Price shone in Shootout

The Canadiens completed the first half of their schedule with a win over a depleted Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, missing the NHL’s best player and agitator Matt Cooke.

Goaltender’s best performance in a month

Pouliot revives junior move

Gauthier assesses his team, sans Gorges

Seals were big deal for Meloche

Red Fisher’s column

About last night …

Price bounces back

Pierre Ladouceur’s game analysis


  1. saskhabfan says:

    Give it a rest you punk assed piece of trash. Maybe you should be calling out your boy halak who has been pulled more then any goalie in the league this year. Halak is looking like the next huet. Maybe he should have been riding a some horses instead of getting his agent to tweet trade demands.





    I think I know more than most about hockey and believe my opinions are almost always reasonable and thought out.-manapart.

  2. VancouverHab says:

    Oh, I appreciated your analysis and think you continue to make insightful contributions. It is just that your expression of bipolarity is characreristic around here (not of 24Cups, though — he is reliably Eyoresque is a salutary manner…)

    Please keep up the good work.

  3. krob1000 says:

    Yes we are depleted too…but the point or so I took it anyway was that our team is what it is…Gorges and Markov are not coming back….yes Hammer wil be but Crosby,Fleury, Cooke  vs Hammer,etc.  So ….true, both teams were depleted but the road to the cup goes through Pittsburgh in all likelihood…so what are we going to do to improve our team from last night…they are going to add the best player in the game, an effective agitator that we don’t have and their number one goalie….we will add Hammer…..see the diff? sure they may have worded it differently…but Gorges and Markov are no longer losses…for the rest of this year for all intents and purposes…they simply don’t exist for us.

  4. rocketsglare says:

    Agree Ian. JM’s discipline oriented, D first system is conducive to playoff hockey. The problem is not that the system

    is stiffling our scorers, but that our scorers are not burying their chances.

    Go Habs Go!





  5. patience is a virtue says:

    The answer very much depends on how AK, Poo and Max Pac play out the season. 

    If someone wants AK and a prospect or pick for a more industrious top six winger with a $4M or less contract, who fits the team culture and needs (work ethic, speed, size, grit), I’d say go for it.   Right now I see only Dustin Penner as an option on a team who might be willing to deal – there may be more options at the deadline, but PG doesn’t like to deal at the deadline.

    There will be a lot more choices come summer, but if Pouliot and AK both break 40 points, and Max Pac breaks 20, they’re gonna take up most of the cap space left over after Markov, Gorges and The Wiz are signed, and we might decide we are happy with their respective services.

  6. Propwash says:

    Riddle me this, it’s ok for someone who scores a goal to celebrate, but it’s not ok for a goalie to celebrate after being a wall in a shootout?

    Or is it because it’s Carey Price?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  7. 24 Cups says:

    I like Arnott but I have heard that he has a bit of an edge to his personality as well as his game.

  8. joeybarrie says:

    I just don’t see PG making those decisions. We have enough to keep us going, but unfortunately only at this rate. When Gorges was healthy and playing well along with his mates, we are a GREAT team. Without two backbone players for the entire season, we are a completely different team. We have some good talent coming up, but its useless if we don’t keep bringing in good young players. I have no problem giving up a draft pick for a player we need, but giving up 5 picks to patch up 3 positions is not worth it. You know what I think about lower picks, but we still can get a few good players out of 3 years of 3-4 round picks. This we need. The only move that would have worked would actually have been Langenbrunner. I would have taken that deal… But by doing so we couldn’t make any other deals, and even if we did, what are we gonna do with Markov and Gorges in the Summer?

    AK is really starting to frustrate me. I am leaning into the Offer Sheet and getting the picks from a team as the best course of action. If it happens.

    In the end though, it styarts with Boston tomorrow. If we beat them, it will really help our run to the end of the year. But I have to say with Gorges gone, I think that shows that the stars that could have lined up are gone.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  9. J_P says:

    There’s a lot wrong with this team right now, and it can’t all be blamed on the injuries.  Last night’s win was nice, but still wasn’t encouraging. 

