Plenty to smile about

Fromage!

The Canadiens take their team photo this morning, no doubt still stoked by winning that excellent game last night.

There was nothing cheesy about beating a fast-skating quality opponent in OT. The crowd at the Bell Centre and fans watching the Canadiens and Coyotes on TV were treated to April hockey in October.

It augurs well for November and beyond

Carey Price is solid, Tomas Plekanec is earning his $$$ and AK46 has two game-winning goals – matching his total last season.

Red Fisher on AK46

Pat Hickey’s game story

Quotes from the room

Markov almost ready

• François Gagnon on your first-place Canadiens

Tuesday Video Theatre

And how long will Josh Gorges have to star on the Canadiens D before Bauer learns how to spell his name? (Shout out to ddawwidd)

And another head shot, this time by LA captain Dustin Brown

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287 Comments

  1. Say Ash says:

    I had it in Vancouver as part of the NHL Centre Ice free preview. Randorf calls it OK but Johnson was pretty lame. As my sales boss would say, that guy is flatter than p*ss on a plate.

    Man, I wish I had RDS in HD here.

  2. habaddict_andy says:

    Ahahahaha!  Maybe it is funny too when putting Nunacanadian.

    Don’t forget Nunacanadian post well during tough times, like August.  Its the regular season he has to be consistent with, stop
    being so lazy and actually be a pro poster for once, grow up and write.  We should be careful not to set up Nunacanadian again as our Troll, especially if he gets into another slump. Let
    us be careful with our attention of Nunacanadian and ignore him properly. 
    The HIO praising Nunacanadian is not the way to go.  Nor is calling him the next Timo early in
    the year only to see him suffer around christmas, is also wrong.  We
    should support Nunacanadian the way we supported Toronto, when he is positive with praise, but honesty when he’s negative.  Enough of this using
    statistics to prove he is a thoroughbred that is old.   Let Nunacanadian earn
    his respect the way he wants

     

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  3. RGM says:

    Wasn’t available here in Halifax – very disappointed with Eastlink today.

    Go Habs Go!

  4. forskis says:

    Wanted to know if anyone caught the TSN regional feed?  How were Dave Randorf and Mike Johnson?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  5. mike g says:

    Hits to the head, huh?…..

    So are we gonna identify each player who gets thrown out of a game like Brown did last night, as a dirty/wreckless player?

    I find that really unfair. If you watch his shift in whole, he smashes a Wild d-man with a totally legal, but bonecrushing hit into the boards. He then backchecks hard into his zone, and hit’s Mietinnen. This was such a borderline call, and he better not be suspended for it.

    If Miettinen doesn’t turn after his shot, or is standing up straight, it’s a shoulder to shoulder hit. And the difference between that hapenning or a shoulder to head hit, is less than one second. By that time it’s too late for Brown to change his mind, he’s already in-motion and decided he’s going to lay a bodycheck on Mietinnen.

    And that’s where the problem is. This is a rule invented by the NHL for good reasons, but it’s full fo gray areas. Brown could have had him lined-up for 5 whole seconds, and then at the last moment just because Antti decides to turn, it becomes and illegal and dirty hit.

    That can’t be the case in the NHL. The players with the puck are now in control of the physical aspect of the game. There’s no more threat of getting leveled open ice, because I can just turn and make you hit my head. All of a sudden, you who had intentions of getting a big hit on me, are now ejected from the game for a hit to the head.

    I know it sounds crazy, and players likely won’t wanna do this because they can get nasty head injuries, but the possibility is there. Just like the new trend we’ve seen over the past 5 years, where players turn their backs to the play everytime they’re up-against the boards. You can’t hit them anymore, because you’ll get thrown out for a hit from behind.

    It’s a really messy situation. Guys like Dustin Brown and Mike Richards were raised and coached to play a physical/offensive brand of hockey. These players thrive on scoring goals and smashing other players. They’re a rare breed of players that are wanted on every team. Yet, they’re both going to be victims of this rule.

    The same way everyone here thinks Mike Richards is a dirty player, judging by last night’s Brown hit, you must all think that Brown is also a dirty/cheap player.

    And that’s not the case….

     

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  6. Clay4bc says:

    Hey, that’s great! I think it was you who asked last week about how to get this to happen?

    The only thing that surprised me about that story is that there were better seats available! :)

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    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  7. JF says:

    I just noticed Andrei Kostitsyn was chosen as the NHL’s first star.

  8. fbkj says:

    thats amazing… st-lambert ftw :P

  9. 123456 says:

    while i do not condone name calling (yes i did it once) u gotta love the reference to a classic show!

  10. habaddict_andy says:

    Look who’s back from the dead.  I guess it took some courage to start posting again.  Anyway, how’s the temperature in Iqaluit?  Here in Montreal it’s supposed to go up to 19 degrees.  But for your advise, I guess we can never be too careful.  :P

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  11. JD_ says:

    Damn, that is one great story.

  12. Velavok says:

     

    Good win last night guys.

     

    I was so happy that eller got a point, i was really hoping he could get on the board. I thought he played hard last night and it looks like the kid just needs a bounce or 2 to go his way to get some confidence going. Keep hustling out there Lars and the results will come.

     

    Im very concerned regarding the 2nd line. Gomez and GIo need to get something going. Looked like they started with pyatt up there, then omen, then pouliot. Talk about a revolving door, seems we cant even find a winger for 2 shifts, let alone a game. Whoever ends up there with them, those 2 need to create more and take the pressure off the 1st line to always produce. Gio seems to be really squeezing the stick since he was anointed, hopefully he can shake that soon and get on a roll.

     

  13. fbkj says:

    OR how about lets cheer for the team however we feel like, thanks for offering your template though, however, pass

  14. SmartDog says:

    That’s why Boucher is such a revelation to the NHL (and now Tampa’s revelation… or revolution). He’s a strategist who THINKS and LIVES motivation. 

    That’s what coaches don’t do. It’s very old school. Apparently there IS a sports psychologist on staff with the Habs (not all teams have one).  But Martin and Muller are a product of their own training in hockey.  So they don’t have the right tools to do more than bench this guy, have a chat with that guy, yell at another guy.  Very sad. Poor asset management. 

    Hopefully they at least read books.  There are LOTS of good books on motivation… but you need to live it to do it well.  You need to understand people and sometimes fight your own reaction to do the motivating thing.  I can’t see our coaches doing it.  I really mourn the loss of Boucher.  To me, losing Boucher is a bigger mistake than signing Gomez. That’s how important I think this is. 

    Our only recourse is to hope there IS ENOUGH awareness in the coaching staff of how to properly influence players. I mean, life DOES TEACH a few things.  Not as much as studying and reading on a subject will, but some.  Hopefully.

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    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  15. JD_ says:

    When Gauthir knows that Price is playing at the time that the others know is when he is, then Ganiey won’t have to make the decision that Guthier wasn’t going to make, in the same way that it’s wrong for the other players who haven’t covered the blue line aren’t saying the same thing. This is why Delvecchio was wrong about the things that the Wings were going to have to do when he first decided that the time was when everyone knew except him that Howe wasn’t retiring to know everything. So, Price has to play when Auld plays the other side of the dressing room’s decision for Marttin who has the same thing with Price before Auld like Michel Plasse did when Wayne Thomas wasn’t the same for going with the same that Lapointe knew before. Told you so.

  16. WetCoast says:

    Just in case anyone forgot about the class of the Canadiens organization – last Thursday my mother attended the hockey game.  She is 96 and legally blind (she has some sight).  As she was being escorted to her seat the attendant asked if she enjoyed hockey and she told him how as a schoolgirl in St Lambert they would line up at the TRAIN platform and wave to the team; of course she remembered all the older players but her personal favourite is Jean Beliveau.  After the first period, someone from security came to get her (and the rest of the famility with her) and told her they were taking her to a better seat and someone wanted to meet her.  They took her to a room somewhere and in walked Mr. Beliveau who talked with her, gave her a jersey and a puck.  Then they moved everyone to better seats closer to the ice.  She was so excited that she can’t remember the second period (just as well) but it was a wonderful experience for her and one she won’t forget.

  17. shiram says:

    How awesome was it to see Kostitsyn play last night? I really liked Plekanec as well, using his speed to great results.

    As for the GG line, I’m thinking they need a power forward with them, to open up the ice for them, but it doesnt seem to be something we have in this organization.

  18. RGM says:

    Don’t forget Kostitsyn plays well against the tough teams, like Phoenix.  Its the regular teams he has to be consistent with, stop being so lazy and actually be a pro hockey player for once, grow up and win.  We should be careful not to set up Kostitsyn again as our annointed top 6 forward, especially if he gets into another slump. Let us be careful with our praise of Kostitsyn and praise him properly.  The habs issuing a press release telling us to cheer for Kostitsyn is not the way to go.  Nor is annointing him as the next Lafleur early in the year only to see him suffer around christmas, is also wrong.  We should support Kostitsyn the way he should be supported, when he wins with praise, but honesty when he loses.  Enough of this using statistics to prove he is a thoroughbred that is old.   Let Andrei earn his respect the way he wants

    Go Habs Go!

  19. shiram says:

    I would think that might the organization look bad for players. Not only do they have less salaries here because of taxes, but if we bury veterans like that, it doesnt make Montreal an attractive place to play.

    Add in flip flopping fans, and an intrusive media and well….

