One more sleep

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The Canadiens return to practice in Brossard today, preparinf for the pivotal Game Four of the series.

The Bruins are in Lake Placid.

The importance of the first goal

Stubbs on the vagaries of hockey

NHL’s new TV deal

Arpon Basu on Lars Eller

Sean Gordon on Carey Price

Bruins spirits are high

Photo by Allen McInnis of The Gazette

115 Comments

  1. habsoul says:

    I miss Dominic Moore.

  2. habsoul says:

    Just remarkable how well the Pens have played without their two superstars.

  3. habsoul says:

    Watching two OT games simultaneously. Alex Kovalev is working hard for the Pens against the Bolts. And the Rangers just killed a ferocious Washington power play. Earlier today, Ryan Miller shut out the Flyers 1-0. And Nashville and Anaheim are tied going into the third period. Good stuff.

  4. eric says:

    Thought Webber played well

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    In case some of you don’t know this site, I suggest a visit:

    http://goop.com/

    You have to work a bit to find the hockey-related content.

  6. joshua94k says:

    SMS from Jacques Matin to Bob Gainey:

    “Hello Bob, can you take some time this afternoon and have a one to one talk with Benny. You did wonders with Carey and Gomez and we need Benny to get his head straight. This guy knows how to score but is not thinking right and is playing without the intensity he had earlier this season. Thanks Bob I owe you a big one”

    “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

  7. Castor says:

    Looks like it’s Halpern on Eller’s wing and Pouliot out.
    I hope Halpern takes some face-offs for goodness sake.

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    Regarding Chicken Legs, It is very difficult to draft or develop the whole package in a younger player. A lot of development and training must take place over time before the whole product is ready for the vigor’s of the NHL.

    Chicken Legs, has a great deal of talent, he reads the ice well and is a scorer, given the opportunity. But he is a liability with the puck when his large lanky frame can not be supported by a strong and balanced foundation.

    His long and under developed legs and balance fail him to often, causing turn overs, missed opportunities and line break downs.

    I am sure at 24 he is working in the gym at developing a stronger and more balanced undercarriage so he will be able to remain in the league. But I just wonder if we will offer him a new contract with Dawes and a couple of others getting ready to make the jump to our 3rd line.

    • Ton says:

      For heavens sake you make it sound like he is minor hockey league bantam prospect player that has not grown into his size. By now he should be strong on his skates, his legs as big as tree trunks. He’s pro in season number 5 or 6?? We have seen this time over time in hockey, players having the tools but not being able to play the game. playing the game is what its all about. he played the the same in junior………..his attraction is his size, his shot, etc hence being highly touted and drafted…….maybe he just can’t play…….

    • LizardKing1967 says:

      Maybe he’s another Alexandre Daigle?

      Jim-out.

      I BELIEVE!

  9. geo_habsgo says:

    What would you guys say to trying to land a guy like Ryan Clowe in the offseason? He’d definitely address the needs of another power forward (in addition to Patches) and has a big body that he doesn’t mind throwing around.

  10. bwoar says:

    Weber deserves to play. He earned it by SCORING, which Pouliot has forgotten how to do. I don’t disagree with the posts calling for Pou to get another shot next year, but right now, the young Swiss deserves his chance even if it’s on the wing.

  11. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I posted this after the Game 3 loss. My thoughts on Benny are after my Price comments. I don’t think they should give up on him yet.

    Who has handled the puck better than Carey this year?…No one. He made a mistake, has made it in the past, but this is the playoffs. These mistakes are remembered. Price remembers.

    He won’t make it again.

    The team played flat in the 1st. Yup, everyone. But one player is just not playing. Pouliot…

    He played a hair over 3 mins. That kid has so much talent and size, it’s really a shame the on ice PP (Pouliot Product/Power Play/(wish we had)Pacioretty Playing). The coaching staff really needs to take him aside and simplify his game plan. Maybe Bob can have a 1 on 1.

    If he gets his game going…this team has more options than a 50 year old single malt at an AA meeting.

    Canadiens in the playoffs. Hockey is good. This series will end in 6. The Habs will face the Capitals in the ECF. It has been written.

