Price in goal for Habs vs. Crosby and Penguins

Coming off a 3-2 win over the Capitals Friday night in Washington, the Canadiens announced that only four players would skate Saturday morning in Brossard and that there would be no media availability as the team prepares to face Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Crosby scored his 250th career goal Friday night in a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders. Crosby has 250 goals and 695 points in 493 regular-season games. After losing four of five games, the Penguins are now on a three-game winning streak and have a five-point lead over the Capitals atop the Metropolitan Division.

After losing five of six games, the Canadiens have now won three of their last four.

This will be the first of three meetings between the Penguins and Canadiens this season. Pittsburgh won all three games against Montreal last season.

Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens against the Penguins after backup Peter Budaj improved his record to 4-1 with Friday’s win in Washington.

(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Canadiens vs. Penguins preview,

Habs hang on for 3-2 win in Washington, by Pat Hickey

Habs escape with two points, by Pat Hickey

First things first for Habs,

Habs legend Cournoyer turns 70, by Dave Stubbs

Norris Trophy debate has already started, by Pat Hickey

St. Pierre the leader of Bulldogs, by Stu Cowan

Crosby gets 250th goal as Penguins beat Isles, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins Notebook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ovechkin can’t dig Caps out of three-goal hole, Washington Post

Ovechkin chasing own version of 50 in 50,


  1. on2ndthought says:

    Quick kudos to Therrien for managing Ryan White. He’s starting to look like a young Travis Moen. (cue the trash-bots)

    “a cannonading drive”

  2. sweetmad says:

    Markov,will be going nowhere,he will retire before he plays for another team,he has always told his agent”Idon’t care about anything else, I just want to stay with the HABS get it done”.
    Of course MB will sign him,only a fool wouldn’t,he is still one of the smartest there is,might of lost a step or 2,but that doesn’t take away from his smart’s,a great mentor for the kids,and one of the nicest guys in hockey.

    I have seen several comments about him supposedly saying he didn’t want to be captain,before Gio took that mantle he said he would if he was asked.

    I love this guy, his sense of humour is superb,so dry,a lot of people think he is dour,which couldn’t be further from the truth,he is just laughing at the media,all the time he is talking to them you can see the twinkle in his eyes,I think he feels sorry for them,they ask the questions knowing very well what the answears will be,always the party line.

    Apart from that, we still have a need for the best vet in hockey,just as with Pleks ,both could have gotten a lot more on the market if they had gone that route. I wouldn’t be suprised to see Pleks in his HABS turtle neck at the Olympics,unless of course they make him one with the national emblem.

  3. Hobie Hansen says:

    I booed the Senators float at the Santa Claus parade today in Ottawa.

  4. Maritime Ronn says:

    Just some food for thought about how HIO feels about an Andrei Markov contract extension.

    Markov turns 35 in December.
    There is some pretty solid info out there that Markov wants (at least) 3 years/$15-$16.5M, or he’ll walk away and go the UFA route.
    He also wants a solid, or very favorable NTC for at least 2 years.
    His Plus + 9 leads all Habs Dmen.

    If you are GM Bergevin, what do you do… as you have some very important factors to consider.

    1) The Market:
    The Cap is reportedly moving up between $5M-$7M next year.

    The supposed Comparables:
    – Just last summer, 39 year old Sergei Gonchar signed for 2 years/$10M.
    – 35 year old Marc Streit signed for 4 years/$21M.

    Markov’s Dollar/Term desires would easily be achieved on the open UFA market

    2) Who replaces Markov’s minutes and supreme, experienced on ice intelligence?

    To date, Markov is playing 25:07 ave. minutes per game and that puts him as the minutes leader for ALL Habs Dmen – then followed by PK (24:49) and Gorges (20:42)

    Broken down into segments:
    Even Strength minutes: 1st Pairing
    Power play minutes: 1st Paring
    Penalty Kill minutes: 2nd Pairing and could be 1st Pairing

    There is basically little to zero chance of replacing that on the UFA market, which means that would have to be replaced from within.

    From here, there is no one, or no combination that could fill that hole for at least 1 year, and most probably 2-3.

    Do the deal, GM Bergevin.

  5. steste11 says:

    Any lineup changes tonight other then price?

    P.K 2013 Norris Trophy Winner

  6. jdstatman says:

    Wow that Sidney Crosby video.

    He didn’t look that small though in the clips they showed I would think he would be much smaller than the older guys. – check it out.

  7. johnnylarue says:

    From Johnny’s Just Sayin’® folder:

    In spite of the Habs’ middling start to the season, they’re only one regulation loss and two shootout losses behind the Met Division-leading Pens after 23 games.

  8. smiler2729 says:

    Watching Canes at Bruins and that ASS Jack Edwards just made a cute backhanded comment about Lars Eller admiring his pass and getting knocked out by Gryba last spring.

