Light turnout for Habs practice

A handful of Canadiens were on the ice prior to a team meeting and departure for Pittsburgh.  

Tomas Plekanec and Mathieu Darche were the only regulars on the ice. They skated briefly before Ben Maxwell, Sergei Kostitsyn  and Jaroslav Spacek took shots at goaltending coach Pierre Groulx.

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Scott Gomez (Advisory: some f-bombs)| Tom Pyatt


  1. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    he didn’t have a great season in the KHL but i’m hoping this kid turns out to be a sleeper pick for the Habs… lots of offensive potential…

  2. j2c says:

    I’m so excited for him coming over. I really hope that he works out because he could be a fantastic player if he develops properly. He also seems like he is very happy to come over, and work hard and since the younger Kostitsyn is most likely gone after this season we could use another skilled prospect in our system. 

  3. Norcal Habsfan says:

    PK, wow this kid is for real. Granted, he looked like a rookie on some of those plays against Evgeni last night but he will learn quickly. But, those rushes up the ice had me screaming before he hit the red line. This guy is like one of those 19 year olds that go to the World Series of Poker with nerves of steel and push all in. PK pushes all-in on every shift. He’s a gamer. No disrespect to Markov but we haven’t had this dimension to the D for a long time. Loved it when he knocked SIds lid off.

    Good game AK. showed alot of character to play well given the situation with his bro.

    Pyatt, Darche, Laps—Beasts.

    We can do it with 4 lines.  We are looking like a pretty dangerous team to the rest of the league. Who woulda thunk it?


  4. Clutch10 says:

    Darche? He’s useless. He may have a work ethic but thats all he has.

  5. KenD29 says:


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  6. namgel says:


    Coach Martin say’s one… little forward…two….two lit..

  7. KenD29 says:

    Couldn’t agree more!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  8. mike g says:

    I was the guy who braught that up a few days ago…

    The NHL had done such a great job. Those were some of the best commercials on tv for a hockey fan, and now the NHL has once again become the laughingstock of everything.

    The Fleury commercial is garbage. The Cammy one is garbage. The Franzen one from last night’s 4 goal game is garbage. Same for Versteeg’s and Pavelski’s, garbage and garbage. The only one’s worthy of any decent credit are Halak’s and Datsyuk’s. They both occured in game 7’s, and Halak’s performance did make history.

    They’re desperately seeking history.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  9. lenny says:

    SK and AK…They are both capable of scoring 25 plus goals a year…the only problem is it will be in a different jersey…Players interviews have not mentioned SK name, but it is clear then when Cammy says-the people here get it and are working hard, he is pointing the fingure at SK….Both brothers will be shipped off in the off season, or playing in the KHL—

    I’m happy DARCHE GOT A CHANCE TO PLAY LAST NIGHT, There is someone who works his a$$ off and makes the most of his limited minutes. He alos got some big minuted at the end of the third, why is funny becasue last game he was benched…I hope they sign him next yr, he probably wont cost more then 750K and is a great role model for the city, team, and anyone who goes after their dreams!!!! The K bros could learn a thing or 2 from him

  10. Slovak says:

    Halak post-game comments are still about the same thing – Montreal takes it from game to game, while Crosby and the frustrated company are forced to see the cup already before their eyes. BUT THE ONLY THING THEY SEE IS HALAK AND THE FAMILY SAYING: “NOT SO EASY AS YOU THINK SID NOT SO EASY HMMM” 



  11. krob1000 says:

    so were A-Rod, Kobe, Tiger and Wade Boggs ……..

  12. ooder says:

    I know this was posted before, but the NHL finally comes up with a great commercial in thei History will be Made and completly kills it.

    At first it was cool with all of the old timers scoring legendary goals.. but’s just so lame,.

    they take random goals and make a commercial out of it..


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  13. alestar says:

    Its true…but it is so hard not to get wrapped up in the moment…I want another Cup!!!!


    XXIV…and counting

  14. alestar says:

    Totally agree!


    XXIV…and counting

  15. Fansincebirth says:

    Stop speculating…..

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  16. Fansincebirth says:

    This from last night sums it all up…..

    “We have nothing to lose because we’re not even supposed to be here,”
    said Halak, whose goalkeeping helped the Canadiens stun Washington, the
    N.H.L.’s top team, in the first round. “No one gave us a chance to go
    through the first round and right now, even in the second, people
    thought we’d lose four straight. But here we are.”

