Pouliot odd man out at practice, no confirmation on Game 4 lineup

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Pouliot exchanges blows at the end of the first period of Game 3 with Boston’s Andrew Ference.
Allen McInnis, Gazette

Benoit Pouliot would seem to be headed for the Bell Centre’s press gallery Thursday night for Game 4 – if there were room. But since there’s not, he’ll likely be watching from the players’ lounge off the dressing room.

Pouliot was odd man out at practice in Brossard this morning, Jeff Halpern apparently bound for a return to action, practising as a winger on a line with Lars Eller and Travis Moen. But after practice, head coach Jacques Martin would not confirm the reinsertion of Halpern in the lineup, nor the dropping of Pouliot. A decision to be announced, it seems, on game day.

Tom Pyatt is skating with David Desharnais and Ryan White, the Canadiens’ top two lines untouched.

469 Comments

  1. LizardKing1967 says:

    Anyone here think that maybe Benny is this decade’s version of Alexandre Daigle?

    Jim-out.

    I BELIEVE!

  2. Keith says:

    LeSabre’s up 1-0.

  3. deuce6 says:

    A Leafs fan, a Bruins fan and a Canadiens fan are climbing a mountain and arguing about who loves their team more. The Leafs fan insists he is the most loyal. ”This is for the Leafs!”, he yells and jumps off the mountain. Not to be outdone, the Canadiens fan is next to profess his love for his team. He yells, “This is for the Canadiens!!!” and promptly pushes the Bruins fan off the mountain.

    ——————

    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  4. Are we still talking about Pouliot?

    • punkster says:

      I have a serious question:
      Have you seen the report on TSN about Price “calling out” the team for not being ready Monday? I saw it on their web site under the heading “Wake-up Call”. But no specific Price quote, just some interviews with other guys in the room.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • Propwash says:

        I think I overheard something on CBC about that as well…

      • 24 Cups says:

        Here’s a serious answer. Price might want to re-think calling anyone out (if he ever did) after letting in two soft goals.

        I’m probably the biggest Price supporter on the site but he blew a tire on Monday night.

        24.2 Cups

        • LL says:

          Or you could say that Price has now become a leader on his team who has earned the respect of his teammates and who trust his judgement.

          2 “soft” goals < 200 missed open nets.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Considering how often Price bails out this team, they should rally once in a while and score enough to overcome a mistake or two and get him the win, rather than him deliver them the win.

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

        • Bill J says:

          K – allow me to say if you want to claim a title like “biggest supporter” – you have to actually do some supporting, when things are not so rosy.

          Supporting when things are great, well…. You’re just joining a bandwagon.

          I do not recall you “supporting” him last year. Funny…

          And this post does not glow of support either.

          Just sayin’

          Oh & BTW – “He” did not blow a tire, the “Team” collectively blew all 4 tires. That loss was a team effort.

          reply to LA Loyalist: Uhm revisionist what ? where does it say he rocked last year ? Learn to read.

          My point is – “supporting” does not require the player to have a good year.

          • LA Loyalist says:

            Oh jesus don’t start that again. Price sucked last year. This year he’s great. That is not a contradiction, it’s evolution.

            Is it maturity? The Rodeo? Did he get a new cup?

            Whatever, I don’t much care. This year he’s doing a great job. But don’t start with all this revisionista that last year he was great and we just didn’t support him because it is not true. We were there, we saw the games, the whiffed shots, the tentativeness.

            I don’t even blame Price for last year. I blame management for putting him in that situation, instead of behind an experienced goalie to take off some of the pressure. Sure it was tempting to want him to be Roy or Dryden, but he wasn’t — and he’s not yet. He’s Price and has his own value and will grow into his talent at his own speed.

            Hopefully tomorrow night :) But knock-off the Winston Smith rewrites.

          • Bill J says:

            reply to LA Loyalist: Uhm revisionist what ? where does it say he rocked last year ? Learn to read.

            My point is – “supporting” does not require the player to have a good year.

        • LA Loyalist says:

          … and another thing you can’t ask perfection of any human on this earth, aside from the weird bounces and things that happen in hockey.

          It would be nice if we scored a couple of goals once in a while to offset some the inevitable manifestations of chaos theory.

          Sheesh.

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            .912 sv% hardly qualifies as sucking. That’s better than Halak’s .910. If you can remember back to the regular season, team played better in front of Halak for whatever reason. Most wins therefore were when Halak backstopped the team. In fact before the Olympics both Price and Halak shared similar stats.

      • I heard he said the team was too loose during the morning practice, but since he’s part of the team highly doubt he called anyone out.

        • _Habsoloutly_ says:

          Thats what I read, that he said the team was joking around a lot at practice and not taking it seriously. Either way Price has proven himself a leader on this team and has earned the right to speak when he wants.

          • Exactly. I don’t understand why everyone thinks a goaltender isn’t part of the team, he is. Price made one mental mistake last night, got victimized on a physic’s defying bounce and still played very well.

          • Propwash says:

            Or it’s a statement of his that is easily blown out of proportion.

    • punkster says:

      Good comments. I don’t actually see anywhere that he ‘called out’ the team, only that TSN uses that phrase in their lead “After Carey Price called out his team following Monday’s loss, the Habs got the message loud and clear.”

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • From the post game interviews no one seemed pleased with the effort, Price just said it out loud I guess. TSN loves manufacturing stories, especially Price stories. Darren Dreger earlier in the year said on the Fan590 that Price demanded a trade after he shut out the Flyers. Can’t stand that loud mouth, eklund wannabe, rumour monger.

    • JD_ says:

      Scr00 Poolio.

      I wanna talk about Berkshire.

  5. Steven says:

    To all the people who are complaining that he’ll blossom elsewhere…

    I say let him.

    If that’s what’s going to happen, it’s getting dreadfully obvious that he won’t blossom here. He had something like 17 goals last year and 13 this year. That’s a big boost JM gave him over Lemaire who had him at like, 2 goals a season, in Minny, but it’s still not looking like he’s gonna break out.

    Even if he gets picked up elsewhere and gets 50 goals a season, and we fill his spot with, let’s say Dawes. And Dawes gets let’s say 20 goals a season. That gives you 2 options:

    OPTION A: Pouliot with 50 elsewhere, and Dawes with 20 here
    OPTION B: Pouliot with 10 to 15 a year.

    Now, whether or not Pouliot is scoring like crazy, in Option A, the Habs get an extra 5 to 10 goals a year, and we all know how important goals can be. Which would you take?

    Same for SK and others. The season they had abroad would never have happened here, for whatever reason. I’d rather have someone who’s producing more in their place. Who cares what they do elsewhere? Our team is the important one.

    • Bill J says:

      He didn’t blossom in Minnesota…. He didn’t blossom in Montreal.

      Odds that he blossoms elsewhere ? Not so good.

      • Steven says:

        Yeah, I wouldn’t bet on it either, but a lot of people are acting as if he will, so food for thought.

        • Propwash says:

          It would be reason for some people to accuse the management and coaching of incompetence. It’s their faults that he can’t pull his head outta his rear of course…….

          • Steven says:

            Sometimes I think people just like to hate on the management for what others can’t achieve.