    Mimicking Eller in a hospital bed, “How’s that hospital ceiling look? Hey that crack looks like a rabbit”

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      As magnets reject each other when either both positive ends or negative ends are brought together, so likewise do the concept of class and Jack Edwards.

      At that, what you report is particularly low, even for him.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Jack Edwards is a first-rate homer douchebag. He’s only remotely tolerable if you think of him in terms of the antagonistic, grandstanding “managers” pro-wrestlers used to have in the 1980s…

    • Propwash says:

      Edwards is a grade A douchebag.


    • donmarco says:

      Don’t torture yourself, just turn the mute on. Look at this from another perspective, if he’s referring to a Habs player when they’re not even playing the Bruins then we have his attention. He’s seen his team crushed by the Habs more times than anyone can count and they’re in his head. I can live with that.

      Besides Bruins fans love him. He uses small words so they can understand.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        All true, DM. His raw nerve remains super sensitive.

        At the same time, if we step back from our team affiliation and just consider him in the context of professionalism, here is a tv personality mocking someone recently recovered from a horrific injury. There are kids watching that Bruins-Canes game, and medical professionals, and people who believe in compassion and fairness. People like that don’t want to hear that kind of obscenity. I would even wager that there are plenty of Bruins fans who don’t like it.

        Is there are a broadcasting standards body to complain to in the US?

        • donmarco says:

          He is a redneck, pandering, ill informed, not to mention ill intended scumbag. IMHO, of course.

          I truly do not think any announcer of Canadiens games, in French or English, radio or television has ever sunk to his level. I actually think I hate him.

          I would think the logical place to complain to would be his employer but I would somehow doubt much sympathy would be offered.

          The world, especially the US world, is sadly full of Jack Edward(ses).

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Indeed! There is no shortage of them! But don’t be down-hearted — think of 100 people you know personally — family, at work, socially, from your past — and calculate how many of them are Edwards. Hopefully you find the proportion isn’t so bad, their prominence being disproportionate to their number!

            Among the loudest, it might be argued, could be those from the US world as you say. But maybe only in volume, not number. Ain’t no country has a monopoly on douchebags, right?!

    • GGtheHab says:

      perhaps he doesnt recall he was flattened receiving a pass from player 61, not admiring a pass he has just made… hate the Bruins and almost everything associated with them..

    • Mattyleg says:

      Although this may not be a popular opinion on here, I can’t imagine that there are too many Bruins who would be happy to hear that their announcer said that.

      There’s not a lot they can do about Edwards, and I imagine that they sometimes cringe as much as we do, hearing the truly classless and horrible things that come out of his mouth.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Was saying something similar. People from Boston would be uncomfortable facing up to the fact that many hockey fans outside Boston simply tar all citizens of their city with the same Edwards brush.

  9. Maritime Ronn says:

    Re tonight.

    It’s always a treat to watch Sid perform, and while the past doesn’t dictate the future, Sid has played well against the Habs.

    22 games played – 13 goals/32 points.

    And while that may look extreme, Sid’s numbers against Philly are off the charts:
    45 games played: 30 goals/74 points.

    To show what a great player he truly is, Sid has scored more points than games played, against 26 of the 30 NHL teams.

    The only exceptions are 4 Western Con. teams ( Det-St.Lou-SJ-Van) where has has only played the between 4 and 7 games against them in his career.
    That mentioned, he still has 15 points in 23 games played against those 4 teams.

  10. B says:

    It’s still early, but so far:
    Briere 13games 4G 3A +2 177:21TOI 27:31PP
    Ryder 22games 5G 3A -6 363:56TOI 68:27PP
    Cole 21games 2G 5A -10 287:31TOI 33:55PP

    –Go Habs Go!–

    • The_Truth says:

      Just for fun. The guy I wanted in lieu of the former 3.

      Jagr 22games. 9G 9A +10. Too lazy to look up the rest.

      The man just keeps proving everyone wrong year after year.

      • johnnylarue says:

        Those Jagr numbers are bonkers!

        • olematelot says:

          Taking his age in consideration, can Jager keep up this pace.

          • B says:

            Jagr also started out last season with 9 goals in his first 22 games, then he finished off with 1 goal in his last 32 games. To be fair, he did put up 17 assists in those last 32 games. Not too shaby, but one does indeed wonder about him keeping the production up over a whole season (and playoffs?) at his age. It will be interesting to see how he finishes off this season.

            –Go Habs Go!–

  11. Dunboyne Mike says:

    The Rapture could come, all the sinners and winners could be dispatched to their various destinies, and Mike would never notice, last man on the planet, still toiling away emphatically on the “Older” comments of the old thread!

    Not that they’re worth going back for, but I joined Dipsy, MRonn and LafGuy on “textbook road games”, and challenged 3rd Gen Hab on the “inexcusable ineptitude” of MB.