    The most discouraging thing about Cammy is that it seems he can’t hit the net to save his life these days, and his passing is downright brutal.  Those are hockey fundamentals that a $30 million player should be able to do blindfolded.  Im not impressed with his play on the ice, nor am I impressed at all with his attitude this year. 

    At this point, the habs shouldn’t be looking for short-term fixes at the expense of long-term success.  Let the kid’s play, let them learn, and who knows, maybe with some stability, they will even impress. 

  10. joeybarrie says:

    Not really sure what your trying to say here. But I have to tell you that after last season big injuries and how well we did towards the end. We have the same components on this team to do the same. We started out very good. We were showing what we could do. We never really had Markov back, and thats would have been the addition we needed to get us in the top…

    Now we lost Markov for the whole season and he is a UFA.

    We lost Gorges for the whole season and he was our ironman. Key component for our top ranked PK.

    Our team still has holes, and it is unlikely we will attempt to plug them up.

    I am still happy in the direction our team is going, but without our two most important defenders and one of the our best player, along with the need for a top forward as our younger guys move forward, I have to say…..YEAH IM AM DEPRESSED THAT WE ARE DOOMED TO INJURY AGAIN…

    I am looking forward to watching our younger players play and see how they come along. I wanted to compete this season. I wanted to see what we could do. Now we wait till we replace Hamr, Spach and Gill…

    What do you think about our season possibilities moving forward???

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  11. Graves says:

    It was downright wascally.

    …too much?

  12. habs365 says:

    PG don’t give our assets up for players that’s not gonna help the team down the road..if you can’t win with this team..bringing in players that has pretty much done their a waste of money..keep it to rebuild with young players..making the playoffs is not that big of a deal..winning a cup is..if you don’t think the team is good enough to win the cup..keep rebuilding with young players and the Habs may win two or three cups before rebuilding again.

  13. 24 Cups says:

    Joey – I appreciate you writing a realistic post.  It’s so much better than the “Be True To Your School” variety.  As you stated, we are in trouble.

    You are quite right about the fact that we needed to have the stars align in order to be a solid contender this year.  That notion goes right back to October.  Sadly, some of those stars have dimmed.  And it’s not just the two injuries.

    I know one thing to be true.  We can’t try and patch this team up by trying to bring in short-term vets for a three month hail-mary AND use picks and/or trades to try and upgrade the team’s weaknesses for a Cup run a few years down the road.  You can’t have it both ways.

    G&G will have to make some decisions that just may have long-term consequences.

  14. joeybarrie says:

    I hate how everyone keeps saying a DEPLETED Pittsburgh team. What about the Habs. Missing 3 of 4 top D is beyond depleted. Without the Wiz, our D looks like the Islanders team they sent to play us in Pre-season…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  15. patience is a virtue says:

    I think we just fundamentally disagree about the comparative riskiness of his play before and since the benching and about the value of said benching for his play and attitude.  Pretty subjective stuff to try to prove, so I guess we should focus on what we agree on: Subban and Markov are going to be an awesome combo as our best two defensemen for a number of years to come (fingers crossed for the future of Markov’s knee!).

  16. twocents says:

    Ya, you do gotta protect your integrity and all.

    Just post it here then. Whenever he scores.

    Poo-Poo-Poolio… oh ohhhhh

  17. VancouverHab says:

    I was so excited about this season. Now I am depressed.

    You are, in other words, a typical H-I/O commentor like [   ] and [   ] and [   ] and especially [   ] for instance.

    (Names blanked out to protect the guilty….)

  18. habs365 says:

    Not a bad game..pouliot played great..very good player..Habs wanna hang on to this guy..he’s just begun..price amazing..although they all played well..carey and pouliot stole the show..after watching the game last night..I think I now know why they’re not scoring..everytime the puck comes to them..they hesitate with their shot..instead of..soon as the puck hits the stick if possible it’s not doing that..the goalie and the defence has a chance to get sit and see the the goalie or the defence a chance to block or make the save..gotta get the shot right away or you’re gonna be chasing the there’s always that second chance for a rebound a loose puck, even a scramble in front of the net for a scoring that and I think the scoring will improve a lot..the other departments of the team such as..the PK, Defence and Goaltending is as good as anybodys.

