Gionta’s season is over; Prust, White out for Game 5; Price listed as day-to-day

The Canadiens returned home following Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Senators in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in Ottawa.

Down 3-1 in the series, the Canadiens will be facing elimination in Game 5 Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

The Canadiens announced Wednesday that captain Brian Gionta will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a torn left bicep and will not return this season. Brandon Prust and Ryan White will both miss Thursday’s game with upper-body injuries, while goalie Carey Price is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Gionta had surgery on his right bicep last season.

Hear what Gionta had to say Wednesday about his injury by clicking here.

Hear what goalie Peter Budaj, who replaced the injured Price in overtime Tuesday, had to say Wednesday by clicking here.

The Canadiens held a team stretching session Wednesday afternoon in Brossard, while goalies Budaj and Robert Mayer hit the ice for a practice session along with Mike Blunden, Yannick Weber, Tomas Kaberle and Davis Drewiske. Lars Eller skated alone earlier Wednesday for the first time since being injured in Game 1 from a check by Eric Gryba, who was suspended for two games by the NHL. Eller was briefly hospitalized after suffering a loss of consciousness, a concussion, and facial and dental fractures from the hit.

Defenceman Josh Gorges felt the Canadiens sat back too much while trying to protect a 2-0 lead in the third period of Game 4 in Ottawa.

 “We sat back,” Gorges told reporters after the game. “We were all right, We got pucks when we needed to, but then we allowed them to come into our zone too easily and then there was a scramble at the end. We did some good things but we didn’t win.”

Habs lose in OT, go down 3-1, by Pat Hickey

No icing on this cake, by Pat Hickey

Price hurting, Canadiens hurting, by Dave Stubbs

Kerry Fraser says Senators goal shouldn’t have counted, by Stu Cowan

Game 4 photo gallery

Subban focused on team, not awards, by Dave Stubbs

Senators lead series 3-1, NHL.com

Against the wall, canadiens.com

Montreal-area Sens fan gets royal treatment, The Canadian Press

Bad to worse for the Canadiens, Ottawa Citizen

Lady luck is wearing a Senators sweater, Ottawa Citizen

Sens have Habs on the ropes, Ottawa Sun

Subban gets people talking, Ottawa Sun

Latendresse remains out of Sens lineup, Ottawa Sun

(Photo by Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

 

 

723 Comments

  1. FlyAngler says:

    It might be small consolation, but Kerry Fraser has weighed in…….
    NO GOAL!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      He also thought the Gryba hit wasn’t suspend-able…

      he’s had some calls on TSN that I’ve agreed with and some I haven’t. On the goal last night, I completely agree with him.

  2. SteverenO says:

    50+ years watching hockey , can’t remember a game where the refs were so obviously favoring one team over another.

    First the good:

    The coaching staff prepared the team well. They had them playing disciplined and smart hockey two-way hockey from the get go.
    The line combos were excellent.

    Price played a strong game.

    The line of Dumont, Moen, and Armstrong played a very strong two way game.

    The line of Chucky, Halpern, and Prust played a very strong two way game.

    All three defence pairings played a pretty good game, for two periods anyway.

    The team exhibited amazing self control and did not allow the referees terrible calling and the Sens continuous roughing and interference to goad them into retaliatory, or undisciplined penalties. the coaching staff and especially MT deserves a whole lot of credit for that.

    The bad:

    Powerplay mismanagement:
    The Ref’s made sure that we didn’t get many opportunities, but
    The one powerplay we had was poorly managed. Starting the line of 67/51/11 which has been terribly non-productive on the PP all year long, is nothing short of inexcusable and unforgivable. The PP finished with the “A” PP line of 73/14/17.. The problem with starting the wrong line first is that by the time the line change was complete (bourque replacing Pacioretty 1:05 seconds in) Markov was out of gas.He left the ice 18 secs later. The PP was then cut short by 17 seconds with the penalty to Subban. The end result is that our best PP unitil 5 played together for 18 seconds of the 1: 43 total PP time we were given.
    A third goal there may have salted the game away, and the fact that the coaching staff still does not recognize the the line of 67/51/11 is perhaps the least productive PP line in the entire NHL, is perhaps the biggest reason , in my opinion, that a comeback in this series is very very unlikely.

    (I would have removed Markov from the first wave of the PP but its hard to blame the coach for putting him out there.)

    Player Ice time management:
    This is again something that is very hard , no strike that IMPOSSIBLE, to understand.

    Playing “defensively” or benching “Chucky” was NOT the worst move, although both are inexplicable and unjustifiable just the same. Chucky is BETTER defensively than both Pacioretty, Ryder, Gallagher, who all played a regular shift in the 3rd period.

    Dumont was 6 of 6 in the face off circle and you would think that the coaching staff was aware that while he played only 93 minutes at even strength during the regular season , the opponents scored only ONE GOAL on the HAbs while Dumont was on the ice. Armstrong is pretty much useless in terms of offensive productivity , but one of, if not THE best defensive forwards on the team. The team allowed but one goal every 38 minutes that Armstrong was on the ice all season along.
    Moen, has been criticized, and rightly so for his uninspired play all season long, but the coaching staff stayed with him because of his playoff experience and his STRONG defensive abilities.
    The team allowed one goal every 32 minutes with Moen on the ice all season long.

    So lets recap the line of

    Armtrong – 38 ,minutes oer GA
    Dumont – 93 minutes per GA
    Moen – 32 mins per GA

    played TWO shift s in the second period..Moen was moved up to take over Chucky ( 28 mins per GA) spot with Halpern and Prust.

    the line of

    MaxPac —– 21 ,minutes oer GA
    Desharnais – 19 minutes per GA
    GAlly-11 —- 20 mins per GA

    played 8 shifts and almost 6 minutes in the third period

    while Armstrong and Dumont were nailed to the bench;

    I would have to think that at the NHL level the coaching staff in preparing for a “Must win” playoff game, gave some consideration to

    a) an overall game plan
    b) what they would do of they were behind by 2 or more goals in the 3rd period
    c) what they would do if they were ahead by two or more goals in the third period.

    Happily, we were faced with option C a two goal lead.

    These are your available wingers and their defensive numbers based on an entire season of work: and the amount of EVEN STRENGTH ice time they got in the third period

    Armstrong : 38 minutes oer GA — TOI 2:31
    Moen: 32 minutes oer GA —TOI 4:04
    Prust: 36 minutes oer GA —TOI 4:16
    Chucky: 28 minutes oer GA —TOI 1:54
    Bourque- 27 minutes oer GA —TOI 7:00
    Ryder- 24 minutes oer GA —TOI 6:25
    MaxPac- 21 minutes oer GA —TOI 5:36
    Gally-11: 20 minutes oer GA —TOI 4:49

    What about the center position:

    Dumont : 93 minutes oer GA — TOI 2:08
    Plekanec: 28 minutes oer GA —TOI 7:41
    Halpern: 28 minutes oer GA —TOI 4:39
    Desharnais: 19 minutes oer GA —TOI 5:09

    For the line of 67/51/11 to play more than the line of 32/37/20
    and for at least NOT substituting Armstrong for either pAcioretty or Ryder, or Gallagher in the third oeriod shows, in my opinion ,a complete and utter disregard for intelligent bench management

    I do not even have to mention the getting caught with GAllagher taking a defensive zone face off when leading by two goals with 8 minutes to play. Or Having Plekanec lining up with Bourque and RYDER lose 3 consecutive faceoffs in the defensive zone at 18:13 , 18:35, and 19:06. While Armstrong Moen,and Halpern, are sitting on the bench.