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  17. ooder says:

    aright boys.. 2 more wins

    that’s all.. and then it’s off to the ECF.

    I really hope Fleury lives up to his crappy play at the Igloo


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  18. joeybarrie says:

    Im sorry, but if you guys cannot see the writing on the wall, you need GLASSES. SK took shots at goaltending coach. The only reason why a coach would send a player to work out in the gym instead of on the ice is because he is a distraction. Its KNOWN that this kid is on his way out. He obviously didn’t learn when he misses the bus. He obviously didn’t learn when he refused to go to Hamilton. He didn’t learn IN Hamilton. He didn’t learn after we called him up and then sat him cause he wasnt working. So ITS obvious he isnt going to learn NOW. He MIGHT learn once he gets fired. He can go to a new team and start over and change his attitude a bit. If he doesnt end up in the KHL.

    The ONLY word you cannot rely on is the so called HABS word. Cause the Habs don’t give ANY word until its done. Look at Laraque. The word was given when he was asked to WALK.

    You pay a guy to come and work for you, ALL you ask is he be professional and do his job. YOU HOPE because he is getting PAID a VERY large amount to skate around and play a game, that he TRIES. Well it didn’t work.

    You cant tell me he didn’t get a chance. He got MORE than alot of others. Look at Darche. If he acted a bit more like Darche, he would be on the second line RIGHT NOW. Make no mistake about it. SERGEI KOSTITSYN HAS LET US DOWN. THE FANS AND THIS TEAM…

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

  19. punkster says:

    Oh, should have clicked edit.

    Chris, I just found and read your earlier response. Your suggestion re: changing our draft requirements may be good as long as the team/organization philosophy remains constant (ie. are we a defensive team, a run and gun team, whatever). I guess there’s no guarantee of that as GMs and owners change every few years. But interesting thought.

    (As an aside I’m actually sick of this damn SK issue. It’s becoming as pointless right now as the Price/Halak arguments. We’re in round 2, tied at 2, looking good in spite of ourselves. I’m still enjoying the ride and will worry about player development, drafts and CAP space in June. Preferably late June :)

  20. Exit716 says:

    Didn’t Dynamo fold?


  21. punkster says:

    But did any of those Wings have maturity issues when they got over here? Did any ignore the coach’s instructions, miss the team bus, leave practice early or whatever else SK has been doing? Just asking Chris because honestly when you say the Habs are “kicking their young players to the curb as uncoachable or ineffective” you’re not considering the whole story. And as I said before we just do not know the whole story, do we?

  22. andrewberkshire says:

    I believe he’s married though.

  23. J Haul says:

    Agreed. Although seeing how the puck was on a direct course for the open net on the rewind in the net cam view was pretty neat. Shows that had Jaro not gotten there it was a goal.

  24. J Haul says:

    I noticed the timing is wrong as well. How the hell could the NHL screw up their own editing scheme? Seeing the moment before the rewind takes away the impact of the moment. I’m actually a television editor myself and LOVED how they were initially done. Now they’re just turning awful.

  25. HardHabits says:

    The difference is Laps got there in time. With Lats the shot would’ve come too late as the post would’ve already been covered.

  26. J Haul says:

    You’re totally right man. Outside of the Halak one none of these “moments” are of the historic and timeless variety. The Halak one and maybe the Datsyuk/Zetterberg one get a pass because they both represented great moments and had an impactful end statement. As you said, the Halak performance did make the history books. The Datsyuk one has the same feel as the rest of the truly historic ones because of the tag line. I mean, if the draft has stopped after the 5th round Detroit wouldn’t have won their most recent cup. The rest are trash.

    Q: “What if Versteeg didn’t make Madison’s house go mad?”

    A: Uhh.. well I guess they’d just have to play another game. Oh wait, they’re doing that anyways…


    NHL needs some new writers.

  27. Chuck says:

    Too bad they couldn’t have used a better save in the commercial, though. They dropped the ball on that one. At least with Roy’s he looked like he put some effort into it! 


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  28. habsman-itoba says:

    I read an interview with him last week, sure wish I could find it again.  He seems very patient and understanding of the development process.  while eager to play in Montreal (he cited the prestige of the organisation), he claims to have understood the need to earn his spot.  Sure hope he meant it and grows with the system.

