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. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Sounds like Canadian politics………

  2. BoomBoom says:

    Well said Ian and Tom. I am not a believer in conspiracy theories but I am starting to believe in  a ref-bias in favour of Washington. The refs have been awful and down right pathetic. From Saturday nights goalie interference to last night’s thin skin. I think the biggest issue facing the NHL is the quality of its officiating which is unprofessional, inconsistent and terrible. It is starting to really p*ss me off!  Pollack and Sunderland must have small packages and need to prove they are real men  by some other means. It was a Chris Lee performance.  I really hope the refs get better because the Habs are still in it.

  3. Bugs says:

    What the heck do you think the Caps are tellin themselves? NOT to win the next game first? C’mon.

    Same thing.

    So back we go to the bottomline: we gotta win 75% of our remaining games in these playoffs while the Caps need 50%.

    Yeah, yeah, one at a time though…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  4. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Timo,can’t blame you on your frustration cus it’s been like 20 years since the Habs have been a real team…..one day bro ,one day it will happen…..I will say this ,I don’t think I have seen sooo many fans leave the Bell at the half way of the third and that’s a big statement from the fans….If I were the Molsons I would pay attentions to it cus it’s a lot like beer drinkers choosing Labatt’s…..

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    If you’re not big, be fast and good with the puck. MAB isn’t half of what Markov is when handling the puck, that’s all there is to it. He didn’t suddenly become a better defencemen in the post-season, he’s just playing against an opponent at first that wasn’t sure about what he could do, now they are and they know he’s about as useful against Ovechkin as a speed bump against a tank.

     

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

  6. TomNickle says:

    What specifically do you see Bergeron doing that leads you to believe he’s outclassed anymore than our other defensemen?  I’m really not trying to be snippy, I want to know.  I see the turnovers late in the game, BRUTAL.  But there wasn’t a guy in red trying at that point other than #31.

    I want to know what you’ve seen from Bergeron in this series that leads you to believe he’s outclassed.  I would’ve bought this argument in the regular season but I don’t right now.

     

     

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

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    You do know that Markov was probably trying to cover up for MAB since he can’t hack it on the top pair correct? Markov has been overworked for years with his weak D partners, he was better off with OB because at least OB could do physical work while Markov handled the puck. Markov has to do everything because MAB is not a real defencemen, WSH figured it out and now that pairing is dead. Markov has to do everything, because MAB can’t, he gave away the puck twice in 4 seconds to make it 5-1.

     

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

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    Not many people including media can stand up to the power in the NHL today. But I am hear to tell you that I am well aware of corruption in the game. So anything is possible to be sure. Including favouritism.

    There are big bucks, big ego’s and dirty politics throughout our game. All of it is covered up by slick lawyers and agents from head office to every level of our game today.

  9. TomNickle says:

    He isn’t making near the number of mistakes that Hamrlik or dare I saw Markov are making with the puck.

    If you want to put in O’Byrne and take out Hamrlik, fine, but Bergeron should not be the scapegoat for these two losses.  It’s just incorrect in my opinion.

    Where was Andrei Kostitsyn last night after that brilliant move of taking Sergei out of the lineup?

    I would bet my house that Sergei plays tomorrow night.  Maybe I’m giving Martin too much credit though.

     

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

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    I knew MAB wasn’t going to last on top pair when it went on, he is not even a 1/3 of what Markov is as a defencemen and did anyone really, really think no one on Washington would figure that out? BS, any coach would see we’ve got a 3rd-pair D on the top that’s got no real defensive ability. But Markov kept him mostly out of trouble the way he’s made every subpar defencemen on his side look good since he suited up.

    OB may take the occasional penalty, but it is worth it if the Capitals stop dogpiling our goalie and running in our end like they’ve been invited in there, they have no worries about a Habs defencemen crunching them on boards with full strength. Credit to our D for checking some of their forwards but we need a real physical prescence to make them feel it. MAB’s upside is his slapshot, that’s all it ever was. OB can be a shutdown defencemen who can give Markov a physical edge when they’re combined, rather than give Markov a smallish defensive partner with weak D instincts.

     

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

  11. habsguy says:

    ya and he got called for it!!!!!!

  12. habsguy says:

    is that what you saw the first 2 games ????

  13. wmarcello says:

    There is zero value in looking past game 4. Win that one first. It’s definitely possible when the Habs come to play.

  14. TomNickle says:

    Kevin Pollack shouldn’t do another playoff game for that performance.  I could have sworn that I saw an A on Scott Gomez’s jersey last night, so I’m wondering why Pollack was continuously trying to skate away from him before calling the misconduct.  Not to be outdone, Sutherland gives Pleks an extra two for unsportsmanlike.

    I referee’d junior hockey during my early twenties.  Very few officials act the way that Pollack did last night Ian.  If last night was the first time Pollack has been cursed at during these playoffs, I’m the next Habs coach.  What specifically did Gomez say to earn the ten?  If the NHL would like conspiracy theories to go away they may want to tell officials to call the game as if it were game 7 of the finals and to not have the league’s fiscal interests in mind when making calls.

    Pollack and Sutherland are professionals and have been for a while.  If you’re going to screw somebody, it’s a nice gesture to kiss them first.  And by that I mean that he could have at least calmed down and spoke to Gomez instead of ignoring him and making him more upset than he already was.

     

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

  15. jimmy shaker says:

    “Really hurt guys when they come into our zone”, by hurting guys, do you mean taking penalties that we don’t need to take, like O’Byrne is very prone to do.  MAB and Marky were having their praises sung from the top of cheap seats the last 2 games, but now that MAB has one subpar effort, which I don’t think he played that bad (yes the last goal was brutal, but does 4-1 or 5-1 really make a difference).  He has way more upside than O’byrne.  The only way I would get O’Byrne in there would be for Hammer, but JM will never do that, so let’s suck it up and worry about getting traffic in front of varlamov and letting Moen know that its okay for him to show up now!  Price will get the job done I feel, and if the traffic is there too in front of varlamov, we should be fine.  Biggest game of the year, and I expect the boys to pull it off! 

    Shaker

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not manhandled physically, but easily pressured in the zone and overwhelmed by playing elite forwards who simply outclass him and he can’t challenge physically, beat along the boards or react quickly enough to deal with. He doesn’t have the defensive ability to handle Top 6 forwards. 

    Washington walks around in our zone like they engraved invitations because there’s no physical challenge and it’s too easy to overwhelm our D.

     

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

  17. Bugs says:

    Yeah, “any given night”, sure.

    Problem is we need 4 of those games in SEVEN given nights and so far, we’re behind the 8-ball.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gomez has no accuracy and AK has ability-wise, the best bomb on the team after MAB. Gomez is a teens goal scorer for a reason every year, Gomez wouldn’t be able to rip one off quickly enough and accurately enough to do anything, all he would be able to do is pass.

    AK has a very fast release, so it’s at least worth trying once.

     

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

  19. wmarcello says:

    One game at a time. Like I said, on any given night the Habs have a chance if they play well. Win game 4 and go from there.

  20. TomNickle says:

    I’m sorry but I’m just not seeing the guy get manhandled the way you are.
    He had a couple of mistakes last night but none of them were at a crucial point in the game.

    If you want to talk about how Hamrlik has no business on an NHL team I will discuss that all day but Bergeron is helping more than he’s hurting in my eyes.

    Our problem wasn’t getting out of our zone last night, it was turning the puck over in the neutral zone or just inside the Caps blueline.  Those are easy errors to fix.  I expect a very technically sound game from this group tomorrow night.

     

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

  21. Say Ash says:

    Well, it ammounts now to taking three out of four from the best team in the league

  22. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    agree with much of what you suggest EXCEPT -AK 46 on the point on the PP???

    there are other guys that can shoot who have much better decision making ability – that can play the point.

    i do not like AK 46 on the point of the PP.

    Gomez has a rocket shot and good play making ability – maybe Gomez would be a good fit there.

  23. Fenrir767 says:

    I can’t agree with your more Ian I was at the game and the sheer inconsistency of the reffing was a bad joke. When it’s that bad you can’t help but wonder if there isn’t something else going on.

  24. wd40 says:

    Sigh.  Still nursing the sting from spending all that damn money (not to mention the 12$/can for Molson M)  to go see the Habs get crushed by the Caps last night.  

    The pre-game ceremony with the kid carrying the torch and touching off the spreading flames at centre ice was FANTASTIC, and the atmosphere was the best I’ve seen in a long while.  They came out flying and played one of their best periods this year…. tons of chances, but alas, could not capitalize on any of them.  

    Over a post-game beer, a friend of mine was musing: Was the game 2 OT loss the turning point of the series?   I dunno, my friends.  They pushed hard in the first, but the rest of game belonged to the Caps.   Our goaltending is suddenly questionable, Backstrom is a force, Knuble is constantly crashing the net, and Ovechkin is finding his game.  Since game 1, and perhaps the first period of yesterday’s game, I don’t see the Habs having a solution for that.

    Yesterday, Boone said that he felt the team that would win game 3 would probably take the series.  Personally, I think down 2-1, game 4 is more telling/critical.  If the Habs can win that one, and win it in a convincing fashion, I think they still have a shot, but failing that… 

    GO HABS GO

  25. wmarcello says:

    The Habs are in no worse position than San Jose, New Jersey, Vancouver,
    Detroit, Buffalo, and Ottawa. The Habs have shown that on any given
    night they can compete. They’ve also shown that on any given night they can stink up the joint, but that’s beside the point. The point is this series is not over. Win game 4 and it becomes a best of 3.

  26. Fenrir767 says:

    The reason why people can even have these conspiracy theories is that when your at the games and you see crap happening behind plays that refs are staring at and not calling your begin to wonder. Heck the penalty on the caps that lead to pleks goal was called late by the ref that was farthest away as the fans started to get seriously pissed off.

    The problem is that there is no consistency to NHL reffing, it’s all subjective meaning if Bettman or anyone just said help this team or that team a little we would never know, there’s reasons why there is talk about going to video replay for penalties etc. Because it doesn’t make sense anymore.

    I’m gonna see if I can predict the rest of the NHL playoffs based on what would make the best TV if it was a scripted TV show just to see if I could get it right, I predicted Boston and L.A last night so we’ll have to see where I can do with this. Just doing it for fun but who know? Maybe there is a CONSPIRACY!

  27. Ian Cobb says:

    As this league becomes a little more equal in talent with the CAP
    structure, rule changes, making our game so much faster etc. There is one glaring area of our game that
    has definitely not kept pace with the new and improved NHL. And that is
    the quality and professionalism  of the officiating.

    When the NHL
    went to the two man system and Ron Finn recruited double the personnel
    from the minors, this left a huge gap of quality refs below. All the
    way down to the junior levels. Referees were rushed in to fill the
    holes at all levels of our game. 

    Just like players that do not
    put their proper development time in the minors, referees are lacking
    as professionals at the higher speed levels as they are promoted.

    In
    order for our game to excel with more consistency’s, proper checks and
    balances for fairness of play, this area must be addressed more
    vigorously with the over seeing of better training and supervision of
    the refereeing trade from junior right on up to the NHL.

    Right now some NHL games are a disgrace to our game in how they are officiated.

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not that simple, WSH knows MAB on 1st pair is a farce and pressuring him will kill us. JM has to adjust to that first and bring OB in so there is someone to really hurt guys when they come in our end and let them know it’s not free parking on our goalies. Darche had 2:22 of TOI last night for a reason, get an NHL player out of the press box and back on the ice.