    Go Habs and get the Bruins’re a good team, just need more scoring.

  19. patience is a virtue says:

    I agree Ian.


    Furthermore, JM’s System has the added “benefit” of minimizing our own goal production, which has the added “benefit” of minimizing our players’ points and plus/minus totals, which has the added benefit of keeping their salaries cheaper come renegotiation time.  Not sure if this actually works out in the end, but it is an interesting strategy.

  20. weightman25 says:

    his play last night was 10000x better then the 3 or 4 games before his bnching

  21. Bugs says:

    I heard the Bro was in the process of bringing changes but it wouldn’t be proper to taint the integrity of our reporting services with favouritism, I’m sure you agree.

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  22. joeybarrie says:

    No Markov, no Gorges. We are in fact in trouble. Last night’s win is making me smile, but its overshadowed by the fact that we are in fact screwed.

    If we make a move for a replacement we will still be full of holes. We need a top 2 forward (like Langenbrunner) Someone said yesterday that he was washed up… WRONG. He can score 20-25 goals on a defensive team. On Dallas, I say he will get 15 goals to end this season.

    We need to replace Gorges experience stay at home style of gritty D. I don’t even know if it’s possible. But I cannot imagine we will do it.

    I was so excited about this season. Now I am depressed. It does show one thing. We did need the stars to allign to be successful. I think we are in the middle of addressing that with our young talent. Cammi will wake up. But it will take AK and Pleks to wake up in order for him to do well. If the opposition is concentrated on killing his space and nothing else, how can he be productive. AK is currently posing no threat and Pleks is also in a slump.

    Pleks 5 pts in his last 10 games, AK 0 in 5, and Cammi is i in his last 5 and has 0 goals in 8 games. They are too easy to play against, and we need to replace AK on that line. I hear all this crap about how Cammi is angry he didn’t get the C, he HAD to play with Gomez, blah blah blah… There are only 2 players on the top line right now and thats why he is slumping.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  23. HFX-HabFan says:

    I wouldn’t mind Arnott either; he could be our next Robert Lang.

    Big body, right-handed shot, tons of experience, grit, leadership, and he has a Cup-winning OT goal on his resume.  Last summer, I thought that if we couldn’t land a Horton or a Backes via trade, Arnott could be a viable option.

  24. Kooch7800 says:

    The worst part is we need the leafs to start winning some games.  The more they lose the higher the draft pick Boston gets. I hate Boston almost as much as I hate the leafs.  Those idiots in Toronto are building a dynasty for the Bruins.

    It is painful to have to root for them to beat some opponents but if they finish at the basement it will not be good for the future in our division 

  25. SmartDog says:

    Hear, hear.


  26. HFX-HabFan says:

    With both Markov and Gorges (unfortunately) out, you’d have to think that (fortunately) their market value as FAs this summer won’t be as high as it could have been.  I’m thinking Gauthier fully intends to sign Wisniewski before he hits the open market (notice that the Laps deal yielded a fifth rounder to replace the conditional fifth round pick that the Habs will lose to NYI if Wiz re-signs). 

    Why not bring Markov back for a few years at the same price, and up Gorges to $2.5mil/yr (our other pending RFAs will likely only see modest increases).  Thank Hammer for his services and let him walk.  Not totally sure about Gill; I’d maybe only offer him a year at a time, but if he’s looking for a multi-year deal, other teams might make more appealing offers.  In a perfect world, Gill would stay on for another year at the same price.

    So our D next year could potentially look like: Markov-Wisniewski, Spacek-Subban, Gill-Gorges, Weber.

    With Hamrlik’s $5.5mil coming off the books, our RFAs only seeing moderate increases (aside from Gorges), and likely another 1 or 2 mil added to the cap ceiling,  We will have a bit of money to play with this summer.  It’s no secret we still desperately need that elusive power forward/big winger, so who do we pursue via free agency, or in the trade market? 

  27. GrimJim says:

    There goes my pool this week…

  28. twocents says:

    Hey Bugs, why doncha get your brother to do one of them fancy new-fangled internety things and put new words to the Collins video?