  29. habsman-itoba says:

    They are a wonderful example of good development, but are they just the exception, or is that the norm?  I don’t follow other team’s drafting and development, so I just don’t know where the Habs rank among the teams, other than what I read in The Hockey News.

  30. Slovak says:

    Boston will go further because Leafs are not good enough to stop them right now… Chara and Satan seem just unstoppable, if you think about one man, who can stop them, guess who would it be???… :)) 


  31. K-hab25 says:

    Halaks was game 6, not game 7, but it was a commercial worthy performance.

  32. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Doesn’t NESN stand for “New England Sports Network”? Why wouldn’t they be pro-Bruins? It’s like RDS is pro-Habs.

    I would love to see a Habs-Bruins series, otherwise, it just wouldn’t seem like spring!

  33. Chris says:

    While the Red Wings did hit home runs in the draft with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Holmstrom, Franzen and Lidstrom, those guys spent most of their development years across the pond.  In fact, that is a dominant theme with the Red Wings…let their foreign kids develop at home for 2-4 years and then bring them to North America and allow them to grow into major roles.  Some, such as Lidstrom or Zetterberg, make immediate impacts.  But others, such as Datsyuk, Homstrom or Kronwall, take a while to get going.

    • Franzen – came to the NHL at 26 years old after developing in the Swedish Elite League for years
    • Datsyuk – came to the NHL at 23 years old after developing in the Russian League
    • Zetterberg – came to the NHL at 22 years old after developing in the Swedish Elite League
    • Lidstrom – came to the NHL at 21 years old, after 2 and a half seasons in the Swedish Elite League
    • Kronwall – came to North America at 22, split first season in the AHL and NHL, played second season (lockout year) in the AHL
    • Holmstrom – came to the NHL at 23 years old

    By 22-23 years old, the Montreal Canadiens are already kicking their young players to the curb as uncoachable or ineffective for playing at the level of a 23 year old Pavel Datsyuk (70 GP, 11 G, 35 PTS + 21 GP, 3G and 6 PTS in the playoffs).

  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    I figured he was hoping the Atlantic for next year, three possibilities for what he’ll do really, because of his CHL playing rights, he could start off next year with the Montreal Juniors in the QMJHL. Thing is he could also sign a pro contract with Montreal and based on exceptions, he might also start in the AHL since Yannick Weber was 19 when he started playing for the Bulldogs (You have to be 20 generally to play in the AHL) or the really unlikely possibility he’ll play for the Canadiens next year.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  35. slapshot777 says:

    Great news. Here is the translation;


    Russian to English translation

    Avtsin leaves NHL
    Striker OHK “Dinamo” Alexander Avtsin in the off-season will leave the club and go to the NHL.

    As it became known, 19-year-old striker will continue his career in “Montreal”, which was drafted him in the past year under the 109-meter number.

    Note that in this season Avtsin held for Dynamo 30 games in the regular season and scored 9 points.




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

  36. B37zc says:

    Probably Hamilton. He is 10 years old. Played for Dinamo Moscow. 30 games – 9 points

  37. mbplekfan says:

    Overage Junior or Hamilton??



  38. Habscore says:

    Hahaha! good one!


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  39. OinkOinkOink says:



    My girlfriend and I are driving from Montreal to the game tomorrow. Can anyone here recommend a good forum to see if anyone is looking for a ride down?


    Or alternately is anyone here looking thinking of going to the game tomorrow?

  40. B37zc says:

    Hey guys, I have great news: Avtsin is coming to Montreal during this summer. He is going to continue his carrier with Habs.


  41. punkster says:

    Your a firecracker, HH.

  42. punkster says:

    Giving a “thumbs up”. However with that expression on his face he could be giving the refs ” the finger”!

  43. mike g says:

    I agree.

    My father inlaw, 2 uncles and 2 cousins are all Bruins fans. Just pathetic

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  44. 100HABS says:

    Interesting poll. The results have changed:

    Penguins, because I
    could never, ever root for the Canadiens

    I voted Canadiens and it might be guys like me that are skewing the results from Broons fans.
  45. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Brain Wilde on Team 990:

    Former defenseman asked about how many players really care come playoffs: “About half”

    Gainey did well to build this team with the right half. This team cares.