            Like, it was JM’s fault that SK was a hot head, or it was JM’s fault that O’Byrne couldn’t play a second of good hockey unless Markov was there to bail his ass, or that it was JM’s fault that Dags looked incredibly lost all over the ice.

            I’ll insert my own logic into this.

            It’s also JM’s fault that we sent Pacioretty down to Hamilton and made him an impact player.

            It’s JM’s fault we traded Halak away and kept Price(Well I guess this one’s debatable, because of contracts, but whatever)

            It’s JM’s fault Eller’s become an all-around player.

            It’s JM’s fault that Subban, who’s always been hassled for being a one-dimensional Offensive Defenceman, is playing close to 30 minutes of great defence IN THE PLAYOFFS.

    • Danno says:

      I don’t disagree. But just make sure he’s not traded to a team in our conference.

      ________________________________________

      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
      http://dennis-kane.com/

    • 24 Cups says:

      I seriously doubt that Dawes will never be a long term Hab. Sorry.

      24.2 Cups

      • Steven says:

        Can’t say I do either, but it’s a lot simpler pulling someone out of the system than actually trying to find someone who would fill in for Pouliot xD

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hockey’s Future with a snapshot on the Habs Junior-level prospects

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/13002/first_round_picks_highlight_chl_prospect_pool_for_montreal_canadiens/

    Had to message the writer and tell him he wrongly gave credit for the highest-scoring Junior player as Bournival when it was really Gallagher.

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

  7. punkster says:

    Holy crap…what was that? You kids at home, don’t try to correct spelling mistakes after hitting submit.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  8. punkster says:

    Well, that may have been my most erudite post of the season. Sorry about that. Trying to go back a page and hit Submit by mistake. Good thing I wasn’t in the middle of a JD slap-down rant.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  9. punkster says:

    Well, that may have been my most erudite post of the season. Sorry about that. Trying to go back a page and hit Submit by mistake. Good thing I wasn’t ion the middle of a JD slap-down rant.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  10. punkster says:

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  11. Dennis says:

    Instead of booing Chara tonight, folks will be cheering Rush. http://dennis-kane.com/theres-no-rush-because-of-rush/

    When I’m owner/stickboy, things will be different.
    http://dennis-kane.com/

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Rush are only good in a camp way, like Abba.

      You may not remember but back in the day Rush had a bit of a feud with a band that isn’t good even seen through the veil of nostalgia: Van Halen.

      Well, last night the guest on Jimmy Kimmel was Sammy Hagar. He was reminiscing about his days as the second most famous lead singer (out of two) for Van Halen. He mentioned how it was difficult to get along with Eddie Van Halen, but that in the end it was worth it because the two of them wrote some of the greatest songs in rock history.

      Now that’s deluded.

      I mean Leaf-fan “we’ll be great next year” kind of deluded.

  12. Ian Cobb says:

    You all know that Boston hasn’t got a hope in hell of winning this series. The only problem, we have is when should we lower the boom.! We never make it easy on ourselves, we need something to motivate us to a higher level.

    We have always played our best when our backs are to the wall and then we come out flying. So do they want to go to Boston and finish them off ?. Or are they going to coast the first period again.?? Even if it were to go 7 games to get us at our top speed, “I hope not”, but we will beat them!

  13. HardHabits says:

    The Habs need to call up Henry and Bonneau before this match-up turns into a finesse series filled with speed and skill.

  14. db says:

    Ok, I’ll bite.

    It’s not Pouliot fault he has no confidence. It’s the leaders of this team that don’t like him. It’s the veterans fault! He just doesn’t fit… abandon all hope!

    But honestly, who would you take Pouliot or Zherdev?

    • Ian Cobb says:

      If he could play at this level, he would be in the lineup. No body’s fault, he tried his best and he “ain’t” up to scratch is all.

      • boris420 says:

        He tried his best?…You obviously don’t know Pouliot. I’m sure if his father was still alive he would be living up to his potential right now.

  15. Top Corner says:

    YES!!

    YES WE CAN !!!!

  16. Danno says:

    What’s the deal with Pouliot? He has show signs of brilliance but has disappointed lately. What is going on with him? He’s such an enigma.

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
    http://dennis-kane.com/

  17. Feraco says:

    I’m going to get fired with the time on this site today!

    Worse case, no work on Thursday and I’ll be able to go to MTL to see the game at the Cage.

  18. newbrunswick troy says:

    I say keep Pouliot in the lineup…he for sure gets the mesage by now, and drop Pyat out of the lineup…But for sure have Halpern back in and taking as many face offs as he can because the Bruins have owned us in the circle….i bet the habs are only at 40% on the draw???

    • shiram says:

      Pyatt is an important key of our PK and he has played well these last 3 games, Pouliot has not.
      It’s easy to hate on Pyatt, he is not flashy, and most times you won’t even notice him, but he makes little mistake and is sound defencively, the kind of player JM loves.

      • newbrunswick troy says:

        For sure i agree with you…but my point is that Pouliot,s upside is far better than Pyatt,s …that said the playoffs are the time of year a coach should whant to gamble a little with his 3rd and 4th lines???? although thats not J.M ,s style

        • shiram says:

          Pouliot is more fun to watch for sure, but in the playoffs, with the style of play implemented this season and last, Pyatt should definately edge out Pouliot.
          I’m not sure the playoffs are the right time to gamble either, the team had 82 games to gamble and tinker.

    • newbrunswick troy says:

      Further more its too bad that Latendress didn,t play this year with the Wild, cause Latts would have had a break out year and that would have been the motivator that Pouliot needs to compete on a daily baisis!!!

  19. Mr.Hazard says:

    Thank God.

  20. Jdub1985 says:

    Off topic … this is the guy the Habs need to sign this offseason:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6JTOLgMyg0
    ps.. he won the fight.

    • Favorite Son says:

      He’ll get tired of backing Lapierre up after a while. The guy wouldn’t even fight Stalberg!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      No way the Nucks let Bieksa walk. He is a real leader.

      In any case we won’t have any space on D: Markov, Gorges, Subbie, Wiz, & Spatch are locks. I’m fairly sure one of Gill, Hamr, Sopel will sign, leaving one spot for Yannick Weber.

      • Say Ash says:

        Probably, as Salo will be gone. But Ehroff is gonna cost a lot.

      • Feraco says:

        Next years D worries me (in a good way) with all of these NHL defensivement someone will have to go.

        Can they afford to lose Hammerlik? – over the years reliable through all the injuries, big and logs minutes.

        Wizniewski has looked great. Tough, offensive, logs minutes – sure D is not outstanding but can play in all situations and hes used to carry the puck, distribute and score.

        Gill – Leader and plays with PK. He is a lock on the team.

        Spachek is signed for one more year dont think he is going anywhere.

        Weber will have a spot as depth as he is restricted.

        Georges – unless his career is over, one would think he is a lock to come back.

        PK – I’m pretty sure he is on the team.

        Thats 7 D that the team can play with NOT considering Sopel and Markov…total of 9 NHL Dmen. 2 of these players will not be with the team.

        Any guess as to who?

        ps I also think that how they play in this playoff depends on who they go forward with!

      • Jdub1985 says:

        Hamr not worth it … he’s 76 yrs old.