     

  20. nunacanadien says:

    Don’t forget Price plays well against the tough teams, like Phoenix.  Its the regular teams he has to be consistent with, stop being so lazy and actually be a pro hockey player for once, grow up and win.  We should be careful not to set up Price again as our annointed number 1, especially if he gets into another slump. Let us be careful with our praise of Price and praise him properly.  The habs issuing a press release telling us to cheer for Price is not the way to go.  Nor is annointing him as the next Dryden early in the year only to see him suffer around christmas, is also wrong.  We should support Price the way he should be supported, when he wins with praise, but honesty when he loses.  Enough of this using statistics to prove he is a thoroughbred that is old.   Let Carey earn his respect the way he wants.

  21. Bryan says:

    I’M GOING WITH JERK STORE

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    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  22. Bryan says:

    I think he was saying that all of our previous wins were vs. bottom feeders, and that this was a win over a contender.

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    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  23. pic1983 says:

    I dont understand this whole thing that its wrong to criticize in a win.  The truth of the matter is, if our top line goes dry, were done.  The secondary scoring has to improve, our powerplay needs to improve, and Spacek/Gomez/Gionta/hammer NEED to be better.  If we want to continue our winning ways, these things need to be addressed. 

  24. Ian Cobb says:

    E-mail came up so I deleted!

  25. LA Loyalist says:

    Hey Mr. Poop: — you know I have probably bagged on nGomez as hard as anyone in these pages (and been flamed for it plenty).

    My question is: in 2010 don’t the coaches have any better solutions to performance issues than sticking someone on the 4th line or cutting their minutes? (I do see some use in sitting in the press box for  perspective on game, every time I sit in a new section at a game I find it fascinating how the game looks different.

    Doesn’t anyone (Muller?) sit with him and look at video? 

    If a fan like me can look at NHL highlights for 15 freaking minutes and see that MOST (not all) goals are being scored from GOING TO THE SLOT  and working around the net how come he can’t? Maybe he can’t score – but supposedly he has the skill to saucer/feather passes in there for his line mates. Some poster claimed he “creates space for this scoring linemates” — but he’s no threat at the net.

    Anyway, what do you think a solution is? It’s like the old joke, if you owe the bank a million dollars, you have a problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, the bank as a problem.

    We have an $8m problem that we are stuck with. What creative solution is out there?

    “insert tagline here”

     

  26. RGM says:

    That’s what she said!

    Go Habs Go!

  27. HabFanSince72 says:

    The debate over whether or not it was a “head” shot misses the point. The damage comes not from the direct blow to the head but from the sudden violent movement of the head.  A blindside hit to the shoulder causing the head to snap is also dangerous.

     

  28. Hobie Hansen says:

    Ya that’s definitely a shot to the head. I’m not sure if he was trying to knock him silly but he did have time to notice the opposing player was in somewhat of a vulnerable position and went out of his way to nail him.

  29. 24 Cups says:

    The greatest hockey game ever played.

    A perfect Christmas gift for the true Hab fan.

     

  30. RGM says:

    Where’d you get your clothes? The toilet store?

    Go Habs Go!

  31. pic1983 says:

    Well Dustin Brown isnt normally a dirty hitter.   I was kind of shocked that he of all people blindsided a player like that.  He is generally the oppitimy of how you play physical while still playing clean. 

  32. pic1983 says:

    The only problem with Pk on the point on the PP is that it seems like he has so many ideas of what to do, that it creates a delay in execution.  Also, when he goes for the shot, he tries too hard to hammer it.  Sometimes a good low shot is better than trying to blast the puck through the net. 

    I truly think Markov will fix all of our powerplay woes.  I hate to agree with Pierre Mcguire, but he was spot on in his assesstment that the PP needs a good decision maker on the back end.  I was already thinking about how JM should try a forward on the point on the PP last night, but couldnt figure out which one.  I think Pierre had a good idea in saying that Pleks should play the point on the PP in markovs absence.  He’s our best decision maker by far.  He can shoot, he can pass, and he is very strong defensively. 

  33. adam76 says:

    Last night was interesting.  Last season, that would have been a one point game.  The team (esp Price) has a swagger, a confidence.  Lets hope they can keep it going.

     

  34. LA Loyalist says:

    Good job Habs. Looks like everyone worked hard. Yotes are a good team.

    Cammy’s goal and AK’s winner were both the direct result of going to the slot in traffic, not noodling around the blue line.

    I trust the coaches will point that out.

     

     

    “insert tagline here”

     

  35. 123456 says:

    me thinks it was just a cleaning…but my dentist is not open late at night….hmmmm i must not have super star status. maybe as the season unfolds the excuses will get better and better (i’m all for that).

    is a dental problem is an “upper body injury”?

  36. Psycho29 says:

    OUCH! Good one!!!   :-)

  37. 123456 says:

    i agree it was a hit to the head but you certainly are allowed to finich a check – meaning you have about a second to hit a guy after he shoots or passes. the issue hear is not only the hit to the head but the oppotunity for brown to just hit him in the body…

  38. boneheadslanger33 says:

    Bottom feeders? The Coyotes finished last season 4th in the West with 107 points. That’s 19 points more than the Habs, and they were obtained in the tougher conference. Last night’s victory was not a result of the Habs beating bottom feeders…

  39. 123456 says:

    nice post. i’d like to believe that income will have nothing to do with who sits. certainly that and politics play some part but let’s hope JM can step above those. like yourself i note that gill has not always played well. i’d like to see a rotation where most of the dmen take turns sitting out – specifically gill, subban, obyrne and picard. also would be nice if spachek and hammer were rotated out. this would help keep guys fresh inseason and especially for the playoff (assuming the habs will be in). assuming no injuries two per game would sit out – i do not know the dynamics of the team but sitting subban would be effective if he were to sit with a vet like gill and use the live game as a teaching tool…watching video is a tool but you do not get emotional during the process as you will while watching the game live.

  40. JIMVINNY says:

    You’re crazy, man. Brown puts his elbow right on the point of Miettinen’s chin. The elbow is tucked, so it’s not elbowing, but it’s a textbook blindside headshot. He could have hit him in the shoulder and it would have been perfectly fine, but he did a fly-by and went after the head. That’s a suspension, no question. Not to mention the hit was after the puck had been released, taking away any chance that the intent was to separate the player from the puck.

  41. avatar_58 says:

    Oh yeah?? Well the jerk store called….

  42. SmartDog says:

    I agree about pushing Gomez to 3rd line or just benching him for a game.  No matter how you “FEEL” about Gomer, he’s not getting it done and doesn’t seem to be doing anything different TO get it done.   Whether I like him or not I want him to play better and he needs a big wake-up call, no question about that.  

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  43. JIMVINNY says:

    Nope, it was right on the jaw. Textbook blindside headshot.

  44. 123456 says:

    the brown hit was head contact, with all the opportunity to avoid it.

  45. Mattyleg says:

    …I don’t think he checked his head. Upper shoulder.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  46. Mattyleg says:

    Did you think of a comeback as you fell asleep last night?

    :)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  47. Mattyleg says:

    Couple ‘o thoughts:

    - Great win last night, we’ve had the habit in the last couple of years of losing to bottom feeders, and winning against contenders. Now let’s hope we can beat them both.

    - Gomez onto the 3rd line, Eller centers Gionta with Pouliot.

    - That Brown hit was not head-contact. He caught him on the inside of his shoulder, and I hope that cooler heads (heh) prevail in NHLHQ. I hate head-shots, but that wasn’t one of them. Looked it, but the harsh judgement on the ice should be enough punishment.

    - Price is playing fantastic. This is what we’ve all been waiting for.

    - Burn offerings and kneel before your Gods that AK stays healthy. Last 2 seasons he’s gone on a tear only to get banged up, then come back a shadow of his former self.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  48. Hobie Hansen says:

    Only over Spacek!

  49. j2w4habs25 says:

    Ahaha you gotta love Montreal!!!! you wouldnt think in Florida they would get this deep.

  50. adam76 says:

    Calling out Tom from last light:

    Are you really that arrogant to say that anyone who believes Eller would benefit long term with some more mins in the AHL sounds “clueless”?  Are you really comparing Gionta to Eller?

     

  51. 24 Cups says:

    I decided to focus on watching our defense last night and it appears that Martin will have an interesting decision to make once Andrei Markov returns. Markov will give us eight healthy Dmen who all fit under the cap. Gorges is doing what he does best and Gill certainly isn’t going to sit out even though his play and been very uneven so far. That’s his history so I guess we’ll just have to wait. Spacek and Hamrlik really should be on the 3rd pairing but that’s tough to do with a combined income of 9.5M. Their play goes up and down like a yo-yo but they do have tons of experience when it comes to the playoffs. There certainly hasn’t been any evidence that Martin would sit them down. However, being rested for a few games throughout the season might prove to be beneficial for them as well as the three younger guys.

    PK Subban is a work in progress as he really didn’t play that well last night. Way too much running around in his own end which leads to him being caught out of position. He’s going to get burned a few times once we start playing some elite forwards. He needs to do more by doing less.

    Punkster (the voice of reason) makes an astute observation about Subban telegraphing his plays. “That big wind up for the slapshot and the fake pass then spin the opposite direction in our zone…he’s a rookie clearly. A talented and gutsy rookie but a rookie.” Hey Subban, you’re not Serge Savard just yet:-)

     

    Then there is the surprising play of Picard. He doesn’t really use his size to advantage (neither do any of the other Dmen) but he’s been as steady as they come. How in the world do you sit this guy down after his rock solid play during the first ten games? He sure can’t go down to Hamilton seeing that he would be picked up on waivers for sure. Same goes for the forgotten man – Ryan O’Byrne. He’s really on the outside looking in these days and probably will only get back in the line-up as an IR fill-in.