    Also complimenting Carey Price for maturing everyday right now. Working harder and harder as part of the team.


  46. HabFanSince72 says:

    Let’s hope Boston go no further than this round.

  47. Off-side says:

    I love my HABS!  I simply love every beautiful man on that team!  Ahhhhh…..Bliss….

  48. HabFab says:

    Flashing “Number 1″

  49. Clay4bc says:

    How about the Red Wings? Classic example of developing talent without tanking.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot -

  50. Slovak says:

    I hope Boston with Chara and Satan will go further and also Chicago with Hossa and Kopecky. It would be fun to watch slovak friends against each other, like Chara + Satan VS Halak…

    I have to say the style of play and the situation of the Habs team reminds me of Slovak olympic team with even better Halak…

    I really think you should think about Demitra joining Habs – with right guys around, he can do miracles, as he did at the Olympics…



  51. Jbell10 says:

    Gomez is clearly eating a BigMac and  is trying to hide it with his other hand…

  52. naweed235 says:


  53. mike g says:

    Maybe he promised someone he’d give up sushi..

    Now he knows he got caught, so he’s snapping.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  54. Habscore says:

    Gomer looks like his mouth is full of sushis (I think it’s a sushi box in his hands), and saying wait wait!!!


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  55. Harani says:

    Ok, sorry. I’ll retry.

    Cammi tweets this picture of him and Moore on the plane on their way to Pittsburgh.

    My question: What do you think Gomez is doing in the background? Answer away!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”“I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  56. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    ha! you’re right steve… but i can see the writing on the wall. out with old, in with the new…

  57. pmaraw says:

    what picture?  :P

  58. Slovak says:

    The problem is, when two want to be N.1, it will make bad emotions etc., you can see tons of crap it already produced some time ago… I would say – lets make Jaro official n.1 for the next year and Price n.2. I think Price will accept this because recent events show that all the hate in the family is gone… and then, well we will see… but Jaro is not going to be the backup anymore – that is for sure… and for Price I think this is the time, where he realizes he has found his family, where he can develop and the others will help him to do so…


  59. mike g says:

    So NESN has officially confirmed the Bruins’ spot in the Conference Finals?

    Wow, very professional. I always hated NESN, and found them to be very pro-Bruins during broadcasts. This confirms it.

    I really, really want the Flyers to win that series. It would be great.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  60. Habscore says:

    Where are you Timo, I miss you hahaha…

    I don’t know how I ended up watching these on

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  61. Harani says:

    Cammi tweets this picture of him and Moore on the plane on their way to Pittsburgh.

    My question: What do you think Gomez is doing in the background? Answer away!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  62. Bugs says:

    Boston fan poll on NESN:

    - Who are you rooting for in the Canadiens-Penguins series?



    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:

  63. Harani says:

    No, coz Lappy didn’t miss like he did.

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  64. mike g says:

    His mouth was full of poutine, no way he could have smiled…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  65. habsman-itoba says:

    Hah!  I think he was more confused and baffled that it actually worked!  He’s probably watching replays at home in awe, taking notes.

  66. slamtherimtim says:

    i would feel sorry for moore , and that line would be suspect , just sit them BP and AK let them play a shift a period on different lines

  67. Jbell10 says:

    Ya he was smiling, but he knows no one will be able to the pull the Guy spinner-rama quite as un-successfully as he (Guy) did.

  68. smiler2729 says:

    It’s a definite plus to have a goalie tandem where each feels that they have what it takes to be the number one.

  69. Slovak says:

    You can be sure, Halak will stay for less money and being the starter. Money comes second in his case, no matter what his agent constructs in his dollar thinking head… You just have to solve one thing – does Price agree to be the n.2???? Right now it seems he does… But this question belongs into the future, right now…..



  70. Hockey Socks says:

    Ovechkin’s first two seasons in the Russian Super League:

    21 GP – 4 points

    40 GP – 15 points


    Avtsin’s first season in the KHL:

    30 GP – 9 points

  71. Lap4Cap says:

    Do you think Tender’ was smiling when Lappy pulled out his signature wrap-around?


    Hello, I’m Jordan and I hate Julie…

  72. habsman-itoba says:

    I was wondering about this on the way to work this morning.  I  don’t mean this as an attack or anything, just an honest inquiry.  It seems that there are a lot of people here who think Gainey had a poor system to develop talent.  How do other teams do when compared to us on developing their talent? 

