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. Kristopher7 says:

    See how emo Doan was during the post game interviews… how can you not feel for the guy.

  2. HardHabits says:

    Winnipeg here we come!!!!

  3. CHsam says:

    Man oh man… Ruutu…. it’s like I’ve seen this before or something. Sheesh

  4. Habtastic says:

    Not a lotta support for the team that is in the exact same predicament we were in last year. Not saying they’re gonna pull Halakian magic out their butts, but…would be kinda interesting if it happened to washington again JUST to see coach piggy squeal until his head exploded. Gaborik…is…terrible.

    Also, what a no look, bad angle shot from Neal. Forget the lack of a save, just threading it like that without even looking…gross.
    ————–
    The Drive for 25

    • observer says:

      Neil bad angle shot like Kane’s goal to win the Cup last year or Gaborik knocking the puck from his goalie’s grasp – so many of these overtime games end with these kinds of plays.

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    Portal 2!

    Yeah baby!

  6. Rainrocket16 says:

    Ok, Yes. The refs made the right call in the first Caps goal against the Rangers tonight. However, the damn whistle should have blown way before it went in, If I am Torts I am going apeShisse on the league and asking for that Refs immediate ban from the playoffs! That was a joke, another series the Caps are involved in that they gain momemtum from the Refs, reminds me of us last year!

    • observer says:

      Why should the whistle have been blown- the puck was loose the whole time. And BTW it was the Caps who were getting most of the refs penalty calls but Rangers inferior team who shouldn’t even be in these playoffs have a pathetic power play and couldn’t score.

    • The Cat says:

      Did you watch game 3 incidentally?

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • Bugs says:

      No, the goal was good. Ref in perfect position to count “one mississippi” after Lundqvist covered the puck, watch it squirt free and remain loose until it was pushed in.
      Good goal. Good referee decision.

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

  7. AH says:

    My favorite team gets delayed in playing their next game due to a concert by my favorite band! I really hope that’s a good omen!!!

  8. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Anyone wondering whats wrong with the game, just listen to the BS coming from the mouth of Colin Cambell. It’s absoloutly unbelievable that this man has a job. The owners owe it to the fans to can this turd ASAP!!!

    • Jim Edson says:

      Amazing quote on suspensions:

      “I don’t make up this stuff as I go along”!

      What a joke!

      He also admitted he was “old”!

      Time for a change; flush this turd!

      This interview just highlights the state of the NHL under this idiot!

      Just listening to this doddering fool is a window into what is wrong in that department!

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

      Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

    • wall2bay says:

      What an A-hole! Also, can’t believe the TSN guys just bent over for the guy and took it. I would’ve like to see him talk like that with McCowan.

      The only way this guy will get it is if his son gets his head taken off with one of those hits.

      “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

    • D Alcorn says:

      Listening to Campbell, it’s really quite incredible that someone who speaks like him, who is almost incapable of listening, and who seems deeply convinced not only that he is right, but that he is always right, and the only one who IS always right … it seems incredible that someone like this would be offered, let alone occupy, a senior, high-visiblity post with a multi-million dollar business like the NHL.

      Frankly, I had no idea the state of affairs at the league’s head office was this disconnected from reality – scary and brutal all at the same time.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • observer says:

      A money-grabber on his knees when before Bettman doing his duty for his owner.

    • The Cat says:

      A real meathead. the guy looks like a moron and is a moron. The NHL though never has had a culture of merit.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  9. HabFanSince72 says:

    The last three times a Federal Liberal leader won a new majority, Montreal won the Stanley Cup.

    Chretien – 1993 (Canadiens)
    Trudeau – 1968 (Canadiens)
    McKenzie King – 1935 (Maroons).

    Come on Iggy, you can do it!

    • Mr. Biter says:

      My God that is now a real predicitment. Want the Habs to win but not Iggy. Sleepness night ahead.