  21. punkster says:

    You know what’s the best part of this thread? 145 comments on a third line player being sat out for the next game. Tempest in a teapot. The team has enough depth on hand to handle the inevitable deflation they will feel without the vaunted number 57 in the lineup. What’s his name?

    Only in Montreal!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Propwash says:

      The Habs are in the playoffs. Gotta gripe about something!

    • Bugs says:

      Being picked ahead of the Priceberg in the draft is the spice that gives this particular teapot’s its unique flavour, I think.
      And the distinguished commentariat is able to distinguish its taste. That’s why they talk about it.

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

      • punkster says:

        Oh, I agree. I don’t want to give up on the kid and I enjoy the back and forth discussions about him. Montreal puts its players under a microscope and every roster decision becomes a cause celebre for some of the commentariat, even the third liners. I love this site!

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • shiram says:

      What else do you wanna talk about?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      It isn’t a typical Montreal discussion though, is it?

      It’s more of a Leafs discussion – a bit geeky, a bit futile.

    • habsindepth says:

      It’s the playoffs!! Everybody in the lineup need to play and bring their best on the ice. One guy who is sitting on the bench means others are taking his 5-7 minutes … you’d rather give that time to someone you know will at least make the effort and help the team win. Pouliot, unfortunately, is not that guy at the moment. And frankly, it’s worth the number of comments.

      ===================================
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      Twitter: @habsindepth

    • JD_ says:

      You know what’s the best part of your post? Some 57 words about a horde of armchair GMs discussin’ a third-line player bein’ sat out for the next game. Typhoon in a tempest in a teapot. HI/O has enough posters on hand to handle the inevitable deflation they will feel without your vaunted 57 words in the lineup. What’s your name?

      Only at your house!

      ***SubBANG, baby!***

      • punkster says:

        Oh, and the best you can come up with is some technical crap about optimism and raw talent versus puck possession. OK, the PeeWee Herman thing was good. But Need-le Some Yarn?

        Now, in future if your going to quote a Beatles tune for heaven’s sake man, link the video:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot_AqGfTjjg

        Subbang this Mo

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

        • JD_ says:

          I never tire of listenin’ to it.

          And it, along with a handful of other tunes, always reminds me of just how utterly absurd their talent level was. It’s simply not comprehensible.

          Ringo shoulda dropped the wanker.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Chicken Legs!

      Punkster

      Then lets talk about the great women walking down St Cathrine, Gawd I miss spring in Montreal!!

  22. Bugs says:

    NESN wants to know which arena is the hardest to play in: http://www.nesn.com/2011/04/vote-what-nhl-arena-is-most-difficult-to-play-in-for-visiting-teams.html

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

  23. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Right now Pouliot is dead weight…200lbs of it… his problem is between the ears, it’s plain to see the guy has absolutely no confidence in himself to get the job done. He played himself into the press box and has nobody to blame but himself. Wish it were different, but it ‘aint.

  24. zak says:

    They will let him go and have a great season with another team.e.g. SK, D’agostini, Ribs, OB, Sometimes it takes the right person to bring out the best in a player

    • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

      OB had a great season? With who? Where? And when?

      This is how dirty rumors get started…

      • newbrunswick troy says:

        He went to Colarodo and was by far their best Dman

        • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

          I know where he went. It was sarcasm. the team was awful, their whole defense was awful. Even if he WAS the best Dman (proof of which I would like to hear quantified) that is far from meaning he had a GREAT year.

          The reasoning around here is always that if a player was traded, they must have had a great year after said trade. No doubt, no questions.

  25. CHsam says:

    Definayely agree that Pouliot needs mentorship. I personally would love to see him turn into a reliable top-6… Latendresse doesn’t have the same potential. Lol here’s my regimen for Benny, eat lots of fatty ground beef, squats, squats, and more squats, until he’s screaming JMs name

  26. HNS says:

    I don’t think he would go thru waivers unclaimed either. The kid has all the tools needed but for some reason he’s lost in execution. With his size and hands you’d figure he could go to the net and create chaos. I watched him do it sporadically early in the season with success but all that drive has seemed to evaporate.

  27. bwoar says:

    Interrupting this conversation with a pedantic aside. Sorry….

    It’s not a ‘mute point’. It’s a ‘moot’ point. Moot. Please. It’s not a cow’s opinion or something you can’t hear. Moot comes from Old English, it means ‘a meeting’ and in places that still use the language correctly a moot point is something for debate (as in, “we’ll debate this at the next moot”). In North America we use it to mean ‘irrelevant’ and that’s why we say something is a ‘moot point’. Thanks for your time, please pass this note to the student next to you.

  28. slamtherimtim says:

    he has played himself out of the lineup, we need to think about the players that will be on the ice , not the ones who think they should be ,

  29. slychard says:

    Mara to replace Spacek on D, not as a forward. Did I not make that clear enough? Why don’t we play Auld as a center while were at it?

  30. slychard says:

    Pouliot sitting this game is not the end of the world for neither him nor the team. What i would do is replace his size and grit in another position that concerns me more defence. Spacek is the weak link, sloppy and playing scared, replace him with Mara who’s been surprisingly strong and steady since his pickup. He would bring size to clear the front of the net and he’s not afraid to drop the gloves if needed. Spacek just ain’t cutting it. Sit him. Go habs go!

  31. Bugs says:

    Habsbros reporter spoke to Jack Marty the other night about the whole mental aspect of this series. There’s mention of the cruelty of instilling false hope in the Bruins, sharpening the killer instinct, and believe or not, raccoons: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/2011/04/habs-show-weakness-mercy.html

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

  32. petefleet says:

    It would seem to me that Benny can’t win. Having said that, we don’t know how many times he’s been coached, scolded, etc. to try to get his game on track. The shame of it is, he got loads of talent and when the planets aline with the sun and moon, we see it. The poor guy is alot like O’Byrne…can’t make a single mistake or he’s riding the pine. Benny, like O’Byrne, will probably do well under a coach who doesn’t put so much pressure on him. His skating has to be an anomally. He would not have gone 3rd overall if he couldn’t stand up.

    ***Habs Forever***

    • bwoar says:

      How much pressure????!!!!

      The guy “plays” 3rd line minutes vs. opponents he’s supposedly got the talent to dominate. There is absolutely no pressure on the kid except to try hard and to not hurt his team. It’s up to him to be at least that good, or not play.

    • Tony McLean says:

      Whipping boys both. I’d rather have Pouliot in than Halpern (11g), Moen (6g), Pyatt (2g) etc. Haven’t fans had enough of guys like that? People groused because Gionta only had 17 assists but who’s he gonna feed? This is not a blue chip team, unless we get the lead, play the hell outta the trap and Price steals it we’re going nowhere. Inconsistent/green/disappointing yes Pouliot is all that but taking his goals out of the lineup….ooo.

      “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

    • filincal says:

      The question must be asked; Is he a top six or bottom six player? His top six “potential” has been there for years, but he has yet to meet expectations for long stretches at a time. So he’s placed on the bottom lines and taught to play a defensive forecheck, but for some obscure reason he can’t cut it the way he should.
      I like the guy and his potential, but the Playoffs is not the time to be worried about players feelings. Sit him down if Halpie can go and maybe that can wake him up for the following game.
      This isn’t a direct reply to your post btw, just my opinion on the guy.