     

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

  29. EricInStL says:

    Like Boston does with Chara….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  30. EricInStL says:

    Don’t know if anyone said this but O’BYRNE in front of the net on the
    PP….

    Gionta or Gomez, Cammy, O’Byrne, MAB + Markov

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  31. KenD29 says:

    Sure the ref’s blew some calls. But saw the caps crash the Habs goalie all night long. Saw only once Plecanec’s attempt to do so. Once !

    Sorry, not the Ref’s losing the games for the Habs!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  32. TomNickle says:

    It’s official:  THE PANIC BUTTON HAS BEEN PUSHED.

    Relax people.  Tomorrow is a new day.  

    Spacek bumps into his goalie.

    Ovechkin gets left alone in the slot.

    Markov takes terrible positioning on a forward in front.

    These were the reasons for three of the Caps goals.  I wouldn’t expect any of these things to become a trend.

    The team has to play like they did in the first period with one notable difference.  The need to pick their shots a bit better instead of just firing away at the net from anywhere.

     

     

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

  33. KenD29 says:

    Glad you think JM has it under control Jimmy Shaker, cause from what I saw, I do not think he does!

    No emotion whatsoever, playing players who should be on the bench or better yet, upstairs!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  34. Fenrir767 says:

    I’m sorry but the refs missed a lot of fucking calls that game and let a lot of shit slide in favor of washington last night. Even the penalty that was eventually called that led to the habs first goal, was called late after the ref closest to the play didn’t call it against washington then even played with the puck a few times and the other ref called it when he saw how pissed the fans were getting. Last Night’s reffing was a bad fucking joke!

  35. pic1983 says:

    very well said on all points!

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    Boudreau figured out MAB isn’t a real defencemen and ran us over with that. He knows his forwards don’t face any physical force when playing in our own end, so we get beat there because of no OB. It’s not that hard to coach the Caps, but JM didn’t see that the Capitals were starting to figure out that they don’t have to pay a physical price to play in Montreal’s end and that MAB is just unsuited for playing Top line D anymore than an AHL call-up would be. JM’s supposed to the be veteran who sees this stuff coming and make adjustments.

     

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

  37. 123456 says:

    YEA BABY

    we all knwo the winner of game 4 ususally dictates the outcome of a series – GO HABS

    secret mod

  38. Say Ash says:

    not to mention the flames and oilers both in the finals game-7

  39. wmarcello says:

    Up until last night MAB was helping more than he was hurting, so I’m not going to blast JM for that decision. If OB doesn’t play in game 4 though…

  40. pic1983 says:

    My wishlist for the off-season:

    -Physical Defensemen.  Sorry Bergie, you aint gettin it done on defense, and you’re offense hasnt been great either in the playoffs.  No opposing team is scared to drive our net, or enter our zone.  Our defensemen may be big but they certainly arent physical.  I never thought I would miss frankie bouillon….

    -Forwards that actually drive the net.  I dont get our forwards, they always have a clear path to the net and yet they skate behind the net and constantly try to make some blind pass out in front to a player thats not there.  Run over the other teams goalie for once! Every team we’ve played in the playoffs the last few seasons has done it to us, and gotten our goalie off their game.  We never return the favor…

    -A new coach.  Martin is way too passive, and his inability to be creative is costing us.  Players dont seem to know where they should be, and that comes down to coaching.  If hes preaching it, and they just arent listening, than he still needs to go. 

     

    To me this series is going to go one of two ways…either washington wins the next two, or we win it in seven.  I hope Carey gets the start on wednesday, only because we need to change up the momentum.  Halak has been great for us this season, but now that the pressure is on he’s starting to falter.  He hasnt proven himself enough yet IMO to automatically go back to him next game.  Carey has more playoff experience, and he looked way more poised in the net yesterday.  Also, Carey has no pressure on him now because most already assume this series is over, and Carey is coming in as the back-up.

     

    Id love nothing more than to knock off the caps, and I think we’ve proven that when are on our game we are capable of doing so.  Its not over yet.  Go habs Go!

  41. habaholic68NJ says:

    The Caps can be beaten on a given night by the Habs.  We have proved this during the year and in the playoffs.  But to win a series is a tall order.  To win 4/7 we need to:

    1.  Get flawless goaltendng

    2.  Roll 4 lines

    3.  Use the best available players on the roster

    4.  Call a timeout when needed

    5.  Instruct our forwrads to forecheck and go to the net

    6.  Instruct our D men to stop giving up the blue-line and to clear anyone within 3 feet of the crease.

    JM has failed to deliver 2-6.  

    JM, please deliver the above in the next game if you want to win.   Play OB and SK, sit MAB. Tell Poulot to stop carrying the puck and to simply skate to the net and immediately shoot if he gets a pass or rebound. Halak has carried this team long enough but Price deserves a shot to steal one and as a bigger man can better sustain the net crashing CAPs.

     

  42. topher5468 says:

    And add in MAB over Obyrne, they exploited MAB for the inadequate player he really is

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

  43. adam76 says:

    Just win game 4, and will see how it goes.

  44. adam76 says:

    I was shocked they didn’t make a move for a new netminder.  Think how a veteran like Dwayne Roloson would look in front of that team.

  45. adam76 says:

    Explain Ottawa in the finals?  Explain Calgary and Edmonton?

     

    The biggest TV markets are New York and LA – so that is your Stanley cup final?

  46. wmarcello says:

    The Caps are indeed a juggernaut, but JM’s coaching is not helping. The most obvious blunder last night was sitting SK in favor of Metro and Darche, who ended up playing 5 minutes and 2 minutes respectively.

  47. jimmy shaker says:

    Everyone, everyone……the team that wins the first game usually what, about 60 – 70% of the time wins the series….so we’re A-Okay!  Relax, JM and CO.  have it all under control…..I think.  Yes, definitely maybe!

    Shaker (but that stat is on our side, I know that, oh but I forgot we were up 2-0 on Carolina and still lost a while back. HMMM)

  48. topher5468 says:

    Your probably right

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

  49. adam76 says:

    For everyone wanting to or thinking about posting on a conspiracy theory – please read and think about this first:

    Many of you feel the league is giving favorable calls to the US based teams, in order to grow the game in the states.  If what you are saying is true – Bettmen and company would have legal prosecution against them and possibly go to jail.   Also – the scandal would DESTROY THE LEAGUE.  Those are the risks.  Now ask yourself – would such an extreme risk be worth an extra million people watching a Sunday afternoon game on NBC?  A few more articles in the Orange County Register???

    Also – explain Ottawa in the finals in 2007?

    Zero logic to any of these conspiracy theories.  Please – everyone, stop spreading them.  

  50. SeriousFan09 says:

    Game 3 had Boudreau home in on our weak spots like the defence being unable to handle a high-pressure forecheck and there being no physical power on the back end and the weak checking lines that can’t handle the Capitals right now.

    If we come back Game 4 same roster, it’ll only get worse because we’ll just get hammered again. Adjustments would be sitting MAB to play OB, placing AK46 on the point on a PP, bringing SK back in rather than Darche might get something going. Boudreau knows MAB is useless against a Capitals offence that quick, that aggressive. Will JM? But JM thinks playing forwards on the point is a crime against nature so he’ll keep him in anyway.

     

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

  51. Ian Cobb says:

    That was sucking him in to play the same loseing way.

  52. 123456 says:

    outcoached? really? i could coach the caps to a while lot of wins! how hard is it to coach to caps?

    i do believe SK74 needs to be back in the lineup. if i were coaching the habs i’d also give the start to price and insert obyrne on D and put MAB on the fourth line with limited time.

    secret mod

  53. topher5468 says:

     

     This team was embarrassing last night whining to the refs, They lost their composure and looked loke a joke. Start taking peoples heads off in the crease and take real penalties, not cry baby misconducts. Washington is doing thier jobs, its on us to stop them or do it back to them. Its too bad Pouliot wont go to the net or that Pyatt and Darche dont measure up to Fehr, Laich or Fleishman. Other than Ape man , all their scoring was considered secondary,  thats where we dont measure up, Burner should play over MAB, who almoat never shoots on the PP and is a huge liability defensively, plus Burner is the only big body player willing to play big. Adjustments, is the key, Lets see if JM is a good coach or just a French speaking blow hard

     

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

  54. joeybarrie says:

    Sad thing is, our Smurfs are the ones who had to smash them around last night in front of our goalie. It was Gionta who had to show the rest of the D what we had to do to get them out of our net. Of the other end, your right again. We did not learn from them. We did not crash the net in the same fashion. I mean what happens? We get a penalty???? it was 4-0 WHO CARES???????

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

  55. HabFanSince72 says:

    How is Martin being out-coached?

    The Caps are a freaking juggernaut.

    With a decent keeper they may well go all the way.

  56. wmarcello says:

    JM needs to make sure his 2 top D pairings are balanced next game. Otherwise the weak link in the pairing (Hammer in game 2, MAB in game 3) will get bombarded, abused, and taken advantage of. The top pairings next game need to be:

    Markov/Spacek (saw them a bit near the end of last game)

    Gill/Gorges (limited Ovi to 1 shot all game)

    Both these pairings need to play big minutes. Unfortuntately for the 3rd pairing that leaves:

    Hammer/OB

    However, with good bench management, they only get to see 3rd and 4th lines and limited minutes.

    JM needs to live or die with his best.

  57. 123456 says:

    wow there is a lot of negativity – it’s great to voice concern but have some clue folks.

    first i need to apologixe to whomever i told yesterday that MAB gives the habs a better chance to win than o’byrne…. i like the upside of MAB but last night saw the downside a few too many times.

    i’m going toi give pleks, gionta and gomez a pass for their penalties because the string of events prior was very frustrating. the refs could have been better but the habs lost because of their dmen play and lack of scoring. but back to my point – why do the caps get a free pass when they are near the habs goalie? after every whistle is is the dmans job in playoff hockey to make a point of facewashing the opposing player – that’s playoff hockey and i’m dissappointed the habs do not do that.

    some negativity in the form of a question.. why did darche dress? and why metro?

    positive, we all know the caps are a great team… but if the habs win the next game it’s all ties at 2.. i’ll take that!!

  58. rogieshan says:

    Same tired, old refrain: We don’t have the big-bodied players to create traffic in front of opposing goalies. Can’t win series without the ‘dirty goals.’

    True positive: Hal Gill. Who would’ve thought he’s our most valuable defenseman back in November. 

     

     

        

  59. topher5468 says:

    You have my vote, I was floored when Boudreau called him the smartest coach, what a load of crap, That was not being gracious, that was patronization 

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

  60. habsguy says:

    I’m not a huge JM fan either but to say he’s been completely out coached is stretching it a bit I think, we should be up 2 games to 1…..not too bad against the best team in the league !!!!!…..I would love to see a little more fire out of him,  maybe stick up for his players  a little more,  but I didn’t think his game plan was that bad.

  61. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah I’d like to see P.K. but not until next season.

    It is unrealistic to think Subban would make any kind of major impact other than enthusiasm which the team already has plenty of (witness last night’s 1st period). 

    These major expectations by some of you are EXACTLY why Subban should not play in this series, we’ve turned him into the next Bobby Orr just as Carey Price was expected to instantly be the next Patrick Roy. And when those lofty unrealistic expectations are instead met with rookie mistakes, things get ugly.

    It’s bad enough seeing the fans’ treatment of Price this season so let’s not ruin every decent Habs prospect’s confidence.