    Is there a league stat that tells us the Canadiens are doing a crappy job of this compared to the other teams?  Or do all teams have a similar success (or failure) percentage with developing talent?  Without looking at the whole league, it seems rather brash to say we pass or fail. 

    Is there a benchmark we can compare ourselves with (not counting the teams that tank to win -ahem- Pittsburg

  73. Hockey Socks says:

    One of the best Halakisms I’ve heard!

  74. J. Ambrose says:

    Pyatt has already played a fair bit of time on the Pleks line, while AK was banished to the 4th line, so he could play a similar role on the Gomez line. But now that AK seems to waking from his loooong slumber, I’d keep him on that first line. He may not be scoring right now, but he is hitting and mucking, which is great. Plus, as we’ve seen, he can deliver multiple goal games. It could be Saturday. And I love Laps right where he is. He excels in that role.

  75. lord stanley 2010 says:

    give me a break! PERHAPS we should send some of the fans like you to siberia or nunavut.

    1. Sergei is a young, talented prospect that the organisation gave up on.

    2. its still bobby’s team. he made it, from a to z. (players + coaching staff) so the credit goes to bob gainey

  76. RetroMikey says:

    WTF!  Little Sergei still practicing with the team?????

    Ship the little runt back to Belarus, Mongolia, or Siberia!

    Kudos for Martin having control of this team.  If Bobby was still around, he would have put little Sergei in the lineup and his puppet Price in the nets.

    I still am not crediting Bobby for this team turningit around but Jacques Martin.  The players listen to Jacques!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  77. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Trade him to Pittsburgh where all the lil crybaby’s play!

  78. avatar_58 says:

    Gainey is not nor ever was the coach. He stepped in when needed while a coach was found. So no he wouldn’t put Price or Sergei in, as that’s Martin’s job.

  79. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yeah, if only there was some kind of management position where someone signed new players to the organization and generally ran the hockey operations, someone who would’ve assembled a crew of playoff performers for this year and appointed a head coach to run the team…

    Gainey installed the players who are winning now, he held on to Halak (he DID have Price on the trading block for Lecavalier let’s not forget!) and Gainey wouldn’t be doing anything to the lineup. JM is a veteran coach and he wouldn’t have stuck around if Gainey was calling him daily to tell him who to play and who not to play.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  80. ooder says:

    ok yes we get it.. you know more then all of us because you live in Hamilton, watch the Bulldogs yada yada


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  81. TripleX says:


    It is called covering your a s s dude.  What happens if there is an injury which does happen in the playoffs?  With no more callups allowed having an in shape SK makes sense.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  82. punkster says:

    “If Bobby was still around, he would have put little Sergei in the lineup and his puppet Price in the nets.”

    No he wouldn’t.

  83. andrewberkshire says:

    Bob Gainey is still around, he attends EVERY game and sits right beside Pierre Gauthier.

  84. J. Ambrose says:

    I too have been a Halak cheerleader for two years now, and have tried to help those blinded by the glitter of a Calder Cup to see the truth. But going on about how you were right and they were wrong is just bad form, my friend.

  85. Clay4bc says:

    On general principles I agree with you, J…but this one dig had to be got in. He was one of the worst offenders in the civility department – and I did keep it civil myself.

    And if Priceberg ever rears his head…well, that one has to be done as well.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot -

  86. Chuck says:

    No one player is the reason why we could win it. That’s why it traditionally goes to the Captain, rather than a player who’s had a great series.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  87. Clay4bc says:

    Chuck…please…these playoffs have been all Halak, as much as it seems to pain you to admit it. i know you were all in with Price, but try to have some perspective here.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot -

  88. JIMVINNY says:

    Halak’s been unreal, no question.  But how many goals has he scored? 


    Maybe you’re the one who requires some perspective.

  89. Clay4bc says:

    Your unwillingness at admit you were wrong amuses me, Jim (or is it Vinny?). You came out on the wrong side of the debate (and history, it seems). And still, after all that has happened, refuse to admit the truth that is right in front of your face.

    MVP –> Halak. Regular season and playoffs. No question about it. That’s my point. Flame away, but it will not change the facts.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot -

  90. habsman-itoba says:

    I think what he’s trying to say is that, sure Halak is the MVP.  That is obvious.  But, he’s the reason we don’t lose games, not the reason we win them.  There is a difference.

