Home-ice playoff skid hits five games

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said last night that his team played just 12 bad minutes against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Debatable, perhaps, but now the Habs must regroup today and try to make adjustments to prevent the Caps from putting a hammerlock on a series which they lead 2-1 after last night’s convincing 5-1 victory.

The Canadiens are now riding a five-game Bell Centre playoff losing streak, not having won on home ice since a 4-3 overtime victory over Philadelphia in their conference semifinal on April 24, 2008. They’ve since lost two to Philly in that series, two to Boston last season in their conference quarterfinal and last night to the Caps.

The Capitals hold an optional workout late this morning at the Bell Centre, with the Canadiens scheduled to practice later in the afternoon.

Updates and audio coming here from Stubbs and Hickey later today.

263 Comments

  1. Mr_MacDougall says:

    The whole idea of a draft is based on economics anyway, I like the recruiting system.. Makes since, now PITTS has a new arena on the way and Mario isn’t bankrupt. Caps will def. get a new arena too, no way a team can lose money with Ovi, or Crosby/Malkin, that is why the pens will never trade Malkin.. too easy to make money/playoffs with both

  2. TomNickle says:

    It could have all been put under the category of they missed it until the penalties on Gionta, Gomez and Pleks, than it became obvious that it was a screw job.  For whatever reason.  If the reason is that our players were mouthing off, the refs need to handle themselves like professionals and rise above that stuff, and I don’t really want to think about the alternative.

    I STILL MAINTAIN THAT THE DRAFT LOTTERY WAS FIXED FOR CROSBY TO GO TO PITTSBURGH.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    OB was getting better as a defencemen next to Markov and on a lot of nights, they worked well because OB played the body while Markov handled the puck. OB had some bad nights towards the end of the year and that got him benched, rocked his confidence while Hamrlik still stunk it up on the ice but still got to play thanks to classic JM coaching.

    His defensive abilities have only looked good next to Markov this year, as most defencemen do playing next to him. He had no defenders on his D abilities when he had other partners this season when the injuries piled up and he was looking like a sieve. OB would at least challenge the Capitals physically, suddenly they can’t just run around without this big body slamming them into the boards. It forces them at anything to back off a bit and figure out how to deal with him. Maybe they figure him out, or maybe he stops them from so easily running around in our own end and I don’t expect the Refs to actually call goal interference so we might as well have someone to protect our goalie.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  4. TomNickle says:

    Other than two bad turnovers on one shift I think he’s been fast and good with the puck.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  5. jimmy shaker says:

    MAB will be back with Marky tomorrow night…..and if the refs would get it together and call the goalie interference, then we don’t need O’Byrne.  O’Byrne was dragging down Markov when they were out there together….at least MAB has some speed to get back and help when Marky does his pinch thing.  I just don’t see what your take is on MAB.  Yes I like MAB, but if I had to pick MAB or O’Byrne…I take MAB anyday.  You would go the opposite of me, and that’s fine.  We’ll just agree to disagree.  But again, I think MAB has the quickness, the ability to push the puck, the offensive capabilities and although not the best defensive skills, he has shown most of us on here to be quite adequate.  THere isn’t enough offensive push from our D to sit MAB in favor of O’Byrne.  I think the caps would exploit O’byrne a hell of a lot more than you seem to think they are doing to MAB.  But we agree to disagree basically.  Tomorrow has to be different, because it’s everybodies biggest game of the year……MAB, Metro, Price etc. 

    Shaker

  6. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Tom, did you notice the furious look on Pollack’s face as he was giving AK46 the phantom highsticking penaltie early in the first? He looked like a mad man unleashed from years of captivity. Made me sick. AK’s stick never came up past his mid section. That was OK we killed it off.

    Then, we get a PP and Pouliot has the first goal of the game on his stick ten feet from the crease all alone… he gets hooked off the puck, phew, a 5-3 PP for 1:40… WAIT NO CALL!!! Hmmm, interesting, a glorious chance in the slot and he gets spun around by a hook, convienient.

    We fall apart.. ok we did.

    Gomez 10 minutes.. what the F for?

    Pleks an extra 2 for unsportsmanlike? are you kidding me? he just got leveled without the puck. Ok Ok, we kill that off and score a PP Goal… Hey there is still hope.. all we need is a quick break to get within 2, the Caps are looking scared.

    Here’s our break.. another PP, alright boys here we go!!!!   NO NO NO NO, you can’t have a PP, AK$^ get the hell off the Ice.. this is the Caps Game.. take a seat.

    SICKENING..


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