Pateryn, Thomas, Blunden among eight players reassigned to Bulldogs

The Canadiens trimmed their training camp roster Thursday, reassigning eight players to the Hamilton Bulldogs, including defencemen Greg Pateryn (photo above), Darren Dietz and Magnus Nygren.

The Canadiens are also sending forwards Christian Thomas, Michael Blunden, Patrick Holland, Martin St-Pierre and Nick Tarnasky back to the Bulldogs.

The Habs will have defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and Michaël Bournival in the lineup for the team’s final preseason game Thursday night at the Bell Centre against the Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690). Beaulieu, the Canadiens’ first-round pick at the 2011 draft, played his first preseason game Wednesday night against the Senators in Kanata after suffering a shoulder injury early in training camp.

Defenceman Jarred Tinordi, who has played all of the Habs’ preseason games, won’t play Thursday night.

With the latest cuts, the Canadiens now have 27 players left at training camp.

Thirteen players – all veterans with the exception of Gabriel Dumont – skated in Brossard Thursday morning. The group included defenceman Douglas Murray, who has been out with a lower-body injury. He won’t be playing in Thursday’s game but expects to be “ready and available” for the Canadiens’ season opener Tuesday at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here’s the Habs’ lineup for Thursday night’s game:

Peter Budaj
Carey Price

Nathan Beaulieu
Josh Gorges
Francis Bouillon
Raphael Diaz
P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov

Brian Gionta
Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Plekanec
Rene Bourque
Alex Galchenyuk
Travis Moen
Daniel Brière
David Desharnais
Ryan White
Max Pacioretty
Lars Eller
Michaël Bournival

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)

Beaulieu trying to make up for lost time, by Pat Hickey

Canadiens building on their youth,

Experience earned in Ottawa,

Murray almost ready,

Komisarek happy to get fresh start in Carolina, by Dave Stubbs

TSN Top 50 players rankings,

Former Hab Savage on Battle of the Blades, by Brenda Branswell

Canadiens vs. Senators photo gallery,

Video game simulation has Blues winning Stanley Cup,



  1. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Now people are realizing that MacLean is a jerk??? What took you so long???

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  2. db says:

    The Canucks are torching Lundquist tonight.. 5 goals on less than 25 shots.

    I have tickets the Habs-Canucks game in Vancouver Oct 12th. I have 2 extras, waiting on a friend to confirm if she wants them. Would anyone here want to take em, at cost.. 85 each.

    Oh, but they’re in the no booze section. What the hell. No booze section?! At a hockey game??? Only in Vancouver….

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:


    …My Son will be directly facing the Habs bench in Section 108 I believe at Habs Canucks game …7 seats above ice level

    …don’t do anything embarrassing behind Our bench please 🙂

    • savethepuck says:

      Is he going to wear one of those green suits that makes him look almost naked?

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  4. HabsWin-nipeg says:

    Some folks on this site are hard to figure out: we lose – we suck; we win – we still suck. There’s no ties anymore, so I guess the Habs have run out of ways to satisfy some. Sigh.

  5. jedimyrmidon says:

    On the AC, Gaston Therrien saying that the Pacs-DD-Cole line was so effective in 2011-2012 because the other team paid close attention to Cole, and when he left, Pacs-DD struggled. Umm… Pacs still led the team in points last season. Sure, he “struggled” in that he could have probably been better (also need to take into account his injuries), but he wasn’t horrible.

  6. Un Canadien errant says:

    Roberto Luongo has a shutout going, 24 saves so far, the Canucks lead the Rangers 3-0.

    EDIT: Man Kevin Bieksa is good, I wish we had him.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Rangers ain’t looking so sharp. Vigneault must be embarassed.

    • D Mex says:

      Bieksa – takes no prisoners, either …

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • JO says:

      Three words explains why we only beat Ottawa’s AHL players 3-l
      they were Big and Tough and if they weren’t AHL players we would have got beaten again.
      In time we may have a team that’s Big and Tough something tells me a long time. Until we do no 25th cup. all Speed and Skill is pretty to watch but that’s it.
      When it becomes hammer time the speed and skill will diminish some what. Injuries will occur memories of the playoffs against Ottawa!!