    Markov is going to need some time to find his game once he returns. Hab fans view him as the team’s messiah but history states that a return after missing the start of the season is one of the toughest things to do in the NHL. I think it’s pretty obvious that OB will sit. Martin could dress seven Dmen or he could sit down another blueliner. The tough question is who will it be? I would vote for Subban just to knock him down a peg and let him realize that he is still on a steep learning curve. However, he plays on the right side and we are already over-loaded on the left (just ask Spacek). The other concern is that whoever plays with Markov is going to get a ton of ice time. Most fans thought it would be Subban but Spacek could also take that spot. Either way, that may not be beneficial.

    It certainly is going to be a tough call and one that is probably going to cost Picard an undeserving trip to the press box. Martin needs the courage to sit someone else. Make it so.

     

  52. Hobie Hansen says:

    Both are definitely liabilities when on the ice. Now that you mention the delay of game penalties I see where you’re coming from a little better.

    Why don’t the Habs just bury Spacek in Hamilton and continue to pay his salary while going after a guy like Bieksa? We could clearly use a little more toughness not only on the blue line but on our team in general.

  53. GPK says:

    Maybe he’s using Laraque’s old gloves? But wait a minute…that means BGL would’ve had to have dropped them. No, can’t be it…

  54. HabFanSince72 says:

    You want O’Byrne defending a lead in the 3rd period?

     

  55. HabFanSince72 says:

    This is close to blasphemy, but what if the problem with the 2nd line is Gionta?

  56. Hobie Hansen says:

    I would probably make excuses to not speak to the media after the game if I were Price as well.

  57. RGM says:

    Well call the funny farm and have them pick me up, then. I have really tried to like O’Byrne as a player, I really had hopes that he’d develop into a dominating, powerful defenceman. It just hasn’t worked out that way. For a guy that’s 6’6″ he often plays smaller than Gionta. He can’t be trusted if there’s a delayed penalty against the other team. Delay of game penalties.

    Spacek’s not exactly Norris Trophy material either, mind you, but at a minimum it’s a coin flip; at best, Spatch has a leg up on him by a good distance.

    The Canucks are rumoured to be shopping Kevin Bieksa, and while a straight swap for either Spacek or O’Byrne isn’t feasible from a cap perspective (not to mention Spacek’s limited NTC), it would be an upgrade for our blueline corps.

    Go Habs Go!

  58. Mike Boone says:

    Skepticism in the pressbox about the dentist story. Price’s teeth worked well enough for a post-game chat with his cousin, Shane Doan, outside the Phoenix room.

  59. linp says:

    A good win but other teams will be focusing on stopping our only scoring line. To get our 2nd line going, we need another winger like AK, who can hit to gain control of the puck or pick up a rebound to score. Gionta likes to shoot. But he didn’t pick the corner. Gomez is still playing like Gomez. He needs someone to pass the puck. Do we have someone who fits the bill? Moen and Pyatt are checkers. They can’t score. I find Eller plays better as a centre than as a winger. He also needs to gain some weight to support his game. No doubt his puck skill is the best among the bottom six forwards. With the centre position of the top two lines already set for the next few years, Eller will have to develop his game as a winger. He’ll need to get stronger physically. As for this year, we still have to rely on Pouliot to play on the 2nd line.

    The PP needs a one-timer on the blue line. Subban has to practise his one-timer. Spacek is so slow now and can’t win any puck one on one. Hamrlik played solid last night.

  60. SmartDog says:

    I didn’t say don’t celebrate.

    I agree – a win is a win, and just those nice goals are worth the celebration. 

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    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  61. Hobie Hansen says:

    I don’t think O’Byrne is lights out either but you’d have to be crazy to say you’d rather have Spacek defending a 1 goal lead or at any point of the game over O’Byrne. And yes unfortunately management will give Spacek the nod because of his ridiculous contract.

  62. habsguy says:

    I could care less how many wins the Yotes have,  a win is a win and I’m celebrating it!!!

  63. ZepFan2 says:

    Oh I know that. It’s just, he got the ball rolling, so to speak.

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  64. SmartDog says:

    Good win last night.  I love seeing Kostitsyn play this way.  Reminds me of two years ago – he and Pleks were dynamite.  The way those guys rush is awesome!

    But let’s remember that the Yotes have only 2 regulation wins this year.  Don’t pick out your parade dress yet.

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    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  65. kakey says:

    Some players are so trained into “finishing the checks” that it’s gonna take a season or 2 to change the mentality. Remember how players were flabbergasted by all the small hooking calls after the lockout? Now they’re finally used to it. 

    Also this hit had no positive effect defensively since the shot was already triggered. It would’ve been more useful if he just put his stick down to deflect the shot.

  66. SmartDog says:

    Good penalty on Brown – game misconduct.

    It’s a lot later than it should have been, but nice to see the league ACTUALLY enforcing this.

     

     

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  67. RGM says:

    The thing I find most disconcerting about it is that Brown was actually complaining very loudly to the official that he did nothing wrong.

    Textbook example of what informed folks are talking about when they say that there’s no respect among the players.

    Go Habs Go!

  68. RGM says:

    There are approximately 3.8 million reasons why Spacek won’t be sitting so that O’Byrne can take a spot. He hasn’t been that good, but he is still an improvement over #20.

    Go Habs Go!

  69. kakey says:

    That’s almost a replica of the Cooke hit on Savard, and fortunately, minus the concussion.

  70. Hobie Hansen says:

    Nothing bothers me more than when somebody isn’t happy enough with a win and has to point out a few small negatives.

     In this case however, the only negative was extremely noticeable. Spacek was not just bad last night he was completely brutal. I’ve heard many people trash him lately and I’ve come to his defense without really paying too close attention to him. So last night I watched each time he was on the ice and in particular in the defensive zone. I don’t think he won a single puck battle or was able to fend off one opposing player. He was pushed aside, danced around or just plain knocked off the puck all game. Even if he was lucky enough to get to a lose puck he’d clear it right into someone’s skates and the play in our end would stay alive.

    Sorry guys I had to pint that out. Otherwise I’m ecstatic with our club. Price and Kostitsyn are playing so well that my heart fills with pride just thinking about them.

    If the Habs were smart, when Markov returns they’ll play O’Byrne or Picard in Spacek’s place.    

    GO HABS GO!

  71. 24 Cups says:
    andrewberkshire's picture

    Mr. Kerley how do you like Andrei’s play this year? He’s tied with Nathan Horton for the most goals of any player taken in 2003 thus far this year.

     


    24 Cups's picture

    Hey Andrew – I knew this would be coming but I jsut wasn’t sure who would be first!!!  It’s still early but all the signs are there for that breakthrough year.  It’s not just the goalscoring that I’m impressed with but rather his demeanor and state of mind on the ice.  He seems to be realizing just how great the limelight can be.  I imagine it is also increasing his status with his teammates.  The return of Markov will eventually (Markov is going to need some time) increase AK46’s PP opportunities as well.

    I have been pretty hard on Andrei since I’ve been on ths site but with good reason.  Most other teams had a building block from that draft year and we had a half-miler. Our four young players all had to step up this year if we were going to once again challenge in the playoffs.  AK46 and Price are off to great starts and Pouliot and Subban still have time to hit their mark and show they are important cogs in the Hab wheel.  All the positives are there but they just need to get to the next level.

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com/ (JT’s take on Andrei)

    Cheers,

    Mr. Kerley:-)

     


  72. pic1983 says:

    I just dont give him credit for those series wins last year.  With just a “good” goalie instead of a “BONKERS” goalie, we dont win either of those series.  It was a team effort, and a lot of shots were blocked and opportunities cashed, but “sit tight and hang on for dear life while the goalie stops everything” is hardly a coaching strategy.  He had no answer for philly, and it was blatantly obvious that he got brutally out coached by laviolette when the stellar goaltending dried up.  Also, Pittsburgh and Washington were offensive teams, which makes it easier for Jacques Trademark Stifling defensive “system”.  Once we played a strong defensive team like Philly, he had no answer for them.  Just like how we got schooled by Jersey last week. 

    He still has a chance to win me over, but Ottawa used to be my number 2 team (Byran Murray truly ruined that team), so Im sure everyone can understand why I dont like the guy, and why I wasnt thrilled with him being hired in the first place.  He’s dry, uncreative, and terribly inconsistent when it comes to how he handles his players. 

    If we finish 6 or better in the east, our powerplay picks it up, our penalty killing stays where its at, and some of our younger players like Eller and BP start producing, I will be the first one to throw Martin a bone, and give him the credit he deserves. 

  73. Propwash says:

    Oooooor, maybe, just maybe Martin and the goalie coach did some behind the scenes talking to him?

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  74. RGM says:

    Hehe no worries my friend. I’m in a good mood today and having some fun with it. Do I see us as the Eastern Conference #1 seed in April? No, but it’s fun to enjoy it while it lasts. Heck, my father-in-law’s a Leafs fan and he was really enjoying “the first place Toronto Maple Leafs” last week, so now it’s our turn.

    Go Habs Go!

  75. Habs1st says:

    Watched the video.  Tough call and tough to call.  I agree with both sides of the argument.  Unfortunately, it may be the right call in order to reduce the number of head shots in the game. 

    However, what I don’t like, and what the NHL should come down harder on, is the stupid, deliberate, “I’m gonna kill that guy” incidents.  Whether this be a hit, a blindside hit, a headshot, boarding, hit from behind, a slash, a spear or whatever – the NHL needs to get rid of the garbage.  Maybe then everyone, players, fans, media, GMs, coaches will have more respect.  I know it is sometimes hard to judge, but others are more cut and dry. 

