Price gets start vs Capitals


Only defenceman Alexandre Picard, nursing a foot injured by a shot puck a few days ago at practice, missed today’s practice. Head coach Jacques Martin worked offence and he worked it pretty hard, given that his team has gone two games and another 6:05 since it scored its last goal.

Martin later said that Carey Price gets his call to play nets Saturday vs. Washington and expressed full confidence in Price’s energy levels, saying he pulled his goalie Thursday after five goals in Boston because he wasn’t getting the support of his team. Alex Auld, his replacement, didn’t get much more.

Injured defencemen Andrei Markov and Jaroslav Spacek did some work on ice Friday with head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend. Markov is seen here from the press gallery overlooking the rink. That his head might seem to be chopped off doesn’t indicate an upper-body injury.

Follow Stubbs on Twitter here, with more from practice.

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From Boone, who has no life except listening to sports radio.

On CKAC, play-by-play man Martin McGuire, who knows his stuff, said one of the worst aspects of last night’s game was the embarrassment of the Canadiens owner.

Geoff Molson went to bat for his team big time, McGuire said. In addition to the public letter after Zdeno Chara’s unpunished hit on Max Pacioretty, Molson exerted a lot of pressure and expended much political capital at the top levels of the NHL.

So what happens?

The Bruins stick to hockey and pound the snot out of Molson’s hockey team.



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  2. FastCentennial says:

    Brad Marchand high hit on Gomez, I dont know?, what do you think to me Marchand was beat and just threw his hands up almost close-lining Gomez. If Gomez was hurt, probably league would of looked at it and said “there was no intention of a hit to the head”. Well to me There is 100% clear evidence of Marchand targeting the head of Gomez.
    Watch the video:

    Habsnation is still standing.

  3. The Torch says:

    Buckle up Habs faithful! We’ve been through much adversity getting to this point. Our team has seen more numbers in and out of its line-up with four players returning Thursday night. Could you tell? The chemistry was not to be seen. This team is continually gelling right.
    Canadiens Captain Brian Gionta will be most effective now. He has a team that will go into the corners, go to the net hard and defend with offensive weaponry. They’ve shown us quick outlet passes out of their zone with precision skill. Two goalies who stand tall and ready. “Captain my Captain” the time is now!

  4. adam76 says:

    For any of you worrying about no post season, please read:

  5. PuckHead72 says:

    What hapens if the Canadiens go on a slump after that devastating loss thursday night? Do you think they’ll make the playoffs. Morale was crushed Thursday night. Maybe the Bruins will help you out and beat NYR today. Otherwise…I don’t know. Could get really ugly in “flop-town.”

  6. Bill J says:

    I think I’ve entered the Twilight Zone.

    I’m Thumbs up’ing Observer & Bugs.

    Thumbs Downing HardHabits & a few others.

    I frankly am :O at the fact that some of your have thrown the towel in. And how others are so quickly discount the major injuries that have affected this Habs team.

    If you want your avatar to show Click Here & follow the simple instructions..

    • adam76 says:

      I was just about to post how we as fans, need to get behind Montreal and cheer them to the playoffs. Glad I didn’t, as I feel this would have blown your mind.

    • smiler2729 says:

      It’s the emotional shock, not that the Habs got beat 7-0 in a game, that happens, BUT that the team came out so intimidated and gutless in a game the whole hockey world was watching, in a game where they had to make a statement for their fallen teammate and yeah, for their outspoken owner.

      They went to bat and struck out looking at three pitches. Other than Price and maybe Mara, nobody out there seemed to give a crap about anything out there.

      THAT is what has fans spouting off about towel throwing and apocalyptic stuff like that. The biggest question is WAS THAT THEIR TRUE CHARACTER AS A TEAM? Has Martin been working that good an act as to mask their ultimate shortcomings?

      Do the Habs need an “enforcer”? Not really but they need someone with the balls to step in and keep the opponent honest.

      The shocking loss finally burst the bubble about “the little team that could” but frankly, I’ve been amazed at a lot of the wins this season. Everytime I think they’re going to lose a certain game, they pull off a win but the bottom line is, other than Carey Price, this team is soooo mediocre and it’s excruciating to admit it. But Thursday they finally showed it to the whole hockey world.

      Having said that, I fully expect them to lose to Washington and they’ll probably win so what the hell do any of us really know about this team, eh?

      *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

    • solomio says:

      The injuries are ancient history. They don’t matter at this time. Here and now baby!!

  7. Top Corner says:

    HABS have the opportunity to crush Washinton tonight. Boudreau will be so flustered , especially without his great 8 !

    This is a great chance to throw his new defense style right back in his marshmallow man face !! I really dislike that guy now…..lets send em on a huge slump before the playoffs…..give them a wake up call !!