    Now you can say what you want about MT and his coaching abilities, and you can give him as much credit as you want for his role in turning this team around from last years disaster, but if he is to remain as a coach , the GM better damn well find an assistant who has enough intelligence to be able to distribute the ice time in a manner that gives us the best chance to win the game.

    If a blind folded monkey, (or a bug eyed walrus) threw darts at a list of players on a poster, he could not POSSIBLY have come up with a worse ice time distribution for a team trying to hold on to a 2 goal lead in the third period,

    regards,

    Steve O.

    • Maritime Ron says:

      I must say, I really enjoy your well researched posts

    • ihabto says:

      Great analysis of the numbers but you missed a couple things that probably only show up if you were watching the game.

      When Montreal started its powerplay 14/17/73 were at the end of a shift; Plekanec had been on the ice for 1:09. So you go with the other guys while they get a quick rest.

      As for the second part, I think Therrien was just trying to bench Galchenyuk. Watching Galchenyuk (love him but…) all series he has been playing stick-waving pokechecking defence and gambling that he gets the puck, putting himself out of defensive position if he misses. So I think Therrien simply wanted to bench Galchenyuk and replace him with Moen on that line. The collateral damage was that Dumont and Armstrong had to sit because he didn’t want to mess with the other lines who were playing well on both sides of the puck.

  3. The Jackal says:

    Those blaming MT or the players for the loss, you’re wrong this time around.
    The ref excuse is usually cheap and not really applicable but in this case it is.
    Those goals were not legal and if the Habs scored them you could bet your house that the Sens would be as outraged as we are.
    We are the better team. I still think we can bounce back and take it to 7 and win.

    We need to stick to our game plan more than ever and keep pushing the play.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      No matter what happened, Therrien and Daigneault had to have anybody but Gorges and Diaz on the ice in the dying seconds, that was brutal. Diaz sucks and Gorges is also having a terrible season.

      ****************
      “It’s frightening to contemplate how this undersized team would fare in a seven-game series against St. Louis, L.A. or Chicago..”

      –Mike Boone

  4. Savardian_Spinorama says:

    Reporting from enemy territory (my office in Kanata )…Sens fans are very well aware they don’t belong one win away from the next round. Alfredsson said as much on local TV last night. They know we got a raw deal on the icing calls at the end. The tainted goal could easily have gone our way in the opinion of a lot people too. Same with the “non-penalty” calls. We got jobbed in a lot of ways. Nothing to do about it except “out skill” them (again) Thursday and hope for a better result.

  5. Ladies and Gentlemen we have a new troll amongst us.

    Habfan4lfe
    May 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    Course you wouldn’t be surprised you think this club can come back 3 games and beat Ottawa. HAHAHA! Shit, I bet you believe in Santa Claus still.

    Habfan4lfe
    May 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    Shame on you for being another brainless hab fan who can’t see the writing on the wall.

    Ignore at all cost, he is not worth our time and space.

    He is not a Hab fan for Life

    He is here to make good people angry.

    We are better than that.

    GO HABS GO

    GO HABS GO

    GO HABS GO

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Custom Sports Figures

    • Alex_425 says:

      He’s either that, or the sorest of losers.

      But I’m no expert….

    • Bripro says:

      I hope he comes to the summit.

    • Loonie says:

      He’s down in the dumps like a lot of Habs fans today Shane. Calling him out for being pissed off isn’t necessary today in my opinion.

      • Bripro says:

        I wouldn’t call him out if he didn’t spend his time trashing the rest of us.

      • Ozmodiar says:

        I was so pissed off last night that I went outside with my trusty ax and chopped down a tree.

        ….just to piss off that smug sens coach!

      • Scroll down and read his last 20 comments to fans here.

        Shane Oliver
        Twitter @Sholi2000
        http://www.Sholi2000.com
        Custom Sports Figures

        • Loonie says:

          Today is today. I’ve never known him to be a troll Shane.

          • Habfan4lfe
            May 8, 2013 at 11:28 am
            Seriously people, don’t even show up for the next game go have a life and forget your team until next season. You are embarrassing yourself on the poll to add insult to injury. I don’t have any plans to watch the game. None at all. Maybe you’ll gain some sense and figure it out. The team is washed up, the refs are biased, games are fixed. If you couldn’t figure that out based on the last game, you are embarrassing. I read this board and it’s no wonder Habs fans are made fun of all the time.
            Habfan4lfe
            May 8, 2013 at 11:41 am
            No, I think you should be giving your head a wack fella. This team does not have what it takes to overtake Ottawa and/or the refs. You need to wake up to reality. You like many habs fans are in La-La land and you are embarrassing as hell. Habs fans are the laughing stock of the NHL, especially more so recently. From the attack on the Sens coach to forcing a girl in a school to wear a Habs shirt. Pathetic.
            Habfan4lfe
            May 8, 2013 at 11:46 am
            40 years of watching fella. How about you? This team is dead, face the facts. If you think “this” team is going to come back you seriously are smoking some great drugs.
            Habfan4lfe
            May 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm
            I don’t live in denial but it’s obvious most of you do. Explains a lot. Don’t get mad at people that laugh at you, they been laughing at you for +20 years including Bettman.

            Shane Oliver
            Twitter @Sholi2000
            http://www.Sholi2000.com
            Custom Sports Figures

          • Blondemon says:

            I agree with Sholi, you can become a troll if every single one of your posts in one day is negative or bashing other commenters.

            ***Drive for 25***

    • Habilis says:

      Troll, troll, go away
      Don’t come again another day
      You whine all night
      You cry “The Price isn’t right!”
      Do you even watch the Habs when they play?

    • Ron says:

      Shane, enough of the calling out other posters no matter how much they try to stir the pot on here. Shane, your a troll of a different nature, a stalking troll. Use your own advise and smile and wave.

  6. sprague cleghorn says:

    Gionta to undergo bicep surgery on Friday per Luc Gelinas @ RDS

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  7. Bripro says:

    Do you all remember where the predictions had our Habs before the season started?
    13th by TSN
    15th by NESN
    12th by the Journal de Montreal
    9-12th by various english writers (Montreal-based)
    Mostly out of the playoffs.
    So for a re-building year, I’m also very proud of what this team has done.
    And I’m glad to post it here. I just hope it drowns out the bashing by these idiots who spend their day trashing the rest of us.
    Time for them to start their own site:
    “Trolls-R-us”

    • Blondemon says:

      Agreed, but….given they won the division and finished 2nd overall, and playing a team I think has no soul, nor any star besides Karlsson, and a goalie whose expiry date is due pretty soon….pretty frustrating turn of events for our Habs.

      ***Drive for 25***

    • habstrinifan says:

      I sincerely hope that you aren’t calling everyone (like myself for instance) who appreciates the great improvement shown by the standings, but still have some significant questions, TROLLS.

