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

159 Comments

  1. 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

  2. krob1000 says:

    I thought we had turned a corner witht eh two games prior to last night….Price played well and there were some positives, the abck end held up well, Price played great but the lack of scoring chances, Gomez driving me nuts in the Ozone, any guy who does go to the net never having body position or even a stick on the ice, the number of ill adivsed passes and shots on  very extended 5 on 3, the lack of anybody that matters gong to the dirty areas on offense, Pleks still looking frustrated, Ak still not clicking, etc…I was not a happy camper save for when Pouliot scored and the shootout ended.  Our top lines aren’t generating any second chacnes andour bottom lines can;t finish the second and third chances they seem to actually geernate because at least they go to the net…all of them on a given line….if one guy isn;t willing…hello Gomez…hello Andrei….it mess the whole line and creates spacing issues, perimeter paly and is generally easy to defend….I was and still am pissed.  Gomez had started shooting occasionally before when he had a little hot streak….he even went to the net a few times.   Gill drove me nuts a couple times because he was too slow to keep faceoff sins inthe zone and had to retreat where as any other dman in the league means we have the puck a few times mroe..which cuold or could not lead to chacnes…but at least we have the puck and if faceoffs are deemed important for possession purposes then so too are those instances where we ahve to conced possession or ice .  LOl you thought I would stiop my rant…it was a valiant effort but I am very concerned right now again.

  3. Bugs says:

    I remain adamant, dang it: 1st line centre.

    Properly moulded, he can do it, I know it. I just know it.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  4. jimmy shaker says:

    Didn’t you know that the leafs are kryptonite to superHalak.  THey were when he was here and they will always be till he hangs them up.  Just like the buds always are a thorn in our sides every game and just like Marty is as well.  No biggie.

    Shaker

  5. shiram says:

    Really agree on this, but you gotta appreciate the huge comeback the Blues made from 5-2 to 5-5.

  6. twocents says:

    *tapping foot merrily… to tune he despises in its original incarnation*

  7. Fire_Laraque says:

    Hey, you just bought a ticket to that special Island Where PJ Stock, Milburry and Cherry live.  CONGRATULATIONS.

  8. shiram says:

    The guy really makes me cringe, plus he barely can speak french!! And what’s worst, he is on CHOM on in the morning when I wake up.

  9. joeybarrie says:

    It was in fact a beauty. You could see the confidence in his finish as he skated away and the puck wasnt quite in the net yet. I like this guy, im on your side with him. I think he will develop into a solid player. I think he is going to be a 25+ goal scorer with regular top 2 line minutes in a few years. I hope we keep him around. I also think he is currently learning some valuable lessons on how to play a more complete game.

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

  10. notbigbird says:

    It’s not Halak but about all of the rhetoric posted by the Halakians. I don’t think anybody on this site ever thought anything but the best about the guy himself.

  11. twocents says:

    Jamie Langenbrunner to Dallas.

    Wouldn’t have minded him, moreso before all the injuries, and before the scoring dried up.

  12. 24 Cups says:

    Spot on.  All this MAB stuff is just a pain in the ass (except for Timo as he was way ahead of the curve).

  13. shiram says:

    Prettiest onlyest shootout goal of the season without a doubt!

  14. 24 Cups says:

    Fourteen people took your bait.  Well done! (I guess I’m #15:-)

  15. Malreg says:

    LOL! Is there such a thing as “no real threat” in a shootout?  Especially one that went 5 rounds?

  16. twocents says:

    I don’t disagree with you, Rob. But whether we are getting our guys back is not the point.

    Last night both teams were missing big pieces. The Habs won.

    Focusing only on who Pitts was missing is skewed.

  17. Ian Cobb says:

    It was a rabbit move for sure Mr. Bugs.

  18. Bugs says:

    For my boy Deuce, I go back to the annals:

    There’s this player was on Bob’s miiiiind
    All the time, Poo-Poo-Poolio. Oh, oh, oh.
    Now we don’t barely know his naaaame
    But I think we likes him just the same,
    Poo-Poo-Poolio. Oh, oh, oh.
    Oh! If Bob called me? I’d be there.
    I’d come running, anywhere.
    Habs! All I need. All my life,
    I felt so meh until I said the wooooord!
    Poo-Poo-Poolio, just say the word:
    Oh, Poo-Poo-Poolio!

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  19. Malreg says:

    Holy cow, what a rant.

    Chillax, it was just a stab at the people who think every single thing JM does is because he hates PK, and doesn’t trust him.