      I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

    • fred4w says:

      Pouliot is abolutely worthless. I don’t mean to flame, but the thing is, BP has been getting the minutes for a good portion of the latter half of the season, and he just hasn’t been putting up the o-numbers. He is an offensive player, so, he has to put up o-numbers. He even gets occasional pp minutes. He just doesn’t bring anything to the team. He doesn’t hit (with any kind of regularity or noteworthy efficiency), he doesn’t score (as the previously mentioned), he doesn’t irritate, he doesn’t fight, he doesn’t PK, he’s not a defensive stalwart, he’s just riding the team. Dominic Moore, Max Laps, even G. Laraque would all bring more than this player does. Insert any player on the Canadiens roster in his place, likely is a better contributor than BPoul.BPoul’s only saving grace is his offense, but the last 30 games has clearly shown that he is not the player that can play on the first two lines, and he doesn’t have the style to be the player that can play on the last two

    • J_P says:

      I disagree. Obyrne only really played under one coach. Pouliot didnt find his stride with Minnesota, than came here and lit it up only to fall off the face of the earth again.

      He definitely has talent, and he is still young. We also control his rights, so no reason to give up on him yet, but the habs definitely need to get this guy a top notch trainer for the off-season.

  33. Feraco says:

    Benny Benny Benny! G- Dam Benny! I think I can speak for everyone that we want this guy to succeed but he just is not producing. 0 goals towards the end of last season and 0 goals towards the end of this season. Thats difficult to understand considering he has speed and hands. Whats even more worrysome is he goes unnoticed in games…true he is a 3rd line player but he should have an impact. To his credit, its great to see him forechecking, throwing fists and playing sound defensively.

    My 2 cents, Ferance and Poulio fought in past games. I have a feeling JM is pulling him in as he does not want this series to get into a physical, after the whistle game. Poulio’s emotions may have got the best of him but you know what? – he stood up for himself and Ferance instigated the fight. Its the referees that gave him 2 minutes for the hit and no penalty for Ferance for the instigator.

    Halpern in. Experience, good defensive play and absolutely help on the faceoffs as we are getting mauled in draws, especially late in the game.

    Needless to say GREAT game 3 – when people thought that Boston would blow them out they STORMED back and Thomas made some saves. Both teams learnt something from that game. Boston can hold onto the lead with Thomas, and Montreal with a great offensive push.

    My question is: I understand Montreal was down by 3 and Boston was playing defensive, but is there not a way to have that type of offensive pressure with the game tied or close? Or does the team in the lead’s defensive play influence that much of the play?

    • HabitantQuebec says:

      Totally love this post. Great analasys and good question at the end. I dó Think that Benny is a top 6 forward and I also believe hé would play as óne if hé had the confidence of his coach.

      I was also impressed with the offence the Habs showed. The reason why you dont see that when a team has the lead is simply because it leads to Odd man rushes by the opponent team. Boston actually had 4 3 against 1 rushes and Carry bailed out the team. I think that as a team you cannot afford to rely ón that, but that is only my take…

      • Feraco says:

        That is true. Thinking back, there were a bunch of 3 – 1 rushes and Wizniewski and Hammer made some good plays to break it up + Carey of course.

        One thing about the Canadians is they draft and develop goalies very well. Definetly one of their strengths. They may not have the offensive power like Philly, Chicago, Washinton etc but their strength has always been in goal. Theodore, Huet, Halak, CP, Roy!

        Lets go Habs they really have looked great in the playoffs and hopefully they can continue success!!!!

  34. HabFanSince72 says:

    You think Habs – Bruins is nuts?

    Ladies and Gentleman, I give you Celtic – Rangers.

    http://tinyurl.com/3mfxgyp

    (PS: Sorry, this has nothing to do with Benny.)

  35. Gormdog says:

    Where is Nigel Dawes?
    I appreciate Webers goal and all, but, to me, it’s pretty amateur hour on JM/Gauthiers part to have a d man wing your 4th line in the playoffs.
    I think Dawes would be a perfect fit on our 4th line right now.
    Physical, experienced, scoring touch, and might throw off some of the Bruins scouting/gameplan.

    • blu3chip says:

      Yes, JM and PG are amateurs. You can obviously manage this team much better than them.

      • Gormdog says:

        Im a a HUGE JM supporter. Please don’t peg me as a wild hater who thinks he can do a better job.

        All I am saying, is that it’s playoff time.

        You should be fielding the best team possible, in my humble opinion.

        Yes, Weber scored, but from an objective perspective, wouldn’t it have been better to play an actual forward?

    • swannyboy says:

      totally agree,Gormdog

  36. PeterStone says:

    i’m sorry, this needs to be said. Boston may be a nice city, but everything hockey about boston is classless and gutless. Neely, whatever you thought of him as a hockey player, never won a damn thing … ( i believe thats known as a LOSER ) and the team built in his vision, will continue the tradition. Edwards, NESN, and everything bruins … a tradition in losing.

    Carry on.

    • Ton says:

      I have been watching the habs since 68-69 as a youngster and never never has there been a series I wanted to win so badly. Including stanley cup finals for we more expected them to win them because they were a power house. Boston is gong show, respect Bobby Orr, Tim Thomas also, he’s a professional individual. However there is bunch that are very unprofessional and lack hockey knowledge. The team brands themselves on the type of hockey and gong show off ice activities in order to sell the game in Boston. We are leaving for the game shortly and I ask the hockey gods to reward us with a safe trip and a victory for all Habs inside out members.

      • PeterStone says:

        HATE them. Hate everything bruins. Its just great to know that they will never ever win anything with this team. Thomas, decent regular season goalie … but another guy who hasnt won anything.

        I was there Monday … wish I was going tomorrow. Enjoy.

    • Tony McLean says:

      A cult of losing.

      “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

  37. BadHabit says:

    As much as I can’t stand seeing a guy with size, speed, strength and talent, waste it all, I think some of the following names should guide us before we hang Benny P out to dry: S. Kostitsyn, M. Grabovski and M. Ribeiro.

    Let him sit out a couple of games and see what happens. I don’t disagree with sending him to hamilton at some point next season so that he can see how the other half lives.

    • 365fan says:

      He would have to go through waivers to go to Hamilton.

      Plus, perspective is everything – BP is younger (by about 2 weeks) than DD. Nobody, including myself, is ready to give up on DD yet.

      I would give BP another half season. If there is still no hope consider trading him at the deadline next year. By that time we should know what we have in LeBlanc, who will probably start the season in Hamilton.

      • J_P says:

        I agree. Like i said in another post, he’s young, he clearly has talent, and we control his rights. What do the habs have to gain by trading him or not bringing him back to the organization? They really have nothing to lose by keeping him.

    • swannyboy says:

      If they resign him,I think it was a one yr deal.

  38. mrhabby says:

    all this talk is laughable that bp sucks or gets traded. ya ,okay he has not been the best performer now but he is 24 and still has potential to turn it around. seems to me a bigger picture is at play here with martin/gauthier trying to teach him…i don’t want to see this player just get tossed by the way side like the others that have come and gone over the years.
    i would be very surprised if he does not get qualified.