    4-2 HABS !!! 🙂

  8. rocketsglare says:

    Huge game today. Habs must come out against a tired Caps team
    and simply outplay, outhustle, and outhit Washington. The Habs
    must play with the urgency that other teams are playing this time
    of year. Points are at a premium and should not be squandered
    with mediocre performances. Gut check time and winning tonight
    would give a much needed boost to the team’s confidence and
    playoff drive.

    • The Cat says:

      Despite the habs’ Saturday successes, Im not feeling it happen tonight. The only goals theyve scored lately were against Minny who amazingly have become sieves, and the Caps are very stingy this year.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  9. HABZ24 says:

    relax people its no big deal.its easier to lose a few games and drop to 7th place and have a better chance to advance then play boston in the first round.they wont come out and say ya were tanking a few games on purpose.i mean who do we stand a better chance of winning against boston or tampa or washington.its mathamatical.

    • observer says:

      If they lose tonight and Carolina wins again over Tampa Bay , Habs are no cinch to even make the playoffs. Having said that, Carolina hung on for dear life to barely beat Tampa Bay last night, I expect Tampa Bay to come out flying this time. Habs close season with 4 of 5 on the road. They must win tonight, now they have the “urgency” Wahington does not have. I think Habs will win the next 2 home games(Wash,Atl) which to them now are “statement games”.

    • solomio says:

      Well atleast there are still some teams the Habs still have a chance of winning against!!! Seriously

  10. christophor says:

    The Habs will catch (the) Lightning. Dust off the leyden jar.

  11. HNS says:

    Typical Devils. Their own trap put themselves to sleep.

  12. habs365 says:

    pretty sad….still making line changes with 7 games left in the regular season

  13. JohnBellyful says:

    MONTREAL – Canadiens’ coach Jacques Martin plans to shake up the team’s lethargic offence by introducing a new wrinkle on the attack.
    “I call it the chevron but the Gazette’s sports writers might remember it as the flying wedge,” Martin said. “The concept is simple: The wingers fall in behind the centre coming out from the defensive end to form a V. They bear down on the other team’s defenders, causing them to panic, much like people get flustered when they see a bunch of yappy terriers headed straight for them. As soon as the forwards cross centre, one of our defencemen will lob the puck over the heads of the other team’s blueliners. Our forwards, with a full head of steam, will snap up the puck like a dog on bone and have a clear path to the net. Anything can happen after that. Best case scenario: a goal for us. Worse case: We draw a penalty. How novel would that be.”
    Martin pulled no punches in saying something needed to be done to get the offence going but he denied it was an act of desperation.
    “This team is not a puck-possession group so why not try to use that to our advantage,” Martin said. “If we’re going to have the puck for just a few seconds, let’s make sure it’s at a place that will do us some good.
    “Besides, everyone knows moving together in a V-pattern conserves energy, and we’ll need plenty of that for the playoffs,” Martin said.
    It appears from this morning’s practice that Scott Gomez will not play a key role in the new line of attack Martin dubbed the Flying French Wedge. The few times Gomez led the chevron into enemy territory, the three players ended up standing along the left boards, craning their necks looking for their mates.
    Benoit Pouliot likely will take his place in the middle, which will allow Martin to add a wrinkle to the wrinkle: the sliding wedge.

    • habs365 says:

      they better score early….teams can adjust to the so called “V” very easy

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Ah, but that’s when the team switches to the K.
        Will explain tomorrow. It’s getting late and I still haven’t found the ham sandwich I set down three hours ago.

        • HardHabits says:

          It’s better than the Z formation they’ve been using. Sometimes it’s like a few Zees. ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!

          Gomez has been good at the S pattern though. That and the boomerang.

          I particularly like Gionta’s @ offensive zone coverage after the Habs lose the puck.

          Pouliot has his _ pattern down pat too.

        • solomio says:

          Keep up the good work JB !!

  14. Rad says:

    I’ve said it a hundred times, the Habs need more toughness and size. Every Habs fan has been screaming for more size since we got pushed around and out of the playoffs by the Flyers last year. The Canadiens have all the other ingredients of a winning hockey team – they do NOT have the size and toughness to compete in this league on a nightly basis. Our small, skilled forwards get pushed around on hockey rinks every night all over North America. And that is why we are not a good road team. At home, our crowd makes our small players play big, but on the road? Forget it. We get pushed around, beat up, beat down, intimidated, punished, and sent on our way out of town to the next city, where we are more than likely to meet the same fate.