    • billylove says:

      Carey is better with the puck this year but he still makes me nervous. Wish he would show a little more intensity when handling the puck. He seems awful casual, too slow, when he leaves the crease. Being relaxed is great but there are times when he looks a little too “comfortable.” He’s had a good year, especially given the pressure he faces, but he needs a little more seasoning.

  12. tdrmoss84 says:

    That Jack Edwards youtube piece is horrible…that guy is sooo biased and unpleasant to the ear….ewww! No wonder I hate Boston! Habs gave that game away on Monday…they will bounce back for sure…Go Habs Go!

  13. Jim Edson says:

    Hope everybody saw the “Melanson Touch” in action last night in Chicago!

    His philosophy of goaltenders playing deep in the net got his protege Luongo beat up pretty bad!

    ———————————————————————-
    …..My empire is crumbling, my international sponsors are deserting me, my authority is questioned, I am held in contempt wherever I go.

    Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

  14. 24 Cups says:

    Lots of talk about Benoit Pouliot this morning. His play is certainly disapppointing but there are a few things to consider when we look ahead to next year.

    Timmins has gone on record as saying the Habs would have taken Pouliot 5th if he was still available. I’m not sure they want to give up on a guy they were so high on and who is now just 24.2 years old.

    Pouliot makes 1.375M and is a RFA this summer. I believe we can qualify him for 10%. That makes his new salary 1.51M. Who are you going to get on the open market for that price (and at that age) who can play 3rd line minutes?

    There is no one in sight in our system who can replace Pouliot next year. If we cut him, it means we have lost another asset who is in his early 20s. It’s a long list. BTW, Moen will make 1.5M next year. Just sayin’.

    Reality dictataes that Benny and AK46 get one more kick at the can next year. I don’t want to see them blossom with another team and I also don’t see many alternatives.

    24.2 Cups

    • Chuck says:

      One thing that I’d like to see is Benny shoot more. Like Kostitsyn, he’s got the weapon, but we rarely see him use it. But then again, if he’s only getting a few minutes per game…

      • Jim Edson says:

        Its hard to get much on a shot when you are constantly off balance!

        ———————————————————————-
        …..My empire is crumbling, my international sponsors are deserting me, my authority is questioned, I am held in contempt wherever I go.

        Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

      • showey47 says:

        He was a frustrating player to watch as a junior here in sudbury,chuck. The natural talent was there in spades, great speed,hands and heavy shot. What was lacking was the work ethic. At the junior level when you have that much natural talent you can put up points without having to work hard. The majority of his problems are from the neck up. That and maybe one summer working out with gary roberts.

    • zak says:

      Aaron Palushaj will replace Benny or even Dustin boyd or maybe Dawes

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I’m absolutely fine with AK coming back the way he’s gutting out his foot problem in the postseason right now. The issue I think with Pouliot is he’s got a serious mental block in his game, there’s no way on this planet that he was this bad a skater and went in the 1st round of a NHL draft. Robitaille is the highest-scoring LW of all time but almost never got a look because he was glacial as a junior player.

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

    • punkster says:

      When you lay it out like that I’m all for keeping them both. I may be overly optimistic about Pouliot to balance the pessimism I had about AK last season but 2 young, big, skilled forwards don’t grow on trees and our middle range draft pick this year won’t give us anything better. Another year for them and work hard on Pouliot’s conditioning through the summer.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  15. JD_ says:

    * Really, really sux to be an LA fan this mornin’. Couldn’t believe the defensive meltdown I witnessed last night, like a Kraft® slice on a trailer hitch in the Mojave Desert in July.

    * On the lengthy Poolio discussion, I’d guess his unfortunate balance issues seem to stem from the fact that he’s a pretty fast skater for someone his height, combined with the fact he doesn’t have anywhere near enough leg mass. Stick Price’s almost comically massive legs – his quads are outright inhuman – on Poolio and things might be different. He’s shown so much improvement with the Habs, I’d hate to let him go for the inevitable cents-on-the-dollar. I’d toss him a bone for another year, but would put him through an earth-shatterin’ regimen over the off-season.

