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Canadiens’ Maxim Lapierre celebrates with Robert Lang after scoring during first Thursday night. THE GAZETTE Pierre
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Here’s what’s being said about Thursday night’s thumping of the Maple Leafs:

• Pat Hickey on the crushing win
• Red Fisher writes that the Original Six rivalry dies a lonely death
• Dave Stubbs: Legendary Bower left mark on Leafs and Habs
• The Toronto Star says the Leafs were KO’d
Leafs Mauled in Montreal, says the Toronto Sun
• Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: Three and easy
Just like the good old days, says the Journal de Montréal
• Maxim Lapierre says the team’s confidence is really high righ now
• In La Presse: A win, some fighting, but no biting!
Grabovski wants a street fight, writes La Presse
•  Winning despite the injuries: La Presse

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• Pat Hickey on Matt D’Agostini

• Dave Stubbs feature on Ed Giacomin 

Guillaume Latendresse is not happy 

Carbo and the media 

• Trevor Timmins on Danny Kristo 

• In the Globe and Mail, Sean Gordon and Paul Waldie report George Gillett has taken out a $75 million high-interest loan 

• Scott Burnside on Alex Kovalev 

• Is Sean Avery finished?

Pat Hickey, Michael Farber, Damien Cox and Bob McKenzie on Avery 

Avery timeline 

Hockey viewership up on all networks


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• Pat Hickey on the Canadiens breakdown vs. Thrashers

• Red Fisher forgives Andrei Kostitsyn, Tomas Plekanec – well, almost

• Boone: Oh to be immortalized as the butt of pigeon poop

This date in Canadiens history

• François Gagnon’s on 59 worrying seconds

• Andrei Kostitsyn says he doesn’t think of his brother while playing

• Pierre Durocher on Tuesday’s crazy game

Matt D’Agostini breaks the ice, Koivu now 11th scorer in team history

Andrei K on the line juggling

Carbonneau is happy with the win, but … 

"It breaks your heart," Thrashers coach says


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• Pat Hickey sets up the game vs. Capitals

• Hickey on José Theodore facing his former team

• Bob Duff on the importance of Mike Komisarek to the Canadiens

This date in Canadiens history

• François Gagnon’s preview of the Caps game

Theodore wants his revenge

Halak out to stop Ovechkin

Boudreau’s banner year

• Simple formula helps Caps’ Alzner adjust to NHL

• Tim Wharnsby on Brian Burke 


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Red Fisher on Patrick Roy

Carey Price is looking forward to the ceremony 

EEEEE-mail

Life without Komisarek

Patrice Brisebois praises Roy

• A fan breaks down Roy’s greatness 

Stephen Brunt on the ceremonies for Roy and Wendel Clark 

• Tim Wharsnby of the Globe and Mail talks to Mike Van Ryn :

And where did Van Ryn leave it off with Kostopoulos, who used to play in Van Ryn’s hometown for the London Knights on the OHL?

"The unfortunate thing is I’ve known him for a long time," Van Ryn said. "He’s not that type of player. It was a big rivalry, there was a big [Hockey Hall of Fame] ceremony before the game and everybody was excited.

"We have texted back to each other. I told him that I was okay and know how bad he felt. I don’t know what else I can say. I know I have made hits that I have regretted, too."

 


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• Pat Hickey on the struggles of the Koivu line and on the sinking Senators 

The unshakable confidence of Patrick Roy 

Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail on Saint Patrick 

• In La Presse, Richard L’abbee wonders is Canadiens fans’ expectations were too elevated 

• Carbo looks for leaders 

• Sinking economy will hit salary cap 

• Pierre LeBrun’s quarterly report 

• The season’s best quotes so far 


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Courtesy of Cory Kornelsen, editor of McKeen’s Hockey, a scouting report on Ryan McDonagh:

Robust two-way defenseman .. commanding all-access skater that is strong on his edges with sharp acceleration .. has become more productive this season because he’s anticipating the play incisively and is asserting himself more offensively with the puck .. has underrated hand skill and a quick shot that he is beginning to get on net with more frequency, as he’s already surpassed his career high with four goals on the year .. his on-ice vision and creativity with the puck are mediocre, although he makes calculated decisions and doesn’t rush into many mistakes .. suffocating one-on-one defender that is a pillar of strength on the backend and is one of the most physically imposing defenders in college hockey .. lacks prototypical height but it doesn’t matter because he boasts tremendous strength and has a mean streak .. his influential backwards and lateral mobility allows him to maintain tight gaps before angling off his man to the wall .. fiercely covers his net and clears his crease area with conviction .. a safe bet to play in the NHL sooner rather than later.  

 • Ryan O’Byrne and the sophomore jinx

Jarkko Ruutu pleads innocence 

Steve Bégin talks to his coach

• Canadiens fans voting for all-Hab All-Star lineup 

Damien Cox and Ken Campbell of the Hockey News on the Kostopoulos hit

• Mathias Brunet on Brian Burke

• Bruins in Burke hunt?

Scott Burnside weighs in on Burke 


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Kostopoulos is contrite but Wilson isn’t buying it

• And neither is François Gagnon 

Eric Engels sends this interesting photo sequence (see below) he found on Habfans. com It seems to support TK’s case.

Sergei K unloads on former friend Grabovski 

• Thanks to poster dwgs for this Cherry rant about Grabovski butt-ending Price.

• Canadiens suffer through video session 

• Canadiens slip to fourth in ESPN power rankings

51 Comments

  1. pdunph says:

    In between periods in tonights game, Benoit Brunet showed a similar hit in the Philadelphia game where the guy didn’t get injured and got right back up after. The guy most likely won’t be suspended. I think Kostopolous deserved to be tossed from the game, but a 3 game suspension seems to be related to the extent of the injury and not the hit itself.

  2. Number31 says:

    Wilson is full of hot air and WOW is the press vilifying Kostopoulos or what? How long will Wilson hide his hired headhunter too, I wonder? Where was this mass outrage when Bergeron’s face got driven in the boards from behing and he was pulled off the rink in a stretcher? I think I only heard of it on RDS, before a Bruins/Habs game…

    You know when Andrei’s head was slammed into the glass and the league nary did a thing, a few of us were asking what it would take for the NHL to make some kind of move… Most of us thought it would take a major hit on someone like Crosby. But nope, I guess all that has to happen is a play gone wrong on some unknown Leafs defenseman. No one wants to see players hurt, but it happens. TK gets his suspension, he takes the pay cut from his already rather low salary, he is taking his responsibilities (unlike other players) and the other guy goes to the hospital. What can you do other than find yourself a Tardis to fix it right?

  3. Number31 says:

    Um…actually according to that thing on RDS, Sergei and Grabs haven’t been too kind with each other since before the “incident”. (I put up a translation in the Hab’s forum in Grab’s thread).

  4. yathehabsrule says:

    I mentioned this Sat. night too. You are right. Schenn was already on his way to the ice and Kostitsyn merely makes contact at the end to avoid running into him and injuring himself or Schenn. It’s a natural instinct that any player does..

  5. yathehabsrule says:

    I was looking at one of the original video clips again and it looked to me that TK was actually trying to get over to Van Ryn’s left and avoid a direct hit and his arms were up to protect himself from hitting the glass.

    And Van Ryn saw him coming and NEVER should have turned his back.

  6. yathehabsrule says:

    Cherry pronuncing names wrong is new to you? lol

  7. mjames says:

    A few comments:

    (1) Regardless whether Kost’s hit was intentional or not, he got off lightly. If that had happened to Markov, we would be screaming bloody murder. If someone is hit in the head the suspension should be an automatic 10 games. The same should apply to the hit that AK46 took. Also when Commodore made a run at AK46, Commodore should have been suspended 10 game because he went for the head.
    (2) With respect to the dust up between SK74 and Grabs, SK47 is blowing smoke. He is pissed with Grabs because Grabs showed us up big time. No other reason.
    (3) The Hab fans using Phoenix escapade as reason for hating Grabs is pure BS. We hate Grabs because he is off to a hell of start and he whipped us big time. We are plain and simple jealous of his good play. As they say “deal with it”. We lost a good player. I hope he does well , just not when he plays us.

    mjames

  8. Mr.Hazard says:

    Cherry is completely lost. “Kosteagin”, calling Saku “Sergei”, while Ron is quietly mumbling corrections.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  9. The M says:

    Ron Wilson’s idea is that when a player hits someone from behind he should be suspended as well as his team loses the right to dress a full roster, so 17 skaters instead of 18. In that case he wouldn’t have had a full roster this season due to that numbnut Ryan Hollweg. He can cry all he wants about hitting from behind when he has the league’s biggest cheap shot artist on his bench.