    So where is the Montreal brain trust on this issue? The re-acquisition of Paul Mara was a good move, but it was too little, too late. Nathan Horton was available last year. Boston didn’t pay much of a price in trade to acquire Horton, and I think the Habs could have gotten him if management had tried hard enough. The guy is 25 years old, 6’2”, 229 lbs – and he plays with an edge. Now tell me, does that sound like the type of player the Habs could use? There are plenty of big, tough players in the NHL. Some of them are skilled and many of them can be acquired in a trade. And even if there is a big player WITHOUT the skills of a smaller player, Montreal management still needs to acquire such a player for his TOUGHNESS. I mean, is this rocket science?? From what I’ve read, it’s obvious to the posters on this board that what this team lacks most is PHYSICAL TOUGHNESS. So the real question is: WHY HAS MONTREAL MANAGEMENT NOT SOLVED THIS PROBLEM in OVER TWO YEARS?? This is a serious failing at the management level of the Montreal Canadiens. Georges Laraque said the other day that the Pacioretty impalement would never have happened if the Habs had an enforcer. All NHL teams know they can take liberties with the under-sized Habs without fear of reprisal. Everyone in the league knows this – everyone except Montreal management.

    When Gainey blew up the team 2 years ago and acquired Gomez, Gionta, and Cammalleri as his top free agent signings, my first reaction was, Ok … but what about size? Who’s going to do the dirty work? I thought for sure Gainey would acquire some bigger players to complement the Smurfs. But to my amazement, he did no such thing! The Habs are still paying the price.

    And Pierre Gauthier has done nothing to correct the problem since.

    • Bugs says:

      Same refrain but with longer guitar solo: “We’re too small; we can’t win; woe, oh woe, we should’ve gone with MY idea but we had to go with stupid Gainey’s and Gauthier’s instead, now all is despair.”
      Yeah, yeah, yeah…
      Meanwhile, we lost two games in a row, soooo…yyyyeah, maybe not abandon ship just yet.

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

      • solomio says:

        C’mon Potty boy its not a question of jumping ship.
        The theme of Rad’s message is correct and you know it. You’ve seen it enuff times this year haven’t you?
        Nathan Horton is a prime example of what the Habs need, a big, rugged goal scorer. Maxpac can be put into that category. With a little more consistant aggressivity and some training wheels Pouliot could be too. Fact is we have too many small players AND they’re not producing. Ice 6 Henri Richards and you’d be looking pretty good but then again he didn’t face the many large,fast and nasty bodies that are on every team in this era. The Habs do need a couple of big, talented, goal scoring, play making players.
        No need for rhetoric. Its a fact Potty boy.

        • Bugs says:

          By “the small players aren’t producing”, of course you mean, “in the last two games.” THAT’S the “fact”, isn’t it? The other “fact” is that this “small team who can’t score” got to the ECF.
          And if the Boston team you emulate so choke like donkeys year after year, it’s surely because they’re too BIG?
          Or does talent and mental fortitude not count for anything anymore?
          Yeah, our kids should be more like Nathan Horton because HE’S such a playoff performer…oh, waitaminnit! Ooops…

          Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I disagree.
      Don’t want to bother clickin’ the thumb.
      Getting bigger could help, but we don’t get pushed around like you say we do. You seem to be under the illusion that we have a ‘small’ team. If you look at the stats, we are right in the league average.

      It doesn’t matter how big you are if you have skill. Our forwards aren’t scoring like they should be at the moment. And it has nothing to do with getting pushed around. Most of our injuries have not come from bigger players shoving us around. They’ve been bad falls or pucks.

      I don’t buy the ‘bigger is better’ mantra that people chant because it makes them feel better. If our forwards were using their speed and scoring like they can on a more regular basis, your argument wouldn’t even be brought up. It’s a paper scarecrow.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • HardHabits says:

        The Habs play small. That is the issue. The Habs are universally panned as pussies. Other teams take liberties with our best players and there is no retribution. Last 2 games against the Bruins in Boston was like watching men play little girls. The one game in Montreal where the Habs got their legs Chara broke them. No response on the ice. Just a massive public relations campaign which back fired. Guess what? Hockey games are won out there in the pit and on the ice not in the arena of public opinion.

        • Bugs says:

          “Universally panned” now. Because Boston beat us twice. Nevermind we beat’em four times; that’s not important.
          Lemme tell ya somethin; Boston ain’t got NUTHIN to teach us, Double-H. Nuthin.
          I’ll take “little girls who play small” all the way to the Conference Final waaaaaay before big bad “men” who WRITE HISTORY with their choke jobs in the playoffs.
          Cuz we got what they don’t got and what they’ve never gotten, Double-H: the Will to win.

          Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

          • HardHabits says:

            It’s the what have you done for me lately era Bugs. A band is only as good as their last record. A team is only as good as their last game. You’re only as good as your last post and that’s why you’re a proverbial elicitor of thumbs downs these days. Take a tip from JohnBellyful. He’s a hitter of home run posts and you are the striking out with each flimsy flailing swing you take. Your comments are little girlie too. Man up puss-cakes.

