Habs get well-deserved day off on Sunday

The Canadiens enjoyed a well-deserved day off Sunday after winning all three of their games last week, beating Minnesota 6-2 on Tuesday, Washington 3-2 on Friday and Pittsburgh 3-2 on Saturday.

 “We played a strong game as a team,” Tomas Plekanec told reporters following Saturday’s game. “When you’re playing against the best player in the world, you want to shut him down and make sure he’s not on the scoresheet. That’s what we did.”

The Canadiens held Sidney Crosby off the scoresheet for only the fourth time in his 23 lifetime regular-season games against Montreal.

Plekanec dominated Crosby, winning 14 of 19 faceoffs against the Penguins superstar for a 74-per-cent head-to-head success rate. Plekanec went 16-for-21 on the night in the faceoff circle for a 76-per-cent success rate.

Crosby had four shots on goal, was minus-1 and won only 22 per cent of his faceoffs overall.

“He was talking all the time,” Plekanec said about Crosby. “I didn’t say anything. I was just listening. I’m a good listener.”

Coach Michel Therrien was pleased with the line changes he made last week that resulted in three victories with Max Pacioretty scoring five goals in the three games – including two against Pittsburgh – after being reunited with David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher.

“I’m satisfied because we got results,” Therrien said. “We had three wins this week playing against Minnesota that had one loss in 12 games. We get the win in Washington and then beat the best team in the conference. We got results and that’s what we were looking for when we made these changes.”

The Canadiens scored 12 goals in the three wins after going through an 11-game stretch in which they scored only 18 goals.

The Canadiens have another three-game week coming up with stops in Buffalo on Wednesday (7 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, TSN Radio 690), Washington on Friday (5 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, TSN Radio 690) and then a Saturday Hockey Night in Canada showdown with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

(Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Price, Pacioretty lead Habs over Pens, by Pat Hickey

Canadiens roll up wins after line changes, by Pat Hickey

Plekanec shuts down Crosby, by Dave Stubbs

Pacioretty scores pair against Penguins, NHL.com

Double duty for Plekanec, Canadiens.com

Price looks like goalie for Team Canada, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins welcome rookie to the club, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Habs vs. Penguins photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Sid vs. Ovi has defined generation, NHL.com


  1. HabinBurlington says:

    So Ron Burgundy is heading to Winnipeg…..

  2. Stevie.Ray says:

    When will The Leafs losing streak begin? We should make bets.

    I’m saying game 30 is when they will start reeling

    • Luke says:

      Jon Bon Jovi won’t let it happen.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      These are not the Ron Wilson coached Leafs anymore, nor are they the John Ferguson Jr. managed Leafs. I don’t think we will see them relapse with an 18 wheeler off the cliff like we did a few years back.

      Our Habs will be fighting with them tooth and nail throughout the regular season I think.

      • third generation haber says:

        Burke may have been an idiot, but Nonis knows what he’s doing. His additions: Bolland, Clarkson (bad contract), Bernier, Raymond, and Holland (for next to nothing) leave me depressed. He seems to be concerned with depth and toughness.

        j.p. murray

    • Mattyleg says:

      Burly’s right.
      Carlyle will keep them on the straight and narrow this year.

      As with every team in the NHL, their slide will begin when they start to get some injuries.
      If they lose Reimer, Kessel, Phaneuf, or JVR, they will be hard-set to keep the team balanced.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • GrosBill says:

        Perhaps, though I am not so sure Carlyle has kept them on the straight and narrow so far in this young season. Goal tending definitely has though.

        I have watched a few of their games this year and saw a team get badly outworked and outplayed in almost every game.

        Carlyle will need to get more out of his players if they want to this successful start to continue throughout the year.

        I do not expect to see the wheels come off like they have in recent years however. I have not seen the Habs play as many down right awful games as the Leafs this year. And yet, the standings do not lie.

        My question would be more along the lines of:

        Can the Leafs remain near the top of the conference if they continue to be badly outplayed so often?

        • Mattyleg says:

          The good thing about our bad play is that it was during an injury spell, which we are now over. The Leafs have been clinging on with their fingertips, so even one hurt player could push them over the edge.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • HabinBurlington says:

            They are already missing Dave Bolland, and have been missing Bozak for quite some time. Bozak will be back soon, which will help them somewhat. I do feel he is overrated and not worthy of his new contract, but will help them.