  7. Un Canadien errant says:

    Well, it wasn’t the convincing win we expected. The mostly AHL-bound players who wore the bleu-blanc-rouge and battled the largely NHL-equivalent Senators last night were easily bettered 5-2, and it wasn’t as close as the score would seem to indicate. The second game of the back-to-back was supposed to be our team’s chance to roll over the Sens’ AHL’ers, but it didn’t prove to be easy. Their kids were big and tough, and played hard to try to earn a spot, and we were fortunate to eke out a 3-1 win.

    Starting with the positives, Carey Price was quietly excellent, stopping 29 out of 30 shots and cooling everything down when the play in our end was getting frazzled. Ultimately, goaltender evaluation is pretty basic, it’s a numbers game. If the goaltender stops 9 out of every ten pucks, he’ll not have an NHL job for long. If however he stops 9.5 pucks, or stated another way 19 out of every 20 pucks directed his way, he’ll go to All-Star games, take his team to the playoffs, and have a long career. It’s a wafer-thin margin, but that’s the game those guys are involved in.

    Carey has many qualities, such as his calm demeanor, his affable personality that makes him a favourite among his teammates, his superb puck handling outside his crease. What has lagged behind these qualities, his natural gifts and the potential every expert sees in him is his actual production while stopping pucks. He tailed off markedly at the end of the season, and dragged his save percentage down to a pedestrian .905 when all was said and done. This is clearly unacceptable for a frontline goalie of his caliber, a former high first-round pick, and a man in his tax bracket. He will need to improve markedly for him to earn an invite to Sochi, and to allow the Canadiens to reach the playoffs and have success then.

    Michaël Bournival was dangerous all game, despite being asked to play on the fourth line with Ryan White and Travis Moen, two wingers who are unlikely to help him shine offensively. He made the best of it, setting up Ryan White for a golden scoring chance early in the first period. He won all four of the faceoffs he took, and took four shots on goal. For his troubles, he would have been happy to hear Michel Therrien confirm that he’ll start the season as part of the Canadiens’ 23 man roster. Belle job, p’tit gars.

    Note that Coach Therrien lauded the young Bournival for arriving to camp in superb shape. The same can’t be said about Nathan Beaulieu. Very early, I saw him get rubbed off the puck behind his net, and I wondered if he was in for a long night, this being his second game in two nights. Instead, he was one of the Canadiens who drew my attention all game, his skating silky smooth, his passes crisp. It’s amazing how talented this kid is, at only 20 years old he did very well against NHL competition. Let’s hope he puts it together this season in Hamilton, that he gets his head screwed on straight and capitalizes on the opportunity he’s being offered.

    Some grousing was heard about Alex Galchenyuk, probably due to his giveaway early in the first that led to the Sens’ first goal. We have to remember the kid is 19, he should still be in junior, he’s going to have another season during which he progresses, but there will be peaks and valleys. The kid has all the tools, he needs to put in the work all season long and it will pay off.

    Dave Dziurzynski, another young towering Senator prospect, got a two-minute boarding call for driving P.K. Subban head first in the corner with a crosscheck. P.K. was no worse for wear and kept control of the puck, which meant a delayed call. The ref raised his arm and played the advantage for the Canadiens, except that Mr. Dziurzynski held P.K. the entire time the delayed call lasted, illegally preventing him from making a play. Why there wasn’t an additional two minutes tacked on I understand, since this is the NHL, but I’ll never agree with it.

    Travis Moen tried to provide the team with a physical presence, to contribute, since he and Ryan White were the only ‘tough guys’ dressed for this game. Luckily, the Sens didn’t press that advantage, the game was played relatively cleanly. At one point, Mark Borowiecki and Travis jousted and seemed ready to go when a linesman intervened and put a stop to it with a spectacular tackle of the Senator pugilist. Later, Travis ended up squaring off with Matt Kassian, which was a mismatch before the bout, and certainly during. Our number 32 didn’t cover himself in glory with this one. With the news that Michaël Bournival is sticking with the team, I have to idly wonder what Travis’ future holds.