  10. Nahlsy says:

    Ron Wilson has an awful lot to say against hits from behind and how dirty Montreal is for employing Kostopolous considering he’s got mr Hitfrombehind Hollweg on his own team. STFU Wilson, take your hypocritical crud and cram it.

  11. New says:

    I think the word around the league is that Cary Price is too good, so you have to crowd him and get him off his game. The opposing players are then gonna say “Yeah, and have Komosaurus or O’Byrne, or Hammer, or Georges, or Brisbois, or Boullion, or Higgins, or… on top of me. Yeah Right coach!” And the opposing coaches just pat them on the back and say “Doesn’t happen son, go watch the videos.”

    And they do, then they smile, and the opposition has a game plan.

    I never do line fantasies or crud like that, but man, could I see sitting the fourth and dressing three more big D. Usually all you get is an extra two, unless the other guy turtles, but then even his team looks at him funny for months. It’s not like the fourth line is doing anything anyway while TK is out. Might as well put on the foil. (Kidding)

  12. Chorske says:

    Is Cherry blind? Schenn is already falling over when Kostitsin catches up to him. I agree with his point re icing but damn, the dude is BLIND.

  13. Barts says:

    Grabovski wasn’t traded in the off season, he was traded last March when he refused to get on a plane out of Phoenix to L.A. with the rest of his teammates. Guys don’t forget that stuff, and I would imagine Koivu was reminding him of that. Grabovski belongs in Toronto. He fits right in with the operating mentality of that team. Good riddance. See you on January 8th.

  14. CHsam says:

    Loved Cherrys comments on buttending. Its just so unsportsmanlike.

  15. 24 Cups says:

    For me, the problem is that we always try and analyze the individual incident, instead of the issue as a whole. I feel that these verbal tug of wars are a basic waste of time that just take us away from finding a solution that will benefit the safety of the players. The concussion crisis in the NHL is totally out of control. THe NHL and the NHLPA have to join together to find a permanent resolution to this crisis.

    From where I’m sitting, it appears that neither party truly really wants to address the situation. Their responses and tirades are more cliche ridden than the rants of Don Cherry, the “it’s all part of the game” chieftain, himself. Next month we will be discussing this al over again. Different player, different incident, different circumstance, but still the SOS.

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  16. HabsInBlood says:

    Wow – that’s excellent video. The real question that needs to be asked is: based on frames 5 & 6 should TK have let up? The guy has his head down and TK is coming at him from the side. The real dangerous part of that hit is that MVR is 3-4 feet from the boards – he definitely put himself in a dangerous position. After that presumably, he turns his back to TK and gets clocked. Even if TK tries to let up at that point, Newton’s laws of physics teach us that guy may very well be toast anyways.

    If I’m a D going back to play that puck I’m right up against the boards so a check bounces off of me, or I’m not turning my back to the oncoming forechecker.

  17. HABZ24 says:

    an idea thats time has come is : the suspended players players forfitted salary should go to the injured player.only fair.

  18. HabsInBlood says:

    I haven’t trolled all the posts, but why haven’t I seen any discussion of a review of Grabs butt-end into Price’s gut/groin? IMO, that was an order of magnitude dirtier a hockey play than TK’s hit. I’m probably using flawed math there, because I don’t think TK’s hit was dirty in the first place, so there’s no basis for what an order of magnitude greater is, but I think you get the idea.

    Not only did that pansy butt-end Price, he deliberately choked up before hand to make sure his glove was well out of the way. All I hear is that dork Wilson ranting in the press on how violent/dirty a hit TK’s was. Hall of fame night and all, what did all the “kids across Canada” think when they saw the pansy butt-end Price with no punishment? For all the bias that comes out of Grapes’ mouth, I have to thank him for pointing this out after the game … otherwise, I wouldn’t have realized it had happened.


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The hit on YouTube and Milan Lucic belting Van Ryn.

• In the Globe and Mail, David Shoalts says Tom Kostopoulos should be punished for carelessness

• Mike Van Ryn will be examined by former Montrealer Karen Johnston, a concussion expert 

• In the Toronto Star, Damien Cox writes both players were doing their jobs 

•  In La Presse, François Gagnon on the Canadiens’ lack of discipline and poor work ethic

• In the Journal de Montréal, Marc De Foy looks at the season to date 

• Scott Burnside on the underachieving Canadiens

• SI’s Allan Muir on the league’s best bargains, including Mike Komisarek: For $1.7 million, the Canadiens have a top pairing defender in Komisarek, who leads league in blocks, is seventh in hits and is a solid presence in his own zone. 

•  Marc-Antoine Godin on $4.9 million worth of fourth-liners

• A great Stephen Brunt column (that’s redundant) on Ron Wilson 

26 Comments

  1. Chorske says:

    Yikes, aren’t we usually the OVERACHIEVING Canadiens?

    What a difference a year makes.

  2. 24 Cups says:

    LMAO – you know our crusty Carbo critic all too well!

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  3. twocents says:

    Can that be arranged from a rocking chair?

  4. nightmare_49 says:

    Steve – Sundin will be centering Higgins and Kovy before xmas and Lang will be on RW with Saku and Tanguay while Pleks is with the brother act. Shanny hasn’t played with the same edge since his concussion.

  5. gmd says:

    Totally agree with you. I’m still wondering why nothing was said about Commodore’s total intent to injure A. Kost with his cheap elbow shot in the Columbus game.

  6. 24 Cups says:

    Bryan – For the first time in his career, it would appear that Sundin has held on to his cards too long, even after initially being dealt a great hand.

    As for Shanahan, it would appear that there is very little left in his gas tank – in fact, the red warning light has been on since last spring. Might be time to retire with a sense of grace, while he still can.

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  7. Hoegarden says:

    Nice to see HIO mentioned a couple of times in the NY Times article.

  8. jabber39 says:

    I keep looking at TK’s TKO on Mike Van Ryn…People in the media are making Kostopoulos seem like an axe murdered…I’m thinking it’s gotta be because it happened against a Leaf…I’m not saying TK was not at fault…it was a clear hit from behind…Van Ryn lost God knows how many teeth and got concussed…No way you can let TK off scot free and he does deserve atleast 1 game…All I’m saying is…the media (mainly in Toronto including the Toronto Sports Network (TSN) are making the hit worse than it was…the hit…the intent to injure…they’re making a Sean Avery out of Tom Kostopoulos…

    I’ve looked at the hit many times…In TK’s defence he finished his check…he didn’t drive his elbows into the back of Van Ryn’s neck…He didn’t lift his feet while hitting…Van Ryn did absolutely nothing to protect himself…he had time to elude the hit instead he turtled with his face towards the boards…He made the hit worse than it was and caused himself more damage…damage alone is causing the controversy here…wanna know why? Here’s Proof!!!