    (Re-posted from below)

     

  62. Ian Cobb says:

    I was shocked at first and then I realized that Bob Gainey had said he was only taking the GM’s job for 5 or 6 years. Bob has hired him as the new GM for next year. Gauthier and Martin will run the upstairs.

     

    I was really hoping for Jacque Lemaire as long as he did not bring along his lap dog Trembly!

    It is a bran new world out there , with these new rules and speed game.

  63. SeriousFan09 says:

    If JM makes no changes for Game 4, his true effectiveness as a coach will be revealed for it is.

    I hope he does do something, but I’m not expecting it. Getting completely outcoached by Bruce Boudreau to lose a playoff series, that’s good grounds for not being head coach anymore isn’t it?

     

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

  64. topher5468 says:

    Me personally, I will nerver jump off any stupid Bandwagon but I will also never not give my opinion on crap when I see it and I watched crap last night. We can win, not by losing our composure and cryin to the refs, get meaner make the Caps respect our crease, if not take a real penalty, no cryin to the refs and getting embarrassing misconducts

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

  65. PeterStone says:

    Perhaps someone should ask the coach this, how many good minutes did the team play ?  I am certain it isnt 60 … and it isnt 48 …

  66. kyrest says:

    The habs need PK and they need him now, he’s so dynamic and exciting to watch i mean if there gonna lose anyways……. + hamrlik rlly isint playing well

  67. topher5468 says:

    Varlamov was not weak last night. He kept his team in the game in the first period. This team was embarrassing last night whining to the refs, They lost their composure and looked loke a joke. Start taking peoples heads off in the crease and take real penalties, not cry baby misconducts. Washington is doing thier jobs, its on us to stop them or do it back to them. Its too bad Pouliot wont go to the net or that Pyatt and Darche dont measure up to Fehr, Laich or Fleishman. Other than Ape man , all their scoring was considered secondary,  thats where we dont measure up, Burner should play over MAB, who almoat never shoots on the PP and is a huge liability defensively, plus Burner is the only big body player willing to play big. Adjustments, is the key, Lets see if JM is a good coach or just a French speaking blow hard

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

  68. HabsoluteFan says:

    So trailing 2-1 with a chance tomorrow night to go back to DC tied at 2.  If feel we played much better in DC and that we were gripping the stick a bit tight last night.  11 habs players playing for the first time in front of the Bell Centre crowd in a playoff game.  I hope they can refocus and get the job done in Game 4. 

    I tought we deserved much better after playing a good 1st period.  That SH goal really dragged us down.

    Halak was not to fault in this game but I now rest my hopes on the shoulders of Carey.  I, for one, still believe this kid is capable of something special.  I felt he looked real strong last night and think he, with the help of his team, can turn this series around.  He was succesfull against the Caps all year and I think he`ll be ready to steal a game tomorrow night. (if called upon…)

    This is far from over, we had a bad one last night but the beauty of the playoffs is that we get the chance to go right back at them tomorrow night,

    Go Habs Go!

     

    ————————————————————————-

    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  69. smiler2729 says:

    Hey Ian, were you ever a fan of the move (hiring Jacques Martin)? I didn’t care either way when he was hired, I was just finally glad the Habs hired an experienced NHL coach instead of another rookie.

    I guess I was secretly hoping it would be a 1993 Jacques Demers remake where a successful coach elsewhere came here to prove all his critics wrong… but we’ll see. I remember back then we were down 2-0 to the Nordiques in the 1st round.

     

  70. KenD29 says:

    Yes he did. To bad some of his team mates did not join in on the net crashing!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  71. habsfan_61 says:

    wonder how many busted knee,hip and ankle joints their are today from bandwagon yo-yo. my butt has been firmly in place for 40+ yrs good and bad. so , chill out folks. we knew this was an average team with smurfs up front and a slow wimpy d. jaro has been crashed too often with the d doing nada and the forwrds not responding with the same crease crashing at the other end. as far as pk is concerned, leave him in steeltown. hes not going to make a diff here and now .let him win and dominate in ham this season and next year we can have him up for the full yr.i agree with the many posters who have written that we need to be meaner. go habs go only down 2-1 need to big a splash wed.

  72. Habsrule1 says:

    Pisses me off how many jump on and off the bandwagon at will.

    Nobody said this would be easy, but we have shown we can play with the best. We had a bad 12 minute stretch last night, but we dominated for stretches as well, unfortunately with nothing to show for it.

    You’re either on the bandwagon or your not, I still think we can do this, but if we can’t, we need to address the size issue by getting a couple big, strong forwards to compliment the talent we have. A team needs a good mix of size & skill on their top 2 lines and that’s where we have to focus for the coming year(s).

    The changes were the right thing to do, but they’re not finished yet.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  73. Ian Cobb says:

    First of all the only way Gomez, Gionta and Plekanic could get a
    rest was in the penalty box, so I don’t blame their frustration. A
    coach that only uses half his bench is not much of a coach.

    He
    used the same guys over and over, regular shift, power plays, and
    penalty killing. At the speed of the games in the play offs with the
    faster NHL new rules, they burn out by the second period.

    We
    are being out coached big time. Martin was great putting this team
    together and keeping them somewhat on track as we went through the
    regular season. But play off hockey in the new rules NHL is way over
    his head.

     

  74. joe the pro says:

    hi all you habs fans, washington didn’t finish first place for nothing, they are a great and skilled team, we are lucky they have weak goalies, they would go very far with a top goalie. we still have a chance if their goalie’s have mediocre games and ours play superhuman. the habs got into this position by themselves, if they would have won one or two games down the regular season stretch they would be facing another team. no one will beat pittsburg or wasgington this year. at least we get to see ovechkin, semin and backstrom. go habs go

    p.s. shame on cbc tv for not carrying the habs and not even mentioning them on their reviews, i think they still hold a grudge for us beating the leafs in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s, because its obvious they (cbc) love the leafs.

  75. Richard B says:

    That game was hard to watch, I spent more time pissed at the ref than I did any of the players. Obvious non-calls against washington followed up by penalties to the habs for infractions less in sevarity than what they let Wash away with. Mtl had two great chances in the first (one by laps) and they could not even get the shot off cuz they were draged down…no call. If those were PP’s this game would have been diffrent. Washington has a talented team…it will be difficult for the habs to beat the caps and the refs.

    Very fustrated,

    Richard B

  76. Bob Barker says:

    I’m sure that Masters degree in Sports Psych comes in handy. 

  77. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Then at least surround them with Monsters….It’s common sence don’t ya think?

  78. Batalla says:

    I’ve got a good idea for practice…

    One: Defence

    Two: Punch Ovechkin in the face:  http://habsbros.blogspot.com/2010/04/game-4-buzz-heightens-after-rumous.html

    Three: Repeat

  79. TomNickle says:

    Jaro had no chance on any of the three that got by him yesterday.  That said, Price did a much better job with rebound control.  It took Chimera 4 whacks at the puck to get it by him.

     

     

     

  80. TomNickle says:

    That’s the idea with Pouliot and AK46 but they aren’t even remotely consistent in their roles.  It isn’t like the coaching staff and management are unaware of the need to have a physical forward with Gomez & Gionta or Pleks and Cammy respectively.  When injuries came, Moen and Darche got cracks in the top 6.  They clearly understand that with the size of our smaller players you have to compliment them with somebody who can do the dirty work in front and in the corners.

     

     

     

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

  81. SLONCOLD says:

    lol that means there were 3 rebounds lol kidding

     

  82. SLONCOLD says:

    you forgot 4:

    “don’t get caught and get a 10 minutes misconduct” lol

  83. avatar_58 says:

    MAB is *useless* as a defenseman. It’s that simple. He caused 3 goals last night and yet was used over and over. WHY? Funny when the bulldogs caused goals after their debut agains the pens they were benched and eventually sent down. When Sergei causes a goal he sees the bench for weeks.

    What in gods name did MAB do to prove he belongs in the playoffs? Nothing. Can’t even the hit. Get rid of him or put him on the 4th instead of Darche. Obyrne has a far better upside – IE – can hit.

  84. Bugs says:

    Will Ovie come in to our practice is the question.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  85. avatar_58 says:

    Also, and I hate to do this because he’s been very good for us, Halak has lost all but ONE of those defining games. So really, why exactly is Price not allowed to try?

  86. Bugs says:

    Total fabrication.

    This is what Boivin said: “You bet it’s important,” the team president said. “French is the language spoken by 2/3, 3/4 of our fans and clients. It’s a matter of respect and sensitivity to the reality of Quebec.”

    You wanna see bigotry in that, knock yourself out, but don’t fabricate, please.

    Thanks.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  87. TomNickle says:

    Saying that francophone fans matter is a far cry from saying only francophone fans matter.  Gainey was very clear in his reasons for hiring Jacques Martin.

    1. His teams were tough to play against

    2. He enforces discipline.

    3. He’s consistent.

    And while I’m not Jacques Martin’s biggest fan, all of the above are true.  Do I believe there were better candidates out there?  Maybe.  Do I believe there were better francophone candidates out there?  No.

    And embracing this team as part of the heritage of Quebec and francophone people and the continued mandate to honour both is part of being a fan of this team.  It’s easy for somebody to cheer for a team that has won 24 Stanley Cups.  It’s quite another to respect the tradition and understand the controversy and glory that have always been associated with the team.

     

     

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

  88. Ton says:

    you do need french representation coaches and players i agree, unfortunately we have been getting the bottom of the barrel for years in regards to those players. the good francophones players do not want to play in montreal.  As per Lapierre, he’s minor leaguer at best plus he plays like a “sissy” do you want a sissy on your team. Sorry for lack of better terms but he is. Bergeron is not used properly by Martin. He is using him as a regular defensemen. He is not. You play him on the power play. As for Martin, I am surprized at this, he’s getting outcoached in the playoffs. I wonder if his lackof sucess in the playoffs is indicative of the way he is being outcoached. It’s an eye opener for me.  he’s no Pat Burns!

  89. Mikey_39 says:

    I went to bed pretty frustrated last night, but woke up with a better attitude.  It’s only 2-1.  If the habs can win the next three games, I think they’ll have a pretty good chance of making it to the next around (unless the power-hungry Bettman overules the series win and sends habs home anyways)

     

    You have to play Obyrne tho.  He’s no worse than MAB on defense (and man was he brutal last night) and you need a big guy to clear the way in front of the goalie because the refs won’t call goalie interference.  They’ve been running Halak all series.

     

    Sergei has to play!  We are no better with him out of the line up. Scratch lapierre seeing how he doesn’t feel like playing anyways.

     

    I apologize to Pouliot for saying he should have been scratched last night.  He played a pretty good game and through some hits which has been lacking from mtl.  I do think he should play the third line and give sergei a chance on the top line.

     

    I know not many agree with me, but i still think Halak should get the next start.  He got us this far, I think he deserves a longer leash for that.  

  90. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    price will get the start – halak has not been winning

  91. saskhabfan says:

    hey “micky” here is the maple leaf organization in all its glory  Doesn’t it want to make you take your kids to the game?

     

    http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=M1ARTM0011176

     

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  92. habs4cup says:

    maybe you should.

    and Darch is not better than SK. nor is MAB better than O’Byrne.

    the only thing MAB and Darche have in common= FRENCH!

    O’Byrne ane and SK=more talented and better, and oh yes, NOT french!

  93. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I totaly agree with you. MAB has no place on D, especially because our fourth line is ineffective and having MAB in place of Darche is not going to hurt us in any way. Also, having OB playing D should help us. I will say MAB has one hell of a one-timer.. makes me miss Striet a little bit, b/c he could play.

