No brooms for the Bruins


It’s a series.

Pat Hickey’s game story

Quotes from he room

• Stubbs: Chara’s return a mixed bag

Red Fisher wasn’t surprised

Gill still remembered in Boston

Michael Farber: B’s find regular-season selves

Bruce Arthur’s game column

Photo by Allen McInnis of The Gazette


  1. habs001 says:

    moen,pyatt,white,eller,darche,pouliot,gomez,dd …when you have 8 forwards in the team that are not goal scorers or have not shown they can consistently score in the nhl you will struggle to score…we may badly outplay boston and still get beat 2-1 or 1-0…this issue is not new it has been going on for 2 years…we have the type of team that can win 4 in a row or lose 4 in a row by 2-1 scores

  2. saskhabfan says:

    Obviously disappointing letting an oppurtunity get away to take a stranglehold on the series. Not gonna blame price,without him we could just as easily be down 3-0 right now. Just gotta be smarter in our own end and get some offence by somebody other then the pleky line.

    On a side note,played in a tournament in kanata over the weekend with some buddies in their company tournament. After getting our asses handed to us friday night our team was up stairs having a beer. I went up to the bar to get a beer and a guy who was already at the bar made a comment on the “chara sucks” shirt i was wearing. I recognized the guy because i had just played against him and he scored 4 or 5 goals on us. He asked me where i got it and i told him i heard about it on this site. He then responded,”you are on HIO?” I said yes,i told him my user name and then he told me his. Turns out i played against “showey47” and he pretty much beat us by himself. Great guy to sit down and have a beer with and talk some hockey,absolutely no fun to play against. Big, fast and a sick set of hands. Still neat though to meet somebody from the site.

  3. kirkiswork says:

    I still think Habs in 5.

    • habsfaninboston says:

      Just saw the Torres hit. I don’t see how this can’t be ruled a suspension.
      NHL=bush league

    • 100HABS says:

      There is no “habsnation'” or “canadiensnation” that is a Maple Leafs copy (LeafsNation) and I refuse to copy anything from Toranta.

      Nous sommes les fans du Canadien!

    • Bill J says:

      Just my 2 cents, but I do wonder how many others feel this way.

      But you’re only contribution to this site is to redirect people to your blog ?

      No thanks – frankly speaking – I’m surprised HIO has not setup a rule about this sort of post.

      I can understand a signature, with a link to your blog. But to link a blog entry & pretty much nothing more then the “title” of the blog. is lame.

      If I wanted to read your blog, I would visit it. Without the need for spam here on HIO.

  4. Mr. Biter says:

    Sober thoughts from last night. Habs came out flat and instead of playing their speed vs. the slower Bruins tried to run them out of the building and did a suprising good job at it cranking the Bruins more often than not however in the process of that found themselves down by by 2. Yes the Boston goals were 2 giveaways and 1 fluke but our 2 goals were not “cannonating shots” and yeah how Gomer missed the puck while in the crease sucked. We out played them in the last 2 periods and should have tied it up but not to be. We needed to come out flying (that was a great opening lighting center ice with the flame and watching the ice turn to fire, Awesome) however we did not and paid the price ( no pun intended). Was surprised that we did not crank Chara every time he had the puck in he was still ill even there were some good shots at him. BP who seems to trip over the blueline more often than anyone in the NHL allways seems to do well when he throws-em. Is his opponent holding him up? PP sucks and the refs have been decent.In ending remember if it a Hockey Announcer or Political Pundent affiliated the CBC only B/S flows from their lips.
    Habs in 5 or 6 but have to win next game or all bets are off.

    Mr. Biter

  5. Bill says:

    Lots of whining here! The Habs just had a letdown in the first at home, and Boston took advantage. Oh well. Look for the Habs NOT to repeat the same mistake next Thursday. Also look for the Bruins to be just as alert and killer. Meaning look forward to an awesome game!

    Habs in 7!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  6. PrimeTime says:

    I still can’t head around this BOS team beating this MTL team 3 of 4 games. The remaining games may be close as most Hab victories this year, but 3 of 4?? I don’t think so. Habs in 6!

  7. Danno says:

    Habs Inside Out – the name still lives on ->


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  8. ooder says:

    you know what guys.. i know this might sound petty and stupid but i still can’t believe how gomez didn’t tie up the game with a wide open net in front of him.. i don’t get this guy… at all… if i scored less goals then darche and only put up 38 points and was an embarassing -15 on the season (worst then the WIZ who came over from the islanders)…then i sure as hell practice my shot and try to help my team in the playoffs… and i know he skates up and down but isn’t that expected of him? i mean how is that something to commend… this guy gets paid 7.3 million and we are complmeneting him on skating hard????
    i don’t get it… the faster we are rid off him the better

    GWG = game winning gionta!

    • Timo says:

      Go back to Tarana and join your leafs on the golf course, you troll.

    • MontrealAtheist says:

      Well, I also can’t believe this terrible play of Price that led to the Bruins’ third goal.

      Seriously, this has got to rank among the top 3 worst goaltender blunders the whole NHL season. Price may become a Vezina candidate some time, but after this game it looks like he should go back and retake goaltending 101.

      • ooder says:

        one mistake by our team mvp is something i can swallow once in a while (although it was a stupid play)… however 7 goals, terrible defensive play and failing to score on empty net on empty net is something i can’t

        GWG = game winning gionta!

  9. HabFanSince72 says:

    Anybody seen the new Blackberry tablet (the playbook).

    It is an iPad killer.

    As designed by Brian Burke.

  10. Timo says:

    Is it too late to trade for MAB?

  11. HabFanSince72 says:

    Check out this video of the final game in the ’76 finals. It is striking how much slower the game was (remember those Habs were known for their speed).

    Also striking is the hit by Robinson at 22″ – if you want to know why there weren’t as many concussions back then.

  12. Max_a_million says:

    Despite the complacency if Carey doesn’t give away a goal, all else being equal it could be 2-2 going into overtime

  13. kakey says:

    Also teams that won by a sweep NEVER did well in subsequent rounds. They’ll be so rusty.

  14. kakey says:

    See how a lost can affect the memories on some great plays. Remember how Subban jumped up to grab the puck, fall down, then poked it to prevent it from leaving the blue line during a power play? That was the highlight of the game!

  15. C-Sword says:

    I want to see the line Kostityn – Eller – Moen back together

    And they should scratch Pouliot, he’s doing nothing right.

    • Max_a_million says:

      You realize Pleks. Cammy, and AK did all of our scoring last night. Who would you replace Ak with on the top line?

      I think demoting him when he is playing so well would be a mistake, even though I think you are not meaning it as a demotion.

      • C-Sword says:

        That was our best line against physical teams. Remember how well they played against the Canucks? Eller also scored twice against the Bruins at home the night Pacioretty got hit, he was the one who gave us that early lead. They might as well double-shift AK once in a while, because he deserves it.

    • el heffe says:

      they are. Halprn is in. so…maybe we win a faceoff when it counts.

  16. savethepuck says:

    Last night was just a case of being complacent being up 2-0 in the series and a desperate Bruins team. The Habs team that will be at game 4 Thursday night is the team that we saw the second half of game 3 guaranteed. Still up 2-1 with 2 more games at home. Call me naive, but I have no worries about this series. Coming back from 3-0 to make it a game is IMO a momentum shift for the Habs.

    Habs in 5, maybe 6

    • Bugs says:

      Agree top to bottom.

      Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

    • Timo says:

      That’s one way to look at things. The problem is how these so called professional athletes with years of playoffs experience allowed themselves to get complacent in the playoffs series against a bitter arch rival?