            What the Habs did in history has no bearing on the now. The Habs look defeated. The next game against Washington is more than huge. What the Habs have proven this year is that when the chips are down they crack.

            Last season is over. It’s a clean slate. If the Habs make it to the Conference Finals again I will be both impressed and amazed because right now they don’even look like they can score a goal.

          • solomio says:

            Bugs, that’s dinosaur talk

      • The Cat says:

        Habs need big players that are very good players, habs do have some size but none of them are difference makers.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • patience is a virtue says:

      I usually avoid commenting on this site after a couple of tough losses cause everyone is in such a tissy that it’s hard to have constructive conversations.

      Case in point – this “more size” bogus is right up there with the anti-JM discourse in the annual competition for ridiculous-broken-record-BS. If JM hasn’t proven himself a very good coach while making the most out of these past two injury plagued seasons, you’re just not paying attention or thinking rationally.

      Likewise, if you can’t see the many moves that have been made to offset the bold but vindicated smurf-shopping-spree Bob went on two summers ago, you haven’t been following the Habs roster and pipeline very closely. Halak for Eller and Schultz. Patches becoming the power forward we’ve been seeking. AK hitting like a bulldog. Trading up for Tinordi. The Wiz (not tall, but a tough cookie). And the list of tough or big, under-skilled, affordable players: Darche, White, Picard, Sopel, etc. And PG will do his best to get Emelin over from Russia…

      These shutout loses suck, but they come at a good time – the returning players will get into game shape, and the team will dig deep after last night’s humiliation.

    • punkster says:

      Every time we lose a game the whole size thing gets trotted out. If the “Big 3” were scoring at their normal pace we wouldn’t be having these endless debates about size.

      Presently 4 wins separate us from the top team in the conference and would tie us for second overall in the league. We’re only 1 win from the top in our division. If our “Big 3” were playing up to expectation or at their normal pace and I stress normal, would size even be a major issue? It’s a red herring, a convenient excuse.

      We have the horses they’re just not pulling their weight.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • HardHabits says:

        The problem is the little 3 aren’t scoring and that is the issue. If they were scoring the Habs might actually be in 1st in the division.

        Size is an issue in the NHL. Hockey is a physical game. What’s worse is the Habs played the last game against the Bruins with their tails between their legs. Why? Because they couldn’t punch their way out of a paper bag.

        It’s also a mystique thing. The Habs aren’t just small they play small. The whole league and other team’s fans laugh at the Habs now because we are universally recognized as pansies. Thank you very much Bob Gainey for putting together a decent bunch of figure skaters. Hopefully soon we’ll have a hockey team again. Until then watch as Philly, Toronto, and Boston either beat us playing hockey and if that doesn’t work just beat us into submission. Either way the Habs are too small for this league.

    • HAB-PROFESSOR says:

      RAD…. Fantastic POST…. precise, to the point and exact.

      I’ve been preaching the North American Grit movement for the Habs, (NAG) and it just isn’t happening fast enough…

      after Gomez/Camm/Gio/Pleks… they go and get Halpern/Pyatt/DD and WEBER… big mistake…. great guys, but not the right formula for what we have.

      Wednesday March, 9th, 2011 – the day NHL Hockey “officially” died

    • Edmaster says:

      The one reason the most people don’t take into consideration is the language here. There are many, many players who simply will not immerse their families into a different language environment. So don’t assume that management doesn’t try to bring other players here. We’re simply not privy in knowing what transpires in the back office. It would be great reading if the organization ever put out a list of all NHL players who were approached to join the Habs, and for whatever reason, turned us down.

      Expos, please come home.

    • Bill says:

      When you cite Georges Laraque as a reference, you reset your credibility to zero. Biggest enforcer in the league … did NOTHING to prevent the Habs from getting gooned.

      How many enforcers did Boston have when Bergeron and Savard were getting concussed into the year 2000?

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  15. ICELIZARD says:

    I believe Price will have a rebound game against the Caps tomorrow night and play solid for the balance of the regular season. More importantly, I BELIEVE Price will be dominant in the playoffs and his performances will stimulate his teamates and electrify the mob at the Bell Centre!

    The Habs returning players: Plekanec, Halpern, Darche, Sopel, will take a few more games to find their stride and be 100% ready for the playoffs and will each contribute in a positive way.

    Max Pacioretty will return in the playoffs, 1st round, against the Bruins and will take it to them like no other Habs player can, with physical play, speed & determination.

    P.K. Subban will take his play to another level in the playoffs and his energy + enthusiasm will be a contagious disease which will spread rapidly across the Habs lineup.


    • wotever says:

      Price is fine but it’s up to the D to play better or even the O.

      None will be 100% but they’ll play as well as they can.