    As for consistency, I completely agree, the NHL has never been very good at applying consistency!  As for comparing something that happened two years ago to something that happened now, that may be a bit unfair.  Especially if the NHL consistently and fairly punishes incidents now that were not punishable two years ago, but are punishable now.  Rules changes.  Rules are amended and improved.  The headshot rule is a prime example.  Now, if the next Brown/Miettinen-like hit is not punished, or if the NHL says the Ref made a mistake, then the NHL is once again showing its inconsistency and will still need to improve its act. 

    Again, hitting is one thing – its part of the game.  Its the garbage that the NHL needs to get rid of.  I can’t remember the Lucic “stone cold stunner” on Komi (I remember Lucic man-handling him, just not the stunner), but I do remember a Montreal/San Jose game last year… Rob Blake knocked down Plekanec as they were fighting for the puck behind the SJ net.  Blake proceeded to repeatedly push/smash Plekanec’s face into the ice!  And of course, no call was made.  That is the type garbage I’m referring to!  You can slightly tug on a guys shirt, stick, or whatever and receive a 2:00 minute penalty, but you’re allowed to smash a guy’s face into the ice while his lying face first on the ice????  Gimme a break!  Garbage I tell ya!!!!!!

  76. Dave Stubbs says:

    Re: the typo on Gorges’s gloves: Hal Gill has won a Stanley Cup and his name is spelled HALL GILL in his pants. And how would I know (he said, beating you to it)? I noticed that typo when I saw his pants hanging on a hook in his stall last season.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  77. Ian Cobb says:

    Wow!

    the grammar and spelling has come a long way on this site, we can even pick out a typo inside the crotch of our players pants. Talk about perfection. I’m trying to keep up Dave.!!

  78. Mike Boone says:

    The name in my pants is misspelled “Mike Bone”. It doesn’t hurt to advertise.

  79. TomNickle says:

    What will you give me for odds?

    I’ll say he deletes the account and creates a new one.  If you want to go against that I’ll give you 2.5 to 1.

  80. Storm Man says:

    Ok deal…… No way he takes down his GQ man of the year pic.

  81. TomNickle says:

    Haha, what style huh.

    Must be beating them off with a stick.

  82. Xtrahabsfan says:

    And what prey tell are ya going to do for me if I am right? Into a lil humiliation boys?lol

  83. TomNickle says:

    Depends on what the bridge and tunnel posse have in mind.

  84. Storm Man says:

    so if Price wins 13 out of 20 starts you will leave?

     

  85. RGM says:

    Don’t make it easier for him. He said a majority. 11 will suffice.

    Go Habs Go!

  86. Storm Man says:

    That would be great….. But is he a man of his word?

  87. SmartDog says:

    Top of the morning to you Dave.  Are we going to see you at the summit?

     

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  88. Dave Stubbs says:

    Absolutely, SD, I’ll be dropping in on the Summit pregame dinner with an armload of stuff to donate to the raffle: a few books, a practice-used Doug Jarvis stick (when he was associate coach with the Habs, along with the column I wrote on its history), and my Canadiens centennial-year press pass with a CH-logo’d notebook to impress friends at school/work. See you there!

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  89. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Spats ,how are you liking your new home on Paradise Island? Your gonna love winter here man….And yes Dryden with Justin Trudeau will save us from the Harper years …

  90. RGM says:

    Ah Victoria, great city to visit. I’ve yet to make my way up to NB from Halifax but I’m told it’s very pretty.

    Go Habs Go!

  91. Gil says:

    Moncton area is nice hope you like it down here :D

  92. SPATS says:

    Hi Gang, just arrived in Riverview NB for a new life. Victoria BC (Bring Cash) was nice, but it was time to get back to our roots. Habs at 8/8:30pm is SO MUCH BETTER than at 4/4:30! What a great game to get back on side with our warriors.

    My observation from last night leads to the following silly chain reaction theory….

    Ellers contribution to the game winning goal could be rewarded as follows:

    (Nicknames by Spats)

    Cammy moves over the left wing with Gio and Gomer… The Mexican Eskimo, the Italian Jew and the newly minted Captain Ballsack. “The Speed kills line” Better vision, communication, talent level and chemistry should lead to instant production and a heightened threat level to red for the oppostion. Only foreseeable problem other than lack of size is the size of egos, but seriously, these guys would put the team first me thinks…

    This move allows Eller to be on left side with Pleks and the reborn AK46. “Scando Iron Curtain Komrade” line (S.I.C.K) line

    Let Benny the banger band with Darche and Lappy “Franco Federalist Line”

    Halpern, Moen, Boyd and Pyatt are the interchangable brotherhood shutup line

    Gorges Gill “Of Mice and Men”

    Spatch and Hamrlik “Czech bouncers”

    Markov (new citizen) and PK (visible minority) “Affirmative action”

    Keep Picard, deal O’Byrne

    Spats out!

    KEN DRYDEN FOR PRIME MINISTER

     

     

  93. otter649 says:

    No doubt which is the team’s first line with goals by #14-#13-#46 (for the time being at least) last night – Now is time to get the second line sorted out asap……….

  94. PrimeTime says:

    Not to jump ahead here but, I know we can’t have a full team of 6’5″
    240 lb fast hockey skilled players but size is a playoff factor. This
    team is what PG wanted – skilled, smart and fast – but a little size up
    front is a missing piece and if Benny or another do not step up to fill
    that role, PG will need to to find that piece, IMO. If not, I see us
    being competitive, but the long haul of the playoffs is a tough road
    especially being out muscled game after game.

     

  95. TomNickle says:

    Teams crashing our net with no consequence was just as big of a reason for our failure against the Flyers as our inability to crash their net was.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Eller with Gomez and Gionta for that reason.  Eller isn’t afraid to go to to the net and do that work.

    Kostitsyn’s been going to the net hard lately too.

    Then you’ve got Moen, Lapierre, Halpern, Boyd…..they all do it.  I think things are looking better in the department you speak of.

  96. SmartDog says:

    5 THOUGHTS ON THE WIN:

    1. GOT POINTS?  If you took our top 5 scorers and put them on the ice
    together you’d have the Plekanec line with Gorges and PK.  That line
    has 30 points.  The ENTIRE REST OF THE TEAM: 21 points. 

    2. AK46. Watching AK skate around the ice, the first star, with a
    smile on his face tossing pucks feels like a weird dream.  A GOOOOOD
    dream, but nothing I could have imagined in real life.

    3. ELLER. A detail on last night’s win but Lars Eller had a good game.  He looked very comfortable, and he’s starting to sound it too.  I like this quote from him about being on the ice in overtime for the winner – good enthusiasm, good attitude:

    “It was sweet. It takes time to get that trust, and I was glad that I paid him back by helping to get the goal.”

    4. PLEKS. You are DA MAN! Great plays all over the ice.  Some people said yesterday that you learned things from Gomez.  LOL  What I hope is that Gomez wakes up and starts learning FROM YOU.  Like how to drive TOWARDS THE NEW instead of around it.  How to play the odds on a break-away, how to make a saucer pass onto a stick, and how to… um.. what’s that other thing?  Oh yeah!  Score (and set up goals)!

    5. PRICE & PK. Go Pricey!  PK. Go PK!  Where would we be without these two guys…

    SD

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  97. RGM says:

    5 Thoughts on 5 THOUGHTS ON THE WIN:

    1. The most important points of all are the 11 the team has to lead to the East. The individual stuff will come in time.

    2. The rebirth (he’s had more than Lazarus at this point) of Andrei has been wonderful – will it last? Who knows, but let’s enjoy the ride.

    3. At some point he’s going to get a shot in the Top 6, possibly at centre at the expense of Gomez. It may take a while, it may not, but there could be some shuffling to get this kid some real ice time.

    4. Worth every penny. If the price for Halak was Plekanec, so be it. This is a player that the Canadiens have developed and groomed properly, a nice reminder to all those out there.

    5. Rah-rah-raah-ah-ah! Subban’s going to be a fun project. I think that once Markov returns and is the one setting up P.K.’s cannon from the point on the power play, the numbers are going to be way, way up. Carey, well, we all know what I think there.

    Go Habs Go!

  98. pic1983 says:

    You know when I truly knew that pleks would be a star? When he said he played like a sissy girl (or something along those lines).  He knew that he was better than two seasons ago, and he demands the best from himself everyday.  If he keeps this up, he’s a bargain at $5 million/season.

    Lets just hope that we find secondary scoring before the first line cools off. 

  99. habsfansince91 says:

    “these are extremely talented guys who were high draft picks”, “But this Picard kid just came out of nowhere”

    He didn’t necessarily come out of no where. He was drafted 8th overall in 2004.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_NHL_Entry_Draft

  100. mike g says:

    I understand that…

    Didn’t even know he was that high of a pick.

    But he never had a big impact in this league. Guys like Price and AK did for a brief time. So we couldn’t expect 8th overall results from Picard.

    All I’m saying is we expected the bare minimum from the guy, and he’s blowing that away.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  101. K-hab25 says:

    Wrong Picard!! That Picard plays in San Antonio and plays wing, not defense.

  102. drivefor25 says:

    That was another Alexandre Picard, a winger taken by Columbus. Our defenceman Alexandre Picard was drafted by Philadelphia (#85 in 2003). And you’re right – he’s playing a solid, effective game for the Habs.

