Round 1, Game 2: Backstrom sinks Canadiens

Capitals’ Mike Knuble and Nicklas Backstrom celebrates
Backstrom’s wining goal on Canadiens’ Jaroslav Halak Saturday night.
Chuck Myers/MCT

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Audio: Hal Gill | Tomas Plekanec | Andrei Kostitsyn

• At a Glance: For the second time in as many games, the Canadiens and Capitals went to overtime in their opening round playoff series. This time, it didn’t last long. Nicklas Backtrom capped his hat trick with a blistering wrist shot only 31 seconds into the first overtime for a 6-5 Capitals win. The Canadiens had led the game 4-1 at one point, but were not able to hold off the potent Capitals. It was a short night of work for José Theodore in the Capitals net. Brian Gionta scored on a slap shot a minute into the game on the first shot Theodore saw. He wouldn’t see another shot on goal until Andrei Kostitsyn beat him with a wicked wrist shot 7:58 into the opening period. Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau had seen enough and replaced Theodore with Semyon Varlamov. Eric Fehr got the Capitals on the board when he beat Jaroslav Halak on a breakaway 10:21 into the first period. Kostistyn would add two more goals in the second period for the hat trick, the first by a Canadiens player since Eric Desjardins in 1993, giving the Canadiens a 4-1 lead. But the Capitals went to work after that, with Nicklas Backstrom scoring a pair and Alex Ovechkin adding one to tie the game 4-4 before the midway point of the third period. Tomas Plekanec scored his second goal in as many games to give the Canadiens a 5-4 lead with five minutes to play on a nice pass from Michael Cammalleri, his third assist of the game. But John Carlson scored with 1:21 to go in the third period to tie the game 5-5 and force overtime.

• What It Means: The Capitals tied the best-of-seven series 1-1.

• What’s Next:
Game 3 and 4 are Monday and Wednesday at the Bell Centre.

View from there:

The Washington Post

The Washington Times

322 Comments

  1. chelios_24 says:

    In the regular season..Joe Thorton, Dany Heately and Ovechkin are the kings.

     

    In the playoffs I’ll take Sid the Kid, Zetterberg, Getzlaf over any other forward…

  2. aemarchand11 says:

    If we can pull out another game tonight, I have to like our chances. At the same time, Ovechkin down two games heading into Montreal, which is his favorite place to play can only mean bad things. This series inst over until its over and the handshake has started.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  3. jimstr says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKgywQEzw6s

    i have chills :) happy game everyone…

     

    . if u open too much ur mind ur brain will fall out.

  4. deuce6 says:

    We are up 1 game in a best of 7 series on the best team in the league and you are complaining about hurting a bottom pairing d-man’s development? Am I missing something here?

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  5. Bill H says:

    LOL, yes, I know.  The taste of one’s own words can be bitter indeed.  I congratulate you for resisting the tempation of adding, after Gomez’s name, “but he’s still paid way too much and his cap hit will cripple this team for the next 5 years.”

  6. Ian Cobb says:

    Can you just imagine the noise when we show up at the Bell Center up by two games! Hang onto your hats boys and girls, these play offs are going to be a hell of a ride.

  7. Storm Man says:

    Nah he gave his game 2 tickets away

  8. Habscore says:

    If the Caps lose again, that guy will start a riot..hahhaa

  9. TorontoHabsFan says:

    FYI, The Washington Times is the brain child of Sun Myung Moon (of Unification Church or “Moonie” fame) and probably should never be presented as an *actual* newspaper.

    Otherwise – GO HABS GO!!!

  10. ed lopaz says:

    I thought Gill and Gorges were out against Ovechkin just as often as Spacek.

    I thought Spacek (And Hamrlik) were absolutely HORRIBLE in the first period – then Spacek played better and Hamrlik…well he was Hamrlik

    I thought Spacek made a great play in the 3 on 1 rush by lying down to block the pass – but I have to tell you guys – I have 16 year old son (who no one pays 3.8 million) and he has made that play several times this year – yes, the play came at the right time – in overtime – it was very clutch.

    I thought Pyatt, Gill, Gorges, did more to stop Ovechkin than Spacek – but it seems like everyone is freaking out over Spacek.

    It was a group effort to stop Ovechkin – I did not see the “MONSTER” game (Mcguire) for Spacek, as others have described

    Also, I still think that OB should used.

    He is very useful as a big body down low – even if he is dressed as a 7th defenceman is used in spot duty.

    I think this is hurting OB”s developement and he can be useful to us.

    I’m hoping OB will become a steady, big man on the back end, long after Spacek, Hamrlik, Mara, and Jacques martin have gone.

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    We’ll have to watch and wait, but I think some people are getting a little too giddy about the idea that Ovechkin isn’t going to be a giant pain in our butts for this series. I believe in this team as always, but I also acknowledge Ovechkin is one of those guys who can just ruin your day.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  12. SmartDog says:

    Good point. I still think he’s easier to shut down than Crosby and some other stars.  But maybe that’s just by us!

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  13. SmartDog says:

    Hopefully he’ll pull a Komiserik and spend half the game in the penalty box.

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  14. SmartDog says:

    Gime a break…

    Guys I didn’t mention who had a great game:

    Gionta

    Gorges

    MAB

    Gill

    Moen

    Darche

    Gomez

    …. duh…it was just a few notes, not a game breakdown. And Pleks and Halak were both game stars.

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    1. He’s still 30 points in 22 career playoff games, I wouldn’t count him out. He wasn’t that big against the Rangers last season until the 5th game or so than he just became the reason they won. It took him until game 5 to score this as they won 3 straight to take the series.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  16. Bill H says:

    That was just as hilarious the second time around.  Thanks for posting the link.

  17. Bill H says:

    LOL is that irony?  He takes a poke at Martin for not understating the play of Halak, but fails to acknowledge the huge contribution of Gomez.  I guess that would be like eating his own words.

  18. deuce6 says:

    People rag on Hal Gill, but he knows the game and doesn’t try to do more than what he is asked to do…His sheer knowledge and leadership will be priceless through out this series and hopefully beyond..lol

    Comment from Hal that I found that I thought summed up their game plan..He knows and gets it..Hopefully this kind of knowledge rubs off on our younger, more inexperienced guys..

    “We want to play in their face as much as possible,” Canadiens defenceman Hal Gill said. “It’s not about killing them or running them through the boards, it’s about not giving them time and space.”

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  19. Corporate says:

    That can be to our advantage. If he gets too emotional he makes mistakes. Also, I just hope that when he is really frustrated, he does not take out one of our guys.

  20. Corporate says:

    Martin is one way in front of the camera and another behind. He is not one to show emotion during an interview. he must have gone to the Gainey School of Conferences. But I am sure in the dressing room, he told the players that he won because of that guy right there… not Plecky, but Halak. I am sure they kow what is on the line and with Gionta, Gomez, Gill, and others, we can prevail.

  21. deuce6 says:

    We need to come out strong defensively and let the Caps play on sheer adrenaline..They will be taking chances and we need to pop a quick one to break their back..That would be HUGE!!

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  22. deuce6 says:

    Great post, Dog..I share the exact same thoughts…

    I don’t know if I read it here or somewhere else, but one stat that stood out to me was that we have the most playoff experience of all the playoff teams on the backend? That is self assuring for tonight because those guys that Gainey picked up with the rings and experience will go a long way in making this a series…

    It is only one game, but there are a number of reasons to be optimistic..Leafers say we were lucky to win that game..Why? All I seen were the Habs in the WAS end from the 2nd period on..All of their chances came from transition..Ours came from a relentless forecheck that were making the WAS defense play hot potato with the puck..lol

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

     

  23. lavie says:

    6. Gomez. lol

  24. ManApart says:

    Wow, Ovie’s taking a lot of heat after game 1. That guy will come out with everything he has tonight. It will be interesting to see how the Habs respond. If they can get out of the first tied or even 1 goal down, i Think that would be a great result and the game would be up for grabs. They must not play to cautiously and lose their aggresion of the 2nd half of game 1.

  25. SmartDog says:

    THOUGHTS…

    1. “Ovi is injured” is a whiny excuse for why we kicked their butts. Ovi is not the big game performer that other greats are. We saw that in the Olympics too.  He does best in regular games when the spotlight is on him.

    2. Why is Martin always the one with the LEAST praise for our goaltending. (Quote: “I think he played extremely well (Thursday) night,” Martin said. “But
    it’s one game.”)  How hard is it to say: He really did a great job for us tonight, the team owes a lot to his play and compsure and we hope the same going forward”. 

    3. With all this about the habs squeaking by the Caps…blah, blah, blah.. what about the 20 minutes when they couldn’t get us out of their end and Theo had to rob 3-4 guys to keep them in it at all? Habs have to do the same and show these bums they’re regular season pretenders.

    4. Pleky. What was great out Pleks last game is he just played his game. He was just consistantly strong, no attempts to be flashy, or change his play, just gave EVERY shift, and then when he had the opportuntiy – bang!  This is what I like about him.

    5. Spacek & Marky. These are two guys who know what a big game is – they both had one of their best games of the season.  Makes me think they know what they’re doing out there!

    Can’t wait for the game!  Go Habs!! Caps SUCK!!!

    SD

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  26. deuce6 says:

    Before this series is all said and done, Moen will play a huge role..His size and speed down low will start to wear on their weak defense and they will start to show fatigue and tire out…Having their forwards play defense is all the more to be optimistic about this series going our way..We get great goal tending and good special teams play? We will win this series on sheer hustle and grit…Interesting note..Erskine was a healthy scratch last game? I hope he is tonight, as well..

    HAMMER their defense relentlessly when they have the puck!!
    Hit, hit, hit..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  27. Woah_Dana says:

    How great is that?

    Love it.

     

    GO HABS!

  28. sholi2000.com says:

    ROCK THE RED

    Bleu, blanc et ROUGE THAT IS

    They call me Shane

  29. mrhabby says:

    yup ,yup..right on.