      Pacioretty will NOT be back for the first round. The timing doesn’t work even assuming the integrity of his neck isn’t in doubt and his muscles haven’t atrophied, which they will.

      Subban’s playing fine.

      This isn’t religion, it’s a sport. And we are merely spectators. Respect them and emulate their examples of sportsmanship.

      It’s just a game.

      • Dostoevsky says:

        It’s a close to religion as some of us get. When a game is on I feel connected to something larger than myself and difficult to understand. This is the beauty of the Montreal Canadiens. Much more powerful than any player or even any given Habs team… the mystique and history bring me back her day after day much more so than ‘sportsmanship’.

        I agree with everything else you’re saying though, that’s some level headed stuff.

        Intelligence, finesse, creativity and talent versus brutality, violence, money and a knuckle-dragger’s version of masculinity.

        • Bugs says:

          Heeeey, I like THIS guy.
          Not so much his books though. Bleak and long-winded; blaagh.
          But dang, his internet posts are fantastic!
          Kinda disagree with the last part. Violence, no, but I’m all for the tactical use of brutality because it serves as an effective tool of psychological warfare in this particular game.

          Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

          • Dostoevsky says:

            Don’t hang back with the brutes my friend. Fear of assault or bludgeoning, a blindside Cooke elbow to the face… these fears suck the artistry from the game. Brutality is for chimps and cavemen… maybe bullfighters and prison guards too.

            Intelligence, finesse, creativity and talent versus brutality, violence, money and a knuckle-dragger’s version of masculinity.

          • Bugs says:

            Again, you’re talkin about violence; I’m against that.
            But brutality, that is, excessive body-check finishing, precision slashing, and “accidental” goalie contact of any kind, I’m all for.

            Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

    • habs365 says:

      Icelizard what a Dreamer

    • solomio says:

      I BELIEVE you are writing from a room with soft walls

  16. Habitoban says:

    You have to be confident to play well offensively. To play with confidence you need a coah who you believe has got your back — not one who is on your back.

  17. observer says:

    Washington lost 2-0 in Ottawa tonight

    After March 25 tonight

    5 Tampa Bay 74 39 24 11 89
    6 Montreal 75 40 28 7 87
    7 NY Rangers 75 40 30 5 85
    8 Buffalo 74 37 28 9 83

    9 Carolina 74 35 29 10 80
    10 Toronto 75 34 31 10 78

    Sat Mar 26, 2011

  18. careyprice31 says:

    im suprised they don’t go with Auld he’s been playing great latley


  19. newbrunswick troy says:

    Totaly off topic but i wonder what the relation between this websites updating its old look and also having to drop the word habs out of its namesake?????

    i think its petty for the Canadiens organization to force the gazette to drop the name….probly because a million views per month means lots of money that the fat men can,t feel fit to share??

  20. habstrinifan says:

    I do not want to sound vain, but I was very surprised when I invited response to my observation tha there is no referee conspiracy against the habs which explains our many penalties.

    I posted that as an official, it is human nature when following a play to look ‘witha ready whistle’ at the player who is trying to ‘thwart’ the player rather than the player who is trying to make the play. And it follows that because the habs ‘sit back and defend’ they are more likely to be perceived to ‘thwart’ the play of the opponent who is trying to make something hapen.

    Amid the cacophony on the site re a conspiracy against the HABS my observation was ignored. Well here’s Brian Gionta referring to last night’s game but could have been to most games.

    “Gionta said he wasn’t surprised that the Bruins didn’t take many penalties in the first two periods.
    “We didn’t give them much reason to tear us down,” Gionta said. “To draw penalties, you have to be moving and you have to be forcing things, and we didn’t do that.”

    Two Boston games have jolted the coaching (admin) to REACT! Maybe it’s not too late.

    Ryan White was calle dup AFTER the physical beatdown and he has already had at least 3 fights. He is not the long term answer but he is WHAT we GOT.

    And suddenly, after last nigt’s game, the coach is drilling OFFENSE OFFENSE OFFENSE.

    There is hope. I know I have been clamouring for a Claude Ruel type assistant coach who used to put the guys thru drill upon drill of hard skating habs ‘firewagon’ style hockey.

    • wotever says:

      Saying there’s a conspiracy is huge difference from saying a style of play attracts penalties. The first sounds pretty stupid and is insulting to refs.

      For someone who’s lived in Ottawa apparently you should know firewagon hockey is only possible if JM isn’t coach. And look how well it worked out for the Caps.

      It’s just a game.

  21. HardHabits says:

    JM must have just gotten the memo which says that a team needs to score goals to win games.

  22. Toro says:

    So does anyone know how Markov looks on the ice? How is he skating? what is he capable of doing at this point? has he skated fast? does he skate the circles? can he stop quickly after skating at a fast pace?

    Im glad he is on the ice and we can see a picture of most of him(lol) but can anyone tell us anything?