    Truth is, I got so pumped up after game 1 and saw that we had game 2, I began to place undeserving expectations on this team. I honestly think we can win, in the future, with Gomez, Gionta, Cammi, Plex as the core forwards. Also, I think our core D is pretty good, Markov, Spacek, Gill, and Georges are really solid. Other forwards I would enjoy seeing in MTL are Moen and Pouliot (only as a bottom 6 guy). The way I see it, we need 4-6 bottom six forwards, and our top two left wingers, because I dont see AK46 as a consistent enough player for the second line… Unload Laps, AK & SK, ride out our last year with Hammer.

    Love to see us pull out the next win, I just think the much needed offensive spark from our bottom six forwards… or a defenseman will not come. Hope it does, love to see a couple goals from our 3rd line, and also Populiot get goals.

  94. Bugs says:

    And he’s French.

    Wonder where he learned…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  95. Mr_MacDougall says:

    MAB has no place on D, especially because our fourth line is ineffective and having MAB in place of Darche is not going to hurt us in any way. Also, having OB playing D should help us. I will say MAB has one hell of a one-timer.. makes me miss Striet a little bit, b/c he could play.

    Truth is, I got so pumped up after game 1 and saw that we had game 2, I began to place undeserving expectations on this team. I honestly think we can win, in the future, with Gomez, Gionta, Cammi, Plex as the core forwards. Also, I think our core D is pretty good, Markov, Spacek, Gill, and Georges are really solid. Other forwards I would enjoy seeing in MTL are Moen and Pouliot (only as a bottom 6 guy). The way I see it, we need 4-6 bottom six forwards, and our top two left wingers, because I dont see AK46 as a consistent enough player for the second line… Unload Laps, AK & SK, ride out our last year with Hammer.

    Love to see us pull out the next win, I just think the much needed offensive spark from our bottom six forwards… or a defenseman will not come. Hope it does, love to see a couple goals from our 3rd line, and also Populiot get goals.

  96. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    grew up and live as an anglophone in montreal

    JM is not a moron – he’s a dinosaur – I support Guy Boucher for coach

    MAB is a good PP defenceman – and a 3rd pair d-man – hard to imagine but there are 13 year old girls who are bigger than MAB – and they are good hockey players

    Max lapierre – is ruining what could have been a good career – he’s not focused – and he has not progressed well this year from last

    Darche – I am a big fan – I graduated from mcgill in 86 – love his character and determination

    I am a bigot – against hockey players who make millions of dollars and don’t give 100 per cent effort.

     

  97. Chartrand1223 says:

    The last couple of games in the regular season, and the last two playoff games are the reasons why Price is the goalie of the future. Halak has given the Caps confidence, he is done for the series. If JM goes with Halak for game 4, you will all see for yourselves. Halak is a back-up or platoon goalie at best, let’s leave it at that. Also I hope this series is the last of JM, and Lapierre. Lapierre is pulling his annual playoff disappearing act, he did last year, he is only a perimeter player at his best. Defense is backing in too far and we need that forward coming back with the Cap looking for rebounds. Overall there is not much left to do but just hope for the best, the Caps are just too strong…Good Luck.

  98. Bugs says:

    So we agree the “best man for the job” is French?

    Well, that was easy…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  99. Bob Barker says:

    Some people will always criticize the coach no matter what language he speaks.

    Regarding the players, I wouldn’t say the criticism is targeted at the players because they are French. I’ve read plenty of  negative comments about Price, Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill, etc…

    I had no problem with the Martin hiring and feel some of the criticism targeted towards him is unwarranted. Mario Tremblay, Guy Carbonneau, Michel Therrien is another story though. Carbonneau had no head-coaching experience when he was hired and felt he should have been paying his dues in the AHL. 

    Guy Boucher looks like he can be the next great NHL coach in the near future so hopefully he remains with the organization. 

    I do find it unfortunate that the Habs will only hire French-speaking coaches though. The amount of candidates this eliminates makes it a disadvantage. Look at what Dave Tippett is doing for Phoenix. Would a translator at the press conferences be such a bad thing?

    It’s analogous to only having French players on the team. There are plenty of talented French-Canadian players in the league but if you only target those players you’re passing over a lot of talent from the rest of North America and Europe.

  100. mickygrabovskiiiilz says:

    jacques martin could be criticized for his no-stones approach, his track record of being a loser, his impossibly large ears, his decision to play worthless grinders over the super-talented-cute sk74, or the fact that he totally stole his look from this guy: http://www.moviestore.com/thumbnails/150thumbs/267361.jpg. nonetheless, he is criticized for being french, since that is far more offensive than any of his above shortcomings.

    perhaps if the canadiens organization based its decisions solely on what is best for the success of the team, without considering the interests of the french-first media/fans (ie. the people who boo danny briere & the us national anthem, who were overwhelmed with joy when BGL was signed and thought guy lats would be guy lafleur), there wouldn’t be as much resentment or blame hurled towards the french coach and shitty french players.  

    step 1, in my opinion, would be bringing back patrice brisebois.

  101. Bugs says:

    Say, though, our penalty kill seems to be doin pretty good.

    If we can play the whole game with a man down, you know? Bring it to overtime? We may be able to pull this through.

    Anything can happen in OT, right?

    So aim for the knees and let’s do this thing.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  102. Bugs says:

    Lemme see if I get this straight: Dave Tippett would’ve taken THIS team further than 8th with all the injuries or barring that, would be better suited to beat the Cappers now? I hope you’re not implying that.

    If I’m GUARANTEED a Cup, Bob? Then hire a Farsi-speakin Congolese samurai as coach for all I care. But I want a GUARANTEE, though. Written in blood. You give me all the children in your entire family if you’re wrong.

    If I don’t have that guarantee?

    A coach and GM who can speak to 2/3, 3/4 of its demographic as well as represent the culture for which this team was CREATED FOR, please. English does not equal victory as French does not equal defeat.

    Nous sommes tout aussi bon que les coachs anglais autant qu’ils sont tout aussi bons que nous. Alors quelle importance ça peut bien faire si ce n’est que de manquer de respecter l’importance de la relation entre l’équipe et le peuple qui l’adore?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  103. HabFanSince72 says:

    Here I disagree. I don’t see why the coach needs to speak to the fans. In any case, they don’t really say anything do they?

    Interviewer: Tell us about Player X’s injury.

    Coach: It’s a lower body injury.

    I: When will he return?

    C: I don’t know.

    —-

    I: Thoughts on the game?
    C: We played well for the first 40 minutes, but you have to play a full 60 minutes in this league.

    —-

    I: Who will start in goals tomorrow?

    C: I will let you know just before the game.

    —-

    I: How will you beat the other team?
    C: We have to contain their big line, and not make any turnovers.

     

     

    etc …

     

     

  104. B says:

    At this point, I don’t care or have a problem with either goalie starting the next game. Goaltending is not one of the biggest concerns I have for the team right now. Sure, it would be nice to have a red hot goalie stand on his head and steal the series from Washington, but if that is the only way they can hope to win then the problems run much deeper than between the pipes. Both are very good young goalies IMO.

  105. adam76 says:

    GREAT post – well said.

  106. Le Jadester says:

    Hey Tom N.

    I hear ya regarding coaching and I thought whatever JM did in Game # 1 was good and it worked.  Carried over to game # 2 and the Caps were soiling their pants up until 4-1.  Then…….SK 74 goes for a cruise with the puck keeps it for a while see’s nothing and dumps it midway into the Caps zone……then boom its 4-2.  JM gets his hard on for SK 74 sees his opportunity and benches him for the rest of the series so far and we all know whats happened up till now, and what’s happened all year long regarding those two and the soap opera but players react to how they and their teamates are treated by the coach

    My theory is this:  (and that’s all it is, cause I don’t know much and SK is not my favourite player on the team but I think he is important to the team’s success and especially that 3rd trio and he’s young with alot of potential – I personally have not seen a dime a dozen players like this grow on trees in our farm – he adds value IMO)

    That changed the momentum and was the “TSN turning point” in the series – I really hope I’m wrong and its not over till she sings but .

    1) SK 74 one mistake….. back to the bitch house 2) AK 46 after a hattie…. see’s his bro get in crap and loses his focus.  2) 2nd line gets shaken up cause of # 2 and Cammi and Pleks are affected. 3) First line trys to pick up the slack and presses to score even more and opens up defensive holes 4) The 3rd trio has Lappy up there to fill the spot and all chemistry generated with the Original 3rd line is gone – so that line goes outta whack. 5) Fourth Liners see SK eatin’ pine and then start playing nervous and scared to not make any mistakes either and that throws ‘em outta sink – especially after a great game # 1 where I thought they were dangerous and were gonna pop one in. 

    ALL this because of one selfish man who took this personally.  It is all JM’s fault IMO. Although clearly hypothetical….I believe if he would have done the right thing and was a REAL MAN…all it takes is a “hey SK not a smart play, it was a bit of a mistake you can’t be doing this we need you to be a bit smarter or whatever don’t deviate from the system and don’t worry, points will start coming your way, especially against the best team in the league, we can beat them……….and Bob’s your uncle……. we go home with a 0-2 Lead. Instead, everytime he’s benched SK to send a message, we’ve lost every single time ! Nice Strategy Coach !

    My point is that, we have to roll 4 lines and either win or lose as a team and “Eff-face” JM refuses to do that !

    Like you said it, we’re destined to be a good team with him as our Coach.  You’re being to kind, He’s Pathetic.

    Habs, OLE !

  107. Mad Habber says:

    I think Moore should be consider a  quality third line guy. He plays well defensively, and he has been one of the few that doesn’t look completely lost in the face-off circle. He can also cheap in some with an goal every now and then..

  108. adam76 says:

    Nope – but as I see it – over the season Halak has outperformed Price – thus gets the start.

     

    IMO of course.

  109. adam76 says:

    Game 4 of any best of seven is always the most important.  Difference between 2 – 2 or 3 – 1.

  110. Bugs says:

    I would tend to agree. I certainly feel that way about soccer. Hell, I want the Impact to go after Murinho. In soccer, it has to be the best of the best no matter who he is or where he comes from.

    But soccer is CULTURALLY INTERNATIONAL. Everyone understands soccer, from Minsk to Rio, it’s the same culture.

    Same can’t be said for hockey. Heck, HALF of North-America, North-America!, doesn’t know what the hell we’re talkin about with our pucks and our sticks and our whatnot. Sure as heck ain’t gonna hire THEM for coaches, right?

    Only normal for us to want to privilege our own culture (in this case, language) when hiring, because there’s nothing a guy from Papua, New Guinea can bring us in Mtl hockey-wise we haven’t seen before from Réjean at the dep.

    It’s Canada’s game, right? Well, unless no one’s noticed, us frenchies’re a large part of Canada, baby. And it’s not HC.

    It’s CH.

    In conclusion: I don’t need to defend that hard cuz that’s what it is and it’s not gonna change.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  111. Psycho29 says:

     

    Let us know how it works out with Mike “Glass Jaw” Komisarek……

    Komi gets ragdolled by Chara:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffxKFMaYMhY&feature=player_embedded#!

     

     

     

    ‘Somebody please turn on the lights so the cockroach Maple Leaf fans will scatter’

  112. terrygain says:

    I don’t think their being French Canadien has anything to do with the criticism, You say Lapierre is a 4th liner. True enough. So why does the 1000 game coach have him on the 3rd line? Why did he break up the 3rd line – 32-42- 74 that played so well together? Why does he nullify Markov by putting him with the team’s worst defenceman? Bergeron is terrific on the PP and potentially terrible even handed.

