Picking up the pieces

Inside the room – Hickey

Leighton lights out – Stubbs

Philly in the movies – Stubbs

Bleu blank rouge – Roy MacGregor

• Maybe the magic has evaporated – Damien Cox

Hot Flyers, anemic Habs – Brian Cazeneuve in SI

Coming up empty – Scott Burnside of ESPN

• Too late maybe, but Canadians jump on the bandwagon

And if you think the Canadiens are in trouble, consider the allegedly mighty San Jose Sharks


  1. SLONCOLD says:

    XM for most games just carries teh regional feed. for philly they r picking up the flyers feed

  2. SLONCOLD says:

    halak hasn’t proved anythign yet? really?

  3. Natrous says:

    Ron, if you’re from Ottawa or lived here when JM coached the Sens, you should look back to what actually happened instead of writing the above.

    “This team has been buiolt for speed and finesse and JM is not that kind of coach.” – did you see the team he coached in Ottawa? He coached from ’95 to ’04, with guys like Hossa, Havlat, Redden, Alfredsson, Bonk, Prospal, etc. They were ALL speed and finesse. JM is definitely qualified to coach those types of players.

    “Remember, in Ottawa he refused to play Spezza in the playoffs.” – Spezza was a rookie at the time and an absolute defensive liability (up there with MAB), which made sitting him a no-brainer at the time. It wasn’t until years later that Spezza improved in his own end and wasn’t as much of a risk.

    “the Kostisen experiment must be ended” – That’s Pierre Gauthier’s job, not JM’s. Sergei probably won’t play for the Habs again (there I go saying that for the third time this season) and AK46 has one year left on his deal.

    “create some cap space by bundling in Hamerlik and one of the goalies.” – good luck finding a taker for Hamrlik, so doesn’t want to send another equally-sized cap hole back to us.

  4. Natrous says:

    The team would play with more energy if Halak stepped up like he did in rounds 1 and 2 with some key saves.. That Briere goal was deflating given that it happened so early – had Halak made a sweet glove save, I bet Montreal’s confidence would have doubled on the spot.

  5. Ron in Ottawa says:

    what a bunch of homers. It appears that you guys can never see the bigger picture. Yuo act like a bunch of US Republicans- any criticism is unpatriotic. But what would you have been saying if the Habs had missed the playoffs? Would you have thought that JM is the greatest and untouchable?

  6. Bash says:

    Thanks for all the insights! You’re incredibly astute evaluation of the Habs defies logics in every sense. Your fellow trolls must be proud. What are you… a Leafs fan I’m betting.



    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  7. alestar says:

    …and good riddance to them!


    XXIV…and counting

  8. Bob Barker says:

    There’s no doubt Halak starts game 3 but he shouldn’t be completely blameless.  Sure the offense has produced nothing but it’s possible to play well in a losing cause and so far he hasn’t. With 10 minutes left, one solid bounce could have changed the momentum but that third goal killed any chance of a comeback. 

    The whole team needs to be better, including Halak. MAB needs some sort of brain implant that allows Markov to control him from the pressbox. 

  9. idle says:

    I find that too often our forwards are breaking in on goal (even 2 or 3 of them) take a shot and then keep skating until they are behind the goal line.  When a rebound comes out they are too deep to get their sticks on it.  Why not shoot and stop in front of the net.  Give M.L something to think about too like the 2 Habs charging in on him…


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  10. habbytown says:

    I’ve been saying for months to tank and I’m not changing that stance, just take a look at Chicago. how the hell do you think they got to be such a good team?  NOT BY PATCHING!

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