    Finally, an arresting aspect of this game was the presence of Buddy Robinson on the Sens’ roster. Every time Pierre Houde called his name, it was jarring, I’d be transported back to the Seventies when Larry patrolled the blue line and made sure we were all safe and everything would be all right, and vanquished dirty Bruins and filthy Flyers. I almost shed a tear.

    … you know, because there’s no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.–Bill Simmons

  8. ProHabs says:

    Beaulieu and Dumont cut, down to Hamilton. Tinordi and Bournival make the team.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      Bournival makes the team and O’Byrne is over in Russia.

      • savethepuck says:

        But isn’t O’B the big crease clearing DMan we need? 😉

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

      • SlovakHab says:

        Prague is in Czech Republic. Central Europe.
        But yeah the point stands – good trade by the looks of things.

        Would be great to get a very solid 2-way center our of Bournival. I really like that player.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Hope the Habs don’t lose Dumont for nothing. He has to go through waivers.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        With every team struggling to hide their prospects in the AHL at this point, I think he’s still pretty safe. Usually in season when injuries deplete rosters, that’s when waivers get tricky.

        Gabriel doesn’t have a high profile. If he was 6’2″ he’d be snapped up, but as it is I’m pretty confident he’ll sneak through, although I’d have preferred not having to risk it.

        • savethepuck says:

          I agree with that. Not 100% clear on the waiver issues, but I think if he gets picked up on waivers, he has to stay with their NHL team or else they will have to send him down and put him on waivers again. ( maybe I am not 100% right). UCE, can you repost the link to the Site which explains the Habs that are or are not waiver elogible? I promise to bookmark it this time.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

          • Un Canadien errant says:


            This is the website that has that info. Check all the columns, all the pulldown menus, lots of cool reference materials. The waivers info is in the “Other Pages” column.

            … you know, because there’s no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.–Bill Simmons


          • savethepuck says:

            Thanks a lot.

            “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
            Carey Price

          • savethepuck says:

            I find it very interesting that Zachary Fucale is the only Hab as of now that does not have to worry about waivers until the 2018-19 season, the year Carey’s contract ends. Of course I am assuming or expect that for him to be waiver absent until then, it greatly depends on how many NHL games he plays, but I noticed that McCarron is only waiver eligible until 2017-18, the year before. Fucale is a May birthday and McCarron is a March birthday, so I can’t figure out the reason for the extra year for Fucale. Can anyone help?.

            “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
            Carey Price

  9. Cal says:

    Yay! Habs beat the Sens AHL team while being outshot and outplayed pretty badly in the first.
    Lots of work left for the coaches and players in preparation of the real thing next Tuesday.
    The rollercoaster leaves its station at about 7:15 PM October 1st. It’s going to be a rough ride.

  10. johnnylarue says:

    Edit: Johnny repeats himself! (Double post.)

  11. johnnylarue says:

    Bernie stays!

    Well earned. I feel like Bournival + Prust + Moen/White/Parros gives us a
    very respectable checking line. And while I realize it’s the bottom of the pecking order, it’s still nice to have a reserve of quality checking forwards. Prust and ostensibly Moen are both able to fill in on the 3rd when needed.

    And speaking of Moen, watching him fight Kassian for two seconds actually made me feel bad for the guy. It’s apparent he’s being pressured to drop the gloves and he really doesn’t seem to want to… Take away the millions in the bank, and there’s something undeniably pathetic about this situation…

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      There’s something undeniably pathetic about the NHL.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Yeah, it’s like he was trying to do too little too late. Nobody in their right mind expects him to go toe-to-toe with Matt Kassian, but when there’s some pushing and shoving going on, he should be the first one in there to give some pushback, he shouldn’t let Ryan White beat him to the, er, punch. If he had played a little tougher and more committed, and shown that he’d support George Parros and Brandon Prust, and be another physical player along with Ryan and Douglas Murray and Jarred Tinordi, his position would be assured. I think now he may be shopped. He has a limited NTC, but he’s got a young family and it would suck for him to have to move right at the start of the season.

  12. Garbo says:

    I thought Price played well.

    I thought Desharnais played very well.