  30. novahab says:

    Are you kidding me your taking about Ovechkin he does anything he wants to do. When Kovy was here do you think he could bring over a private trainer with out the truth coming out. Ovie knows he is protected in Washington and he can do what ever he wants,  the team will always kiss his ……. the truth will be in how he performs tonite. I say he hurting and if he pushes to hard he will go down. You could see it in his face in that interview there is something wrong. Hey maybe he just sick of that big mouth Boudreau .

  31. deuce6 says:

    Sometimes I wonder if the Yotes and the NHL are paying their fans to come out..lol

    How can you have noone there for a half a decade and all of a sudden you got guys painting themselves and looking “Canadian” when they get decent? Say what you will, but I honestly think the Yotes are being showcased..But, you never know with big business…

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  32. Woah_Dana says:

    Today was RIDICULOUSLY long.

    Seeing the B’s shake up the Sabres really pumped me up, too.

    The clock is ticking.. just shy of an hour now :)

     

    GO HABS!

  33. Mattee. says:

    That’s the kind of attitude I like to see. You gotta believe!!

  34. Woah_Dana says:

    AMEN.

     

    GO HABS!

  35. joeybarrie says:

    Cmon boys, I got a soccer game tomorrow, and I really, really want to wear my Habs jersey to the game. If we go up 2-0 it will stick to my Caps fan teammates. First the Olympics and hopefully 2-0. I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT TO WEAR MY JERSEY TO THE GAME…

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

  36. habsfansince91 says:

    lol anyone catch this at the end of the habs caps game? I was watching tsn and didn’t even see it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c6x8nlx1vk&feature=popular

  37. Corporate says:

    Like your tag line… But Phoenix is putting on a hell of a show this year. I fnd every series has intensity and passion. It is crazy. I watched 4 games last night and they were all great except Chicago… There didn’t seem to be any energy there.

  38. deuce6 says:

    The Habs did a great job of clogging up the neutral zone as the game wore on, in game 1…Say what you will about WAS, but their game is ALL transition..You can pin them deep in their zone for lengthy periods of time and get great scoring chances..If it weren’t for Theo, that game would have been a blow out for the Habs..Halak was solid..He came up big when he had to, but Theo made all the more difficult saves..Same game plan tonight?..Choke off the speed through the neutral zone and get the puck deep behind their weak defensive game..WAS = all flash, no substance..

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    BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  39. Rugger says:

    I agree that the Caps will come out flying tonight, which will lead to a 2-0 lead…for the Habs, on a 2 on 1 and a 3 on 1 as the Caps over commit to the offense.

  40. deuce6 says:

    If he is being sarcastic, it went entirely over my head..lol

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    BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  41. deuce6 says:

    How does the team not know their “face” is playing with an injury that could progress into something more severe and a reporter/the media know the ins and outs of it? Doesn’t make any sense..Why would they have him in the line up down the stretch with the playoffs looming and 1st wrapped up..I’m calling a lot of BS and he simply got shut down by a better game plan..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  42. Corporate says:

    I see the your sarcastic but honestly, if he continues to play the way he does, eventually he will get injured and it will be bad. You can’t keep hitting people and never get hit back. When he gets a real injury he will be out for a ver very long time.

  43. Rush says:

    “Komiserik”?

  44. novahab says:

    Ovenchkin has a pulled groin and he havning trouble making sharp turns so he can mostly go north and south.  His trainer came over because he’s the guru and he has the magic bag of special treatments. He pulled it in the first peroid because he was so hyped up and after a long season and the olympics and his special training meds the muscles are breaking down. You could see in that interview when he was asked about is performance and what Fat boy BB said about him. Sure Boudreau doesn’t know he hurt because no Wastington Doc would get near him he has his own people wink wink that take care of that. I am predicting he will come out flying and tear the groin and the season will be over for him. I hoping he just can’t skate well and stays in the games. A hurting Ovie complaining and seperating that dresing room is better that a hurt Ovie that can’t play then the Caps might rally.

  45. Corporate says:

    Well with Halak’s record. I would actually welcome it… When he gets less than 30 he seems lost or loses focus.

  46. Clay4bc says:

    Here’s hoping the Caps get more than 45 shots tomorrow morning (tonight for most of you)!

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  47. rated_R says:

    that would be soooo EPIC! but at the same time kinda disrecptful…i mean he did win us a vezina and hart trophy…and an upset against the big bad bruins

  48. Bugs says:

    Gotta keep in mind the Capper mandate headin into this thing: they wanted to SWEEP us, remember? Like we were NUTHIN. Like Sigourney says in Alien 3: “They don’t give a damn about us; they think we’re…we’re CRUD.”

    But at the end of the day, they’re just kids. Little kids still scared of the dark. And we were champions of the world when they were still calling a feather “macaroni”.

    We got our win in Washytown. We have the advantage. No matter what happens tonight.

    Because once they get here…we’ll be there to come down on’em hard with both feet. Kids. About to be taught a lesson in real intimidation.

    And they know it. Now, they’re scared. Panicking. Cuz win or lose, we got’em right where we want’em.

    No matter what happens tonight.

    Let’s get it on.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  49. j2w4habs25 says:

    Man, today seems soo long. I got up at 7am this morning all pumped – I believe the Habs can this game 2 and who knows what can happen in Montreal.

    I go to bed thinking HABS, wake up thinking HABS! :D

  50. Brooklyn Johnny says:

    Thank you for this… absolutely made me laugh on a day I am working and will miss the first period of tonights game…

     

    “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research” -Albert Einstein

    GO HABS GO!!!

  51. j2w4habs25 says:

    GO HABS GO!!!…

    2 more hours :)

  52. B says:

    Rather than sitting back and trying to weather the onslaught, I hope they come out flying themselves. I don’t want to see them back on their heels and trying to hold on, come out skating hard and take it to the Caps!

  53. Jeff says:

    That was a riot!  Can yopu spell p i s s e d o f f CAPS fan! 

    Great shot by the cameraman as he was being threatened too….Ha! Ha!

  54. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the thing about 4 game series and Playoff Hockey is the momentum
    can shift period to period, let alone game to game

    …We played
    after the first as like-minded and within Ourselves …We did not allow
    their skills and physicality to determine Our Game

    …against Washington, logically, We have a snowball’s chance in
    hell to win this series, or Our Game tonight …yet, THAT is WHAT We
    live for …the impossible becoming possible

    …play within
    Ourselves …and YEAH ! …I believe it is ‘possible’

    …GO HABS
    !!! …Go ! …eh ???

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  55. Roger HABbit says:

    Ovi is overrated.  I would take Sid “the kid” over Ovi any day.  Now Sid….  that’s a kid with HEART.  There is no giving up in him.  He  just doesn’t know how to stop.  Did you see the winning goal last night against the Sen’s.  Even though Sid didn’t score it, the goal was all about him and  his will not to give up. 

  56. 100HABS says:

    Good call – didn’t notice the puck on the side. No wonder it fooled him.

  57. SmartDog says:

    Glad you said all that, saves me from having to.

    Gomez played well – especially late in the game. But 1 shot in 24 minutes doesn’t exactly make him a giant, even if it went in – and yes it was a good play.  But you guys kill me – if I mentio him, I get shouted at, if I don’t, I get shouted at.  I think you have a man crush on the little guy.

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  58. sholi2000.com says:

    With the puck up on side like that no wonder Jose couldn’t stop it.  Hockey’s version of a 80mph knuckle ball.

    They call me Shane

  59. 100HABS says:

    Is that pic of Pleks form the game-winning goal? I thought that puck was only about 3/4 speed, but with the flex on that stick, it must have been a pretty hard shot…

  60. ed lopaz says:

    first – anyone who has been a fan as long as you deserves my respect.

    second  -you clearly know your hockey – because  we agree. on many things. :-)

    I have a son and a daughter who play defence so i find myself watching the defence more than the puck

    enjoy the game!!

  61. bigjames says:

    in my view, the best way to get in to theo’s head at the bell is not to chant “tay-o” but to chant “mill-er.” there i said it….

  62. deuce6 says:

    I wouldn’t say overrated..lol

    The guy has 269 goals in his 1st 5 seasons..

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    BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  63. terrygain says:

    Yes. The long term. 

  64. terrygain says:

    I thought Spacek (And Hamrlik) were absolutely HORRIBLE in the first period – then Spacek played better and Hamrlik…well he was Hamrlik

    For the most part I agree but I’ll take 44 over 6 any day. Spacek and Hamrlik have given up a lot of breakaways this year, but it’s been mainly because of bad Spacek pinches. I  watch Spacek  very closely because – despite his very good plus/ minus I think he’s our weak link. He gave the puck away four times in the first period. I credit him with a giveaway for the, ill-advised pass off Hamrik’s skate -when Hamrlik was being checked- that led to a breakaway. 

    I think the vast majority of fans who believe Spacek played a great game got sucked in by Maguire’s idiotic Monster raving. I’ll be watching 6 again tonight. I think he’s our weak link. I hope I am proven wrong.  Gill is Allan Stanley slow and clumsy. And  Allan Stanley effective.  MAB  is okay as long as he avoids the zany high risk passes, but I’d rather have 20 clearing the front of the net and MAB on the 4th line with Darche, who is always  hard on the puck and steady.

  65. Danno says:

    Alexander the Over-8-ted?

     

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

  66. 23 HABS 23 says:

    WOW!  There was soooooo much promise … I was unable to watch the game because I am stuck at work … and being in South Western Ontario … I am surrounded by Leaf fans that were quiet until the 3rd period … and believe it or not … you would think that it was the Toronto Capitals the way they cheered as the Caps closed the gap … and the entire room errupted in cheers as we watch the ticker and the HABS let it slip away.  No comments on goal tending from me … I saw not part of the game.  I hope that Halak played well.