    Why the hell isn’t anyone talking about what Grabovski pulled in the crease on Price? Was there no intent to injure? The guy tries to 6 inch a future star player…injure the future face of the habs…What the hell was that? NO CALL…CBC doesn’t even show it…Don Cherry did though which surprises me that he would make a Leaf look bad…That was clearly premeditated…there was clear intent to injure…Wanna talk about careless? That’s was ludacris!! You wanna tell me that gets no suspension? Hey you’re honor…I blew up my neighbor’s car but unfortunately he wasn’t in it so what i did was fine…BS!! The league has a lot of reviewing to do on its rules…If they let guys go around and 6 inch anyone they please as long as they miss…No one is talking about Grabovski cause he intended to injure but didn’t…and Kostopoulos looks worse cause he didn’t intend to injure but did…Luck of the Irish…no…Luck of the Leaf (doesn’t apply to Championships though)

    Knowing is Half the Battle…

  9. nightmare_49 says:

    The NHL Morning Papers (Monday Edition) : Journalist Mark Zwolinski – Is he Accusing the Habs of Bullying his Beloved laffs, Olaf Kolzig faces his Ex Mates and Bruins survibe a Difficult Early Schedule .. by Ari ….. http://www.illegalcurve.com/2008/11/10/nhl-morning-papers-monday-edition-24/ ………………………………………….. Spector on Whose Getting Sundin and Shanahan ….. http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/8777336/Getting-Sundin,-Shanahan-is-tricky-business ………………………… The New York Times Morning Skate : Unruly Habs, Rashomon Rangers and Roberto-O .. by Stu Hackel ….. http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/the-morning-skate-rashomon-rangers-unruly-habs-and-roberto-o/

  10. jabber39 says:

    Even better example in Mike Commodore on Friday night…You’re right!…

    Knowing is Half the Battle…


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• Front-page news in La Presse: Jim Balsillie says the Canadiens are for sale. Story vehemently denied by George Gillett, Gary Bettman. Fearless prediction: by noon at the latest, Balsillie will say either he was misquoted or misunderstood by a French-speaking journalist.

• What’s up with Sergei Kostitsyn?

• Canadiens keen to get back in action

• Réjean Tremblay talks to Georges Laraque

Alex Tanguay‘s hot start

McKeen’s has scouting reports on Ben Maxwell, Max Pacioretty and Yannick Weber

Jakub "Jake" Voracek, a hot rookie the Canadiens will see in Columbus tonight

Darcy Tucker: Syill dirty after all these years 

• The incomparably great Bobby Orr

47 Comments

  1. JD_ says:

    So, I read about Darcy’s latest attempt to end someone’s career, start to feel my blood pressure rising, then do what I always do when this clown’s lowlife behaviour starts to grate: watch the classic Kovy smackdown.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khywEqMgtUI

    It is a moment of such utter beauty, encompassing all that is good and righteous about hockey: instantaneous payback for a cheap shot, albeit delivered in a manner that only a player of Kovy’s skills can muster.

    Like the protagonist in Frederick Forsyth’s ‘Day of the Jackal’, Kovy meticulously plans his on-ice assasination, although successfully delivers the blow. He does it with the aid of misdirection that would be the envy of any Vegas magician.

    Keep your eyes on the puck, Darce…closer…closer…closer…

    Very therapeutic.

    Of course, it also provides the viewer with the opportunity to regale in some of Bob Cole’s awesome and breathtaking hockey insights:

    “I’m not sure if it’s good or bad that this is the eighth and final meeting of the season for these two teams.”

    …a short pause as Bob’s wunderwit starts to gather steam…

    “Some people will say ‘Darn it'”

    …another pause to allow the viewer to digest that staggeringly rich chunk of hockey nougat…

    “And others will say ‘Thank heavens.'”

    Such commentatorial bliss.

    And me, I say thank heavens for you Bob Cole; thank you for being Bob Cole.

    JD

  2. Batalla says:

    I suppose you’re right; it’s kinda silly to call a billionaire stupid… But RIM’s new phone is reactionary. Apple has a massive hold on a very important demographic (15-30). So will the new Thunder be enough to gain back some ground? Only time will tell. But this is the wrong forum for this discussion.

    What we can all agree on is that NOBODY wants him as the owner of the Canadiens. Let’s keep our riots to a minimum.

    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  3. HKisses says:

    I dont know if you guys know…But blackberry is comming out with a touch screen phone themselves Called “Thunder” with RIm technology….dont call him stupid or dumb,call his comments stupid. The actual guy behind RIM is as smart as can be…Look where u r, and look where he is…. But his comments r just stupid

  4. Batalla says:

    You didn’t finish the story… This is why he’s in LA right now:
    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/2008/10/sundin-joins-cast-of-desperate.html

  5. Batalla says:

    Trust me… It’s only gonna get worse. But I suppose if the guy has invested well, he’ll be okay to go home and cry in his billions of dollars. But does he have enough to buy the Canadiens?

    HA!

    Plus, that guy would be the worst thing that could happen to this franchise.

    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  6. Komi For Captain says:

    Going to start losing ground… I guess Jim shouldn’t read this (http://www.engadget.com/2008/11/07/analyst-confirms-apple-slid-past-rim-to-become-number-two-smartp/) Blackberry already lost all the ground it could to Apple

  7. B says:

    Voracek may be hot, but Latendresse’s old centre from Drummondville, Derick Brassard, is the leading all rookies in scoring. I look forward to watching him play tonight as well.

    Another nitpick: Stubb’s wrote that the Ducks are the NHL’s busiest team as they play their 16th game tonight, the Rangers have already played 16 games.

  8. 24 Cups says:

    Bryan – We have lots of kids but realistically not all of them will make it – history proves that in all sports. So what is realistic for the next two or three years?

    – Maxwell or Chipchura make it at centre
    – MaxPac makes it at LW
    – Weber or Subban makes it on RD
    – McDonagh, Fischer, or Carle makes it on LD
    – D’Agostini or Stewart makes it as a sub winger

    I’ll be happy if five of these kids make the big club in the next few years.

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  9. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    of course its him…out of position as usual….

    1. The work of BGL will be key to our success this season…
    2. The Bell Centre should be rebuilt to hold 80,000…
    3. Kovalev is now in his prime…

  10. Batalla says:

    Balsillie is an idiot. This guy wants a team so bad, but he doesn’t realize that in a few years he won’t be able to afford it. First, the Blackberry is going to start losing ground to the iPhone, second, the economy is slowing up. And to say the Canadiens are for sale?!? Well, that’s just icing on the cake.

    As for SK74, it looks like the hit to his brother hurt *him* more. But give him time, he’ll wake up again. No need to panic yet… ESPECIALLY since Kovy woke up a bit and Price is playing the way he’s been playing (http://habsbros.blogspot.com/2008/11/plusminus-carey-price.html).

  11. nightmare_49 says:

    The Empty Netters : Blake Wheeler has 1st Hat Trick, Goddard wins Tilt with McIntyre,good scrap but Voros vs Malone Tilt was even Better .. by Seth Rorabaugh ….. http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/emptynetters/archive/2008/11/07/sign-language-11-07-08.aspx ………….. A Look at laffs Coach Ron Wilson .. by Stephen Brunt ….. http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081106.wsptbrunt07/GSStory/GlobeSportsHockey/home ……………………………………… Seminal Moment .. ESPN ….. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=281106023

  12. Bill H says:

    Thanks JD. I enjoyed the video clip as well as your commentary on the commentary. To think CBC let that guy slip away.

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    Keith– No, Cherry did not show, so I kept it for another occasion.

    Ian

  14. krob1000 says:

    Not devlining since the AK incidence….not getting his nose dirty and playing like a Belarussian Dale Hunter. He is feisty by nature and hasn’t been since that game. He has NOT done anything to hurt us but he is like OHIO in the US election…he is a “swing” player…..a third line guy with top 6 skills already and when he is rolling it makes us that much better. I have no doubt he will again and soon but there is no mistaking that he has not been as edgy/feisty since that game…..edgy is what he needs to be again…I have no doubt he will be. HE also took a couple bad penalties taht may also have made him think twice as I am sure he heard about them. If someone knows Dale Hunters phone number…call him and tell him to drop Sergei a line. This nonsense about Sergei not being ready is nonsense…that we can agree upon…but he has BNOT been the same palyer he was before. If he were wee would be seeing him in more after the whistle scrums….staring back up at guys who would likely eat him…..that is why we like him so much. IT would be awesome id he could get going along with that line……let’s also not forget Lang is leading the league in misseed open nets this year and Sergei could easily have a few more assists is some chances were converted.

  15. Corio says:

    Without Sundin we still have our pride, he is a Leaf Lifer! No matter where he goes..