          • GrosBill says:

            I watched some of their last loss to the Preds. They looked downright awful. Yet they turn out a similar performance vs the Caps, and come out with a win.

            The only logical argument I can come up with for them to keep this up is “well they have been able to so far…”

            I forget who they were playing when I watched them get outshot 18-3 in the first and come out with a 2-0 lead. I keep thinking it will catch up with them, but they are not as bad as years past.

        • Cal says:

          I don’t think they can maintain that high a scoring percentage. If they lose a player or two to injury, the laffs will be in trouble.

  3. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Maybe I’m a crazy optimist, but after three straight wins — including back-to-back/away-home victories — against good teams, I’m actually feeling pretty good about the Habs.

    Yes, some mistakes were made, but that’s how life is. Which of us had a flawless week? Feel free to cast the first stone.

    So, as a team, the Habs had three games where they made fewer mistakes than their foes, and the result was three regulation wins. In each game the GA was 2, and the Habs managed 6, 3 & 3 GF. I would say that starving the Caps and Pens of loser points was significant, as was the way the Habs kept playing with the lead, instead of falling back to the JM trap, which always had mixed results for the Habs.

    Pacioretty was stanchioned awake, and stayed awake. Wee DD potted his first, as did not-so-wee Travis Moen. Gallagher got under everyone’s skin, and I swear he should keep the mustache. Plekanec drove Crosby insane, and Crosby ended the game with a 22 FO%. Price and Budaj were both superb, and there was no resulting goaltender controversy. Subban added three more assists to his season total. 4 less than Karlsson, who is -2 to PK’s +7. And PK acquitted himself well in a scrap, and not a stupid staged fight, but a stick up for your teammate fight, as did Gallagher against Kunitz.

    Just thought I’d share my highlights from the past week, and let everyone else glower over the mistakes. This past week the Habs came away with 6/6 points, and left their opponents with 0/6. And no new injuries. It’s cold, but the sun is shining where I am.

    Go Habs!

  4. Cal says:

    I must shout out to the inconsolable John Bellyful, after his beloved TiCats fell to the Roughriders yesterday. All is not lost, JB. We still have the Habs to cheer on into the post season (maybe, anyways).

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    Habs get a nice break from last week, I look forward to watching them Wednesday. This team is gaining confidence, every game in the NHL requires a team effort regardless of the opponent. Buffalo no different.

    • Cal says:

      No “nights off” any more. Hasn’t been for the longest time.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Exactly Cal, while some games may be more hard fought than others, any game is easily lost if the team comes out flat.

        What is most exciting is watching how Emelin gets more comfortable and how much stronger this makes our team in both zones. Doesn’t seem long ago we were all yearning for the day Emelin returned to the lineup, and voila, here we are and he is back. The fact we maintained a playoff position through all those injuries is quite impressive in hindsight.

  6. munch17 says:

    Pleks is a good listener!
    Every girl in the Bell Centre will be wearing # 14!

  7. DipsyDoodler says:

    If you think some of the members of the HIOtariat are bad, check out these Milan supporters, who trapped the players inside the stadium after the game.

    “Irate fans from San Siro’s Curva Sud section blockaded the stadium exits after full-time, demanding a personal audience with the team over the side’s state of affairs.”

    And here is their Timo:

    “These players don’t know what sacrifice is. They have so much money, while people like us work hard for them, a spokesperson told reporters.”

    Although I don’t see the HIOtariat threatening physical violence:

    “The Ultras had earlier unfurled a banner proclaiming “Let’s meet by the exit you unworthy lot”, prompting police to form a cordorn around the players’ garage.”


    • Maritime Ronn says:

      …or this last summer:
      Makes HIO look like child’s play.

      ” SAO PAULO — Police say enraged spectators invaded a football field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body after he stabbed a player to death.

      ….it all started when referee Otavio da Silva expelled player Josenir Abreu from a game last weekend. The two got into a fist fight, then Silva took out a knife and stabbed Abreu, who died on his way to the hospital.

      The statement issued this week says Abreu’s friends and relatives immediately “rushed into the field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body.”

      Local news media say the spectators also decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field.”


  8. rhino514 says:

    I don´t mean to be mean, but when I see Pat Hickey, I think he had to be the inspiration for Mordecai Richler´s sportsmedia character always to be found enjoying himself at the local Crescent street bar. That nice red glow afterglow and the just-woke-up look…

  9. Maritime Ronn says:

    Great past week for the Habs, but it’s time to turn the page and move on.