    * So, yesterday, I agreed with the notion that addin’ Bolland to the Hawks lineup was futile and that he might be better off takin’ the extra five months to recover than potentially winnin’ five more faceoffs for the team in a losin’ cause…*cough*I couldn’t have been more wrong*cough*…Monster, baby!

    * Hope the Broonz are enjoyin’ their little B&B getaway in Lake Placid. At the risk of offendin’ Lake Placidians, I’ve been to Lake Placid and recollect that there’s a lake and that it’s placid. In 2010, US News & World Report rated Lake Placid as one of the “Six Forgotten Vacation Spots” in North America. How many vacation spots do you know that get forgotten? Trust the boyz are enjoyin’ their tour of the local curio and maple sugar emporium. Heh.

    * This just in: Baghdad Brad Marchand noted that the Bell Centre fans weren’t booin’ his team on Monday night but, rather, were simply voicin’ their collective displeasure at the fact Prince Charles today becomes the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having waited to take over from Mumsy for 59 years, two months, 14 days, and countin’.

    • shiram says:

      Poulio on the cheap for one year, yea bring him back… but it’s starting to be a dire situation for him. He needs to imprve and quickly.
      Bruins in Lake Placid, well they went there to be forgotten, dreading the montreal media, so yea.
      Brad Marchand, I guess his thoughts still are not clear after getting Subbanged!

    • 24 Cups says:

      JD – I’m not trying to be funny or sarcastic. However, I wonder how intelligent Pouliot is? I realize it doesn’t take a lot of smarts to play hockey, but you really have to question what this guy has upstairs.

      It would be interesting to hear what guys like Dave Stubbs and Pat Hickey think seeing they get to meet him upclose and personal. Not that they would ever say.

      Re: Prince Charles – Does that qualify him to be an honourary laff fan?

      24.2 Cups

      • Chuck says:

        Does Gainey have him penciled in for for an off-season chat down by the river?

      • JD_ says:

        I wouldn’t have taken it as bein’ sarcastic towards Poolio, 24C, seein’ as I often sincerely questioned OB’s noggin’ and the extent to which it dimmed his hockey IQ.

        From what I’ve seen in interviews, Poolio seems brightish. But he’s clearly also susceptible to bouts of lost confidence – it really ebbs and flows with him – which I think really weighs on his play, renderin’ it particularly difficult for a forward who moves at that speed.

        I suspect Poolio will always be a bit of a head case, hopefully just incrementally less over time.

        I’d hate to think there is somethin’ more nefarious afoot with him.

        • shiram says:

          Well I saw his “Nos Canadiens” show, and he seemed to be a very introvert guy, maybe even shy or timid, and that can be associated with lack of confidence. I would not question his intelligence though, but his overal mental state might be an issue.
          I think he actually meant to do in his last game, trying to be physical and inspire his team-mates, and also giving a reason for the coach to play, but he simply did not pick the right spot.

  16. Barts says:

    Who is surprised with Pouliot? He disappeared last year in the post-season along with Kostitsyn, but at least Brother Andre appears to have found his game…contract year??

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Off-Day Questionnaire (all questions apply to the last 30 years).

    1. Who is the worst player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

    2. Who is the worst captain to lift the Stanley Cup?

    3. Who is the worst goalie to win a cup (as the main starter)?

    4. Who is the worst coach to win the Stanley Cup?

    5. This could be the last game ever at jobbing.com arena. What is your favourite memory of this hallowed building? (This might be a trick question.)

    6. (Bonus Question) What is the worst named hockey arena? (There is a hint in the rest of the questionnaire.)

    • JD_ says:

      The answer to every question, except for #4, involves the Mopey Loafs either directly or otherwise.

      As for #4, Jean Perron.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Paul – I would answer your questions except I noticed that you dissed Gwyneth Paltrow last night. That’s crossing the line as far as I’m concerned. In protest, I shall leave your inquiries unresolved.

      I feel that I should also mention that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Halle Berry also fall into the same category of being off limits to ill-informed condemnation.

      Kind Regards,
      24.2 Cups

      • JD_ says:

        The only individual on that list that qualifies as a full-blown Megababe™ is CZ-J, 24C, although Halle is admittedly knockin’ on the door.