      I hope you are right and Habs will win the series but i am not holding my breath.

      • Say Ash says:

        Look, our goals were clean and theirs were flukes. Will Price make a pass right to Peverley again? Doubtful. Will Plekanec make Chara look like an idiot again? Bet on it.

      • patience is a virtue says:

        Perhaps it wasn’t complacency so much as not enough “manufactured urgency” to match the Bruin’s deeper desperation. Add a sneaky/lucky goal by Horton and a gifty/lucky goal by Peverley, and what do you have?

        The return, however tentative, of the Habs naysayers 😉

        That’s OK, we need something to argue about.

      • savethepuck says:

        There were a lot of predictions on here before the series started, and except for the idiots who picked the Bruins, everyone had the Habs in 6 or 7. Nobody predicted a sweep so I’m not getting my knickers in a knot over losing 1 hockey game. The same as I didn’t give a $#it when we lost 8-6 to them in February and likewise when we lost 7-0 to them in late March.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        “these so called professional athletes with years of playoffs experience”

        If you resent them so much stop following sports. Remember only the mediocre are always at their best.

        • LA Loyalist says:

          Gionta and Gomez were specifically brought in for their “intangibles”, leadership, playoff and Stanley Cup experience, which last night were nowhere in evidence.

          Resent is not a strong enough word, actually.

          Gomez has played one good game of three. Yeah better than his reg season %, but good enough? You think?

          • Don Carnage says:

            Waaa Waaa I like to complain all the time Waaa Waaa

          • Bill J says:

            You really are getting on my nerves too Brad – I think all the sun in LA has fried your head & you’re happily a Duckie Fan.

            That’s cool, no problem with that.

            I do have a problem with your bag on the Head avatar – when the Habs are leading the 1st round 2-1.

            I guess I should not be surprised though, since the moment the Habs lose ONE game, you’re on the case.

      • t1tan5 says:

        Jesus, it’s like the Habs are not allowed to lose with you. Shit happens, we lost. Get over it and let’s move on to game 4.

      • Bill J says:

        We sometimes wish you would hold your breath (see: keep your thoughts to yourself).

        I can appreciate your skepticism I guess, despite the fact that the Habs are LEADING the series, and in the loss, the end of the Game was pretty much dominated by the Habs.

        But jeez dude, what do you think you accomplish being a negative nellie after ONE loss ? When the Habs are LEADING the series 2-1 ?

        Didn’t your mother ever tell you “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!” ???

    • el heffe says:

      For sure. I agree totally. The Bruin looked scared shitless when the Habs started coming at about the 11 minute mark of the second period. Lake Placid, Mecca, King Soloman’s tomb…no place is going to help the Bruins shake off what the Habs brought when down 3-0…pure speed and skill. something Boston sorely lacks

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    One thing is bothering me about last night. The Bruins (Thomas especially) offered us this game and we didn’t take it. They were terrible in the 3rd. What if they play a great game and Timmy stands on his head on Thursday? Could happen.

    Also just think if they had surrendered another 3-0 lead. The hurt. The epic hurt this would have caused them.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      MTL couldn’t seal the deal on the comeback b/c they still lacking natural scoring. We know Gomez isn’t going to pot one, Pleks and AK are strictly 20-goal types and our power forward is missing the rest of the season. Gionta and Cammy have the gift but can’t always make their way to the areas needed to score due to size.

      Habs need to draft for more big men who can finish.

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

      • VancouverHab says:

        So, judging by your avatar I can put you with me in the “MaxPac loss was huge” camp?

        (I so wish Benny could step up–Darche & Moen are big grinders but lack the skill and the certain vision something to be power forward. But it seems that Benny just doesn’t have the aggression or determination to go with the skills. And the puzzle is that he does fight. But whenever he gets the chance he falls over or he takes dumb O-Zone penalties. Darn)

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          My avatar is my tribute to Max, It stays there until he’s back on the ice at the very least. Pacioretty’s scoring and explosive stride was just the shot in the arm the Habs needed when they were in a lul, the NE title might have been theirs if not for Chara’s brutality.

          You need power forwards to compete for the big prize in this league, DET has Franzen for pure PF talent and Holmstrom as one of the best screening forwards in the game. CHI had guys like Byfuglien and Ladd. PHI has Hartnell and so on.

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

      • patience is a virtue says:

        I think you may be underestimating AK. Him, and his little brother, are maturing into gifted 20+ goal scorers. AK has all the other attributes of a power forward, and his physical play proves it. He almost became the hero last night, but Thomas made a brilliant kick save.

        Not to say that more of the kind aren’t in order. But big, skilled wingers with hands who can skate at the NHL level are amongst the rarest finds, as you, our prospect watcher, know better than most of us.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          I know PFs are rare, but the drive to get them must be maintained. I like what AK is showing right now, but he doesn’t really have the scoring gift IMO, he can knock in goals here and there and his wrist shot is incredibly powerful but he does not have that natural nose for the net. AK has the physical talents of a power forward I find, but not the mentality, he tends to float between being a power winger and a sniper because he doesn’t think like Patches does.

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

          • patience is a virtue says:

            I like that summary – somewhere between a power winger and a sniper. I think that sums up AK well.

      • el heffe says:

        Wrong. We have outscored Boston in the series. Finishing has nothing to do with horse-shoe goaltending. Thomas flopped his way to victory plain and simple. The playoffs are not about fifty goal scores just ask little stevie stamkos about that then go watch Detroit win another cup with Zetterberg out and Bertuzzi, a 16 goal scorer, winning key games and Cleary and Holmstrom and Eaves and so on…the Habs can win with in the words of Guy Boucher “not momentum but desperation”

        nobody knows the pain of being a Habs fan in a world of Habs fans…

    • J_P says:

      I dont share your view because we had already given them the game. Asking for this edition of the canadiens, who seriously lack scoring, to come back from down 3-0 is a tall order. Did we really think we were going to sweep the bruins? They won one, big deal. The habs dominated the second half of last nights game. The bruins can’t be encouraged by that win.

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        I don’t doubt the Habs can win this series, but beating Thomas with a PF on your side is a lot easier. Pacioretty or someone of his type would bull his way through more consisently and pick up those fat rebounds and knock in some goals. My opinion is just that until the Habs get Back Pacioretty and put another PF or a big, high-talent forward on the roster, they will always struggle to get more than 3 goals in a game, or even 3.

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

    • Bill says:

      The Bruins weren’t awful in the third, they were overwhelmed by the Habs’ speed and desperation. Honestly, this was a game of bounces. Score could have been 5-1 Habs easily. Even with the two bad-luck goals, the Habs were inches from tying it in the third. Don’t read too much into it.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • el heffe says:

      Price has been known to make a save or two as well. Only one has a shutout and it aint Thomas

  18. punkster says:

    We’ll be fine.
    * One bad period where their heads were up their dark and smelly nether regions, one fluke goal from Boston and one major league goof by Price. Meh. Stuff happens.
    * May have seen the last of Pouliot for the season unless as an injury replacement. Not ready to bail on him completely. I made that mistake with AK who these days is becoming one of my fav players. Big, tough, great hands and solid on his skates. Which of those 4 does not apply to Pouliot just yet. Give him time.
    * Impressive push back from the Habs as the game went on. A few adjustments on how to break through that Bruins trap and we should be OK.
    * TimTom is vulnerable. His D manages to get in his way as often as they get in the way of Habs forwards. This will hurt the Bruins more than anything.
    * Hurley’s was rockin’ last night. Wild animals, clowns and amazing displays of prestidigitation. Good crowd.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  19. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Well deserved loss last night. Boston did to us what we did to them the first 2 games, 3 mistakes – 3 goals. What’s puzzling to me is why it took us 2 periods to get going. Our power play sucks, not even a decent shot on net. They need to work on the pp & come out with urgency Thursday night as it will be a must win for the Habs.