    If last week was a concern for many, this week should be similar.

    First off, the Habs are away in Buffalo on Wednesday and this game has danger with a capital ” D” written all over it.

    It would be easy for the Habs to take this game for granted and be looking ahead ( again @ Washington Friday-Home to the Leafs Saturday)

    No matter how much of a comedy and Gong Show the hirings of Lafontaine and ‘interim’ Ted Nolan are in Buffalo – no matter if the Sabres are on a 4 game losing streak (outscored 15-5), there is nothing better to get the juices flowing than a game against the Montreal Canadiens.

    Playing the Habs is like playing the Yankees or the Green Bay Packers.
    The history and winning tradition of the sweater always transcends whomever is wearing the sweater at the moment.

    In all of this, never forget Ryan Miller.
    Even though the Sabres have been pathetic this year, (5-19-1) there is no telling when Miller will go lights out.

    3 of those 5 wins came against @ San Jose, and at home against Los Angeles and Toronto where Miller posted SPs of .970/.956.

    A loss to the Sabres would nullify all the great work against the Caps-Pens of last week.

    • Harditya says:

      Good post Ronn, Miller has been quietly putting up solid numbers consistently regardless of a pathetic defensive squad. I think he might challenge for the starting role for US in Sochi.

    • third generation haber says:

      If MT is smart (did I just say that?), he’ll dress Parros, Prust, Murray, Moen, and White. Give Diaz and DD the day off to go to hit the gym.

      j.p. murray

      • PrimeTime says:

        I’m glad your not the coach! I would prefer to ice the best team and try to win the game on the scoreboard.

        • third generation haber says:

          That’s exactly what happened last year when Toronto beat the crap out of us. Tough teams, especially ones that are already out of the playoff picture, tend to beat us with brutality. Before we can win, I want us to be able to protect ourselves. Boston, Toronto, Ottawa, Philly, and Buffalo love to run us through the glass. This BS needs to stop! If we send out a tougher lineup, they’ll think twice about how they hit and how they cross our blue line.

          I wouldn’t play Diaz against any of the above mentioned teams, and, likewise, I wouldn’t play Murray or Parros against Detroit.

          j.p. murray

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Perhaps Murray for Frankie, but coaches are known to keep a winning lineup intact.

        Scott wasn’t dressed last night against the Wings, so it would be strange if he was dressed against the Habs

        • third generation haber says:

          I’m guessing he will be dressed against us as the Sabres love to ruff us up. I think MT should make the adjustment based on what we’ve seen from the sabres. But, MT usually makes reactionary changes only.

          j.p. murray

      • Mattyleg says:

        We can let them punch the puck into the net!
        And then when the ref says ‘no goal’, they can punch him until he changes his mind!

        What a great strategic mind.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I smell danger this week. I think a little letdown will be natural.

    • Cal says:

      Hey Ronn.
      I wouldn’t say losing to the Sabres undoes the wins from last week, but we should remember the Habs are 13-9-2. Not exactly stellar numbers. Until, of course, we take a gander at the rest of the East. No team in the east has more than 15 wins. That bodes well until you look at the west, where the 7th seed pretty much matches the #1 team in the east.
      Habs are in a dog fight for a playoff spot and an extra season is in sight, but barely. It’s going to be a rough ride (he said, getting in a Grey Cup reference).

    • JF says:

      A loss to the Sabres would hardly “nullify” last week’s heroics; it would simply be a loss. Of course, it is a game that is well within our reach, so fans would react to a loss with anger and disgust, but it is exactly the kind of game for which, in recent years, the team has often failed to show up. There is also, as you point out, Ryan Miller, who is quite capable of stoning us if his team gets an early lead. But whatever happens in Buffalo, I can’t see the back-to-back games this week going as well as last week’s. A bit of a letdown would be normal, and a great week is usually followed by a not-so-great week.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Perhaps nullify wasn’t the best choice of words.
        The Sabres are a team the Habs should/must beat at this moment as they are in a total mess.
        A loss to them on Wednesday would ‘negate’ one of the great efforts last week against the Caps/Pens.
        3 points this week would be OK-4 points should be the goal and would be great.

  10. adadi says:

    We should not get too excited about the last three games. We still have a coach that completely forgot for half the games so far that he has a team that can only get success by using its speed and forechecking. A coach that changes lines every time he gets an itch and a coach that has utterly failed in his management of PK. Sorry but the Habs May lack the horses to go far this year, but with MT at the helm it will be a short season indeed.