    • savethepuck says:

      Not usually a huge DD supporter and I know some disagree with the DD MaxP and Briere line, but I am enjoying watching them on the PP. Seems when they have control of the puck in the O zone, they cycle it well and don’t give it up.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  13. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Right! I’ll be the first one to say it.


    I didn’t see the game, but I’m sure it wasn’t very exciting, but can we use it as the last yardstick of the pre-season? Or the first yardstick of the season? Or maybe it’s just a stick I found in my yard…

    Whatever the case, I’m just going to enjoy these stats for a little while:
    Craig Anderson / 3 GA / 25 SA / 22 Sv / 0.880 Sv% / 58:36 ToI
    Carey Price / 1 GA / 30 SA / 29 Sv / 0.966 Sv% / 59:50 ToI

  14. mr_jmac says:

    We have a mediiocre team:

    Starting goaltending is mediocre
    Back-up goaltender is above average.
    Top line is below average
    2d line is above average
    3rd line is mediocre.
    4th line is mediocre.

    It will come down to a race for a wild card position. Should be an entertaining and fun season!

    • Mattyleg says:

      I disagree with everything except that it should be a fun season.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Rugger says:

        Agree with everything you said Matty.

      • mr_jmac says:


        There are tons of great story lines for this year which will make for an entertaining season:

        Can Carey Price finally hit that next level where he can be considered a dominant goalie in the league?

        Will Eller continue to improve and become a respectable 2-way 2nd line centreman in the league?

        Will Gally and Chucky build upon their rookie season? Specifically can Galchenyuk live up to his top 3 draft status?

        Can PK repeat as a Norris trophy winner? (I think this is the only question where we can confidently say yes.)

        Can Tinordi prove himself and stay in the line up all year?

        But at the end of the day this team just doesn’t have anything special (outiside of PK Subban) .

        If Beulieu and Tinordi get better next year will be our shot (Gionta contract and Markov contract off the books.) cap space to sing some marquee players and Gally/Galchenyuk/Eller even better.

    • punkster says:

      Well, that’s the news from the Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.

      Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…

    • savethepuck says:

      Hating myself for even replying, but why the exclamation point at the end of the last sentence? Everything seemed so depressing until you perked it up at the end.!!!!!!

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • mr_jmac says:

        Because after watchng all the pre-season games and comparing our line-up to the rest of the league it is exactly how I feel.

        We have a team which compete on any given night … with a solid line -up but we are not at the level we need to be to even come close to winning a cup.

        Like I said shoud be a very entertaining season!

        • savethepuck says:

          Not even October yet, May is a long way away. Our team ( or maybe my team ) is more than fine.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

  15. The Jackal says:

    This thought just kind of dawned on me while thinking about the pre-season being meaningless…

    So maybe the pre-season is meaningless on the whole, particularly for veterans who know that the real season is a marathon, and it is no secret that many players hold back, not only in the pre-season, but in certain matches, in order to be better rested for more key match-ups and the playoffs.

    On the other hand, for prospects and young players, the pre-season is a serious thing. This is their chance to make the team or to further strengthen their case to be kept on the team. So with that in mind, maybe beating a “B” team is somewhat laudable, the assumption being that a team of vets who may not be giving their all beat a team of talented youngsters with a lot on the line.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      The vets are supposed to be in the NHL for a reason. A sports team is supposed to be filled with very [very] competitive people. Even if it is the pre-season, they can go through the motions at the beginning, but towards the end they should probably start ramping things up to get into game shape (both physically and ‘mentally’ with their reads and their play), AND they should always beat a B team filled with non-NHL players.

    • savethepuck says:

      Something I’ve noticed about preseason over the last 3 years ( not including the lockout year of course), is that Price always seems to lower his goals against per game as the preseason goes on. He has said before that he likes to come in to camp and improve gradually to peak when the season is ready to begin ( the chill out episode of the fall of 2010). Posters every year complain about the way he plays early in preseason, but it always seems to work at when the season begins.. It makes me think that other players possibly treat preseason the same way, and that is why I refuse to put any emotion into preseason games. I watch for the purpose of seeing a few good plays and hoping my team wins. If they don’t, big deal.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  16. Bill says:

    I hate to say this about an Antigonish guy, but Paul Maclean is a douchebag. That whole disrespectful nonsense about #81 last season, sending Kassian out with three minutes left (avoiding the two minutes), then spitting his gum out on the ice like a slob. Guy is just unprofessional.