    We really need to get things done in Montreal … I just hate having the Caps come to Montreal with hope and momentum … that SUCKS!  Well … it is going to be a Long long night (I am on until 6am) and the Leaf fans will just not let up – unbelievable.

    Still excited for Monday Night – but again will be a t work watching the score ticker – GO HABS GO!!!!

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  67. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Er.. How’s that proof?? Every goal except one was clean and earned. The only pathetic thing here is your post.

     

  68. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Halak has kept us in this series. 3 of their goals was due to crashing or interfering with the goalie. Maybe I’ll give you the last one but that was a hell of a shot top corner from one of the best players in the game. 

  69. duffy says:

    Worst team in the league at blowing games in the last two minutes.,

  70. slapshot777 says:

    I guess the high stick on Markov doesn’t count it was by the wrong colour jersey. If this isn’t a stick it the habs by the refs, then I don’t know what is.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  71. tricolore says:

    Have to admire the Habs guts. They are facing an offensive machine that just does not give up. Halak is playing as well as he can but that 5th goal from Washington, could have been saved. Reminded me of Pleks goal on Theodore. Of course if Halak doesn’t make all those key saves in the game, this could have been over a long time ago. Can’t say Varlamov has made any major game stopping saves. Is Pouliot worth anything right now? Why is he still playing? He has been in a drought for the past 3 weeks! Unacceptable! Get him out. Put MAB in his place and call up PKS. Hope we win this one. Would be nice to come home with 2 Ws. 

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  72. slapshot777 says:

    We have them right where we want them guys. Let’s do it in overtime. get a good shot and beat them where the refscan’t do anything about it.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  73. slapshot777 says:

    We have them right where we want them guys. Let’s do it in overtime. get a good shot and beat them where the refscan’t do anything about it.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  74. slapshot777 says:

    We have them right where we want them guys. Let’s do it in overtime. get a good shot and beat them where the refscan’t do anything about it.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  75. arrow says:

    Great exciting game, WE OWN OT! Bad officiating tonite! The Hockey Gods are on our side! BELIEVE!

    I call Gionta for the WINNER!

    GO HABS GO!!

  76. KenD29 says:

    Stay out of the box, Halak please stay up and forwards drive to the net !

     

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  77. slapshot777 says:

    How i the hell do you call that proof. Making stupid comments like that only makes you clueless. You must not have watched the game at all. I know the Caps came back in the game, but if you were looking at the same rather than trying to see it with your headup your a$$, you would have seen that the Caps never erned their goals, they were aided by blinded officiating.

    If you look at the game you can see without having to even try to pick out stupid mistakes made by the officials. Goal number 2 scored by the Caps Goalie inteference, goal number 3 Halak had it and was poked at by Ovie and knocked the puck into the net. It should have been blown dead. High stick on Markov not called, goalie interference by Poti not called. A lot of misses in the later part of the second and all of the third period to be just a missed call.

    If I was JM i would be  definitely calling out the officiating on the blown calls. The Molsons should be blasting Bettmans hear too. This had Bettman wantng the |Caps to win written all over it. If Bettman wants to fix teams to win, wy even bother to play the games. No matter how he wants the American teams to continually win the cup, he will never get the game to where it’s on par with Canadian teams and their fans.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  78. tricolore says:

    Yeah, they don’t call anything unless you get your head chopped off. LOL. 

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  79. slapshot777 says:

    I am calling Cammy.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  80. arrow says:

    Congrats to AK for the Hatrick, come on Heart-Attack Halak, get us the WIN.

    GO HABS GO!

  81. slapshot777 says:

    Hey guys pick you OT hero for the Habs. Let’s get this thing kick started

     

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  82. sailor2963 says:

    Maybe JM should have changed goalies too, Halak did not look good on that goal and weak on a few earlier.

  83. Shan says:

    :( ugh!

     

    —–

    Their defenses are broken! Let the slaughter begin!

  84. slapshot777 says:

    Damn that was quick. Well at least we are going home tied.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  85. tricolore says:

    Boy Backstrom really liked what Pleks did. Halak went down too soon. Not a good game over all. How the f&?% do you blow a 4-1 lead? Well….their offensive machine is that good. At least we won one on the road. Really, we can’t expect any more. 

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  86. Bryan says:

    Halak CANNOT start the next game.  6 goals is absolute pathetic.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  87. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, that sucked. Heck, they were only 1.5 minutes away from taking a 2-0 series lead.

  88. sh00n says:

    I’m sorry, but Halak was soft on those last three. The first Backstrom one should’ve never counted, but Jaro killed us at the end. On Carlson’s shot and the game winner.

  89. pmaraw says:

    refs gave that one to the caps….  they really did, i better hear a like 5 minute clip of JM screaming about it!  if i dont, step up and do it for him muller!!!  

    also, halak lets in six?  i imagine his leash is shortening

  90. Storm Man says:

    Hmmmmm what do I say……. What a meltdown, Halak where is your glove?

  91. Psycho29 says:

    Ok everyone relax……If I would have told you before the series we would split in Washington, you’d have been happy. (Ok, I’ll grant you that blowing a 4-1 lead tonight is awful!!!)

    Let’s all stay positive….Habs win both in Montreal!!!!!

     

    GO HABS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. arrow says:

    Oh Well, I’m glad I didn’t have money on the OT winner, still believe, HABS will be back in MTL on Monday and will win Game 3. They know Heart-Attack-Halak’s weak spot, must do some adjustments for GAME 3, maybe Price can step in.

    Just a thought, Halak has been good but did look weak on some of the high goals tonite!

    Great shot blocking by the D tonite

    GO HABS GO!!

  93. Storm Man says:

    How many games has the team lost with the lead?

  94. slapshot777 says:

    Guys no one expected us to win any games. Yet we are tied coming home and so far the Caps have had to go to OT twice to get a win. I can’t wait until Monday the Bell Centre is going to be off the charts. No one comes close to the Bell Centre in crowd noise.

     

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  95. Mikedro says:

    Proof that the first 5 periods were a fluke. Pathetic. 4 to 1 to 6 to 5 in 22 minutes… the real Capitals have come to play, as have the real Habs.

    Maybe bext year – they’re toast.

    Mike D

  96. Jeff says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhh sooooooo close, so so so close!

    I was almost a believer until that impressive comeback by the Caps after being down 4 to 1!!!!   WOW!

    Jose gave the Habs a real chance early by allowing 2 goals on 2 shots???

    But the Caps certainly were not going down 2-0 in thier own building.

    Can you imagine the atmosphere in Montreal when the Habs return tied, it will be electric.

    Well, well, we have a series of 3 out of 5 now, who’s your Daddy???? 

     

  97. Aaron13 says:

    Over the last few years, there has been a degradation in the quality of the officiating. Remember when Saku suffered the eye injury against Carolina during the playoffs? Not even a minor was called!

  98. Habfan29 says:

    I disagree Halak should have been out of the blue paint and standing up for that shot, cutting the angle makes him bigger and give Backstrom less room to shoot at. Price time

  99. Habfan29 says:

    agree 100% as a 5′ 10″ goalie for 38 years I had to use the lumber alot to keep guys from my crease and for the most part it worked, as long as I did not get caught. A quick tip of the stick between the legs is the perfect antidote for crease crashers……LOL

  100. Kythehabsfan says:

    I saw Gorges backing up too much also. I know with the Caps forwards speed they do not want to get caught and burned around the blue line but when you allow shooters to release from the top of the circle  on a butterfly goalie it will not be good. The Carlson goal was similar (Spacek backing up I think). Backstrom’s drop pass set the D backing up too much on that play.

  101. sillywalk says:

    You know, it’s incredible how much energy you put into posting all over this place when Halak doesn’t have a post-game interview after a loss. If you could only harness that energy for good…

  102. dre1744 says:

    just like Huet in 2005/06 they figured him out shoot high!!!!!

  103. Tariq says:

    hmm,,,washington always played the catch up game and won. we can be better. I WONDER HOW COME IN NHL.COM webpage, they dont mention the name Of A Kostytine for scoring a hatrick, they have all stories of Capitals, not fair!

  104. gp52 says:

    You could feel it right after the 4th goal, Canadiens let up just a little.

    Gill couldn’t push knuble from in front of Halak and we let Backstrom just walk in and shoot.

    Then came Cammy’s stick breaking penallty, Then Darche failed to get the puck out of our zone

    setting up the Ovechkin goal.

    Then they spent the third period backing up and giving away the blueline.

     

     

  105. dallyd31 says:

    Regardless of the loss tonight, coming out of Washington against the leagues best team with a split is a huge success…however blowing the oppotunity to be up 2-0…which they should have been… is a disapointment at the same time.

    Now, what does JM do on Monday, seeing as Halak was ordinary at best tonight ?

     

     

  106. since1988 says:

    sorry for the double post

  107. light_n_tasty says:

    Well, the Habs had all the momentum after last game, and look what happened!!

  108. Le Jadester says:

    Wonder why SK 74 got benched again in the last half of the game ?

    Habs, OLE !

  109. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because JM hates his guts.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  110. SmartieHab says:

    Hmm. Fun and exciting game to watch. A real wild one. Too bad we couldn’t pull through.

     

    My thoughts:

     

    Err people JM has showed he can handle the best team in the league for two games in their own building. Need I remind you the Caps only have 5 regular season home losses!? So people seriously get off of JM’s case, he may have not been the best this season, but playoffs he has showed some of his veteran presence/experience. And dear god, for all those people ” OMGZZ why didn’t JM call a timeout??! ” learn something about hockey, then write a meaningful comment – not one just to bash a coach or goalie.

    Overall the habs played well, and only one play bugged me. (well the reffing sucked  but meh) When Cammy took that penalty on Ovy with 90seconds left. He had done the same thing earlier in the game, you can’t touch those sticks – come on Cammy!! If that was bad, then the whole team basically sat back and must’ve been thinking ‘oh the caps have another powerplay’ … without realizing that we have to touch the puck to stop play. Sigh. And the goal was soft on Jaro, but the habs fans will cheer him up and we will be shining come Monday.