    • JUST ME says:

      And of course all the injured players had noting to do with the coach` s choices.We have been full staff for 2 games …Great comment !

      As for the mini winning streak when we win against New Jersey Carolina,Florida we are told to wait until we win against significant teams…I say that we just did so let`s enjoy !

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      There might be another way to look at it.

      PK Subban:
      2nd highest points total for ALL NHL Dmen
      Plus + 7, playing 24:50 ave. per game.

      Coach Therrien:
      When you have constant injuries, forward lines will be juggled.
      How is placing an ‘energy guy’ on each line to keep them awake a bad thing?

      Bottom line:
      Habs are 5th in the Division and only 1 point out of 2nd place.
      As of this moment, they are at least 5 points ahead of any team chasing them.
      The Habs are also just 4 points from leading the Eastern Conference.

      From here, it’s just a question of time before they pass Detroit, Tampa, and Toronto…of course, barring a slew of new injuries to important guys.

  11. DipsyDoodler says:

    NE – Denver – what a game!

  12. Shane1313 says:

    The future looks bright.
    When Eller turns it around, it will be great becaus he is the future #1 center of this team and that will be a Cup team. Eller, Patches and Galchy will lead the way up front

    • third generation haber says:

      To be a contender (in 2015), we will need these centers,
      1st line: Galchenyuk
      2nd line: Eller
      3rd line: Pleky
      4th line: Bad mutha F&#$&$!

      DD can go play center in a women’s league.
      j.p. murray

    • The_Truth says:

      Eller isn’t and will never be a #1 center. He just isn’t that kind of player. He doesn’t have the offensive smarts or skills. He is a top #3 or maybe can top off at a decent #2 on a contending squad.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Very difficult to know where he could be and exactly what his upside is.
        When he was playing with talented wingers (2 Gallys) he was lights out.
        Playing with a 4th-3rd liner such as Prust hurts the overall line.
        I really, really like Prust, yet he may not be a good match for Eller-Chuckie

      • JM says:

        MR – Bournival should be with Eller and Gally. Prust on the 4th line.
        I also like prust but he’s not 1st line material …

      • third generation haber says:

        For Eller to become a 1st line center he will have to greatly improve his shot. If he had a rocket, he’d be close to the total package.

        j.p. murray

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I don’t think Eller will ever be a #1 centre. I can see him as a good 2nd line centre or a very good 3rd line centre.
      If we’re lucky, one day Galchenyuk will be our #1 centre.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

  13. Sportfan says:

    To be partying in Sasky that’ll be nuts! Province wide hangover?

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  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …anyOne else having problems posting ?

  15. Marc10 says:

    Reading the comments on the Price for Team C in the Pittsburgh Gazette… well let’s just say I feel better about the glass half-full haters on this site. Well almost…


    Small sample size, but pretty harsh on Shero and Letang.

    • PrimeTime says:

      What it most interesting are the comments section. Fans are the same everywhere!

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  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …CONGRATS !!! to all of You Sasquatch Roughdriver fans !

    …tough for Me to decide My favourite today …Ticats have always been My favourite second team if the Als couldn’t make the grade, and the Roughriders My team in the west

    …but the Roughriders at home was a great story I couldn’t resist to want to win

    …congrats Guys

  17. Timo says:

    Jessica can barely contain herself in that PK interview.

  18. Da Hema says:

    Rider Nation!

  19. sweetmad says:

    Everybody loves Gallahger, even other team fans,they all want one,but HA HA he’s a HAB,I love him too,but you don’t see anybody say he has no respect,when he laughs at other players or when he winds them up.Seems to me there is a comparison to be made here.
    Enough said.

  20. govenah says:

    Is there an HIO app available for android?

  21. habs-hampton says:

    Just a heads-up. If you want some good laughs, follow Ilya Bryzgalov on Twitter. He’s a riot! (until the Oilers cut him off).

  22. habs001 says:

    So if the season ended now Habs as the lowest wild card seed would they be playing the Bruins?…

  23. Mavid says:

    Headley was great but I thought it was suppose to be the Sheepdogs?

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  24. DipsyDoodler says:

    Therrien’s record: 42-23-7.

    Equivalent to 104 points for an 82 game season.Typically good for 3rd place in the conference.

    On paper is this the 3rd best team in the East?

