Habs’ Desharnais misses practice with flu

The Canadiens, coming off a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, hit the ice Wednesday morning for practice in Brossard as they prepare to face the Senators Thursday night in Ottawa (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

David Desharnais, who was a late scratch from Tuesday’s game because of the flu, wasn’t on the ice for practice Wednesday morning. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was forced to use seven defenceman against the Devils with Francis Bouillon, who was originally slated to be a healthy scratch, dressing instead of Desharnais.

Desharnais made the trip to Ottawa with his teammates after practice. Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens against the Senators.

“David met with the doctor this morning and he’ll join the team in Ottawa,” Therrien told reporters in Brossard after practice. “We’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow morning, and if he’s feeling good he’ll step on the ice. We’ll make a decision on his playing status then. Right now, it’s too early to discuss it.”

With Desharnais missing practice, here’s how the forward lines were set up:

Pacioretty-Eller-Gallagher
Moen-Plekanec-Gionta
Bourque-Briere-Bournival
Prust-Parros

(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

Habs vs. Senators preview, NHL.com

No panic for Habs as power play struggles, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Moen finds his game from behind visor, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Practice notebook, Canadiens.com

Post-practice interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Postmedia News hockey chat, montrealgazette.com

Brodeur shuts door on listless Canadiens, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Habs struggle on special teams, by Pat Hickey

Brodeur continues mastery over Canadiens, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Brodeur stops Habs cold, Canadiens.com

Habs vs. Devils photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Three reasons why Devils beat Habs, The Star-Ledger

Devils’ Jagr passes Messier for seventh on all-time goals list, NHL.com

Senators Extra, Ottawa Citizen

 

200 Comments

  1. CH Marshall says:

    CHOP WOOD CARRY WATER

  2. The Jackal says:

    Where did all the comments go?

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  3. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Why is MB terrified of calling someone up from Hamilton all the sudden?

  4. Timo says:

    First!!! (on a new page)

  5. Kooch7800 says:

    Nice move by the Oilers bringing in Scrivens and Alberta boy. One problem though the team in front still learns to play team D

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  6. HabFab says:

    Hello? I can’t see you!

  7. Cal says:

    The amazing disappeared comments section. Was it something we wrote?

  8. mark-ID says:

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  9. frontenac1 says:

    Test.Hello Tokyo.

  10. Habcouver says:

    Price playing in Ottawa, does that mean Budaj gets call against Toronto?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  11. Habfan17 says:

    I read this morning that Byfuglien will probably be traded before the deadline. I wonder if Bergevin is interested! Being that he is a right handed d-man and of course, the fact he would bring much needed size to the second pairing, would you like to see the Habs trade for him? What would you be willing to give up? Gorges, Diaz and LeBlanc? Enough, not enough? Thoughts?

    Habfan17

  12. Just because I want to know if this is a test of strength or to see how many members will sign in, write something and watch it vanish :lol:

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  13. Bogie Man says:

    There is talk that Yakupov has been traded to the Habs..TSN Bob MacKenzie.

  14. SlovakHab says:

    If there is only one Habs-related article that you will read today, please make it this one.

    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2014/1/15/5311112/the-struggles-of-the-montreal-canadiens-arent-going-away-without

    I know he isn’t popular here, and I equally dislike the way he discusses with others (I don’t even comment there, even though most of their articles are good to excellent). However he hit the nail pretty well there, and the discussion below the article is equally good.

    There is a lot of evidence that MT and MB have been disintegrating this team in 2013-14 after a promising shortened season, and all that has been written in that article makes a lot, lot of sense to me. Hopefully it is not too late to reverse the trend. Please read it.

  15. RH says:

    Comment section has disappeared….

  16. bhjv1 says:

    First??

    Habs Forever!

  17. It shows there are 175 comments…but I can’t see them. Weird.

    Defense wins championships

  18. Bripro says:

    STU!!!
    I sent you an email.
    The comments aren’t showing up on this site, except through the iPhone HIO app.
    This is too much like a monologue. Please fix!

  19. shiram says:

    Where did the comments go? I’m not seeing any.

  20. Mattyleg says:

    Test.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  21. Bogie Man says:

    Habs screaming to get Yakupov…what really? I think he would be a nightmare.

