Game 9: Supporting cast helps Habs down Isles

Islanders’ Dwayne Roloson stops an attempt by Canadiens captain Brian Gionta Wednesday night. Dario Ayala, The Gazette  

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β€’ At a Glance: Not only is Carey Price getting the job done in front of the net, he contribute to the offence on Wednesday night as the Canadiens defeated the New York Islanders 5-3 at the Bell Centre. Price earned an assist on Jeff Halpern’s third-period goal 6:56 into the period to give the Canadiens a 4-2 lead. The goal came at a good time because John Tavaeres scored only 13 seconds into the third period to narrow Montreal’s lead to only one goal. Mathieu Darche opened the scoring 13:19 into the game when he deflected a Halpern shot from the point. Travis Moen made it 2-0 a few minutes later with his first goal of the year, a shorthanded tap-in behind Dwayne Roloson after a perfect pass from Tomas Plekanec. James Wisniewski narrowed the Montreal leader in the final minute of the period with a power-play goal. Plekanec made it 3-1 Montreal in the second period, with a wicked slap shot over Roloson’s shoulder for his fourth goal of the season. Doug Weight made it 4-3 Montreal with seven minutes to play when he deflected a Wisniewski shot from the blue line, his third point of the night. Andrei Kostitsyn sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final minute. Price made 18 saves for his sixth win of the season, while Roloson faced 35 shots on the night.

β€’Key Moments: Kostitsyn’s goal ended the drama after the Islanders had been pressing for the tying goal in the final two minutes and timely goals by the supporting cast helped the Canadiens win.

β€’ What It Means: Montreal improves to 6-2-1 after nine games, good for 13 points. The Canadiens have now won five of their last six games are are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

β€’ What’s Next: The Canadiens and Islanders play again on Friday in Long Island, with Montreal flying home right after that game to play the Panthers on Saturday night.

 

127 Comments

  1. SmartDog says:

    Stoked about the win, pissed off by the slackers.  It’s like being on uppers and downers at the same time. Brings out the best in some people.

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  2. Bugs says:

    Hell-O!

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  3. Bugs says:

    Uhh, your reasoning is wonky, Effie, but I certainly respect your decision not to visit our blog regardless.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  4. christophor says:

    michael neuvirth?

  5. CHsam says:

    pretty darn good

  6. Duracell3 says:

    Because Alex Auld is cleary as good as Jaroslav Halak…..

  7. mike g says:

    I will…

    A free HIOt-shirt would be nice, you know..

    It’s a nice gesture on Boone’s part, plus it’s free advertising for the site.

     

     

     

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

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  8. mike g says:

    It’s alright dude…

    As long as you think of me when you’re having a good time, like at a hockey game, I’m flattered.

    Mike G’s done his job, other men who have absolutely no idea how he looks finally think about him…

    I’m celebrating my prediction with a small cake and a candle….

     

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

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  9. HFX-HabFan says:

    Alright, I’m off to bed.  Happy with a convincing win at home (even if it was just the Isles).  Looking forward to the “No Habs No” rematch on Friday night.

  10. fbkj says:

    edit: still designed by someone with aol on the mind

  11. fbkj says:

    mikey i thought about your score while i was at the game, sorry i didnt set off the fireworks man

  12. HFX-HabFan says:

    Go straight to the top; ask Boone.  I think he’ll look quite favourably upon you after that fearless forecast.

  13. fbkj says:

    listen up troll, everlasting was right

  14. fbkj says:

    beyond obvious

  15. ooder says:

    holy crap what a beast

    ——————

    88 is the new 23

  16. mike g says:

    BIG, BIG win….

    But what’s even bigger?..

    Well, if you guys would like to visit Pat Hickey’s blog on the main page, Mike G predicted tonight’s score.

    And he predicted the final score to be 5-3 Habs, and Price to have an OK night, look pretty good and face about 19-20 shots.

    And Price faced 21 shots.

    Go check it out for yourselves, I deserve some sort of props for this prediction….

    And HIO crew, you think this feat I pulled off tonight is enough to get me a free lifetime membership at HIO? 

    Go Habs goooooo

     

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

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  17. HFX-HabFan says:

    Disagree. But people who get their panties in a knot over French/English stuff and then slip up like that don’t deserve to have their blogs visited, when the “stories” are already shoddy at best.

  18. ooder says:

    aa nice to see u come around buddy πŸ™‚

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    88 is the new 23

  19. Bugs says:

    Tell it to the Bro; he’s the boss. Go on his Saku story and suggest away. I don’t know nuthin about that stuff.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  20. Timo says:

    I think Habs have dominated a lot more than the score indicates. This is the first time in the long that I have seen them dominate in pretty much every aspect of the game. Sure, it’s the Islanders, but it still feels nice. Not like they haven’t beaten us before, so. Good on Moen for handling Kanopka pretty well and scoring a short handed. If GG line could produce anything the game would be over in the second. But at least they played decent defensively.

    I’d say almost a perfect game. Hope come friday they will remember to cover Wasnewski (sp) on the point a little better.

     

    Go HABs GO!!!

  21. OverseasFan says:

    That’s how to win games — outshoot the hell out of them!

