Quick hits

As Michel Bergeron said on L’Antichambre, the Canadiens have passed their first test of the season.

The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins: Serious Stanley Cup aspirants.

Two Ws.

One goal against.

Play it again, Jacques: Special teams and goaltending.

And your Montreal Canadiens are undefeated in the post-O’Byrne era.

There’s so much to like:

• The power play went 2-for-5 against the league’s best penalty kill.

• The PK was perfect in four shorthanded situations. They’ve killed 31 of 32 penalties on the road.

• Brian Gionta scores!!!

• Scott Gomez scores!!!!!!! In his 800th game (and it seems like 799 since he scored)

• Carey Price in 15 starts: 9-5-1, 2.19, 92.3% Totally cool, totally confident. Did you love the save where the puck ticked off his glove and Price batted it away with his stick?

• 41 shots in a road game. Yes, the Bruins played Wednesday (and gave up 46 shots to the Penguins), but still …

• Martin was able to roll four lines against a tired team.

• Playing his first game in a tough building, P.K. Subban was brilliant, the “general on the ice,” Bergeron said.

• After being used for 4:24 against the Canucks, Lars Eller played 10:28 … and had shifts in the third period of a tough game.

• Roman Hamrlik and Jaro Spacek: They’re old, they’re slow and against two Cup contenders, they were great.

• The PhD line was excellent again. Jeff Halpern and Mathieu Darche play so smart, and they’ve resuscitated Benoit Pouliot’s career.

• Tom Pyatt skated the Bruins into the ice and had six SoG.

• Travis Moen had four hits and annoyed the Bruins all night.

• Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov are becoming a smoothly-oiled D machine.

Great win.

More manana.

•  •  •

Matt D’Agostini: Six goals and counting.

O’B will win the Norris Trophy.

•  •  •

James Murphy of ESPN-Boston Tweets: Claude Julien’s explanation for tonight’s 3-1 loss to arch-rival Montreal: “We lost our legs”. Really? It’s November! Not good.

•  •  •

On L’Antichambre, Gaston Therrien is loving Michaël Bourneval: captain of his junior team, can play all three forward positions, good skater, non-stop motor, the kind of player you hate playing against, won’t score 40 goals but will play in the NHL.



  1. Shiloh says:

    Halak gave up 4 goals in the 8-1 game.

  2. FormalWare says:

    Exactly! It takes an old guy (JM) to recognize the character of the other old guys, and to trust them to do just what they do.

  3. FormalWare says:


  4. VancouverHab says:

    You are being a downer. Looking for a cloudy lining in a chest-load of silver.

  5. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    I prefer to believe that it is a dueling scar.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  6. VancouverHab says:

    Uhhm…c’com: that’s counsel of perfection. Be reasonable.

  7. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    I’m not convinced Benny is ready for that promotion again. He benefits a lot (!) from Halpern and Darche’s remarkable work ethic. It allows him to get into the slots and goal side-doors for scoring chances. With G & G, he was expected to be the digger, and he just ain’t that.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  8. HardHabits says:

    Nope. I like Cammy-Gio-Plex. Later in the game Martin changed things up and put Gomez with Cammy and Gio.

  9. Chuck says:

    Just think, if G&G&C had potted a few along the way, we could have easily been 12-3-1 or 13-2-1. Our goaltending has given us a chance to win every game.

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  10. Number31 says:

    Dagger on a breakaway or shootout is usually a sure-goal.

  11. Chuck says:

    In his 5 regulation losses, he’s yet to give up more than 3 goals. He’s been nothing if not consistent.


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  12. Number31 says:

    Sad to see him traded too, but Colorado is half injured so at least he’ll get to play. I was hoping Rhino would become Hal Gill’s heir to the shot-blocking crease-clearing throne but alas…it’ll have to be done elsewhere. Fair trade though, plus Habs have a lot of D in waiting.

  13. Richrebellion says:

    I agree, I think AK hasn’t looked as good with Gomez and would love to see him back with Pleks and Cammi. Plus Gionta scored on the pp, 5 on 5 that line isn’t as good together as they were with AK on the line. As for the last top 6 forward we already have him. Except hes playing on the 3rd line, Pouliot is playing solid and he has chemistry with gionta and gomez. He also gives gomez another passing option as Lapierre clearly isnt a scoring threat. I know Pouliot is playing well with halpern and darche but I rather get Gomez going than have a good 3rd line. 

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  14. K-hab25 says:

    His #’s are a little and I stress little better than Price’s, but Price is, at the moment, definitely playing better. I mean Halak has lost 2 in a row giving up 6 goals and getting pulled. Price on the other hand, has won 2 in a row, including a SO, giving up 1 goal while facing nearly 70 shots.