  25. 416erHabsFan says:

    I know this may disgruntle many of you but I have to say, I wouldn’t mind seeing Parros knock some sense into Scott on Wednesday. Unfortunately I can’t see MT putting Parros in for a while.

  26. slapshot777 says:

    I know it is the CFL but this game is over and well be remembered as one of the worst grey cup games played. The Tiger Cats just got lucky to even be in this game. They got lucky to squeak out a game versus the Alouettes and I never saw the Argo game, but was very much surprised that they handled the Argonauts.

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

  27. frontenac1 says:

    Whoa! Ti-Cats are getting smoked! Big come back in the 2nd half?

  28. Bill says:

    Regarding the poll question: Gallagher is awesome, and he is indeed the Honey Badger, but he is not the Habs’ best forward. Not until he is handling all of the tough assignments. Until then, Plekanec remains the best forward, as he has been for some time.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Right now, if one had to stay and one had to go, what would be your choice?

      • Strummer says:

        Tough question- like Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice”

        “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

      • Bill says:

        Right now? Like OBB says, it’s a tough “Sophie’s Choice”, but right now you would keep Gallagher, but that’s just because he’s younger.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

      • db says:

        Tough call, luckily Gallaghers contract doesnt push anyone out… Pleks really is our best forward. I think he’s missed something like 7 games in the last 4 years. He’s durable, smart, not always flashy, has a deceptive slap shot… he’s a great hockey player.

    • Storman says:

      It has been a long time since the Habs have had a player that leaves it on the ice every shift,, watch as Gallagher skates to the bench after most of his leaving it on the ice shifts, the kid is spent, weather he is fighting for a puck back in forth, in back of opposing team net, or crashing the net, or covering in his own zone, he works his butt off,, I would not say he is our best forward yet, but he has worked is way , big time into the conversation, and if he is not our best forward he is definitely our hardest working, with great hands and a great shot too boot, like they say if you do it right size doesn’t matter.

  29. Sportfan says:

    Hmm hopefully this won’t be a blow out close games make it more exciting that’s for sure!

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  30. frontenac1 says:

    It’s All Riders in the 1st half. But watch out! This ain’t the NFL amigos.

  31. Propwash says:

    Oof TiCats throwing the game?


  32. Bill says:

    I will forgive Crosby anything for that Golden Goal, and I only hope he can get another this year.

  33. Bill says:

    Agree on Ukrainian blondes tho, PortElgin.

  34. Bill says:

    Crosby is not a crybaby. He’s an intense competitor and he is justly pissed. I actually agree that he’s been hooked, held, concussed, and generally interfered with in a way that has seriously held back his career. He is as talented as Gretzky or Lemieux. The NHL has wasted his talent by allowing the game to proceed as it has. I’d complain if I were him as well.

    • Bripro says:

      He was complaining last night because Plex stole his thunder.
      Plex beat him on faceoffs, and most puck battles or passes.
      You had to enjoy watching him go off at the bitt while Plex just stood there with the sheepish grin and let him complain.
      I have to admit, Crosby doesn’t whine like he used to, but he was in high gear last night.
      It was a thing of beauty.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Bill with all due respect. Pfffftt!He Whines!But he is one of the best players in the game. Wish he was a Hab.

  35. sweetmad says:

    I saw some one ask if they should get a red or white jersey,and it reminded me,I made a comment to my husband during the game last night,about the Pens jerseys,they looked awfully dingy,and the necks seemed to be all floppy(I don’t know how many Gally stretched by pulling on them),but they really need to use a diferent detergent,or get a better quality jersey,because they did not look good.

    I read a comment also,about older women,you should ask my husband about that,he’s 24 years younger than me.

  36. Marc10 says:

    So no discipline from Shanny on Jared Cowen for blatantly elbowing and concussing little known third line plugger Pavel Datsyuk. Good thing it wasn’t a superstar he clobbered with that cheap shot or I’m sure Shanny would have thrown the book at the big cretin.


  37. port elgin says:

    As far as playing the leafs goes…….not to worry.

    Habs will win this one…guaranteed.

    Place your bets.

    • Bripro says:

      The Leafs have been under-performing for some time, but Reimer has bailed them out on most nights.
      The Habs should take this one, but they’ll have to find the net.

  38. Sportfan says:

    I don’t know who I want to win the Grey Cup, but either team will make me happy go who ever go!