    1-1 Anyone will take it, ya sure we were up 4-1 and lost, we all have a sour taste in our mouth. But you don’t think the habs are going to try just as hard at home? Of course they will. As for the poor reffing, it happens, some days (although very rare) the habs get breaks with the refs. I look forward to see the the Bell Centre crowd weighing in/influencing the refs this week. I still think we’re playing too well for the first two games, not to win this series. Habs in 6 – look for Jaro to shine Mon/Wed – he has too.

    Finally, kind of going back to my one problem of the game, I wish we could’ve stopped play and let the Caps get their PP out. Dear god our PK/PP special teams have been amazing. Perfect PK so far? Excellent.

     

    Habs win 4-2 and 2-1 this week. Not sure what the order will be. Be happy its the playoffs, the games are exciting/frustrating but hell thats the way its supposed to be!

     

    I just hate how the playoffs, always takes my study time away – especially this year so many good games. (I think Chicago, Phoenix (Bryz rebound game), Ottawa, San Jose and Jersey will win.

     

    PS – what do you guys think of very poor officiating for both game 2s for the 1vs8 seeds? SJ vs Col and Mon vs Wash, it seems they didn’t want the 8 seeds going up 2-0. Coincidence – I think not!

  111. Le Jadester says:

     

    Why what did he do ? What has happened for JM to dislike SK 74 that much  ?

    Habs, OLE !

  112. Bill J says:

    Ok WHEN exactly will Halak have blown it ?

    DUDE – Halak has lost 4 outa the last 5 now.  Went 0-3 heading into the playoffs TRYING to get one measly point to secure the spot.

    Your little Halak Man-Crush is blinding you!

  113. A. Berke says:

    When this team is going to play consistent for 60 minutes instead of playing the 3rd period not to lose and… lose anyways?

    It sure was a very disappointing result.

    There’s absolutely no excuse for any team to lose from 4-1 after the 38th minute in a playoff game.

    Instead of going home with 2-0 advantage, we have to contend with 1-1 and caps regaining their confidence.

    Ali B.

  114. SeriousFan09 says:

    All goes back to the whole SK missing the bus at training camp, getting sent to Hamilton but not reporting right away until BG did some hand-holding with him and since he came back, JM has had him on his **** list for the initial trouble. Plus, JM will never hesitate to overpunish a kid, while a veteran gets a free pass no matter how much he screws up so that works against SK as well.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  115. gp52 says:

    Absolutely agree and JM should have called some time outs to calm the team down.

    Washington must be on a real high now

  116. SeriousFan09 says:

    Too Many Men for Vancouver in OT, brutal call.

    And it’s a Canucks loss with a PPG by Kopitar, ouch.

    All series in the post-season are split thus far, except for the Hawks-Preds who have only played 1 game so far.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  117. gp52 says:

    Boudreau reminds me of a cross between George Gobel and Mickey Rooney

  118. dre1744 says:

    i think the caps will have all the momentum now coming into montreal. Coming back from 4 – 1 and winning will be a momentum boost for the caps and a buzz killer for the habs.

  119. AH says:

    Frickin hell!, I don’t know if I should be pissed they blew a 4-1 lead, or happy they got a split!….this team…sigh!

  120. AH says:

    Hahaha, LOL! so true!

  121. AH says:

    Everybody is worried about Ovechkin, and rightly so, but if we don’t get on that dam Backstrom, we’re screwed. Keep backing in on him and give him room and time to shoot, and it’s lights out. They have figured Halak out. If we don’t get in Backstrom’s face, Halak’s top corners are going to be filled to over flowing!

  122. light_n_tasty says:

    Well, I for one, think these last two games were “worth” making the playoffs…(for everyone out there who were saying, so what, they get 4 extra games)…

  123. Rob D says:

    I don’t like conspiracy theories but the TSN crew of Gord Miller and Pierre were squawking all night about the Caps not having a single power play. Like it was ordained that they should receive them. People who play passive games rarely get calls.

    But the refs made up for it with a blizzard of calls against the Habs. Not saying most of them weren’t good calls. But it was like the switch was flipped and it wasn’t the same level of leniency they had displayed most of the night. That’s what I object to. When Gill finished his check, I knew right away they were trying to even the game out. Pissed me off..

     

  124. dre1744 says:

    well it got em the 4 – 1 lead….  then I think JM got out coached!!!!!!  and momentum shifted  and JM  couldn’t turn it back in his favour.

  125. A. Berke says:

    Tonight Halak was already on his knees and a bit too much in his net before shots that ended up as goals were taken. That’s why all the top corners were good targets. IMO he had a very subpar game.

    On an another thought, I think it’s high time that Hamrlik should start seriously considering retirement. That would be the honourable thing to do for him, otherwise we don’t have a chance of a snowball in hell to trade him away with his salary.

    Ali B.

  126. light_n_tasty says:

    I don’t know if what out-coached, or the best team in hockey vs. the worst team in the playoffs.  In any event, there are 21,273 that can do something about the “momentum” problem on Monday.

  127. shootdapuck says:

    Why does the NHL change the rules during the playoffs! The rules are the rules with no interpretational change for playoffs or regular season.

    Holstrom has had at least a half dozen goal called back for exactly the same play as Knuble this year alone.

    If Knuble’s butt was in Halaks chest in the blue paint it shouldn’t count, he held Halak’s leg against the post on the left side and he couldn’t move toward the shot.

    The great Ape smoked Halak in the crease with no results!

    Bettman must have been shi*ting his pants when San Jose, Pittsburgh and Washington lost game 1.

    No Sid-Ovie , no Thornton Marleau vs Sedins in the second round the TV ratings would dive!

    If its brown, and warm and smells like a turd, guess what?

    It’s a turd!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  128. blu3chip says:

    well said.

    and yeah… it would be nice to have the playoffs in May (and exams in April)…

  129. showey47 says:

    then the league can counter act those 21,273 fans by assigning chris lee for games 3 and 4.

  130. light_n_tasty says:

    HOLY F, That’s not true is it?!?!?!

  131. showey47 says:

    I guarantee he will be doing at least one of the next 2 or 3 games.

  132. ACF says:

    Is it possible that the League is  against us?

  133. light_n_tasty says:

    Why all the hate for Halak?  If he’s as bad as you think he his, then you shouldn’t be worried.  Price, being awesome, will have no trouble getting the starting position back.  If only they’d give him a chance…

  134. shootdapuck says:

    It’s not easy to stop a shot when you are looking up at the bottom side of the puck from your knees as it enters the net!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  135. gK_HabsFan says:

    LOL!

    But very likely

    -GK-

  136. gK_HabsFan says:

    Obviously its only 2 games, but AK46 is tied for the lead in points (5 Points) with Backstrom and Crosby.

    -GK-

  137. ACF says:

    He has played well and I hope he continues to.   I haven’t read all the prior posts yet but I feeel like they let one get away tonight…hope it will not come back to ……them….

  138. shootdapuck says:

    Hate its not by any stretch!

    He played exactly like he did against the LAFFS last Suturday night and looked as nervous as a cut cat!

    It seems like if he’s not getting bombarded he loses concentration and long shots start dropping in.

    Think back to how many games he won after being pelted with 40 plus shots and then dropped the next game after facing 24?

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  139. light_n_tasty says:

    I’m just thinking of the alternative, and trying to remember the last time Price won a game…can you??

  140. ACF says:

    I agree with your comments.

  141. habs001 says:

    the tying goal was gorges fault he backed up like most of the cap d have been doing all series gave halak no chance…the ot goal was a great shot it was like ak46 goal..snipers from that spot score a lot..if we had the technology to insert any goalie into that play very few if any would have stopped it.. the caps d and d coverage looks poor and we  have scored 8 goals on them with 5 forwards provide goal scoring..i hope   pouliet is not one of those players that goes on a hot strike when traded and reverts back to what he allways was…he needs balance training for a pro he is bad…we cannot win this series unless the 3rd and 4th lines score some goals…the problem is the best offensive player on those lines is sk74 but he is not good enough to create goal scoring chances for himself and his passing skills is meaningless on those lines…the failure of gainey and the scouts come to light..we have not produce a 21,22,23 year old forward with any scoring abilities. how good would it be to have a 20 goal scoring kid on the third line  .ob has limited eye hand coordination,shooting skill and puck sense he is really like komisarek..hammer has way more hockey sense

  142. Nahlsy says:

    Two things in passing:

    1) The reason the phone call after AK46s goal was so long is the head office was giving the ref crap and telling him to make darned sure he ‘fixes’ this mess immediately. The league’s counting on Ovechkin vs Crosby and the ref wasn’t doing enough to guarantee it. Message received.

    2) Price is much larger than Halak so if the Caps are going to be allowed to constantly run the goalie over and drag him out of his crease before they shoot, so that they can have an empty net on which to shoot. Maybe they need to go with the much larger Price so that he’s tougher for them to push out of his crease and thus, there’s still a goalie in there for longer. (right?) That or sign one of the Alouette’s offensive linemen to step in there and push them back if this is how it’s going to be from here on out.

  143. shootdapuck says:

    Think back to the last time he got 5 goals to work with!

    Or a 4-1 lead?

    5 goals is a scoring explosion for the Canadiens of 2009-2010.

     

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  144. SmartieHab says:

    Well, from not only this amazing comment, but your other replies/posts on this blog combined have been well… how do you put it? ‘surprisingly basic’? Maybe I mean, that your post really doesn’t progress the conversation, or engage in something meaningful.

    Consider that a tip.

  145. light_n_tasty says:

    Haha…you were ALMOST right.  His 6-5 OT win over washington was his second last win (Feb 2).  

  146. shootdapuck says:

    Look at goal support this season, its pathetic or more to the point non-existant!