      Mr. Biter

      • HardHabits says:

        I don’t want to see any of them win.

        What I’d like to see is Harper lose seats and have his percentage of the popular vote go down, while the Liberals stagnate and the NDP make modest but insubstantial gains.

        It’d mean both Harper and Iggy would have to step down after the election soon enough and hopefully both will be replaced by new leaders.

        Chretien, Trudeau and King. There’s an all-star forward line.

  10. gp52 says:

    Habs in five

    keep the dream alive

  11. EricInStL says:

    somethings surprise price for you ??????

    Borat you finally joined HIO !!!!!! Good to you….

  12. Bill says:

    Does anyone really think Martin will bench Pouliot tomorrow? He’s obviously not the reason the Habs lost. Although, granted, he is part of the reason the Habs didn’t win. But that could be said of many players.

    I don’t see the upside of subbing Weber for Pouliot.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Guy Boucher can’t handle a PIT team that has no Crosby or Malkin on it.

    I’m just saying…

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

    • I think you need to take a look at TB’s roster and check your Boucher hate at the door. They’re basically the Atlanta Thrashers of last year with worse goaltending and he got them to 5th in the east. Boucher is only going to get better, but TB sucks.

      • king ddd says:

        i dunno dude, tb is a good team, st-louis a 90 pts guy, stamkos, steve downie, ryan malone, although he may be washed up, but he is still vincent lecavalier, eric brewer, hedman. no one in atlanta i s as good as any of theses guys. i do agree that there is no goalie, but still tampa bay is pretty decent team on paper. i have nothing aginst boucher i think most of us are giving him too much credit

        GO HABS GO! GO HAWKS GO!

      • observer says:

        ALZNER WAS AT LEAST BETTER FROM THE 3RD PERIOD ON, ALTHOUGH HE DID GIVE AWAY THE PUCK ONCE THAT NEARLY RESULTED IN A GOAL. His last 5 periods before it were horrendous. please excuse the caps.

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        I don’t hate Boucher Andrew, I hate the Hype about Boucher. It’s ridiculous and he’s walking in to a series with an obscene advantage at the Centre position and can’t exploit it. Habs struggled all season there b/c of lost faceoffs and Gomez’s inability to keep a Top 6 line rolling. They go in with a rising superstar and an ex-superstar who’s had an excellent second half in Lecavalier and they can’t exploit that advantage.

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

        • So the Lightning should win based on two players? Come on, it’s a team game, which is why Montreal has survived all these injuries. Tampa has zero depth at any position. Only St. Louis had a better year this year than last, and add in Dominic Moore. With that Boucher took them from a lottery team to 5th in the east. The hype is deserved. Is Jacques Martin a better NHL coach right now, probably. Will he be in 4 years? I highly doubt it.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            I don’t see it, this is Washington 2.0 in my eyes, a firewagon squad that goes all-offence and doesn’t have defensive side of the game in their minds when they need to have it.

            Boucher is using all he has in TB right now, but he has advantages over PIT right now and he doesn’t seem to be using them very well. You rule the C position on the ice, exploit it.

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

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            You’re both being a bit harsh. Boucher did a great job of improving the Bolts, and if they are Washington 2.0 – hey I’ll take some of that. Washington 1.0 have been the best team in the East two years running.

            On the other hand Pittsburgh’s run since losing Crosby had been impressive. Their grinders have really stepped up. (They also have a great D and a very solid keeper.)

            Let’s save our harsh words for CJ and the cast of Planet of the Apes on Ice.

          • I get it, you won’t change your mind, but you’re not bringing anything to the table aside from conjecture, whereas Boucher produced tangible results.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            There’s been no reason for me to change my mind, I was pretty sure TBL would get slammed in the playoffs because Boucher was riding a hot line all season and that wouldn’t last forever. He had a great AHL season, he had a pretty strong initial season in the NHL but I’m not ready to crown him a new Dan Bylsma.