  22. slamtherimtim says:

    i dont get why Dumba can play for his contry for free even when sick, but for a couple million , they get days off , makes no sense to me

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    Hello?

  24. Bripro says:

    Am I the only one having problems with not seeing the comments?
    I’ve posted on my desktop and my iPad, and nothing shows up.
    But I can see the comments on the HIO app on my phone.
    Very bizarre.

  25. Cal says:

    And suddenly all the comments have disappeared into the ether.
    This site is something else, t’ain’t it?

  26. flowerpower_74 says:

    HUH

    Montreal Canadiens-2013 and forever Northeast Division Champs

  27. bwoar says:

    Whoa. Did all the comments suddenly disappear?

    “thoroughbred”

  28. Hobie Hansen says:

    Where did all the comments go?

  29. Bripro says:

    What happened to all the comments?
    And not just on this thread….
    Something wrong with the site?
    Hello? IT Guy?
    Damn monkeys on strike again….

  30. Eddie says:

    Hendricks is a Prust type of player. High energy. Physical. He can skate and he plays in your face, no nonsense hockey.

    I like Hendricks. He makes the Oilers better. He is exactly the type of forward they need.

    They need experience on defence too of course.

    But with Scrivens and Hendricks I think the Oilers are a better hockey team today.

  31. Sportfan says:

    Did the comments disappear?

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  32. Bripro says:

    First? Oh… first on this page. OK. You suck.

  33. John Frodo says:

    DD flu will last a short time, but will the fever of hockey last a long time?

    I can not link ask HIO why?

    thinkingaboot.blogspot and look for Hockey Today

  34. Luke says:

    Dipsy mentioned this below:
    5 years of TT picking at the start of every round.
    Which made me think of this:

    I have long thought the draft should be serpentine. The team making the 1st pick overall next drafts 60th. The team picking 30th also picks 31st. etc…

  35. Les-Habitants says:

    Why don’t they just call up somebody from Hamilton? Enough of this 7dman stuff

  36. Sportfan says:

    Lol so apparently they moved Dub to make room for Scrivens, what do you guys think about that? I’d rather Cam Ward tbh.

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  37. Bogie Man says:

    Scrivens moving to Edmonton from LA for a pick?

  38. shiram says:

    Eklund is at it again, mentionning the Habs in rumour, but I like the answer he got….

    Hockey Buzz Eklund ‏@Eklund 13h

    Something looks to be up between Montreal and LA. Checking.

    LA Kings ‏@LAKings 13h

    @Eklund ya they still owe us a pizza.

  39. shiram says:

    Moves like this by the Oilers, well they make you appreciate the non-moves Bergevin is making.
    At least staying does not screw the pooch.

  40. DipsyDoodler says:

    Hey how much money can you raise on kickstarter?

    I’m thinking of buying the Habs and tanking for 4-5 years, like Edmonton, except with Timmins making the picks.

    And I mean old school Pittsburgh Penguins style tanking. Real tanking, nothing left to chance. Not Edmonton Oilers fail through incompetence tanking. Not LA Kings we have no fans so we don’t care tanking. Pittsburgh Penguins trade Jaromir Jagr for Kris Beech style tanking.

    5 years of TT picking at the start of every round.

    After the second Stanley Cup I sell the team back to the Molsons and all the investors get their money back, plus capital gains.

    • shiram says:

      Some game devs have amassed a couple millions for their games.
      Which would leave you about 600 millions off the buying Price of the Habs.
      Anyways, if that were to be so, HardHabits would have to have a very important role on the team.

    • The Jackal says:

      Let’s do it!

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  41. Mavid says:

    Colonoscopy tomorow afternoon, then going to the game that night…coincidence? Omen?…a sign of things to come…what do you all think

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  42. DAVE. N says:

    gee, we missed the boat;
    Matt Hendricks, 32, has two goals and two assists in 44 games with the Predators. During the summer he signed a four-year, $7.4 million contract .was traded to the Oilers for Devan Dubnyk, who will be a UFA.
    Can someone explain what the Oilers were thinking?

  43. shiram says:

    Edmonton OilersVerified account ‏@EdmontonOilers

    #Oilers acquire forward Matt Hendricks from @PredsNHL in exchange for goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

  44. Sportfan says:

    Edmonton trades away Dubnyk! For Matt Hendricks not the greatest trade ever, you’d expect a pick or something else to go to the Oilers.

