitations he makes some horrible looking plays…most of the decisions he makes are very good but many times he fails to execute them..if maxpac had mabs natural instincts for offense he would be a 30-35 goal scorer but sadly he has no idea how to score and no natural instincts to be a goal scorer and sadly as i mentioned many times 60 goals in his last 6 years of hockey clearly shows he will never be an offensive player…….

  605. Danno says:

    It was a good read. Keep on sharing your thoughts. They are worth reading — whatever style you use.


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

  606. habsfan_61 says:

    phew close call.lots of weaknesses still abound. cant a hold a lead if their lives depended on it. no momentum.halak and defense shaky last nite. wipe the proverbial slate clean and start anew wed. or thurs.

  607. habs001 says:

    have you looked at the caps roster stats…scoring stats and size…there is no way we can handle their forwards in a playoff athmosphere game…we have at least 8 players on forward who would not make the caps roster …that does not mean we cannot fluke out wins but if we play them get ready to be out shot 2-1 ..scoring chances will be 4-1…injuries and physical punishment will be pretty bad also …

  608. habsperspective says:

    Honestly Danno, he played fantastic, last weekend, to get 2 shutouts, and 4 points, that essentially made us the playoffs, however this whole week he looked shaky, seems like pressure gets to him, is Price is any better of a situation, I dont know, but I would play him, problems are A, he hasnt played in 2 weeks, B, if he plays only after Halak potentially loses game 1, are we really giving him a good opportunity.

    I think this a classic case, of damned if we do, and damned…

  609. Danno says:

    Giguere had this in his derriere last night.


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

  610. gumper says:

    Cheers man!

  611. says:

    As soon as the Habs got the single point I didn’t even care about the loss to the Leafs.  They have now missed the playoffs 6 years in a row, and that’s no easy feat, so congrats Toronto.

    Now back to

    The Young and the Restless

    Halak gets the start in game one.  But get this.  Price is ready and chopping at the lip to get in there and stone everyone, including the drunks at the Bell.

    But Halak got the Canadiens to the post season, and even though he repeated Huet’s 2007 game 82 performance he is the number one.

    I’m looking forward to the Caps series, so go Flyers Go (bunch of losers).

    They call me Shane

  612. skoalbandit33 says:

    After seeing halak give up 3 bad goals in a game 7 atmosphere, can we please see Price in game 1. See if he can take the ball and run with it.

    Remember Cam Ward around that age

  613. notbigbird says:

    A little tetchy this mornin, are we? Just sayin, brother. No need to get all bent out of shape.

  614. Bugs says:

    Flyers win, we play Theo and cie. … Cie is pretty good, mind you.

    Rags win; we play Brodeur Inc. An institution.

    This is unless Buffaler wins, in which case we play the Miller org.

    This pickle is definitely a dilly.

    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:

  615. ab-hab-nut says:

    Poolio? Missed a wide open net and 2 posts, so not very great!

  616. smiler2729 says:

    You’ll see Price but not in Game 1, Halak’s earned that chance.

  617. jrshabs1 says:

    If Carey Price is the future of the organization his opportunity to prove it is now.

    GO HABS GO!!!!!

  618. gumper says:

    Who’s bent?

  619. Bugs says:

    Yeah, but they have Theo.

    And if they have Theo, we have a chance.

    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:

  620. habsfan0 says:

    So,if Rangers win today and Buffalo beats New Jersey, Habs play Buffalo,right?

  621. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    I was very pissed off about losing to the Leafs, AGAIN! Halak sucked but he is the #1 guy. If we can somehow play like we played against Buffalo and Philly etc. last week we might win 1 game of the playoffs.

  622. smiler2729 says:

    Hey cryptic-only-clever-to-yourself talker, who the hell is Cie?

    Y’know a word of advice to you when you post: write in freakin’ english!!! Don’t write in stupid buzz words only you know.

    No wonder everyone skips your posts…

  623. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah and THAT finally fell out of Halak’s rear after being stuck in there for a whole season…

  624. Bugs says:

    Yeah, but he came close. Like Cammy.

    But unlike Cammy, my boy Poolio got a point.

    Off a brilliant hand-pass to Marky that went unnoticed too. (except by your favourite esquire of course)

    My boy. Quick and crafty.


    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:

  625. Bugs says:

    Maybe it makes SOME sort of sense, Notty.

    But not a lot.


    If Halak shanks the first THREE games of the playoffs?

    Then we can talk about it, but even still, wouldn’t bet on it were I 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:

  626. Bugs says:

    What does “cie” mean??? Oh, Smiley…

    I’m sorry for using a stupid buzz word only I know. I apologize for that.