        Point bein’, if you like CZ-J and golf, and wouldn’t mind combinin’ the two, you may want to look into this.

        It’s actually a great story.

        • 24 Cups says:

          JD – I realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In a perfect world, Gwyneth Paltrow and I could live the life – you know, that whole Shakespeare in Love thing. I realize no one else can see that, so I guess it’s just me. I could finish out my days with Gwyneth on the set of The Prisoner, the only difference being that I would not try and escape. (I wonder what number I would be?)

          In the real world, I’m more partial to Catherine or Halle. Totally hot megababes as you so aptly put it. They both are a bit off kilter but I kind of like that in a woman. As Jack said, it makes me want to be a better man.

          Anyway, if the headmaster can go on about his Penelope Cruz, then I figure I have the right to romanticize on and on by building castles in the sky. It certainly is a great view.

          24.2 Cups

  18. Spartan117 says:

    Hey did you guys see this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y66R0Cpel1g&feature=player_embedded

    Its just the “unbiased” Jack Edwards commentating for NESN during game 3…. no biggie…..

    PS: Anyone have his house address… I got a carton full of eggs just waiting..

  19. joshua94k says:

    Last year Scotty Bowman said the prophetic words “Do not trade Carey Price”. The goalie was struggling but everyone knew he had potential, he was the best at every level of hockey and won championships and medals wherever he played. You always have to go with the guys that have the best potential. GM Gauthier suprised everyone by keeping Price because he had faith in him. Price matured and became the best goaltender this season.

    In 1974, the Canadiens were facing a similar situation with Guy Lafleur. Fans were saying the Canadiens drafted the wrong player and that he would never score more than 30 goals a season after not living upto expectaions after three seasons. GM Sam Pollock believed in Lafleur and didn’t trade him. Lafleur went on to a Hall of Fame career with 6 straight 50 goal seasons and 5 Stanley Cups.

    Now the prophetic words are “Do not bench Pouliot”. In the play-offs goals are few and Pouliot is one of the best scorers on this team after Cammalleri, Gionta and Kostitsyn. He just has to get his game together. Perhaps someone like Kirk Muller should sit him aside and help him with the mental aspect of the game. You have to go with the guys with potential and Pouliot has size and skill. You cannot downgrade and go with a defenseman as an extra forward at this time of year. If Halpern is good to go then reunite the PHD line with Pouliot, Halpern and Desharnais. That line was on fire. With the top two lines set, the 4th line with Eller, Moen and Pyatt will give the Bruins ulcers all night.

    “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

    • bwoar says:

      Did you just compare Pouliot to Lafleur and/or Carey Price?

      Look, when Scotty Bowman actually declares, “do not bench Benoit Pouliot,” I’ll agree with you. But he won’t.

    • Malreg says:

      If Scotty Bowman says “Do not bench Pouliot”, then I’ll be more willing to listen.

      Pouliot was playing better when he had Darche on his line, but unfortunately Darche has to stay on the 2nd line. The PHD line that you refer to was actually Pouliot-Halpern-Darche, and I believe that was before Desharnais was called up.

      If Halpern is good to go, then I’d rather have Moen-Halpern-Pyatt as a shutdown line, and then Desharnais-Eller-White.

  20. Habitoban says:

    I have to say that JM reminds me of a lot of my old high school teachers. They always picked a goat in the class as the object lesson who could do nothing right. Wiz drops the gloves … no problem. Various players take dumb penalties no problem. Benny does the same…. well we have a problem The Coach’s double standard must be very frustrating and must eat away at Benny’s confidence. I know that’s the way it was for the designated goats in high school.

    • shiram says:

      Wiz is having a more producive year than Pouliot though. And maybe Wiz is giving more in practice as well. At this point, you have to trust in the coach.
      I hate to see Pouliot this way, and not playing him is worst still, but this is the playoffs and the coaching stuff have the inside information.
      I would still like to see him blossom here, he has the tools to fit in what the team needs, but he needs to put it all together.

  21. higginrs says:

    Wow, all the talk this morning is about Pouliot.