  17. NCRhabsfan says:

    It must be just me, but I’m having a hard time getting excited about this season. It’s not that I don’t think that the Habs don’t have some exciting players, I just don’t think hockey players can succeed in the Mr Bettman’s NHL. After watching the abortion on ice that was the Sabres – Leafs game the other night after which the NHL performed a sexual favour on the stick swinging Kessle by giving him three gratis nights off in pre-season he wanted anyways, I can’t help but think the grand old game has gone the way of world federation wrestling. It is a joke. Mr Bettman probably claps his tiny little hands in glee every time an NHL player is seriously injured in some gratuitous act of violence by a guy with vastly fewer hockey skills because he just sold 5 more tickets to WWF fans in the deep south.

    In the current NHL the following things seem to be true:

    – Actual hockey skills are a liability.
    – If you are a skilled young player, you will suffer a brain injury at the hands of a vastly less skilled player.
    – When a good young skilled player is injured by a vicious pointless hit by a lesser hockey player he will be mocked and ridiculed by Don Cherry. This is doubly true if he is from any country other than Canada.
    – Team fans will scream with rage when their players are injured or maimed in the above noted circumstances but scream with glee when their players do it to other teams.
    – Lacrosse is rightly our national sport because it would be really, really embarrassing to claim hockey.
    – NHL hockey fans have no pride or self-awareness. When 95% condone fighting as necessary in the sport, you have self declared as idiots! It is as necessary to hockey as it is to banking or automotive repairs. It is illegal and to condone it is gross.

    I’ve been a Habs fan for over 50 years but I cannot watch what will be a train wreck this year. Not because this is not a good hockey team, but because it doesn’t have anywhere enough Hells Angels that can skate. The Leafs have about three hockey players and the rest of the team is goons. The Sens and Bruins are about the same. This isn’t hockey anymore. With the season opener around the corner, they should be saying “Let’s get ready to rumble!” I’m out.

    • L Elle says:

      Everything you say is true. The goons are ruining the game. And because everyone else has one, we’ve got to get one too. But it is the culture. Young kids have to prove they can fight in the pre-season, just to make the team. There are GMs signing said goons, maybe because their coaches are asking for them?

      There is still great skill and beauty in the game.

      I don’t think I can stop watching though, but I use the fights for kitchen and bathroom breaks. ; )

      The goons take these jobs knowingly, the demand is there, and they supply.

  18. calvee123 says:

    So, I think I’m happy of the pre season game they played tonight. I had the game playing on TSN 690, had to time it with the RDS broadcast, and had it perfect timing. I think that there should be a translator that can hear the French and post it in closed caption in your language of choice!!! Would be great for us anglophone…..

  19. Mavid says:

    Tony Marinaro ‏@TonyMarinaro 8m
    Paul Maclean spit his gum on ice right b4 exiting 4 dressing room. Couldnt wait 5 more seconds? Habs should pull his moustache next time…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  20. Mavid says:

    Twitter is a buzz with rumors that the Walrus spat his gum onto the Habs logo? Anyone else see anything on this?

    Michael Lesniak ‏@habsfollow 7m
    Rumor has it that the Walrus spat his gum onto the #Habs logo as he was leaving the ice… Anyone have the video of that? #Suspension?

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • The Jackal says:

      I used to think the Walrus was a classy guy, but after the playoff series, I changed my mind. Nonetheless, I don’t know if he is that classless, and if he did do that, then I’m pretty sure there is a fine or some kind of disciplinary action for such behaviour.

      On the bright side, if he did do that, then at least we got under his dirty team’s skin and showed them who is the boss.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I saw him spit it out as he walked across the ice.
      RDS had a closeup on him.
      His gum was yellow.
      Don’t know where exactly it landed, but it was kinda stupid to spit it on the ice.
      It freezes and gets picked up by the zamboni, but still…

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • habsgod says:

      i’m getting to hate that fat bug eyed walrus!