    No wonder everyone skips my posts.

    Except you of course.

    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:

  627. sillywalk says:

    Cie = Compagnie. French for Co.

  628. Gormdog says:


    All your answers and more! Damn you Maxi and your new fangled words!

  629. Bugs says:

    Aw hell, that’s true. Smiley was right! Only I knew that buzz word after all.

    Forgive my frenchinicity.

    Faut pas m’en vouloir; j’y peux rien!

    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:

  630. Bugs says:


    When will we see Price exactly?

    This better be good.

    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:

  631. Bugs says:

    By thinking of the team and letting the better goalie this year goal while he shuts his mouth, I totally agree, Jr.

    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:

  632. Bugs says:

    Cam Ward let Gerber shank two games afore comin in.

    That least will be given to Halak.

    Surely, you agree with this if Ward is your example, Skoalie. Yes?

    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:

  633. BJ says:

    Cie is a French abbreviation for compagnie which means company. And in this case company is in reference to Ovechkin, Semin etc

  634. pmaraw says:

    if halak shanks the 1st 3 games, WTF is price going to do if you put him in?  at that point i’d be telling JM to stick a PEI potatoe where the sun dont shine

  635. G-Man says:

    Getting a bonfide top 6 winger for Price and AK would be great. Unlikely, but great.


  636. pmaraw says:

    when they cut to a shot of him on the bench?

  637. smiler2729 says:

    Duh, when Halak or the team f*cks up around him…

    Underwhelmingly obtuse, call me

    Anytime, Shirley, co-pilot of the socio intrinsically altered Broke Underrated Superstars’ meat table and beer wagon on ice. http://aren'

  638. Top Corner says:

    I missed his little anger smash last night on the puck after the HABS scored there 3rd goal untill i saw the highlights this am…….he’s showed “cry baby syndrome” in his past 2 games……me’s thinks hes going to have a few more of those episodes next year…..he’s good…but not great.  And how awesome was Kessel last night…..PFFFTttt….ha ha , was he even on the ice???   They had 3 weak goals , one nice one, and they were lucky to even take us to OT.  Little pissed we lost in the end but like the Bell center , i was jumping around after 60 mins….didnt care about the extra point .  Were in and they didnt even come close. 

    Montreal – 39-33-10 ~ 88 pts  7th/8th

    Laffs – 30-38-14  ~ 74 pts  DEAD LAST in the EAST  15th !!!!!!!

  639. Jbird says:

    Got to love how the people who complain about gramar and paragraph structure claim that they are not bent out of shape.  

    As for your megaparagraph post: Can’t we wait until we are eliminated before deciding this?  I mean, live the moment man – there is a chance in hell that the habs make it to the second round vs. buffalo!  

  640. notbigbird says:

    Just observing, man. It’s not about paragraph structure. I was just agreeing with the other guy that it was a formidable block of text. A little white space helps [me] to track sometimes. That’s all. Really. No problem on this end. As for the hockey part. Win or lose, I hope the boys play well and don ‘t go out with a whimper.

  641. Bill J says:

    Ok – lets allow Halak to lose 7 straight

    Do you want HALAK to win or do you want the team to win Bugs.

    What is your motivation ?

  642. habs4_25th says:

    After we see Halak come out and play the puck and give up a couple of goals because of his puck handling abilities.

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

  643. Bugs says:

    You mean like the last two years?

    I don’t see that happening with Halak…

    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:

  644. Bugs says:

    The team, of course.

    That’s why it’s Halak who wins as opposed to Price who doesn’t. HE’S the one who had the “seven straight to stink in” this year, something Halak’s never come CLOSE to having, so please, with your fabrication.

    Do you want PRICE to win or do you want the TEAM to win, Bill?

    If like me, you want the team to win, you’ll pull your head out’ve the sand, stop being ridiculous, look at their performances this year and take the only pragmatic decision that needs taking and verily, the coaching staff of the Montreal Canadiens WILL take it.

    And that’s to ride Halak as far as he takes us into the playoffs.

    …seven straight…

    Nice fabrication there, Bill.

    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:

  645. shootdapuck says:

    Some very interesting comments made by Geoff Molson just last week.

    family believes that this team has to be managed by the right people,
    owned by the right people,” said Molson, 39. “It’s a special asset that
    belongs to the community, really. The people of Quebec worship this team
    . . . and you cannot treat it as anything less than the people’s team.

    family knows that, we’ve been there for 53 years and we know the
    culture of the Montreal Canadiens probably better than anybody.

    less than four months on the job as a co-owner, Molson said it’s too
    soon for him to have first hand knowledge of what it will be like to
    make big decisions under the microscope of the Montreal media. But he
    said they won’t let political considerations get in the way of running
    the hockey team.