  15. jimbo82 says:

    Well can’t say he has been that much better, Price is getting better with each game it seems.

    As for Jack Todd, don’t think that guy will ever admit he was wrong about something, first mistake Price makes he will be all over him again.

    go habs go!

  16. Shiloh says:

    Hey krob – I sat with the real “Oglethorpe” and watched two playoff games with him. Bill Goldthorpe played his Junior hockey in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay). We picked him up from Hornepayne I think. He was injured for two games one of the years we were playing the Sudbury Wolves for Memorial Cup qualifying. We were renting an apartment from the Coach and I got free tickets so I sat with Goldie. The first game, which Sudbury won, was crazy. Goldie ranted, swore and called out about 20 people in the stands – including a couple of older ladies sitting behind us. He was raring for action – and the arena staff was so afraid of what he might do that they just ignored him, hoping he might settle down.

    The next night he just sat quietly with an odd smile on his face – barely said a word. I asked the Coach on the way home what had happened to Goldie and he told me he had sent him to the team doctor before the game to “calm him down.” Whatever the doc gave him must have been pretty powerful.

    Goldie was the best fighter I ever saw – and we had Battleship Bob Kelly here too – who many believe was the best NHL fighter ever. (Bob Kelly the Pittsburgh guy who protected Larouche, not the idiot who played for the Flyers.). Anyway, Goldie was like a Tazmanian devil on and off the ice – except for that one night they fixed him up. It’s a good thing they did – he might have killed somebody.

  17. HardHabits says:

    5 goals for and 15 goals against. Funny when you look at teams giving up 6, 7 and 8 goals in a game or 4 and 5 goals in a period and the Habs don’t let more than 3 in a game. It’s still early but having not been blown out or embarassed so far is different then the last few years. This is a very good team but there’s still much more hockey to be played.

  18. Timo says:

    He will be a regular there. I liked OB and I don’t like JM. I am not going to say any more.

  19. Shiloh says:

    With Halak playing better I don’t think so.

  20. Bill says:

    I think he’ll really develop out of the Montreal pressure-cooker. He’ll be a really solid #4 guy in Denver by the end of the year.

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  21. habs001 says:

    i agree that is why we should not use it but some of the posters use it when we play back to back but never when the team we play does…

  22. Ayan_SB says:

    With Price playing so well, can we expect Jack Todd to retire soon?

  23. Timo says:

    the “tired” or “played the night before” excuse is BS… even more so in early november. They are not in their prime time years like the HIO crew, they are young men who should be fully recovered by the time the last lap dance of the night is over and ready to go the next night. 

  24. Timo says:

    Just saw that OB was traded! Argh!!! I still maintain that given the same number chances that Lats or Lapierre or even Eller were given he would have developed into a great 5-6th tough dman. Oh well… Denver ladies better hold onto their purses now.

  25. habs001 says:

    a solid game but lets remember if we played on the road the night before and came home to play a rested team waiting for us and we had 2 of our top forwards out and lost most posters would say it was a meaningless lose…this team will have its highs and its lows…

  26. Bill says:

    Habs just .500 at home, what?! 6-2-0 on the road, 4-3-1 at home. Obviously they could use some more support.

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  27. Propwash says:

    I think my sig says it all. Price is 110% better than last year though.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  28. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Although Gomez and AK got a goal while paired, and Cammy and Gionta did the same, I still don’t like those combinations. Cammy and Gionta are just too similar in their style of play. I still think AK is better suited with Pleks and either Gionta or Cammy with them. The other paired with Gomez. However, I do understand that AK is playing there to help Gomez get his confidence back, and to force him to look elsehwre rather than always dropping to Gionta.

    We still need another top 6 forward, though. I had high hopes for Laps, but it looks like he’s not able to take it up another notch. So, yeah, it’s either give a kid from the farm a chance, or can Gauthier pull off one more trade?

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  29. Ayan_SB says:

    What? What are you 10 years old?

    If anything, the scar makes him look even more like a bad ass. He’s like Le Chiffre from Casino Royale.

  30. king ddd says:

    btw what did mcguire say that ticked off mR. boone (reffering to last few posts)



  31. Chuck says:

    Some people might still turn up their nose at Carey having 5 regulation losses, but consider this:

    In the Habs’ 5 regulation losses, they’ve scored a total of just 5 goals. And two games were shutouts.


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  32. t1tan5 says:

    You’re never as good as you look when you win and never as bad as you look when you lose. I think the true Habs are somewhere between tonight’s performance and the Columbus debacle. Considering the Columbus game wasn’t that horrendously horrific, I think we’re in good shape.