    I am and have been sure he will play in the playoffs but the habs don’t want any talk of this and are playing dumb.

  23. thehabs21 says:

    Again is there any audio? seems to be alot of talking going on between the team? like I dont wanna be a pain in the ass but honestly was BANG BANG

  24. otter649 says:

    The Leafs (as well as Fla) have been out of the playoffs so long that the last time they were in the tournament The Red Line for two line passes was still in effect……….lol

  25. StevieRay says:

    YES!!! we have a avatar !!! high tech red neck !…couldn’t post my old pic’s on my office computer..but needed something to perk me up today …so it;s my new me tractor ! get er done !

  26. Bugs says:

    Flash from the past, slightly modified:
    -How dooooo?
    Welcome to our shop, seems your jaw has dropped, yes, we pass the mop.
    Daintily, quietly.
    Hey youuuu!!
    Don’t look so perplexed, many teams get hexed; can’t you see we’re next?
    Yes, we’re next, we’re so hexed.
    How about a nice safe save; since the Priceberg can behave?
    Lots of effort, lots of grit; please tell Cammy: don’t be a twit.
    Look out how the Boys are shaping; there’s no use to try escaping.
    Yell & scream & rant & rave; it’s no use, we need a save!
    Oh(1), ouch(2), ooo(3), ow(4), ouch(5), oh(6), ow(7)!
    There! We’re nice and lean!
    Although…the face looks smacked like Charlie Sheen.-

    Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

  27. habstrinifan says:

    Can I come outta my hole NOW. It’s been a lousy day as a HABS fan today. I am totally dejected at the way we lost not only that game but how we have been losing ‘big games’.. and becoming kinda bit of a laughing stock.

    I read where Bob McKenzie was saying that Geoff Molson was embarrassed. I hope this is coming DIRECTLY from Geoff’s mouth.. you know… think aloud to a few media guys so the coach hears it, without seeming to ‘meddle’ in ‘hockey matters’.

    That would mean that Geoff will be paying attention to two areas for next season. Pushback ability (size and grit) and OFFENSE OFFENSE…. I hope anyways.

    Boone is saying that JM was drilling all OFFENSE OFFENSE OFFENSE at the practice. Maybe it has been impressed upon him already. I have never seen Boone observed a focus on offense in any of JM’s previous practices. Specialty teams and ‘going to the net’ .. YES.

    But I hope that Boone’s description of the practice as OFFENSE OFFENSE AND MORE OFFENSE is an indication that Geoff’s dissatisfaction has reached JM’s ears. This is my hope. Habs cannot go into the playoffs WITHOUT getting more dynamism in ATTACK.

    I look at the goal P.K scored for the third of his hat-trick. When last did you see a HABS player do what White did there.. reminded me of Guy Lafleur… dont start going bananas now. I did not say White is Guy. The play was a play Guy used many times.

    He saw the crowd in front the net.. didnt try to shove the puck into the melee for some sort of tip etc.. NO. He put on a burst of speed, skated around the net and towards the blue line (away from the melee) passed the puck to Subban and folowed his pass (sound defensive technique in that situation) and with a deft exchange’ (had to avoid each other and interference penalty) of positions between him and P.K.. ..P.K had a beautiful scoring lane to skate into and delivered a great shot.

    I WANNA SEE MORE OF THAT. THAT IS OFFENSE. Sure there was the risk of the Minny player deflecting that puck into ‘open ice’ and then having a semi break away with most of our players still deep in Minny’s zone. But you gotta make plays like that to improve your skillset offensively.

    I want to see imaginative attacking plays which brings out the skill in our SKILLED players.

    WAY TO GO GEOFF if that is your NEW ORDER today. I hope it is. If it is not then this sorry medicrity will continue.

    I am fed up of my team being minnows both in SIZE and in ATTACKING hockey in this damn league.

    Back to my dungeon to lick my wounds.

    • Bugs says:

      Éric Desjardins was talkin about a playoff series he had with the Flyers years ago against…Pittsburgher, I believe. Doesn’t matter.
      Flyers had a def-style of play that was based on I-don’t-remember-what-he-said-exactly and they lost the first two games….or the first game…anyway, they were losing and they had no answers and they started to panic.
      And Desjardins went on to say that a lot of the guys in the dressing-room stood up and said that they had to change the gameplan to a (this-I-remember) left-wing lock. And the coach allowed himself to be convinced to change his tried and true method that had got his team where they were in the first place.
      So that’s what they did. Left-wing lock.
      And they got fraggin MURDERED twice as bad.
      Just sayin…

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I wrote in my post the following.. Bob McKenzie was saying that Geoff Molson was embarrassed… it should have read ” CKAC, play-by-play man Martin McGuire” .