    Could be real sharp. You could provide the vocals and overdub yerself playing skins too!


  29. Kooch7800 says:

    I bet they trade Grabovsky.  They will try and sell him when his stock is high. 

  30. punkster says:

    Who’s the punk adam?


  31. shiram says:

    Good to see the boys win, even with our depleted defence, of course the Penguins had their own missing players.
    Pleky seemed to not be able to achieve much though, hopefully its just an off game.

    Moving forward we’ll see our young D play alot, with so much injury you gotta be carefuly with our other veteran, Gill, Spacek and Hamr, if any of those went down, we’ll let’s just say they better stay healthy.

    People we’re whining about Price and his confidence yesterday, saying his posture made him look weak and such, and now after a shootout win, he shows a little bravado with that pose, and now people are on him. Give me a break, he was solid, and it’s not detrimental to the game at all, let him enjoy his victory.

    5 out of 6 points in the last 3 games, if we can beat Boston tomorrow, well wouldnt that be sweet?

    Would you now look for a forward or a defenceman, with Gorges missing the rest of the season?

    I think I’d play the team we have and look forward to next year…

  32. twocents says:

    I wouldn’t mind Arnott either, but with Markov out, I am not so sure it’s worth giving assets up for.

    A thrid rounded? I do it in a flash.

  33. Bugs says:

    Roll yourself around in baking soda for 24hrs or endure for a week.

    And next time, say your VICTIM’S name, not your own.

    Pff, amateur.

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  34. joshua94k says:

    The Montreal Canadiens showed character and resiliency last night. With the Big Three (Markov, Gorges, Mamrlik) out, the defense played well holding one of the top offensive teams to one goal. Tampa Bay may want to watch the replay of that game to learn how to stop one of the best offenses. Although Crosby was not playing, the fact is he hasn’t had a strong game against Montreal for awhile.

    The French Connection (Darche, Pouliot and Desharnais) played very strong and was the best line last night. Darche continues to impress. He is a player who shows he loves to be a HAB. Agreeing to a paycut in salary, his enthusiasm never waned this season. He continues to be the hardest worker. Pouliot knows how to put the puck in the net. Let’s hope his game continues to improve. Desharnais impresses with his work ethic.

    It will be an uphill battle as the team most penalized will have to be with out their best penalty killer in Josh Gorges. A class act, it is saddening to hear of his loss Let’s hope he can comeback for the play-offs.

    Coach Martin now has no choice but to play Weber, Subban and Picard. With a lot of ice time, these young guys will play well, they have a lot of potential.

    This team can play with 4 solid lines, a strong group of defencemen and an amazing goalie. If they get a fair shot in penalty calls (last night was a rare game where they has more powerplays), nobody can stop them, because they have the seventh man, HABS fans!

    On another note, what was PJ Stock doing in Antichambre on RDS after the game? I missed what he said. I know he can’t write, and his comments in English are absurd, his French must be atrocious.


    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  35. 24 Cups says:

    Dallas got him for a 3rd round pick which is a great deal.  Mind you, it was also a salary dump by Jersey.

    Langenbrunner has a lot of miles on him but he still has managed 10 gaols and 14 assists at the half way point. 

    Arnott has to be next.

  36. Bugs says:

    If by “rabbit move”, you mean “spectacular Forsbergerie”, Mr.Ian, I agree.

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  37. Bugs says:

    Y’all heard’m: “without a doubt”.

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    Just let those turkey’s carry on thinking that Crosby is the only difference, come play offs we will shut him down again and they will be golfing. And again we will just be lucky,! right!

    This is Martin’s way of coaching, very frustrating for both players and fans to be sure. But all year long he will continue to deploy his defensive style.

    Come play offs, we will be peaking and all will be on the same page. He is teaching play off hockey, all season long. Boring yes, but it works so far.

  39. punkster says:

    Bugs…the spell worked but the itching won’t stop. Whaddoido….waddoidoooo???


  40. Rudy says:

    Just spit coffee on my keyboard!

    Thanks I neede to wake up and the coffee wasn’t working!

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

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