    “You can’t be distracted to the point that
    you’re not making the right decisions for the team,” said Molson, who is
    realistic enough to know he is unlikely to preside over a team that
    dominates the NHL, like in the ’70s, when the Habs won four Stanley Cups
    in a row, or the ’50s, when they won five straight.

    “The league
    is different now from when we grew up,” he said. “Every team has a
    chance every year nowadays, so you want to make sure you’re in that top
    30 per cent every year. This year we weren’t. Last year we weren’t. The
    year before that we were, but you want to be there every year. If you
    make it, and you have the right tools on your team when the playoffs
    start, anything can happen.”

    “Has to be managed by the right people”, maybe there is hope that Boivin,
    Gauthier, JM and their collective
    band of idiots are on their way out because according to the owner he
    will not be satisfied by the status-quo of backing into the playoffs
    year in and out.

    Nor will he allow politics to affect the running
    of his team!


    “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″

  646. habsfan0 says:

    “Nor will he allow politics to affect the running of his team!”

    I’ll believe that when I see it.

  647. SmartDog says:

    These are good comments… and tsuggest he sees things properly. 

    But to give a little pause I think of what the Molsons did LAST time around. And I want to poop in their shoes.


    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  648. CHsam says:

    This post and your avatars brighten my morning lmao

  649. Matt_in_TO says:

    Reading that makes me feel a lot better about things.  Let’s hope he’s a man of his word.

  650. bertuzzisucks says:

    Problem for first round :

    Our top shut-down defenseman (Hammer) is
    playing like Crap! 

    This guy better wake up as he has played
    against the top line of the opposition all year.


    Does anybody know what or where to find the stat how many assists does Gomer have on Gionta’s goals?










    Are you going to bark all day little doggy?
    Or are you going to bite?

  651. shootdapuck says:

    Hope springs eternal!


    “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″

  652. bertuzzisucks says:

    1.all 4 of them did, 1 has all year and 2 couldnt buy a goal. I dont need names do I?

    2.Georges, Bergeron

    3.Tits, Hamrlik

    4.The caps. Devils=too much Depth

    5.Metro. Darche, Pyatt = checkers who cant score.






    Are you going to bark all day little doggy?
    Or are you going to bite?

  653. SmartDog says:


    1. Which of these players gave their all last night?  Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta, Pouliot

    2. Who besides Halak, was the best player down the stretch?

    3. Who sucked the most loudly down the stretch?

    4. Who do we have a better chance against – the Caps or the Devils?

    5. Who would you most hate to lose this summer:  Darche, Metro,

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  654. Habs84 says:

    1. All 4 played well. Cammy and Pouls have to score. That is what they do.

    2. Halak wasn’t our best player by any means. You’re not watching the games if you think so. 3rd and 4th lines have stepped up. JM doesn’t reward them enough.

    3. Hamrlik, O’Byrne and JM.

    4. We seem to do well against the caps. But this is the playoffs, regular season mans nothing. You know how we far against the devils…

    5. All 3. Why are they the ones to go? Couple guys I can think of before those 3.

  655. G-Man says:

    1. Gomez, Cammy and Ginta. Pouliot has more to give-he’ll grow up soon.

    2. Gionta

    3. AK

    4. Caps- at least it’ll be fun to watch.

    5. Metro

  656. Tremblant Habs Fan says:




    4.Tough one, Caps have Theo and Devils bounced out of first round 4 of last 5 appearences, and because we have Gio and Gomer, I’ll take the devils in 6!

    5.As much as I like all 3, I have to go with the younger and cheaper Pyatt.

  657. Puck Bard says:

    1.   Gomez

    2.   Gionta

    3.   Many, but I’ll go with (in no order) Pleks, Cami, the Ks, Hammer

    4.   Caps (we could get lucky (not a often for Habs, admit that). Don’t see a chance versus Devils)

    5.   Pyatt (Metro close, but kinda feel he has to go)

  658. SmartDog says:

    My Answers:

    1. All 4.  Cami especially.

    2. Gio.. gave it EVERY night, even when others were snoozing.

    3. 2-way tie: AK46, Gomez.  Both of these guys are money guys who didn’t put up numbers.  What is it – 3 goals between them in a dozen games? 

    4. I pick the Caps.  I think Ovi will wake up our D.  And we can beat theirs down low.

    5. All 3. These are guys we need.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  659. smiler2729 says:

    1. All were excellent ESPECIALLY Gionta

    2. Gionta, Gill and Gorges.

    3. ANDREI KOSTITSYN, Plekanec, Pouliot and Halak (the last 3 games)

    4. Crapitals

    5. Metropolit and Moore

  660. Jbird says:

    1) All but Pouliot (he almost did)

    2) Gionta

    3) Pouliot – the open net wiff last night was deafening.