    • Timo says:

      I don’t know… I seriously doubt Molson would get involved at this point in time. I can see his being more involved perhaps in a summer but even then… Most likely his involvement in operations will end with hiring a new president.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Timo, I am not saying involved as in going to the room or to the coach and making ‘hockey suggestions’. But I believe, least for my sanity I gotta believe, that Geoff Molson grew up in the Canadiens hockey tradition that his family oversaw for so long. And I could believe that, like a fan, he was upset at nights like in Boson and against Buffalo wher we play the game like a group of ‘last picks’. You know the guys who got picked last in road hockey and were told to patrol close to the net while the other plays are deking and dancing .

        I could see him wondering where are the attacking traditions of hockey that he grew up with. And I could see him, as a fan, talking ruefully to the play by play guy (who wa sthe souce and whom i mis-identified).

        Not meddling.. just being a fan talking.. and of course if that is the case then it would have trickled down to you know who…

      • WindsorHab-10 says:

        I’m hoping he’ll make a bold move by replacing both JM & PG. Those two characters scare me to death & their previous records working together are even scarier.

      • habs365 says:

        Timo: they should hire someone that knows how to build a team for this new NHL. the team they have now would have been good ten years ago but not for todays NHL….they’ll get beat physically in the playoffs.

  28. AH says:

    Great article by Arpon Basu. After reading it, he really hit on something for me: mental toughness and intensity. I have been one of the people yapping that we need to get bigger and tougher, and while I still do believe that, I have completely been ignoring the “6 inches beween the ears”. What I’m saying is, in the offseason PG or BG, (or whoever the heck is running this team), needs to make their main priority that of acquiring/signing players who are INTENSE, MENTALLY TOUGH COMPETITORS!, first and foremost. Players who would go into important games like these last 3 and say “ok boys it’s time to kick some a$$!” and then would go out and do it. Pleks, Cammi, Gomez, Gionta, AK, Pouliot, etc., let’s face it, these are NOT intense competitors, and if they were, we’d have 6 more points, and that embarassing debacle of last night would not have happened. What a joke, Cammi saying in his article ” we need to look in the mirror”..are you frickin’ kidding me?, he says that now, 75 games into the season? pffft, whatever.

    • Bugs says:

      Cammy, Gio, and Gomie were there when it counted most last year. They LED the offence during the playoffs, yes?

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

      • WestHab says:

        yes, they did.

      • habs365 says:

        Bugs: how did they do against Philly….they got beat physically all over the ice and they come back with the same type of team this year that’s what the fans are up in arms about….if you can’t beat them on the scoreboard….at least be able to beat them in the alley.good all around team but physically they’re a joke……

        • Bugs says:

          Philly’s the only team in our way, ok; what do you wanna do about it now, Anno, cry? Just find a nice curb and bawl your eyes out? What’s THAT gonna do?
          We got the team we got and it’s one that got us further than we’ve been in 17 years. That counts for something DESPITE your “alleyway” theory, I’m afraid, Anno.
          So once we’re up against Philly in the playoffs, we’ll cross that bridge then. If they’re outta the picture though, circumstances may change dramatically, no?
          Or am I missing the point and you’re just bashing for bashing’s sake?

          Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

    • TripleX says:

      You can have the horses dude. But unless the coach lets them loose to play with some emotion ( that might entail fighting and subsequent penalties ) it won’t happen. If the coach makes it clear “play my way or the highway” who is going to to do it?

    • savethepuck says:

      Bugs beat me to it. i think we saw last year in the playoffs that the guys we have step it up in big games. You are putting way too much emphasis into one stupid jockey game and a few that we were missing key players to injuries. I think there are people on here that seriously think that the Hamilton Bulldogs should win the Stanley Cup just because they have a CH on their sweaters.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I like your word intense. Although I would use it to mean that they do not bring ‘kick ass’ attitud eto the game. They play the ‘system’ which basically has been to not let sh…*788t happen. We need to go into a game ready to ‘kick ass’ and attack.. attack .. attack.

    • olematelot says:

      Totally disagree. Players don’t make it to the NHL unless they are intense competitors, isn’t going to happen. Gio and Gomez are cup winners, you don’t do that unless you’re intense. These guys are big game players, they’ll be there when it really counts.

    • Bill J says:

      Just supporting Bugs’ post – Cammy had 13 playoff goals last year – most in the entire playoffs from ANY team in the playoffs.

      Gomez & Pleks – played huge parts in the success. As did Gionta & even AK46 & Pouliot (on & off).

    • This is about the most ridiculous thing ever written on this site. Even the CBC has been praising the Canadiens all year for their mental toughness in the face of injuries.

