Senators strike late


Chris F. Neil …. with the Captain in the penalty box.


  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    So what do we need to do to get Olivier Archambault adopted by the Gallagher family? A couple of years living with the strength and conditioning coach might be what the kid needs. He might also learn to express himself with more clarity and enthusiasm, he seems a little frowny and nervous compared to how Brendan was at the last camp.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      He didn’t do well with the Val D’or Foreurs (It happens, some guys don’t work on some teams/environments) I’m interested to see how he does in Drummondville with Couturier.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I know, based on what I read I may be ascribing some negatives to Mr. Archambault, but he seems downcast a little bit, eyes looking at the floor, mangling his words, not great body language. It’s not a good sign that he didn’t fit in well with his team in Val D’Or. The background on him is completely different than what was written about and what I learned about Brendan Gallagher. We can hope that contact with professionals will help him improve.

        I’m not sure if he’ll get a chance to play with Sean Couturier, the Antichambre gang was saying he and Jonathan Huberdeau have a good chance of sticking in the NHL.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          L’Antichambre also has Beaulieu as a D-Man for the Habs this season, pumping the QMJHL a bit there.

          For the Flyers, it makes no sense to bring up Couturier as they still enjoy the depth to let him develop. As for Huberdeau, they’ve already signed a boatload of roster players in FLA this year and they don’t even have Huberdeau signed to a pro contract yet either. Best thing for those guys is to go back to the juniors and kick ass.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I’m curious …has anyOne mentioned yet it’s ONLY the pre-season ? :}

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  3. JohnBellyful says:

    — “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.” —

  4. Man Dingga says:

    You haters will never be happy, honestly! We had one line of regulars on offence and two defensive regulars. The rest were a bunch of rookies and AHL regulars. Price looked fine, I just saw the highlights to all the goals. Two he had no chance on…period! Chirp, chirp chirp you little birdies!

  5. Chris79 says:

    Don’t worry… if 4 guys with Bruins Jerseys were beatin the Crap out of you in an Alley somewhere.. i’d step in and help you if you Wore a Habs Jersey..

  6. olematelot says:

    It’s only pre season, means absolutely nothing

    • HardHabits says:

      The games don’t count towards the standings but there are still many stories to be told.

      Like that Beaulieu and Gallagher are future NHLers.

      Or that Palushaj and Trotter are not there and may never get there either.

      Or that IMHHO the Habs have much work to do to become a scoring threat in the NHL or that Price is not up to game shape mentally yet.

      These are observations and that is why the team plays the pre-season. It’s for making assessments.

      • i liked the part when you included the team dynamic in front of a goalie before throwing a goalie under the bus

        you should do that more often

        reverse straw man people, it CAN BE DONE

        • HardHabits says:

          Where do I throw Price under the bus? Price’s puck tracking was crap and he was lax with the passes. They are observations and they are accurate ones.

          I am also nowhere near convinced that the Habs will crack the top 15 in scoring this season. I hope they do. Apart from PK, Cammy and Patches I don’t see much else to be excited about in the scoring department yet.

          As for the last goal. Lax play by Plex (which was his theme all night) and an even more lackadaisical line change by him and Cammy led to the loss.

          • you threw him under the bus by being lazy and trying to pin it on him in a pre-season game, ill be the first to agree when someone is off but are you a goalie?

            how the hell do you know what puck tracking even means?

            sure its easy to say as a casual viewer, but my god his team played as they should in front of him and the shot total supports this, as does the name credited towards the only goals scored for the team

          • thirdstone says:

            Alright I spent two periods in the corner right next to Price and as someone with the perspective of having played nets for years I can confidently say that his puck tracking was fine. He suffered from D that made quite a few little mistakes behind his net. He was quite sharp and in fact the one area where I’d give him above average rating would be his puck tracking. He made a few particularly good reads that elicited “wow I can’t believe he followed that” reactions.

          • HardHabits says:

            @thirdstone: I’ll admit I was in the Whites but from up there even my friend said the same thing. Price lost sight of the puck on numerous occasions. I was also at the game on Monday and on 3 goals he had no clue where the puck was.

            However. What you’re saying is also true. Meaning the times that Price had his eye on the puck he made some remarkable saves. I still see an area for improvement and that is why the pre-season games are played.


            @Crosseyed_mofo: I never threw him under the bus. But thanks for jumping to conclusions, misinterpreting what I am saying and trying to put words into my mouth.

          • i apologize if i missread you

      • punkster says:

        Fair enough. Though people do lose sight of the fact that these games are tuneups and tryouts. They’re primary purpose is to increase revenue. Winning is not particularly important to management at this point.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

        • HardHabits says:

          I don’t care about the loss. But my observations stand.