  103. 24 Cups says:

    Picard and Halpern are the unsung heroes of this team so far.  Great additions at a nominal price.  We are now getting some positive return on $600000 secondary players instead of 1-1.5M like the past few years.

  104. habsfansince91 says:

    my mistake guys, should’ve read it more carefully.

  105. TomNickle says:

    A lot of people seemed to be upset with Picard’s hit on Neil because they thought he took himself out of position.

    I couldn’t disagree more.  Picard played within the confines of the system which calls for aggressive pinching from our defensemen and backchecking through the middle from our forwards with applied pressure on the puck if the defenseman doesn’t hold the line.

    And on top of that he leveled the Senators best energy player not named Fisher and sent a message that we can be physical on top of our speed game.

  106. avatar_58 says:

    I hated on Picard but I have to admit, he’s impressed the last two games. I hope he keeps it up

  107. SPATS says:

    I think you misunderstood dude, we just left the island, we were in Shawnigan for the last 3 years. Can always go back, but my home dollar goes 2-3 times as far here in Riverview. Enjoy the rain, I prefer the cold and sunshine. Go habs

  108. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Well let’s blame my missread on pink-eye,Oy yoy yoy…lol

  109. ZepFan2 says:

    Is “pink eye” code for, I’m still hammered?

    ————————————————————————

    “Analyst: And I will say things you already know, five seconds after you yell them at your television.”

  110. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Oh,your just jealous cause I got something that goes with the colour of dress you wearing ;)

  111. ZepFan2 says:

    It took you that long to come up with a “you’re gay” comeback?

    lmao

    Absolutely pathetic!

    ————————————————————————

    “Analyst: And I will say things you already know, five seconds after you yell them at your television.”

  112. RGM says:

    This right here is why I’m going to give up reading Red’s columns the same way I ignore Jack Todd’s opinion pieces and xtrahabsfan’s posts:

    “How good was Bryzgalov? Any one of the three shots he faced early in the first period would have beaten most goaltenders while the Canadiens were enjoying a 5-3 manpower advantage followed by a 5-on-4.

    How good was Price? He should have stopped the game’s opening goal, centre-man Kyle Turrris’s third of the season, but he was there to make several important stops later in the game -particularly in the third period when the Coyotes were pressing for a winner in regulation.”

    Glowing praise for the opposition goalie for making superhuman saves whereas Price–the goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens–was beaten and was merely “there” to make some “important,” though less impressive, saves. I get that it’s supposed to be journalistic and bias-free, but it’s that kind of insidious subtle jabbing by leading off with what Price should have done better while making no similar statement about the goaltender that, um, lost that really puts me off from wanting to read his work. Not everything has to be rah-rah-go-Carey-it’s-your-birthday-and-you’re-the-best stuff, but it would be nice if the old curmudgeon could be somewhat more effusive in his praise of the home team goalie without having to be so backhanded about it.

    Go Habs Go!

  113. Mike Boone says:

    Give it time. After Price discovers a cure for cancer, Red will write something nice about him. But it might take a Nobel Prize to bring Jack around.

  114. pic1983 says:

    I stopped reading the second I read that paragraph.  Its one thing to be unbiased, and its a totally different thing to sound like you have an axe to grind.  I really don’t know why I still actually click the link to his articles anymore.

  115. JasonM says:

    Is it just me or do I see nothing wrong with Brown’s hit?

    He hit a player that had his head down. At no point or time did his elbow go down or did he raise his shoulder. Brown simply went in and leaned his body weight to give the hit. I saw shoulder to shoulder. That was pretty clean in my book and the player got up right away anyways so no harm done.

    Are they going to call all open ice hits this way now? How does it put players who don’t use their peripheral vision to see what is coming their way? Are we going to babysit players from being unable to protect themselves?

    Borderline hit and definitely not worth mentioning on our front page.

  116. mike g says:

    Check this out from Hockeybuzz….

    Regarding last night’s game against Phoenix:

    ” How evenly matched are these teams, you might ask? Well, each team had 29 shots on goal, they both went 1-for-5 on the power play, each team had ten penalty minutes, and both won 23 faceoffs.”

    Wow…

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  117. rocketsglare says:

    Another solid team performance and win. The 3 goals scored where the result of great positioning and

    hustle. See what happens when you attack the net. Good things happen.

    Kostitsyn is a revelation and you can see in his play how much more comfortable he is this season. Re-

    gardless of the reasons, I don’t see him slowing down at all. Props to the guy for hanging in there. Now

    if Gionta, Gomez, and Pouliot can get going, this team would be scary.

    Price continues to excel and Eller and P.K. seem to be gaining more confidence by the day. A good solid

    win against a quality opponent. Let’s continue the trend against the Isles.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  118. JD_ says:

    * Absolutely loved the way Eller handled the puck last night. Not a hint of panic when the pressure was on, in particular in his own end, but, rather, demonstratin’ the kind of measured confidence you see in someone who’s been around the block a few times. Lars is clearly bright and with proper groomin’ will become a league fixture.

    * I really don’t want to dump on the guy, and am not tryin’ to here, but it’s the kind of PuckPoise™ OB should be showin’ after playin’ 128 games in the NHL. Problem is, I think OB faces a specific hurdle – and this is just an honest assessment – in that he is just simply kinda goofy. He’s not outright stoopid – Cornell is still Cornell, hockey or not – but his head’s ability to process the rapid and competin’ stimuli of the NHL game is seemingly hindered. As a result, the only way for his brain to map out the instinctual synapses necessary to compensate for this, to allow him to better exploit his 6’5” frame, can only come from playin’ in the NHL. Unfortunately, he won’t be allowed to play enough to accomplish this if he continues to play goofy hockey. It’s a Catch-20, if you will. The boy’ll require management has the patience of Bob Gainey at an SK74 beer funnel blowout if he’s goin’ to make it.

    * Pat Hickey on Andrei Markov’s pendin’ return, “The Canadiens and Markov have avoided the temptation of rushing him back into the lineup because the team has played well without him, posting a 5-2-1 record.” Wow. I can’t believe Hickey has the gumption, nay, the outright ballz to slag Markov like that. You know, this is just the kinda thing that can come back to haunt a sports columnist.

    * Nah, just joshin’ the ol’ Honda abuser. What I really meant to bring up was Jack Frodd and his complete Bre-Xing of the Carey Price file. Actually paid to think and opine and, yet, so utterly wrong, so utterly quickly. Come out, come out, wherever you are…

    * Clowns to the left of me
    Jokers to the right
    There they are, headed to the bottom with you
    Yes, headed to the bottom with you

    And, so, the Mopey Loafs and their fleetin’ Loafer fans continue down their wholly inevitable, predestined reversion to the mean.

    * In light of Kovy II’s benchin’ the other night, DGB brightens up today’s National Post. “January, 2004: Enraged by Jason Spezza’s inability to adhere to his defensive system, Jacques Martin is quickly restrained by his assistants after briefly displaying a facial expression.”

  119. Chuck says:

    Head down or not, player injured or not, there’s simply no reason to target the upper shoulders or above. There’s no reason why Brown had to throw such a hit even if you were to consider it borderline. The guy was in the act of shooting, and was defenseless. A simple stick of hip check would have been just as effective in that case.

    The problem isn’t (nor should it be) players who aren’t in a position to protect themselves. It’s about the players throwing the hit taking responsibility for his actions. If you don’t want to get called for the penalty, don’t hit high.

     

    Centre Hice: documenting one fan’s attachment to the Montreal Canadiens.

  120. TomNickle says:

    I’ll probably get lambasted for this but Eller really reminds me of Toews.

    He may not have the faceoff acumen but the way he skates, handles and passes the puck is all Toews.

    He’s gonna be a dominant player.

     

  121. krob1000 says:

    Reminded me defensively and intellect wise of Pleks but bigger…which bodes real, real well for the future.

  122. mike g says:

    I understand what you’re saying…

    Eller isn’t Toews, but he modells his style of play around him.

    Strong defensively, not a huge guy, but solid on the puck and smart with it. Also, the thing I like most about him, is that he doesn’t shy away from the physical play.

    Not next year, but the one after Eller should be a 55-65 point player if he can get some top 6 and PP minutes..

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  123. savethepuck says:

    I think your questioning whether there was anything wrong with the hit goes to the “old school ” philosophy the league is trying to get rid of< the ” GREAT, he has his head down, I’m gonna take it off his shoulders”. With the speed of the game and the equipment now being used, there is no room for that.  He came from behind and went for his head while he was shooting the puck ( I was a goaltender, but I think most players shoot with their head down to get more on the shot).  The league is trying to save careers, what is wrong with that?

  124. savethepuck says:

    I think the coaching staff showed some confidence in him last night, putting him out with AK, the 3rd group of 2 in OT.  Still a kid, still learning, if he keeps playing well he’ll earn the good ice time

  125. mike g says:

    Yea, I notice that too in OT…

    But what impressed me more was that Eller was used twice at the end of the 3rd period, wboth times with less than 5 minutes left in the game.

    That shows confidence. In overtime, well, you’ve already got a point in the bank. But in a 2-2 game late in the 3rd period, usually your most reliable and responsable players are used.

    That made me smile. That made Simple Jack happy in his brain.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  126. habfan53 says:

    I am hoping that Ryan O’Byrne gets a chance to play one or two of the next 3 games . Give him a shot to show that he wants to stay in Montreal because the more I see of Picard the more like.

    With Markov coming back hopefully Saturday night that will mean that Spacek, O’Byrne and Picard are on the bubble. 