    But Martin’s biggest blnder is playing 13 in the last five minutes, while protecting a lead.  13 has no clue how to play in his own end. Go to the Habs website and watch what 13 did on W’s first goal last night. It is painful to watch. 

    As for Darche. I like Darche and sang his praises here,  but his unforced error in game 2 – the blind backhand up the middle with  the score 4-1 –  has turned the series around. 

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  114. Bob Barker says:

    La langue que le coach parle devrait pas avoir d’influence dans la decision si il est qualifié ou pas. Il y a des coachs francais qui on connus beaucoup de succès dans la LNH mais ils ne sont pas toujours disponible. Toute autant comme les joueurs, il n’y a pas de garantie de succès avec les coachs. Mais cela ne veut dire qu’il n’y a pas des coachs plus qualifiés que d’autre. En éliminant tout les coachs anglophone, ça diminue la chance d’avoir le meilleur candidat disponible. Ce n’ai pas honnête de dire qu’il y a autant de coachs qualifié francophones que anglophones, c’est juste la probabilité. 

    En disant ça, Guy Boucher a l’air d’un coach très talentueux et j’espère qu’il reste avec les Canadiens. Dans son cas, je crois qu’il va vraiment être le coach le plus qualifié pour le poste. De l’autre coté, Mario Tremblay et Guy Carbonneau n’était pas vraiment qualifié. 

    Je joue l’hockey avec beaucoup de francophone et ils disent que ce serait préferable pous le Canadien d’avoir une équipe qui a la meilleure chance à gagner. Ca veut pas dire que Anglais = Gagné, Francais = Perdre. Juste la meilleure candidat pour la poste. 

    also, feel free to point out any glaring grammar mistakes. Thanks. 

  115. terrygain says:

    Cammi is a sniper but he is also a huge defensive liability.  He’s a terrible passer on the PP. I would trade him for someone who can check and score. Spacek is not really solid. He’s been beaten on the pinch more than anyone this year. He’s marginal at best and signed to a 3 year contract at age 36. Ridiculous signing.  Pouliot is either top 6 or not on the team as far as I’m concerned, but I would have him weight train and – don’t laugh-  take power skating lessons. He tries very hard but he is incredibly unsteady on his skates. 

    I can’t see this team winning in the heavy going of the playoffs. Our 4 centres are the smallest in the league.

    SK74 is going to be a star, but not playing for this coach. 

  116. Batalla says:

    Can’t wait to see what JM will come back with tomorrow.  Price/Halak, SK74/Metro, OB/Bergeron.  This is when a coach actually gets to show his stuff.  What would Scottie Bowman do?  At least we know what Gomez will do

  117. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just a thought we should consider about the long-term viability of MAB playing next to Markov and why it’s a problem.

    Many of us have often considered Markov the MVP of the team and a Top 10 NHL defencemen, and sometimes even Top 5. Now think about who else is on a list like that (in NO order)

    Scott Niedermayer

    Nick Lidstrom

    Chris Pronger

    Dan Boyle

    Mike Green

    Zdeno Chara

    Drew Doughty

    Duncan Keith

    Shea Weber

    Markov like any of these guys, can command a 6 million plus salary tommorow if they were UFA. 

    Now think about who their defensive partners generally are. Have any of them had to endure supporting the careers of guys like Souray, Komisarek, MAB and others since they started playing in the NHL? Would any of these player’s teams pair their guys so often with 2nd and 3rd pairing guys who Markov then makes look like true 1st-pair defencemen anyway?

     

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

  118. Bugs says:

    Too many mistakes. But I hear what you’re sayin: get the best, no matter what. By “no matter what”, you mean: screw our French heritage; that’s not important. Yet it IS important.

    But nevermind that for a second, just tell me: who’s the best coach?

    Scotty Bowman? He’s taken. Babcock? He’s taken. Lemaire. We tried. Didn’t work out. Now, he’s taken.

    Now who? Who’s a better non-working, all-anglo, zero-french, coach than Jack Marty right now?

    And we’re going to win with that guy?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  119. Storm Man says:

    You could coach the team Bugs :)

  120. mickygrabovskiiiilz says:

    james wisniewski, brian rafalski, matt carle, douglas murray, jeff schultz, dennis seidenberg, rob scuderi, brent seabrook, ryan suter.

    while there might not be a marc-andre giveaway in that group, it’s not exactly a collection of all-stars either. plus, souray and komisarek were the ones that made markov look like the overrated bum he is today.

  121. SeriousFan09 says:

    Soury and Komisarek made Markov look like an overrated bum?

    Souray is a joke as a defencemen, fragile and has some 20-goal seasons that are paired with years he went -20 in his differentials, overpaid and overrated makes him fit right in with Edmonton’s general batch of genius big-money signings. Look at what the great Mike Komiasrek has done in his last two NHL seasons, he scores 10 points a year and is getting 4.5 million for it!

    But since you’re a Leafs Troll, we can’t expect you to actually know what good hockey players are so we’ll leave you to it, have fun with Dion Phaneuf being Team Captain and trying right the Good Ship Mediocrity and Truculence.

     

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

  122. Bob Barker says:

    It’s good to know that’s always been the case too. Carbonneau and Mario Tremblay were hired because of their genetically superior coaching ability inherent in all French Canadians. 

  123. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Well, our first like is pretty good. Our second needs to keep the puck out of our net.

    I remember a person posting on here saying we need to play our best hockey for 60 minutes and we can win, I agree, haven’t found out a way to beet the refs, but that is another story.

    Our weakness so far is that we NEVER get a good shift from our bottom two lines (with the exception of our fourth line in game 1, and still had no shots, just kicked it around the Caps corners) MAB makes a bad decision with the puck more often than not, and Hammer is sooooo worn out, too much playing time this year witht he injuries.. he looks spent.

    What can we do? I like the thought of bringing in OB and putting MAB on the fourth.. not like we would ruin our fourth line chemestry. How can our third line get a goal? Maybe (hate to say it) stay with Laps, Moore, add Metro.. and this really hurts to say, Put Moen on the Fourth… he is still not the same since the cut. Or Laps, Metro, SK74.. I dunno, we need something on our third line that will not Kill all out momentum that our top two create.

  124. Bob Barker says:

    Babcock was available a couple of years ago while Montreal was still hiring one inexperienced coach after another. Jacques Martin is probably the most experienced coach they’ve hired in more than 15 years. 

    It’s not like if the Habs hire a unilingual anglophone coach, RDS is going to fold, all records of French-Canadian players will be erased, and all media will be in English. If there’s one thing the Canadiens are good at, it’s preserving their history. 

    The reality is that hockey IS an international sport now. If it’s not right to build a team of only French-Canadian players, how’s it right to only hire French-Canadian coaches?

    Anyways it’s a non-issue right now, by the time the Habs need a new head coach, Guy Boucher will be ready and is already proving that he’s one of the best young coaches in the game. 

     

     

  125. adam76 says:

    The refs are not costing us games.  We do not need to beet them (Beta vulgaris)?

  126. shootdapuck says:

    Why don’t you hold the present Boivin, Gauthier, JM regime to the same standards?

    They don’t seem to be getting anywhere close to a cup very quickly.

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  127. TomNickle says:

    Funny how people want this team built and run in their image.  When it isn’t, they have obvious flaws.  Well if you can show me an NHL team that doesn’t have any flaws I’ll streak down St. Catherine tomorrow at 5pm as a warmup for the game.

    So many here are guilty for criticizing management, players and coaches because they aren’t the people that they wanted in place.

    Saying this team has no heart, is too small to compete and have people running the show that only care about making money are three of the most incorrect things I’ve ever read on this site.

    No heart?  Are you kidding me.  Like when this team battled through all of their injuries this season and came out of the Olympics playing the best hockey in the Eastern Conference.  Like how they came out in that first period last night after a heartbreaking loss in Washington the night before.  Yeah, they have no heart.  Glen Metropolit coming back in two weeks from an injury that was supposed to keep him out for six?  Markov returning almost two months early from injury, Cammalleri coming back a month early?

    Too small?  The first two games of this series went to overtime and the Habs were dominant in the second game until the end of the 2nd period.  Bad officiating allowed the Capitals to catch up.  Just as it took the wind out of their sails last night.  These aren’t 12 year old kids where you can just say, play through the bad reffing, we can’t control it.  When a team sees the deck stacked against them, they know it’s not happening for them.

    Management only caring about money?  I guess they didn’t spend $114 million dollars on new acquisitions this season to improve this team.

    If you’re going to try to drag this team down, at least make a point that you can support.  Don’t go making up a bunch of BS.

     

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

  128. Bugs says:

    Reporter in from the cold.

    Apparently, Scottie Gomez ain’t too pleased with Ovie. More fisticuffs may ensue.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  129. Kooch7800 says:

    We need Ob’s physicality. I don’t care if you put him on forward just have him start crushing people.  He can do it.   MAB’s slap shot has not helped us in this series.

  130. homerbowen says:

    The smaller players are being woprn down……..just watch the next few games.

  131. Natrous says:

    I love pretend news!

  132. SLONCOLD says:

    i hear ya tommy, i just think we have slow defense men who turn the puck over way toooo much.

  133. TomNickle says:

    Cheer for the Capitals, Leafs or Sharks then.

    We have Gomez, Gionta, Plekanec and Cammalleri and probably will for the next five years.

    Deal with it.

    The fact is that if goaltender interference had been enforced in game 2, we would have a 2-1 series lead and home ice advantage still.  Does that mean we’re too small of a team still?

    You look for reasons to bash this team and I have not once seen a positive comment from you about them.

    You claim that you’re a fan of this team but everything you say contradicts that.

     

     

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

  134. homerbowen says:

    Smaller players when continually shoved off the puck and hit hard tend to get mad. Some can control it while others strike out at their opponents as in Gomez and Gionta. Stupid selfish penalties and do they really think they can win a fight.

    Get big or get lost, this is 2010 not the 1970’s.

  135. SLONCOLD says:

    So if you’re JM, what do you do for game 4? i would focus on turnovers… been killing us last couple of games.

    about teh goalies, i woul liek to see price get game 4. he should be given an oppertunity to get a crack at the playoffs; also i’m not blaming halak for the last game either, don’t think he had much of a chance on the goals)

    also i think JM has to focuse on getting the right matchup against thier 3rd/4th line. weve been burnt against them thus far.

  136. adam76 says:

    Why should Price have the opportunity to play game 4?  

  137. TomNickle says:

    They took those penalties while protecting their crease, Plekanec took his while driving to the net and knocked one of those bigger defensemen on his butt.  Where is your proof that this team is too small?

    I want to hear one logical point from you to support this, PLEASE.

    Bergeron leveled Ovechkin in game 1

    Gionta crushed Schultz in game 2

    Plekanec bowled over Poti in game 3

    You said that Gomez fighting was a stupid penalty and say he’s too small at the same time.  How do you expect our smaller players to create space for themselves?

     

     

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

  138. SLONCOLD says:

    i would just like to see him get a start. halak played super well in game1, mehhh in game 2 and was fine in game 3 but we need something special from our goalies to win.

    Price has had a bad rap all year and maybe he can elevate his game and help us get a win. We could go with Jaro as well, i don’t think it really matters against the caps who is in nets due to their fire power so why not give price a shot?