    1. He needs to seriously hit the weights and bulk up. He’s a bit twiggy and gets too easily shoved off the puck.

    2. He needs to focus on core training and balance. He falls often when not even being touched.

    We’d have a much more confident and capable Pouliot if this would happen. Even Subban applied himself this past summer and put on some weight. Why can’t Pouliot? I would agree with other posters that we not give up on him just yet.

  22. Habitoban says:

    Agree. I think that Benny has made pretty good strides in improving his defensive game since coming here (thank you JM). I also think he handled his demotion to bottom 6 with grace and without complaint. The rap against him when he came was that he was lazy and played soft , but I haven’t seen much of that this season (3rd in team hits). I do think that right now he is playing scared (thanks a lot JM), and seems happy to make the quick safe pas and get off the ice without incurring the Coach’s wrath. Not a formula for offensive production.

    • Bugs says:

      Also has the shortest TOI average on the team. He’s terrified to screw up.
      Which makes him screw up…

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

    • G-Man says:

      If you are too afraid to play, wth are you doing on the ice. Blaming JM for his shortcomings is a copout. Many of the young players have thrived under pressure. Pouliot wilts like a sick plant. What’s he afraid of, anyway? Success?

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    There’s plenty of UFAs out there this summer who make around the same salary as Pouliot…and that are better.

    • Bugs says:

      Metropolit’ll be DIRT cheap…

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

    • blu3chip says:

      I’m one of those who want to give Pouliot another chance.

      Most Habs have a rather underachieving season. With the young guys joining us, maybe we can somehow spark Pouliot with new linemates or something. imo it is still too early to give up on him.

      • Malreg says:

        The problem is that coaches have been trying to spark Pouliot since he played junior hockey. This isn’t a new problem, and it was always part of the scouting report on him. He always looks disinterested and doesn’t play with heart. He’s gone through several coaches and it’s always been the same. Of course many blame JM for it.

        You can’t teach heart.

  24. krob1000 says:

    I am very disappointed with the Pouliot situation…..I actually like the nastinens he is starting to bring….we want big forwards who can potentially score and be physical…well the reality is that with that style will come penalties. The pnealty he got the other night didn’t even cost us. Watch a Philly game..i guarantee that any Philly game you watch one of Dan Carcillo or Scott Hartnell will take a dumb penalty….they live with it. If you want guys to play on the edge than you have to expect sometimes they go over it…Andrei K’s penalty was waaaay worse that game…at a far more crucial time and a lazy trip at least Pouliot was trying to finish a check…he went overboard but it wasn’t a reaching stick penalty.

    Pouliot falls…so what…Pouliot has proven on a few occasions that he can put pucks in the net…he needs the right situation as do most scorers in the NHL. Cammalleri, Gionta, Andrei,etc…they have all shown their inabilities to score over super long stretches playing far better minutes, first wave pp and with consistent linemates…..they all took dumb penalties too….

    I refuse to believe that if POulito got top linemates and top minutes that he would not have had more points or at least as many as most of our current top six. I think it is an identity crisis….when he plays top line mintues he plays a more offensive game and looks for space, when he gets grinder minutes he uses his time to try and make an impact and appears to run at guys…i have no problem with that…in fact I think it is a great asset for our club.

    Sure he takes some dmb penalties but he and Andrei K and Max Pac are all big guys who can hit and be hit and still score goals and cause some fear for opposing defenseman when we dump a puck behind them. I would love Pouliot to sign again….I would also love it if he blossomed here because I think he will somewhere still….he has confidence issues IMO but the skils are just too good to overlook and let go…..unless there are attitude issues I want him back and in the lineup…martin will disagree likely as he clearly is not a fan.
    Pouliot is proving he will drop the gloves, he stands up for guys and is one of the forwards we have that could probably be had for very little money that could prove to be a bargain. If I were him though I may go elsewhere because it is apparent the team has no faith in him as a top six guy as Pacioretty going down should have been his opportunity…that had to hurt especially given he had shown good chemistry there before last year with Gio and Gomez. So he had a bad 15 games….Gomez had a bad season, Cammi and Gio and Andrei and Pleks…they have all had bad 15 game stretches….and they are all not expected to….Pouliot should still be expected to.