    “He knows, like, unnecessary facts about putting Sears catalogs on your shin pads.” Sean Avery on Don Cherry

  16. Batalla says:

    In the end, I’m happy he didn’t come. The chemistry is there for this team. They’ve gelled nicely as a unit over the last few years and the additions compliment rather than dominate.

    Plus, without Sundin, we have *some* cap-space to make a move if/when we identify an area that needs some “tweaking” later in the season.

    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  17. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    excellent post, and one of the greatest moments in HAB HISTORY. (and that says alot!)

    1. The work of BGL will be key to our success this season…
    2. The Bell Centre should be rebuilt to hold 80,000…
    3. Kovalev is now in his prime…

  18. HKisses says:

    That ill agree with u, i wouldn’ want him as our owner….Gillete did good for this organization, ill take him over Mr.balls

  19. Andrew says:

    correct me if i’m wrong.

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/

    Is that Brisebois on the left?!?!
    damn he’s in grey lol!

  20. Ian Cobb says:

    Thats him, good enough to be around a long time in this league.

  21. nightmare_49 says:

    McKeen’s Scouting Report on our prospects is a necessary read for any Habs fan and the analysis of Maxwell is what i was looking for as it stressed that Ben was strong on the puck and had good balance which we have lacked recently down the middle and have improved with Lang to some extend and during pre-season i was aware that Maxwell was fine defensively so i can rest easier now. Weber had an ankle injury in the Memorial Cup run and should have been given a little slack for his performance and i see him as playing a similar role to Breezer next year on the Habs blue line as he developed. Pacioretty summary was also spot on and this report was done very professionally. Lots of good reads today and the article on Sergei doesn’t worry me as he has been playing against the oppositions top lines lately and has held his own and will have to continue as he has a new partner on his line. His offence will come and though he is off to a slow start pointwise he’s been far from a hindrance to the team and this talk about him declining since the AK46 incidence is what it is, just talk.

  22. Will Longlade says:

    SK74 is at his best when he plays with an edge. He hasn’t done that this year. If he wants to get out of his funk he needs to get more physically involved in games. Once he does this, his confidence will return and he’ll get back on track.

  23. Chorske says:

    Jim Balsillie is to the NHL as Jennifer Aniston is to John Mayer.

  24. mrhabby says:

    Balsillie is looking for ways to bump up his RIM stock in a crappy economy. I actually like his approach with Bettman before , but seems to be turning into a right a-hole with his comments about HABS.


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• Habs kick off All-Star campaign 

Carey Price quips he may vote for himself four times.

• Marc-Antoine Godin on the resurrection of Alex Tanguay 

• Pierre Durocher’s Farm Report: Matt D’Agostini,   Mathieu Carle and Yannick Weber

• All Star ballots: East and West

José Theodore on his way to becoming the backup goalie in Washington

Top 50 draft prospects 

• Michael Farber on Stealth MVPs, including Canadiens goaltending coach Roland Melanson:

Melanson has no system that can be attached to him like tin cans on the bride and groom’s car. He simply gets results.

Melanson, who had a middling NHL career, helped José Théodore win the Hart Trophy in 2002. (Théodore then took a victory lap, wasting his time and talent; Melanson’s failure to rebuild him back into a Vézina Trophy after the goalie wandered away is the one blemish on his record.) Melanson also helped turn Cristobal Huet, a former backup in Los Angeles, into a legitimate NHL No. 1, which led to the four-year, $22.5 million contract that Huet signed in Chicago after a fabulous late-season stretch last spring with Washington.

Now Melanson is molding a prodigy, Carey Price, while also developing another young goaltender, Jaroslav Halak, who is capable of pushing the preternaturally calm Price. Unlike the big-name Allaire brothers, Melanson’s work with goalies has gone unnoticed everywhere, of course, but Montreal.


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Habs can’t rely on luck

One of their best starts 

• More on the good start 

The struggling PP 

Jacques Demers’ column
 
• Pierre LeBrun on Canadiens’ impending free agents 

41 Comments

  1. gincognito says:

    Simple, short solution: let your cursor hover over the link for a second or two. Look at the bottom of your screen to see what language the link is in. (hint: if you see “cyberpresse” or “nouvelles” in there, it’s probably a french article).

    Longer, more complicated solution: learn french.

    You’re welcome.

  2. nightmare_49 says:

    New York Times : The Morning Skate : Day to Day Brodeur, OV’s Back, Valentenko Contract and Award Winning David Stubbs and more .. by Stu Hackel ….. http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/03/the-morning-skate-brodeurs-elbow-ovs-back-and-valentenkos-contract/#more-1020 ………………………………… More Morning Skate – Discord in Dallas ….. http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/03/more-morning-skate-discord-in-dallas/ ……………………………….. BTW: Mathias Ohlund has a No-Trade Clause in his Contract .. Waiting for Stanley ….. http://hockey-madness.blogspot.com/

  3. nightmare_49 says:

    Hockey Night in Blogdom ; Northeast .. NY Times ….. http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/03/hockey-night-in-blogdom-morning-in-the-northeast/#more-1004 ………………………………ESPN’s Scott Burnsides : The 5 Tidbits ….. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=3679942 ………………………………………… Monday Afternoon Required Reading .. by Sean Leahy ….. http://goingfivehole.blogspot.com/2008/11/monday-afternoon-required-reading.html ……………………….. Steve Ott is a Douche .. Two Line Pass ….. http://thetwolinepass.com/?p=946

  4. 24 Cups says:

    Bryan – not only is the illustrious Dave Stubbs mentioned, but also Sly Stone – the SF psychedelic, funk master of soul. He was way ahead of the curve in that regard. Dance to the music.

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  5. Peter Young says:

    Yeah, great things happen when you learn both languages. Look at those two bilingual guys from Montreal who pranked Sarah Palin. Nothing but good coming from Montreal these days.

  6. HABZ24 says:

    i wish someone would put a (f) beside the articles that are in french so we unilingual people dont have to waste time checking them.
    great to see plek break out of his slump finally.pedal to the metal plekky.lang needs a goal now.
    latts should be a forth liner,higgy belongs with saku and tanguay.
    our special teams suck this year,still stuff to work on but you cant argue with the winning results so far.
    go habs go!!

  7. Lafrich says:

    Habs #1 in TSN.CA’s power rankings. I think that is a first! http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/feature/?fid=548

  8. georgesd says:

    BTW, Habs I/O

    you’re not on time. We moved the clock back two days ago.

    Merci, Georges D


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Wild pays Price for missed chances

• This date in Canadiens history

• Pat Hickey on the departure of Pavel Valentenko 

Canadiens’ penalty-killers get the job done

Will Saku Koivu finish his career in Montreal? 

Canadiens shut down Wild power play 

• Koivu talks about possibility of playing with his brother 

• More on the Habs penalty killing 

• Even more on how the Wild couldn’t score with the extra man – or men

Michael Russo rants about the Wild’s inability to score on the PP

• More on the Koivu brothers playing together, maybe

Wild get boooooooed by 18,000


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Cam Ward unbeaten at the Bell Centre

Pat Hickey on head shots 

Red Fisher on fast starts that turn sour 

Max Pacioretty a work in progress 

Plan B is working 

Alex Tanguay meets Roch Carrier  

• BGL tops NHL heavyweight rankings 

• Gaston Therrien dissects the struggling PP 

Hockey News power rankings: Canadiens fifth 

• Dave Stubbs on Michael Leighton 

• The far-flung reach of Habs I/O
 
•  Economic hard times coincide with Habs winning the Cup
 

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Saku Koivu featured on the CBC

• Reaction to Bob Gainey’s proposed shot-blocking rule

•  More on shot-blocking

Falling dollar hurts Canadian teams 

• Q&A with Guy Carbonneau 

Manny Legacé injured on Sarah Palin’s carpet

• The NHL: faster and more physical

• Eric Duhatschek on Marian Gaborik

Cherry on Cherry 

Bizarre incident at the U of Michigan 

 

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  1. Bugs says:

    The Gorges/Price thing getting out of hand.
    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/
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  2. Greg says:

    Grapes cracks me up. Ron MacLean is a saint.