    4)   NJ’s Goaltending and shut down D + wide open hockey with possibly bad goaltending vs the Caps =Caps – no doubt in my head.

    5) Metro – although that is not a fair question:  I want all three.

  661. punkster says:

    1. Tough call since all three were good. I’ll go with Cammy.

    2. Gionta

    3. AK

    4. Caps

    5. Metro

  662. WestHab says:

    1. the 4

    2. Markov or Gio

    3. AK46

    4. Caps

    5. tough one , Pyatt I think mostly becuse he’s young.

  663. Top Corner says:

    1- ALL 4

    2- TIE___Markov and GIO

    3- Jacques Martin…lol….but on the ice…..Roman Hamrlik

    4- CAPS!!!!!!!!

    5- PYATT!!! and Metro should sign for 1-2 yrs….the guy has heart….and PP goals to boot….MONEY!

  664. HUDSONHAB says:

    1)They all did but Pouliot just doesn’t have it right now
    3)Tie: Hammer = Pouliot = AK46
    5)Pyatt *Need Metro for playoffs though


  665. slapshot777 says:

    1. I think Gionta and Cammalleri. Gomez played better too, but Pouliot just seem to float and was lost missed a wide open net and just never was in the game. I thought that may have been one of the players that would have been benched.

    2. Josh Gorges on defense and Gionta on the forwards.

    3. Hamrlik on the defense and Cammalleri was invisible for the forwards. 

    4. I  think the Caps, because the Washington game is more open and suited to our run and gun offense which makes us a better team when we use it plus we have better goaltending.

    5. Metro, simply because this guy constantly works his butt off and if we had more efforts from other guys like Metro all season we wouldn’t have needed to come down to last night to clinch.




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

  666. Gormdog says:

    How do i end up in the “virtual waiting room” to get in virtual line for playoff tickets? I see the post on the Canadiens page about the playoff tickets going on sale but… There’s no link at all to bring me anywhere…

  667. mb says:

    The link to the waiting room will appear at 11:30.  The sale itself starts at noon.

  668. Gormdog says:

    Thanks Mb, sorta figured that one out myself after the post but appreciate the swift response…

  669. Habs84 says:

    Metro = checker who can’t score? You sure about that???

  670. WestHab says:

    16 goals I think he has. 

  671. badbalance says:

    I dont trust Halak starting in the playoffs, lately he has been brutal though. Thank god he held on to pick up 1 point..,..

  672. SmartDog says:

    Wow!  We almost agree exactly.

    Add Gomez to your #2 and we’re matched!  Before you say this is my pro-Gomez bias…. here’s why.  He’s the top paid player on the team and performed well under his year average in points, more at the 3rd line level and got 1 goal in 15 games.  You have to hold him accountable.  You might say Pleks should be in tehre but I disagree – Pleks had about the same points but 5 or 6 goals.  Pleks also makes half the money and his linemates were gone or recovring.  Pouliot who some have mentioend – yes he sucked, but relative to his salary and experience, not as much as AK46 and Gomer who are used to this and are supposed to be money performers. 


    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  673. WestHab says:

    I just wanna say that I thought last night was Gill’s best in a Habs uiform.

  674. rogus says:

    I really don’t mind Gill. Much improved throughout the season.


    Praise the day that Lapierre is placed on waivers!!!

  675. Mozeby says:

    I agree. Here’s a guy who isn’t quick at all, yet he isn’t caught out of position all the tiime like Hamrlik, and then chasing some quicker, younger guy all the way back down the ice.

  676. Xtrahabsfan says:

    This  site(the fans on it) is so  unbalanced  ….listen up Our playoff bound team got into the new season by losing to the Laugh’s=OUR TEAM IS POO! YOU CAN PICK WHO YOU WANT TO BLAME FOR THE SUCKFEST SEASON  AND  EFFORT but in reality it’s a Team Sport so ….Habs Suck period! Now in saying that ,enjoy the rest of the season and PRAY THEY MAKE BIG TRADES IN THE OFF SEASON AND FOR SIZE.

  677. captaink4life says:

    Who else is in the waiting room for tickets???


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  678. zozotheclown says:

    I’m there, is there no picture of the arena this year, or is my internet busted?

  679. Caballero says:

    Clearly Halak is not the superman some thought. If Carey would have given up that first goal you guys would be shipping him out for a few rolls of hockey tape.