    If Halak is going to continue he is going to have to learn to protect his crease with that extra large lumber or piece of carbon fibre he holds. The good ones all are mean with trespassers!

    Oye Oye Oye he’s a Winnipeg boy!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  147. ACF says:

    I’m sorry SmartieHab/tool… I’m just a basic/logical person…

  148. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I agree  on your Price anology,thinking the same thing and wishing for Price to be HEXTALLAIN,lol

  149. MontrealAtheist says:

    You have to give the Caps some credit … they did not collapse despite being behind 1-4 and fought back to force OT.

  150. MontrealAtheist says:

    Who cares about hat tricks? It’s the final result that matters.

  151. light_n_tasty says:

    You are absolutely right.  But Price isn’t going to play unless Halak really blows it. Or loses the next 2 playing an avg. game.  Smokin’s little man-crush isn’t going to get Price in the nets any quicker.

  152. Rainrocket16 says:

    Agree with 1 and 2, Very much with 1. #2, the only thing I see that sucks is that if we play price they wont need to knock him down to score!

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  153. SmartieHab says:

    Funny. I am pretty sure there was a ‘dis’ infront of that agree before. Glad to see Habs IO is jam packed with either two types of people;

    Hab pessimists

    or Liars

  154. Rainrocket16 says:

    Notice how all the series are tied right now!! BS! Ours was taken from us, lets start a facebook page against Bettman, that slimy prick. Bettman has about 3 goals in this playoffs as I see it, maybe Pheonix will win and he can win a cup too!

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  155. Flobomb12 says:

    What has sk74 done to piss off JM?  Are you serious?  I cant believe how there are still fans out there that like this guy!!  The real question is close to that, but it is what has sk74 done period?  Let me throw this out there and if someone has some stats that i dont have to prove otherwise, then id love to hear them.  This is a kid that whines about being cut at the start of the season, refuses to report to the farm team, demands a trade and then doesnt follow team rules causing the boss to need a sit down with him.  He is then given a second chance and finishes out about the last 50 games in the nhl for which he gives us 7g’s and 11a’s for 18 points in 47 games while going unheard of for long periods of time.  He is now playing on the third line yet doesnt seem to fit the mold of gritty /passionate player like one may be able to argue for his linemates moen and moore.  Regardless however of what one thinks of those two, SK is supposed to be an offensive player and for that i want to throw out his stats from the last 3 seasons and hope someone will help me see where the production that would allow me to overlook his behaviour problems is.

    52games-  9 goals and 27points

    56games- 8 goals 23points

    47games- 7goals 18points

    Declining production each year, more off ice issues each year.  Now i am not a big JM fan by any stretch but can any of you honestly say that there is any coach in the league that would be jumping at the bit to play this guy more?  I just wish metro wasen’t hurt cause he would bring alot more to this series then having sk in the lineup at all.  Oh and just as a last note.  Even though his chubby brother(who can be a talented hockey player at times yes) has 5 points, he will always be the player who isn’t ryan getzlaf, corey perry, mike richards, jeff carter or zach parise!!  I think anyone can agree that this exact team right now with anyone of those guys inserted instead of AK, is a lot better team.  I know you can never be sure when drafting, but those are a ton of misses by the habs in one year, and all of the above mentioned players were known stars coming into that draft and until we as fans stop settling for mediocre, thats really all we’ll get.  Nothing wrong with wanting better from the guys putting together your team!!

  156. The Cat says:

    I agree. The goalie crashing was ridiculous. Its not like I didnt expect it, Im old enough and seen enough NHL to know the refs werent going to give the habs any favours.

  157. N.B.habs fan says:

    In the last 5 games Halak has had 21 goals scored on him with 1 win and 4 loses.He had a 4-1 lead in second period and lost .Time to let Price play against the Caps.

  158. SmartDog says:

    I agree.

    I love Halak, but he tailed off big time at the end of the season.
    Maybe needs to watch a game or two to get his wind back.

    Before the series started I said Price and Halak should each play 1 game.  Let the better goalie go forward. This is too important to just ‘hand the reigns over’.  Both of these goalies have shown they can play under pressure.

     

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  159. SmartieHab says:

    PEOPLE! HALAK WILL BE STARTING GAME 3. JEEEZ HE PLAYED WELL ENOUGH THE FIRST TWO GAMES TO EARN THAT, AND JM WOULD BE STUPID NOT TO START HIM. LET HIM REBOUND!!

    I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW 2-0 WOULD’VE BEEN SWEET, BUT NONE OF US WOULD HAVE SAID NO TO BEING 1-1 GOING HOME, OR 1-0 GOING INTO A 2ND OVERTIME FOR GAME 2. WE LOST.

    Enough with the capital letters….

     

    Seriously though, look at the goals, the guys on the TSN panel had said the Caps 2nd goal should not have counted, which really put the momentum back into the Capitals game. Look at our goals, all very hard working, clean goals, cept the third AK46 -was lucky. If the refs would’ve called a fair game, or at least not so obviously in favor of the Caps, we’re up 2-0.

    The coaches have to raise a shit storm, what fcking joke how they DONT CALL the highstick on marky with 90secs left. Jeez. I thought the whole team was weak on the 5th goal, freeze the puck, call an OT and get our great PK out there. I don’t think many of us thought we’d score in OT, or even come back after they tied it 4-4.

     

    In summary, its 1-1, most of are happy, as we should be. Yes it can be 2-0, but hell it could also be 2-0 for the Caps, if they won the first OT – or blew us over in that first period – Halak saved that game for us. Hopefully the Habs know we can play with them, but overall the coaches must raise a shitstorm regarding the obvious lack of officiating.

  160. Habsrule1 says:

    I suggest you get used to it. I think more people like it than not.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  161. HabsFeed.com says:

    With the line “to hell with what more people like” you’re apparently mistaking the NHL for something other than an entertainment business. Of course the league and networks will pander to what the fans want – we do pay their bills, after all!

  162. The Cat says:

    Here it is, the paranoids guide to the playoffs. take it with a laugh.

    Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa: no need to expand fan base, negative effect on US tv. Result: will never get a powerplay at a crucial time. Will not be able to get away with stuff as much as the opponent.

    LA, Nashville, NJ, Phoenix: Need to expand fan base. Result: will get away with stuff more than most and get PP at crucial times except against teams good for US tv.

    Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago: Good for US TV. Result: will likely get only the most obvious call against them. Will get boost if needed.

    Buffalo, Boston, Detroit, San Jose, Colorado. Result: Mostly Adequate in most areas, local coverage better than most US teams, no need to tinker.

  163. salshabs says:

    Well put…my feelings exactly. NHL refs are above all else, good company men, they know what’s good for the NHL…

  164. novahab says:

    Where is the Montreal Gazette to ask question are you allowed to ask the refs about the game last night . How about calling Campbell and ask him about the noncalls. Where is mangerment to stick up for the players hells guys if you don’t care why should the players call. Colorada ownership certainly cares. Where is the Gazette to ask the Molson these questions. Do you care that your goalie was interfered with last night ? Do you care that there were three blainted penalties not called on Washington and do you care about your fans or only that they pay top dollars to watch and you don’t care that their team was cheated lst night? GD will someone in the press or management in Montreal stand up and support this team. Halak knows what happen last night and I am not blaming him or the players the team was railroaded. Where is our voice up here in Canada so that crook Bettman and his hoods are called out.

  165. homerbowen says:

    In a nutshell, bigger player won over smaler players. Being up 4 to 1 and then being outscored 5 to 1 in the final portion of the game means you were worn down. Our smaller players are just being punished by the Caps bigger players. Tiny tot Gomez getting into a fight in the 3rd period….WHY? Because he was frustrated from all the pounding he and his fellow tots received up to that point. What a waste him being gone for 5 mins with Tom Poti….selfish act Gomez! Thank goodness Theodore was in the nets at the start otherwise we could have been blown out early as Caps reeled for awhile even after he left.

    Our players cannot continue to be pounded (outhit 10 to 1 at one point) without it seriously affecting their play. The 3 or 4 of our smaller players all have a lot of heart but it just won’t cut it in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The team played thier hearts out last night and gave it their best effort but came up short. Halak did not have his best gme last night and you just can’t afford to take a night off.

    I hope management sees the need to get bigger otherwise there will be many years of “just getting in”.

  166. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Jaro did not play well tonight. I won’t say he cost us the game but … he was very ordinary. We won’t win with ordinary. Go Habs!

  167. ed lopaz says:

    absolutely terrible – but we’re still even in the series.

     HALAK WAS TERRIBLE – HORRIBLE

    I still say that Gill should be paired with Markov as the #1 pairing of defence; those are the 2 guys I want on the ice in critical situations.

     

     

  168. KenD29 says:

    p 4-1 after 2 periods, they should have stopped them right then and there. Camalleri taking a bad slashing penalty late in the 2nd (20 seconds on the clock and deep in the Caps zone), no reason for that!

    And guess what, led to the early goal in the 3rd periond which started it for the Caps.

    Halak, for heaven sake, get off your knees before the shot!! Carlson to tie it with 1:31 in the 3rd, then 31 seconds in OT, same type of shot by Backstrom, down on your knees again beaten same place, glove side!

    Aargh!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  169. LTHF says:

    Well everyone has their opinion why the habs lost, in my view, the turning point was when lapierre gave away the puck late in the 2nd period which resulted in the caps 2nd goal and that along with 3 soft goals allowed by halak  . Scoring 5 goals should be enough to win any playoff game.   Better luck next time.

  170. nfldanchor says:

    I’ m very pleased with the Habs play the last two games.They are playing the highest scoring team in the NHL and are competing hard every shift. I didn’t like the way that the Caps were in the crease and bumping Halak the whole night in game 2. The ovechkin goal should have been whistled down and another was scored through gaolie intereference. The Caps escaped a number of interefrence and tripping calls the whole night. If the Habs get a fair ref next game they will be a force to reckon with. Go HABS go!