      If so I would have to disagree.

      • Bripro says:

        “…idiots who spend their day trashing the rest of us.”
        Read Shane’s post (Sholi – above). You’ll know who I’m talking about.

    • bellcentre hotdog says:

      Only 1 NHL team has a Calder Trophy candidate (21 years old)

      AND

      a Norris Trophy candidate. (23 years old)

      Reasons for optimism!

  8. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Horrible officiating aside,we are the walking wounded out there. A part of me just wants this series over now. No sense risking careers over a cup that will never be. I thought Prusts arm was going to fall off.

  9. Gerry H says:

    Geez. Gionta tore his other biceps.

    Edit: I guess he actually has been giving 110%, huh?

  10. NS-Hab says:

    I know there has been lots of talk about the reffing, but I would like to add one more thought to the conversation: has anyone noticed how often icing is waved off for opposing teams in comparison to the Habs. In last nights game, the Sens iced the puck, it was waved off by the “”failed ref”" “Donkeys” and on the play out of the Habs zone the pass missedand it went the lengnt of the ice to be called for icing. This senerio has happened all season. Does anyone keep a record of this. This is how the failed refs can determine the outcome of a game. Comments???

    • Loonie says:

      In last night’s game yes. But I don’t feel the Habs get the shaft in that area regularly.

      • Gerry H says:

        Actually, in support of that, just before the two freebies to Karlsson and Gonchar, there was one icing waved off that I thought shouldn’t have. Anderson was showing his displeasure with the linesman, which may have played a role in the later calls.

    • Blondemon says:

      Good point. Just seconds before the mystery faceoff spot that led to the 2-1 goal, I saw Anderson aka Jacques Plante 2.0 whining to the linesmen that an icing should be called. Methinks the linesmen decided to gift a favourable faceoff to them to even out what the whiny Sens goalie thought was an unfairly waived off icing.

      ***Drive for 25***

  11. Loonie says:

    Lots of “but the team held back in the third” in excusing the officials and justifying the loss.

    I’m sorry but……

    1. One minor penalty called on the Senators and it was an after the whistle call.

    2. A dropped puck on a faceoff whistled down well late and redone with Desharnais being kicked out yet again.

    2. A puck kicked in that was ruled a goal on the ice and held up to the astonishment of nobody, what with it being NHL executives making the final call and all.

    3. Two icings late where Gonchar and Karlsson didn’t deserve the icing calls.

    4. A faceoff on the incorrect side of the ice which funny enough put Karlsson into a wide open space instead of hugging the boards.

    Yeah. The Habs played defense first hockey in the third period and the Senators applied pressure. But they weren’t getting scoring chances. Bad calls completely swung and decided the game.

    As for the doom and gloom crowd here today who are courageously predicting the end has come. The Habs completely dominated play in the first two home games and get two of the next possible three at home. This series isn’t over yet.

    • mksness says:

      the goal could have gone either way.

      • Loonie says:

        I’m sorry but you’re wrong. It was pointed out on CBC that the kicking motion didn’t occur until after the puck had made contact with Zibanejad’s skate. That doesn’t matter. Kicking motion is a kicking motion and there’s no way in hell that’s a good goal. None.

        It’s the same as a high stick or directing the puck in with a glove. There’s no grey area. It was a kicking motion and should have been disallowed

        Edit: The reason it doesn’t matter is because the kicking motion occurred. And if it hadn’t occurred, the puck may not have gone into the net. No goal.

        • mksness says:

          well why did the league okay it? players are told to go towards the net with their skates angled now.

          he totally directed the puck into the net but i don’t think he kicked it in. it’s a stupid technicality i guess but that’s why it stood.

          If you’re montreal you have to go out and respond with offense. so while the refs and calls were bad ( it’s been horrible across the playoffs by the way, blues/kings series you have to murder someone to get a call), teams have to just play and 4 shots in the third and poor player management falls on what the habs can control.

          • Bripro says:

            The league didn’t.
            The Toronto-based “unbiased” camera officials did.

          • Loonie says:

            Well far be it for me to question the motives of the NHL but with Colin Campbell, Terry Gregson and Mike Murphy running things in the Toronto War Room I’m not exactly confident that objectivity and integrity are the main principles in decision making.

            And this isn’t the first time that Mike Murphy has defied logic in favour of the Senators.

            http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2011/01/21/kings_gm_fined_50000_for_rant_against_mike_murphy.html

            Further to that. The kicking motion happened. The angle changing of the skate turning it inward while stopping is further proof of that. It wasn’t a regular stop by Zibanejad.

    • Bripro says:

      Tom, that’s the most rational post I’ve ever read from you, and I agree entirely…. without exception.

    • Blondemon says:

      a+. And Galley is still wondering why Michalek got that penalty. Last I checked punching a guy is still roughing in this league.

      ***Drive for 25***

    • JF says:

      The Habs have dominated the Senators in three of the four games, yet we’re down 3-1 in the series. Not only that, but we’re trailng the Sens in every category – goaltending, powerplay, penalty kill, even-strength scoring. I’d like to be optimistic, but with our banged-up lineup, it’s pretty difficult. Our guys are dropping like flies while the Sens are healthy with the exception of Jason Spezza. The only thing I can hope is that Marc Bergevin made enough of a stink about the officiating last night to have an impact on how tomorrow night’s game is called. The Sens have gotten literally all the bounces so far.

  12. Andie Bennett ‏@AndieCBC 8s
    Brian Gionta’s season is over. He will have surgery on torn biceps on Friday. #cbcmtl

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  13. Bill says:

    So long Captain Gionta, good luck with the surgery.

  14. Small_Town_Boy says:

    MT did it his way …

    And now, the end is here
    And so I face the final curtain

    And more, much more than this, I did it my way

    Regrets, I’ve had a few
    But then again, too few to mention
    I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
    I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
    And more, much more than this, I did it my way

    Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
    When I bit off more than I could chew
    But through it all, when there was doubt
    I ate it up and spit it out
    I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

    Yes, it was my way

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  15. RiverviewCanadien says:

    So now that I have calmed down after last night’s loss, today I am more optimistic.

    What’s that? Sure, I’ll tell you why.

    Point 1: The first NHL game I took my father to was Game 7 against BOS and Price had a shutout (we are 1-0 in Game 7s LOL). I never intended on getting Game 7 tickets that playoff run, as I was going to get Game 5 tickets, but the seats for Game 7 were too good to be true, the rest is history. Well low and behold, I purchased Game 7 tickets in advance this round, because of the excitement and great time we both had that trip up from NB, the game, after the game (Old Orchard Pub – our home away from home), and the drive home. All worth it and will be worth it again this Sunday.
    Point 2: Here at work, we do have a few Sens fans, and one in particular, decided it was a good idea the day after they won Game 1, to plant his Sens car window flag on one of my white boards before I got into work. I took it with stride and had a good chuckle, but thought to myself, “wow, 1 win in and already on my case”. Well we know what happened in Game 2. He took his flag back the next day and kept it. And we lost Game 3, and Game 4. Well today, I am hearing it from all the fans at work, and guess what the “one in particular” did, he decided to plant the flag again. Game 5 is ours. I am thinking on keeping it this time…you know not allowing him to take it back!
    Point 3: I am not one of those’ laugh in your face’ fans when the Habs win. I do not like that attitude directed at me, so I always try to carry that “do unto others…” mantra I have been taught. Karma is a bitch sometimes and Good always triumphs over evil.