  21. The Slacker says:

    Man, plex hit the cookies with a laser bullet. A-team is looking good.

  22. jedimyrmidon says:


    A goal from the three top lines: Galchenyuk, Pleks and Pacs.

    • savethepuck says:

      I love the fact this team has 3 balanced lines as opposed to the typical top 6, 3rd line checking line and 4th line grit line. I am sure it makes it much harder for an opposing team to defend. Focus on 1 or 2 lines, opens room for the other.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  23. Danno says:

    Again that bum Price fails to get a goal

    Trade him now!


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  24. Luke says:

    Mien isn’t a goon like Kassian. He should have tomahawked him twice. #NHL #beers

  25. HabFab says:

    Noticing Chucky doing a lot of shoving and pushing… serving notice he can’t be manhandled this season.

  26. Adidess says:

    We’re not playing great, but winning 3-1 right now.

    Does anyone know how large a win we need for people not to panic and think we gonna suck all season?

  27. Mavid says:

    Anyone here watch SOA?

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • The Jackal says:

      Do you mean Sons of Anarchy?
      I don’t but I thought Charlie Hunnam was awesome in Pacific Rim so I’d be tempted to watch it, except I don’t like the premises of the show. Is it good?

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Dust says:

        I watch it. The first few seasons were awesome. So far this season i’m a little underwhelmed.

      • Mavid says:

        its excellent.. but not for the weak of heart..I love of my favorites
        Katie Segal as the biker wife is so good..she is the perfect blend of mother and bitch..Charlie is…well besides the obvious hunkyness he is very is most of the main characters..I find it to be fairly close to reality I highly recommend it

        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

        • The Jackal says:

          I’ll check it out. I think it is on Netflix.

          A good show to check out as well is Homeland, it’s excellent.

          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

          • Mavid says:

            It is on Netflix if you live in the States, not in of my sons fixed mine so i got the US Netflix that is how I watched Season 1-4 someone gave me 5 and I have a site for it now so I saw the beginning of 6 on that..let me know if you need a link

            Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

          • The Jackal says:

            Thanks Mavid but I fixed up my Netflix the same way, and I did the same for my parents, so we’re all enjoying the extra content that US Netflix has to offer.


            Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • FishOutOfWater says:

          i thought the acting was terrible across the board…
          i watched 3 episodes.

          back to the SOPRANOS for me!

  28. habs-fan-84 says:

    Eller’s best game so far.

  29. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Wow – Jérémy Grégoire has 8 points in first 3 games. Great start for the 6h round pick.

  30. HabFab says:

    Now for all the Moen bashers, that was impressive!! Two Sens and one linesmen with one bump…kapoow!!

  31. habs-fan-84 says:

    Moen has been great in the pre-season. I have no doubt it will continue.

  32. Habsolutely says:

    Sweet pass by Brière. Really hope him and MaxPac click this season, they could be dangerous…

  33. H.Upmann says:

    HAHAHA comical

  34. crabvader says:

    Briere and Patches stay healthy and we got ourselves a scary line.

  35. Danno says:

    Brière makes me want to crack open a nice cold Bière


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  36. The Jackal says:

    Looks like the tone here as changed.
    Maybe I will change mine too and say that we can extrapolate a few positive things to the regular season 😉

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • savethepuck says:

      There is a big difference to some between a 1 goal lead and a 2 goal lead.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  37. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  38. slyCH says:

    That was a craaaaazy pass by Briere. Wow!

  39. habsfaninboston says:

    Sweet pass by Briere.

  40. TheDagger says:

    40 for MaxPac this year

  41. Mavid says:

    their just playin with them…its all part of the master plan..don’t worry

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  42. Habsolutely says:

    Crossing the blueline with your head down is gonna be hazardous to your health when you play the Habs this season…

  43. Danno says:

    PK shuts the gate

    PK the gate keeper


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  44. habs-fan-84 says:

    iol that was good

  45. TheDagger says:

    Haha he looked down and saw train tracks

  46. crabvader says:

    UCE, of course, the second I say something about Kaepernick, he throws a TD… SMH

  47. durocher says:

    Suit aside, what did MB say about Tinordi and Bournival?