  3. petemoss says:

    I can’t wait for the koivu feature!
    Although it’s kind of funny, because didnt he say in his recent interview with Dave Stubbs, that he tries to avoid having interviews in his house….
    I could have swore he said that.
    Anyways, i was excited to hear the game is on cbc, but i


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 Big news on a no-news day for the Canadiens: Jaroslav Halk starts against the Ducks tomorrow.

 • Update on Christopher Higgins, itching to play

Kim St. Pierre’s excellent adventure 

• Jaro gets second straight start 

 Josh Gorges says Canadiens have to tighten their defensive play

ESPN Power Rankings: Canadiens second 

• Pierre LeBrun on the GMs meeting and Bob Gainey’s idea about a new shot-blocking rule 

 

 

71 Comments

  1. HabFab says:

    Check out NHL Stats/Plus Minus and you will find that he is right.

  2. likehoy says:

    no controversy, we have two excellent goalies…what’s there to argue about?

    nothing’s sweeter than winning, so no ones going to complain.

  3. ebk says:

    don’t need to…. if you got something to that shows I’m wrong go for it…

  4. Mr.Hazard says:

    Only if Price would play badly in his next start…

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  5. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Breeze has been on the ice for goals against – re-check your facts.

    1. The work of BGL will be key to our success this season…
    2. The Bell Centre should be rebuilt to hold 80,000…
    3. Kovalev is now in his prime…

  6. Mr.Hazard says:

    LOL

    I heard someone on the street say Havlat to Montreal was a done deal.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  7. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    I agree with you.

    I can see where Gainey is coming from, but the practicality of enforcing such a rule would cause far too many problems.

    Also, what woudl be considered “one skate on the ice?” Would it have to be the blade? Or would the boot count? Because technically, a guy sprawled along the ice still has “one skate on the ice”, just not the blade.

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  8. likehoy says:

    i think the general idea is that it doesn’t count if the defensive team shoots the puck into the empty net…otherwise it’d defeat the purpose of pulling the goalie…it’s probably once it crosses the blue line in result of a defensive play…

    shooting into the empty net on a situation like that would only mean more bad blood. If someone fired on net in a situation like that where they have no means of scoring…I would take exception to it, like shooting the puck after the whistle.

    but on your point of not negating the power play afterward, it is actually a good idea…doubles the offensive opportunities…but I doubt it would roll well with the GMs/coaches to be put into a defensive situation two sequences in a row…with the odds of scoring on the PP being 1 in 5…with extended 6 on 5 play on delayed penalties, the odds would increase to maybe 1 in 4 in terms of scoring in direct result of taking a penalty (but not necessarily on the power play).

  9. likehoy says:

    beauchemin, robidas, hainsey, brett clark…Dmen that are/were successful in the west coast that never made our roster even when our top 4 was brisebois, quintal, souray, and rivet/ulanov/popovic/traverse…we even let bouillon go to nashville for like 2 games! but then we got him back…except the aforementioned players have much greater value than bouillon at this point.

  10. likehoy says:

    too bad we let him go years ago.

  11. likehoy says:

    start the rumours! elias and havlat to montreal for a couple of hookers!

    i hear all the habs hang out at Med…Sheldon Souray being a former regular

  12. sidhu says:

    I agree with you there – PPs are often broken up by subsequent penalties, but the team is still charged with having played a full PP. Doesn’t seem right. PP goals measured against PP time (rather than # of PPs) seems like a better measure of PP proficiency.

  13. xaverian001 says:

    Besides Bouwmeester, I think Foote would be tops on my list followed by Schneider and Beauchemin. Foote would be an incredible infusion of leadership and grit for the Stanley Cup run.

  14. ebk says:

    I’d be really, really interested in Francois Beauchemin. He is a bigger version of Frankie the Bull and he can help out on the PP.

  15. nightmare_49 says:

    X – Being realistic and not wanting to pay to much and get into a bidding war i’ll go for O’Donnell,Foote and McKee to fill our needs and have ‘no’ interest in Morris, Backman, Gauthier, Bergeron and Sydor. Nice post.

  16. captaink4life says:

    I actually saw Martin Havlat this past summer standing outside Med (the supper club) on St Laurent and Sherbrooke with Patrik Elias.

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    Drive for 25!!

  17. ebk says:

    Bryan

    it was a boring day here on the praires.

    Hope you people all have a great time at the Summit.

  18. nightmare_49 says:

    Earl – Those are great tidbits.

  19. dysonsphere says:

    Aha, didn’t think about it in such terms before. Oh that BG is so sneaky.

  20. dysonsphere says:

    Agree 100%. During delaed penalty the teams are still 5 on 5. Never understood why it should negate the call.

  21. dysonsphere says:

    Sorry, can’t see how a skate on the ice will prevent injuries. I just see how more shots will be blocked with ankles, reesulting in more foot injuries. A neck guard might have helped in the Cleary case, and in Zednik’s too (funny how players are keen to wear the protection after the injury). Anyway, koodo’s to RZ for coming back to play after such a scare.

    I think my point is that this is a dangeous sport and I dont see forbidding diving blocked shots is going to make it safer. All I see it doing is complicating the rules and causing more stopages in play.

  22. Habsrule1 says:

    Yes…more like 4 decades. Was it the 50’s or 60’s?
    I would not be opposed to changing it back.
    While on the PP subject, anyone else ever think PP sucess should be measured by blocks of 2 minutes? If you get ten 30 second PP’s, it doesn’t seem right that you get an o for 10 in the stats.

    I don’t know….something I never really liked. t’s probably just me.

    “I can’t hear what Jeremy(Roenick) is saying because my Stanley Cup rings are in my ears” – Patrick Roy

    Go Habs Go!!

    Habsrule

  23. ebk says:

    found a couple of things that interested me

    Sergei Kostitsyn has yet to be on the ice when the Montreal Canadiens are scored on. He has been on the ice for 93 minutes this season.

    Andrei Markov was on the ice for 15 of the Habs 23 goals scored this season. Koivu and Tanguay lead the forwards with 13 each.

    Maxim Lapierre has yet to be on the ice for an even-strength goal scored by the Montreal Canadiens. He has scored one short-handed goal.

    Patrice Brisebois is regarded as a offensive defenseman and a defensive liability. However, Breezer has yet to be on the ice for a goal scored against the Habs but also has been on the ice for only two goals scored by the Habs.

  24. JF says:

    Renaud Lavoie at RDS is reporting that Gainey said after the General Managers’ meeting yesterday that the Canadiens are not interested in Marian Gaborik. A player they might be interested in, according to him, is Martin Havlat (who apparently loves Montreal and has spent his last three summers here).

  25. sidhu says:

    BG’s concern isn’t the safety of the players, in which case your point about Cleary would be well-taken. His concern is that pucks aren’t getting through to the net. Excuse my sarcasm, but God forbid a defensive player trying to block a shot before it gets to the net 🙂

    Tell me there’s someone else who agrees with me – I feel like Don Cherry out here!

  26. sidhu says:

    Over two decades ago….

  27. sidhu says:

    So are we to defer to everything that BG says without critical examination? I respect BG a great deal, but on this point I think he’s wrong.

    BG is asking for players to flamingo (at least one foot on the ice) to avoid a penalty instead of make that sacrifice that Carbo, Muller, and many others have done.

    To be sure, I think shot blocking by going down on the ice is diminishing in its use; players want to remain in position and would rather stand up. But I just don’t see the upside in removing that skill from the game entirely.

    The enforcement issue is something else to consider – how refs are to ascertain whether someone has wrongfully blocked a shot. What are we going to call this penalty, delay of shot? Improper stoppage of puck?

    BG is a man who deserves a lot of praise and whose words we should listen to carefully. But on this point, I think he’s off base.

  28. xaverian001 says:

    Some D-men to consider at the deadline or earlier (most will be UFAs at the end of the year):
    Derek Morris – $3.9
    F. Beauchemin – $1.6
    M. Schneider – $5.6
    A. Foote – $3.0 for 2 years
    C. Backman – $2.3
    P. Boucher – $2.5
    J. Bouwmeester – $4.8
    N. Boynton – $2.9
    D. Gauthier – $2.1
    S. O’Donnell – $1.2
    M. Skoula – $1.8
    MA. Bergeron – $1.25
    G. de Vries – $2.5
    D. Sydor – $2.5
    J. McKee – $4.0 for 2 years
    M. Ohlund – $3.5

    Of course, some of these guys might not be available or appealing, but interesting nonetheless. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Atlanta deal Schneider at the deadline and if/when Vancouver is out of the playoff hunt Ohlund may be available. Boucher is intriguing, but I would be surprised if Dallas let him go.