  680. wmarcello says:

    I agree. I posted on the Canadiens’ forums last night that the Leafs game probably couldn’t have ended any better. Of course most important is the Habs clinch a spot, but it also gave the fans a chance to see that Jaro is indeed human. Hopefully the next time Carey plays in front of the home crowd they show him a little more respect. At 22, there is no reason to be shipping him out anywhere, and if he was in nets last night and played like Halak, the public pressure to do that would have been immense.

  681. habs4_25th says:


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

  682. gohabsgo25 says:

    Everyone is forgeting when the rangers win and the sabers beat nj in regulation were gonna face buffalo. which would be a awesome series because buffalo has 100 pts and devils have 101 so i rather face the sabers because we would have a great playoff matchup.


    now the real season begins folks. who cares about the season this is it. this is the real season. let support our habs and who cares who starts and play canadiens hockey.


  683. gohabsgo25 says:

    Everyone is forgeting when the rangers win and the sabers beat nj in regulation were gonna face buffalo. which would be a awesome series because buffalo has 100 pts and devils have 101 so i rather face the sabers because we would have a great playoff matchup.


    now the real season begins folks. who cares about the season this is it. this is the real season. let support our habs and who cares who starts and play canadiens hockey.


  684. HardHabits says:

    I said it last game, if Martin skates 7 defensemen and 11 forwards they’ll lose the game. How many minutes did OB play?

    If I were the Molson’s I’d fire Gainey, Biovin, Gauthier and Martin. I would cleanse the whole organization of anybody who ever skated as a Hab. I would start to rebuild this team from the bottom-up proper and start by getting high draft picks. I am sick and tired of seeing every other team in the NHL skate dynamic young talented gritty stars that they’ve developed and drafted and watching the Habs over-pay for the rest of the leagues dregs.

    We suck people. We are not much better than last years 2nd half team. Bring out all you excuses about injuries, blah, blah, blah. This team sucks and even though they might, and I say might win the 1st round, that’s only if they play a run and gun game, it’s highly unlikely they’d win the way they are coached, they will fold like a cheap card table once the playoffs get physical or gritty.

    Bob Gainey you are one of the worst Habs GM’s ever. You had an opportunity to start from scratch and instead of playing your cards right you went all in with a weak hand. How many more playoffs do we need to squeak into before you realize that this team isn’t a contender? How many? I’d love to meet Gainey face to face and tear him a new asshole. He’s an idiot and out of touch with reality!

    It’ll be another 5 years more of this at least. A team that barely makes the playoffs and never gets past the 2nd round if even past the 1st. These are your Habs people. A middle of the pack team for eternity. No Cups and no high draft picks. No stars, no 50 goal scorers, just a bubble team that may or may not make the 2nd season and when they do will not make any noise. I can see any team just chomping at the bit for a chance to run rough-shod over this lame bunch.

    Does anybody think any team is scared about meeting the Habs 1st round? They’ll be lucky to win a game.


  685. joeybarrie says:

    Don’t we finish 8th no matter what? Rangers beat Philly, and end up with the same points, games, wins, losses, ties…But they have more goals for. Wont either team move past us with a win?

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

  686. dudurules says:

    Price should start the playoffs… it’s obvious that Halak needs a break… it’s game 1 on the road.  Do it JM and smarten up.

  687. wmarcello says:

    Tiebreaker go as follows:

    1. Wins

    2. Season series record

    3. Goal differential

    So if the Flyers win, they push us to 8th because of having more wins. If the Rangers win, we stay in 7th because of the same amount of wins but we won the season series.

  688. captaink4life says:

    Head-to-head is the tiebreaker after wins and we won the season series against the Rangers


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  689. joeybarrie says:

    What are the tie break rules. But it looks like we don’t have a chance. They have more goals for less goals against, better plus minus, and tied for everything else.

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

  690. joeybarrie says:

    WOW, I didn’t think of that. Its in all my tournaments, but I didn’t think it was a Professional rule. I couldnt find it anywhere.


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

  691. HardHabits says:

    Please Flyers win today!!!

  692. Jordan says:

    After points and wins, the next tiebreaker is head-to-head, which we have OVER the Rangers 3-1.

    This is the situation as I understand it…


    IF the FLYERS win…

    we are in 8th and play Washington


    IF the RANGERS win…

    we are in 7th.

    IF the RANGERS win and NEW JERSEY wins or loses in OT/SO (agaisnt Buffalo)…

    we play NJ

    IF the RANGERS win and BUFFALO wins in regulation…

    we play BUF.