  39. HNS says:

    BP has a ton of potential. I would send him to Hamilton to find his mojo. Look at what it did for Max. I would not give up on him so soon but it appears he lost his game.

  40. Bugs says:

    A strapping young lad name of Benny,
    With goals few’r than penalties many
    Did stumble and lurch
    To St-Mary’s Church
    And prayed for more balls than Aunt Jenny.

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

    • punkster says:

      Woulda used “Tom Renney” instead of yer sainted aunt. Topical, relevant and all that. I get yer point but…just sayin’ ;)

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • Bugs says:

        What did Renney do?

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

        • punkster says:

          Just yankin’ yer chain Bugs. Hence the smiley face. But couldn’t a line be worked like:
          And prayed for more goals than Tom Renney.

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • JD_ says:

            You out baitin’ posters again, PK Sterban?

          • Bugs says:

            But…he already DOES have more goals than Tom Renney…
            H-h-how…how does that make any sense?

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

          • punkster says:

            Jeez Bugs, Renney, coach of the hapless, goaless Oilers. Renney, that Renney. I know, it’s a stretch but come on, who is your aunt Jenny anyways? Talk about stretch! I had an aunt with way more gumption than Pouliot. I have a Lhasa with waaaaay more balls and he’s neutered. But neither have a hockey connection. Renney, rhymes with Benny, hockey connection and he was desperate for goals from his club. Aaarrrggghhhh….
            Still it’s all in fun ;)

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • Bugs says:

            But…Renney’s team scored 193 goals this year and Benny doesn’t even have 40 in his whole career…
            And it’s his aunt Jenny; doesn’t take a doctorate in anatomominny to … whaaa..?

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

          • punkster says:

            People will log in and read this thread later tonight and think we’re acting like children. But they’ll also understand that Renney’s team had the second lowest goal production this season. OK, Lemaire had way less but Lemaire doesn’t rhyme with Benny. Aunt Jenny isn’t involved in the game and nor is my Lhasa but Tom Renney is and it rhymes. Topical, relevant, etc.

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • shiram says:

      A Strapping Young Lad you say?
      Maybe he needs to get … relentless!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rqn_otVoNU

    • punkster says:

      Steve Penney. Could have used that one.
      “And prayed for more goalies like Penney.”

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  41. Off-side says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh…..I figured it out. Stubb’s interviews Gomez all the time, never Pouliot. Would be really sucky to throw Gomez under the bus…bye-bye interviews. Makes Pouliot an easy target.

    Wanna believe!

  42. Aly says:

    Can someone please fix the spelling of Andrew Ference’s last name in the photo caption?

  43. Off-side says:

    @bwoar…I don’t recall any darts being thrown Gomez’s way by Stubbs. Ever.

    • bwoar says:

      Are you seriously complaining that one reporter isn’t calling out Scott Gomez enough? The Gazette hockey writers then, if it pleases you, haven’t exactly given Gomez a free ride.

      Jesus Puppy-Pounding Christ on a monkeyball, this is the kind of nitpicking that makes me wish Montreal would vanish into a sack of nun’s tampons and never return.

      • Off-side says:

        Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. There’s a lot of bias. Open your eyes.

        Wanna believe!

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Puppy-pounding?

        Gomez has played about 2 games hard out of 85, less whatever games he was injured (no one noticed he was missing so they didn’t get counted).

        No one is throwing darts at Gomez. Frag grenades, yes.

        • bwoar says:

          It’s in every game past #82 that I expect players to be at their best. Pouliot is 0-3. I haven’t given up on him but he’s earned a sit-down.

          Moreso I was responding to a poster who thinks Stubbs should be calling out Scott Gomez right now. Jeezus Kitten-Sh-ttin’ Christ on a handbill, that makes no sense when he’s playing his best hockey of the season.

  44. JD_ says:

    Benny “London Bridge” Poolio.

    It has everythin': Relevance, melancholic poignancy, and Willsy & Katesy.

    What more could one ask for?

    For a team that needs to enhance its puck possession game, havin’ the best neutral and D-zone faceoff guy on the ice is a must. That means someone’s gotta have a beer ‘n’ a dog and spectate.

    I like Poolio’s raw talent and am cautiously optimistic, borderin’ on guardedly hopeful he’ll get there if and when, durin’ the offseason, he sets his mind to gettin’ his various movin’ parts, both physical and mental, all workin’ together in a Beatles If I Fell kinda harmony.

    Meanwhile, back in cozy l’il Lake Placid – undoubtedly the home of some knittin’ shop with a quaint, unenfranchisable moniker like Need-le Some Yarn? or Knit-Wits – Baghdad Brad Marchand has finally just relented to the tiresomely endless “Wow! Peewee Herman! I’m a huge fan of yours!” intrusions and has taken to signin’ autographs to that effect. Anythin’, anythin’, to make it stop.

    • twocents says:

      JD,
      We need the draws, especially in our zone, but I am not convinced more puck possesion is a good thing for this bunch ‘gainst that bunch.

      The size differential means more puck possesion means more slammin’ of the good guys.

      I think the idea of getting it deep and pursing it while dishing some hits in the right direction is a smart game plan, given the circumstances. That, and forcing turnovers as they exit their end. They’re very turnoverable that bunch.

      • JD_ says:

        If your transition is fast and effective, puck possession is the way to go. Moreover, as you move through the neutral zone, the size differential, even with the slow Boston D, nullifies a dump-n-chase strategy. It has certainly yielded no dividends on the PP.

        System, $0.02, system.

        • twocents says:

          The PP is a different animal, the other bunch can less afford to put themselves out of position for the big hit.

          The Habs won the first two games by not playing a high possesion game,specifically by getting it deep and coming in afterthe puck,delivering the initial hit and winning the battle for the puck. Then looking for the first shooting oppurtunities, not by trying to hold the puck for long strectches and setting up more deliberate plays.

          That’s what I’ve seen.

          • JD_ says:

            The Habs’ top two lines have been most dominant when the neutral zone is effectively controlled by a punitive transition and their speed is beatin’ the deep, albeit slow Broonz D to the outside, even with Z out there.

            But that’s just me.

    • HabitantQuebec says:

      I’m not entirely sure what the hole post was about, however I Will agree with you that the Habs need puck possession ie. skilled players. In my humble opinion Puoliot is already a top 6 forward! Yes there is room for impovement, but thats also the reason AK46 is there… I think he simply needs a coach that has confidence in him and will let him play. Hé has been doing mostly defensive chores ón the 3/4 line and who scores from there other than him? With more skilled players around him, hé would also take better advantage of his goal scoring skills…

  45. patience is a virtue says:

    I’m AOK with Poo sitting a game or two, if it helps him wake up. But all this talk of cutting him loose, or how underwhelming he was this season is hogwash. He had the most points on the bottom six and is the only real goal scorer we have there. Reminds me of the reactionary throw-AK-under-the-bus crowd.

    Has anyone considered the possibility that the organization’s approach to the Pouliot Project to date is,

    a) subject him to the JM school of defensive responsibility a la third and fourth line for a year, so that he learns to play hard two ways, develops some mental resilience, and,

    b) has a low scoring season and can be resigned long-term for a discount, so that he can

    c) continue to develop into the big, skilled, natural goal scoring top six winger that he has the potential to be.