            Boucher has some advantages in this series, not many but he doesn’t seem to be exploiting them well. If there’s one position he completely has PIT outgunned it at it’s centre ice but so far they haven’t taken real advantage to be where they are in the series, he also has better offensive weapons but their PP isn’t getting it done either. He looks promising as a coach, but I’m not ready to line up the Jack Adams vote for him.

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

        • observer says:

          you hate him because you are a homer or as you say you hate all the people who praised him — because he left your favorite team – boo hoo

    • Bill says:

      You are just sayin’ and you make a valid point. At the same time, the Pens have not missed a beat against anyone since losing those guys. I’m more inclined to credit Bylsma and the Pens than take away from Boucher, who certainly had a good year with the Bolts.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • The Pens record over the last 30 games of the regular season is somewhat BS as they had something like 9 shootout wins during that time. That doesn’t really count in the playoffs. While they still played way above expectations, if TB was a good team they should be able to beat the Pens.

        • Bill says:

          Haha, I can’t figure out if you’re supporting Boucher or not! But either way, you are not giving The Pens enough credit. if u want to call those shootout/OT wins BS, okay, but I call it winning. doesn’t matter how you do it.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • OT wins are legit, but a shootout is a coin toss. It doesn’t count in the playoffs because you can’t do it. That’s all I’m saying.

            However I think Bylsma should win coach of the year because that team should have tanked after Crosby and Malkin went out, no question. What I’m saying is that series is probably the weakest matchup in the playoffs and I’m hoping desperately that Buffalo beats Philly so we can take on whoever wins it.

          • Bill says:

            @Andrew Berkshire

            Well Buffalo is doing their best, and yes, that would be sweet. Unless the Pens win AND Crosby comes back …

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • In that case, I’d still be ok with it because we beat them last year and we’re a better team. But yeah that wouldn’t be desirable.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            Whoever approves Crosby going back on the ice in these playoffs should be beaten with a heavy club.

            And I don’t even like Crosby but he’s what the game needs. Superstars who can lift you out of your seat and make a franchise important and competitive.

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

    • avatar_58 says:

      Actually it’s easier to coach against superstar lines, given they always pass to the star (ala last year). Minus those two and it’s now a system oriented team.

      Mind you when he completely shuffled ALL 4 lines I had to wonder what in gods name he was doing. Surely he had his lines worked out before the playoffs?

    • Tony McLean says:

      I didn’t even see him on the ice. Just saying…

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

    • observer says:

      Yup the game goes to 2nd overtime so the losing coach is an idiot! excellent thinking – and exactly why everthing else you say is as accurate.

  14. JD_ says:

    Couple of strange OT goals tonight. Rollie half asleep and Gabby giftwraps it.

    Again, shades of LA with the Sathers coughin’ up a huge lead and losin’ in extra time. Manhattan will be extra brusque tomorrow mornin’.

    The only consolin’ factor is that Torts will have an opportunity to sit down with the team to explore the positive takeaways from tonight’s challenge, with an eye towards buildin’ on the team’s key success factors headin’ into the next game.

    *cough*

  15. HabFanSince72 says:

    How many hits to the head or blindside hits were there tonight?

  16. Steven says:

    The Rags choked badly.

    Man, last year, the scapegoat was Jokinen. Now they have Gaborik to hate.

  17. avatar_58 says:

    Awwww poor rangers. Gnight

  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    Wow! Gaborik!

  19. Like I said, Gaborik sucks.

  20. EricInStL says:

    Vinny is washed up…..

  21. king ddd says:

    if the blue shirts win tonight, caps can kiss the season good bye and ovie and semin can goo see their homeboys at the world championship

    GO HABS GO! GO HAWKS GO!

  22. king ddd says:

    king Henry halaking the caps, now if if the hawks can win 3 more games i will be happy man !

    GO HABS GO! GO HAWKS GO!