    “Hate the Bruins like a sickness”

    • patience is a virtue says:

      Ya, the SPPPP (suddenly piss poor power play) hasn’t been getting the flack it deserves in the playoffs. But I bet JM will focus on it in practice tomorrow.

  20. Bugs says:

    For the record? I LOVE Jack Edwards.
    Brings Drama to particular relationship existing between clubs.
    From my point of view, this city has always thrived on Drama, and we should rejoice we’re gettin so many hefty spoonfuls of it with this guy.
    Never say no to a homer goin overboard, I say. Neh. Vah.
    Say what you want about RDS’s homership but they don’t got NOBODY comes close to a maniac like that and I say more’s the pity.
    Because if you’re gonna be a homer, you know what? Go the Distance. Like that cat does.
    I love the guy. Heck, I love anything crazy. So yes, to answer your next question, I AM kinda sad Busey got fired.

    Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

    • bwoar says:

      Being from Winnipeg I find stabbings, robbery and casual assault more palatable than drama and homerism. And none of that stuff is very welcome during a hockey broadcast.

      Busey, well, 15 years ago. Sheen? Don’t even get me started. Sometimes crazy is “clownshoes monkey-fighting stupid” if you catch my meaning.

  21. habsindepth says:

    Montreal’s efforts in the final period were truly commendable. Unfortunately, you can’t win a game by playing one period only, and that’s what went wrong last night. Perhaps a bit of over-confidence, excitement, nervousness, all combined in the first period and Habs had the home-game jitters. Once they settled down, they played well.

    All in all, it should make for another exciting game on Thursday. I’m confident that Habs will bounce back. Pouliot didn’t see any icetime after the penalty and that’s a sign that he will be dropped, especially if Halpern comes back. Considering Habs struggled a in the faceoff circle last night, winning only 45% of them, it would be nice to see Halpern back.

    Habs powerplay woes were there in the first two games, but the end result over-shadowed those issues. Game 3 made it very apparent that we have a problem with the Powerplay. We have been great in short-handed situations, no goals allowed yet to Boston, but with a 8.3% success rate, we need to capitalize on these mistakes. Penalties to Chara and Recchi were prime examples of where the Habs could have turned the game around had they scored on the powerplay.

    Conclusion: game four will be exciting. Montreal can’t afford to lose it and negate that home-ice advantage they got after winning the first two while the Bruins can’t afford to lose it and dig an even bigger hole. If the Habs stick to playing safe, sound hockey, they should prevail.

    game recap on HiD:
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  22. rocketsglare says:

    Habs must now refocus for Game 4 and commit themselves to playing like they did in Boston. Game 4 will go a long way to deciding this series. I bet the boys will perform better this coming Thursday.

  23. JF says:

    An elite team like the Red Wings would have known how to put their foot down and give their opponent no momentum. Our team is not there yet. Even though the guys talked about remaining focused, not relaxing, not losing the momentum, etc., they couldn’t do it. Hopefully the loss will give them the necessary desperation to go out and win the next game. But they make a habit of putting their fans through an emotional wringer, so I wouldn’t bet on it…. Three years ago, we led the Bruins 3-1 in a series, but still needed Game 7 to close it out. I’m praying that won’t be the case this year. We need to win on Thursday and then finish it off in Boston on Saturday. Right now the Bruins have some life; let’s choke it out of them.

    • patience is a virtue says:

      I think this point about being too use to being underdogs is a good one. Arpon Basu made it as well. From this perspective last night was a good learning experience. It’s a positive sign for the future that this edition of the Habs is figuring out how to shift gears from underdogs to achievers. And wow, did they ever turn it on once they got their heads back into it! I still feel good about Habs in 6.

      Next up on the mentality ladder: contenders. Probably not this year, but you never know. It would be a very good sign if they picked up where they left off and owned the Bs on Thursday.

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    NHL will be on Versus/NBC for the next 10 years in a new deal worth 2 billion dollars total to the NHL or in figures the NHL accountants can understand, just about what the NHL lost out on revenue in the last 15 years by burying franchises in money-losing locations…

    So unfortunately for many young players and coachs, they have no escape from Pierre Mcguire from quite some time, unless some owner has such a raging alcohol and cocaine problem they give him a GM spot.

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

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Double, I AM that talented.

  26. Dodger says:

    JUst a question about commentators. I suspect a good many on here listen to a variety of sports on a variety of networks. A number of commentators are former players or coaches. My question is this: can anyone think of a network commentator (other than the HNIC clown) consistently (or ever) refer to specific teams as “we” when commenting on a particular game? I realize its beating a dead horse but , God, its frustrating to listen to the idiot and know WE are paying his salary.

  27. TINMAN17 says:

    I find it extremely comical/ironic that my fellow Bostonians get all worked up about french Canadians, in particular Montrealers. They also are very quick to point out that the French, as in France, owe us a debt of gratitude for WWI and WWII. This always makes me laugh out loud. First off, Bostonians tell you they hate Montreal, but are the first to tell you what an awesome time they have when they visit there. That makes sense? They also say it about New York. As for the French, as in France, because Americans make no distinction between Quebec and France, when reminded that there would be no America without the French and their money and that we turned our back on them when they fought the British, the response I am most often given: Go F*** Myself. Truth sucks sometimes, I guess.

    Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

    • ZepFan2 says:

      Some of those cretins should be reminded of the French resistance.

      As for owing a debt of gratitude, I’ll leave it to Eisenhower to answer that one.

      “Throughout France the Resistance had been of inestimable value in the campaign. Without their great assistance the liberation of France would have consumed a much longer time and meant greater losses to ourselves.”

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

      • TINMAN17 says:

        Excellent point, I might add it didn’t hurt that German resources had to be shifted to fight the Russians. So a friendly thanks to them as well.

        Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

    • secretdragonfly says:

      Unfortunately, bigots tend not to let the facts get in the way of a good hate-on. You’re wasting your breath, save it for cheering on the boys.

      • TINMAN17 says:

        For sure, man, Go Habs Go! For the record, my wife is from Buffalo and we went to a game a couple years ago at the Bell. Ryder beat Miller in the dying seconds of the third. It was my one and only visit to Montreal. I had a great time and everyone was friendly as hell. It was cold as a bastard though. Been to Quebec City also, didn’t get as warm a reception, but loved it none-the-less.

        Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

        • secretdragonfly says:

          You absolutely have to visit in the summer, there are tons of festivals and lots going on. We miss it a lot but go back for a few games whenever we get the chance.

          • TINMAN17 says:

            I’ll be sure to let the wife know, she and my daughter call the shots. Unfortunately, I think we are headed to Buffalo and Niagara Falls this year and possibly Maine. Florida the last two years, none have been my pick, so I’m thinking Montreal will be my choice…if I ever get one. BTW, I know every major city has homeless people, but damn the ones I saw in Montreal in January are troopers, I thought my ears were going to fall off and we stayed across the street and around the corner from the Bell. The wife and I couldn’t help but hand out a few bucks and offers of coffee.

            Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

  28. Mike says:

    Comment from

    Comment from

    “Yeah, uh, no. The Habs had so many soft calls given to them last night, anyone who says that was in Boston’s favor is definitely a blind Habs fan. Also, I know you’re too much of a sheep to notice, but Pouliot’s intent to injure Boychuk was 10 times that of Chara’s on Pacioretty (which, I will remind you, was zero). Also, I fully admit that Boston played incredibly poor the first two games, but if Thomas would’ve been 100% thus far, you guys only would’ve had 1 goal, maybe 2.”