    Not all players mature at the same rate, and Poo certainly has the tool kit. Just be patient, like the Habs management.

  46. Off-side says:

    I understand sitting Pouliot. What I don’t get, is this organization’s reluctance to have sat Gomez when he was in the dumps. I read Stubbs’ tweets saying “…no surprise to not see Pouliot at Brossard ice…” and other tweets He made agreeing with others about his screw-ups, but NEVER have I heard Gomez being critized. Why do you suck up to Gomez as such?

    • bwoar says:

      Their years of service, and the amount of times their names are engraved on Lord Stanley’s cup have something to do with it. Not criticizing Gomez is NOT sucking up to him. And please, unless you were born yesterday and only today started following the Habs, you must have seen a few barbs pointed Gomez’s way from right around these parts. The media has not given him anything like the free ride Pouliot’s had.

  47. twocents says:

    I think alot of people are forgetting Halpern in this equation. His faceoff skills are needed, and that’s the biggest reason someone is sitting. Pouliot is one of amoung 3 or 4 candiates you woul be considered to make room for Halpern. Most of the others are playing to their potential, not Benny. It’s that simple.

    For the record, I am still in Benny’s corner. But, I appreciate needing to get Halpern in there. The next on the list to make way would be Desharnais in my opinion and right now, he’s playing better than Pouliot. Not a ton better, but better.

    Guys like Pyatt, White, Eller and Moen are esentially delivering what’s expected of them. Benny and DD, to a lesser degree, aren’t.

    No controversy needed, straight forward hockey decision. The likes of which happen to every team, every spring, in fact all season long.

    I hope he gets back in this spring and turns things around. That’s what a fan should hope for, right?

    • Bugs says:

      Deuce!
      What took ya?

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

      • twocents says:

        Been a bit crazy busy the last few months, Bugs.

        Also, I have to admit the new format makes it harder to engage in a discussion. So, I ain’t no fan of that, cause discussion is what drew me here, or there, in the first place.

        • Bugs says:

          Ya get used to it.
          Where’s Big Bird?

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

          • twocents says:

            I ain’t registering nothing with no third party no one.

            He’s sitting on the hard drive until I can put him up mano et mano with HI/O.

            Which just might be never.

            Btw, I like you current representation. Kind of a blend of the old French lips and potty Bugs. Two ‘o the best.

          • Bugs says:

            You can create a whole new email account just for the Gravatar purpose if you want, won’t affect any of your info on this site.
            And too bad for you; you missed baby on da potty for the first month or so.

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

    • Jordio-oh says:

      Great point.

      Although Pouliot is underperforming, this move is more about what Halpern brings than what Pouliot is lacking.

      DD has been anything but impressive. But he’s a notch above Pouliot.

      Halperns face-off ability in tight spots will be an added asset.

    • punkster says:

      You got it, Eric.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • 365fan says:

      well said about Halpern, gotta win more draws.

      I really like DD, also. At this time he looks like he could use some time watching a game, perhaps to realize that he has more time than he thinks to make plays. He protects the puck really well and sometimes rushes his pass.

      Here are my thoughts for lines:

      Cammi/Pleks/AK
      Moen/gomez/gio
      pyatt/eller/white
      P/H/D (let’s see if Coach Darche can work his wonders on BP)

    • JD_ says:

      Hey $0.02!

      Run out of acorns?

      Quick update: The playoffs are on and the Broonz are meltin’ down. Spring has sprung in Montreal and the perimeter’s been secured.

      Stay the course. A thousand points of light.

    • Habitoban says:

      Agree that Dez is playing better than Benny, but there is some logic, I think, in keeping Halpern at his natural centre position and keeping Benny in with the extra size he provides over Dez. The fact that Benny seems willing to drop the gloves should be worth something, given who we are playing.

  48. HardHabits says:

    Pouliot is a RFA next season so he’s Habs property. Either he is resigned, he gets an offer sheet or is traded.

    What Pouliot needs is threefold and it’s been expressed by SF09:

    1) mental conditioning/training; this is the area where he needs the most work.
    2) over-all physical strength conditioning/training; his inability to win battles frustrates him which doesn’t help his “between the ears” issues and he cannot or will not commit himself to the dirty zones probably because he doesn’t like those nasty little boo-boos.
    3) emphasis on leg strength and skating development; take a look at Desharnais and Pouliot and tell me which of the two is stronger on their legs and who would win a hip check battle. Enough said.

    • DearyLeary says:

      So pretty much everything you need to be an NHL player. It’s just too much…

    • CHsam says:

      That’s the frustrating thing. Desharnais has leg strength but lacks overall height size.. Benny shouldn’t have an excuse for being this soft. Maybe he has a hard time keeping it on his frame. I don’t know, maybe he needs to eat more or something, and figure out just where his centre of gravity is for his skating. Whatever, I’m turning into an arm-chair trainer here…

    • HabitantQuebec says:

      Great post, however I dont agree that hé doesnt win battles. I would say the exact opposite! I have noticed that every time they tap after the puck ón mid ice, Puoliot is the one that ends up with the puck dó to his quick hands. I dó also Think that hé is a great and fast skater, however i Will agree that hé does get pushed around rather easily. All in All I see him as top 6 forward already now.

  49. Tony McLean says:

    from the NESN website:
    PuckToronto said…

    Chara needs to fake the slap shot and wait for one of these Habs to go down to block the shot, then blast one right along the ice and nail one of there shot blockers right in the face! Sure it is not right to wish harm on any player,but hey its the cheaters we are talking about! I want to see Chara at-least land a huge “clean” hit again, like the hit he put on Max! Chara and Lucic,and Boychuk when these guys are playing a physical game it will go a long way to get this team to have the Habs running scared! All it will take is a couple of huge hits and the Habs will fold!! I called Horton to score in game 3 and he did. So I will now say Lucic will have his best game of the series,and he WILL score the big goal and the bruins win game 4!! 3-1 Bruins! GO BRUINS!
    Reply April 20, 2011 at 09:24 AM

    Moondog said in reply to PuckToronto…

    As often as the Habs are horizontal on the ice,Chara should have his pick of targets.
    Reply April 20, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    PuckToronto said in reply to Moondog…

    Really one of them habs could get injured real easy if Chara wanted to aim for them! I hate to say it, but it would be like playing FROG baseball for Chara ,like we used to play as kids on the street, but with no bat just a stick and a puck! I am not saying we all used to play frog baseball but I am sure I am not the only one here to hit a home run with a FROG as a kid! I remember 1 game this year when Chara injured ANOTHER player with one of his blast’s and the rest of the game you could clearly see everyone getting out of the way when Chara was winding up! I think it was a Pittsburgh game. And the Bruins won that game! Let the target practice began Chara! GO BRUINS!!

    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

  50. McKanadiens says:

    I have to agree with J_P. I can’t help but be thankful that Benny may be watching Game 4. The guy has skills and size, but his skating is awful. Even when he isn’t falling down he looks like he’s off balance. I’d rather have Halpern or Weber in there. We can count on them to be upright when we need them!

  51. OneTimer says:

    That’s too bad. I would’ve loved for Pouliot to score one or two goals in the next game and shut up that nerd-clown Jack Edwards. God I hate him.