  48. crabvader says:

    Eller has more hits than anyone on the ice for either side.

  49. L Elle says:

    I liked the suit.

  50. Hobie Hansen says:

    Markov and Diaz are playing better tonight, aside from the brain cramp in the 1st. They are getting on pucks quickly and moving it out of the zone. Could be a different story with Spezza and Ryan closing in on them but so far so good.

  51. jedimyrmidon says:

    Funny how when the Habs are getting outshot, people are upset. But when the Habs heavily outshot the Sens last spring, people were still unhappy, and said shot count didn’t mean anything.

    I guess shot count is just used as an excuse to be unhappy.

    (What I think? Outshooting your opponent is a good sign.)

    • ABHabsfan says:

      outscoring your opponent is a better thing. Scoring chances tell more of a story than SOG

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • Mattyleg says:

      It can be misleading, though.
      I was at the Carolina game in Mtl and we put plenty of rubber on the net, might have even outshot the Hurricanes, but we never really looked like scoring, and made their goalie look better than he was.

      Lots of ‘low percentage’ shots (as smart people call them) aren’t that useful, except for helping the goalie see a bigger puck and gain confidence.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  52. jrshabs1 says:

    Habfab…how is #61 playing ? Is he one of the best players on the ice again tonight ?

  53. CHicoHab says:

    I think that jacket used to belong to Vince McMahon

  54. johnnylarue says:

    Thing about Bournival is he virtually doubles the cumulative hockey IQ of the 4th line. Size issues notwithstanding, he’s an archetypal intelligent defensive forward. His speed and smarts allow him to intercept passes and break up plays with relative ease.

    If he doesn’t make the team out of camp, I feel like we’ll see him with the big club again sooner than later.

  55. slyCH says:

    MB slowly turning into Don Cherry, style wise. My God.

  56. Un Canadien errant says:

    Marc Bergevin rocking a Granny Smith tie with his tablecloth suit. Nice work.

  57. H.Upmann says:

    Anyone got a decent feed out there? getting all choppy

  58. slyCH says:

    The 1st period shot differential is astounding considering the B team Ottawa is fielding. Yeach…

  59. The Jackal says:

    Why are many of you folks putting so much stock in these pre-season games?

    So the team is not playing that well. So what? That’s the point of the pre-season, shake the rust off, try new things, try new players, new lines, etc. There is no need to win or play a certain way because the games don’t mean anything, it is a warmup.

    If Usain Bolt had a poor time in the warmup race no one would give a crap.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  60. savethepuck says:

    What a great shot, and it was very nice of the Sen to screen Anderson.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  61. crabvader says:


    Maaaaan does it suck to be the guy playing fantasy football who is stuck with Krapernick… he is just hitting that sophomore slump in full stride.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I went with Luck in one league as my starter, and have Russell Wilson in my other as a backup. I avoided RGIII, wasn’t convinced he’d be all the way back. Your boy, I never had a crack at him, he was gone long before I wanted to get a QB. I dodge that bullet.

  62. L Elle says:

    Pleks from Gionta (aka useless Captain) and Bork. 😉

  63. Sportfan says:

    Wow that goal song sucks

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  64. HabinBurlington says:

    There’s a spark for the team, good job Plex and Gio.

  65. twilighthours says:

    That’s as good as one can shoot a puck

  66. slyCH says:

    Wow! What a blast!

  67. Adidess says:

    That’s more like it, Pleks!

  68. habsfaninboston says:

    ‘Wow! What a laser by Pleks.

  69. Danno says:

    Turtleneck Man!


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  70. CHicoHab says:

    Upstairs baby!!

  71. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    This is looking more and more like the 2011-12 season.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  72. twilighthours says:

    Officials are winding down the pre season and getting ready for the real deal by putting the whistles away

  73. CHicoHab says:

    Can’t see them getting away with it when season starts you’re right.

  74. jedimyrmidon says:

    Sens getting away with a lot in this game… lots of interference, little cheap shoves, etc.

  75. slyCH says:

    So far this game is…tedious, at best.

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