  23. Keith says:

    What is it with all the cheesy porn-star mustaches?

  24. Marion Gaborik seriously sucks. Just zero effort from that guy.

  25. EricInStL says:

    You know why should we care if a player gets injured by a shot to the head. So what ? It’s obvious the players don’t care. Why should we. Sad to say but if these neanderthals cannot figure out that one of them is going to end up paralyzed or dead then so be it. And while we’re at it, let them take all the steroids they can handle.

    It is pure hypocrisy to think any other way. I mean youtube is full of videos with all sorts of dirty, cheap hits. This is what elbow #10 ?????

    We are not too far from the Coliseum in Roman times.

  26. JD_ says:

    Props to Miller. Attaboy.

    Both Caps and Pens get PPs in OT and can’t cash. Heroic PK by the Rags’ Girardi.

    Best part is McGuire askin’ whether or not the Rags will get their PP, you know, on the back of the slightest Caps infraction. Is he suggestin’ refs intentionally call make-up penalties?

    That can’t be right.

    He also mentioned that Semin had a quick release. Pierre might want to consult a specialist about that.

  27. Propwash says:

    @ LL/Punkster
    Saw you guys put up some funk before, was wondering what you guys thought of this band,…..

    Jocamo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgXLjmU6lBU

    • LL says:

      Really funky P-Wash…I loved it. Made me wanna dance.

      The guitar is awesome…reminds me of Hendrix and Frampton for some reason.

      P-Ster better watch out, there’s a new funk order. ;)

  28. HardHabits says:

    Bring out MAB for the shoot out.

  29. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Well how ’bout that? Tampa Bay has started urging their fans to sing “ole, ole”.

    Gotta steal everything from us eh? :D

  30. HabFanSince72 says:

    Man, does Kovy look old. Really slow, and his shot has no snap.

  31. smiler2729 says:

    Pouliot for Latendresse has turned out to be an even trade after all… underachievers unite!

    “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

    • HabsFanInVictoria says:

      Pouliot can prove his worth yet.

    • Steven says:

      Sometimes, I wish we still had Latendresse, because he went around the net.

      …But then I remember how worthless he was before he left.

    • ManApart says:

      I wouldn’t say that at all. LAts was injured all year and outplayed Pouliot last season. I think that is still to be determined, but I’d bet on Minny winning that trade handsomely, when it’s all said and done.

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        Lats was injured all year because once again, Fatendresse was out of shape all summer, showed up for camp, was publically lambasted by the coach for being out of shape and then suffers an injury typical to players who have conditioning issues. They give him a fresh contract and he spent it all on McDonalds.

        Even Min fans think he’s a Quebecois Kyle Wellwood.

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

  32. I wonder if Halpern for some reason can’t go, if Martin will go with Weber….i would like to see Weber instead of Benny Webs plays a better defensive game (he is a defensemen). Halpern will be an excellent boost to our lineup face-offs, defensive game and pk. Then the Habs can roll Pleks n Moen, Halpy n Pyatt, Desharnais n Gio/for some reason putting Cammy out there dunno why.

    Habsnation is still standing.
    http://canadiensnation.wordpress.com/

  33. HabFanSince72 says:

    Meanwhile in Buffalo, Mike “Mister Respect” Richards gets a 5min for an elbow to the face of Patrick Kaleta.

  34. Avtsin drawing in for the sick (flu) Palushaj gets his first pro playoff point with an assist, Ian Shultz also records his first ever pro playoff goal.

  35. LL says:

    If Carey had let in 3 quick goals, there’d be 1000 hits on here.

    By the way, Price is the best goalie so far in the playoffs for all the “stats don’t lie” people. 9.56

  36. Propwash says:

    TB tied it, 2-2

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      St.Louis missed a glorious chance, could be 3-2 TB.

      • Propwash says:

        Yeah, I saw that. Stamkos cant seem to get anything going either. Wonder whats up with him. Brewer just absolutely creamed Talbot.