          • punkster says:

            Hey, they’re your observations. Though I’ll hesitate from condemning Palushaj and Trotter to the eternal minors or elevating Beaulieu and Gallagher to full NHL status until they’ve all played a reasonable number of real NHL games beside real NHL line mates and against real NHL players. Just my take.

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • HardHabits says:

            It’s my view. Nothing more. Call it an opinion if you like.

            I also don’t see what the issue is. I never called for Price to be traded or surmised what if Budaj was in nets.

            What I don’t understand is why when someone puts out a point of view which doesn’t fit the party line here a person gets literally attacked.

            Let’s say a person says “Woywitka sucks.” Is that an astute observation and my opinion an example of trolling?

            There’s some sick hypocritical double standard going on. The HIO cliquishness. Not to mention a whole lot of head in the sanding.

            But the real fault is the fans for singing Ole. That is the real reason the Habs lost.


  7. O-ZoneVertigo says:

    The premature Olé Olé from the crowd jinxed it.

  8. rogieshan says:

    No offense to the kid, but what was DeSimone doing out there in the last minute of a tied game? Oh right, it’s the preseason.

  9. Sharks9 says:

    Last place finish this year for sure. No team has ever lost 3 preseason games and made the playoffs.

    25 before 14

  10. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Beau, Palooosh and Archambeault will be in tomorrow night’s game in Halifax agin the TeddyBears say 990

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  11. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …RUMOUR: …the word is Poutine will soon be served in the Bell Centre
    …note to HabFab, that is POUTINE, not Putin !

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  12. HabFanSince72 says:

    No time to read the comments. Have we had ” it’s only the pre-season” yet?

  13. HardHabits says:

    Price made some good saves but lost the puck often, meaning his puck tracking was poor, and I found that he was nonchalant with his puck handling.

    My perception is still that the Habs lack offensive creativity. They’re back to hoping for the long bomb or PP goals.

    • we need oleg petrov

      he pwned the red wings in front of my eyes single handedly

      pre season, that meant everything then, means something now

      ill be damned if the wings went on to win the cup that year

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Price is getting into his rhythms. Same thing happened at last camp and he tied for the league lead in wins by the end of the year.

      Habs lack having any real centre depth in the games they’ve played, killing puck distribution from the middle and typically they’ve been short their Puck-moving Ds as well, killing the long outlet pass and blue-line attacks.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

    • joeybarrie says:

      You would think he has some sort of mentality that this isnt the regular season, and wins and losses dont really count right now. Weird, never seen this from Price before…….
      Too bad, cause I was really starting to think that we might actually be able to do well this season. But the Pre-Season has really shown me that our team simply cannot compete with other NHL teams. I mean PK didnt even have a shot on net tonight………. Gomez was invisible, and Gorges wasnt looking all that solid. Im really starting to worry here.

      There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

    • DEANDALLEY says:

      AND your point HH is?

      It is all for nothing if we don’t win the Stanley Cup!

      • HardHabits says:

        I hope Price gets those two faults that were in plain evidence tonight corrected for the regular season.

        I still have concerns about the Habs ability to generate offence.

        And I call them like I see them with my call being accurate.

        • dude you have a spot on your back in the shape of a hand, you should get that looked at

          meanwhile on planet earth, i apologize on behalf of my countrymen st-denis that he didnt live up to the hype

          • HardHabits says:

            Look. Price’s puck tracking was way off tonight. I was at the game and I am writing my observations. He needs to be better come the regular season. He should also play with more conviction when he handles the puck because he almost got burned a few times tonight because of lackadaisical play.

            Now. Your problem is your own. You can try and counter my points and offer something intelligent in terms of a reply but up until now all you’re doing is straw man and ad hominem come backs.

          • oh yeah right like my MOM would do THAT with a banana

  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …so We lost to the likely team to draft Nail Yakopov …barely beat them the night before …outscored 9 to 4 agin Dallas & Buffaloni …Carey is lookin’ like a sieve …both Our D & O look dyslexic
    …but I am MOST upset about that fox in Her underwear leaving Me for anudder Guy (I assume)
    …no wonder Mike was takin’ so much time between His posts 🙁 (…and pushes)

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …WHERE did that babe in the black bra & panty go ? …#blame neil

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  16. Yussuf Al-Habbi says:

    And tomorrow the Bruins, who have at least 5 Neils..

  17. Chris79 says:

    Michael Cammalleri is a Follower and always will be.. He Loved following Iginla when Iginla told him what to do…when he got his 39 Goal Season hey..!! atleast he got the 2nd Star tonight..

  18. Paulin98C says:

    I’ll be at the game tomorrow, Gomez better play! I want to see the CH win!

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