    • TINMAN17 says:

      NESN is a hack operation, has been since it first came on the airwaves. I read an article in the Boston Globe a few years ago that basically made the point that it was trying to be the YES network and that it was held in much better favor when it was more of a mom and pop operation.

      Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

    • DarthWade says:

      Ten times that of Chara on Pacioretty??? Are you kidding me? Talk about delusional.

  29. For all those who are about to or already panicking, no need at all Habs play game 4 in their building Bruins showed good effort in game 3 and won. That’s all Habs just gotta show real playoff hockey.
    for Pouliot i say scratch…Jeff Halpern needed on face-off circle big time. if not get Weber in please JM.

    Habsnation is still standing.

  30. otter649 says:

    The Pouilot hit was payback for a hit that Boychuk got Pouilot earlier in the regular season flatting him & knocking his helmet off but wished his payback could have waited for a more suitable time……..

  31. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Y’know, I don’t buy that the team was flat or unprepared in the first period… I think the team let the occasion get the better of them, and couldn’t stay organized.

    Not for lack of will or want, they were just TOO pumped… wasn’t in the Bell Center, but I walked past it on my way to the ‘other” Bell Center (Hurleys) and the energy around there was pretty intense and I imagine amplified by 10 inside.

    There’s no greater pressure than an expectant home crowd, and it’s just a shame that they dug themselves a hole after 30 minutes… the remaining 30 were all Habs.

    So I consider last night a blip and it’ll be back to business Thursday having got the monkey off their back.

    As for the relentless finger pointing and blame seeking of Price mishandling that pass – whatever…

    No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

  32. DarthWade says:

    I just watched that Jack Edwards clip and if that’s what Boston has for a play by play guy, no wonder people there get so worked up about us. You listen to him and you’d think we were the center of evil in the universe. I’m surprised he doesn’t lay in any “Frenchman” comments.

    I’m bummed about the loss last night but I’d love to know why teams do this. You get a two game lead and you know damn well it takes four games to win the series. You’d think they would think that the Bruins would be playing desperate hockey so they should work even harder to win the game.

    I’m not giving up but man it bugs me when teams do this. Why make your life so difficult for no reason?

  33. JD_ says:

    * The thing about last night was I wasn’t particularly unhappy with the way the Habs lost. It wasn’t one of those bewilderin’ games where everybody and their grandmother has a thesis on what went down and why, and no two of these viewpoints is remotely the same. The Habs waited until they were in the hole before dictatin’ terms and, to a lesser extent, Price paid the price he was ultimately gonna pay for another high-risk play.

    * Talked about this last season: Price wants to own the league and he knows that in order to achieve otherworldly status, he has to have Brodeurian puck-handlin’ capabilities. At this stage of his career, he’s already well ahead of where Martin F was. There is, however, a certain arrogance that goes with it – and I only like arrogant goaltenders – somethin’ which bites these guys on the hindquarters from time to time.

    * Also noteworthy was the reality that Tom Timmins continues to live through extended periods of subpar goaltendin’ unbecomin’ a regular season Vezina Trophy winner.

    * The key is there was nothin’ last night that suggested, at least to me, that the Broonz have regained the upper hand in the series. The only noteworthy thing was, in contrast, just how much their back-end hinges on havin’ Z in the mix. Effin’ night and day.

    * I can live with guys scrooin’ up plays cause it not only happens all the time, it is also a function of often implicatin’ oneself in the play. What I can’t abide is someone floatin’ and, even worse, shunnin’ the backcheck. I’m not namin’ names cause I don’t wanna go there.

    * A round of applause for the Hawks’ Captain Serious who has decided to scr00 the banal politesse of not trash-talkin’ the opposition durin’ a playoff series, notin’ the Canucks are “a beatable team”, that they are bein’ given too much credit, and the Hawks are “not exposing them for what they really are”. Toews arguably might have gone a hair overboard when he called the Sedin twins “a couple of really creepy circus freaks”.

    * This just in: Commentin’ on last night’s booin’ at the Bell Centre, PeeWee Herman and Dion Phaneuf love-child, Baghdad Brad Marchand, noted that the fans weren’t booin’ the Broonz but, rather, were voicin’ their collective displeasure at not havin’ been invited to Willsy & Kate’s upcomin’ nuptials, further addin’ that anyone not booin’ had probably already RSVPed.

    • shiram says:

      Great summary.
      Yes the Habs looked weak during the first 30, but they came back strong.
      Price, he is still young, and for his age has a ton of experience. The whole team seemed a bit on edge at that point and it reflected in his play.
      Tim Thomas, is a wonder to see goal. It’s a wonder this guy has had such great number this season, and that he is not injured more. That said, keep pepering him, go five hole… he can be beat.

  34. Habitoban says:

    Just saw the replay of the Pouliot incident. Not sure there was much intent there. Kinda looked like he turned his back to avoid the hit and hit the boards full bosy except for some incidental arm contact. Maybe other angles show it differently. As to the fight declared by Boone a “loss”, sorry that’s a clear “draw.” Nevertheless, he has clearly lost the confidence of the coaches, so Benny sits.

  35. Hobie Hansen says:

    I saw a coupe of you guys commenting on Jack Edwards down below. Thank you for putting a name to that completely idiotic voice!
    Jack Edwards and NESN are completely nuts! From his down right stupid commentary of Boston’s games, to the NESN radio show and their outrageous headlines on, they’ve got many fans in Boston believing that’s the way hockey players and coaches think?
    Edwards and NESN are the main reason Boston fans come up with the notion that French Canadiens are wussies and the Habs are a bunch of divers. The headlines and topics on are complete lies and provocations in an attempt to get rateings.
    Its fine to be a homer to a certain extent but this guy isn’t only a homer – he thinks the NHL is the WWE on ice.
    How any hockey player could possibly keep a straight face while being interviewed by this loser is beyond me?
    I can’t believe the NHL, Cam Neely or some ex-NHLer wouldn’t hear this moron and do something about it?
    I haven’t listened to any of his garbage in a while but last clip I head of Edwards was him calling an Ottawa Senator a cement head for fighting with Nathan Horton, after Horton started the fight.

    NESN and JACK EDWARDS are an embarrassment to hockey!!!

  36. Athlétique.Canadien says:

    Anyone happen to catch Don Cherry in Coaches Corner regarding Torres’ hit on Seabrook? Cherry said something to the point of, “There’s Seabrook knocked out. At least he’s not a twit who needs a stretcher”?

    I wish there was a way to get at Cherry. That’s so offside. He’s disgusting

    • adam76 says:

      I have not watched Cherry all season. Soon as I hear that music, its flip city!

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Unfortunately the game has passed Cherry by at this point…

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        What do you mean “at this point”? His career as a coach consists of 4 years with the B’s getting completely owned by Scotty Bowman every post-season, and a year in Colorado where he was fired in disgrace for the goon show he put on.

        That’s it.

        He was never any good.

    • derfab says:

      My understanding of the commentary has Cherry criticizing the Torres hit and the league while complimenting Seabrook for his courage. He also made a comment to his lame sidekick regarding the lose-lose relationship between their recent discussion of these hits and their worn out welcome in a number of cities. Cherry isn’t as dumb as some would like him to be.

  37. Ian Cobb says:

    Price has come close to giving up a goal by clearing the puck many times, he is the best tender in the league doing so. He just got a little to complacent.