    Any ways, Les Boys will win it forcing the Sens and their army to retreat.

    BTW, I purchased 4 tickets for myself, my father and two brothers (section 334 – White), unfortunately, my brothers cannot make it. If anyone is interested in 2 tickets to game 7, shoot me an email.

    GO HABS GO

  16. jedimyrmidon says:

    Anyone here think ‘they’ will come up with another way to morally crush the Habs in Game 5?

    Maybe they’ll call everything against the Sens like they have against the Habs so far this series, and then laugh at the Habs’ PP and their depleted lineup going against the #1 PK just to rub more salt into the Habs’ wounds?

    Maybe they’ll appear to give the Habs favourable calls so that the reffing isn’t an excuse (somehow absolving the refs of what happened in Game 4), and then hope the Habs fall flat on their faces, their defeat total and complete. If I wanted to further break the Habs, that’s a gamble I would take with their devastated lineup.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I think it is total BS but I could easily see the officials giving the Habs a few makeup calls on Thursday. That’s how messed up officiating in the NHL is.

      ****************
      “It’s frightening to contemplate how this undersized team would fare in a seven-game series against St. Louis, L.A. or Chicago..”

      –Mike Boone

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Same here. Basically handing out breadcrumbs to the Habs when it is virtually meaningless, and has more chance of further chipping at the Habs’ confidence. Just toying with them basically.

  17. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Lets Go Budaj Thursday night.

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  18. Bripro says:

    I believe it was during the lock-out that one of the threads was entitled “Max wants to model himself after Cole.” … or something along those lines.
    Well, I think he succeeded. At least he certainly resembles this year’s edition.
    He must be hurt, because on a particular play last night, he started up the boards, and Karlsson squeezed him out of the play along the boards.
    And I believe that Max has at least a few pounds on him.
    He’s certainly not playing like the Max of last year.
    At least tomorrow night, he’ll have the opportunity to make amends.

  19. Gally365 says:

    All in all. We had a pretty good season. We accomplished what the team had set out to do. And that was to make the playoffs.
    we don’t have a Stanley cup team and that’s due mainly to toughness.
    If a team can’t beat us on the scoreboard. They beat us physically. which in turn. We come out of it with injuries. We don’t have good enough replacements to carry on.
    I hope at draft time Mr. Bergevin and his staff can see this. Draft players that’s Big, Tough and skilled it’s seems that’s the only way you can have a chance at winning a Stanley cup.

  20. habs1992 says:

    Why does the ref wave of the second goal, then counts it anyway, WTF, wake up NHL. wake up.

    I support Carey Price

  21. krulmadden says:

    We’re dead. I can not see us winning game 5 and the series. I want us to win and advance to play Pittsburgh or Boston for the east title. But it’s obvious that the league via its refs does not want Montreal in the playoffs. GM Bergevin went downstairs to speak with the NHL director in charge of officiating about the lousy calls and non calls during the 2nd intermission. What happens next you all saw. Ah well, at least the Memorial Cup starts soon.

  22. leehammer says:

    Shame on the (currently) 354 people who hit “NO” to that pole question.

    • pgd24 says:

      yes we need some faith. habs have outplayed sens in 3 games but are unfortunately down 3-1.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      I’m afraid I’m one of them (did I just paint a target on my back?).

      The Habs have some major injuries (Price, Prust, Eller, Emelin, Gionta, Pacs, probably Ryder, White).

      They were embarrassed in Game 3 then played well enough in Game 4 to win… except the refs robbed them, and crushed their hopes.

      And now, with a severely depleted lineup, they need to overcome the psychological scarring and come up with another win. And another. And another.

      • Blondemon says:

        The 1-3 series deficit is one which is overcome at least once or twice even each playoffs it seems. We turned the trick in ’10 winning 2 of those three in DC.

        ***Drive for 25***

    • Blondemon says:

      They’re being honest. As I am, when I say I think we can come back. We’re not being beaten by a better team. We are being beaten by a goalie who gets everything handed to him in his breadbasket, with zero traffic in front. His arm didn’t even move on Soobie and Galchy’s howitzers.

      ***Drive for 25***

  23. Gerry H says:

    I said a couple of days ago that I thought Carey might be playing hurt. When all is said and done, it won’t come as a shock to hear that he’s been fighting a groin pull or something similar since late in the regular season. We’ll see, I guess.

    For now, it’s all very simple. I’m looking forward eagerly to a win at home tomorrow night to keep this surprisingly fun season going.

    After that: rinse, wash, repeat X 2.

  24. Chris1138 says:

    Lars Eller skating at Brossard… interesting.

    –| Brad Marchand | Starley Cup Chanpiar 2011 |–

  25. Psycho29 says:

    From Dave Stubb’s article:

    What did MacLean think, he was asked, when he saw Budaj skate into the Habs net to begin overtime?

    “He’s a good goalie. What happened to the other guy?” he said with a playfulness that will be lost on the Canadiens.

    “What number is Budaj? Thirty-one? No? He’s goalie No. 30? Obviously, the shot at the end of the period for goalie No. 31 gave them some discomfort. We didn’t know what to expect but we weren’t surprised certainly that he was there.”

    Way to stay classy Paul….

  26. habs1992 says:

    The goal does not even bother me, its the icing call, and the clear interference of Price, and 1.20 seconds of PP time last night that is what bothers me.

    I support Carey Price

    • Blondemon says:

      And the faceoff spot, which I honestly can say, I’ve been watching hockey for 30+ years, I have never seen that. Alfredsson shot from the wall, he was almost in the first row. How does that faceoff go to the other side. And Bergie in his GM loge even saw that, smart guy that he is, and said wtf is going on?

      PS Nice playoff beard btw, Bergie. Get used to it, year in year out, thanks to your rebuild of this team. Best Habs GM since Serge.

      ***Drive for 25***

  27. veryhabby says:

    Tying goal question….why was small Conachar even standing in the slot like that? If it had been Gallagher, the OTT Dmen would have put him on his butt, or had him in a headlock. But our Dmen are looking at Alfie behind the net and like everyone being fooled by his very smart pass. But should we not be looking at the puck and instead clearing the front of the net? I’m no coach, so I’m asking what is proper there. all 5 players following the puck and hoping to retrieve it so they can clear it out of the zone. Or should we have pushed some guys onto the ice? If Concacher is flat on his face, he isn’t scoring. Instead there he is in the slot untouched, easy goal.

    Gorges/Diaz….really that’s our shut down pairing? Or were we unable to make a change?

  28. CalgaryHab says:

    I’ve got no problem with the first goal as I think you should be able to use anything other than your hands to put the puck in the net. With the way the rule is now there is too much interpetation and hence the controversy.
    No interpetation, no controversy.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I think the rule should be “any goal that comes off an opposing player’s skate is no goal”.