  139. Jordio-oh says:

    Because he has let in 9 goals in his last 90 minutes of play and 50 shots.

    Its not a punishment to Halak, its more  aimed to shake things up.

    Halak might only have to ride the bench. If Carey let in 9 goals on 50 shots in 90 minutes of play many people would be calling for a public hanging, instead of a public benching.

     

     

  140. Nightwind says:

    Because Halak has let in 9 goals on the last 50 shots he faced? 

  141. cautiousoptimist says:

    Gotta focus on crashing the net and clearing our own slot.  Washington murders us with rebound goals and screens.  As a Halak guy, even I can see Price has got to start the next game.  And much as I like Darche and Pyatt, they’ve got to sit for O’Byrne and Sergei, with MAB moving back to the 4th line.  Which should play more than three minutes a game, incidentally.  The Habs win by rolling four lines and keeping their snipers fresh.  They lose when they shorten the bench and demand too many shifts from their big-money guys — especially against a skilled fast team like Washington.

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    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  142. adam76 says:

    Its a risky gamble – for what will be the defining game of the season.  IMO – the way Price has played this season, his poor win % – he does not deserve another kick at the can till next season.

    Halak is the reason this team is in the post season – and deserves to start on Wednesday night.

  143. TomNickle says:

    Halak has 1 win in his last 5 full games and has given up 22 goals(I think) in his last 5 and a half games.

    Price has allowed no more than 2 goals/game in his last four games.

     

     

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

  144. HabFanSince72 says:

    Growing up in Montreal I’ve come across my share of Francophone bigots and Anglophone bigots. We’ll leave out the former for now since they don’t read this blog.

    There are very few Francophones in the Canadiens organization at the moment. I find it interesting that the blame for our inability to beat the Caps is placed on these, and solely on these, individuals:

    Jacques Martin (a “moron” who only got the job because he’s French, despite having coached over 1000 games in the league).

    MA Bergeron (second goal scorer per game  among defencemen this year).

    Maxime Lapierre (a 4th liner who is irrelavant at best).

    Darche (also a 4th liner).

    Now I’m not suggesting any of these guys are doing great things in these playoffs, but some of you ought to tone it down, or at least take a good look at yourselves.

     

     

     

     

  145. Bill J says:

    I think MANY (except for you and a select few) fans think quite the opposite of you now on this.

    The logic your applying to Price is the PAST.

    that very logic MUST be applied to Halak, because his current numbers are worse then Price was putting up when people wanted Halak in & Price on the bench.

    Get with the program, we could care less about the goalie.  we want the win.

    Risky ? is putting a goalie who allows 9 goals in roughly 70-80 minutes of play.

    Not Risky ? putting the goalie who HAS beat the Caps in the past, and of late has produced low scoring games against him.

    RE Your Save % claim, quit letting your a$$ do the talking, and research before typing BS.  Because if Price’s save % is bad, so is Halak’s!

  146. SLONCOLD says:

    one could also say there have been some serious defensive colapses in the last 90minutes as well. Hard to blame halak on a lot of the goals too. I think you should drop if this were price he would be hanged thing. there are a bunch of village idiots who go about hating price, direct your anger towards them and not ever post that doesn’t blame halak for an outing or saying they want him back in.

  147. avatar_58 says:

    The “defining” game? Wasn’t that 2 games ago? Wasn’t that yesterday? It’s interesting how EVERY game since 2-3 weeks ago is the defining “most important” game isn’t it? In reality every win is important.

  148. SLONCOLD says:

    ooo numbers

  149. adam76 says:

    True – but Halaks overall performance this season gives him more lead way.  If Halak posted a 13 – 20 – 5 record then let in 9 golas on 50 shots – he would be hanged as well.

     

    To quote my first wife, You got to dance with the one that brought you

  150. Bugs says:

    Pretend??? Please.

    Only the straight dope at Habsbros, you know that.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  151. Off-side says:

    You are dead-on!  It’s obviouse that all the crap shots go to Francophones when the chips are down.  Have you noticed how when the Francophones do well, there is barely any mention?  It disgusts me so much.

  152. SLONCOLD says:

    indeed lol

  153. TomNickle says:

    You have to consider the sources of the argument here.  If anyone blames two fourth liners for losses they have no clue how hockey works.  

    I’m quite critical of Jacques Martin but our team has been prepared to play every game so far in the playoffs and if you look at the body of work over three games, we’ve gone toe to toe with what is falsely considered to be the best team in the NHL.

     

     

     

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

  154. avatar_58 says:

    I just don’t understand how we have a big defenseman they refuse to use yet allow MA-effing-B to screwup over and over and over again. He was a hole plugger for Markov – last time I checked MARKOV ISN’T INJURED.

    Enough with the MAB experiment.

  155. TomNickle says:

    Better to lose and be loyal than win and be daring?

     

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

  156. cautiousoptimist says:

    Martin is criticized because he’s the coach.  The team has determined that our coaches must always have French as their mother tongue.  Therefore, when the coaching is so-so, there will always be criticism levelled at a francophone behind the bench.

    As fort he players, MAB has actually been decent defensively in the playoffs, but there’s no denying that he’s a one-trick pony.  Lapierre is getting criticized unfairly for the most part, at least in the playoffs, but people are annoyed that he’s exhibited so little of the promise this year that he did last season.  And nobody has anything bad to say about Darche, except that he isn’t as good as the guy who’s sitting to free up his spot on the bench.  And I do mean on the bench — I think he played 3:18 last night.

    Give me a player of any linguistic persuasion who has a good combination of offence, defence and heart, and I’ll welcome him aboard.

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

    LOL: From The Onion, making fun of Bettman and the NHL in the USA.

    NHL Holds Fan Attendance Night

    “We just wanted to get a little something back from our fans and show
    them that, hey, we exist,” said commissioner Gary Bettman, who added
    that the league was unable to find a sponsor for the event.”

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  158. SLONCOLD says:

    one thing i will say is look a the caps fire power. if you blame halak for every goal, you’ not being fair as well.

    Turn overs are killing us! Mayeb price can shake things up, maybe not. i don’t think he’ll fair much better to to telll you the truth but it’s worth giving him a chance. worst case u go back to halak.

    please remember halak was a huge reason why we won game one, don’t forget that either.

     

  159. Lafrich says:

    Your repeated use of … makes me believe you are out of breath.

     

    The Habs are not out of it yet. Take a ddep breath and relax.

  160. Cam_1 says:

    Ya so now what ? We are the lowest seed in the play offs….we are heavy underdogs and I am not sweating it that we might lose this series…we have nothing to lose..It is far from over. By now what I mean how will we look next few years…..maximum overload …the team was revamped this year and we are up against cap…we will prob lose one of our goalies….and who knows who we will sign and re-sign. Does the future look bright ? Seriously ? We won the Eastern Conference two years ago…I liked that team better….It was not perfect but I felt we were close and only needed to do some tweaking to that team….so but now what ? I am afraid it will get worse before it gets better….I hope I am wrong but I really don’t see what moves we can make as we maxed out/ ran out of options …we very well just might be back to square one…our hands might be tied…no choice…after play offs are done we very well just might be in rebuild mode.

    I just hope the Molsons have the guts to do whats necessary ….we need to bring in people who actually care about the CH …and care about winning…..I really think if we bring in Patrick Roy…only good things will happen…but remember at the same time…we maxed out our options…we had assets this time last year…and we through them away…the damage is done …and how to reverse it I don’t know.

  161. Caballero says:

    I have zero faith in Roy. He was the best and all but a hot head. I don’t want him as coach, and I don’t believe in having former players as GM. Maybe he can be Carey’s personal counsellor.

  162. habsguy says:

    is that the same Patrick Roy who quit on the CH and demanded a trade ???

  163. Habsrule1 says:

    Patrick Roy was pushed out of town by an idiot coach and GM. He has said he tried to smooth things over and they said they would not turn back.

    He is one of very few players to pass through Montreal who did EVERYTHING to win. It was all that mattered to him and still is.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  164. habsguy says:

    I agree Patrick had an inexperienced coach who didn’t handle the pressure very well,  I also agree he was THE BEST EVER,  and I’ve seen them all from Plante to the present,  I will also give you he had the will to win !!!!…

    BUT it was he who walked past the team president and said ” I have just played my last game as a montreal Canadien “….nobody held a gun to his head,  he asked for the trade.  As for saying he tried to smooth things over,  thats a first for me,  I have never heard that one before…..

    Oh and pride to wear the CH,  The Rocket said he would sooner have died then played for another team!!!!

  165. Bob Barker says:

    The coach should have been fired immediately after that game. Instead we trade a franchise goaltender for nothing more than a bag of pucks. God I hate Mario Tremblay. Rejean Houle was almost Milburyesque in his ineptitude. 

  166. Habsrule1 says:

    I have an article from the 10th anniversary when he says he tried to tell them he just spoke in the heat of the moment and it was a mistake. I think it’s glaringly evident that he knew he made a mistake.

    In any case, the team should have been able to say they spoke to him and convinced him to stay. They chose 2 idiots over the best goalie to ever play.

    I hope he is back in Montreal eventually, but we’ll see.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  167. habsguy says:

    Not that I don’t believe you,  where could I find a copy of the 10th anniversary,  seems like I would enjoy reading it…

    I’ve also read somewhere that Corey was moving him out anyway and his out busrt sped up the procedure

    Maybe he should have slapped Mario like Henri slapped Al McNeil instead of demanding the trade.

  168. habsgirl74 says:

    read the book his dad wrote about him, its all in there

  169. habsguy says:

    in an interview I heard on TSN right after the trade, his dad also said Patrick shouldn’t have to ride the team bus!!!

  170. terrygain says:

    No, the D  needs to be built up. Literally. 

  171. Instant Karma says:

    next year looks atleast a little more promising if they can unload Hamr and PK comes up

  172. Caballero says:

    Indeed!

  173. Caballero says:

    So I am guessing you don’t like Obyrne at all. Why not trade him then. He is only a big young right handed defenseman. You know pretty useless.

  174. jimmy shaker says:

    I like him over Hammer, but JM will not make that change.  He will go with his vets and that’s it.  O’Byrne is just caught in the numbers game right now…..maybe next year will be different.  He has shown flash’s of being a good strong defensive D-man, but then he has shown us he’s prone to taking really bad penalties and getting beat to the outside quite a bit as well.  I think we just have to wait till next year again for O’Byrne!

    Shaker

  175. jimmy shaker says:

    Ya, your right…he’d probably get turned inside out about half a dozen times and take 2 or 3 bad penalties that would finally wake up the caps PP.  And he would totally make up for MAB’s offense and ability to push the puck.  Sure give him a try!  The series is over right?

    WOW!

    Shaker

  176. habsguy says:

    this series isn’t over by a long shot!!!!!!,  with unbiased refs we would be up 2-1 right now!!!!…….even a few calls lastnight, like, isn’t it a penalty to catch the puck and throw in into the Habs end  2 minutes????

  177. BoomBoom says:

    Vancouver is also down 2-1

  178. HUDSONHAB says:

    Well observered, but they always appear to be trying to help each other whereas the Habs always seem to be reacting to a loose puck, not there to claim it. That’s all I meant.

    ….Hab4life….