  33. king ddd says:

    He is the original TONY MONTANA!


  34. C3P1 says:

    and in other tampa bay related news, quebecois vinny f. lecavalier will miss a month with a broken hand


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  35. C3P1 says:

    looks like someone took a skate to his cheek…its like a perfect square.  yikes.


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  36. NoTinFoilCups says:

    Price is flying under the radar. And right now there’s no better place.

    We’re a contender! Absolutely! I just wish they’d stop playing down to the level of inferior teams.

  37. Da Hema says:

    My comment was based solely on what you wrote. I have no idea to what that poster committed him- or herself.


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  38. krob1000 says:

    Ogie Ogelthorpe gave it to him for not playing old time hockey……innovation? …to hell with that..old time hockey rules

  39. Chuck says:

    He said that he’s leave if Carey won the majority of his first 20 starts (therefore, 11).

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  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    Battling James Bond of course. That’s a total villain scar.


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

  41. krob1000 says:

    I think the need come stretch time our perhaps earlier is to shore up the d…..I am still nervous aout Spatch, Hammer and Gill…all three have their moments though….moments that can’t happen come spring.  I still think we need one tough dman with that cap space instead of a winger…..I think there is enough scoring now that Ak andPOuliot look ready to paly, I think Eller by mid season or when he gets an opportunity will score too, Gomez, Gio and Cammi are better than they ahve been playing, Markov is just finding his groove,etc…I think our biggest vulerability is on D….we need a tough D guy that can still play…..a tough winger who can score would work tooo…or both….I’m greedy but given our options on the farm I think we have wingers…..but tough dmen who could play top minutes…..we’d have to explore the amrket for that one.

  42. C3P1 says:

    random question…does anyone know wtf is up with guy boucher’s face? nevr noticed that ugly scar until just now during an interview…


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  43. Chuck says:

    LOTS to love tonight, and I bet that the guys sleep better after an honest night’s work like tonight’s effort.

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  44. punkster says:

    Again the “old guys” come through. Of course it was a complete victory by the entire team and nobody coasted. But Hamrlik, Spacek and Gill really show how they fit with this bunch; experienced, wise and solid. Nothing fancy, no wasted effort, just a plain and simple work ethic to get the job done.

  45. kempie says:

    Sounds like xtrahabswad or whatever his name is. And while we’re at it, where’s Tony tonight? Where’s his Everlasting & Observer “friends” right now? Thinking of excuses no doubt. VAN just didn’t play very well & BOS was tired yada yada. Wait until the Habs have to play a real team like WAS. Oh wait. I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all those insufferable trolls to **** my ****.

  46. twocents says:

    I have no clue if anyone on the farm is ready, but I think it would be ideal for the organization if the spot was filled that way. Pacioretty, Maxwell or Palushaj come to mind first, again I don’t want anyone rushed, but if someone looks ready, now’s a great time for a peek. There would be little pressure, since the team is winning, and it would allow Gauthier to assess his needs and assets well before the trade deadline. 

  47. avatar_58 says:

    PK! PRICE!

    My boys played their best!

  48. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    Think that was the plan, to ride him hard and get him into a rhythm? 


    When he was succesful he didn’t have time to take it all in, then he got hurt and struggled to get it back.

  49. MikeL says:

    He’s also played the most, too.

  50. Rob says:

    Right.  I don’t recall the specifics of the conditions.  are they close to being met?

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  51. Da Hema says:

    It isn’t “censorship” when someone makes a voluntary agreement to leave the site upon certain specified conditions being met


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  52. G-Man says:

    3-1 against the Bruins on the road. Excellent. All hustle and solid play. 1 goal against in 2 games is a tribute to team D and Price’s now very solid play. Being 10-5-1 is better than the expected 1-1-1 runs this team was doing last season. Next!

  53. CharlottetownHabbies says:



    Our boy Carey has faced the 3rd most shots in the league.  Hasn’t seemed like it.

  54. MikeL says:

    Great game tonight. The intensity was fun to watch.

    I hope Gomez can keep this up. He played very well tonight, using his speed and setting up Kostitsyn a few times. Although, I don’t think Lapierre is going to work on that line long term, and with Pouliot’s success on the 3rd/4th line, that spot is looking more and more like it well be filled through trade, or a minor league call up.

  55. nova scotia vees says:

    Great win…love beating Boston.

    Price…I have been afraid to believe…but maybe, just maybe he will become the star he was supposed to be.  Still love Halak though…and Koivu.

    As for Price…I see where he has contacts.  Anyone know if he wore them last year?