  29. Kaptain K says:

    Not sure to be excited or sad to know that im going to the game where Jaro is in net…its both cool and sad (cuz i dont see Jesus) oh well, Jaro is cool too, as long as he wears his Helmet with Roy on it, its all good

    CAN YOU SMELLLLLLLLL…WHAt La- RAQUE…IS…COOKING!!

  30. REB says:

    I have to disagree with you here. You are right that there is a skill in blocking the shot and getting back up quickly, but what about the player who isn’t veru skilled at it, but will do it ‘for the team’ (we have several of those, including Lats)? Ask the ex-Hab (Trent Cleary?) who had his larynx crushed on just such an incident…keeping at least one skate blade on the ice might have prolonged his careeer.

  31. Drive_For_25 says:

    Another brilliant idea by Gainey. Not for the rule itself, I could care less if guys were flopping everywhere to block shots, purely a genius suggestion because he knows Komi is usually standing up when he blocks shots so this will make everybody else adjust and not us. Brilliant!! haha

  32. Dintrox says:

    Halak… he has a .967 save percentage … that is tops in the league :)His Goals against average is tops too (ahead of Marty Brodeur).. With more games played he will appear on NHL.com stats pages…

  33. HabsProf says:

    Regarding the proposed rule for delayed penalties – when exactly does the ref blow the whistle? If I gain control in my end and then fire the puck down the ice (not carry it out of the zone, but shoot it out of the zone), does the whistle get blown the moment it clears my zone? If so, then the rule could work. Otherwise, the opposing team will never pull their goalie on a delayed penalty for fear of an empty net goal.

    If the league wants to increase offense, try this one: if I score on a delayed penalty, why does that cancel the penalty? Technically, the penalized team was scored on at even-strength, not short-handed (unless I’m mistaken, the power-play and plus-minus statistics reflect this). But the other team gets to pull its goalie for an extra attacker you say? True, but it is still even strength and the other team still risks getting scored on. If I recall, the first goal credited to a goaltender in the NHL went to Billy Smith on such a play – delayed penalty with the other net empty. He didn’t shoot the puck – he made a pad save that went to the corner where an opposing player gathered it and passed back to the point. The pass missed the defenseman and went all the way down the ice and into the empty net. Smith was credited since he was the last Islander to touch the puck.

    I have seen other situations where the puck went into the empty net without the defending team having gained control of the puck. Since the offensive team still risks getting scored on, their extra attacker is a calculated risk, not a true man advantage.

    I think that a goal scored on a delayed penalty should still require the penalty be served. Opinions?

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  34. HABZ24 says:

    bobs idea of one skate on the ice to block shots is not good.big mike is our best and the leagues best shot blocker, no bob that idea sux.
    hope they keep price away from the team, dont need the flu spreading in the dressing room. wonder what the best record to start the season is for the habs.

  35. Dintrox says:

    I think Gainey knows a thing or two about blocking shots. They created a trophy called the Selke to honour his defensive play…

    Bob Gainey was described as the world’s best all-around player by legendary Soviet national team coach Anatoli Tarasov.

  36. Habsrule1 says:

    But that rule was changed due to our Habs!

    “I can’t hear what Jeremy(Roenick) is saying because my Stanley Cup rings are in my ears” – Patrick Roy

    Go Habs Go!!

    Habsrule

  37. sidhu says:

    Going back to full two minute penalties is an idea I like. A team isn’t so dominant on the PP (like the 80’s Oilers) that it would be unfair to reinstitute this rule.

  38. Zaskar says:

    So if Jaro gets a shutout does that a controversy ignite???

  39. Chorske says:

    I think anything that makes a penalty more costly is a good idea. Heck, I’d like to see offending team have to play the full two minutes short-handed, regardless of whether the other team scores.

    Just throwing that out there.

    Halak’s helmet is EVIL.

  40. Fer_hab says:

    Booner. Whats with the articles on the gazette only showing a paragraph of each story?

  41. sidhu says:

    Don’t like BG’s suggestion – there’s skill in being able to block shots by laying your body on the line. Just ask Carbo. I don’t see players flopping around or a number of bodies on the ice like a battlefield – it’s usually one player going down, quickly, to block a shot and then getting back up.

    I also don’t like the present rule of having a faceoff automatically in the offensive zone following a penalty. There is skill in being able to advance the puck to the offensive zone so that you get an offensive zone faceoff.

    Just my two cents….

  42. Bugs says:

    More to the Gorges/Priceberg helmet thing than meets the eye.
    When Habs Go Bad.
    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/
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  43. wmv_81 says:

    I don’t like Mickey Ribs…I never liked him, such a baby…yet, great game last night.

  44. Iceberg84 says:

    I know people have varying opinions on Ribeiro but this hurts me… http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=253550&lid=sublink04&lpos=headlines_nhl

  45. Mr.Hazard says:

    JAROOOO

    Ex nihilo nihil fit


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• Tomas Plekanec in search of his MIA scoring touch (read below)

• On Page 1 of the National Post, Are the Canadiens a religion?

• Canadiens have to allow fewer shots

• Pierre Durocher of the Journal de Montréal on Marian Gaborik

Ryan O’Byrne inspired by Mike Komisarek

Pierre LeBrun on Gaborik, GMs meeting 

Scott Burnside on the NHL’s best (including Koivu-Tanguay-Latendresse) and worst lines in the early going 

Highest payrolls (Canadiens are 10th) 

• Second Toronto team would be good for hockey 

Mats Sundin prepping for a comeback 

• George Gillett and Tom Hicks  ready to sell Liverpool?

Goaltender controversy in Philadelphia 

James Myrtle on the move 

 

Gazette online captured only half the Plekanec story. Here it is:

Late last season, the vacated Florida Panthers net would have
looked as large as the ocean to Canadiens centreman Tomas
Plekanec. On Monday, it probably seemed the size of a raindrop.

"I was thinking of passing," Plekanec said of his two-on-one break
with winger Alex Kovalev in the waning seconds of Monday’s 3-1
victory over the Panthers.

"But with the confidence I have and the bad game I’d had, I just
skated in as close as I could to hit the net."

Plekanec did indeed find the empty Florida net with a 55-footer
for his first goal of the season, perhaps the ice-breaker he needed
after five games that had produced two assists.

(For those stressing over Plekanec’s start this season, he is
exactly where he was offensively after six games last year, when
he went on to score 29 goals and record 40 assists, both career
highs.)

It’s not that the 25-year-old fourth-year Canadien is wanting for
confidence in the usual sense of the word.

"I’m not thinking that I’m not a good player, not at all," Plekanec
said yesterday, his team back at practice after having enjoyed a
day off.

"It’s just that the puck sometimes doesn’t go for you. It doesn’t
bounce or go the way you want. Sometimes you make bad
decisions with the puck.

"It’s not going to come easy or just with one bounce. You have to
work hard for it. I’m working hard, but I have to work even
harder to get that bounce. I’m sure it’s going to come."

The Canadiens resumed their work in Verdun, something named
Madonna having literally taken over the Bell Centre with
mountains of equipment, security and linger-at-your-own-risk
warnings to all in the building.

Goalie Carey Price was under the weather – the word flu wasn’t
officially used – which left Jaroslav Halak to face every puck.
Defenceman Andrei Markov also didn’t skate, taking a so-called
therapy day, nor did Plekanec-line winger Andrei Kostitsyn, still
recovering from having had his bell loudly run against Phoenix
on Saturday.

Forward Christopher Higgins (groin) skated alone with strength
and conditioning coordinator Scott Livingston, while Georges
Laraque (groin) and Steve Bégin (flu) returned to the ice with
their teammates.