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  39. Cape Breton says:

    I say Plexs was talking alot because I watched him
    give Sid a load of shit in the 3rd period on a center ice faceoff. Interestingly, Sid was thrown out of the circle, but the superstar from Nova Scotia was giving back.

    Nevertheless, Plex played the best game I ever saw him play last nite. Keep it up #14, cause we need you.

  40. Timo says:

    Not playing till Wednesday? FFS!!! Boo!

  41. Timo says:

    Busy weekend. What did I miss?

    What’s the latest on Bourque and Parros? And is Murray back next game? Because Franky Boo looked amazing on that second Penguins goal. He should take a rest.

    Just like Habs gave some struggling players (who should remain nameless) a ton of games to come around, perhaps they should give an equal opportunity to Parros. The guys didn’t look out of place in the first game until the freak injury again Orr. They need to bring him up to speed since the laffs and bruins are coming up soon.

  42. frontenac1 says:

    Go Ti-Cats!Go Riders! Go CFL! Go Canada!

  43. icemachine says:

    Anybody have a hi quality link for the game? Found one, but its as fuzzy as a 70’s broadcast

  44. scavanau says:

    WOW! You PEI guys don’t screw around.


    (Language warning)

  45. punkster says:

    Something endearing about the local hoopla and passion of a Grey Cup…cold weather, small stadium, fans wearing odd outfits, almost a college atmosphere.

    Gotta love it.


  46. FormalWare says:

    Huge opportunity for Darian Durant to shut the mouths of the doubters. Go, Riders! Long Live Rider Nation!

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  47. B says:

    I’ve never been to Saskatchewan, but the promotion film for their province on the pre cup show mentions the great opportunities there while the video displays a hot blonde…

    Elsewhere, Sens are up by one and the Wings are down by one after one. Vail was held pointless today as is Reway into the 3rd.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  48. johnnylarue says:

    And here’s an OT-to-the-max post:

    Finally got a brand spanking new MacBook Pro to replace the one that was stolen from my apartment on my birthday a few months ago.

    Man, what a dead sexy machine!!! I’m in love. And I think the battery life on it must be next to “eternal”, as I’ve easily used it for 6 hours and it’s still showing about 5 hours remaining.

    Suffice to say, this is WAY better than the two small cars and/or year’s worth of food I could have bought for the same money. 😉

    • Propwash says:

      Apple makes really good laptops, it’s iOS I can’t stand.


      • johnnylarue says:

        iOS has room to improve, for sure. But to be honest, apart from a few photo/video apps, I don’t use my phone for much more than talking and writing the odd email so I can live with the limitations.

        Having said that, the new version of OS X is pretty solid. It’s nice to see Apple injecting a bit of much-needed R&D into their Mac product line after a few years of borderline neglect due to the massive iPad/iPhone/iOS cash cow.

    • Bill says:

      They always make consistently good products. Been using this MacBook for three years, easily a way better choice than having to buy a new laptop every year back in the Windows days.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Timo says:

      Once I am done with the client I work for now, I am thinking I’ll be getting me a new macbook air… bought one for my wife last xmas and they are nice. 3D porn baby!

      • johnnylarue says:


        My gf has the Air and yeah, pretty slick and much more reasonably priced than the overpowered beast I chose. The latest ones have ridiculous battery life too!

        That said, hot tip: I think the next iteration (spring?) will come with a retina display. Definitely worth waiting for, unless you’re as blind as the quality of your hockey analysis suggests…


      • Mavid says:

        i have a Macbook Air got it for Xmas last year..love it..will never go back to a regular PC ever..well worth the cost..

        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  49. Marc10 says:

    Interesting take on Life of Pi. I thought it was rather harmless and an easy read. I loved the visuals of the movie, but it was slim in terms of deeper meaning…

    Everything I’ve heard about Hunger Games 2 has been very positive. Really enjoyed the first movie. Could only get through the first two books before getting a tad bored with the story. Am tempted to go in blind for the third instalment when that rolls around. Who knows, it might be one of those rare occasions where the films trump the books.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Vastly different from a thematic standpoint, but I think “Koyaanisqatsi” both opened and closed the book on zero-dialogue feature films. Infinitely more affecting–and depressing, granted.