    Just another one of his learning curves, he will be better in the future because of getting caught last night.

    Just heard that Dawes might be in for chicken legs on the 4th line.

    • CHsam says:

      Dawes….That could be an improvement over chicken legs. The guy needs to learn how to play with his talent, and not skate around getting knocked off like a rag doll. I wouldnt give him a summer off at all, just pure heavy lefting and power skating.

  38. Mike says:

    Hallmark’s working on a card.

    Sorry I broke your neck,
    I feel really bad.
    Sorry I broke your foot,
    It makes me very sad.
    But stand in front me,
    And you may lose an eye.
    So get the **** out of the way
    Or prepare to die.

    Love, Zdeno

    Read more:

    • Bugs says:

      Shoulda been “Or be prepared to f*ggin die” to keep the metre and go out with a bang but other than that, pretty dang good, ask me.
      I’d buy it.

      Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

    • HFX-HabFan says:

      A complete embarassment to sports broadcasting.

    • TINMAN17 says:

      Before I check it out is it for real? I mean con rather than pro. If it’s pro-Edwards, I’ll pass.

      Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

    • q.u.e.n.t.i.n.s.t.u.c.k.l.e.y says:

      i have the center ice package, and the only broadcast of the habs available for this game was the NESN one. i tried to mute Edwards mouth and listen to rick moffitt do the play by play but the delay was like three minutes, so that sucked. but, i couldn’t bring myself to watch through the bruin filter.
      i can’t say enough about how i dislike Edwards and his cohort. banal. biased. and i can’t figure out where it stems from, or why he takes it there.

      • durant015 says:

        I agree. I was in the same boat last night. The guy is rediculous, and definitely crosses the line. Redicule of mockery in the NHL? The Canadiens have the most tradition and best fan base. Eat it Jack Edwards!

  39. Tony McLean says:

    The ghost of Denis Herron was in the house. Price sank the ship. Why give him a pass? Call it like is is. Pouliot didn’t let in two stinkers.

    “If I wake up in the morning in a bed with white sheets I think I’m in the hospital.” John Ferguson in Tex-Made Sheets commercial, 1960’s

    • Willy says:

      I’ll say that Price made why really bad play that led to the 3rd goal but to put the blame on him for the loss? You need to go watch that game again to see how he kept them in it during an awful first period. Or maybe anything less than a shutout means he didn’t play well in your eyes. Doof.

    • Malreg says:

      Why give him a pass? Because without him, we wouldn’t have even made the playoffs? I think that allows for being forgiven for causing a goal.

    • LL says:

      Tony, Price did sink the ship, the last-year’s-goalie-crap ship.

      I must’ve missed all those great comments you posted when Price won us all those games this season. I should pay more attention. my bad.

    • J_P says:

      Price didnt sink the ship. Sure, he let in a couple of softies, but it would be nice for the boys to score more than 2 goals for a change. It would be nice for them to come from behind and win one for him, because he has won so many games for us this year.

      Did he cost us the game? Maybe it looks that way, but if the habs didnt wait until the third to play some hockey, maybe we could have salvaged the win.

    • Habfan29 says:

      boy are you out to lunch……B’s troll or halak worshipper. I remember the goal the Heron caused I believe it was against Minnesota, but Price is 1000 times the goalie of Herron…

  40. Ian Cobb says:

    No sense in wrapping this series up quickly. We would then have to sit around getting stale for a week waiting for other series to finish.

    We gave Boston all the help in the world, in the first period as we played at half speed and yawning disinterested on the bench.

    Even Price helped them out, giving them two goals so we could practice our come from behind game for future series.

    Above all, they helped out their new owner Geoff Molson with another home gate fund. So we could have the money to keep all our new players next year.

    Yes indeed, it was a first class show for so many different causes.

    • I_SAY_FIGHT says:

      I would like that however strategically it is flawed. Last year that strategy ended our run in the third round. There are only so many games you can play “on the edge.” Players get worn out and mistakes happen more frequently. The quicker they do thing the better the results they will have. I’m sure Mr. Molson would prefer to drink his delicious brew from the cup than a couple extra million in the bank.

  41. avatar_58 says:

    Anyone else see the segment where Mackenzie mentioned the Pronger headshot was in the NHL discipline video – stating it was OK to hit like that so long as it’s not from the blindside/behind?

    I can’t believe it. Basically what Torres did was ok by their rules. What in the HELL is wrong with this league?

  42. Bugs says:

    Dawes in for Poolio.

    Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

    • Habfan29 says:

      yes I agree, Pouliot should not play another shift for the Habs he is done. Also Mara or Weber in for Spacek, he was brutal last night. When is Jacques going to learn not to play Hamrlik and spacek together.

      In another vien can anyone beleive the BS that comes out of Jack Edwards mouth, he has go to be the most ridicoulous announcer in the game. If I had my choice Mike Emrick should be calling all the games. Thank God I don’t have to listen to Edwards what a twit he is refelctive of the typical neandrathal fan…

      • Bugs says:

        I’m not proposin it; I just heard it go down on team990.
        Did I mishear?

        Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

        • avatar_58 says:

          I saw go for it. Or Dawes in for Moen – who frustrated me all last night. He didn’t even sake, let alone keep his damn head on a swivle to see the puck.

          Watching Eller pass to a guy who slowly skated off to the bench was irritating. I guess that’s the difference between youth and overpaid vets – one will stay out until he’s purple and the other just dumps it in and gets off.

          • st smart says:

            While your at it, we need some “sand” in the defensive corp. Time to suit up Mara and let him clear it out in front of Price.

        • shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

          Dawes for Pouliot.. in a heartbeat…Benny must take a seat, that boy just doesn’t have it..!

      • TINMAN17 says:

        Habsfan29, dead on, man. Pouliot – goodbye. Jack Edwards, worst in sports, even worse than Tim McCarver and John Madden. Emrick is excellent, but for my money it’s Gary Thorne. I grew up listening to Fred Cusick, believe me everyone in New England would love to hear someone half as good. My family are B’s fans and can’t stand Edwards. We like to joke that he is coked up and watching a different game than everyone else.

        HABS IN 5!
        Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

      • Habfan4lfe says:

        Spacek is useless, he always was useless. I was happy when he was injured and not playing. Now we must suffer his brain dead decisions on the ice. First goal, he is out of position. Oh what else is new. Hey, I’ll just stand by the far post covering nobody and watch the puck go in the net.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      I agree Mr. Bugs!

    • TINMAN17 says:

      For real? Is that reliable, though? At the very least maybe Benny could have some time to figure things out.

      Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

    • q.u.e.n.t.i.n.s.t.u.c.k.l.e.y says:

      i have no problem with this decision.

  43. otisfxu says:

    Come on guys, we are where we want to be, and not where many thought we might be. Did anyone really think these Habs were going to sweep the Bruins??

    Give your heads a shake. A strong game Thursday, we be laugh’n!!

    • Willy says:

      Been saying the same thing. It’s 1 loss, not the end of the series. If the Habs come out and play like they did during the last half of the game then they have nothing to be worried about.

  44. anyone else a little concerned that Subban was trying WAY too hard to get in the TSN Highlight of the Night? He aimed and missed a few devastating shots that looked rather premeditated… That worries me.

    • joeybarrie says:

      I don’t think PK has anything in his mind remotely close to getting in to some highlight reel. That’s how he plays. It isn’t any different than before.

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

      • I’ve never seen him go viscous like that. And I have watched every single game this season. I defend him as a clean player, but some of those attempts looks pretty brutal.

        But hey, that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.