  91. saskhabfan says:

    Ignore the troll,all he does day in and day out is copy and paste the same fecal facts (facts he pulls out of his ass) hoping to get a reaction from people. His hate for sergei and gainey have nothing to do with hockey,its all personal. He said earlier in the season that he hopes the habs miss the playoffs so that he would be proven right. What kind of loser says that?

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

  92. OinkOinkOink says:



    My girlfriend and I are driving from Montreal to the game tomorrow. Can anyone here recommend a good forum to see if anyone is looking for a ride down?


    Or alternately is anyone here looking thinking of going to the game tomorrow?

  93. B37zc says:

    Try craigslist or

  94. habs03 says: is a good site too

  95. SeriousFan09 says:

    Spacek taking practice is good, but I’d love to hear an update that’s better than ‘day-to-day’. Ah well, keep hoping he might get cleared for action soon I guess.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  96. tony d says:

    So who turned out the light for habs practice? Was it Sergei?

  97. Tremblant Habs Fan says: reporting Markhov making trip to Pittsburgh. Is this at all possible?

  98. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    team 990 just reported the same! saying game time decision?!?


    say whaaaaaaaaa??????

  99. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I just finished listening to Pyatt’s audio. Seriously Hickey, that was your question? 

    Alzheimer’s kicking in?

  100. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that.

    the fact that markov has not had surgery is very interesting.

    certain injuries to knee ligaments can allow the player to keep playing – with limited mobility and usually quite a bit of pain.

    here’s bob mckenzie’s explanation of an ACL injury. this might explain markov’s situation quite well.

    But when a player blows out his ACL, which ultimately requires extensive surgery and rehab (anywhere from six months to a year in some cases), tolerance to pain is the critical factor in whether a player can come back and play with the injury and without the ACL. The ACL stabilizes the entire knee but it is possible to compete without one, although a strong brace must be used to effectively replace the torn ACL.

    which means markov could be facing surgery in the off season, but he could play tomorrow night wearing a brace.


  101. Alex says:

    Medically speaking, an ACL injury is a major deal. Even if he is a warrior and plays through it, it’s highly unlikely he can play at 100%

  102. petrov14 says:

    Sergei is skating at practice again?

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  103. LeeFree says:

    Yeah, what’s up with that? I thought from reading some blogs that his time in Montreal is finished.

  104. smiler2729 says:

    As far as I know he’s still part of the team whether he’s happy about it or not.

    If he’s sulking and whining then he’s an immature distraction that is definitely not needed to bring down the room but who the hell knows what he’s thinking anyway, just shutup and be ready to help your team.

  105. Ayan_SB says:

    Pleks hasn’t been playing his best offensively, but it’s good to hear that he’s practicing when he doesn’t necessarily have to.

  106. Shublips says:

    Halak is the runaway leader in Conn Smythe voting, so far, and he was on the ice practicing.

    I love it!  That is what being excellent is all about!


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  107. 100HABS says:

    That would be Jaroslav Spacek.

  108. lavie says:

    We have two players called Jaroslav.

  109. J. Ambrose says:

    I believe the “Jaroslav” at practice was Spacek.

  110. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    His time in Mtl is finished, without a doubt.  That doesn’t mean he won’t be at an optional practice to shoot the puck around.  TSN’s McKenzie says it’s about work ethic and attitude; both of which SK does poorly.

  111. avatar_58 says:

    Funny I remember saying this yesterday – the ONLY word is the habs word. No one cares what Mackenzie et el THINK is going on.

    So tired of everyone speculating.

  112. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    Certainly, the team’s word is the bottom line.  But, they aren’t saying anything about this white elephant named SK, so that tells us A LOT!

    McKenzie’s blog isn’t all speculation.  He cites Price calling out SK at practice, which carries some weight.  Credit to Bob, too, for saying the Habs’ success isn’t a fluke, but a concerted effort to execute a plan and system.  Most of these “experts” aren’t willing to see or publicly admit that.

  113. Sambaguio says:

    HOLD ON! Serge is still with the Habs? I thought he already went back to Kazakhstan!