  50. Bill says:

    JohnnyLaRue: young girls are indeed a recipe for disaster, but if you’re single, most of the girls are young. The good older ones are all taken. Anyway, a little disaster isn’t the end Of the world. Let’s you know you’re alive.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I hear ya Bill. A bit of acute pain can be good for inspiration. I’ve generally found 26-27 to be the sweet spot in terms of girls with fully formed identities whose concept of breaking up with someone involves more than a whim and a one-line text message.

      • punkster says:

        Guys, guys…take it from an older, experienced gentleman…over 40s women are the best by far and once they hit 50+ well, just fasten your seat belts…they’re completely in touch with themselves, know what they want, and know how to get it too…if you catch my drift.

        Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…

  51. commandant says:

    This isn’t hockey related, but the story of Mallory Weggeman (and our audio interview with her) is a truly inspirational story, and my favorite piece in the 2.5 years I’ve been running my website.

    Sit down and take a listen to this story, you won’t regret it. This World Champion Paralympic Athlete is an Inspiration to All.

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

  52. Marc10 says:

    Killing for pleasure is idiotic. That said, torturing animals before killing them for food isn’t great either… Just don’t see why Armstrong feels like a should go out of his way to shoot something. Pretty dumb and needlessly sadistic really.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I’m probably the biggest p*ssy on this forum, but I come from a long line of hunters/fishermen/farmer-types, so I can see both sides of the coin.

      I personally draw the line at people who don’t eat what they kill–something “my people” would never have done. I otherwise tend to side with the animals in the debate: calling hunting a “sport” is a bit of a misnomer unless the deer can shoot back.

      • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

        I hunt too, in fact most of the people I associate with are fishermen or hunters. That being said, I draw the line at trophy hunting. A few months ago I saw Mike Babcock, I man I formerly respected, on a trophy hunt in Africa. I don’t look at him the same way anymore.

  53. Bill says:

    Stevie.Ray: Loved your comments on Life of Pi. Didn’t like it myself, but I liked what you said about it.

  54. Bill says:

    @JohnnyLaRue: I live in Moncton, Miramichi guy however.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Ah! “Alan Legere Country”, as it’s known in the rest of the world…!

      Looking forward to an extended holiday visit this year. Christmas in Vancouver is plainly depressing.

  55. Bill says:


    I loved part two as well. I thought it was considerably better than part one. Katniss is considerably more kick-ass in part two, and Haymitch – my favourite character – has a lot more screen time. I had to laugh at the end, when 90% of the audience was angry at the cliffhanger, but hey, what are you doing there if you didn’t read the book?? Also Jennifer Lawrence has become an amazing actor. AND wasn’t it something to watch Philip Seymour Hoffman and Donald Sutherland trading acting chops?? Two of my favourite actors EVER. Loved watching their scenes. And Hoffman brings something to that character that simply is not there in the books at all. He makes it.

    Life of Pi is a bore from start to finish, and this from a guy who ranks Moby Dick as one of his favourite reads. If I had been stuck at O’Hare, I would rather have chatted a stewardess or read HIO or even pared my nails with a plastic knife than keep reading it. I hate a lot of that hyper-self-conscious post colonial crap. Like, yeah, we get it. That guy is channelling Salman Rushdie and failing mightily. I am sure that book was written in an MA creative writing course. It reeks of it. Just like The Lovely Bones.

    That’s a respectable movie pick. Yesterday I forgot to mention Slapshot, Rocky II, Solaris, Lost in Translation, and Romeo and Juliet (Baz Lurhmann).

    Finally, the hot date was everything it promised and then some, thank you very much for asking. I nonetheless continue to envy all you married guys though. The dating life is stressful. Girls these days …

  56. Bill says:

    Nothing wrong with hunting and eating animals. Animals are delicious.

    I do think it is wrong to hunt endangered species for sport. Like, leave the lions and tigers and whales alone.

    But living in New Brunswick, let me tell you that deer are not endangered. They are not even pleasant animals by the way. And every moose that gets harvested is one less moose to slam my car into and die. God I hate those things.

    I don’t hunt myself btw. No interest. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it under most circumstances.

  57. twilighthours says:

    Alright, bill.

    Firstly, I totally dug the hunger games part 2. It was great.

    Secondly, life of pi. What up? My big beef (there were other, smaller beefs) was the end, where he essentially says “if you don’t believe my story, you don’t believe in god.” Yeah, like I’m going to enjoy being put in that position. No thanks. If I wasn’t stuck on the tarmac at o’hare for 3 hours, I never would have gotten past page 20.