  171. novahab says:

    The Globe and Mail finally a newspaper that will at least try to write a real Story. I say shame on you at the Gazette for not wanting to write some true facts.

    Prior to the melee that saw Gomez and Poti square off, Ovechkin punched Gionta in the face in retaliation for some glancing contact after the latter celebrated what he thought was a goal – it was waved off as the net had been dislodged.

    There was no call on the play, just as the officials waved away Montreal appeals when Poti ran over Halak in the second, Mike Knuble shoved defenceman Jaroslav Spacek into Halak just before Backstrom’s second goal (Knuble was himself nudged into Halak by Hal Gill on Backstrom’s first).

    Perhaps most egregiously, there was no call when Washington goaltender Semyon Varlamov nonchalantly knocked his own net off its pegs during a third-period Montreal power-play.

    And at the other end, Pouliot could have been penalized for bumping Varlamov on a couple of occasions.

    Afterward Montreal’s players and coaches were loath to comment on the officiating, although Habs’ coach Jacques Martin said he hoped the officials would review their guidelines on rough-housing the goalies before the next game.

    Halak’s agent was somewhat less politic on his Twitter account.

    “I’m surprised at the horrible officiating in Mtl v. Wash. Regardless of outcome, officials were awful for both sides, embarrassing for NHL,” Allan Walsh wrote (Walsh also tweeted that Halak “made some great saves but I’m sure would like some back).

  172. Chris B. says:

    I think Gomez getting into that fight was the turning point. Never start a fight with a lead in a away game. Its the cardinal rule and nothing good can come of it. It woke up the fans and they scored shortly after. No need for it and losing Gomez hurt our team. Ive been singing his praises lately, but this was a selfish poorly timed mistake.

  173. Habfan29 says:

    The NHL needs to get a call from Gauthier or Boivin, they need to get their message across and quickly. The goalie intereference without any penalty was horrible. Knuble that goal should have been disallowed, even beffroe Gill hit him he was in the blue paint. Poti pulling Halak out of the net that was blatant interference and if they would have scored the refs would not have called it back. Ovechkin, when the goalie has the puck covered since whne can you continue to hack and push the goalie into the net? Where was the whistle? In the ref’s pockey just where they were told to keep it by Buttman. All this being said, Halak was very ordinary, they have solved him shoot high and fast. Three of the goals including the OT goal he was to far in his net, he does not cahllange the shooters enough and he is too small to make room for himself. I believe that we need to see Price in game 3 and he needs to use his size to move the  likes of knuble and company out of the net. A few well place slaps on the ankle or between the legs and they will think twice before stepping in the crease.

  174. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Interesting how there is a double standard in this league. I guess Bettman will have a US team win at any costs. The officiating at all the games is BRUTAL. Ovechkin gets a way with anything he wants, along with his buddies, poor Halak can’t even keep his own crease. Not Halaks best game by any stretch but there should already be 4 suspensions.

  175. HNS says:

    You gotta start smoking weed.

  176. salshabs says:

    First off, Ovie/Wolfboy, gets to run around and hit guys as hard as he wants, even if they don’t have the puck, he gets to punch guys in the head, Gionta, no call. He’s back to his reckless self, and, the NHL better hope he doesn’t do anything stupid, see Brian Campbell, before too long, or they may actually be forced to contend with it.

    Halak, how does that weak, pathetic shot from Carlsonn beat you from that location, unfreakin’ believable. Lately, he seems susceptible to the killer bad goal syndrome, that saps team momentum. Put Price in net, what have they got to lose?

    The seond goal was a result of goalie interference, plain and simple,  Panger, Mackenzie, and MacTavish  all agreed, except Duffy…as pathetic, company men, NHL refs will guarantee that Washington prevails.  Habs will have to try to win this despite them.  The NHL is pining to have Wolfboy in the Finals. Washington was boarderline running Halak all night.  Their third goal was assisted by Knubble when he bumped Halak out of position as he passed the net, no call… if Habs try to respond in kind, they will get called on it.  JM had better make alot of noise about the situation in the Media.

    Pulliot, and Cammy have to stop taking bone head penalties.  BTW, according to MacGuire, Markov took a stick in the face just before Cammalerri’s delayed penalty for hacking Wolfboy’s stick out of his hands, again, no call… if that was the other way around?!

    The Habs still have nothing to lose, play that way…the pressure is STILL on the Caps

    Washington’s defense is horrible. The Habs speed and skill is causing all kinds of problems.  The Caps are a run and gun team, defensively they are weak.  They back right up and screen their goalie over and over again. Heartbreak is the name of the game…so close to taking the first two games, ARGGGGG!!!

  177. habsfan_61 says:

    that was disgusting. blowing a 3 goal lead with 22 minutes left in the game in the playoffs is just awful. i could have taken the loss if it wasnt from a comeback like this. however we may have seen the turning point of the series. some questions i ask are: why is mab paired up with markov even strength and is halak getting fatigued from playing as many games as he has this season(more games than any previous seasons)? love the way cammy,gomez and gio are playing.gill has also picked his game as well. still its 1-1, got the split on the road we wanted and plent of time to rectify last nites disaster at home the 2 games.we are playing pretty well so far lets keep it up and let the chips fall where they may.

  178. salshabs says:

    Sorry homerbowen, I had to do something so I don’t even know if you will see this reply, but, I’ve got some time…so here goes…again, I do not  see direct evidence that the big Caps are wearing down the smaller Habs, maybe the smaller guys are geting more face time with the trainers after the game, who knows?…NHL players, esp. the smaller ones, are masters of avoiding the heavy hits, by turning slightly, reversing, utilizing their speed, ect. Yes, there are occasions when the total toll of hits can become an issue, but, the Habs are definitely finishing their checks too. 

    Over the course of a long series I would agree that the more physcical teams can garner an advantage, but, when it comes to smaller players in the NHL, I have never felt that talented NHL smaller players, are more easily intimidated, simply because the evidence suggests that they still produce…Gionta, Cammy, Gomez, Pleks, Georges  etc., all get the job done despite their so-called size disadvantage. Habs team speed is hard to contend with, and, while the Caps defense is pretty large and mobile for sure, theyv’e really had their hands full trying to combat the MANY odd man rushes that offensive minded teams like Washington give up. Trying to contain fast/quick players, whether they are large or small, in open ice is much different than trying to it it along the boards, where the bigger/faster player may have an advantage.  Bottom line is, the Caps defense, is a definite liablity that is being exploited by the smaller quicker habs.  Gionta, Gomez, Cammy, Pleks, even Moore and Piat, are causing fits defensively for the Caps because the caps are built for offense.

    The rule changes after the lockout that sped up the game contributed to the increased ratio of smaller players in the NHL. When you look objectively at teams in the NHL, it could be argued that many teams have smaller players, it’s just that the Habs happen, at this time, to have more prominent ones than most…Look at the Sabres, some of Buffalo’s most talented players are small, Pommenville/Roy for example, do they play small? For that matter, the Leafs are a smaller than average team up front. The point is, teams have players of all shapes and sizes, but, the era of the giant, less talented guy playing over the small, more talented guys is over, and that’s a good thing. These players bring an excitement to the game that bigger players don’t, because generally they are way more skilled. They have to be, to make to the NHL level.  Lets face it, the Habs had the Caps on the ropes, and a goal that Halak should have stopped in the waining minutes, and and again in overtime, are all that separates the Habs from being two games up. I say put Price in net, the Caps seem to have figured Halak out.

  179. KenD29 says:

    You make some very valid points. However do not blame the refs for last night’s disaster!
    As you said, Cammi takes a bonhead penalty with 20 seconds left in the 2nd period, deep in Caps end. They were up 4-1 at that point. Why take a slash especially deep in the Caps end?!
    result, caps come out in the 3rd, score! And let the flood gates begin!
    And Hamrlik shoving Ovi into Halak which resulted in another goal. For crying out loud, use your body and get him out of the crease. Crosscheck because you are lazy!
    ANd Halak… down on his knees not once, but twice which allowed the tying goal with 1:31 left to go, then again same shot, same place with 31 seconds into the OT !!

    Habs beat themselves last night!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  180. Fansince92 says:

    As much as Price is my pick for #1 and he deserves his shot Martin made a
    bad call starting Halak in both Washington games. If we put price in
    tomorrow and he lets in one goal the fans at the Bell Centre will be
    booing him off the ice and wanting Halak. Price is good starting
    material and I would hate to see what happened to Roy happen to him, I
    fear that if we play him and he loses that is exactly what will happen.

  181. Shublips says:

    I know a lot of people are talking about Halak, this morning, but the reality is the the whole team let the Caps back into the game.

    Here’s the Habs Addict.com game breakdown:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/montreal-washington-nicklas-backstroms.html

     

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  182. salshabs says:

    Sorry, just don’t agree with the assessment that Habs smaller players are intimidated by the Caps bigger players.  I see no direct evidence of any Habs backing off and not paying the price.  I don’t know where you got the out hit 10 to 1 stat, that’s way off…As far as the Gomez fight goes, I agree, but, he was trying to motivate the team, it backfired for sure…Big players advantage is that when they do hit smaller guys, there’s a greater possiblity of injuring them, but, they are also slower and can be beaten by smaller determined tough smaller guys, of which the Habs have plenty…Habs speed and skill is more than the big slow weak Caps defense can handle…I can see why Green was left off Team Canada at the Olympics..

  183. DONJUAN says:

    What a heartbreaker last night,  Halak was weak and zero production on the powerplay but the habs somehow generated  offence.  All is not lost Montreal can compete against the caps and It starts at home GO HABS GO!!!

    In HABS we trust.