  56. Rob says:

    I could be wrong, but didn’t that idiot from Vancouver Island who always posts here, promise he would delete his account if Price won x amount of his first y number of games?  Surely Price must be approaching that number now, and as much as i’m not for censorship, the cessation of the nonsensical posts that he contributes to this site would be a WONDERFUL development! 

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  57. SUMO says:

    Thanks Mike for the QH.

    COACH – JM had a good game plan. Force their D to rush the puck, make them skate. By the 3rd period the Bs were gassed. 2 PP goals and solid goaltending. He rolled all 4 lines tonite. No passengers for this W.

    GOALIE – Carey played solid and made the saves he had to make. Still early but hes playing solid.

    DEFENSE – Subban will be a special player. Hes coachable, not doing some of the riskier plays he made earlier in the season and playing controlled.  Markov is starting to play like Markov. The old guys in Spacek and Hamrlik are coming around. Again for all those who bash them, give them credit when credit is due. Gorges and Gill the usual solid game.

    FORWARDS – Pleks line was dangerous again. Cammi great assist on Gio’s goal. The captain’s now has 2 strong games on Plek’s wing. 

    Gomer’s line looked good. Gomer’s best game of the year. His minutes were reduced and he looked better for it. AK 46 seems to be developing a chemistry with him as well. Max, stop F***** diving. How many penalties do you hv to get before you realize its no longer working?

    PHD is solid again. Benny has some sweet skills. Laser for a shot, good passer.

    ELLER’s line. The kid got 10minutes. Like him when he plays, notice him almost everytime hes on the ice. So now if we can get him better linemates than Moen or Pyatt.

    Anyway just my thoughts.

  58. HardHabits says:

    Come playoff time nobody and I mean nobody is going to want to meet the Habs in the 1st round, or any round for that matter.

    I loved Halak when he was a Hab. I have so much respect for all that he did to elevate the club during his time here. But could anyone see Halak handling this type of work load two years ago (at 23 years old, the same age Price is now)?

  59. Mr.Hazard says:

    And he scores! Stick-side.

  60. Ian Cobb says:

    We are first in our division.

    we are third in our conference.

    we are third in the league.


    Not to shabby, even though others have games in hand. But they have to win them.

  61. Mr.Hazard says:

    Oshie out 3 months after ankle surgery… They’re using D’Agostini first in the shootout vs. Nashville…

  62. DearyLeary says:

    Fantastic game.  Against Florida and Columbus we laid out the prototype on how to lose hockey games.  The last two games, we’ve laid out the prototype on how to win.  Speed, going to the net, using space when it’s available (and not holding on to the puck too long as a result), fantastic breakouts, strong play on the boards against a much larger team. 

    In a divisional game you would have thought the Bruins would have brought it in the last few minutes, but the boys were able to keep it deep, and work strong cycles while keeping a man high to support the defencemen.  Great backchecking negated a few odd man rushes. 

    And Jesus Price resurrected as was foretold in the book of Revelation. Holy moly, am I glad he’s found his game in our colours instead of being chased out of town and having it bite us in the ass.  I thank the patience of the coaching, and management, for allowing him to grow.  He’s learned his lessons, and with a big frame like that, great lateral movement, and a newfound patience he’s showing the city what he’s capable of.  That capability being, in a league where Stanley Cup goalies are discarded because they’re worth too much money, that Price can establish himself as one of a very select few franchise goalies.

  63. naweed235 says:

    great win tonight im am very satisfied by the
    season so far.. i dont mean to be a downer or anything but is anybody
    else somewhat worried by the play of Gio and Cammy? its like all the
    intensity and flair that helped them be successfull last year is all
    gone… i mean yes cammi has a pass or two every once in a while but he
    does not seem to be a scoring threat like he was… atleast last year
    when he was having a hard time scoring after he came back from injury he
    was getting chances left and right but they werent going in/… this
    year he seems to make a lot of beer league plays and misses the net
    alot… and i have a feeling in Gio’s case it might be an injury….

    Any thoughts?

  64. JF says:

    These two games (Vancouver and Boston) were unquestionably our two best this season.  Three powerplay goals, Gomez and Gionta getting on track, Markov getting back into game-shape; we’re becoming a dangerous team.

    Price is improving from game to game.  He’s tracking the puck better, especially in those scrambles around the net, where last year it often used to elude him.  I love how quietly he’s doing it; no one is talking about him in the League – all the talk is about Halak and Tim Thomas.  Price is sort of under the radar, as, indeed, is the whole team.

    Mario Tremblay on L’Antichambre pointed out that we had just beaten two serious Cup contenders, and asked rhetorically whether that makes us contenders.

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