    Thirdly, favourite flick: gotta be Carl Sagan’s Contact. Perfect in every way.

    Fourth, how was the hot date?

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      I thought the ending of Life of Pi was more there are two possible stories. One is sad and very logical and easy to believe. The other is beautiful and unbelievable. It’s up to you to decide which story is the one you believe in.

      Basically, the book is saying that faith in God is a choice. There are a lot of logical reasons not to believe in God, but in the end faith wasn’t meant to be logical. The Bible, especially the New Testament, is almost entirely stories of the Disciples having their faith tested, and they were there to witness the miracles firsthand. So it’s reasonable to question faith 2000 years later.

      At least that’s the message I was able to take away from Life of Pi.

  58. jsaz says:

    I wanna get a gally jersey made up. Just can’t decide on home or away jersey!!

  59. Bill says:

    Topher, I do think that would be fair. Gionta was named captain before his first game as a Hab, and I had no huge problem with that.

    I don’t think it’s a pecking order or anything. And I think Plekanec should’ve had a letter long ago. You want your captain on the ice in key situations I feel. That would be him, or Markov, or PK, apart from Gionta. I don’t think it’s Gorges.

    • topher5468 says:

      I also think that Pleks would make a good Captain, although what his role is in the room is unknown to me. On the ice, yes, he leads by example. My point was that I was curious as to your thoughts on if lets say Gorges, If he would feel slighted. IMO, Marky is not the type to be a Captain in this market and probably wouldn’t care anyway

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

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      Gionta played a whole season before he was named a Captain.

  60. Bill says:

    Not to take anything away from Bernier and Reimer, both of whom are having insane seasons.

    • topher5468 says:

      Bill, I had posed a question to you from the other thread regarding Pleks and the Captaincy, Do you think it’s fair, or a good move to bypass a current Alternate Captain in order to make Pleks the Captain

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

  61. Bill says:

    I don’t know where I stand on “advanced stats” (most of which aren’t advanced and actually involve addition and subtraction) but if the Leafs keep winning, I shall be forced to conclude that advanced stats are total nonsense.

    Can’t believe how lucky those guys are getting.

  62. habsgod says:

    the grey cup game is almost here 2 hours until kick-off!

  63. Mattyleg says:

    Just a little addition to the West Island Bar conversation on the previous thread:
    The saddest issue for the West Island bar scene was Clyde’s being closed down by its landlords, who reopened it as the Pioneer.

    I remember drinking in the Pi when I was 16, and drinking kiddie drinks like tequila sunrises upstairs at the pool tables while all the Hells sat downstairs in their leather vests and sunglasses listening to Sweet Home Alabama on endless loop.

    Bunch of my buddies got scooped up in the operation that shut down the Pioneer (the keystone to the Hells’ cocaine empire in the WI) for underage drinking. Was glad to see that place closed down.

    Now it’s reopened, and Clyde’s is gone, which is a shame. Bernie used to get lots of local bands to play there, and it was a great spot. Now they are getting the same old tired cover bands going through, and it’s regaining some of that sad, washed-out rock cruddiness that it reeked of in the bad old days.

    I haven’t gone there since Clyde’s closed (I sometimes go into the village when I visit my folks) and I’m happy that there’s an Old Orchard there now.
    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  64. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I also enjoyed reading the Post-Dispatch version of About Last Night. Fair and accurate reporting, followed by comments from the Pittsburgh version of HIO, and they are hyper-critical 😉 of their team’s GM, “Teflon Shero”, and the trades he has made and contracts he has given out. Marc-André Fleury is spared no wrath.

    So, it’s not just Habs fans who totally over-react after a 1-goal loss to a very good opponent.

    Happy Sunday everyone.

  65. NLhabsfan says:

    I fear meeting the leafs..For some reason they seem lately to have our number.And always hot goaltending.

    • habsgod says:

      the leafs are overrated and continously get out played and outshot i’ll take price and budaj over reimer and bernier any day of the week and i’ll take our team obver there’s anytime bring them on !

  66. John Q Public says:

    A fifth of liquor would be good.

  67. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:


  68. Lafleurguy says:

    I might as well get a third post in, “Avance, Hercule!”

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  69. Lafleurguy says:

    David Molinari, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer with the linked article on Carey is an American Pennsylvannian. Nice to read an opinion of an outsider without a bias for or against Pricey.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  70. Lafleurguy says:

    Well I’m not going to take Sunday off posting on HIO.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

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