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  45. CJ says:

    It’s beautiful in Ottawa today, so I certainly can’t let last night give me a case of the blues. Anybody have information regarding tomorrow’s pregame skate in Ottawa? I’d like to take my boys over in hopes of getting a picture with some players. I understand that practice is closed to the public, but we might try and catch the guys as they leave. If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated.

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      You mean the warm-up skate just before the game? That gets underway around 6:45. Parking is a hassle at the CTC (been called the worst in the league by some) so give yourself plenty of time for that. Enjoy the game!

  46. The Jackal says:

    Habs gotta fix the PP like NOW.
    We are weak 5 on 5 and it’s really screwing up our scoring.

    Not only that, but PK is getting less PP points and that’s hurting my fantasy team.

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  47. CJ says:

    As others have noted, I don’t get the unwillingness to dip into the talent pool in Hamilton, if only to serve as insurance should someone else get sick, or tweak an injury before puck drop. How embarrassing would it be if we were short one or two skaters because we weren’t carrying a full 23 man roster. Lastly, what message does that send to the players in Hamilton? I actually like Bergevin and this management team, but this is something that I certainly can’t stop questioning.

    • Sportfan says:

      CJ I feel the same way, it boggles the mind as to why we haven’t called anyone up yet.

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      • CJ says:

        Could there be a method to the perceived madness? I don’t think so, but I’ll take the wait and see approach. Again, I’m just bitter because I want to hammer Ottawa and Toronto and I don’t see how not replacing sick or injured players helps these short term goals.

    • Chris says:

      To be honest, I do get the unwillingness. Nobody in Hamilton is playing at a level that screams “I’m ready!”. The best of a lot of bad performances is Greg Pateryn, and the Habs are already benching veterans in the NHL.

      Among the forwards, it has been a gong show. Louis Leblanc is just holding off Mike Blunden, a career role player with no NHL offensive ability, in the AHL scoring race. Sven Andrighetto isn’t ready, and both he and Dumont represent more of what the Habs don’t need (small, speedy forwards). Thomas is just playing himself back into game shape, and Joonas Nattinen is increasingly looking like a fourth line plugger (something the Habs don’t exactly need at the moment).

      I honestly don’t see a single guy on that team that deserves a call-up right now, and that is disconcerting for the future of the Habs. Unfortunately for us, the two best forward prospects (Collberg and De La Rose) are in Sweden and thus unavailable, while Brady Vail and Connor Crisp can’t be called up from the CHL.

      If there is any help coming this year, it will probably have to be via trade. The best Habs prospects are either in positions of little immediate need (Beaulieu/Tinordi) or more than 2 years away (Fucale, De La Rose, Crisp, McCarron, Collberg).

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        The talent pool is dry, and has a cracked bottom with a couple of geckos sunning themselves.

        is what you’re suggesting.

        • Chris says:

          While I really like the visual of your analogy, I would probably go with that the pool is still being filled. Too many Montreal picks from 2008-2010 didn’t pan out, play positions that aren’t critical needs this season (Beaulieu, Tinordi) or are already with the big club (Gallagher). Kristo (traded for Thomas), Quailer, Nattinen and Leblanc, guys who should be pushing for NHL jobs, are increasingly looking like long-shots to become NHL regulars. So now we’ve got to wait a couple of years for the 2011-2013 draft picks to get to the point where they can start pushing for those jobs.

          • rhino514 says:

            I actually believe the habs need a strong deensive defenceman, so i would say there are guys who fill needs, they just aren´t progressing as fast as we hoped (Tinordi, Beaulieu, Pateryn)

            I will repeat it once more; the habs uber-defensive system hides the fact they are much better offensively and substantially weaker defensively than appearances would have you believe.
            They really only have two guys who are reliable defensively right now, Gorges and Subban, and that´s not enough.

      • CJ says:

        You make a number of strong points. If they recognize that LL is not a part of the future, perhaps it might be advantageous to promote him, if only for the purpose of showcasing him for a potential trade.

        Lastly, I don’t think we have given some of our prospects a fair shake. We brought up holland earlier this year and plunked him on the fourth line. Last night was a great opportunity to bring up a Holland, Thomas, or Leblanc and try them on the second line. Let’s see what we have. Bringing up players and using them out of position is a losing proposition.