      If I wanted to see goals off feet, I’d watch soccer.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

      • Psycho29 says:

        In broomball the rule is if the ball goes off an attacking players foot and ENTERS the crease; it’s whistled down immediately and the face-off is outside the zone. It pretty well nullifies any chance of an argument…

      • CalgaryHab says:

        I don’t want to watch soccer either but I think it’s a small percentage of goals that are being reviewed as ‘kicked in’.
        If it is a legitimate deflection off a skate should it be called back? I hope not.

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      Totally agree the rule should be abolished….but it’s still a rule right now. No goal.

      • CalgaryHab says:

        As the rule reads now – I agree, no goal

        • Blondemon says:

          There is almost never a kicking motion as in the way a punter kicks a football. Way too impractical for a hockey player to score this way with a skate.

          Kicking in hockey should mean any forward motion of the skate that propels the puck, which is not momentum motion. This clearly was not momentum motion, he was not stopping with that foot, the direction of that skate was different than the other one.

          Almsot every goal I’ve seen like that was disallowed. Mr. Magoo officials in Toronna

          ***Drive for 25***

  29. H.Upmann says:

    I’m going to watch the rest of the games, but my mind’s already in off-season mode and looking forward to summer. The season was actually decent, lots of good stuff with the kids, some rough bumps, but nothing to be ashamed of. MB and Dudley know what they need to do now.

  30. jedimyrmidon says:

    I understand that, ideally, the Habs would have been more dominant in the 3rd.

    But. The Habs shouldn’t need to be dominant to the point where any potential officiating stupidity has no impact on the game outcome. Why should the Habs have to play that way? The Sens clearly do not.

    I also agree that blaming the refs is often just excuses, but last night crossed the line into ludicrous territory.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I agree jedi. It suounds like fans are excusing the terrible officiating by stating the Habs shuld have played better. Just because the Habs had a bad period, that does not give the refs permission to suck and cost them the game, does it?

      Go Habs Go!!

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

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Exactly. It’s too easy to point to any shortcomings the Habs had and then incorrectly attribute the loss to those shortcomings. Many think it’s too easy to blame the refs, which is normally true, but isn’t always the case.

        We witnessed yesterday a game where the normal explanations aren’t good enough to account for the horrific officiating in such a crucial game.

    • habs1992 says:

      I have not blamed the refs once this year until last night, it was an absolute Disgrace, but what are we going to do about it, there is nothing, but a true embarassment for sure

      I support Carey Price

  31. Small_Town_Boy says:

    All but one goal by the Habs were top shelf on Anderson. Habs would have won this series in 4 if they stopped shooting into his belly!

    Dat’s wha me tinks

    • arcosenate says:

      That’s what I have been screaming since game one, shoot high on this guy, he’s down half the time and he’s small to begin with.

      • Small_Town_Boy says:

        Yes. I can’t under stand why a nice snap shot high isn’t better than a slapper to the gut.

        The Habs made Anderson look great when they could have made him look ordinary!

        Dat’s wha me tinks

    • Alex_425 says:

      Been saying the exact same thing about shooting high. Anderson is also too good not to stop shots like that.

      But I’m no expert….

    • Desi says:

      It’s simple. We don’t have forwards with good shots. Not one is a bona fide sniper or anything close. Subban is about ourn only player who you cuold say has a good shot. Markov missed an open net that would have iced the game for us late in the second. Goal scoring has been a problem for this team for far too long. Couple it with a pourous defense, no physical game, and shaky goaltending and you have to wonder how they ever made the playoffs.

  32. Bill says:

    @Sholi, sorry to say I’ve never been to Springhill! Not sure how that is possible.

  33. adamkennelly says:

    Habs have played well enough* to win 3 of the 4 games. With the parity in this league – you need some puck luck, some calls to go in your favor and maybe a little better coaching at the end of the game to get the W.

    I am confident Hasb will win game 5 at home.

    But I still say that there is nothing like a playoff series to expose our team for once again being too damn small, and too damn soft. those are facts my friends. anyone watch the STL-LA series – freaking scary monsters smashing each other all the time.

  34. habs1992 says:

    Should of got all our injuries out of the way during the REG season, instead we get injured during the playoffs, worst possible time.

    I support Carey Price

  35. Alex_425 says:

    So how many people here are waiting just to slam the next Timo post and any criticisms, true or not?

    But I’m no expert….

  36. RobertAlanFord says:

    I say the Habs come out for pre-game warm up in Montreal Impact jerseys on Thursday to protest of the goal decision.

    All in favour….

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  37. Bill says:

    Gerry, good people in South River!

  38. Bill says:

    Actually the Habs need to win one game. And I think they will be very focussed on that.

    One game at a time is the truest cliche in hockey. And judging by Maclean’s post game comments, the Sens are feeling pretty cocky. Well they will be facing a wounded and desperate Habs team on Thursday with the most intense crowd that a team with as pitiful support as Ottawa has ever encountered.

    You am they’re small, but there is more character in this Habs team than in your average Shakespeare play. They will come out hungry, driven, and single-minded. Win that game at home and then we can talk about the next.

  39. habs1992 says:

    Now have lost 5 OT playoff games in a row, NO LUCK

    I support Carey Price

  40. Bill says:

    I want to respect Paul Maclean since all my people come from the same place as his people, and Antigonish being Antigonish, we are probably related.

    So I wish he would stop being a douche bag with this “player 61″, “goalie 31″, and “goalie 30″ crap. It’s juvenile.

    • Small_Town_Boy says:

      He is a smug SOB!

      Dat’s wha me tinks

      • Alex_425 says:

        And he’s winning the mind-game… game.

        But I’m no expert….

        • arcosenate says:

          He’s winning, and he’s rubbing it in. It’s the Senators inferiority complex, they hate us because we have a history, and fans across the world, while they have Alfie. So, unless they can go back to the twenties (Which icidentally they did on the big screen on Sunday, pathetically describing a 2-1 win over Montreal in 1923 or something) all they have is the here and now. And unfortunately we are the here and now and we’re losing. Which sucks but hey, they still say the puck wasn’t kicked in last night, which makes them liars as well as sore winners.

          • Thomas Le Fan says:

            Yes, they have Bozo the Swede. They haven’t won anything and I’m betting they won’t.

            There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

    • Gerry H says:

      Heh, my dear, departed pa was raised in Antigonish (South River, actually).

    • Bill did you play in the ChillyWilly tournaments in Springhill in the early 80′s? I was at every one.

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    • FlyAngler says:

      You are right that it is juvenile, but I hope that he keeps it up since it can help to keep the Habs pissed off and hopefully more motivated to wipe that obnoxious shit eating grin off of the douche bag’s face!

      “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • sprague cleghorn says:

      Paul MacLean? Which one is he? You mean Idiot #1.

      … ‘ow could we forget that?

    • Runrig says:

      MacLean’s mom lives down the road from mine in Ant. Co. I always liked him since he came to our elementary school to talk to us when he played with the Jets. Getting a little annoyed with him now though…..

  41. Hobie Hansen says:

    It’s not over yet boys and girls. We’re not getting demolished in this series and we’re quite capable of beating Ottawa in any given game.