      • JD_ says:

        Heh. Think he more than did his part with the blatant crosscheck that set up the tyin’ goal.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Old style reffing.

          Moore mugged a Pittsburgh defenceman on the same play.

          • JD_ says:

            I’ve become completely inured to NHL reffin’. It’s not even the bad nor the missed calls, it’s the inconsistency within any given game.

            Given up carin’ about it. Not good from a vascular perspective.

            Speakin’ of reffin’, Mike Richards got five minutes for an elbow tonight. Surprisin’ given what a clean, upstandin’ player he is.

            Go Sabres Go!

  37. JD_ says:

    Somewhat reminiscent of last night’s debacle in LA, the Ovys come back with to tie it up in the 3rd with 3 in 9:20.

    There are more swings in these playoffs than in Punkster’s private playground.

  38. avatar_58 says:

    Hahahahaha Rangers. Hope they lose too

  39. Alzner sets up the tying goal for Washington, god he sucks.

  40. In contrast to ManParts’s observation, did any manager in the NHL make a better trade this year than a couple picks for James Wisniewski? What a trade. Add to that the steal of a contract Price is on, keeping the right goalie, trading bit parts for Sopel and Mara, and signing Halpern and Darche to excellent value contracts, PG could easily be nominated for executive of the year.

    • HabsFanInVictoria says:

      I agree. But we also lost some key components that could have been kept. SK, Dags (not sure if that was under BG).

      • Neither of those players could have been kept. SK74 bought his ticket out of Montreal last year when he wouldn’t practice in the playoffs. He was given several chances to not be an idiot and kept failing. Good for him for smartening up. I always liked him as a player so it’s good to see him get some success.

        D’agostini couldn’t cut it in Montreal as a top 6 player, and he’s not suited to bottom 6 minutes. He had what will probably be his best season ever against weak competition this year. I can imagine many on this site would say they’d rather him to Pouliot, but when getting the kind of minutes Pouliot gets here in Montreal, D’ags put up 4 points and -12 in 40 games. Pouliot put up 30 points and a +2 in 79 games.

        There’s this need amongst Habs fans to pretend that numbers players put up on other teams would be the exact same if those players were playing here, but it couldn’t be further from the truth.

        • ManApart says:

          So speaks the guy, who was totally D’Ags supporter, just a few months before his trade, which I predicted at that time. I mean at least I’m consistent. You go where the wind blows, acting like you knew it the whole time. One of the most biased posters on here.

          • Let’s not misrepresent what that conversation you’re referring to was about, shall we? Your position was that D’agostini wasn’t an NHL player and never would be, mine was that he was an NHL player who was on a run of bad luck. looking at his shooting percentage last year of 3.70% I’d say it’s undeniable that I was right after he’s back up above 10% like he was in his rookie year.

            But since you have no integrity, you’re more interested in misrepresenting history to pretend you’re right than you are about being factual. Don’t worry, I’m not offended because I expect nothing less from an egomaniac like yourself who knows jack s*** about hockey.

            Let’s hear again about all your awesome predictions. Washington in 4, Penguins in 4, Price will never be an NHL quality goalie, Halak is the next Roy…. You’re batting percentage is pretty damn low, James.

          • ManApart says:

            I don’t remember the specifics of that conversation, except I was laughing at you for suggesting he was an asset to the habs and was being misused or something along those lines. I was adament that he must go, As you seem to now be saying. I must admit, I’m surprised that he had a pretty nice year in St.Louis.

            As far as all that Caps in 4, Pitt in 4. Never said anything about those series one way or another at all. I also never stated Price wasn’t NHL calibre, just that Halak was better. Which he was. I also never said Halak was Roy. He did act like him last playoffs though. I just stated that I thought Halak was the better candidate to be Montreal’s number one. Talk about misrepresenting.