    Yaro seems to be playing like he was last year before the playoffs when he turned it around. I don’t know if he will this year. If you you send HIM down he would have to clear waivers would anybody REALLY miss him. Plus if he clears waivers that add 3.6 mil to our cap space and if he is claimed 1.8  win win 

    The easy choice would be to send Picard down because I don’t beleive he has to clear waivers (I know I’ll be corrected if this is not the case).  But I think he is playing the best of the three. So therefore you would weaken the team

    Now for O’Byrne the man is an enigma plays well for stretches then falls back, he has the size but not the inclanation to use it. If you send him down he will have to clear waivers and there is a strong chance some one will claim him but will we REALLY miss a number 7 defenceman.

    Now what about injuries if we lose Spacek or O’Byrne?

    Option 1 Recall Nash, Henry or Carle from Hamilton

    Option 2   With the money you have saved on the cap we can afford to go and get someone.

  127. boris420 says:

    I’m going to tell you the same thing from a youtube comment. If you don’t like seeing shoulder to shoulder hits then go watch figure skating. Players are tought from a young age to hit shoulder to shoulder and always finish your checks! It doesnt matter if he was shooting thats all the more reason to knock him on his butt. Do you really want him getting his own rebound for example? No! Thats why even if the pass or shot is done you still finish that hit! Plain and simple hockey…not old school hockey just regular hockey! The league needs to back off a little and focus on one thing at a time: HEAD SHOTS! The problem is even if they fix the head shot problem people like you will always find the next thing. 20 years from now we’re going to be watching Flag Hockey or some other wimpy version of the game.

     

    http://habsonlinetv.blogspot.com/

  128. habfan53 says:

    I just like the way he plays.  He works hard, he has not had the puck bounce his way yet but I think that will come. Martin did show a lot of confidence in him last night which was good to see. I would like to see him left on a line with Gomez and Gionta for 3-4 GAMES not shifts .   

  129. lefreak says:

    there is no way we send picard down right away…he won the job outright, and obyrne has had more than enough chances.

    i’m pretty sure obyrne clears waivers going both back down or back up. ;)

     

    Like the kid, always have, but he just is not nhl material. He got to the dance because of his size, and he doesn’t use it so his career is most likely behind him in terms of the NHL.

  130. habber86 says:

    “December, 1995 In a strong statement that still resonates to this day, the Montreal Canadiens make it clear to Patrick Roy that the franchise will simply not tolerate championship-calibre goaltending.”

     

    Haha, gotta love downgoesbrown.

  131. lefreak says:

    you waste your time on hockeybuzz

     

    *points*

  132. mike g says:

    Not really….

    Someone who goes there looking for rumors and trades, or wastes their money paying to blog on the website, yes that’s a waste of time and money.

    But if you go there and read the columnists and each blogger who covers every team, it’s actually one of the best NHL sites out there.

    Not alot of places you can go to get a full recap of the previous night’s games, game previews, and in-depth analysis of each team like you can find on Hockeybuzz.

    Eklund’s a fraud, yes, but his supporting staff does a great job covering the league.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  133. db says:

    I wouldn’t say his career is behind him… maybe he just needs another place to play.  It seems like nobody takes into consideration how much a change of scenery can affect a player.. look at Gonchar. 

  134. lefreak says:

    what skill other than size can obyrne bring to anyone that a kid on an entry level 2 way contract couldn’t to any other team in the nhl? He never uses the size, so there isn’t really much any other team might want for him other than filling a whole in the ahl.

    you could be right for sure, but i would be strongly surprised to see ryan have a lasting nhl career anywhere. In development terms he is a pure bust, and has had a few years in the bigs to improve…he hasn’t.

  135. db says:

    I totally agree, I think all the elements are there for him to improve with this team… on D alone, solid vets like Gill, determination in Gorges, positioning etc.. and flare from PK.   OB is just a big dude, but Im betting NJ would try him out right now lol

  136. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Did anyone else hear the rumor that Apple might buy Sony today….I know it’s off topic but talk about a turnaround for Apple in the last 10 years…

  137. fbkj says:

    ummmm no

    source?

    edit: found it

    i like apple and sony but this isnt a good fit

  138. rocketsglare says:

    Can you imagine a bulked up Eller and Pouliot crashing the net on a regular basis. That would

    be awesome. The goals they could score or assist would be numerous. Here’s hoping to my wish.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  139. habfan53 says:

    Eller will bulk up he is only 21 and at 6’2′ 200lbs  he will only get bigger. As I said in an earlier post I would like to see him with Gomez and Gionta for at 4 games not just 4 shifts

  140. punkster says:

    JD, while the OB situation is not presently that funny (as in funny ha-ha) the image of BG at that party will live forever in my psyche. As for the Leafs, well, let’s just say they suck and be done with it. K?

  141. weightman25 says:

    well said

  142. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Oh wow…very true! Never knew about that, thanks for the news.

  143. fbkj says:

    its a move that makes sense on some levels (sony’s media content, apple getting into consoles and having integrated appleTV into bravia’s) but it doesnt make sense on so many others

    apple refuses to adopt bluray, sony was the main corp pushing bluray

    apple has its appleTV, sony has teamed with google’s googleTV project

    then you have some questions like… what happens to the PSP? Vaio’s?

    the handycam, cybershot’s and alpha’s could benefit if handled properly

    gah

  144. habsfansince91 says:

    someone should make that last one their signature

  145. savethepuck says:

    I loved this post. Thanks for taking the time to compile the idiotic opinions.  You handled it a lot better than I do, You laugh at their opinions whereas I used to get pissed at them. After the first preseason game when Carey said”Chill out, we’re not gonna win the Stanley Cup in the first game of the preseason”, I laughed because to me I thought it was his way of saying “what a bunch of idiots” and it is more important to me that he does or says what he has to to get his head where it needs to be, than for him to look good in the media.  Surely to God, no one is complaining about our goaltending situation now tho. 8 games ranging from being steady to standing on his head, still hasn’t played a bad one yet IMO( but gotta be due, there has never been a goalie that never has a bad games )

  146. Chuck says:

    Say, we haven’t heard from Gerry from the West Island in a while, have we? Maybe his head ewxploded when Price posted that shutout.

     

    Centre Hice: documenting one fan’s attachment to the Montreal Canadiens.

  147. joeybarrie says:

    Enjoyed last night game. Best game of our season so far….

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    Enjoyed taking a look at some previous posts, here are some good ones………….

     

    -Submitted by HABZ24 on Sun, 09/26/2010 – 16:10.

    third year and this washout peice of crap heartless useless goalie will never be any good. ohh ya he was a stand out in jr’s but guess what this is the big league and peewee herman price cant cut it. ya im bashing him, he deserves it, come on 3 years and still garbage, how much longer do we give him, til were in 30th place at xmas? im throwing out my price t shirt. ive never hated any canadiens player until now.

    -Submitted by HNS on Sun, 09/26/2010 – 12:54.

    Missed the game last nite, watched the TSN highlights. Wholly Shnikes. Price won’t make it and someone is gonna loose their job over that stupid decision. I wonder who………?????

    Submitted by Jean-E-Us on Fri, 10/08/2010 – 01:12.

    Alright….it is October 7th and I am already fed up of Price. No intensity and he cannot be counted on to win. Did you watch Khabibulin tonight? After recuperating from back surgery all summer, he plays with drive. All I am asking for is drive. No skill Price will ruin this team. Plain and simple. Give him a horse and he can ride into the sunset. By Halloween you will all be saying the same thing. Watch and learn.

    -Submitted by GERRY FROM THE … on Thu, 10/07/2010 – 22:49.

    CAREY PRICE- 0 WINS 1 LOSS. 

    You mental midgets are going to be taught a hard lesssssson.Winning isn’t everything its the only thing;this isn’t horseshoes-close doesn’t count.C’mon give me the excuses….He had no chance;no…hye didn’t see the shot…no his hairdresser said he was having a bad hair day…no he has the flu….etc,etc,etc,etc.

    REMEMBER THE MANTRA:Carey is not an NHL Goalie;too slow,slow laterally,slow mentally.

    Canadiens will be 0-3 very soon.Its going to be a long season.

    nuff said

    Long live   Rejean Houle,Bob Gainey and “Bob Lite” Gauthier-Geneii all.

    -Submitted by habs youngtimer on Wed, 10/13/2010 – 22:30.

    2 observations. aside from the fact that habs aren’t a very good team, I have a bone to pick with Subban and Pouliot.

    1) Poulishit should be off this team. aside from the fact that he can’t score, he is A DEFENSIVE LIABILITY!

    2) Subban is HORRIBLE DEFENSIVELY! he can’t just rush all the time, giving the opposition odd man rushes. he needs to stay at home more. he is killing us defensively.

    habs will lose more games than they win. they are awful at clearing the puck, and inept offensively.

    they need to take a lesson from the UNBEATEN LEAFS.

     

    -Submitted by ManApart on Fri, 10/22/2010 – 11:03.

    Ya but will Montreal and No goal Pouliot have a playoff game? Very doubtful

     

     

    **********MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE**************

     

    Submitted by Xtrahabsfan on Thu, 10/07/2010 – 22:48.

    Like I stated before….If Price wins a majority of the next 20 games ,I will stop posting and gladly delete my account! OH by the way  Xtra :1-Carey :0…Some times it hurts to be right and this is one of those moments…….

    ********************************************

    —–I am really hoping Xtra will stick to his word—–

  148. TomNickle says:

    So if Price wins 6 of his next 12 games he’s gone?