    It’s not like we’re the 8th place team getting destroyed by a 1st place team here.

    The Habs looked dynamite in the first two periods last night. They kept the wide open scoring changes down to pretty much nothing.

    It was just a case of bad luck that three calls went Ottawa’s way last night. The two icings and the Ottawa goal that made it 2-1.

    Montreal basically needs to win two games and anything can happen in game 7.

    We’re not done yet.

    ****************
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    –Mike Boone

    • savethepuck says:

      I think the Habs have been the best team for the majority of 3 of the 4 games. If the Habs can play a full 60 minutes, and hopefully don’t try to sit on a lead again, they are the better team. I know it’s the oldest cliche in hockey, but they really just have to play one game at a time and give their best effort each game.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • Desi says:

      No Eller. No Prust. No Gionta. No Ryan White. No Emelin. And in all likelihood, no Carey Price. MaxPac playing hurt. Markov a shadow of his former self. Desharnais invisible. Ryder playing like he’s 60 years old. We can’t get any bopdies in front of the Sens net — and when we do, our shots are met by the stone wall that is Anderson. It’s a miracle that this undersized and underpowered team has gotten as far as it has. For them to win one more period would surprise me, much less a game. We are done, whether it’s official yet or not. It’s all over but the crying — and whatever subsequent bleeding may ensue.

    • Desi says:

      But I’ll be rooting for them and hoping for a miracle anyway!

  42. habs1992 says:

    smalltownboy, that is how you do things, dont take nothing from these sens fans atta boy.

    I support Carey Price

  43. jedimyrmidon says:

    Hate it when folks refer to what happened yesterday as ‘lady luck’ being on the Sens side.

    What?!

    ‘Lady luck’ was clearly the refs yesterday! The Refs!

    • as I said below. The Habs had 4 shots in the third and no scoring chances. The should have been going all out but they didn’t.

      Forget the refs, they sucked but we were not good in the third and the team knows it.

      Win Game 5 at home, and carry on!

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      • Habsrule1 says:

        I agree sholi, but the fact that the Habs had a bad 3rd period should not justify or render acceptable poor officiating. Just because one is true doesn’t make the other ok.

        Habs should have played well in the 3rd but the refs still should not have sucked.

        Go Habs Go!!

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

      • Blondemon says:

        They still dominated for a few minutes after they made it 2-0 but it seems they folded it up and didn’t go for the jugular. They did not heed big Serge’s advice that 2-0 is the worst lead in hockey.

        ***Drive for 25***

    • RobertAlanFord says:

      The linesmen were horrible as well. That series of iced pucks should have been called off. All were playable or went off of somebody. Apparently if you stop skating just before the puck hits the line you’re good.

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      • Blondemon says:

        Gonchar clearly coasted for a couple. And the fact that he was on the ice for the faceoff after the icing invalidates the fatigue excuse.

        ***Drive for 25***

  44. frontenac1 says:

    Keep the Faith Amigos! There is more hockey to be played.Giving up is not what the CH is about. Saludos!!

  45. FlyAngler says:

    Hockey is not effing soccer! You should not be able to direct OR kick the puck into the net with your skate. Only the NHL would have such a ridiculous effing rule! There should be no provision for any deliberate use of a skate to either alter the direction of the puck or propel it into the net. But that’s what you get when you have certifiable imbeciles running the league’s hockey operations department. What an effing travesty!
    What’s next soccer players with hockey sticks?

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  46. pierre lapuck says:

    G’morning from midtown TO. I haven’t posted in more than a year as health issues have kept from being able to post. But I watched every game last season and every game this season. Two completely different teams. This edition of the Habs has two things last season’s team lacked; resiliency and carachter. I agree the refs made some BRUTAL decisions and I am proud of the boys for not using that as an excuse. Last night was regrettable more for the added injuries than the shoddy referreeing. I for one will not read Kerry Frasers column as I believe he is nothing more than a league apologist and a referee unconditional supporter but everyone knows the face off was wrong, the dude kicked in the puck, so waht Kerry writes is on a good day, drivel, and regularly it just stinks. I appreciate the insights of the posters here as I watch the game in French because I cannot support CBC as long as Cherry (mysoginist, racist and stupid) is their spokesman and I don’t speak French. Thanks.

  47. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Was Diaz properly crucified on the game blog comments for elbowing in the winner? Is that why it isn’t being mentioned this morning?

    Man, I like the guy, but what was he thinking???

  48. Habsrule1 says:

    Nobody seems to be talking about the tying goal. How does Anderson get calls for being touched but nobody saw Turris interfering with Price? I think he was holding his stick under his arm for more than a second.
    Shake it off….we are the better team.

    Go Habs Go!!

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

    • Odeon Panthers says:

      I think it’s the fact that the Turris thing is part of hockey, refs can miss things especial when they are looking more for the puck and not the play. The unacceptable part is the Soccer kick. What is the point of video review if they miss the easy calls like that one.

      The NHL has some explaining to do.

  49. I voted yes, to vote no to me means you give up, that’s not me.

    There is always a chance, very slim, but it’s there.

    GO HABS GO

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    • Bripro says:

      So did I.
      When was it that the Habs came back from being down 3-1?
      If they could do it against a far better Bruins team I have no doubt they can do it against this team.
      Let’s be honest, the Sens aren’t that good.
      But, unless the refereeing is done by either Paul Devorski, Marc Johanette, Don Vanmassonhoven (spelling) or Dave Lewis, I don’t think the Habs will be treated fairly.

      • The Sens are good (blue collar team), but they are getting all the breaks, and we keep stalling in the third when we should be going harder than the first two periods.

        It’s so mental, you are carrying the puck down the ice and you tell yourself got to get it deep, but then you tell yourself Oh I better not get caught deep and before you know it they are flying by you. It happened shift after shift in the third.

        GO HABS GO

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    • savethepuck says:

      So true, I think even the ones that voted no, will be watching tomorrow nightlife and they’ll be at least hoping for a Habs win.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  50. bellcentre hotdog says:

    From the ‘glass is half full’ perspective …

    I take solice in the fact that Marc Bergevin and his team are watching the same series we are. He has a team of very smart hockey people. And more than anyone, they aware of the team’s defficiencies. I doubt very much Mellanby and Dudley enjoy watching their team get pushed around and bullied.

    The addition of Prust this year was the first step. I look forward to see what additions will be made to the lineup for 2014.

    As the cliche goes: ‘Rome was not built in a day’.

    Last year at this time we were all talking about Draft Day. Today we have a playoff team.

    It’s only going to get better.

    • Small_Town_Boy says:

      But it has been this way for over 20 yrs now!

      Dat’s wha me tinks

      • bellcentre hotdog says:

        I hear you loud and clear. I remember 1993 like it was yesterday. Sadly, a whole generation of Habs fans have been raised who have never seen the team win the Stanley Cup.

        But over the last 20 years there have many changes in ownership and incompetent management. Today we have an ower committed to winning. And I believe we have a management team capable of getting us there.