    Sure accountability is needed on his part too but what exactly is he supposed to…we saw this with Sergei, Dags, Grabs, Gui, Higgins,Ryder,etc…..once a guy gets in a hole here it is nearly impossible to get out of it…and I am not sure that is all on the player….or all on management but if we continue to give up on young guys we are never going to get that late bloomer gem and most big guys are late bloomers. I just wish we would give them more opportunity to fail and work themselves out but in good situations.

    • Bugs says:

      I can agree with pretty much everything you’re sayin but would like to make a distinction if you’ll allow me: I don’t think my boy is droppin the gloves to “stand up for his teammates” as much as he is for “givin the coach a reason to play him” at this point.
      And I say: good move, kid.

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

    • habsguy says:

      they’ll cut him loose for next to nothing, he’ll blossom wherever it is he ends up, and people here will be calling for heads for trading him, nobody here wanted SK, now he’s talked about daily. The samething happened with Oby, Gui, Dags, and a host of others, Hab fans are like that!!
      Habs in 5 !!!!!

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Well argued. Some good posts below too — Peter etc. Last year at this time the commentariat was all over AK. Now, we’re pretty happy with him.

  25. blu3chip says:

    Can you guys fix the HI/O mobile page so that I can choose to access the full page instead of the mobile version?
    Either that, or fix how comments are displayed on the mobile page. Serialize everything is not a very smart way to do it imho.

  26. G-Man says:

    This is for all those defending Pouliot and his “talent”.
    Have you ever seen a hockey player fall down without anyone touching him as often as he does? I mean, really, the guy is supposed to be a pro hockey player and he can’t skate? Unbelievable that he was ever a top 5 pick.
    Send him to skating school and put Weber in. He may be smaller but he doesn’t fall down by himself 3 or 4 times a game.

    • Bugs says:

      We wouldn’t give a damn if he fell all the time if he had 25 goals, Gee.

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

    • nek25plus says:

      BUSTA…enough of taking down the team when things don’t go our way.! Pouliot is the best skater on this team. The worst thing he does is trying to do too much. Which comes from a confidence thing. It serves no purpose to berate him.

      Ease off. Go Habs!

    • Mad Habber says:

      Why is what he has accomplished so fustrating. I mean, if you look at the top teams like Philadelphia they have guys on their third lines that don’t always bring their A game. I say if at all possible keep him and Kostitsyn. Add another guy that has proven to be a top 6 with an edge.

      ?-Plekanec-Camalleri
      Gionta-Gomez-Patchs
      Kostitsyn-Eller-Pouliot
      Moen-White-Pyatt

  27. HardHabits says:

    Pouliot is like Stephane Richer without the 50 goals.

  28. Habitoban says:

    He has broken our hearts many times, especially during the last half of this season, but Benny does have some interesting stats: 7th in goals, 3rd in game winners, 3rd in hits, 7th in takeaways, 16th in giveaways, 7th in face off percentage, sitting at 13th in terms of time on ice. I agree with those who argue that there is too much talent to give up on so soon. Some players need more time to develop than others. Some players need more time to grow into their bodies. Look at Max Pac who was chased to Hamilton after playing in the bigs (too soft, no finish) and is now seen here as the second coming. Max also was wise enough to recognize that goal scorers (which Benny was and could be again) need top six minutes to be on their game and anything else can erode your offensive skills and timing. Different personalities require different management styles from the coaching staff. I don’t know why, but I suspect that our coaches have a cookie cutter approach to their players, which means that if you don’t quite fit, or need extra attention, you’re on the outs (Dags, Sergei, OB). We may not see Benny for the rest of the season, which is too bad, since he has contributed to this team in terms of strengthening our bottom 6. But I do hope we see a bigger more confident Benny next year.

  29. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Montreal probably has more momentum and a more appropriate mind-set following the loss in Game 3 than the win in Game 2.

    It’s cliche that we don’t do comebacks, but we so very nearly pulled one off (15 shots to 5, 3rd period).

    Who scores first is a lottery. Habs need to be mentally prepared for being either up one or down one. After Game 3, that mental preparation will be easier.