  179. 24 Cups says:

    The state of our defense is a real concern.  Hamrlik saved our bacon at the start of the year and was stellar while Markov was injured.  Alas, he looks totally done right now.  It will be very tough to move his contract this summer.  We might have to basically give him away to clear up some cap space.  Spacek came in to be a steady veteran and run the 2nd PP.  His play this year is the exact opposite of Hamrlik’s.  Sadly, he has been a bust on the PP which means that MAB has had to stay with the team past his expiration date.  MAB can’t play on the 4th line and he is unable to play the physical game that is required on the back-end.  He’s not coming back next year.  Our only phyiscal Dman, O’Byrne, doesn’t play (he gets to sit with SK74).  Not to mention we don’t have any prospects in our system who can fill the role of a big, mean s.o.b. defenseman.  Even Gorges isn’t quite as good as everyone on this site thinks he is.  If you really study his play you will notice that he loses a fair number of battles in front of the net and in the corners.  His heart and effort make up for his lack of size but he simply loses a lot of puck battles.  Hal Gill?  Now you know why he has an “A” on his jersey.  If everyone played like Gill we would be in control of this series, instead of being in a tight spot.  Markov?  Montreal is in a position to re-sign him in the fall.  There can’t be any hesitation on the part of the Habs.  Pay the coin and lock him up quickly.  Because if you lose Markov…..

     

  180. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I hope I’m completely wrong. But, it looks to be another year of barely squeaking into the playoffs and being eliminated in the first round. We had an opportunity to go up 2 games to zero heading back into our house. Instead we lose a game we were ahead 3 goals by. Now we’re down 2-1 and the beatdown looks inevitable. Our head coach is useless and predictable and gets taken to school by the opposing head coach. Our D-Men leave the goaltenders to battle 2 and sometimes 3 rebounds with opposing forwards smashing into Halak or Price with sticks poking from every angle. I don’t know what the answer is, if I did I’d be coaching an NHL team myself. Except for my beloved Habs, because I don’t have the necessary prerequisite of being a Francophone.

  181. Caballero says:

    Indeed my friend finishing 8th is playoff suicide. I was so upset at the last goal they scored where Price made 3 saves and was hung out to dry. This D needs to be whittled down.

  182. Cam_1 says:

    Oh Oh Grammar Police ! Grammar Police !!!    LOL

  183. theflower says:

    Actually I just moved here from Toronto, been a Habs fan all my life even have a brick in front of the Bell Centre, Spain is fantastico, but Ibiza is Heaven on Earth!  No other way to say it!  Regarding the slingbox, internet here on the island is not great, but I have a dongle that I use and it works well.  My brother has his TV in Toronto and I connect to Rogers and honestly the thing is brilliant.  It works like a charm and the quality is quite good as long as you have some ok internet speed, which is on and off for me, but every game has been totally watchable and of course my bro has RDS so what else does one need!  hehe.  The great thing about being here is that objectivity, even though I am watching games and talking to my bro on skype while the game is on, you feel separated here because no one on the island is watching hockey much less talking about it hehe.  So it really does force you to be more real about your hockey thoughts.  In Toronto with all my Montreal friends and media frenzy etc, you get caught up in stuff very easily.  Anyway, thanks for all the feedback on my idea, i do think it has some Merit!

  184. adam76 says:

    yes – yes I would

  185. HabFanSince72 says:

    Booing is the cowards way. Would they boo a player to his face?

  186. Ian Cobb says:

    MAB is not the only players not coming back next year Steve. I see 3 Hamilton players up for sure, along with their coach to work with Muller.

  187. Bugs says:

    Which player is gonna get up in the room and start cussin and pointin fingers and demand to see some effort so we can save a little face over here?

    Somethin tells me it ain’t gonna be Markov.

    Where the hell is that bastich?

    Best player on the team, my butt…

    Show me, Marky! Show MEEEEEEEE!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  188. KenD29 says:

    Marky playing like he does in every playoff series, or should I say “not playing” !!

    Great in regular season then becomes Casper in the playoffs!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  189. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Bugs – I agree with you here. Markov is invisible as a leader.

    And….He has not played like a “world class” defenceman either.

    It was HIS man that was left alone in front of the net – I believe on the 3rd goal which chased Halak.

    And Markov was right next to the goal scorer – did not react to the loose puck – did not engage physically- did not challenge his stick – NOTHING!!

    I wonder how the Habs will handle his contract which makes him a UFA in summer of 2011???

    He needs to step up his game and prove that he can carry this team – as we all think he should be a top 10 defenceman in the league / world.

    Is it because he’s injured?

    Is it because he does not have the right partner?

     

  190. smiler2729 says:

    Shhhh! Bugs, you gotta know you can’t say a thing negative about Markov!!! (<-sarcasm).

    Every time I’ve voiced my displeasure at the overrated #79, I’ve been mugged on these pages. Playoffs reveal the true core of an NHL player and the New Magician Not Named Malakhov is showing himself again to me that he is not a player I want on this team going forward.

    The rest of the league’s GMs love him so let’s fleece them this summer.

  191. TomNickle says:

    The more I see of Scott Gomez, especially this time of year, the more I think he should be this team’s captain.

    He cares, done, over.  He cares, he voices it, he fights, he protects and he respects.

    He is the guy.

     

     

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

  192. Mr_MacDougall says:

    What do you expect from Markov? Bone crushing hits? Fights? Anger?

    I think he is doing what he is supposed to do, make superb tape to tape breakout passes (unlike a couple of our d-men that put it in our forwards skates) that lead to fast rush. He has been pinching at the appropriate times too, helping to sustain pressure.  

    To me, our weakness is in our bottom six forwards. No chance for a role player to get a goal with NO shots, witht he exception of Laps (whom I am not the biggest fan, but he has some shots).

  193. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I keep seeing all the shorter Habs getting together and singing “follow the yellow brick road” as a railing call……

  194. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Why is it debatable that the Habs played 12 bad minutes?  

  195. theflower says:

    The wonderful thing about being in Ibiza, Spain and watching games on slingbox is that you get to think a lot more without interruption hehe.  I must say this after watching Karlson playing so well it got me to thinking.  Why don’t we play Subban with Markov and let MAB play forward as he is an awful defenceman.  I mean really it would be good experience for the kid and it would not hurt us.  Put O’Byrne back in the lineup and rest Gill as I think the speed we are losing on the back end is killing us.  Hey I’m not the coach but the idea is sound I think.  What are your thoughts on this everyone would love to hear!

  196. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Absolutely agree with you but the problem is I don’t think management will do what it take’s to try and win the Cup,which is strange cus that’s what it’s all about…isn’t it?lol

  197. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I will comment – because I think its really cool you live in Spain.

    I live 5 minutes from the Bell Center – and I have all my life. Never been to Spain, however,

    buddy – i was yelling and screaming for PK for so long that people started to think I was nuts.

    maybe they are right, after all. :-)

    I made all the points – including Karlson and the other 19 and 20 year olds who are making a difference – especially on our power play.

    but….as they say…to no avail.

    everyone – I mean almost everyone – would tell me that PK was better off in Hamilton, that hamilton was this and hamilton was that…that hamilton was going to win the championship, hamilton has a better coach (which is true)….yada yada, and so on , and so forth…….

    so I gave up.

    I wanted PK with Markov – it will happen NEXT YEAR – apparently – so that’s what i’ve been told.

     

  198. HabFanSince72 says:

    How does the slingbox work for you? DO you use ti with Videotron?

    I’ve been thinking of getting one.

  199. Off-side says:

    My concerns at the moment are not with our team and management, rather they are with the loyalty, support and encouragement of this blog’s commentators and the fans who go to our games.

    Earlieir I mentioned that our players mental state is in jeopardy.  In other words, how do you bounce back when the Craps catch up or have surpassed us?  Do you get mad and try harder or do you collapse inward?

    If we had a support system for our guys, I think they would try so much harder.  How do you think it feels when you’re down 4 to 1 and people start leaving the stadium?  Did this happen in Washington?  No.  Even if we saw through a crystal ball and knew we were not going to bounce back from a 4 to 1 game, would you leave?  I wouldn’t.  And I think this is a great part of our problem.  We are the quitters, the Habs are not.

    This town has no class.  So, hear this and pass it around if you can.  In fact, write it in the paper today, Mr. Stubbs!  Make a good piece, start your letter with “Dear Habs Fans”.  Support your team, support the management, you knuckleheads!  You didn’t think they would make the playoffs well look at where they are now!  They beat the no. 1 team in first game, they were leading by 3 goals in the 2nd game.  A key factor is us. 

    When the going gets tough, stay.  Don’t leave, don’t complain.

    You have my support, Montreal Canadiens.  I love you and stand by you through thick and thin, whether you win or lose.  I love watching you play.  I have all my life.  And for that I thank you.

     

    Good luck, we KNOW you can do it!

     

    GO HABS, GO!!

  200. homerbowen says:

    Unreal…..these aren’t teenage girls who are having trouble getting a date!!! They don’t need support, they need a kick in the ass. Do you know how much these players make? Get tyheir heads out of their asses, quite whining about penalty calls and play to the best of their ability. Mental state…good gief what next????

  201. Curtis O Habs says:

    Somehow booing the team will make them better.  Leaving early makes them more confident also. Razzing our goalie, in particular Price, helps make the next save.  Stand by your team fools. It is better than last years.  Next years team will be better than this. Go Habs.  You have already scared the best team in the league, by far,. I am proud of that. 

  202. Le Jadester says:

    I love and share your loyalty to certain degree ecxept for coaching.

    Why does this Head Coach get paid however million to make sure we lose by not playing the best players and employing strategies that are set up for failure.

    Put a pylon or a monkey there instead, save your millions Molson bros. and the team will still get better results than JM.

    Habs, OLE !

  203. adam76 says:

    You sound like a Leaf Fan.  Booing in Montreal is as much of a tradition as a pregame meal at the Bar B Barn.  They are PROFESSIONAL athletes making millions of dollars.  If they can not stomach some booing, if their “mental state is in jeopard”  – me thinks they should call their agents and ask for a trade to Florida or Nashville.

  204. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    They have a name for fans like that they call them Leaf fans.

    If the players cant take a bit of booing then they should go play somewhere like Atlanta where nobody cares and they can play as badly as they want.

    We are fans of the greatest hockey franchise on the planet and as such we dont need to apologize for not being tolerant of bad hockey.

    _______

    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

  205. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I like Gomez too, him and Gionta work great together.. although they were at their best when they had ALMO on the wing, a little better than Pouliot me thinky

  206. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I like Gomez too, him and Gionta work great together.. although they were at their best when they had ALMO on the wing, a little better than Pouliot me thinky

  207. habs4cup says:

    with JM at the helm, we are doomed to finish to be losers FOREVER!

  208. Bugs says:

    “We”???

    Jack Marty ain’t at the helm of the leafs.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  209. Bugs says:

    And then, they go to the World Championships, right?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  210. 24 Cups says:

    J.T. tells it like it is.

  211. HabFanSince72 says:

    No he doesn’t.

    Sergei Kostitsyn would have made a difference?

    Puh-leaze.

     

  212. BoomBoom says:

    By far my favorite blog. JT does great work and captures my feelings and sentiments as a regular fan. Love the observations and comments from Pouliot having an inner ear disorder from falling down all the time to the growing hatred of Ovie. I love seeing the random thoughts I had during the game appear in JT’s blog the next day.

    JT if you read this, keep up the great work, you are the blog/voice of the passionate Hab-fan!

  213. G-Man says:

    Darche 29GP 5g 5a 10pts

    SK 47GP 7g 11a 18pts.

    Yeah, SK, who keeps delivering pucks to Ovy at the offensive blue line  and turtles at physical play is a perfect choice to replace Darche.