  22. fbkj says:

    you have to work on the layout man its seriously amateur hour but a few tweeks would make it rock

  23. Bugs says:

    Agree. People who forget to put an “s” on “George” don’t deserve to live.

    (Edit) Oh, hey, I found it. No more distractions; Habs enter nitty, soon gritty.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  24. HFX-HabFan says:

    I haven’t visited that “blog” since some crap article about Laraque in which he was referred to as “George” instead of “Georges”. You would think that Bugs, who is adamant for the preservation of all things French on the Habs, would proofread and make sure the proper French spelling was there.

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Late update from the WHL:

    RW Brendan Gallagher’s scoring prowess isn’t going away, he adds two assists to maintain a 16-game point streak in a 5-3 win for the VAN Giants over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Thanks to the scoring exploits of Gallagher and his linemate team captain Craig Cunningham, the VAN Giants are tops in their division with a 9-5-1-1 record and 2nd overall in their conference.

     

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

  26. Bugs says:

    You mean the one written yesterday by the Bro? We don’t make up stories; we wait for them to manifest themselves. Let it breathe.

    The extra job is JD’s and no one else’s. Self-satisfactory snide ain’t our thing, I’m afraid.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  27. HFX-HabFan says:

    So, how do you really feel about Gomez?

  28. fbkj says:

    bugs your still on the stalking saku article, is it the pantone shade of grey thats holding your AMAZING blog back? if you need a hand im here

  29. HamiltonHabs says:

    Sweet,,,

  30. takuto97 says:

    Love it!!! It seems that whenever Moen gets really involved in the game, we win. Dunno why, just seems that way…

  31. dhenry1234 says:

    Does anybody else have problems viewing hightlights from NHL.com or from Habs tv? Every time I go to see highlights all I get is bad quality video.

  32. fbkj says:

    seriously why do they relegate the t and a to the molson zone

    grrrr

    moar bewbs

  33. punkster says:

    Dog, you’re painting yourself into a tight corner with all this Gomez negativity. Have you considered just what the heck you’re going to say when he and Gionta start to click? We know they will. They always do. Fact is you’re starting to sound a lot like I did about AK last season and look at the crow I’m eating now.

     

  34. 23 HABS 23 says:

    I believe he was refering to the Game in March against Buffalo … not tonight’s game against the Isles – but an understandable mistake.  πŸ™‚

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

  35. fbkj says:

    agreed, but gomez had his wheels on tonight, not a fan of him, but he did stand out on the full scope of things

  36. Bugs says:

    That’s TWO superior zingers from you after your 40’s singles bar pass, Pup.

    Hell’s up wit YOU tonight?

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  37. SmartDog says:

    That, or this….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYAC2v3Ec6M

    Tough choice.

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  38. Bugs says:

    Brilliant!

    Why couldn’t we get comments like this LAST year?

    …oh, I shouldna said that…

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  39. SmartDog says:

    Your boy Poulio was hot.  He deserved better.  Freakin’ Gomez and Gionta should be asking to be on HIS line.

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  40. SmartDog says:

    I thought Spacek made some great plays this game.  Some wild ones too but a lot more positive than negative.

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  41. Bugs says:

    The Kid didn’t have to have an extraordinary game tonight. Just an excellent one. And that’s what he had. He can play like four kinds of crap next time and I’ll still say his first 10 games were a stupendous success story.

    Friggin Soobie came to play tonight, didn’t he?

    For all you Darche-has-no-business-on-the-team folks: In. Your. Face. Yes, yes, oh, yes! All up in your face.

    That kid Poolio…not bad, not bad at all. How many OPEN goals did he set up for Halpern? 2? 3? I like to imagine what he could do with a steady post on the 2nd line, and lemme tell yehs, the image is extremely stimulating. Post on breakaway after being taken down, then shanks the penalty-shot, can you believe it? Still, another point for my boy. Am I still the only believer?

    And, unless my math is all screwy (which, to be fair, it usually is), le frΓ¨re Andrei is headed for 55 goals. He gets there, he’s the summamabastich should be canonized, ask me.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  42. SmartDog says:

    Awesome game.  Plekanec is THE MAN. 

    Andrei K is fun to watch again.  He’s a freakin’ truck on skates.  Cammalleri leading the league in +/- shows what he’s about.  Too bad we have no second line.

    IF there’s a little girl on the team now, it’s Gomer.  Last year he
    was useless. This year he couldn’t make a successful pass in an
    over-40’s single club. 

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  43. fbkj says:

    for all those who think ice girls wouldnt make it more interesting, behold

    http://twitpic.com/31gw0v

    yeah

  44. Laramy87 says:

    Although Darche had a good game tonight, i would still rather have Boyd in the lineup. I dont think he deserved to be scratched, he always gives 110%. Hopefully he can find his way back into the lineup soon too….

  45. FormalWare says:

    Yeah! Love NHL.com – Stats – League Leaders. Drink it in, folks!

  46. Bugs says:

    nhl.com is usually pretty quick on the draw.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  47. sholi2000.com says:

    Then you say great job Auld, and start your number one the next night.