    Durocher, was going to crack some funny about how admitting one is wrong is not allowed on this site but couldn’t make it funny. Instead, I’ll just say that a) your admission on Pleks and Moen gives your Diaz comments greater weight; but b) there are strong posts arguing for Diaz’s strengths.

    So it’s a great discussion. I just swing back and forth, a la rag-doll, fully endorsing whichever was the last viewpoint I read.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      I didn’t mean those guys aren’t worth going back for! I meant my posts!

      Stu! Fix the Edit feature!

    • DipsyDoodler says:


      I think textbook road game is a Boonism. Might be wrong.

      I sometimes wonder how hard it must be for the serious modern day sports journalist. In the old days you were writing for people who hadn’t seen the game. Now not only has your readership seen the game, they’ve seen the highlights, heard the clichés, maybe even experienced the cliché with more force than the real event. So what do you write about?

      You could always go gonzo, but then you’re competing with bloggers and an anonymous commentariat unbound by either decorum or connection to reality.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        You know I suspected that your question was rooted in scepticism (which I obviously share). I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest that the lone factor (in game-time — not talking about jet-lag or altitude issues or badly decorated changing rooms) is the crowd.

        How do you handle the crowd? Always bring your A game (as you would at home, ergo no difference there) and score some goals.

        Are you hearing me MRonn and LafGuy!

        • Strummer says:

          One important factor is not having the last change so part of the Textbook Road Game would be managing your bench and line match-ups

          “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        And that’s a valid point about sports journalism (indeed all journalism).

        I would suggest — and I’m not trying to suck up to the headmaster — that it remains interesting how, despite the great insight often combined with eloquence of the best posters here, Boone trumps everyone with flow and authority (whether you accept or reject his view). That’s what the media ought to keep paying for.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Ireland Mike

      The sinners are not part of the Rapture…

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Sorry, you’re right. Was thinking pre-Tribulation sheep and goats, grain and chaff. And Mike assigned to neither glory nor damnation because he was too engrossed in completing a post no one would ever read!

  12. Garbo says:

    Therrien on PK:

    “I started using him on the PK because the last month, as far as we’re concerned, he’s playing his best hockey.”

    “He’s dependable defensively. We really like the way he’s playing 5-on-5, and when a guy is solid defensively we’re not afraid to use him in any situation.”

    “I don’t want to change P.K. Subban with all his passion, all his intensity and the way he’s going to control the puck and shoot it. That’s the type of hockey he was playing for us last season.”

    Hopefully that addresses the concerns of some who believe that Therrien is out to ruin PK and never has anything good to say about him publicly.

    • The Dude says:

      Note to Therrien….PK Subban is today’s Bobby Orr and probably the best Defensman in the NHL…. wake up Mr Drama!

      • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

        Hooked on phonics worked for me.

      • billylove says:

        PK is today’s Bobby Orr? Sorry but that just aint so. Equating PK to Orr is absurd.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Strictly speaking you must be correct. We all regularly agree that even merely comparing is difficult, so equating is beyond difficult.

          Two thoughts: how would Bobby in his prime look in today’s NHL? It’s a very different game.

          And, perhaps Dude (who of course is entirely able to speak for himself) only meant that where Orr was once the league’s best and most exciting Dman, it’s PK who now wears that mantle.

    • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

      While I agree and appreciate your effort, it won’t work.

      Most of the people here actually want to be angry. Emblematic of a wider culture that is also thirsty for outrage.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Ridiculous. So he was garbage before this past month, including his Norris winning year, and including the year before MT when PK was fine on the pk.?

      • The Jackal says:

        That was never said or insinuated.
        What is it with some people? They just see what they want to see.
        PK is fine, he’s having a great time and playing great hockey, he doesn’t need online babysitters who take offense to everything that is not effusive praise. Hell, PK would probably tell them to go take a walk, they need the air and something else to do!

        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Yes! An avian vs canine exchange — just a little tweaking to those avatars and we have the Roadrunner and the Coyote!

          Meep! Meep!

          • Old Bald Bird says:

            I once saw a video of an eagle taking down a coyote or wolf, so he’d better beware. But it was a golden eagle if I recall, so I guess I’ll have to stick to fish.

        • Old Bald Bird says:

          “I started using him on the PK because the last month, as far as we’re concerned, he’s playing his best hockey.”

          That says to me that he is now good enough but that he wasn’t before. I don’t think I needed to insinuate a whole lot.

          But as much as I am tempted, I am not going to attack you back with name calling.

  13. GGtheHab says:

    I was at the 7-6 game last year…the place was rocking…so many lead changes, lots of fun…

  14. Garbo says:

    Does anyone know why Budaj has Ned Flanders on his helmet? I think it’s awesome, but just curious if there is a particular reason.

  15. on2ndthought says:

    Any word on Bournival? Pittsburgh is not one of the teams we pick BGP up for.

    “a cannonading drive”

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