            Just realised the Caps,Pens comment was from last year. I don’t remember you or anyone else saying Montreal was going to beat the Caps. They never even would have had a chance if Halak hadn’t become inhuman.

          • Of course you don’t remember specifics, you only remember “I was right”, only your memory is faulty.

          • ManApart says:

            Well it seems like I was right, because you are now repeating exactly what I was telling you last Jan or whatever to Montreal VictoriaFan.

          • You’re so full of crap, Mr. Toth. You said repeatedly over the last 2 years that Price wasn’t NHL quality, would never be a starter etc. And you called the Habs to lose both those series before they happened. Lying about it doesn’t increase your credibility.

          • ManApart says:

            I repeatedly, told you specificly, last season, Price was about AVERAGE to SLIGHTLY ABOVE as a goalie. I never ever said he wasn’t an NHL goalie. You’re mistaken. I said he shouldn’t be a starter last season, or the playoffs before, because of Halak, and questioned his starter ability period, but never said he shouldn’t be an NHLer. Asfar as the Caps series, ya I predicted they would win in 5, but so did 99% of people. The Pens series, I thought they could win bfore game one, because of what I saw Halak do against the Caps.

          • Stop lying!! Everyone else was pointing out to YOU that his statistics were average around the NHL, while you were saying he should be in Hamilton. It’s ridiculous how much you want to deny your previous opinions, when you tried to say I was doing the same.

        • HabsFanInVictoria says:

          That’s fair. It’s less his fault and more the circumstances. What made the others so much better than PG?

        • Actually James, I was quoted in the Montreal Gazette saying the Habs could and would win, I have the paper still if you’d like it.

          • ManApart says:

            I actually would like to see where you said Montreal would beat the Caps. I have to go now, but will check back tomorrow for the link. If you seriously predicted a Montreal win over the Caps, I’d have to hand it to you, because 99% didn’t see it coming.

          • A partial quote of mine from this website, published in the Gazette April 14, 2010. I called Habs in 7, but Boone was printing the opinions not the predictions.

            http://plixi.com/p/94369262

            I put up or shut up, you don’t.

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        D’ags was never productive after his brief run on Koivu’s wing in mid 08-09. He wilted under the pressure in MTL after a brief run.

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

    • ManApart says:

      Getting the Wiz, when he did was a great move. I don’t doubt that, but that doesn’t take away from some of the terrible moves he’s made. I will give a guy credit where it’s due and vice versa. That’s what sets me apart from biased fans like you and nutjob below.

  41. Propwash says:

    3-2 NYR
    Alzner’s fault.

  42. ManApart says:

    Just saw a beauty feed from SK74 on Nashville’s first goal by Hornquist. After going 23g and 27a for 50p this season and now having 4 points in 3 1/3 playoff games, I was thinking, Man Gauthier was a dumbass in essentially giving him away for nothing. He’s had a better season than his brother. I mean I’ve never seen a GM get owned so bad on trades as Gainey and Gauthier have been. Well Milbury, but that’s it.

    • How’s Halak doing in the playoffs?

      • ManApart says:

        What’s that have to do with Gainey and Gauthier making bad trades? And yes, getting only Eller for Halak was not a good trade.

        • Propwash says:

          Who should have he gotten for Halak, you know, seeing that goalies rarely if ever land a superstar in return.

        • _Habsoloutly_ says:

          Once again you prove you don’t know $hit about hockey. Bad trade? No, they made the best trade available to them at the time. Do you have some evidence that some other team was offering something better and PG turned it down? Cuz then you could say “bad trade”. But no, a GM takes the best that is available, and then little peons like you come online and critique them on it.

        • So delusional, it’s hilarious.

    • Propwash says:

      He had a better season playing with an entirely different team.