  693. rogus says:

    Dude I can totally understand your frustration and by no way am I sticking up for the teams play as of late. It has blatantly sucked! However something I want to touch on is Martin. I think Gainey’s biggest mistake was to put a defensive coach behind the bench. I think that the team in and of itself is decent. When they play run and gun, I don’t think there are many teams in the regular season that can match them. However, playoffs are a totally different scenario, and this is when the lack of size and grit coupled with Martins “coaching” are going to really hurt this team. I say let Pearn and Muller take over for the playoffs and we have a much better chance…


    Praise the day that Lapierre is placed on waivers!!!

  694. imafogdevil says:

    Watching the CBC feed last night made me sick.  Bob Cole is a hack, and a complete Leafs fan. Sooooo biased! It was easy to see that guy wasn’t in the booth last night because Bob brought his Habs hate in full force. At least Greg Millen was trying to be supportive of both teams. I am sure that Bob will be doing the Habs games, but can the CBC retire this pathetic oaf and bring in someone who is unbiased. I’d rather listen to a full seven game series with Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury than listen to Bob Cole ever again!

  695. HUDSONHAB says:

    Too much thinking for a Sunday. I want Sabres or Caps. MAKE IT HAPPEN.

    :::::Losing sucks but losing to NJ sucks and is boring and frustrating to watch:::::


  696. crabvader says:

    Why? You’d rather play Washington in the first round than NJ?

    Sounds stupid to me.

    Washington isn’t a team that gets better down the stretch, but they KILL in the first round.

  697. Don Carnage says:

    Yes he will if Halak plays the way he has in his last few games we will see Price, Halak deserves the start and he earned it big time over the last 2 years,here and in the AHL he is a good young goalie, but is he the real deal? This question has not been answered yet. I am one of the people who is thinking Price will be a better goalie at the end of their respective paths. But for this year Halak gets to start the playoffs. I am not sure he can handle 60+ games a year after back to back’s he is always very shakey and he is starting to look tired and worn down. GO HABS GO !! GO HABS GO !!  

  698. habs3161 says:

    HABS are in the playoffs….NICE

    remembering 86 or 93 we wasnt supposed to win but we did!!!!!!!!!As long as you make it to the dance anything can happen.for those of you that keep saying BIG DEAL We PLAY 4 MORE GAMES AND WE ARE DONE!!We dont have any room for you on this habs wagon please go to the LAffs wagon they have room

    Considering it matters that these young goalies get as much playoffs experiance as they can get…I think it’s a big deal ….


    ALWAYS KEEP THE FAITH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  699. WestHab says:

     Musta been 8 seconds into the game when he annouced that the leaves were dominating.

    I prefer TSN anyday.

  700. HUDSONHAB says:





  701. FuzE_gus says:

    I really hope the Habs prove me wrong….I’m not jumping on the hater bandwagon…I really don’t think this team is very good.  I’ve been saying this over and over again.  I am truly frustrated the Habs have become a “middle” or “bubble” team.  I miss the once proud organisation.  Now we are pretty much the Maple Leafs…well, that is my one consolation this year.  The Leafs went from being a bubble team to a bad team with a chance of drafting a franchise player.  And of course, right on schedule, they trade that pick away.  However, Montreal is stuck in a position of not being bad enough to grab a great young franchise player in the draft or being good enough to make noise in the playoffs…


    Winning is a culture.  Montreal had that culture but has lost it.  They need to make some serious changes to philosophy.  They need to make good hockey decisions.  The need to hire a good coach no matter what language he speaks.  They need to get off of this bubble because it is really starting to frustrate me.  And they need to do it because I SAID SO!  😉


    With Regards from FuzE_gus

  702. slapshot777 says:

    I agree 100%.  I am not a Halak basher, but Price will see some playoff action if Halak don’t step up any better then he has been in the last 4 games. Like I said last night. I think that if Halak don’t give any better goaltending in the playoffs, then he pretty much makes an easy decision of which goalie gets traded during the offseason.

    Price, right now has been working his butt off by all accounts and I bet he is chomping at the bit to get in and prove his worth. I said over the last week that Price should have got a start, but some idiots on here who are Halak fans said no Price shouldn’t and that it would be giving away a chance to make the playoffs. Guess what Halak didn’t gain any points over that course either. At least by giving Price a start it would have done 2 things. It would have given Price a recent start so he would be a little sharper if he was to come into a playoff game. Also Price may have stolen a game, no one can say he wouldn’t have. His play over the last few starts were great starts the results weren’t there but his game was.