    Bruins were a different team in Game 3. They will be different again in Game 4: Thomas more confident, Chara healthier, top line hungrier still, Julien still employed…

    I fully believe we are the better team, but being better only counts if you convert it into wins.

  30. gerrybell says:

    i think the habs spirits must be high too. they almost overcame a 3-0 lead — and would have if it hadnt been for 3 or 4 key stops by Thomas (well, he barely had to stop gomez who should have scored if the puck hadnt hit him in the skates first before he put it into the open net) in the last five minutes.

    let’s hope the habs can break this trend of playing lousy at home in game four. 21000+ fans should be an advantage right? first goal is the key….

    g
    b

  31. Habfan4lfe says:

    His penalty, his penalty. How many refs have called in our favour with a few minutes left in the game? You think if the play was reversed and it was Boston doing that that it would have been called? Not bloody likely. The refs did their best to keep us at bay, Pouliot just made it a little easier for them to accomplish their goal. Do you really think the NHL wanted Boston to lose 3 games? C’mon. It was a cheap penalty that wasn’t called all game and the ref decided it had to be called in the last few minutes with Montreal down a goal. Take a look at the other players JM got rid of, most of them are flourishing on other teams. How about O’Byrne for example. Want to get Pouliot going, get a better coach on the bench who truly knows how to utilize what he has.

  32. Bugs says:

    Our Services’ latest article suggests the Habs are merely toying with the Bruins to sharpen their killer instinct: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/2011/04/habs-show-weakness-mercy.html

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

  33. Psycho29 says:

    I was in the car last night, had the Bob McCown show on, and caught the tail end of his interview with Colin Campbell…
    McCown asked him if the Raffi Torres hit was a “suspendable play”, and Campbell’s answer was to the effect ‘Even I don’t know what is or what isn’t anymore’……And I was thinking, if the guy in charge of discipline doesn’t know then there is a real big problem in the league.
    I’m just wondering if anyone else heard the interview, because I am paraphrasing what he said.

  34. Kimberly2u says:

    I think Luongo heard a boo last night…lol….luved it…go Black Hawks go….

  35. Peter Young says:

    Dave Stubbs writes: “Pouliot is one of six Canadiens forwards who will be a restricted free agent come July 1, probably the least likely at the moment to be here next fall.”

    A few years ago Pouliot, because of his apparent talents, justifiably went as one of the very top picks in the first round of the draft. Such high-level picks become available to the Canadiens, in the draft itself or through later trade, very rarely. Pouliot has not lived up to expections, but not because it turned out that he didn’t have the talents of a top line forward. Since Pouliot is a rare and precious commodity, we should look very carefully at what’s gone wrong and at whether it can be fixed before we dump him.

    Pouliot has far too much talent for the club to give up on him without trying everything reasonably possible to see that his talent reaches fruition. Imagine what a Benny whose performance is commensurate with his talent could do for our team, particularly given his size and strength. Such a Benny is what the team has been desperate for over the past decade and more.

    I think a couple of things could be tried (if they have not been already). First, he loses his balance far too easily and far too often, particularly given his size and strength. A close look should be taken at his skating. Perhaps a skilled skating instructor and/or a body motion expert could help. Second, he appears to lack confidence. A skilled sports psychologist may be able to help. There may well be other things that ought to be tried, too.

    Everything should be looked at and everything reasonably available should be done before the club gives up on Pouliot. That kind of talent comes along too rarely to be tossed away without that kind of full-blown effort.

    • Bugs says:

      Totally agree. Been saying the same for a long while.
      But two years in a row, the exact same thing. At some point, there has to be accountability. How many game-costing mistakes are we prepared to gloss over during the course of his apprenticeship?
      He’s got all the tools except Decision-making. I can honestly say he’s the first player I’ve ever seen who’s got great vision but no decision-making ability, can you believe that?
      How do you perfect decision-making?
      I’d finish out his RFA contract and hope for the best personally. But I ain’t gonna cry if he ain’t re-signed.
      He’s broken my heart, that bastich.