    • Bugs says:

      Same can be said for Poolio.
      Kid’s stuck in a vicious circle. Feelin the heat, over-tries to please, in doing so, counter-produces, feels more heat, over-tries more, compounds stupidity. And onward and so forth.
      He scored what, 14 goals in 19 games or something on arrival? How did that happen? Those goals were PURE. Remember that back deflection with the flamingo leg? They were skill goals, all of’em. What happened to that guy?
      Why is Kirk Muller not getting him back into that mental zone?
      Last year, ok. Two years in a row, same song and dance, not ok.
      Losing patience. Reluctant to defend him as vigorously anymore.

      Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

      • Mad Habber says:

        You just know if he leaves town what will happen..He’ll pot 25-30 and everybody on here that has problems with him will be crying about how dumb Gathieur and Gainey are for letting him walk. Oh and we gave up Latendress for him too..

    • Fansincebirth says:

      The only thing that concerned me about him from the first two games was he was back on his ‘take the puck deep into their end’ style of play. He didn’t do this in the first two games and to me, a lot of guys were trying to score with a one-man effort.

      Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  45. Bugs says:

    Don’t mean to be a stickler but I’ve been goin over the comments, which are excellent as always, don’t get me wrong, and it seems to me that Koh-STEE-syn (like the girl on TSN says) ain’t gettin the amount of love he deserves on here. Yeah, that’s right, “ON here”.
    It’s like the Chinaman done gone axidentally dumped the whole coal bag inta the locomotive’s boilah.
    Cuz he’s goin full steam ahead, baby!

    Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

  46. shiram says:

    So they lost, there’s still hockey to be played!
    I noticed that both Habs goal we’re scored in Thomas’s Five hole, and it seems it is one of his weakness, hopefully it keeps being targetted.
    Pouliot, well he had good intention, but that’s not something to please JM, and he should have known.

  47. zak says:

    Sit Benny and put Webber in the line up

  48. longtimehabsfan says:

    Anyone taking moral victory from last night’s game is missing the point. Last night’s game was a series changer, in my opinion. The Bruins got into the Habs’ heads, early. The Habs lost their discipline and were scrambling to get back in the game for the last 40 minutes. Only because Thomas allowed two bad angle goals through his 5 hold did this become a game. And the Habs rarely were able to penetrate the slot in the last 12 minutes of the game.

    Spacek played like a rookie in the first period. Plekanec couldn’t hit the tape with a pass all night. Price continues to be allowed by the coaching staff to handle the puck in a way that should be putting JM into near cardiac arrest. You knew it would eventually lead to a bad goal or you having been paying attention.

    In sum, the Bruins have seized the momentum and the Habs have to get it back. Game 4 needs to be played as if it is Game 7.

    “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

    • RGM says:

      I disagree. The Habs were all over the Bruins once they got back to playing smart Habs hockey – sure you can argue that the B’s did to the Habs what the Habs did in Boston, but for 36 minutes the Canadiens were clearly the better team. It is only due to a couple bad breaks (anybody but Gomez on that crease play puts it in the net instead of right into Thomas) and Thomas playing his best hockey of the series that the game didn’t get tied and sent to OT, where we all know anything can happen.

      Had the Bruins continued to attempt to apply pressure and make a true statement I’d be more inclined to agree with you. They made it out of last night by the skin of their teeth. That said, Game 4 becomes much more interesting now.

      Carey Price is All Hart!
      Go Habs Go!
      Support my playoff beard:

    • joeybarrie says:

      If anything the game changed as soon as we scored. If Thomas didn’t play excellent we would have won. The only thing in their minds will be that even if they score first, they can still lose, cause they cannot protect a lead. 3-0 and they still almost threw it away.
      We split the decision in Montreal and the series is ours. We just have to play like we did in the second part of the game.
      By the way, I feel like they also know how lucky they were to get those two goals and really the score should have been different. But that’s how it goes, we didn’t deserve any better. I am happy we competed, and almost came back. Hopefully we learned not to relax, and will come out blazing next game.

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

    • Caballero says:

      I wouldn’t say that Boston is in their heads, but game 3 should have been played like game 7. The way we started that game makes me worried. We had a power play so early on in the game, and we should have scored right there. Instead we missed an opportunity to deliver a devastating blow which caused a shift in momentum. This is what I am worried about. The team could have pretty much ended it last night, and instead they came out soft. Even though they were able to recover, the momentum has shifted.

  49. Habitoban says:

    Just don’t know what’s up with Benny. Didn’t catch the game last nigh so I’m looking for guidance here. To be charitable, is it possible that Benny’s penalty and fight were an attempt to wake up a somnambulant team, which is a time-honoured NHL tradition? Pouliot’s game has been deteriorating of late. People focus on his lack of goal production but that is not that useful a barometer, given his 4th line duties and limited minutes. What disturbs me is that he is playing with zero confidence and is tentative in all aspects of the game. He doesn’t want to carry the puck anymore and seems happy to make a quick pass and to be the first one of his trio off the ice His hits are down as well, no doubt from fear of JM retribution for taking a penalty. Yes he takes “dumb” penalties, but jeeze there are always those kind of penalties from repeat offenders (e.g., Subban, Hamrlik) but they are never characterized as “dumb.” Having said all that, I agree that Benny should sit for a bit, and I hope the coaching staff tries to get to the bottom of the problem.. that is their job afterall.

  50. Mattyleg says:

    Why can’t people spell ‘lose’??

    ‘Loose’ is the opposite of ‘tight’!! (which is how we played in the 1st, mind you…)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  51. HabFanSince72 says:

    According to Boudrean, the Rangers are targeting Mike Green’s head. (Green just returned from a long absence due to concussion.)

    Check out this headshot by Marc Staal:

    The Rangers are just doing what the NHL says is acceptable. Target the head. Injury the other team’s best players.

  52. Mattyleg says:

    HI/O!! Please do something to get rid of the spam ads!
    It’s probably something to do with that idiotic ‘Gravatar’ thing.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I don’t understand it. Don’t they have to log in to post? If not, Akismet should take care of the Spam. I have Akismet enabled on my wordpress site, and it works fine. I use gravatar too btw.

  53. sane hockey fan says:

    I think Montreal is a hot bed for bi-polar disorder

    #notintendedtobeafactualstatement (b/c bi-polar disorder is a serious condition)

    • longtimehabsfan says:

      Bi-polar disorder; schizophrenia; paranoia; attention deficit order; delusional hockey fan syndrome, you name it….

      “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

  54. durant015 says:

    A little side note to last night’s game. I’m a diehard Canadiens fan living in the US, and with versus showing the Sabres game, I was forced to watch the game online with the Boston Bruins telecast…JACK EDWARDS is an idiot. It’s one thing to be biased because you’re commentating on a certain teams channel, but he was rediculous at times. He called Pouliot the biggest waste of talent in the NHL(which may be true but regardless it shouldnt be said on TV), and at one point in the third period he literally yelled “GET UP” when Hamrlik was down and then he said that the Habs were trying to get cheap calls from the referees. I hate Boston, and lately its not been the players that have been increasing my hate, but Jack Edwards. I will NEVER listen to that idiot again.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Wow, that sounds maddening.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • longtimehabsfan says:

      I agree. I had to listen to that idiot as well and I can see why Boston fans have the opinion of the Habs as “divers”. If you pay someone to say that over and over again on a broadcast it will sink in.