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

  703. Caper says:


    It comes down to how bad do they want it. Our top 6 despite their size are easily one the the top 10 groups. Our third line has been playing very well for weeks. We have one of the top D-man in Markov and Halak despite his mini-meltdown this week has played very well. This team has talent to compete with any team on any given night. This team is much better than last year’s however it has not had a chance to gel properly. Anyone remember the  84-85 habs? I know I live in the past too much.  I think that we can  beat anyone in the Eastern conference however Washington stands alone. If we do lose, I just hope they do us proud and work their tails off.

  704. Mattyleg says:

    Why on Earth were you watching the Crappy Broadcasting Corporation?

    RDS is the only way. Intelligent commentary (and occasional grammatical hilarity from Benoit Brunet) and good Habs bias.

    Pierre McGuire can eat a bag of dix. He’s the blight of English hockey commentary. What a buffoon.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  705. Caper says:

    Exactly. How may times did they have the pressure on the Habs? The Laffs had their moments however we played well enough to win that game. I’ll take the nice apporach and think Bob’s age has something to do with it.

  706. SmartDog says:

    People are complaining about Cole, which is totally true.  The guy slobbered all over the leafs through the whole telecast.  He had them so far down his throat, it’s amazing he didn’t gag.  How incredibly unprofessional. 

    But did you see Cherry during the break.  He was even worse. He says “I know we’re supposed to talk about Montreal but let’s talk about Kessel first”… then shows some clips, then talks about Burke’s decision making… what an ASS.  And THEN he talks for 10 seconds about the goal on Halak (no video, nothing on the rest of the team, their playoff hopes, nothing), and then talks about other teams – at MUCH more length than Montreal.  

    TRANSLATION: I know I’m SUPPOSED to talk about Montreal (but I don’t want to)

    Retire these two old bums.  They don’t have the brain cells left to even PRETEND they’re not all Leaf.  This is no Canadian broadcast, this is bull-Toronto-shit.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  707. Caper says:

    Not true. That is the Laffs. Molson’s family won the Cup as owners and he wants to make his own mark And he will.

  708. deuce6 says:

    It doesn’t really matter where you pick in the draft unless there are generational talent like Crosby, OV or Tavares available..This draft is supposed to be a deep one, so you never know..

    BTW, Parise was picked 17th, Ryan Getzlaf was picked 19th, Johan Franzen was picked 97th, etc..

    It’s all about your scouting and developing..It seems we have a great caoch in the Hammer that is starting to get results with our younger guys..Subban, Desharnais, etc..

    It sucks never having a shot at a Crosby or an OV, but if you draft well and develop well, you can build a good young core throught the draft that will, sooner or later, come to the forefront and bring this team back to where it was in past seasons..


  709. Don Carnage says:

    We all thank the stars you have nothing to do with the Habs.

  710. J.T. says:

    It was no big deal.  It was a bit of footage he showed from the ‘Canes game, in which Laps didn’t take the opportunity to clear the puck properly and left Gill struggling.  The camera caught Gill telling Lapierre to pick it up and do his job.  The only reason Elliotte brought it up was to show how Gill’s a leader on the ice.


  711. Don Carnage says:

    Who cares? The only reason you care is because its a french player and you might have a chance to show your bias against them once again.

  712. joeybarrie says:

    Even though Halak deserves it, Price should start the playoffs.

    In his last 3 games Halak is .887 sv% and 3.6 GAA in his last 3 games against the bottom teams of the league. I don’t know how much i like JM flip flopping this season. Is it win and your in, or not? Playing Price in the first game might work out for us. Either he wins and were on our way, or he loses and Halak is back in. Hopefully with a renewed focus. We all know if he plays well, we can do it. Especially against Washington because their defense sucks and their goalie is iffy. We can also beat Buffalo is he does as well as Miller. I think we have better forwards than they do. Prices last 4 wins came after a break for Halak to play.

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

  713. HardHabits says:

    Because I’d rather the Habs get demolished in the 1st round by a real team that plays offense than to watch the snore-fest that would be a Devils-Habs series. Then again watching Lindy Ruff out coach JM would be equally satisfying. I want this team to get embarrassed in the play-offs so heads could roll in the Habs management. It’s rebuild time again and hopefully the idiots in charge will realize what every cab driver in town knows, that in order to get better the Habs need to start drafting high and to do that they need to shed salary and start tanking.

    I am sick of this shit. Year after year of never moving up or down. No stars. No 50 goal scorers. No game breakers. No talent. No size. No nothing!! Just more of the same barely making the playoffs. I’d rather be in last place over-all then in the playoffs losing the last 3 games of the regular season. This team sucks. They are not good. They are not contenders. They are not well coached and worse managed. As a Montrealer I am sick of this team. They’re an embarassment. I would never wear Habs gear. I am embarrassed to be a Habs fan. There’s no pride within the organization. All they want is to make the playoffs. Used to be the Habs wanted to win the Cup.