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

    • RGM says:

      Here’s the rub, however – while it is true that landing a top-five pick doesn’t happen too often for the Habs (even though we do have #4 and of course #5 in the ’05 draft), Pouliot was originally part of the Minnesota Wild. For that organization to move him as quickly as they did in exchange for Guillaume Latendresse, they must have realized the same things about Pouliot that many of us are now seeing. For whatever reason, he is clearly lacking something that is required to be an elite athlete. He is a viable NHL’er, sure, but when a player is chosen that high in the draft it is because there is an expectation that he will become something special. It seemed early in his Canadiens career that Pouliot may become that something special. Then the wheels came off. I don’t know what it was. It’s not like the Kurt Sauer hit on Andrei Kostitsyn that changed Kostitsyn’s game for the better part of a year or two. Something that Pouliot had just seemingly evaporated.

      Will he be able to regain it and will he be a part of the future of the organization? I don’t know, but I have my doubts.

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    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Pouliot is not going to be a top six forward on this team. I don’t think he’s going to take Pacioretty or Kostitsyn off the top two lines next season. If the Habs don’t resign Kostitsyn there’s a small possibility he could crack the top six but I think they’ll try and get Kostitsyn signed.

      Pouliot has some skill and I’ve liked when he’s shown up and dropped the gloves against Boston on a couple of occasions but I don’t think there’s room for him on this team? He’s not a 3rd or 4th line player and he’s not good enough to play on our top six.

      • Bugs says:

        He scored 14 goals in 20 games, ferpetessakes. That’s not 3rd, 4th line material; that’s top-line material. Not to mention that that streak of talent was more potent than Pac-Man’s was this year; (consider that one). He was in a mental zone at that time that he needs to be tapped into always. Why isn’t he is the dang problem.
        If he hadna done that, this situation would be much more clearcut.

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

    • sims says:

      my parents used to make me take ‘power skating’ as a kid during the summer and i hated it. i think thats what he needs cause its his skating thats the issue….he cant stay on his feet

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Agree with Bugs, if it’s in the lap of the gods and he goes, no tears (and please, no SK-style updates on the brilliant blossoming of his post-Habs career — like moaning about how hot she looks after you dump her: pointless self-flagellation).

      But if we had him for another year, I’d consign him to the gym/strengthening coach and, as Peter says, a skating instructor for the summer.

      Then some time in the new season I’d install him high in the starting line-up, 2nd or 3rd line, let him know he was to go at it for 2 weeks, a month, or whatever, with a guarantee that he would not be benched for mistakes.

      I get the feeling that he tightens up on the ice because he knows every opportunity is precious. This could well be what clouds his decision-making. By having a decent stretch in the line-up without interruption he might lose that sense of pressure and his fear of failure, play with some confidence, warts and all. After the period was up you’d be better able to weigh up his weaknesses — which hopefully would have diminished — and his strengths — which should have come to the fore.

      Don’t know if any NHL coach would ever do that, and I doubt it’s an experiment that fits JM’s style. However, Pouliot is truly an unusual case, and if we don’t let him go, we would need to take unusual steps in order to unlock his valuable talent.
      Cheers

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      JM loves the lad. I think he will get one more year.

  36. JF says:

    I hope some of our guys watched the Hawks-Canucks game last night. That was desperation hockey. The Hawks skated as though they were possessed, and simply left the Canucks standing. That’s what the Habs need to do. Use our speed, swarm their net, get Thomas flopping around. The Bruins can’t match our speed, and if we don’t stop skating, they can’t hit us. But we need to do it from the opening whistle. Pounce on them, score the first goal, skate the life out of them. We need to play as though it’s Game 7.

  37. HardHabits says:

    你是个白痴

  38. Habtastic says:

    Oh to have Duncan Keith on the backend… Markovvvv *sob*
    hopefully our forwards can make up for the reduced mobility of our D
    (Campbell, Campoli, Keith, Seabrook are at least pretty quick at getting the puck to the other zone). I think it’s fair to say that it’s Cammy time.

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  39. athanor says:

    Okay, I’ll bite. It isn’t F.O., so what is it?

  40. bwoar says:

    Yeah that’s wonderful. But losing is not winning.

    Let’s hope the focus is on ***VICTORY!***

  41. bwoar says:

    That’s more like it!

  42. HardHabits says:

    Aw geezus rent a room already!!!!


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