    • RobertAlanFord says:

      Well said Hdog. Bergevin has a lot of picks in the top 90 this year. Don’t be surprised if he starts getting rid of veterans that aren’t playing up to their salaries and replacing them with hungry youth. He was a big part of what’s happening in Chicago right now. So we as fans just need to be patient. Chucky, Gally and Jarred are just the tip of the iceberg.

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  51. Old Bald Bird says:

    IMO the first goal was not a strong enough motion to warrant the call being overturned. If the refs had initially ruled an invalid goal, I think the reviewers would also have been forced to support that call.

    I think Les Boys are pretty well wrung out with all of the injuries, but I expect them to give their best on Thursday, regardless. They’ve had a pretty good year with a team that shouldn’t be all that strong IMO.

    Although the Galchenyuk TOI us frustrating (not to mention DD although I have no problem with his play last night), the team, rightly or wrongly, has had a plan, and they have stuck to it.

    • Agreed on the 1st goal. It’s a close one, but it looked to me like the made the same motion he would have made if he were just trying to stop. Pains me to say it, but I think that’s got to be a good goal.

      Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  52. Bripro says:

    Does this mean I have to shave my beard?

  53. Small_Town_Boy says:

    WOOOO, I feel better now.

    Loud mouth Sens fan here @ work was tanting me about last night. He went on and on, I told him to STFU. He said shut me up so I did. I laid him out on the concrete floor with a jab to the mouth.

    My supervisor was not impressed nor do I give a “F”

    Wooo , I feel so much better now.

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  54. SmartDog says:

    For some players I think the frustration of this will make them angry and bring them back more determined next year. I hope MB can figure out which players that is. And what/who else this team needs.

    Sadly, I’m not as confident as I was – cough..Moen – cough Desharnais.

    ————————————-
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  55. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Say what you will about the officiating, fights, coaches, the Gryba hit…the Sens lead 9-0 in the third period in this series. That’s the story of the series.

    Game 1: Led 2-1 going into the third — lost.
    Game 3: Down 2-1 going into the third — lost.
    Game 4: Led 2-0 going into the third — lost.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Take the two goals from yesterday away and it’s 7-0, and the series would be tied at 2-2.

      Doesn’t explain the joke officiating.

      • Ghosts of the Forum says:

        Hold onto leads in the third and the series is 3-1 for the Habs.

        I didn’t like the calls last night either, but no series is ever officiated perfectly. Habs have to find a way to close out games in the third. What are they going to do about the officiating?

        Their play in the third they can control.

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          I think it’s just a defense mechanism to dismiss the officiating… which is what everyone rooting against the Habs would love to hear (you could hear them breathing a sigh of relief).

          There are bad calls, and Bad Calls. Last night’s game falls under the inexcusable category that shouldn’t be dismissed.

          • Ghosts of the Forum says:

            haha – I’d argue it’s a defense mechanism to blame the refs ;)

            I totally agree about the calls, but I’m just not sure about what can be done about it?

            Like I said, the Habs can control how they play…particularly in the third. And that needs to be the focus.

            This series is not out of reach. The Habs have played very well for stretches of it and shown they can get some by Anderson. They have to focus on that. Otherwise they’ll just feel wronged and frustrated, which is a sure way to lose. Look at the Canucks…they got caught up in the officiating, diving by the Sharks, etc., and forgot to focus on their own play.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Tough to beat a team which play’s 8 skaters for the last 2 games.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

    • Sportfan says:

      I’ll still say a bunch about the officiating they have screwed us more than once.

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    • Blondemon says:

      So basically Habs lead through 40 in this series: 8-4

      I always thought hockey games were one period too long. ;)

      ***Drive for 25***

  56. jedimyrmidon says:

    I’m sick and tired of people writing that the Habs sitting back led to their defeat.

    I’m sorry, but sitting back does NOT mean the refs should be allowed to rig the game. The two factors are INDEPENDENT, and the latter had a TENFOLD higher impact.

    • Montreal had 4 shots in the third, and no scoring chances.

      Had they played the third like they did the #2, the series would be tied.

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      • Mr. Biter says:

        Had to go to a baseball game but had the game on Fox Sports game trax and when it stopped at .22 seconds I knew the game was tied. How did Price get hurt?

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

    • Blondemon says:

      It contributed to it. They were having success even at 2-0. Gally shot from the slot that some douchebag Sens dman deflects into the netting as Gally looks skyward in disbelief. Markvo robbed by Anderson on a brilliant backdoor play. We were poised to make it 3-0 and then mysteriously let the foot ease up on the pedal.

      I love MT but I am willing to say his sole (yes, sole) major mistake this season was shortening the bench in the 3rd at mostly Galchy’s expense, when the kid was on fire last night. The vets were out of gas.

      ***Drive for 25***

  57. Sportfan says:

    The guys up top like MB and company weren’t very happy either
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/c90fb95d18ba04a2fe8c33e97a764806/tumblr_mmgmb4Q1ej1qg7suao2_500.gif

    I wish there was a day where GMs and Coaches could rip into the league without getting in trouble.

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  58. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Well @ least the Habs lasted longer than the power house Canucks.

    McFleury is shating the bed in the playoffs!

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  59. Newf_Habster says:

    I bet Don Cherry will say a few things on that disputed goal and late icing BS calls in Coach’s Corner tonight.

  60. Newf_Habster says:

    Any updates on Prust and Price injury?

  61. Sportfan says:

    This picture makes me sick https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BJtiqoHCYAILjrp.jpg:large, how can the refs not see that?

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    • Blondemon says:

      I saw the replay in slo-mo sportfan, and I don’t think Price’s stick is held by Turris. Price is actually for whatever reason not in control of his stick. He should have choked up on it to free it from Turris. That said, I do think Turris interferes with Price prior to the goal. And my mind boggles that a lightweight like this wimp gets free rein in front of our net.

      ***Drive for 25***

  62. habstrinifan says:

    Habs need to inject a catalyst into next game. Properly and unemotionally examine all injure dplayers and determine truthfull their injury and the effect on their mobility etc.

    And sit or play them accordingly without any acquiescence to false bravado of th warrior mentality. There is NO PLAYER on the HABS whose 80% is better than any other player at 100%. So if you are hurt you shouldnt play!

    They need a new element at forward. I have looked at the people in camp and can only see what all around prospect Bournival. I say insert him.

    And for goodness sake.. better manage the defense near the end of the game.

    We win the next game and we will be in a back to back scenario.. and our record in them is very good.

  63. Steeltown Hab says:

    Just need 1 win. Just 1 and this is a different series, let’s go.

    Side Note: I feel like both Ryder and Bourque play better on their off wings.

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    • habstrinifan says:

      I just posted above without reading your post. I agree.. but we have to do a tweak or two to achieve that win. We can’t hope that underperforming players will break out.

  64. jols101 says:

    Emelin, Eller, Price, Gionta, Prust, White and Patches – all out with injury or playing hurt. That is a lot of big names and impact players. Makes the mantra – No Excuse – hard to live with.

  65. DorvalTony says:

    Hey Price-bots sleep okay?

    “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”
    William F. Buckley, Jr.

  66. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Better to be lucky than good I figures!