  714. idle says:

    I’m sure for the most part Don sets the agenda, like during the first period he will be saying ‘lets talk about this first and lets show this clip, then we can talk about this and run this story’ kind of thing.  So he ‘scheduled’ talking about the Habs play first and guys would be cued up for that but when he started going he threw in some other stuff first, therefor the ‘I know were supposed to be talking about the Habs’.  If you watch him much this is not an uncommon thing for him.




    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  715. Don Carnage says:

    So go cheer for a different team make everyone happy.

  716. dudurules says:

    Does anyone know Price’s or Halak’s record against either Washington or Buffalo?  I remember a game this yr against Wash. where Price was stellar during a long end of game furry from Ovy and company.  I’m not basing a decision on just this but i’m curious on each tender’s record against either team.  I’m not worried about NJ cuz Marty will stone the habs that son of a bbbbb.

  717. dudurules says:

    AGREED 100% and i’ve said that all wek long too… frustrating isn’t it?

  718. SmartDog says:

    I agree it was probably a line-up thing and he calls his own plays.  ButI couldn’t help but take it BOTH ways… and it’s just the typical, on paper I was gonna do this, but how about those Leafs.  I’d like to see him say “I know I was going to talk about Toronto, but let’s talk Montreal instead”.  It’ll never happen.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  719. Mattyleg says:

    The only thing that makes me feel better about Crazy Old Don is that the reason he doesn’t want to talk about Montreal is because we destroyed his dreams. More than once.

    That’s a GREAT reason to be disliked!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  720. SmartDog says:

    If I was JM, I would tell Price and Halak – unless something extreme happens they each get one of the first two games. Split the pressure, let them both focus on one game.  Price is likely to be strong, he’s been waiting for his move, and I agree Halak could use a break and a game to refocus.  So I actually agree with this, but with the added idea that Halak plays game 2.  These are young guys, I would really want to split the load and say ‘new season’ each gets 1 game to shine.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  721. ed lopaz says:

    re: The Molson’s

    do not underestimate how much Jeff Molson wants to win; they might be the money guys, but they are fans first and foremost.

    the Molson’s do NOT want to be associated with a losing Habs team – its no fun, and its not good for business.

    this team put its faith in BoB Gainey for the past 6+ years.

    That was George Gillete’s decision – to hire Gainey – and at the time, it made sense.

    But now the Molson’s have taken over.

    I have met jeff Molson – he is an avid hockey fan, and absolutely NUTS about the habs.

    I have total faith that the Molsons will do everything they can to bring another cup to Montreal.

  722. linp says:

    It is useless for us “to grab a great young franchise player in the draft“. With JM as the !@#$ coach, he’ll destroy our young prospects.

  723. SmartDog says:

    What an awesome way to see things.  A good attitude!  I’ll adopt this one!

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  724. Matt_in_TO says:

    I honestly don’t understand why you guys even bother watching CBC anymore.  We all know that it’s going to be a pro-Leaf bias no matter much that team sucks. 
    Thank God for RDS.

  725. Bob Barker says:

    Outside of the top 3 it’s usually all about scouting. If you’re picking top 3 it’s very likely you’ll get a star player no matter the draft year. 

  726. SmartDog says:

    Good post.

    But remember the LAST time the Molson’s owned the team.  What a little incestuous ****-fest that became.  But I know it’s a different generation and so am hopeful (and that they learned a lesson).

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  727. Caper says:

    Ronald Corey lost it when he thought Reggie Houle was Savard II. Other than that, the Habs won the Cup under the Molsons many times..

  728. avatar_58 says:

    Then do me a favour and not cheer for MY team thank you. I’ll be cheering whether it’s Washington, New Jersey or Buffalo against them. I cheer for the HABS not for indivudual players. I guess somehow you’d be happier if Vinny was there, getting the EXACT same dissapointing result?

    Go home bandwagoner.

  729. punkster says:

    David, it’s Sunday, a day of rest and reflection. Take a few moments to consider all sides of the story and try to look at the (possibly few) positives the team may have; good goaltending, a couple of reasonable lines and a few other good players, some prospects ready for promotion, a few good defencemen, overall maybe the basis for a contender if they can pick up the elusive “big centre” and “big D” we’ve wanted for a few years. This team isn’t as bad as some believe, certainly nowhere near as good as we all wish, the epitome of the bubble team. Another blow up isn’t going to solve anything but the right management decisions (I know, hard to put any faith in these guys) in the off season and we’ll see a better team next season. In the meantime, chill. Take up golf. Focus on your music. Get laid. Enjoy life outside the bubble. I know I will.