  184. salshabs says:

    Gotta play Price, i think he could be the difference…caps goaltending is fragile…if the habs can build another lead on varlomov, get some ealy chances on that porous defense, maybe they have go back to Jose, then they’re in real trouble..Habs MUST play with the nothing to lose attitude, keep the pressure on the Caps, they’re the ones that HAVE to win, anything the Habs do is going to be a bonus, and, put mose pressure on them… 

  185. jrshabs1 says:

    I’ll take the split coming home anyday. Who cares if the boys lost lastnight they’ve taken 3 of 4 points from the best team in the league. You couldn’t expect anymore from a team that finished 33 points lower than their opponent. The Caps had to resort to junior B hockey by crashing the net, but so what this series aint no joke for them as they thought  it would be. We are seeing an effort out of the Canadiens that we haven’t seen all year…keep it rolling boys!!!

     

    Habs in 6.

  186. jrshabs1 says:

    Some of you lads need to take it easy!!! It’s a 7 game series and what did you think was going to happen…Habs in 4….C’mon boys have some faith….

  187. homerbowen says:

    First of all I never used the word intimidated I said “pounded” as in continually getting hit by much larger players. It is going to affect their play because after awhile they start concentrating on the next hit. This in addition to the pain and possibility of getting re-injured as we al know most of these smaller guys have all been injured this year.

    Secondly, where do you see slower in the Caps as all their larger players, actually all of them ar larger, can skatewith any of the Habs.

    You will see that the Caps size, speed and skill level is overall greater than ours and, regretably, they will win this series.

    Unless management sees the futility of trying to compete with a small team we will continue to be the playoff punching bag. Just be thankfull we are not playing the Bruins or Flyers.

  188. Bugs says:

    Like I said yesterday: no matter WHAT happens 2nd game, we have the advantage.

    1-1, comin back home?

    It’s all good, baby.

    Put last night behind us. Find zen. And resume butt-kickin with 21273 cheerin the right way.

    Then we’ll see what’s what with the Cappers.

    I remain confident that we’re gonna corpse’em up, box’em up and send’em home to momma.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  189. MontrealAtheist says:

    I think intuitively most of us knew that we would lose that one even before the game started.

    It’s just the way this loss took place that makes it rather difficult to digest, coming as close as 90 seconds or 1 OT goal to a 2-0 series lead vs. the Caps.

    This being said, the Habs do have home ice advantage now, but that advantage is only good if they don’t relinquish it during the next two home games. Let’s give them hell in the Bell Centre and try to win the next two games. It goes without saying that this requires a full 60-minute effort on both occasions, we all saw yesterday what happens when you shift down a gear in the 3rd period.

  190. novahab says:

    The Habs have to remember that Washington didn’t win that game because they were a better team it was given to them by the Refs.  Between noncalls againt the Caps and the fact they were allowed to run our goalie all night . That gave a very good team a big advantage. The refs are there to call the game fairly not to help decide who wins and who loses. If the Molsons don’t get on the league about this Halak will not get a chance to save anything and the Habs will go down in the next three games. The Caps are riding high because they know they have the winning formula now run the goalie and the refs won’t call it. I havn’t heard a word from ownership, the GM or the coach so if you don’t speak up the Caps are going to keep doing it. Hell the panel last night even brought up the interfernce and we all know what big leaf fans and Montreal haters they are. Bob Mackenzie was the only one that really spoke up and said it was more than little bump it was interference.

  191. shootdapuck says:

    Halak was soft on at least two tonite!

    A two kilo ostrich egg was laid by Halak tonite.

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  192. bleu_blanc_et_rouge says:

    i’d like to c u stop a puck with spacek thrown into u…sum1 once told me its better to shut ur mouth n let ppl think ur a fool rather then open it and let them knw ur a fool

  193. Habsrule1 says:

    I say Halak starts but he’s on a short leash. If he has a similar game, Price starts game 4.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  194. KenD29 says:

    We can only hope! Boudreau did it with Theo why not Martin with Halak!

    Look what happened… Caps win the game they really should have lost! 

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  195. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Sucks we lost, but man!! They are making it fun to be a habs fan right now. Well done boys!

  196. Habsone says:

    I agree with you!   But we did well.  They only had 33 shots.  We did great!  Well said!

  197. habssince1909 says:

    Absolutely right – NO ONE even gave us this much of a chance this time last week……please everyone enjoy what we have done so far in this series.  I am proud of the effort everyone has made.  I really believe that we CAN take this back at home on Monday.  Unfortunately I think that the sleeping giant has woken up.  BUT we still can control our destiny,  Number 8 seed versus the winner of the President’s Cup – what did everyone expect, that the Caps would just roll-over??  You gotta BELEIVE…  anything is possible.    GO HABS GO…..I BELEIVE.

  198. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Stop it.

  199. Willy the bum says:

    Halak’s fine in nets the whole time; if Caps gets a big lead, then he’ll pull.

  200. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    I was cringing to come on here expecting tons of ridiculous negative BS, but am glad to see that the majority of people are seeing things the same way I am….lots and lots of positives to draw from these two games!  Their defence and goaltending are suspect and can be exploited.  Especially in the amped up atmosphere in Montreal.  Remember the first period of game 1 when the Caps came out flying on the energy of the crowd, our defence and Jaro managed to hold the fort.  I don’t think their D and goaltending will be able to!

    Whether we blew a lead, fought back to get it to OT, doesn’t matter.  A spilt in Washington was the first step to winning the series. Now, let’s move on to the next stage a Montreal!!!!  No looking back…

    GO HABS GO!!!

    PS- I’ve been telling all my friends out here in B.C. to watch game 3 so they can see what a truly loud and riotous rink sounds like….if any of you lucky buggers have tickets to the game, make sure we can hear you in B.C.!!!!

  201. fun police says:

    too bad halak couldn’t make a save in the third and was deep in his net for the winner.  he hasn’t been that good in 3 of his last four games.  he was awesome in game one, but was terrible tonight.  he has to play better. 

    that call on gill was brutal, he was simply finishing his check.  darche’s turnover was costly as well.  that being said, halak essentially cost us that game.  boudreau made the right call by pulling theo, i think halak should have been pulled when they made it 4-3.  he looked like a deer in a headlight going into the third.

  202. SeriousFan09 says:

    Canucks are 2-0 on the Kings right now! Kick the Sunbelt out of the playoffs!

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  203. Willy the bum says:

    I think most of the negative posts are on Boone’s blog… gotta stay away from there!  :)

  204. The Big O says:

    The savior did great tonight… blew a 4-1 lead with 22 minutes left..had this been Price in nets with this lead…you Halak apologists would have had him skinned alive…but I guess tonight was just a team effort the loss…Love the objectivity…

  205. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Even though we lost a tough a game, we should all be very proud of the way this team has played the first 2 games. Washington won the President’s trophy and were 32 points better than us. I think we can hang with them and make history. A lot of positives to take from this game.

    Never ever sit on a lead no matter how big especially against the Caps.

  206. dre1744 says:

    I just hope this game isn’t a back breaker for the habs….. To be up 4 – 1  and then lose   even thou the Ot goal by Backstrum was a bullet. Halak played ok tonight,  Should of had Ovies goal  and the 5th goal. 

     

    I’d play Halak next game  for sure can’t pull him because he played ok. 

  207. andrewberkshire says:

    This from the same guy who said success or blow it up?

  208. Willy the bum says:

    It’s official:

    Theodore’s weakness: slapshots

    Varlamov’s weakness: ?

  209. omi19 says:

    ANYONE THAT SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT HALAK PLAYING BAD KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT HOCKEY AND SHOULD LEAVE. Hes the only reason why we even made it to ot…ya maybe that last goal he shoulda had but hes been our bak bone! and if we hv any chance of wining this we need him in there and we need all u retarded bandwagon fans to just move to Toronto.  

  210. habsguy says:

    How can the NHL let the ref-ing sway the out come of a game????.  It was soooo friggin blatant!!!!

  211. dre1744 says:

    thats the think JM will wait till halak lets in 4 or 5 golas to pull him. While Bruce the caps coach yanks Jose after 2 goals, and all it does is spark the caps. You will see JM will get outcoached again!!!!!

  212. spos080808 says:

    Are you really trying to say Halak did not have a bad game? Wow.

  213. habsguy says:

    Damn…..all the jerks are here tonight!!!

  214. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Series tied. We accomplished what we wanted. We got lucky the first game; they got lucky tonight. I don’t blame Halak, I blame the defense that seemed to retreat a lot towards the end of the game, allowing the screened shot.

  215. Willy the bum says:

    So impossible… Chris Lee was in Pens-Sens last night.  How can that be?  :P

  216. ThirtyThree says:

    That sucked big time. To blow such a lead. ARG!

    But some perspective. It’s 1 game to 1 and they’re coming to Montreal. Even though they lost, there were lots of good signs. Like, we can score! And Gomez. Loved his fire.

    Halak has to start the next game, he’s earned it. But if he has another mezzo mezzo performance and the HABS loose, then Price should get a shot.

    GO HABS GO!

  217. kkurji says:

    Is there such thing as a crease, or goalie interference. That was absolutely ridiculous!

    Whatever, Im still happy i guess coming back home 1-1, looks better than coming back down 2-0. The positive is that our boys know they can play with and beat the caps. They just have to keep skating and not sit back. Hopefully JM makes some adjustments for game 3, and uses last change to his advantage. He did get outcoached tonight!

    One thing on Halak, yes he let in a few softies tonight, but I think you have to start him in Game 3. Although, I might tell Price to be ready, just like boudreau did with Theo. Damn i was looking forward to the ‘THEO, THEO’ chants on monday.

  218. kkurji says:

    Is there such thing as a crease, or goalie interference. That was absolutely ridiculous!

    Whatever, Im still happy i guess coming back home 1-1, looks better than coming back down 2-0. The positive is that our boys know they can play with and beat the caps. They just have to keep skating and not sit back. Hopefully JM makes some adjustments for game 3, and uses last change to his advantage. He did get outcoached tonight!