    Nice!

  149. SlovakHab says:

    My all-time favourite:

    By Gumper: “Habs are done for the season”

     

    So,  brief summary of opinions tonight. Habs are done for the season because:

    • the owner doesn’t care about the team

    • we kept the wrong goalie

    • Gomez is overpaid

    • Hammer and Spacek are washed up

    • the coach can’t motivate the players

    • the refs have it in for us

    Hope the summary is helpful, and that I didn’t leave anything out.

     

     

    Hilariously awesome, awesomely hilarious, isn’t it?

  150. JF says:

    A solid win, but I thought we had more trouble than usual clearing our zone.  For the first few minutes of the second period in particular, we were hemmed in our zone, something we used to see all the time last year, less often this season.  The Coyotes’ forecheck also gave us fits along the boards.  And we took too many penalties, especially on Moen’s undisciplined play with 6 seconds to go in the second period.  But the positives outweigh these problems: Price; Eller; Cammy’s third goal – maybe that will get him on a streak; a powerplay goal; above all, an Andrei Kostitsyn who is totally unrecognizable from last year.  And, as François Gagnon points out, we are first in the conference, not tied because we’ve played one fewer game than the Penguins, and one of Tampa’s victories was in a shootout, which counts for less than an OT win.

  151. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Is it Barfly on St.Laurent?

     

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  152. von says:

    Best bar in MTL to watch the Habs!!!

    _________________________________
    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  153. mike g says:

    Of course I am!

    Listen, when I made that bet it was a win-win for me.

    If AK would produce and score over 64 points, it would only mean that the Habs would have a great year.

    And if he would fail to reach that total, I’d have a night out on the town with none other than the infamous Tom Nickle. And he’d be paying for it all…

    So I knew I’d be happy no matter how it played out, lol….

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  154. TomNickle says:

    Haha.

    Well I’m glad you feel it’s a win/win.

    You might not feel that way when the barmaid brings you the bill.

  155. mike g says:

    Where I’m gonna take you Tom, there are no bills given to the clients….

     

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  156. Ian Cobb says:

    Now that was pure entertainment last night. The way hockey should be played by both squads. Nearly every play, save, pass or face off meant a difference last night.

    Each team pressed the other all night, in an effort to create an error or penalty from the other side. It was for sure the best game we have played as a team since last years play offs.

    Largest error on our part was Moen,s foolish penalty.

    Josh Gorges has been our best D this year. You don’t even notice him on the ice much because of his great play.

    Very nice to see Kostitsyn being the asset that we all knew he could be. That is what having your lady in town this year will do for a fella, instead of your delinquent worrisome little brother.

    Price is coming along just dandy. The boys are becoming much more aware of how Carey plays the game and they are working along with his style more this year. Very nice to see. » Read Ian Cobb’s HI/O Blog

  157. ZepFan2 says:

    Sure it is.

    Except, YOU and your cronies do it on a daily basis.

    Try doing it to other players that deserve it more once in a while. Betcha can’t!

    ————————————————————————

    “Analyst: And I will say things you already know, five seconds after you yell them at your television.”

  158. TomNickle says:

    Has Price had a bad game this year?

    Next question

  159. HardHabits says:

    Spacek has been awful so far. Price has been astounding. Hammer is showing signs of rust and at 5.5 million he’s a fair target. The difference is most of us see things clearly. Your points of view are tainted by your prejudice. You dont see Price’s play realistically. It was like last year when I was in favour of Halak having an equal amount of games in the regular season and the play-off starts. It was based upon, yes they were perceptions but nevertheless it was, my analysis.

    Honestly I am glad that Price is living up to his potential. If he wasn’t I’d be at the forefront with criticism. He however has been playing very, very good and I will guarantee you that he would garner more in a trade today than Halak got the Habs. He also looks to be a dominant force in the NHL if he keeps it up. Don’t forget, a goaltende’rs career can be a very long one. Many greats have only won one Stanley Cup and many times it is a lesser one who merely got hot and streaky at the right time.

    Over-all though, the Habs are building around a team concept. An integral part of that concept is Price. Get used to it.

  160. RGM says:

    Lots of ancient Greek doctors running around this site but none of them seem willing to take an oath to do no harm. What a world.

    Go Habs Go!

  161. baruch says:

    Good win! A lot tighter than it had to be, especially with Spacek looking mighty old in the 3rd.  PP still needs work, I don’t like the refrain that once Markov comes back it will be magically cured.  Maybe it will, but should it all depend on one guy coming back?

    I just read Francois Gagnon in the Presse and he reiterated the Gomez-Gionta secondary scoring lament.  Sure they are not getting it done, but you remember Gomez last playoffs?  The guy is not an 82-game-a year player, he is a 98-game-plus-a-year-player.  My read is that he’s just warming up.  The Plek-tits-alleri line can’t keep this up all season, and the secondary scoring will come.  Especially once we see Eller on the Gomez-Gionta line…..Moen-Lapierre-Pouliot(or Boyd/White)….Pyatt Halpen Darche…

     

  162. j2w4habs25 says:
    ”Well,
    you know what? It’s a good rink, good fans,” said Morris, who scored
    on a power play 1:01 into the third to draw Phoenix even at 2. ”They
    probably have the best fans in the league. They do a real good job of
    creating momentum for their team. Even if the team doesn’t really have a
    good play they’re always oohing and ahhing on a play that’s a close
    play and I think that they feed off of that. The team plays really well
    at home and they played well tonight.”  
    The crowd was right into it lastnight, the game had me on the edge of my couch :) glad i stayed home for it.
  163. krob1000 says:

    was more directed at the comments from the site in general about subban…picking out his mistakes is easy…..but most of his positives go unnoticed.  Reminds me of Deion Sanders…he just took away half of the field, most games the ball was never thrown to his side….doesn’t mean he wasn’t playing phenomenally and drastically affecting outcomes…just making sure people realize that.  That was why I was so blown away by Pleks last night…I spent the game watching him and Eller and PLeks played Datsyukian hockey  ….if you record that game last night and use it to teach your kids how to play center they are receivng a Harvard hockey education IMO. Pleks was unbelievable away from the puck and even Eller far outperformed what I expected.  Pleks at onepoint was out at the top pf the circles and was about to support the winger as the puck appeared to be headed there…but for some reason both of our D vacated the front…inexplicably at that…Pleks immediately read the mistake…dropped down low and swatted away a clean shot from the crease but he made it look so easy it didn’t even stand out as a great play. 

    He did similar things  a few times and watching him gave me a little insight to how often our D men were getting drawn out of position or chaasing …but if they have Pleks on the ice…they can…Eller too for that matter and likely Gomez and Halpern and whoever else we have.  It really illustrated to me what is likely a focal point of this team and that is that all centers must be incredibly intelligent in our end and this helps to compensate for our lack of mobility in d zone coverage..they can chase a little more and get more leeway then they would if they were playing behind Marc Savard or Jason Spezza. 

  164. TomNickle says:

    Pleks did have a great game.  And I love that he’s doing his best to justify the contract, which I think he will.  I’m on record saying he’ll have an 80 point season and be a selke candidate.  Hopefully he can improve the faceoffs.

    Eller’s instincts are blowing me away.  He had a shift midway through the second period where his defensemen vacated the front of the net and without looking back he knew to get to the lower half of the slot for coverage.

    Man he’s gonna be a player.  He looks like Toews on the ice.

  165. krob1000 says:

    He drove the net on that GWG but the best play was that as the puck squirted out of his reach, he gave a little downward whack to the defenders stick ..otherwise AK wouldn’t have got that shot off….it was instinctive and immediate…beautiful.  I am going to spend my next whole practice I beleive teaching my Peewee’s how to affect the game without the puck more…and the amazing control you can exert on other people with fakes, placement and your head.  Cammi …is unreadable if you are defending him….like BRett Favre used to be…nothing is straightforward…everything is a fake….he manufactured that goal with shoulder fakes…made the damn his puppet and screen and fired the puck into the yawning half cage he creeated…..I love that side of the game…the ability to affect things without doing hardly anything…waiting, looking away, faking, “picking” but not really cause that is bad lol, taking away passing lanes, angling guys, disrupting rushes by getting in the trailers way as the play leaves your end, etc.  It is unreal what can be done subtely…and Pleks is the master.

  166. TomNickle says:

    I’m not knocking Subban.  Just saying he hasn’t been consistent.  I don’t expect consistency for rookies.

    In fact, if he keeps going at 23 minutes each night he’s likely to hit the wall pretty hard in March or April.

  167. BJT says:

    *facepalm*

     

    Formerly known as Camel_Larry..
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  168. RGM says:

    You’re on fire this morning!

    Go Habs Go!

  169. SmartDog says:

    Advertising is of no use if no-one sees it but your mom.

     

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  170. Mike Boone says:

    Sleep deprivation will do that

  171. Dave Stubbs says:

    Yeah, well this wasn’t a typo: “permanent codes” in Quebec high schools during the ’70s were the first three letters of your surname and the first letter of your given name. Which made Mike Boone BOOM and made me…

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  172. SmartDog says:

    I think you guys just picked up HIO nicknames.

    Boom & Stud.

     

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  173. Mike Boone says:

    I went to high school in the 1960s. So it’s Bone & Stud. My ex and David’s wife might find this amusing.

  174. Ed says:

    Excellent stuff!