      “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

    • Rainrocket16 says:

      Next time you have to watch it online go here. I am in Cali, so have to improvise. Plus my wonderful fellow Habs fans on here gave me this link way back,,,Enjoy

    • Mark C says:

      I hear ya, I live in the greater Boston area which means Center Ice gets blacked out have I have to watch NESN. Edwards is a joke, he’s a cross between a WWF announcer (whatever they call it these days) and Baghdad Bob or Joseph Goebbels. It’s Gonzo announcing gone bad. Edwards acts over the top to interject himself into the event (WWF announcer), with acts like yelling at Hammer, he’s a cocky kid and someday he’s gonna get his head ripped off (about Max-Pac) etc. Then he spreads his anti-Montreal message, which is pretty much propaganda, as a lot of Bruin fans buy into this message, if Jack says it’s a dive it must be.

      I understand that there will always be some level of homerisum, but he calls the games almost 100% one-sided. He’ll almost never say a Bruins’ player dives or embellishes, hits from behind, or does anything dirty. When Brad Marchard got a two game suspension for a head hit this year, Edwards thought the hit was fine during the game. Yet, when Pouliot tries to hit one of the Bruins’ he gets diatribe throw his way. I know we’re all down on Benny, and rightfully so given his recent play, but to call him one of the biggest wastes of talent in NHL history is beyond hyperbole and really is just an outright lie. This fits in nicely with most of what Edwards has to say.

      • TINMAN17 says:

        Right on, I grew up and still live around Boston. All my friends and family know he’s an idiot. The only ones who like him are the same ones who think Patches was the one at fault for jumping into stanchion!? At least Brickley corrects him from time to time and I have never watched a Bruins game where they didn’t embellish also. Although, to Edwards that is a smart move as long as it’s a Bruin.

        Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

        • Mark C says:

          You are right, you can pretty much tell if a Bruins’ fan is worth talking to depending on if they like him or not. Don’t tell him that Ference (?) didn’t embellish AK46’s slash to his shin by falling down.

          • TINMAN17 says:

            No doubt. Flopping or selling it is a part of every sport and every team does it. Football – Holding, interference, hits on the QB. Basketball – falling back to get the charge. Baseball – pitch barely gets the shirt or nearly hits the hand but gets the bat and batter acts as if he’s been shot. The Bruins announcers (Derek Sanderson/Jack Edwards have been using it as an excuse for losing for as long as I can remember.

            Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

  55. habs365 says:

    How soon some people give blame–Blaming carey price for the loss last night–why don’t they blame the whole team for the loss in the first period–come out dopey and that’s what happens–and if they come out dopey wednesday night–the series will be tied–if they think Boston is gonna go away–they’re in for a rude awakening..quit blaming carey price–we wouldn’t be playing right now if we didn’t have him.

    • habsguy says:

      sure the team sucked big time in the 1st, sure Carey is the reason we are where we are, BUT Carey would be the 1st one to admitt he was off his game in the 1st, just like the rest of the team……CAREY PRICE MVP!!!!!!!!

    • shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

      All in all the Habs played decent for most of the game, unfortunately it was too little too late. If it wasn’t for Price it could have been 4-0 after the first,so the Price bashers can take a seat. In no way can the loss be hung on him. The Bruins played a desperate game and were the better team, it’s that simple. Thomas, as bad as he was on the Plekanec goal, came up with some timely saves when he was called on. AK turned Chara inside out on his goal, what a move, a beauty! Pouliot….he’s so frustrating to watch, always off balance, like a giraffe on skates, and still taking stund penalties at key points in the game. If Halpern is ready, get him in there and take wobbling Benny out ! I like the way they came back and made a game of it, but, they will have to be better Thursday.

  56. joshua94k says:

    Last night proved one thing. The Boston Bruins don’t have much of a chance against the Canadiens this series. In the second period down 3-0, the Canadiens had a too many men on the ice penalty called against them. In the past that would be game over for Montreal. They would not be able to pnetrate the trap system by the opposing team and would end up losing 3-0.

    But the Canadiens were resilient. They did not give up. They outskated, out worked and out hit Boston. They scored before the period was over and turned the tide in their favour.

    In the 3rd period, Boston could not skate with Montreal. Bruins goalie Thomas had to make one big save after another. The Canadiens out shot them 15-5 and scored another to make it 3-2. The Bruins clutched, grabbed, cross-checked, tripped Montreal and the referees put their whistles in their pockets. There were no penalties called in the third period until 6 seconds left in the game. If the situation were reverse, would Boston get any powerplays ? Kostitsyn was given a slashing penalty in the 3rd period but the times Cammalleri was tripped and uphended in front of the net were missed by the referees. Wisniewski was slashed in the face and no call. The Bruins insigated the fight with Pouliot and no call.

    The Bruins should not be happy with this win. They got two lucky goals on bad positional play by Carey Price. However, Price shut the door after the three minute mark in the 2nd period. He made some exeptional saves to allow Montreal to almost make an unbelievable come back.

    The Canadiens know they can beat Boston. The veterans on the team will ensure that Montreal stays level headed and continue to out work Boston. That will be the difference.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

    • prt22 says:

      Carey was off on the Peverly goal at the begging of the second… The other two were the result of lazy defense and weak coverage. Watching Spacek last night was just plain painful!

    • longtimehabsfan says:

      I disagree. Last night showed the Bruins can skate with the Habs and that’s not a good sign for the Habs. It gives the Bruins confidence. I don’t like what I saw.

      “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

      • athanor says:

        Bruins can skate with the Habs when the Habs don’t skate. Not until the second half of the game did they actually start to skate the way they can

  57. LL says:

    $1.439 is what I paid for gas this morning. Now that’s a problem, but our team losing one game…minor glitch on the way to victory.

  58. HabsFanInTampa says:

    What is wrong with Pouliot? He looks weak on the ice or unmotivated. It seems like he’s always about to lose his balance and fall. To his credit, I like the hit he gave to the Broon on the boards. Too bad we got a penalty for it, though.

    • swannyboy says:

      Pouliot is in martin’s doghouse everytime he makes a mistake,I think he should be playing on a higher line,he has speed and skill,but what do you expect when martin has him on the 3rd,4th lines all the time.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Yep, Martin sure doesn’t know what he’s doing. He proved that in Boston.

        Wake up.

        Pouliot isn’t playing on the top lines because he doesn’t deserve to be there. He has shown no consistency, keeps taking stupid penalties, and can’t stay on his goddamn feet!

        It gets exhausting, stating the obvious…

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  59. Ton says:

    Interesting read. With the canadiens wanting to wait until year end to sign defensemen it should be an interesting summer. I think there is concern about Markov>signing him long term at the expense of loosing other players> wiz, hammer, etc!

    • adam76 says:

      I’ll take heat for this – but Markov is too old and prone to re-injure. He should not be resigned.

      • Ton says:

        i am going to agree with you, i wasn’t sold on wiz but man has he impressed me with his toughness, offense, and his defense. He was awesome on that 3 on 1. i think we need to develop weber and a couple of other d’s in the farm and its time to pass on an expensive markov. his prime as passed him by unfortuneately at our expense. time to turn the corner. its too bad we didn’t have him for some the best playoff runs of his career.

      • edgie says:

        I’d like a one-year contract just to see how he is. Who knows, could have just been a bump in the road for him.

        • adam76 says:

          at 33, not sure if I would even risk a one year.

          • cbass says:

            I would, not much to loose, worst case you get his salary back from him being rehurt. I’d do 1 year just out of respect (we almost made this guy our captain), you see if he can play, cause you don’t want to loose him for nothing.

        • Natrous says:

          Sorry, but there’s no chance Markov signs for one year anywhere. A veteran player isn’t going to risk security just to get a ‘try out’ style contract from any of the 30 NHL clubs – if someone doesn’t pony up 5M+ over at least 3 years, my money is on him ending up in the KHL.