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  114. Ayan_SB says:

    Shh, let’s pretend it’s Halak. And the legend grows…

  115. J. Ambrose says:

    Here’s the story: frustrated that he missed the chance at an empty-netter last night, by mere inches, Jaro spent the practice working on shooting. He now entertains visions of skating up out of the crease and darting thru the Pens, Subban-style, and scoring unassisted for the winning goal in Game 7. Then he will turn to the surrounding media crush, look into the cameras and say, “So Bob, how do you like me now?” 

  116. mike g says:

    Remember when Halak almost scored in the empty net last night?

    That, seriously, would have been the best thing in the world. Why?, well because our friends at RDS and TSN could have gone into Pittsburgh today to interview Crosby and say:

    “Hey Sid, how does it feel knowing that the other teams goalie has more goal than you in this series?”….


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  117. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    I honestly think Sid would throw a hissy fit, then break down in a heap  of tears!!!

  118. Habscore says:

    That would have been amazing. Ha!


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  119. pmaraw says:

    lappierre does LOL, so does craig adams… altho like i thought, i cant see that guy getting another.

  120. namgel says:

    Kudos to the Habs Marketing Dept


    This is just awesome,  and only the Canadiens can pull it off with class.

  121. Chuck says:

    Link isn’t working…


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  122. lenny says:

    SK was on the ice, but JM made him skate behind the goal only, if he crossed over he was fined…i wonfer if he will travel with the team to PIT?

  123. Habscore says:

    I woke up and first thing I was thinking about was the History will be made videos where you see Captain Marc Messier with the biggest smile ever putting Lord Stanley Cup over his head. Then I thought,: what if we make it this far, who of all the captains in this team would first touch the Cup??!! What do you think?


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  124. marshx says:



    even tho he’d probably be too modest to do it.

  125. Mike from Ktown says:

    Josh Georges gets my vote.  I think he would make a great captain for the habs.  He demonstrates every quality a captain should have.  I think the players respect him as well.  Younger guy who hopefully will be here for a long time.  

  126. mike g says:

    Everyone wants to win it, but it’s still so far away..

    But if it happens, I’d love to see the whole team lift it at once. Jaro in the middle, surrounded by the whole team, not just one individual. Because if it happens, it will be the whole teams victory.

    That would be a beauty of a photo.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  127. Malreg says:

    Gionta or Gill.  Gill just won last year though, so he’d probably let Gio do it.

  128. habs03 says:

    I personally have no doubt in my mind, that if we make it to the finals, we will name a Captain.

  129. Jbird says:

    I’m with Mike G – the whole team – but logistically it would have to have some photo op with that ass Bettman so the NHL would freak out  cause Gary would be mobed by 22 players and you would not see the weasel (who cares!) 

    I say GIO although With this team you might think GIO might make Jaro go up and take it.  

  130. joeybarrie says:

    One of the A’s would be the one to hold it up. If we haven’t chosen a Captain yet this season. Its only because we will start next season with one. Maybe GILL, so he can hold it high enough to dust off all the banners hanging above… Maybe they will let Halak do it, since he would be the reason we would win it. IF we get out of this round…

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

  131. Chuck says:

    All of the “A”‘s–along with Markov–hoist the Cup at the same time.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  132. habs03 says:

    Big win last night, the referring was..everyone has said enough. While I am happy with the win last night, we need to be better, the 1st and 2nd were horrible, we are playing a goalie that lets in soft goals the more chances we get the better, we need to take advantage of it, 9 shots after 2 period is not acceptable.

  133. Mike from Ktown says:

    While I agree we need a better effort in the first two periods, I feel we do come out overly aggressive in the start some games and wear ourselves out.  It has been odd to watch the games we win, we usually start out getting out shot, then start to put our foot on the gas pedal.  Games where we have dominated the first half of the game we have usually lost.  Odd system, I agree, but it kind of is what has been working for us.  

  134. Mike from Ktown says:

    I would support this as well 

  135. Habscore says:

    At first thought, I would say Halak, but I agree the whole team at the same time would make a great pic!! It was a team victory no doubt.


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  136. Keith says:

    Gomer’s presser was hilarious! I laughed my ass off.

  137. Jbird says:

    The Pens keep on saying “Its the playoffs. You got to deal with buildings like that” –  

    Child Please – there is only ONE building like This!

  138. TripleX says:

    The need to wear a strong brace will restrict his quick lateral movement and skating.  He would be a help on the PP for sure.


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