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  67. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Why the refs on the ice don’t make the call on alllowed/disallowed goals is beyond me. They’re the ones officiating the games not some blind asshat in Toronto

  68. CalgaryHab says:

    re-post from other thread

    Ottawa has been very lucky this year when it comes to etchn’ out wins and last night was evident of that – eventually the clock strikes midnight and for the sens that will most likely be in the 2nd round. The Habs are battered and bruised from this condensed season and need some time to mend. (who would have guessed Emelin created so much space)
    I think we’re very close. If Markov stays off skates until training camp we can maybe get a good 3/4 to a full season from him. I would like to see MB land another hard hitting but responsible dman (to compliment Emelin, PK and eventually Tinordi) opposing teams will be incredibly hesitant entering the zone. Also, a decent sized power forward that can score 15-20 goals – someone with an edge like Patches had before Chare failed to murder him.
    The Habs have a bright future with just a couple weak spots, with a few tweaks, they’re going to be serious contenders

    • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

      This is good analysis. We’ve been the better team, on the whole, this series. And don’t forget that Patches is obviously playing hurt and is only 23 – we can legitimately expect better things from him. The only longer-term organizational weakness I can see is that I’m not sure who will eventually replace Bourque. But the nuclues of serious contenders is indeed, as you say, in place. This series will be an invaluable learning experience for many of these guys and will make them better playoff performers in the long run.

      • Peajay says:

        Habs have played well, but I’m not sure they’ve really been the better team. Ottawa has played with desire and intensity — watching how fast they’ve been chasing down pucks, going to the net… in every phase of the game, they just seem to want it more consistently. Habs look like they want it for stretches, and then seem content to hang back, concede ground, and hope Price bails them out. Which he does most of the time, but not always.

        ISTR the Habs have a *much* better record when scoring first than when playing from behind. and when I saw the score was just 2-0 going into the third, I rather expected the game to end with a loss. This team just doesn’t seem to have the kind of desire that will carry them through 60 minutes of hockey.

        Watching Therrien’s press conferences, I wonder if that’s where some of the problem lies. He seems too easily distracted, too easily unnerved by events. Say what you will about the Ottawa coach, but nothing seems to knock him off his game. If he can successfully communicate that calm, determined spirit to his team, that will carry them through any number of rough spots. And Ottawa has played through lots of adversity this year.

        So give Ottawa the edge in mental toughness, and game three showed how important that can be.

  69. HabFanSince72 says:

    Stop criticizing the team. We played the perfect road game. Should have ended 2-0.

    The sad thing is the next round could see

    Caps – Isles
    Bruins – Sens

  70. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Gorges felt the Canadiens sat back too much while trying to protect a 2-0 lead in the third period of Game 4. BLAH BLAH BLAH.

    If you freakin know why do it?

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  71. The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

    That quote from Concacher – “There’s some hockey gods up there that helped us throughout the game & throughout 3rd period” – and from the Citizen on “lady luck” really say it all. The Habs had the edge in play in three of four games this series yet trail 3-1. We really don’t have that much to be angry about when it comes to our team. Now the refs and “the hockey gods” are another story.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Hockey gods in striped sweaters? Not to mention the sickening content of PJ Stock’s brain and the tone of CBC’s coverage.

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

  72. habstrinifan says:

    Every Sens goal was due to our defense standing in the crease trying to be shot-blockers instead of playing the senators.

  73. habstrinifan says:

    First… but does it really matter!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. Habsrule1 says:

    It’s still doable. Give it your all boys!

    Oh, and…..FIRST!

    Go Habs Go!!

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

  75. habs-fan-84 says:

    Is this what you said 3 years ago against Washington?

    What about in 2004 when we came back against the Bruins after being down 3-1 in that series too?

    Give your head a shake.

  76. Habsrule1 says:

    The fact is the Habs CAN come back. Remains to be seen if they do.

    Habs have been the better team in the series, but the sens have been much more opportunistic….and lucky.

    Go Habs Go!!

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

  77. AllHailTheFlower says:

    Your post makes your site name all the more ironic…

  78. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Life will end badly. Why carry on? We embarrass ourselves by getting up in the morning. Why even bother? Take your meds dude.

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

  79. Blondemon says:

    Did you also give up when the Habs were down 0-2 to Nordiques? Or down 0-1 to Kings with almost no time left in game 2?
    Or more recently down 1-3 to Caps, and 2-3 to Pens in 2010.
    Or down 1-3 to Bruins in 2004.

    ***Drive for 25***

  80. jedimyrmidon says:

    Habs are decimated mentally and physically. Boone was correct: this is the Game of Thrones with the Habs being the Starks.

  81. Blondemon says:

    Oops I should have read your response before posting, you’ve covered it nicely!

    ***Drive for 25***

  82. Bripro says:

    I thought the same…

  83. Blondemon says:

    To be fair ‘HabFan4LifeExceptWhenTheyAreOnTheRopes’ is not as sexy

    lol

    ***Drive for 25***

  84. New says:

    Well then throw a couple direwolves into the Sens room and lock the door.

  85. bel33 says:

    You mean the Starks don’t win the war??? lol

    DON’T tell me…. don’t tell me. ;)

    Was reading the books.. got lazy and just enjoying the TV series now.

  86. CalgaryHab says:

    Maybe you should support the NBA. I think you’ll find it more calming. I understand you have passion for the habs – misguided, but passion. You’ll feel better in a few days.

  87. habs-fan-84 says:

    Your self righteous posts are ridiculous and embarrassing.

    I ask you again, did you spew this non-sense in 2004 and 2010?

    -Are the odds currently stacked against the Habs? Of course they are.

    -Is is possible the Habs can come back and win this series like they’ve done in the recent past? Yes, of course it’s possible, however unlikely, I will still continue to support the team until it’s officially over.

  88. Habsrule1 says:

    Habfan4life (funny nick by the way)….you are the one who is embarrassing. 40 years of watching hockey and you have seen & learned that little?

    Kinda sad, really.

    Go Habs Go!!

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

  89. New says:

    I think some of us see the team as being rebuilt. Strange things happen when people are challenged. Some play at a level they never displayed before, same with teams. I think Ottawa has given it everything they have but the Habs played really well yesterday, until they decided to do a Martin in the third. Karlsson I have never watched much before and he is great offensively, but really bad defensively. Ottawa isn’t going anywhere. So yes, Montreal is still in it. Had they won it would be 2-2. Best of three. Now they have to win three of three, not too different from winning 2 of 3.

    All to say you don’t have to insult people because they want their team to win and hope they will.

  90. Bripro says:

    :)
    Post of the day (so far).

  91. Thomas Le Fan says:

    You don’t live in denial? Why aren’t you precious? It’s hockey. Nobody died. Get over it. Go Habs!

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

  92. Habsrule1 says:

    leaffan4life….you’re a joke. Where’s the “ignore” button?

    Go Habs Go!!

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

  93. Bripro says:

    Shame on you for giving yourself the distinct entitlement of “Hab fan for life”, yet doing nothing but trashing Habs fans.
    Time to change your title to “I was a Habs fan until I took a reality check”.

  94. habs-fan-84 says:

    @Habfan4lfe

    Did you even read my post!?
    Wow.

  95. He’s not worth your time.

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