        Respectfully I’d rather a C level prospect playing last night then 7 defencemen. Although I agree with you that this is an indictment on our existing talent pool at the forward position, the Bulldogs have been playing much better lately and deserved a greater consideration.

        Thank you again for sharing. Although I’m a new contributor, I’ve been a reader of this forum for a number of years, and subsequently hold your opinion in the highest of regards.

    • scotland says:

      yes it is moronic that when galchenyuk went down and white already out mt replaces chucky with…….here it comes…..BOULION……a 38 year old small 7th defenceman that is usually a healthy scratch?? scratch your head on that one.

      but ya know what…..i go to bulldog games…..they are playing great and consistent. fun watching. the habs are going nowhere so i say just leave them alone.

      lol…therrien answer is 1. dont call up anyone from the red hot winning streak bulldogs. 2. go with 11 forwards and seven d. uneven number of both. 3. line juggling is now a must with the forwards and d. and we all know he loves to juggle lines.

      btw….since chucky went down the forwards on the habs have a combined 1 goal with the 7-11 combo.

  48. JohnBellyful says:

    Kilroy was here.
    Godot? Hasn’t showed up yet.
    Time? Came and went. Waits for no one.
    Timo? He’s never left.

  49. The Jackal says:

    Is MT still the coach?

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  50. JohnBellyful says:

    Word’s out the Canadiens are about to take a bold step to satisfy their fans …

    MONTREAL – Rumours are flying the Montreal Canadiens are furiously working on an extraordinary plan to make them legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.
    While no one from the organization would officially comment on the rumours that have surfaced in the last 48 hours, one high-placed source offered a tantalizing hint: “Expect the unexpected, it’s going to be big.”
    His remarks, said while standing in line for coffee at Café Saint-Henri, fuelled a new round of speculation that the radical changes in store include the acquisition of a power forward who can score goals and punch faces.
    Another source with close ties to the Canadiens, however, dismissed such talk as “coffee shop froth,” saying: “It’s a lot more than a simple trade. When they’re done you won’t recognize the team when it plays.”
    Within hours, his tweet had ballooned from an innocuous text message into a full-blown controversy, with Twitter users confidently predicting everything from the team doing a complete make-over of its uniforms to having the players undergo plastic surgery.
    Left unexplained was how these changes would propel Montreal into the ranks of the National Hockey League’s elite teams.
    “That’s not surprising, most fans are outrageously stupid,” said veteran hockey writer Pat Hickey. But his inside connections have also confided to him that “something is afoot and that the team is close at hand to making headlines around the world.”
    A team spokesman said the Canadiens will make an announcement tomorrow afternoon at a press conference.
    But fans won’t have to wait that long for the secret to be revealed, according to one on-air report.
    A sorcerer with the team told Faux News the club has decided to proceed in an entirely new direction.
    “Canadien’s supporters have become impatient,” he said. “Twenty years without a Cup, you can understand why. Now the only way you can get better in a hurry is through trades, but those same fans say will tell you, ‘Don’t sacrifice the future, don’t sacrifice the future!’ They’re right, of course, because most fans are incredibly intelligent. Trading your draft picks for top-six players, no matter how good they are, is still a crap shoot and no guarantee of success.
    “So, don’t sacrifice the future … but what about players who are injured, not pulling their weight, healthy scratches. You always hear about players making a sacrifice for the good of the team. Well, the Canadiens are now asking some of its players – who aren’t even contributing – to BE a sacrifice, to make a good team better.”
    The black arts specialist clarified the Canadiens “didn’t necessarily ask” some players to “stake one for the team.” It was more a case of reminding them forcefully of their oft-stated declaration to give “110 per cent” of themselves.
    “Being burned at the stake would fit most people’s idea of a 110 per cent commitment,” he said
    The ritual sacrifice will not be televised, “although Rogers TV made a tempting offer, but we have our standards,” the team’s senior vice-wizard said.
    The sorcerer broke with club policy on contractual matters by disclosing terms of the team’s pact with Satan: It’s for five years, at a cost of three souls annually, in exchange for four first-place finishes, three conference titles and two Stanley Cups.
    “And a Selke Trophy for Tomas.”
    He said the team’s not worried about the impact the deal could have on signing free agents or extending contracts to keep a full roster.
    “We’ve got some depth on the farm. And we’ve instructed Timmins to select a bunch of stiffs in the late rounds. Devil worshippers, preferably. But Scientologists will do.”