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      So you think a GM who has a player who is under-performing, and has an attitude problem should be able to get a superstar player in return for him???? Really? is that what you think??? Are you for real? Just because a player turns his game around AFTER he has been traded doesn’t mean the GM made a mistake. You make your idiotic comments with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, and it shows just what a complete moron you are. NHL GM’s deal in reality, and in reality an under-performing , headcase, trouble-making player doesn’t get a great return in trade value. Why is that so hard for your little mind to comprehend? Go crawl back down your troll hole and study up a bit on the game of hockey you idiot.

      • ManApart says:

        Who said I expected a superstar? I would expect something better than nothing. Looks like Sergei wasn’t a head case, just as Grabo wasn’t. They were just unhappy with how they were being used, and now I see they were right. The only headcase I see is you.

    • pmaraw says:

      sure am glad we got sopes and the wiz tho

  43. I’d love to say that the Caps have a team built only for the regular season, but the Rangers beat them worse than Rodney king during the past campaign.

  44. HabFanSince72 says:

    Watching the Pitt game. There is absolutely no atmosphere down there in Tampa.

    (Tremendous goal by Tampa: Vinnie to Marty.)

  45. LL says:

    Ok, I am Poulioted-out. Bruins are in beautiful, sunny Lake Placid rehearsing “Miracle On Ice”. I can just imagine them figure skating holding hands with Chara lifting Floppy over his head and then throwing Fugly Marchand into a triple axel.

    But alas, Habs have more Americans on their team, so there won’t be a miracle for the Bruins. ;)

  46. samTHEman says:

    Crowd at MSG shouting BOUDREAUUUUUU BOUDREAUUUU haha way to make him eat his words!

    ~Kiss my ass Lucic!!!!

    • observer says:

      Karl Azner on the ice for all 3 goals and -2 last game. Tonight he is -3 not counting the two 2 on 1s plus the time he tries to go around his own goal with the puck but falls down with no one near him and NYR nearly scores.

      Boudreau started the wrong goalie this series. Alzner is NOT a NHL player. The WRST D-MAN in the league.

      • Mark C says:

        How can a player who was plus 14 this season be the “WRST D-MAN” in the league?

        • observer says:

          that was then this is now.

          watch him with your own eyes close

          it is no coincidence that ALZNER has been on the ice for ALL 6 ranger goals the last 2 games and is -5 for the last 5 periods! and these numbers should be way worse had rangers been more accurate with their shooting.

        • BECAUSE EVERYTHING OBSERVER SAYS IN ALL CAPS IS 100% TRUE ALL THE TIME NO MATTER WHAT EVIDENCE THERE IS TO THE CONTRARY OR HOW RIDICULOUS HE SOUNDS. ALZNER IS OBVIOUSLY A WORSE DEFENSEMAN THAN SHANE HNIDY.

  47. Washington looking like last year’s version without the scoring.

  48. JD_ says:

    Two Rag goals in 7 secs against the Ovys late in 2nd period.

    Now 3-0.

    Collars tightenin’.

    • observer says:

      So, that genius who told me last NYR/Was game that I was wrong saying Karl Alzner is as worthless as teats on a bull! Go ahead and tell me how well he has done tonight. This is the worst defenseman in the NHL. Totally lost.

      • Except every goal you blamed on Alzner last game was actually Carlson blowing coverage, but I wouldn’t expect you to know that because you don’t understand the fundamentals of the game.

        • observer says:

          how about today. ok karlson caused one of the 2 on 1s they didnt score on. but the other 3 plus are you watching him? he is lost he followed girardi around when he could have stopped him right behind the net. he falls down on his own with the pucjk causing another chance. he as i said stands in front of the net and watches rangers shoot.

          it is no coincidence that ALZNER has been on the ice for ALL 6 ranger goals the last 2 games and is -5 for the last 5 periods!

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        In fairness, you’re so often completely out to lunch that it’s hard to fault someone for calling you out when you have a broken clock moment.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      All season long I thought the Caps were saving themselves for the playoffs.

      Maybe they’re just not good anymore?


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