    Calling every decision JM makes as stupid is JT’s choice. I don’t agree with her. Calling out all the Habs and saying they wore “dunce caps” against the #1 ranked team in the regular season is “stupid.” Believing Price can win game 4 is “stupid”, too.

  214. Bugs says:

    I expect him to be our most dominant player.

    Not a delicate, invisible doily.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  215. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    markov should play 28 to 30 minutes per game in the playoffs

    markov should be out there to stop the other teams top line – ovechkin

    markov should be joing the rush, carrying the puck more, forcing the caps to play more on their heels.

    markov should be playing like a dominant, world class defenceman,.

    he is one of the great talents in the league – apparently – and he by far our most talented player.

  216. Mr_MacDougall says:

    So Markov should be somebody other than Markov? he is not a Norris defenseman, he is an extremely solid puck mover.. doing a sufficient job. You can only be who you are, I’d take him over the Norris candidate Mike Green any day.

  217. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I offered markov for jordan staal and chris letang; I thought it was a fair deal for both teams.

    if pitt could get knocked out in the first round, maybe they would think they need to change things up a bit.

    but pittsburgh will never trade anyone until they start losing, and that’s not going to happen.

  218. homerbowen says:

    Put this in perspective……the Caps finished #1 overall in the NHL. The Habs barely made it into the playoffs. We won the first game in OT while the Caps won the 2nd in OT. The Caps then sat down and said WTF is going on here let’s turn this up a level which they did and of course won 5 to 1. The Habs will not win another game as the Caps line-up is far suprior to ours.

    The only comparative would be goaltending where I think we stack up pretty even with them. Forwards and defense the Caps are way out ahead, not even close. Think about it, in a hockey pool draft how many Caps would you select before you even got to a Hab? As for coaching, again not even close, Boudreau (hmmmmmmm… french name maybe we should take him) is heads and tails above JM in terms of hockey smarts and passion. Don’t many of those BIG, fast, young Caps look good….wish we had some.

    Hopefully, the Molson boys will intercede and change the coach (regardless of language), move most of our small forwards and re-build using a “bigger” formula. Some may think I’m not a Habs fan but your dead wrong, I’ve taken off the blinders and see we must change to succeed.

  219. light_n_tasty says:

    I drafted 4 habs and 0 caps and won my pool.

  220. TomNickle says:

    Again, always back to the small forwards thing with you.  And what’s this comment about you’d rather have the Caps defensemen because they’re the guys you’d rather take in a hockey pool?  Are you 15 years old?

    You ask any NHL scout or executive which blueline they’d rather have and I would bet you that the only one who picks the Caps, work for the Caps.

    Saying we stack up even with them in goaltending is nonsense.  They are completely outclassed in that area.

    Further to that, I would put our top 6 forward up against there’s any day of the week.

    The Habs played this season in one of the best defensive divisions in hockey while the Caps had 24 of their games against the Canes, Panthers, Thrashers and Lightning.

    We would have had 8 twenty goal scorers with that schedule too.

     

     

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

  221. habs4cup says:

    for those of you who think this series isn’t over, give your head a shake. Are habs players magically going to turn into Ovechkin? are these players suddenly going to play with heart and character?

    is anyone on this team  going to crash the net? is JM suddenly going to become a great coach? if you answered NO to 2 or more questions, you have your answer.

    this team folded as soon as Wash scored the 1st goal. does than sound like a team with confidence, character or grit? how many times have we seen this horror show?  this ream lacks the essentials need to win.

    they lack courage, heart, grit, confidence, an intelligent coach, size, scorers, competent Dmen.

    and can someone please tell me why MAB(worst Dman in the league) is playing 20 minutes a game, along with Markov(who never shows up in the playoffs)?

    O’Byrne at least is a big body and SK would give you some offensive upside, something that 33 year old journeyman Darche doesn’t have.

    say what you want, but politics have taken over JM’s mind as well as this entire franchise, and unless that aspect changes, this franchise will remain in limbo near the bottom of the league forever!

    MR MOLSON:    CHANGE THE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS BEFORE YOU LISE ALL FANS!

  222. homerbowen says:

    I’m with you brother.

  223. light_n_tasty says:

    But, you’re watchin’ the game tomorrow, right?

  224. Say Ash says:

    Yeah, Molsons – my head’s getting itchy!

  225. Bugs says:

    Mr.Molson, if we just lose 4cups as a “fan”, I’m cool with that.

    ALL English. THEN we’ll win the Cup. That’s how that works. Right, 4cup?

    Hey, Mr.Lamoriello: change the language requirements!

    Right, 4cup?

    Toi qui a aucune conception de l’importance du patrimoine de ce club, pas vrai?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  226. Bob Barker says:

    Last time I checked Washington has 2 wins not 4. The Habs were a big save or two away from winning game 2 and going up 2-0. The momentum has shifted but it doesn’t mean it can’t shift back. They’re still underdogs but with a couple of adjustments, they can head back to Washington 2-2. 

     

     

  227. habsfan0 says:

    “they lack courage, heart, grit, confidence, an intelligent coach, size, scorers, competent Dmen.”

    All true,but aside from that they’re an excellent team…

  228. homerbowen says:

    Obviously you are in a one man pool.

  229. light_n_tasty says:

    well, it was just a 16-team head-to-head pool. Goaltending and pp accounted for 1/2 of the points.

  230. SeriousFan09 says:

    Better chance of making a difference than Darche would. No passengers in an NHL Playoff game, rolling 4 lines means victory or golf.

     

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

  231. HabFanSince72 says:

    SK sure made the difference in game 2 when he completely gave up in his own zone allowing the Caps to make it 4-2. That goal was the killer.

    SK has all of 7 goals this year.

    You people are ridiculous.

     

  232. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche gave away a Capitals goal as well! Why do people defend him for making an even worse play than Sergei? SK at least has the ability to make up for a mistake, Darche does not!

     

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

  233. HabFanSince72 says:

    I would agree with that. I think it’s 50/50 who among the two sits.

  234. light_n_tasty says:

    “I would put our top 6 forward up against there’s any day of the week.”

    I can’t tell if this is sarcasm or not…

  235. TomNickle says:

    Not at all.

    Pleks, Cammy, AK

    Gomez, Gionta, Pouliot

     

    OV, Backstrom, Semin

    and their bs second line

     

     

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

  236. pmaraw says:

    ouch!  what we need is someone who can throw a wrench into the caps gears, a wildcard so to speak, something they’d never see coming and not know how to deal with when it hit them.

    WE WANT P.K.

    WE WANT P.K.

    WE WANT P.K.

  237. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah I’d like to see P.K. but not until next season.

    It is unrealistic to think Subban would make any kind of major impact other than enthusiasm which the team already has plenty of (witness last night’s 1st period). 

    These major expectations by some of you are EXACTLY why Subban should not play in this series, we’ve turned him into the next Bobby Orr just as Carey Price was expected to instantly be the next Patrick Roy. And when those lofty unrealistic expectations are instead met with rookie mistakes, things get ugly.

    It’s bad enough seeing the fans’ treatment of Price this season so let’s not ruin every decent Habs prospect’s confidence.

  238. BoomBoom says:

    - I’d like to see Price start game 4, he can steal a game or two for us. Halak looks shaky and tired.

    -SK in place of Darche. We now see why Darche is a career minor leaguer.

    -OB in place of either MAB or Hamerlik. I don’t want to see either of them back the Habs next year. My vote would be Hammer just because MAB can get you the PP goal which can turn the tide of a game. Hammer is currently bringing nothing at all to the table defensively and offensively.

     

     

  239. HUDSONHAB says:

    Hey BoomBoom, enough talk about next year.

    Your right about SK74, he should replace Darche.

    The Habs have to play through the B.S. and keep their mouth shut. Turn the negitive into desire and effort. That is the only way the Refs will start giving the Habs a break.

    No wasting energy after the whistle, they need to save it to generate speed.

    On the PP and play in general, they have to support the puck and each other. They stand around hoping that someone will win a 1 on 1 battle. Look at Vancouver, they give support all over the ice with as many players as it takes to get the puck.

    I’ve been saying this for years it seems……geeeeeeessssss!!!!

    ….Hab4life….

  240. Bob Barker says:

    That was the plan but negotiations fell through with the monkey

  241. Caballero says:

    I couldn’t believe BB praising JM as the smartest coach etc… is that coach speak for “I have you by the nuts now”

  242. CHsam says:

    To me that read like “Yeah… but I’m SMARTER and I ****d the Habs good”

  243. habsfan0 says:

    Are you suggesting the Habs are morphing into the….gasp…Toronto Maple Leafs?

  244. pmaraw says:

    subban i garuntee would make an immediate impact, are you kidding, he’s unbelievable!  he’s an impact player, a game breaker, if you dont think he’s exactly what we need right now than tell me what it is, because without him in the lineup, I cant see us beating this team.  we need our best players and hes top of the list!

  245. Laramy87 says:

    PK is not a game breaker at the NHL level yet. Yay talented for sure and will be a great defenceman for years to come, but in this series it would not make sense calling him up. Let him go through the playoffs in the AHL level, gain the experience and next year he will be a hab… I have to agree, calling him up to early creats lofty expecatations and if he falters the fans will jump all over him. Rushing rookies is just dumb. We can beat this team with waht we have, and have proved that.

    Price starts next game, and the bigger stronger goalie in the net will hopefully prevent some of the crease crashing goals the caps have scored and with my count its since the 4-1 lead we had 6 of thier last 10 goals have been of the genre.

  246. C-Dawg says:

    Thank you. I agree 100%. Leave PK with the Dawgs this year.

  247. Caballero says:

    JM when your team is crumbling after one goal and you don’t call a time out, of course things are going to worsen. Use that time out dude!

  248. adam76 says:

    Like smoking and poutine – booing is a montreal tradition.  To not embrace this fact, is to not understand the franchise. 

  249. Bugs says:

    Boooooo!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  250. HabFanSince72 says:

    Poutine isn’t a Montreal tradition Adam.

    Smoked meat, bagels, hot chicks on the first day of spring.

    But not poutine.

    Back in the day only bad guys got booed, like Vic Hadfield in 1972.

     

  251. jrshabs1 says:

    Grinders and bangers do not cost that much

  252. Le Jadester says:

    I agree, with the callup of PK and would like to see SK inserted back into the lineup (but I don not see the latter happening because JM is selfish, stubborn POS and he thinks he is more important than the players on the team ! What a P*ssy, what happened to his tweaking of the lineup to bring upon an improved result or better performance ? Ya right, he puts himself ahead of the team, How the “effin eff” did we sign this aged rotten piece of meat to 4 years ? ).  I can’t even look at him when he’s on the TV screen he infuriates me that much. 

    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND JM ! and your time is coming.  No one will ever re-hire you after “wetting, puking and crapping on the bed this bad ” and ruining our beloved team.

    There’s not much to lose now ? Give the kid PKS, a playoff game to put under his belt.  But obviously JM knows what’s best .

    Habs, OLE !

  253. Caballero says:

    Well, this is a little strong, but I agree that JM is a bit of an enigma to me. Not double shifting your best players and not taking the time out at critical times. I would put OByrne in, he needs playoff experience and let’s face it we have nothing to lose at this point. I can’t see Obyrne doing worse than MAB.

  254. Iceberg84 says:

    The last playoff game I went to see live was the win over Philadelphia two years ago and I’m going again tomorrow night! Hopefully my presence will negate this god awful curse!


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