    – “A little song, a sacrifice, will help the team win on the ice.” –

  51. habsfan0 says:

    Ottawa is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games.
    If the Laffs beat Buffalo tonight, they’ll be 3-0 awaiting the Habs Saturday.
    I wonder if this is an area of concern for MT & MB.

    • bwoar says:

      I doubt it. Nothing they can do to affect other teams’ play or records, just get your own team prepped. See how they are winning and counter it.

      “thoroughbred”

    • CJ says:

      I’m certainly concerned. This is a brutal month. Lots of four point games. The good news is we should know if we are playoff bound by the Olympic break. We need to take at least two of the next four games, otherwise both Toronto and Ottawa could surpass us.

    • scotland says:

      habs will lose both yet price will still be there best player.

      gorges was the goat on first 3 devil goals last night. cannot make a clean pass has to throw it round the boards every time. on his first shif last night gave the puck away twice that led to scoring for devils. against sens in play offs last season he and diaz were made to be senators biatches for 5 games. expect the same from them thursday night.

  52. joeybarrie says:

    so no one called up from Hamilton???? Despite White and DD are day to day and could very well play tomorrow? So dumb. Why take the chance? I mean just call up a kid to travel to Montreal and probably not play, just sit in the box. We can just send him right down to travel back… I mean this guy doesn’t need to play or practice with his team or anything…
    I just don’t understand why we haven’t been completely updated on every thought going on in the entire organization…. Grrrr. Makes me so darn mad…..

  53. habsfan0 says:

    So,DD,a forward, is a last minute scratch,and they replace him with Bouillon,a defenceman.
    There MUST be a method to their madness.

  54. Ian Cobb says:

    Which coach is responsible for the non power play.
    There are other set ups than just setting up PK’s one timer.!
    A 1–3–1 set up,
    A 2–2–1 or
    the1–2–2

    We are not even getting shots on net, let alone plays in front. Brutal,

  55. montreal ace says:

    If the Habs put me on a steady diet of games like last night, I should lose about 2 wks from drinking, before the end of the season

  56. Wintercount says:

    Steve Moore, ex-Avalanche player, forms concussion foundation.
    - Denver Post

  57. veryhabby says:

    No call ups…it’s the flu so I guess they will wait till last minute. But I don’t get why. We have cap space, even if the kid gets sent down the same, or next day, so what u wasted a few dollars off your cap.

    I don’t see a trade coming. I see this as the coach/GM saying this is your team. No help coming from elsewhere. Play your role and we’ll be fine. We are showing loyality to you, so give us your all.

    But 7 dman, and basically 3 lines cause Parros won’t play either. You can do that for a game, two MAYBE. But then wake up, and do what’s best for the team.

    Have to think they believe DD will be good to go Thurs. Also, seeing how they are in Ontario, won’t take too long for a call up to arrive at last minute.

    But come to think of it. MB prob figures, “why do a call up when MT won’t even play the kid anyways. He’ll be sitting next to Parros most of the game.”

  58. JUST ME says:

    I do not understand why no one is being recalled from Hamilton. I just do not think that Parros or Bouillon should play every day and/or against every team. Furthermore apart from D.D. the closest to a comeback is White and with all due respect, he is no Galchenyuk… It would be more promissing to recall someone than to use 7 defensmen who can use the rest here and there.

  59. Steeltown Hab says:

    Anyone else notice Eller and Gallgher’s hardwork started to rub off on Pacioretty as the game went on. I actually noticed him digging for pucks from time to time.

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  60. durocher says:

    No Setoguchi or Kane practicing for the Jets this morning. Could Setoguchi be on this way to Montreal? Kane apparently is injured.

  61. Timo says:

    So Therrien will go with a useless 7D lineup again instead of getting a forward from A? That is a brilliant strategy.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Therrien deals with the team that he has when he gets to the rink. I’d assume that he can suggest to MB to call someone up but at the end of the day, Therrien works with the team Bergevin gives him.