Sergei Kostitsyn skated with Plekanec and Kovalev, as he did in
Monday’s game, while Saku Koivu remained between Guillaume
Latendresse and Alex Tanguay.

Bégin practised with Robert Lang and Tom Kostopoulos, with
Maxim Lapierre skating between Mathieu Dandenault and
Laraque.

"Same name, same face … almost," Plekanec joked of the
interchangeable Kostitsyns. "No, not really. They’re both great
players. It’s not a big, big change for me."

Of course, Plekanec’s value to the Canadiens isn’t calculated solely
by his offensive output. He’s a strong two-way player who brings
other qualities to the rink.

"We have plenty of players who can score," he said. "My job is to
win the faceoff in the (defensive) zone and be good on the penalty-
kill. I’m not thinking just about scoring goals, or getting points.
It’s the overall game for me. I know I’m doing some good things,
but there are plenty of things I can do better.

"I’m just trying to play my two-way game. It’s going to come."

Head coach Guy Carbonneau knows he needs to work on neutral-
and defensive-zone coverage, and hone that in practices leading to
Saturday’s home game against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Canadiens have been giving up blizzard of shots – 192 to
date, an average of 32 per game. That was third-highest among
the 14 clubs having played six games heading into last night’s
action.

It’s been the superb goaltending of Price, with a .939. save
percentage in his four games, and Halak, a sizzling .967 in his
two, that’s allowed the club to earn 11 of 12 possible points. The
pair’s combined .948 leads the league.

"It’s details, the little things," defenceman Josh Gorges said of
the necessary repairs. "Being in the shooting lanes, taking away a
little more time and space, and not being hesitant.

"Sometimes we’re second-guessing if we should jump in or stay,
then we get caught. We get too excited, try to do somebody else’s
job, then start running around and they get momentum and time
in the (Canadiens’) zone.

"We have to help our goalies a lot more," Gorges added. "They’ve
been holding us in the games. They’ve shut the door. If it wasn’t
for them, our record could be different right now."

Strangely, the steadiness of Price and Halak is what often leaves
them on their own.

"We feel comfortable when they’re in the net," Bégin said, joking
that it’s "good for them, we make sure they’re ready" when the
goalies faces pucks early and often.

"We don’t try to (take chances), because that’s dangerous.
They’ve been playing very well since the beginning of the season.
We know if they make a mistake, they’re going to be there."

112 Comments

  1. habsguy says:

    oh I get it, it’s a joke……funny..

  2. T-roy West says:

    Bonjour Vince, welcome to the funny farm!

  3. bidds55 says:

    I agree there should be a deadline. I think Nov 1 is appropriate, and you fail to sign a contract by that point, you’re ineligible for the season. The only problem is, it wouldn’t work. Some guys don’t get signed until late in the season because they are borderline NHLers. Perhaps tie something to the rule that would restrict players who have received an offer that is within a certain % of their prior contract salary, so that guys without fair offers don’t get burned.

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    Montreal is home to one of the biggest hockey card shows in Canada, at Centre Pierre Charbonneau in Montreal Oct 24, 25, 26 (this weekend!) Carey Price, Andrei & Sergei Kostitsyn,Guy Carbonneau, and others will be there signing autographs (please be aware

  4. bidds55 says:

    They’d probably also be called the maple leafs. Or maybe, a la CFL, the mapleleafs (rough riders / roughriders?). It’s the only way a Leafs franchise has a hope of bringing the mug in Toronto.
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    Montreal is home to one of the biggest hockey card shows in Canada, at Centre Pierre Charbonneau in Montreal Oct 24, 25, 26 (this weekend!) Carey Price, Andrei & Sergei Kostitsyn,Guy Carbonneau, and others will be there signing autographs (please be aware

  5. Kaptain K says:

    I personally find it insulting comparing religion and the Canadiens….the Habs deserve better than that.

    CAN YOU SMELLLLLLLLL…WHAt La- RAQUE…IS…COOKING!!

  6. Vid says:

    Good article on Pleks, I’m sure he’ll start potting some goals soon and if one check’s last season, that whole line only started clicking in December of last season. I think it’s easy to be overzealous (myself included) wanting every single player including our goalie to be potting goals every game considering the great start to the season we’ve been having. There are still many, many more games to go.

    As for trading for another D, what do ppl think about Sean O’Donnell? He’s a ufa next season and he was on Anaheim’s Stanley cup winning team. Currently he’s with LA so I can’t imagine he’d be too costly to trade for. He’s making 1.25M and historically has had many strong +/- seasons. Guys like Bouwmeester, Kaberle, Gaborik and the dreaded S-word are nice to think about but we really don’t have the cap space or the need for more offense.

    This probably all hinges on how well O’Byrne adapts this season. He at first looked pretty solid in his partial rookie season but has been somewhat shaky this season. Brisebois has been ok but we know what his defensive shortcomings are.

    My pipe dream is that if Anaheim continues to struggle for a couple of months that we could somehow land Selanne.

  7. sam says:

    HA! sadly, no.
    he disappeared into the Canadiens’ section of the Bell Centre garage.

  8. xaverian001 says:

    Sid Hartman is an idiot.

  9. nightmare_49 says:

    Ed – If there allowed to show a beer bottle in a commerial now i’m sure Steve W. and his reform croonies will change that, how disgusting, lol.

  10. xaverian001 says:

    Well if he’s not on the ice you can always find big tits (and little tits) at the Club Super S_x!!

  11. xaverian001 says:

    lol … I think I hate the Flyers almost as much as I hate the Leafs, Bruins and whatever the 2nd team in TO is called. What do you guys think the team name will be if they get a second franchise?


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I Know: your sides are aching from that Toronto-bashing hilarity. But catch your breath and check out:

Captain K catches his breath 

Pat Hickey on Gaborik rumours

Saving Face, a new coffee table book on the history of hockey masks 

• The underrated Andrei Markov 

16 NHL d-men make more money than Markov 

Bulldogs soaring, without much help from Pacioretty

• Jean-François Bégin on the perception of the Q as a soft league 

• Marc De Foy on the Canadiens two No. 1 goaltenders

Stephen Brunt on a second team in T.O. 

Damien Cox on Things We Know So Far (including the rise of the Habs) and on Ron Wilson breaking down the Leafs


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Kostitsyn update

• NHL needs to crack down on head shots 

Bruins oldtimers visit Kahnawake 

•  Marc Antoine Godin on Chris Higgins and trade rumours and on a slow start for Tomas Plekanec 

• Mathias Brunet likes Marian Gaborik 

• Benoît Brunet assesses the Canadiens’ fast start  

• James Duthie on Habapalooza

• Oilers fans hit with $25 charge for autographs


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• Dave Stubbs hitches a ride on Air Gillett.

Christopher Higgins returns 

• Pat Hickey says Guy Carbonneau is a longshot for Team Canada 

• Red Fisher on Gary Bettman’s rose-coloured glasses 

Red’s notebook

• Mike Boone blasts boors who boo anthems

Bulldogs start fast

José Theodore off to a rough start in D.C. 

• In La Presse, a look at Wayne Gretzky’s Coyotes 

Michael Farber on Denis Savard and the young Coyotes. 

• Shockwaves from the Denis Savard firing 

• Power-play goals up because of rule change?

Leafs bench goes high-tech 

ESPN Faceoff 

Sheldon Souray off to a good start in Edmonton 

 

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  1. Big Bird says:

    Not that there is anything wrong with it. (To quote Seinfeld)

  2. Big Bird says:

    Sorry Bryan – 4 meals is correct.

  3. nightmare_49 says:

    showey – Got ya, your covered, thanks.

  4. nightmare_49 says:

    gd – I’ll email Ian about the tour and if you decide to go to the meal just reply to any of my posts so i could keep a reasonable count for the Baton Rouge, thanks again.

  5. georgesd says:

    nightmare_49

    Put me down for the tour. I’ll about the rest a little later.

    txs, Georges D.

    please confirm.

  6. showey47 says:

    can you put me down for 4 also, please? thanks

  7. nightmare_49 says:

    Sulemaan – I have you down for 4 meals, do you want to change that to 2. Please verify.