      • HabsFanInTampa says:

        You won’t get any heat from me A76. I agree with you. I just didn’t write it because I was avoiding the wrath I would receive from the faithful on this site. Markov has been a great and loyal Canadien. That being said, he is too injury prone and that is a fact.

      • swannyboy says:

        I agee and sign wiz,we have some big contracts up hammer,markov and others,spend money wisely.Subban,Price to long long term contracts.

      • Habitoba says:

        My comment is this: Imagine what PK/Weber could learn by playing with Markov. They’re not going to learn as much from Wiz et all. Sign him 1-2 years and he’ll obviously take a cut because of the injuries he’s had. With an affordable contract, he’ll be that much easier to move him if need be. But you know he wants to stay with Montréal, why else would he have become a Canadian citizen (I almost wrote Canadiens citizen)?

    • avatar_58 says:

      What a ridiculous article. Even IF Markov left, why in gods name are the leafs the frontrunners? Sure if they pay him 8 mil. Otherwise he could go anywhere

    • zig616 says:

      I agree Matty. Pouliot does not belong to be there. JM should insert Weber in his role. I am all about a good hard check but what he did last night was just idiotic. I mean whitey had the guy and then Pouilot comes in, leaves his feet, and gives him an elbow to the head. Dumb Dumb Dumb. Weber will come in, give you those good hits, and not make stupid penalties. He also gives you another good shot at the point on the PP. Sounds like a win win to me.

  60. RGM says:

    Anybody care to wager whether or not we’ll be seeing Pouliot in Game Four if Jeff Halpern’s cleared to play?

    Carey Price is All Hart!
    Go Habs Go!
    Support my playoff beard:

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Even if Halpern isn’t ready, it would make sense to have Weber instead of Benny.

      The other player who should sit is Spacek. He was absolutely dire. Put Mara in there. Or Picard – is he ready?

  61. MontrealAtheist says:

    Price was not the only reason we lost, but he certainly contributed to it with his give-away in the second period.

    Unfortunately he’s been doing the same thing quite regularly for some time.

    Someone better teach this kid some discipline for game #4 or else our post-season might end right here in round 1.

  62. The Cat says:

    Is there no way to block this junk?

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

  63. grid77 says:

    the main reason why we lost game 3 was that we thought it was going to be a cakewalk..the crowd was buzzin, we had just done the impossible in boston, and we thought they would lay down for us. it wasnt price, gomez, pouliot, hammer, or spacek, but more like a collective lack of effort and urgency. it was the teams lackluster start, and poor showing on the 2 early powerplays. before we knew it, we were down 2-0..and we all know how much we like to play catchup hockey. we were’nt chompin at the bit to put them bruins away. we shouldve approached this game like a pack of rabid dogs, gotten the early lead, and let the crowd really do their work. im kind of glad we got beat…now we can get back to our gameplan of outworking the opposition, and take our chances when they present themselves. we arent going to make many cutesy plays, so lets dump it in the corners, force the turnovers, and go from there. we will win game 4 when we get back to using our speed.

  64. BKAK72 says:

    We win THRS 3-1


  65. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Last night Thomas was scary for fans of both teams. It would be bad if he’s about to turn red-hot. If we continue to outplay Boston as we have for 8 of the 9 periods so far, a hot Thomas is the only way we lose.

  66. habsfan_61 says:

    team didnt look ready at the start and eventually paid the price. its gonna happen boston too good a team to go out in 4 str8.take the extra day to reflect on the mistakes and win game 4. i think last nite should be pouliot’s last game as a hab. too many bad penalties at the wrong time. if halpern is good to go then have him be the replacement. at least he should win some faceoffs.note to linseman drop the fn puck already. you guys are not the show. stop playing hotshot and drop the puck.

  67. Old Bald Bird says:

    The Habs losing their edge is not something new. For the past two years, they have not done particularly well when they feel that they should win. Nothing is ever easy with this team. It’s not as if they’re slacking out there. There’s just a very fine line between winning and losing in this league, and it’s easy to lose just enough edge to cross to the wrong side of that fine line.

  68. Bugs says:

    In my heart of hearts, I admit entertaining the belief that we would sweep’em worse than they swept the Koivu team a few years back (“finally”, I should add, since that team eliminated the Bs the three times previous), but eennhh, we all said 6, right?
    The Priceberg gaffe was frighteningly reminiscent of the shanked play with Lapierre in 2008 that began the Kid’s downward spiral during the remainder of those playoffs as well as the subsequent year. Gotta admit, I was scared for a bit. But minutes later, he pulled off a right pad four-alarmer that set my mind at ease.
    Let’s recap: lucky bounce for perfect set-up on 1st goal, seeing-eye, barely-made-it lucky goal on the 2nd, and colossal gaffe for lucky-LUCKY open net on the 3rd. They got no game.
    Whereas OUR goals were the product of skilled construction. We dominated. Shoulda put it away. Our fault we lost, not Bruins. Bruins playing scared. Gionta coulda put it away twice. Kostitsyn with the double-deke, couldn’t go between Timmy’s legs nor over his right pad, oof! Pleky shanks the pass to Cammy wide open in the slot, gaaaah! Gomie with the open net! Shoots SIDEWAYS!!! Aaargh! Had our chances to win. Can’t complain. Still, we got this.
    I would however suggest winning Game 4. Just to be on the safe side, y’know?

    Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

  69. Kooch7800 says:

    Tough loss as the team wasn’t ready but I think the habbies needed to lose. 2 games is not the series and it is long from over. We needed a wake up call.

    Now lets see how they answer it.

    Price will be strong next game after a couple of weak ones but the loss was not on him. It was the entire team.

    It will be a tight game on Thursday and I say the habs take it 2 to 1 and put a stranglehold on the series.

    Go Habs Go!

  70. Hobie Hansen says:

    Montreal played amazing hockey the 2nd half of that game last night. Unfortunately Boston came out with a bit more hop than the Habs and if Carey Price’s clearing attempt didn’t hit Mark Recchi’s skate, we could be up 3-0.

    I seriously believe that Montreal was given a wake up call last night and they’ll play with the same intensity as they did in the 2nd half of last night’s game for the remainder of the series. If they do that we should still be headed to the second round.

    I image they’ll try and keep things tight, as they did in the first two games and if they fall a goal or two behind, not three, they know they’re capable clawing their way back as they almost did last night.

    Price made his one mistake, we came out a bit slow, but I’m under the impression that’s the end of that type of play.

  71. Laramy87 says:

    I am very curious about the instigating call. Thats twice now when a Bruin player has jumped a Hab after a body check and turned to a fight. Maybe the one with Hnidy and Wiz was not as bad, but ference was hacking and slashing at Pouliot until they dropped them. In my opinion that is an instigator penalty.

    One of my friends, a bruins fan and for the life of me i cannot figure out why, said the Habs had to lucky goals? Two lucky goals, its not our fault your goalie is a playoff flop artist. So anyways i retunred that and said what about Bruins 2nd and 3rd goal. The 2nd from behind the net on a backspinof the puck, and the 3rd and a lucky richochet of Rechhi. Funny thing tho is the guys and CBC were saying it was planned by Rechhi to deflect it to Peverly hahah yes im sure it was.

    Anywyas, game 4 the boys will be ready and we will run all around the Bruins again like games 1 and 2.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I was actually wondering the same thing about the instigator call. They really only seem to use it when they feel like it. There should have been an extra 2 min on that play last night I agree.

      Mind you what the heck was Pouliot doing? That was a boner move for sure.

      Pouliot may be scratched next game.

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