      F’n Therrien….won’t put all the players we’d like to trade for on the ice for the Habs. What an ass.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  62. Habilis says:

    Still nobody called up from Hamilton…

    Either MB is about to make a trade, or he is pinching pennies in preparation for one. That’s the only way this makes any sense.

    If nobody is up by tonight, then something is definitely going on.

    • shiram says:

      Have to think that Desharnais is day to day, he could play tomorrow.
      AFAIK, White is close too.
      So that might be why he’s not calling someone up.

      • Habilis says:

        Maybe, but why even take the chance? This is the NHL, not the Federal League.

        A call-up from Hamilton for 3 or 4 days in literally pocket change to the Habs, so it’s obviously not a money thing.

        Just makes no sense to me.

        • shiram says:

          Guys that could get the callup are Dumont, Blunden, Leblanc maybe St-Pierre.
          My pick would be Leblanc, but maybe he still is in Therrien/Bergevin’s doghouse…

        • Luke says:

          Unless that Hamilton guy actually plays in a game, it is wasted pocket change that chips away at what remains of the Cap.

          If they have enough bodies to hold a useful practice, you are better off leaving the roster as is. (or call Timo and see if it’s ok to cancel practice).

          (EDIT): Recall in previous years when both Calgary and NJ ran afoul of the cap numbers and actually had to dress fewer than the 18 players allowed on a roster in order to remain compliant.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      The pinching pennies theory has crossed my mind, I’ll admit. You’d think they’d call up someone just to give them some experience, or to evaluate someone (Leblanc) …

    • montreal ace says:

      Habilis if nobody is up by tonight, then nothing is definitely going to happen

    • durocher says:

      Leblanc should be getting the call — it’s not like our offense is on fire and we couldn’t use a scoring forward

  63. desertman says:

    Was at the game last night, here are some notes:

    1. Briere looked pretty good at center (nothing great but pretty solid).

    2. Holy crap we are a fast team, we need to use our speed more to our advantage. The dangling at the line crap is pretty useless especially when a team like Jersey clogs the neutral zone. Get the puck the puck to center, dump it and retrieve. We should be good at this.

    3. Subban is getting smarter with his decision making.

    4. Our powerplay movement was good. Better than our last couple games. I agree that we need to get more bodies to the net, especially against a Brodeur type goalie.

    5. Pacs needs to shoot everytime he has a chance. Period.

    6. Emelin is a better puck handler and skater than he gets credit for. Why he doesn’t get time on the second PP unit over Georges or Boullion is beyond me (he played point back in Russia all the time).

    7. Ok now I don’t hate on Georges, like everyone else on this forum I wish he was 3 inches taller and 25 pounds heavier, but it is what it is. The guys game is based off not making mistakes and usually does a good job but holy crap he sucked yesterday.

    Goal 1 – When Jagr, a left hand shot comes down the off wing, the one thing you absolutely do not do is give him the slot. He was close to the net and all georges had to do was show him the outside and let him go behind or around the net. Instead he commits down low and Jagr has all the time in the world to cut back in. Even if that wasnt Jagr, you just dont do that. If you did that in junior you would get pooped on by the coach, what a Ridiculous mistake.

    Goal 2- that was not a penalty

    Goal 3 – Georges needed to tie up his man. if it was Corey Perry beating him for position I would understand but cmon. He had position on the forward and he got pushed off like a 5 year old school girl. Embarrassingly weak.

    Georges lost us the game. Otherwise I thought we played pretty well. Giving the Devils a Brodeur a two goal lead into third never ends well.

    Georges needs to get his act together otherwise I will join the other posters here asking him to be shipped out of town…

    Cheers

    • montreal ace says:

      Desertman thanks for the game notes, always nice to get first hand info.

    • Luke says:

      Gorges.

      Normally I wouldn’t point that out, but if half of your post is pointing out his errors, you should probably spell the poor guy’s name correctly.

      (PS: I’m not disagreeing with what you’ve said… especially the Shooting thing, while not EVERY time… I do think this team looks for passes too often at the expense of good shooting opportunities).

  64. jsaz says:

    100k/m hour winds today in alberta. Good day to fly a kite I guess

  65. Timo says:

    If my man DD doesn’t get well soon Habs will be on the outside looking in. Talk about your integral piece missing.

  66. habsguru says:

    congrats rlj


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