  8. Chuck says:

    Big Bird noted that we were dating ourselves, not each other. 🙂

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go buy myself flowers and dinner at a nice restaurant before the game tonight. 🙂

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  9. nightmare_49 says:

    showey – Your already are down for 4, also for after game 4. Your group is accounted for.

  10. G-Man says:

    The peaceful protest of a nation’s tune with a few boos is about freedom of expression. The “hateful, clouded thinking” has been the American Administration of the last 8 years. That said, the people are usually nice. The ones who don’t call me a dolt, anyway.

    Gilbert
    2008/09 is the season of the Habs

  11. showey47 says:

    lmao, i think they are playing nintendo’s “blades of steel”.


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Higgins, Bouillon poised to return

• Pat Hickey on Denis Savard

•  Mathias Brunet launches his hockey blog

• Players not happy about letting Boston back into the game 

Big Georges Laraque, happy guy 

Eric Duhatschek on Denis Savard 

• A CBC movie on Don Cherry’s life

Bob McKenzie on Denis Savard

Mark Spector on Denis Savard 

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun on Denis Savard 

Sportsnet Power Rankings: Canadiens fifth (pre-Wednesday’s game) 

ESPN Power Rankings: Canadiens fifth, Wednesday game included

 


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Some reviews of Wednesday night’s game:

• Tanguay the hero for Canadiens in shootout. 

• Red Fisher on Carey Price’s performance Wednesday. 

• Dave Stubbs on Habs legends on Hand vs. the Bruins. 

• Pat Hickey on Michael Ryder. 

• Mike Boone: About last night …

• Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe on Wednesday’s game.

• Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins point to positives.

Francois Gagnon’s take.

• Marc de Foy of the Journal de Montréal covering the game.

• Martin Leclerc on the Canadiens home opener. 

• Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: Canadiens celebrate in style. 


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• Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun says the Leafs’ bubble has burst. 

Damien Cox: Shelacking shows Leafs have a lot of work to do. 

• Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star on how the Canadiens rained on the Leafs parade. 

• Boone: About last night …

• Dave Shoalts of the Globe and Mail writes that the Habs brought the Leafs back down to earth. 

• La Presse has a story about Carbonneau being satisfied the fact his players didn’t take the Leafs lightly. 

• François Gagnon on the drubbing of the Leafs


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• Red Fisher says the NHL has only itself to blame for preseason injuries.

• Pat Hickey on Canadiens loss to the Sabres. 

• Hickey on Sabres captain and former Canadiens Craig Rivet.

• Fisher talks about former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu’s praise of Pittsburgh fans. 

Red’s Notebook. 

Marc de Foy of the Journal de Montréal on the season opener, where Guy Carbonneau says it really looked like a first game. 

• Loss leaves a sour taste, Carey Price told de Foy. 

• Boone: About last night …

Dave Shoalts of the Globe and Mail on Price’s performance in loss. 

Alex Tanguay says nerves to blame for ordinary performance. 

• François Gagnon on Teppo Numminen. 


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• Dave Stubbs on Captain K.

Pat Hickey says Canadiens are quietly confident. 

Breeze speaks.

New lineup at RDS

The story of Habs I/O. 

• Marc-Antoine Godin of La Presse on Carbo’s effort to keep the players grounded. 

• Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail on Carbo’s adaptation to his lineup. 

Ceremonial faceoff in Buffalo to feature Saku Koivu and his good friend, newly-appointed Sabres captain Craig Rivet. 

• Canadiens react to being tabbed for first in TSN’s general managers’ poll. 

• François Gagnon on Sean Avery


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Andrei Markov will play the right point on the power play.

• Marc De Foy of the Journal de Montréal talks to Doug Jarvis about the PP.

More on Markov, Alex Tanguay. 

Andrei Kostitsyn wants to score more goals.

• Feature on Max-Pac in the Hamilton Spectator.

• A Habs fan’s video on YouTube. 

• Canadian hockey fans care too much

Craig Rivet becomes captain of the Sabres.

• Comparing Crosby and Ovechkin

• Toronto Star feature on Mikhail Grabovski.

• Who’s the best player in the league? Hint: It’s not Mikhail Grabovski.

One more reason to hate the Flyers: Sarah Palin will drop the puck at their opener. 

• The best team in hockey is even better

• James Mirtle on creative ways to beat the cap

Coaching carousel

Bobby Orr’s knees


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• Dave Stubbs on Canadiens’ injury list.

Robert Lang likes being a Hab.

François Gagnon’s predictions: Canadiens second, behind the Rangers, in the Eastern Conference.

• But ESPN has Habs winning the East

10 key games

Pierre Boivin talks to Bert Raymond. 

• Mike Brophy of Sportsnet on the Northeast Division

• Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated on European expansion

• Eric Duhatschek answers 15 questions

• The great Johnny Bower reminisces


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• Dave Stubbs talks to Carey Price about his first season as the Canadiens number one goaltender.

Injury update

• Another chance for Kyle Chipchura

• Guy Carbonneau says there are no more defensive lines

• Ken Campbell of The Hockey News talks to George Gillett about post-lockout finance

• Report on the death of Laura Gainey will be out at the end of the month. 

• Félix Séguin of RDS on Guy Lafleur’s 1988 comeback

• ESPN predictions: all six experts like Canadiens to win the Northeast

• Bob McKenzie on the Class of ’08

• Season ticket sales slump in Atlanta

•Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail on captaincy


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Dave Stubbs wraps up the pre-season.

• Canadiens are ready for their centennial season.

• The versatility of Mathieu Dandenault

• The Globe and Mail’s season primer

• In The Hockey News, players primed for comebacks, including Alex Tanguay (that’s him pictured):

In 2000-01, his second season in the NHL, Tanguay scored two goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to lead the Colorado Avalanche over the New Jersey Devils. It was the beginning of a run of several 25-goal, 75-point seasons. Times were good. But after the lockout, the salary cap slapped the Avs and Colorado had to make some moves to appease the bottom line. Tanguay was shipped to Calgary, where he had one good season, in 2006-07, followed by a bad one last year under Flames coach Mike Keenan. Long story short, Tanguay was shipped out again, this time to his home province of Quebec to play for the Canadiens. No pressure, Alex, but the Habs need you to return to your scoring ways so they can claim their 25th Cup in their 100th anniversary season. 

• Yvon Pedneault’s Top 50 players.

• Eugene Melnyk says expansion to Europe will happen. 

• Pierre LeBrun on the new Dany Heatley.


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Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated likes the Canadiens: 

BOTTOM LINE PREDICTION: Incoming general managers always talk about five-year plans, but few execute them as adroitly as Bob Gainey. With the franchise celebrating its 100th anniversary, he has the Habs set up as clear favorites to win the division and in position to challenge for the conference title. A 25th Cup? Unlikely … but you can’t count out another dramatic transaction if the situation warrants. And you can’t discount the ghosts … 

Dave Stubbs on last night’s game.

Stu Cowan on Max Pacioretty. 

François Gagnon on the game and the cuts. 

• RDS team Pierre Houde and Benoit Brunet offer analysis of training camp


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Stephanie Myles on the game.

• François Gagnon writes the team is ready

• Pierre Durocher on Alex Tanguay.

• Sean Gordon’s game story in the Globe and Mail. 

• James Mirtle’s prediction: Canadiens fourth in the East, behind New Jersey (!), Washington and Buffalo (!!). 

• William Houston of the Globe on hockey’s TV punditocracy in mid-season form. 

• Ian Mendes of Sportsnet on Daniel Alfredsson and his upbringing. 


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• Stephanie Myles on Hockey Night in Roberval.

• Dave Stubbs on a guy who’s tinkering with the design of hockey nets.

• The RDS guys talked about this last night: No TV timeout icing

• Wayne Scanlan on Kyle Wellwood’s old-timer training regimen.

• Erik Johnson: torn ACL and MCL, season in jeopardy

• John Muckler hired in Phoenix

• Henrik Lundqvist has sore knees

• Eric Duhatschek on Peter DeBoer, Generation Next in coaching.

• Pierre LeBrun on Ryan Smyth


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