  20. 24 Cups says:

    Paging SK 74……

  21. krob1000 says:

    He was a the top of the charts before the benching too…..and is again….never should have been benched. I am not knocking his play but it was far, far from conservative…he spent more time in the offensive corners than most of our forwards last night….he dove twice…one defensively and once on the pp trying to keep the puck in.  Several times he was the last guy back and instead of making JM’s safe play and just chipping it out off the glass he would either circle back or simply use his speed, strength and great puck portection skills and beat the guy….if that is conservative than I am a monleys ouncle…I was happy to see it…he is a risk/reward guy who actually plays defense rather well and recovers from most things…but he will occasionally have the play that makes you gasp and pull your hair out…so be it…he’ll make ten positive plays a game that noone else on our d would make.

  22. twocents says:

    Just say the worrrrrrrrd….

  23. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t understand – do you guys enjoy this? Personally I’d rather he shut them out, as I like Halak and hate the leafs.

  24. Bugs says:

    Reckon no one will begrudge me for categorically stating that my boy Poolio scored our prettiest SO goal of the season?

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  25. Izzy says:

    After watching antichambre last night I have officially staked my claim……….Just as soon as ignorance gets to $20.00 a barrel, I want the drilling rights to P.J. Stocks head.

  26. Danno says:

    In other news, the One-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named had a bad night against the Laffs. He was pulled after letting in four goals on 19 shots.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  27. RGM says:

    Per TSN, Langenbrunner to Dallas.

    Man, it would have been nice if we could have acquired him. Good player and a good leader. Great pickup for the Stars who are looking more and more like contenders.

    Go Habs Go!

  28. RGM says:

    Heaven forbid Carey give a little shoutout to a friend eh?

    Go Habs Go!

  29. habsguy says:

    Carey looked pretty darn good the whole game,  he didn’t have a chance on the one that got by him.  He didn\t look like a “punk” to me,  he looked like he was pumped to me !!!!!!!

  30. Graves says:

    Hey, anything’s possible with Burke at the helm, haha.

  31. RGM says:

    canadiens.com mentioned that as well – two of those guys are in the HHOF: Grant Fuhr and a guy named Patrick.

    Go Habs Go!

  32. Price_Is_Right says:

    This happens FAR TOO OFTEN, where the

    T oronto S ports N etwork is concerned!

    God forbid the Leaf’s would lose….Bozack, it would make headlines and coverage for a full week!

    But we play the Pens, without; Hammrlik, Georges and MARKOV! And well were lucky they didn’t have crosby, because we had a full arsenal firing last night!

     

    Good things come to those who wait…But only what’s left by those who hustle!

  33. LA Loyalist says:

    well, if AK is looking at the puck the whole time that is frightening. My 7 year old is learning to stick-handle by feel. Sometimes I blind fold him. And AK has a lot of skill, it means something is wrong with his confidence or his head.

    You saw of course how he lost the puck on the shoot-out attempt.

    That said, I’m not going to bag today, the guys worked hard, it’s all we can ask. If we are short in the skill department that’s on the brain trust. Good to see Desharnais get a point and Price was back on form.

    Carry on lads!

  34. avatar_58 says:

    If he did the fist pump would that be ok? The man won his first shootout of the season without a single goal, cry me a river if he celebrated in style.

  35. Chuck says:

    He was pretty damned quick with his glove on two of the saves, and his positioning didn’t give the Pens much, if anything to shoot at on the other three.

    They got the two points. That’s plenty worth celebrating.

    Centre Hice: A case for Georges Vezina

  36. adam76 says:

    Have a link?  Who were the other 7?

     

     

  37. avatar_58 says:

    Apparently TSN and co forget we even had Markov. You know, that NUMBER ONE d-man that’s gone for the season? Now Gorges is done too, who is a top 4 and NUMBER ONE penalty killer. Oh but hey, we’re not depleted. Not at all. Not nearly as bad as Pitts minus 1 key player.

  38. avatar_58 says:

    It made me laugh when TSN suggested the leafs would trade Kessel or Grabovski. Two of the ONLY players on that team who are scoring. Right….

  39. sholi2000.com says:

    Nice find, I almost never read TSN.

    They Call Me Shane

  40. adam76 says:

    I’m calling him out for acting like a punk.  Last time he did a cocky little move, he lost 10 of his last 15.

     

    How does acting like a thug equate to fun?

     

    You faced no real threats in that shootout Price, you have an embarrassing record 1 on 1 – you need to stay focused, and leave the hot dogging for when you actually achieve something great.


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