    They Call Me Shane

  48. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/statshome.htm#?navid=nav-sts-main

    Michael Cammalleri leads the league in +/-

    Carey Price leads all goalies in wins.

  49. lavie says:

    Rather “Bold Auld”.

  50. habsguy says:

    Pissed?????…humm,  must be a NYI fan !!!

  51. habs365 says:

    Habs still winning and playing great I have one thing to say, it was nice to see someone other than the first line score tonight. hope it continues.

  52. matmacat says:

    where can I watch highlights?? Not NHL, not RDS, …

  53. Psycho29 says:

    If Knobserver comes on here please don’t mention that the Laffs aren’t in first place!!! πŸ™‚

  54. habaholic68NJ says:

    No quit by this team.  I liked that they kept bouncing back after every goal they gave up.

    Negatives:PP still sucks, second line needs Pouliot (stop the auditions already), defense needs to clear the front of the net better so Price can see the puck and finally, Spacek needs to alternate with OB in the press-box.

  55. sholi2000.com says:

    AUld will play Friday night and Carey will get the next 10! πŸ™‚

    They Call Me Shane

  56. Habs Proud says:

    Nice to see AK46 get a gimme on the empty netter, when you’re working hard and things are going good sometimes the freebies fall in you lap.

    Just how good will PK be in a year or two, he has moments of brillance already.

  57. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Hey there fellow HABS fans!  Great Game by the Canadiens!  But hats off to Dwayne Roloson … at 40+ he played AMAZING!  Carey Price also played well (I refuse to blame goalies for re-directed / tipped shots.  We got the win at home which is always a plus!  P.K. – WOW – what a work horse!  Offense, Defense, Special Teams – he was everywhere!  Plekanec … well worth giving up Halak!  What didn’t he do tonight – and almost every night, skate hard, penalty kill, set up team mates, and score goals!  Great team game overall!  Fun to watch (much better than N.J. Devils that is for sure)!

    What are the chances Price will get the start Nov. 5th vs Buffalo?  Just wondering ’cause I have front row seats beside the Canadiens Penalty Box – and no offense to Auld, but I would really like to see Price play there again and avenge what should have been a shutout on March 24, 2010 (2 goal lead with 2:00 minutes left – ended in shoot out loss)!  Opinions?  Anyone?

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

  58. DavidKB says:

    No challenge flag. Designate one referee to focus solely on the action in front of the net. Let the players battle for position but call the nasty stuff including goaltender interference and dives by goalies who push the limits.

  59. Muckbringer says:

    so proud….viddy well!!!!


    Gretchen Wilson & Alice in Chains – Barracuda

  60. ThirtyThree says:

    Phew… Scary there at the end. Good timeout call. Spacek, oh Lord Spacek. Let the kids play, Marty, and give the old folks a break. Good to get those points in the bank.

  61. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Good game by the Boys. Rolloson kept the Isles in it. What’s up with him going postal on pouliot? I mean the guy was tripped on a breakaway & slid into Rolloson, what’s benoit to do?

    Does Subban have a great shot or what? He played an excellent game tonight & prevented may be 2 goals. Price had no chance on all 3 goals but I think he should get Friday off in New York. All in all, a good night.

  62. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s a byproduct of expansion and officiating turnover. NHL has had to ask several veteran officials to stay on longer when they were prepared to do the job as they try and fill the ranks, doubling the officials and the league expanding to 30 teams has caused a requirement for more officials than was ever previously needed and much like it’s diluted player talent, officiating talent has suffered as well.

     

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

  63. SeriousFan09 says:

    Your Bulldogs Report:

    Battling back in a wild
    come from behind win, the Hamilton Bulldogs scored 4 goals in the 3rd
    period to beat the Syracuse Crunch 5-4. Max Pacioretty opened the
    scoring with a goal in the first period (his first of the season), than a
    scoring flurry with goals by Kyle Klubertanz, Andrew Conboy, JT Wyman
    and Yannick Weber in the course of just over 7 minutes in the 2nd half
    of the 3rd period won the match. Pacioretty assisted on both the the
    initial go-ahead goal and than the winning goal by Yannick Weber who
    notched his 6th goal of the season. Mayer’s stats could’ve been better,
    despite only 12 shots over 3 periods by Syracuse, 4 goals were scored.
    The return of Curtis Sanford to mentor Mayer would probably not hurt or
    at least take a game or two.

    Aaron Palushaj, Ryan White, Andreas
    Engqvist and David Desharnais each had assists and JT Wyman had an
    assist to go with the initial go-ahead goal for Hamilton and Klubertanz
    added an assist to his scoring totals as well. Ian Schultz recorded a
    fight (not sure if he won).

     

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

  64. slapshot777 says:

    One thing the NHL should spend more money on is their officiating. The officiating is inconsistant at best. I still can’t believe that they blew that blatant call on Colton Orr goaltender interference. There are some decent officials, but there ae some brutal ones as well.

    What do you guys think about having a challenge flag introduced into the game. If it was put in how would you like to see it implemented?

     

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

  65. RGM says:

    Another night, another W. Good times to be a Habs fan. πŸ™‚

    Go Habs Go!


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