    • Tony McLean says:

      Infantile, yes. Seen his latest ‘effort’ at NESN.com – the Rocket “spinning in his grave?” Please let Les Glorieux beat these clowns. Do it for the Rocket, do it for Max.

      “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

  52. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Well, who couldn’t see this one coming. Poo-poo’s due date is well past, and his play is getting progressively sour.

    Meanwhile, for lines 3 & 4, I’d prefer to see Halpern between White and Moen for a true grind-it-out, frustrate-their-D line, and then let DD, Eller, and Pyatt play a speed game. But I’m sure JM is concerned about defensive lapses from them. However, I think it would work well.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • J_P says:

      ABove anything else, there is one reason why Benoit Pouliot has no business being on a NHL roster during the playoffs IMHO: The guy can’t stay on his skates. How do you expect to play hockey at a high level when you’re flat on the ice every two seconds? I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but the guy is always falling down. Not even falling down from being hit by other players, just falling down on his own.

      • Bugs says:

        Noticed him falling down?
        No. We never, ever noticed that. Those must be eagle eyes you got.
        Remember all that fallin down he did when he first came over, hoooooo-wee, I agree, no way you can expect him to be an NHLer once you notice that he falls down too much.
        My gosh, I still can’t believe I never noticed that. Thanks, JP.

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

        • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

          Now, now, Bugsy. You’re going to soil yourself with so much dripping sarcasm. But yes, the “I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this” comment was worthy of a good jab.

          I remember Dec. 31, 1975

          • Bugs says:

            All I can be is myself though…
            (pout)

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

          • J_P says:

            Its chill. I dont take any offense to it.

            His man-crush on poolio is obvious, so I’m not surprised bugsy went a bit on the defensive.

        • Jordio-oh says:

          The point still stands. Pouliot spends too much time without his feet on the ice. No amount of sarcasm will change that.

          • Bugs says:

            And MY point is: Yes. That Has Been Established.
            Repeating it 63 000 times does not make it more insightful.

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

      • athanor says:

        That leaves the question: Why?
        I would be interested in having someone in the coaching staff answer a question about how you deal with a player who has trouble skating. You surely can’t just ignore it, so what has the team done to try to keep him on his feet?
        Psychology has been mentioned, leg strength has been mentioned as has conditioning. Wouldn’t it be great if they investigated and found he has the wrong rocker on his skates.

  53. Habitoban says:

    A predictable decision by JM, and probably warranted. But on the other hand, taking a 30 point player (and plus 2) out of this offensively-challenged lineup may not be the best thing for the team. At least Benny had some fire in his belly in the first period. The rest of the team was flat. Whose fault was that?

  54. Malreg says:

    I believe this was already posted once, but here it is again for those that missed it. Here’s an article on FOX Sports titled “Want to be part of the most passionate crowd in sports? Go to Montreal”

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/montreal-canadiens-boston-bruins-most-passionate-fans-live-in-montreal-041811

    A little sample of the article:
    “I can tell you this: I’ve covered the Super Bowl. I’ve covered five World Series. I’ve covered football games at Michigan Stadium that drew more than 110,000 fans. But I’m not sure I’ve ever heard passion from a crowd like I did on Monday night.”

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Thank you so much for that. Wonderful article that expresses well what I have always maintained: that there are few experiences in sports more thrilling than attending a playoff game in Montreal. You can sit with your closed, and still follow the play just by the rise and fall of the crowd’s voices. Groans, screeches, boos, cheers…, they all tell the story in vocal braille.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • Malreg says:

        I was at the game on Monday, and the third period was insane. The standing ovation throughout the entire commercial break after Pleks scored to make it 3-2 was nuts.

        I can’t even imagine what it would have been like if the Canadiens had tied it.

  55. habs365 says:

    I look at it this way–tonight is a must win for the Habs or–the series goes in Boston’s favor–should the Habs win–they can afford a bad game of the next three–and win it in six…..

    As far as lines go–I guess JM is making the right choices–he’s won two–two more will do it to move on…..

  56. Bugs says:

    Can’t say nuthin against this decision.
    (Edit) But again, as a 4th line glove-dropping goon who MIGHT be able to score an important goal at some point, I think he could be very effective in these playoffs.
    “Ok, Benny? Anyone gets cute on the other side, you go out there, rearrange his face, and go sit in the box. Once out of the box, you come back to the bench. If there’s no one got the balls to face ya, just dump it out, try to keep it deep in the other end and come back to the bench. If the puck should happen to come on your STICK, then shoot it towards the net and come back to the bench. You got it? Veeeeery, veeeeery simple.”
    I think he could actually pick up a few that way!

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

  57. 365fan says:

    I have to stick up for Pouliot. We are always lamenting the lack of a forward with size, a physical edge and talent. Any complete player with that skill package inevitably goes through a “bad penalty” phase. The other night was the first time I saw BP play with a mean streak. I would like to see more of that from the Habs forwards (Bravo Ryan White). I look at BP’s play as possibly the first, tentative steps to him being the player we want him to be.

    Our guys take an endless supply of hooking/holding/slashing penalties and continue to get ice time so when someone takes a minor that might have some long term benefit (hitting a Bruins D a little dirty and then winning the fight with Ference when he jumped in) maybe that’s not a bad thing. THe teammates sucked it up and killed the penalty, too.

    Basically, the price of not letting the Bruins bully us may be a few penalties such as BP took. Sitting him out because of that basically writes him off, perhaps prematurely (see SK74, 2010-2011 version)

    • G-Man says:

      SK74 never would have made it in Montreal. For a 50 point player, he has the ego of a prima donna. (He ain’t worth it, at any price). Pouliot has sunk his own ship with his piss-poor skating ability. He should be called Mr. Wobbles, the hockey player that couldn’t skate.
      It is 6 years since he has been drafted. Long enough to see if he’s a player or not. Guess what? He isn’t a player and no amount of fiddling with his head will help.

  58. nek25plus says:

    As long as Halpern isn’t a first line winger…I like him better as a grinding centre. As for Pouliot…even if he is not scoring I like his size in the line up!

  59. Davery11Habsfan says:

    I agree, this guy has had many opporunities to become an effective component of this team and except for flashes here and there, has been a total bust, God he can’t even stay on his feet nor hold onto his stick in games now, let alone score…and he was drafted higher than Price….go figure!

  60. Dulljerk says:

    I don’t like this move, they need secondary scoring and Pouliot is a natural sniper. He just doesn’t fit into Martin’s philosophy. Martin should cut him loose and let him shoot the puck. Also other than Moen and White, Pouliot will go once in awhile (Moen doesn’t seem all that interested in that role anymore).

    • G-Man says:

      Martin did cut Pouliot loose, but he fell down. Over and over.

    • TommyB says:

      So let me get this straight. You think Martin should make an exception of Pouliot and cut him loose from defensive responsibilities, and allow him to shoot the puck. Is that about right? Or do you believe Martin should cut all his players loose from defensive responsibility and allow them to just shoot the puck, or do whatever, whenever they please? Because you can’t have it both ways.

      I like Pouliot, but from day one with the trade for Latendresse, Pouliot was a “project”. By this time he should have moved beyond being a project and developed into the player he will be. I think he has done that. I believe that what you see is what you get with Pouliot. Stop blaming the coach for Pouliot’s shortcomings.