      Remind me exactly how sh*tty of a competitor Cammalleri was when he scored 12 goals in 14 games eliminating the two best teams in the Eastern Conference. Remind me how mentally weak Gionta and Gomez were when we were down 3-1 in a series against the best team in the NHL. Remind me who shut down Crosby to the tune of ONE goal in a 7 game series after he obliterated Ottawa single handedly, pretty sure it was Plekanec.

  29. Strabo says:

    If it’s true that we offered a 1 yr contract and his agent is asking for 3. Is it allowed to offer 2 plus an option for a 3rd year like in baseball? If yes does the 3rd year count on the cap, or does it kick in if we pick up the option?

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  30. WindsorHab-10 says:

    HELP: How can I get my avatar or just upload one?
    Please & thank you.

    • Bugs says:

      Go on Google. Type “gravatar”. First link. Click. “Get gravatar today”. Click.
      Use all lowercase. “Username” irrelevant; make it variation of yours if yours is taken.
      Rest is standard procedure. Once completed, takes 1-5 minutes to upload here, so don’t panic if you don’t see it straightaway.
      Very easy.

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

  31. SeriousFan09 says:

    Latest chatter I’ve picked up suggests Don Meehan, Markov and AK’s agent will be repping Alexei Yemelin in NA.

    Could be something, we add him, huge piece of physical power on the back end for next season.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  32. HalifaxHabs says:

    Update: I just ate a frozen pizza. It reminded me of how much I hate the Bruins. Alot.

  33. ClaytonM says:

    Gaston Therrien had the best line yesterday. After analyzing everything Gomez did wrong on a breakout of their own zone that ended with Gomez in the box for interference, he blamed Price – For letting Gomez play the puck in the first place.

    Ken Dryden For NHL Commissioner

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    Markov and Spacek back in 8 days, me thinks.

  35. Timo says:

    Heh… Arpon Basu twitted that Moen and White were even last night. This is a truly amazing achievement for the game like last night.

  36. higginrs says:

    Here are the remaining teams to play:

    Capitals (H)
    Thrashers (H)
    Canes (A)
    Devils (A)
    Hawks (H)
    Senators (A)
    Leafs (A)

    Which will be wins and which will be loses?

    • observer says:

      Don’t know what happens later but tomorrow Habs will win!

      • higginrs says:

        I’d like to see the win tomorrow too. Hoping the guys can regain some chemistry. Last night we threw a bunch of guys back into the line up and expected that everything would go smoothly. I suspect they’ll pick up steam over the next 2 or 3 games.

    • J_P says:

      considering the habs bipolar play of late, they could easily be 5-2 or 2-5. Its that hard to tell.

      But ill bite just for the fun of it:

      Capitals (W)
      Thrashers (W)
      Canes (L)
      Devils (W)
      Hawks (L)
      Sens (W)
      Leafs (L)

    • Shiloh says:

      So hard to answer. If we play like last night, all of them. If the games mean nothing, maybe they’re easier.

      I’ll say:

      Capitals – W
      Thrashers – W
      Canes – W
      Devils – W
      Hawks – W
      Senators – W
      Loafs – W (eliminating them)

    • weightman25 says:


  37. Bugs says:

    Sorry if y’all are already aware. Just heard on CKAC that Marky’s been offered a 1-yr contract, same figure, but wants 3.
    He also wants to play this year, depending on team progress in playoffs.

    Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

  38. higginrs says:

    The old site used to have a place where you could find the Habs schedule. Any chance this new site has a spot for that or should I just go to the official Habs site?

    • observer says:

      26 Capitals 0 Canadiens 0
      29 Thrashers 0 Canadiens 0 7:30pm
      30 Canadiens 0 Hurricanes 0 7pm

      2 Canadiens 0 Devils 0 7pm
      5 Blackhawks 0 Canadiens 0 7:30pm
      7 Canadiens 0 Senators 0 7pm
      9 Canadiens 0 Maple Leafs 0 7pm

    • observer says:

      Notice show ome awhole gave me a thumbs down for posting the remaining schedule. and more of them will too.

      • shiram says:

        I would not put much value on those thumbs up/down things.
        You should put more value on the person thanking you for your efforts!
        Put I thumbed up your post anyways, enjoy.

      • higginrs says:

        I’m new to posting here. Hope to be a friendly poster and give thumbs up as much as possible. Can’t figure out all the hostility.

        • ZepFan2 says:

          “Can’t figure out all the hostility.”

          Give it time.

          Welcome to the newer NHL: The National Head-shots League.

          • observer says:

            You’re still mad because although you think you know hockey so well you still don’t have a clue who my icon/photo is.

        • savethepuck says:

          I joined the site mid February of last year smack dab in the middle of the Halak_Price war of 2010. Now that was a treat.

    • savethepuck says:

      I use their monthly calender as my desktop wallpaper.< teams>Montreal Canadiens>fanzone>wallpaper>monthly calender

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