  175. RGM says:

    Thanks for the laugh, Mike. I realize that, as head of the Pricebot fanboy club, I tend to carp on Red’s carping on Carey with some regularity. He’s not as sold on Carey as I am, and that’s fine, but sheesh even in a win where the GAA is under 2.00 he just can’t be nice about it. All in due time, let’s hope. It doesn’t have to be the Peace Prize does it? If Carey were to take the Nobel for economics, would that work? Granted, the Peace Prize does seem easier to win these days given that it can be awarded to a guy that just might bring about peace some day. If Carey can bring actual peace to HI/O, that deserves to be lauded at the highest level.

    Go Habs Go!

  176. HabsFanNorway says:

    Great to hear Dave. Sometimes you can almost justify the huge price tag that kind of experience costs!

    Everyone from Sweden, Finland (swedish speaking), Norway, Denmark: Join the Facebook group “Montreal Canadiens Fan Club Scandinavia”!

  177. HabsFanNorway says:

    Hey! Be nice to my country! We’re small and we try to get attention by giving out the price to guys who will bring us the most attention around the world! ;-)

    Everyone from Sweden, Finland (swedish speaking), Norway, Denmark: Join the Facebook group “Montreal Canadiens Fan Club Scandinavia”!

  178. RGM says:

    LOL Hey I love Norway. I actually met a really cool guy from your country a few years ago at a conference, we had many a laugh over some adult beverages.

    Go Habs Go!

  179. Mike Boone says:

    Is this a good time to trot out the old groaner about the marathon swimmer who got halfway to Norway before she found out a 20-inch Viking was a TV set?

  180. 123456 says:

    oh no he didn’t just do that

  181. HabsFanNorway says:

    Hehe….Nice one Boone!  

    Everyone from Sweden, Finland (swedish speaking), Norway, Denmark: Join the Facebook group “Montreal Canadiens Fan Club Scandinavia”!

  182. Dave Stubbs says:

    I’ve covered more than a dozen Olympics and Lillehammer remains my favourite by a light year. God one day said, “Today, I make something truly beautiful,” and He created the Norwegian winter. There is nothing like watching the Northern Lights dance on that country’s snow.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  183. SlovakHab says:

    oy oy oy..

    upon readin it again, he was being sarcastic, wasn’t he.

    Awesome. I didn’t get that post until now.

    Took me 5 days!

  184. Dave Stubbs says:

    Not the crotch, Ian. More on the kidney pad in the back.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  185. sholi2000.com says:

    Haven’t heard him on the radio either. 

    The Troll Bridge must be closed hehe.

    They Call Me Shane

  186. larisalapointe says:

    Unfortunately they are still complaining about Price or should I say nitpicking? I watched the game last night with my nephew and neice. My nephew kept freezing and replaying Price’s “out of positioning”. The funny thing is he hasn’t even watched all 8 games played so far but both dislike Price. (nothing to do with Halak-they don’t care as long as someone is winning for them) I didn’t even bother discussing with them; it’s their loss if they can’t enjoy the team’s success.

  187. Rudy says:

    Any idea where I could find audio of his interview?

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  188. mike g says:

    Markov cleared to play Saturday night….

    Welcome back ya Russian stud.

    Have a solid game, get the 1st star, so you can then repeat the words AK said in his interview last night:

    AK- “I like when I first star, I throw puck to my fans”

    I’m so glad we can touch your heart like that, Andrei.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  189. TomNickle says:

    Still feeling comfortable with our wager?

  190. TomNickle says:

    For all of the people who think I hate Hamrlik and don’t evaluate him fairly.

    He played a hell of a game last night.

    But some thing to take from the first 8 games from my perspective are.

    1. We have 6 of a possible 8 points on the road.

    2. We are three games over .500 with…..

    a) Our powerplay being awful.

    b) Our defense group running on fumes.  Spacek has been bad, which is expected on the right side of the ice.  Gill, Gorges and Picard have been consistently good.  Hamrlik and Subban, not so much.

    c) Markov has been out of our lineup and Gionta and Gomez haven’t been going well offensively.

    Things are looking very good for this team going into the next ten games with Markov coming back and a Gomez and Gionta scoring slump sure to end.  Our powerplay will be instantly improved with Markov’s arrival and our defense group gets exponentially stronger with his return also.

     

  191. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Ok ,Tom  it’s not OK in your book to critic Price after a bad game but it’s OK for you too go after Hammer or Spacek… THE HIPPOCRATES on this site are O so many,eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  192. mike g says:

    Alexandre Picard has been the most surprising player, IMO…

    Sure guys like Price and AK are surprising is all by having good starts so far, but these are extremely talented guys who were high draft picks. It wasn’t a question of yes or no with them, but more a matter of time.

    But this Picard kid just came out of nowhere. He’s been paired up with alot of different guys, and plas his game with great consistency. You know what you’re gonna get from him, and he doesn’t fluctuate with his results from game to game.

    They shouldn’t take him out when Markov comes back. Picard’s playing very steady and with alot of confidence, no need to ruin that.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  193. HardHabits says:

    Spacek so far has been like MAB, but without the booming shot. I cringe a little every time he tries to clear the puck from the D zone and it ends up on the opponent’s stick.

  194. krob1000 says:

    On Subban……he is taking a great deal of flack for his rookie blunders,etc ….true…he has made a ton of mistakes and ben caught out of position or turned pucks over ridicukously often…BUT….almost every time he is so talented he is able to cover for himself.  When OB or Hammer or Spacek makes an error…it hurts a lot more because they need someone else to bail them out…PK…not so much.  His talent and skill, his skating…make him unbelievably valuable even at the rate he is making mistakes.  Many of his errors have been with thepuck…..that is a very small fraction of a dmans game…or anyones for that matter.  His presence alone …deters players from chipping pucks into his corner…he willg et there first, he is not an option to take to the outside hardly ever so someone is either passing or shooting because they likely aren’t going to beat him. 

    His feistiness and compete level which is somehow construed as cockiness is great…especially witht he makeup of our d corps.  His moving of the puck has been fanatstic…and while he may not be clicking perfectly yet…he is often getting the puck out of our end with no difficulty, forcing opposing teams to back out of our zone on the forecheck quite often, spreading the opposition…..yeah right now he may still turn the puck over…but that is still better than most NHL dmen would have done because they’d have been in tough even geting the puck out of our end.  He is still doing us a ton of good and still the dman I think that is impacting us the most positively despite the mistakes….If we put Markov under the microscope…he actually makes a ton of decisions taht are questionable…but thep ositive far outweighs the negative…and Subban si no diff’t.  I actuallly think Subban has been our best and most impactful defenseman…sure technically he has made more mistakes…but it is his great play that has put him in situations to make those mistakes.  He is still likely going to suffer some sort of consequence at some point but Subban playing at 80 percent of effectiveness is still our best D not named Markov IMO …and he is a rookie.  Gorges is playing well too…..but Subban’s presence and skating ability and strength just does things that don’t show up….unless you are trying to get by him I believe.

     

  195. mike g says:

    I found it on the Habs’ website….

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  196. nightmare_49 says:

     

      

  197. An extremely thorough look at Sergei Kostitsyn’s first Nashville goal. [On the Forecheck]
  198. -With forwards Trent Hunter (foot) and Michael Grabner (undisclosed) dinged up, the Islanders recalled forward Matt Martin from Bridgeport of the AHL

  199. Chris Phillips explains how an NHL defenseman handles the pressure: [Down Goes Brown]
  200.  

  201. Other NHL superstars who found themselves in the doghouse: [Down Goes Brown]
  • LA Loyalist says:

    ? to all as I don’t have time to research it:

    What % of NHL goals are scored on initial shot and what % on subsequent shots (rebounds, scrums). I would keep deflections in the “first shot” category. Does anyone track this?

    I am interested how this stat would affect around the net tactics. Do you think it’s useful?

    Or is it too colored by what type of players a team has?

     

    insert tagline here.

     

     

     

  • TomNickle says:

    The initial shot is probably around 20% if I had to guess.  If not lower.

     

  • 123456 says:

    stat is not kept but there are scouting reports on goalies which comment on rebound control. i’d guestimate that since a general save percentage is 90 and a fair amount of goals are scored on rebounds that the save percentage on the first shot is actually close to 95% – thus 5% of goals are scored on first shot as a shooting percentage. i also would ghuess about half of goals are on first shot and about half on rebounds – no idea really how to get this other than thinking about past games – year to date this does not really apply to price but ingeneral i think it does.

  • ooder says:

    my utmost respect to the ref.

    it takes a lot of balls to make a call like that and he made the right one.

    hockey players are here to entertain us, not leave the ice as handy caps.

    thankfully miettnin wasn’t injured, but i don’t think we need to wait for a guy to leave the ice on a stretcher and eating through a straw before actions are taken.

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    88 is the new 23

  • habs001 says:

    last year when markov came back he had a couple of big games but than he hit the wall for a good 3 week stretch..this happens many times when players come back from injury…he should be at the top of his game by january…while pk makes mistakes he has to be in the line up because of his speed and ability to carry the puck out of the zone…without him we would be pinned in our zone way more …just like most of last year…ak46 is playing really well …pouliot just does not seem to me be a guy who will be a consistent goal scorer…

  • smiler2729 says:

    Too funny… listening to Hockey Central on Fan590 (Toronto) where Greg Brady and Doug MacLean are now calling the Habs the best team in the Northeast Division. Two scoring lines, good depth, solid defence and goaltending. What a difference a week makes.

    Rumours of a Canucks/Habs trade (yeah, right), a Leafs/Bruins trade (that should be easy since Brian Burke is GM for both teams), a Devils trade (who cares?)

     


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