      At this stage, being in the playoffs, I think inserting Halpern in place of Pouliot is a reasonable response from the coach. Pouliot is not making things happen, so why not insert a player who is waiting in the wings for his shot? Halpern is great on faceoffs. For that reason alone I would have him in the lineup. If Pouliot was better than Halpern the move would be dumb. But sincerely, Pouliot has not shown to be better, so at worse case, this is a lateral move if not a forward move. No big deal.

  61. huge_polar_bear says:

    I think the best thing for Pouliot would be if the Habs hired a guy like Chelios as a fitness coach. Chelios is a fitness / workout freak. Give him Puliot as a “special project” over the summer and we are all signing a different tune next year.

    Too bad it’s unlikely to happen.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Thank you for a positive suggestion. Has anyone analyzed his skating technique? Not us, someone professional.

      My 8 year old trains on an artificial ice treadmill with an ex-NHL pro who corrects the most minute aspects of his stride, where his blades hit the ice and come off, it is unbelievable how technically specific it is. Are our guys getting any of this analysis? Of course it’s easier to teach technique to a kid, because it’s very hard to undo years of bad technique, but are we doing any of this?

      My point is that a sound technical foundation, whether it’s skating, drawing or cooking, is essential as a sound basis for the activity.

      Obviously Pouliot has skill. It’s the coach’s job to utilize each player’s skill most effectively. Do we even have a skating coach? Isn’t that kind of important when the difference between winning and losing is so thin?

      • bwoar says:

        My 3-year-old shoots crows with her own pellet rifle. I built a tripod because she’s not strong enough to lift it yet. Everyone in my family can shoot accurately from long distances.

        Your move, coach.

        • LA Loyalist says:

          My point, if it was too subtle for you, is that may have some technical flaw in his skating that could be corrected by a professional.

          Or not.

          Maybe he’s just a freaking head case like Latendresse.

          There are two things in hockey: the things you can teach, and the things you can’t teach. You can’t teach soft hands (which Poo has) and you can’t teach someone to care and be passionate. (look up “Gomez” on Wikipedia).

          Everything else is fixable. That was my point.

          • bwoar says:

            I knew it, I was just raggin’ on ya. I love kids! Even when they shoot me accidentally on purpose.

            Pouliot’s personal issues have affected his development tremendously. If anyone ever needed a strong and honest mentor, it’s him. I don’t think his skating is technically flawed as much as his training; others have pointed out that his chicken legs are too small for his frame. It’s never been a problem for him growing up, against smaller or slower guys. But at 24 in the NHL, that flaw has become large.

            To me his challenges are two: 1) grow a stronger lower body and 2) eye of the tiger. I think both of these are fixable in fact.

            I’m curious about BP’s family situation…. I’ve noticed that young players (like many young men) find better focus at their jobs once they start a family and realize what it’s like to always BE the example at home. There’s often a tiger inside just waiting to be set free.

            As an aside, I have to disagree with Gomez supposedly not caring and being passionate. I work with Latinos every day, and ‘passionate’ is part of their genetics. You’re in L.A. – is that not the truth?

  62. Spartan117 says:

    Hey did you guys see this?

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

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

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

    PPS: Re-post, sorry for those who already saw it.

  63. 24 Cups says:

    No surprise.

    I might have switched Eller and DD but I guess it’s a mute point.

    Secondary scoring is going to be a challenge.

    24.2 Cups

  64. wd40 says:

    Buh-bye Benny. You had it in your hands.

  65. veryhabby says:

    Not surprised. Even if no dump penalty last game, so far in playoffs Pyatt is of more value then Poul. So it was a no brainer he’d be the guy out when Halp back. Altho I thought he might be back as a winger on DD line, as at times DD needs help in f/o circle. Too bad DD is playing with 2 non goal scorers. What to do with that very good talent. No way habs can have DD as 4th line centre next year. With Eller, Plks, Gom going nowhere…I just don’t see where DD fits, unless he moves to wing

    • shiram says:

      DD’s small size might mean he moves on to another team as well. The team needs some big bodies that can play and having a project center that barely reaches 5’7” does not help compete against top teams.

  66. krob1000 says:

    not a fan of this??? is this a message for Desharnais to shoot??he clearly shouldn’t pass.

  67. HabFanSince72 says:

    OK, now what about Spacek?

    I thought he was useless before his injury, and he was the worst d-man on Monday.

  68. Exit716 says:

    Ugh. Funny how quick Martin was to dump Sergei K, yet he keeps this guy around to make the same stupid plays over and over and over again. Hope he enjoys playing in the KHL next year.

  69. ZepFan2 says:

    I like Pouliot. I wish he’d get a chance to take one of those long walks with Gainey. I think he needs a Father type figure to get in his head.

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    • shiram says:

      Pouliot did lose his father while playing in the OHL, and his father used to coach him too.

      • ZepFan2 says:

        Exactly. That’s why I think a walk and talk with Gainey could help.

        If it helped the enigma, even for a short time, it should help Benny.

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        • shiram says:

          I think more than just a talk is needed, though it might help.
          It’s been said before, but he needs to work on his balance and leg strenght for sure.
          I thought his new fighting ways might help bolster his confidence, and maybe his team-mates appreciation of him, but as long as he does not produce, he is not living up to the expectations put upon him.

          • ZepFan2 says:

            Yeah, I don’t get why he keeps falling down.

            I was really looking forward to Benny having a break out season this year. I hope he gets one last chance in the playoffs to perform like he can/should.

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  70. Elephant Man says:

    Sung to the TV theme of ‘Mr. Sunshine’

    Good-bye Ben-ny… Yay!

    I am not an animal, I just reproduce that way.

  71. CHsam says:

    I’m guessing he’s going to be dropped this year. His 1 year contract should have served as a wake-up call or impetus to bust his ass and fix his game. Too bad..

  72. shiram says:

    Halpern is a steady defencive guy, and that can help us out, and his faceoffs skills are great as well, something the team has had difficulties with against the Bruins.
    Eller still in the shut-down role, and with Moen and Halpern assisting him, he can succeed, too bad it will limit his offencive side.

  73. DearyLeary says:

    I would hope so, undisciplined, unproductive, and something else starting with the letter ‘u’? Lets go with underwhelming.

    Seriously though… Benny is just flat so far, and I thought Weber played a great game in game 2. Much stronger on the puck, physical without being stupid, and drove the net for his goal.

    A win tomorrow more or less erases the sin of game 3, so lets hope that the boys show up for the whole 60.

  74. ths says:

    Good move. Halpern will help

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  75. LA Loyalist says:

    This stat shows that even when the other team scores first we don’t adjust our system, and therefore we don’t change the result.

    Great example: I think San Jose Sharks made some adjustments between the first and second last night. You think? Do we do that? From the results, obviously either we don’t, or our guys don’t execute it.

    Which is it?

  76. bwoar says:

    Pretty sure we saw it between period 1 and 2 last game. It’s player execution, and it’s never, ever mentioned enough on site. Only during #blamegomez and not at all mentioned enough during today’s #blamepouliot.

  77. Propwash says:

    Dear Bot
    Eff off.

  78. Muckbringer says:

    youll have to speak up. those in charge here are hard of hearing


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