    One thing on Halak, yes he let in a few softies tonight, but I think you have to start him in Game 3. Although, I might tell Price to be ready, just like boudreau did with Theo. Damn i was looking forward to the ‘THEO, THEO’ chants on monday.

  219. habsguy says:

    you’ve been here 3 days and you’re calling the people here retarded,  you should leave,  actually you should be banned from the room,  we don’t need people like you here!!!!!

  220. omi19 says:

    By defense you mean only Hamrlik. last 2 goals were his fault…hes too washed up and should never be on for OT.

  221. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    hindsight is 20/20, and I certainly didn’t think of this at the time, but I wonder if it would have been a good idea of JM had called a timeout after the 4-1 goal.  Unorthodox after your team scores I know, but you had to know the Caps were going to pour it on after that, and I think the Habs were a bit too pumped up….no one expected to be in that position.  Calm the boys down, play out the period and get to the intermission at 4-1.

    As I said, it’s easy to say after the fact, so not a criticism of JM, but just a thought.

    At any rate…no time for debate about goaltending.  This is the playoffs.

    Let’s leave the goaltending controversy with the Capitals, where it belongs, shall we?

  222. DOAHABS says:

    Hey, A split is usually what you are happy to have coming out of another teams barn. The Habs split with the league leading team…not that bad really. I generally hate losing anytime, & I hate Excuses,but REALITY has to set in on this years version of the Canadiens at some point.

    Perhaps for good measure though, We should Fire JM, Trade Price (cause he didn’t do anything tonight to help)

     Try to get rid of the overpaid Gomez

    Fire or have Bob Gainey (Oh yea we did that)

    Have to Fire Carbo too (Oh yea we did that too)

    Trade everyone ,that gets a Habs paycheque……Yup That’s It !!!

    I do not like this years (and the past almost 30 years ) version of the HAbs ,but Hey 2 OT games against arguably the best in the league right now…………not to shabby.

  223. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We heard you the first time.

  224. slapshot777 says:

    JM will show more confidence in Halak than Boudreau showed in Theo. Before the series started he said that Theo will have a long leash. I guess he used a Canadian ruler instead of an American one to measure the leash.

    We will be alright. I have no doubt that Halak will bounce back. The Habs will win game # 3

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  225. slapshot777 says:

    JM will show more confidence in Halak than Boudreau showed in Theo. Before the series started he said that Theo will have a long leash. I guess he used a Canadian ruler instead of an American one to measure the leash.

    We will be alright. I have no doubt that Halak will bounce back. The Habs will win game # 3

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  226. andrewberkshire says:

    5 goals against Halak on 15 shots over 22 minutes. That’s horrifyingly bad.

  227. Willy the bum says:

    You can chant THEO THEO… when he’s on the bench.  :P

  228. Habsfan_jay says:

    The turning point of the game was the Gomez fight. That PP with him in the box totally changed the momentum.

    I still think the Habs can win this series. They just need to tighten up for game 3, limit the Caps’ room to skate, just like in game one. This game was really fun to watch, but to win the series the Habs can’t trade chances with the Caps, no team in the league can. They got into a run and gun game and that won’t do.

    Best news of the night is that we now see Varlamov is just as beatable as Theo. Hopefully Halak can rebound for game 3. If not, well lets cross that bridge if we come to it.

    I bet not too many of us thought that after 2 games the series would be tied, with the Habs having scored as many as the Caps.

    I say Habs in 6.

  229. habsgod says:

    it’s carey’s turn monday price needs to start!

  230. Willy the bum says:

    It’s the Caps, what can you expect from them?

    Plus, he’s not a Theodore.

  231. dre1744 says:

    you can see the habs don’t move the puck as well without gomez on the PP.  as we saw when he was in the box foir fighting.

  232. dre1744 says:

    Price will be sitting on the bench come monday!!!!!

  233. Willy the bum says:

    HA HA, don’t push your buttons!

  234. Caballero says:

    I agree but with a monster like the Caps you have to kick them when they are down. You have an opening you go in for the kill. Now they have momentum, and it seems they have the refs in their back pocket.

  235. DOAHABS says:

    Yes that’s a great idea ,& after a real shellacking at home at the hands of Price ,the Habs can come crawling back ‘hat in hand’ to see if Halak can save the day…………….Wisen up, Halak’s in it for now ,Carey would make everyone ,except the Capitals nervous……

  236. dre1744 says:

    And way to ruin Andrei’s big night!!!!!!!

  237. adamkennelly says:

    game over…unfortunately..like gambling in vegas – longer you go – you’re gonna lose….too many bad decisions coaching wise and poor execusion by the AHLers on the ice…give the superior team that many chances and you will lose….and how bout Halak stopping a wrist shot – too much to ask?

  238. Habsone says:

    Shut up! 

  239. Habsone says:

    I agree.  Hammy should sit next game and O’Byrne should play!

  240. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Heard you the first time.

  241. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Yo …..Calling all Hab fans…..What’s up???…..The Habs are playing the best hockey team in THE WORLD right now, who by good fortune have scored 100+ MORE REG SEASON GOALS THAN  OUR HABBIES AND WHO HAPPEN TOO BE ONE OF THE BIGGER SIZED TEAMS AS WELL….What do you expect from our under sized  just thrown together bunch of rejects from the rest of the league,I myself think thing are going fantastic cause by all rights  WE SHOULDN’T EVEN BE IN THE F**KING PLAYOFF’S,SO DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND JUST ENJOY THE RIDE,EH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  242. Bob Barker says:

    Sure there are plenty of positives. The Habs can actually score goals, its nice to see. It’s hard not to be disappointed blowing a 3 goal lead, taking the lead again, blowing that and then letting in the first shot in OT. That was not a good showing for Halak in the third period and OT. 

  243. andrewberkshire says:

    I expect a lot better than that. They were the same Caps last game.

  244. deuce6 says:

    OK, now that the steam has cooled off, I am actually happy that they got a split in Washington..Who would have thought we would have had a chance to be up 2-0 on “The best team in the NHL”..I say that with a tongue in cheek..Washington will not go deep if they play like this against a PITT.. —————— We need the guys to settle down and brush this one off and take what postives we had in this one..We scored 5 goals..When was the last time that happened? lol ——————— We caused turnovers and drew some penalties, but not nearly enough..A lot went uncalled because of the “Bettman Influence”.. —————– Goaltending has to better..Halak is a good goalie, but like I said earlier, he can’t be letting in 6 goals in a playoff game..Unacceptable.. ———————- Overall, I am happy with their effort..We really can’t afford to have Gomez off the ice for extended periods of time..It all went down hill after that fight with Poti..We need him on the ice..Say what you will about his contract, but he is very good in both ends of the rink..Our PP is A LOT more effective with his wheels and puck moving ability… ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  245. MontrealAtheist says:

    We scored 5 goals”

    True, but let’s not forget that two of them were gifts from Theo to his former team. It’s too bad that he likely won’t be playing again on Monday

  246. brandonhab19 says:

    this game made me feel like i witnessed something really wrong happen. I don’t usually say this i’m not the type to make excuses. BUT those calls really piled up against the Habs at the end of the game and Knuble def interfered with Halak, and that poke by OV why no whistle? I I just dont know. Great game, but somethings even thought mostly all coeincednce just dont sit well with me.

  247. BKAK72 says:

    Not cool: HALAK vs PRICE

    I hope the team takes the split in Washington as a very good result to start the series. HALAK (or PRICE) are far better goalies than what the CAPS play. My prediction was and remains HABS in 7.– I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  248. MontrealAtheist says:

    Before this series started everyone would have been happy with splitting in Washington.”

    Maybe so, but if you’re up 4-1 after 38 minutes nobody can be expected to be happy about losing that one in OT.


  249. BJ says:

    Not great to lose one in OT especially after leading most of the night. There are positives. We are scoring. Three of the next four games are in our building with the 7th player advantage If the Caps keep running our goalie I’m sure the crowd will eventually remind the refs and pressure them into calls. Before this series started everyone would have been happy with splitting in Washington. We have actually dominated one of the best teams in the league. We are healthy and its showing. Gomez takes on Poti, takes him down and does well despite giving up what looked like about a foot. Our team looks great and Washington will be hard pressed as they now know they are in a series where they could be beaten.

  250. HABSsince92 says:

     

    This sucks. It really does. Of course going into the series most everybody expects the Habs to lose but that’s why they play the game….anything can happen. Just imagine if we were up 2-0 right now?

    So they win game 1, shock the NHL and then to have game 2 locked up and be up 2-0 in the series heading home would be HUGE! Maybe even enough to propel the Habs to win the series. But how can the players, coaches feel good about themselves right now, mentally they can not be in a good place right now. The good feeling from game 1 is gone. You will find out everything you would want to know about these current Habs on Monday night and the rest of the series. If the Canadiens can win on Monday then we have a series again but if the Caps win Monday I think you can pretty much end the series in favor of the them.

     

     

    Have been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  251. habaholic68NJ says:

    Agree with you.  If we lose on Monday, we are done.  Unless we go with Price in game 4 and he steals one.

  252. HabsFansince49 says:

    I watched the same game you did, but I saw it differently. That’s all…no big deal!

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  253. HabsFansince49 says:

    I think it is up to our D’s to bloody clear out in front of the net. Someone should have knocked those guys off their skates

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  254. Aaron13 says:

    I agree and generally the officiating was terrible. They put their whistles away and allowed the Caps to get away with obvious violations. However, Halak did let in two soft goals. He has had better nights.

  255. slapshot777 says:

    Why evn bother to play the games if they have their mind made up that who is going to win thge game.

     

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  256. deuce6 says:

    What a farce of a game this is..The refs are just all too afraid to put the Caps down in a close one in their own rink..I can’t believe that this is happening…

    Markov gets a blatant highstick right in front of the ref, nothing..Play should have been called dead and WASH issued a penalty, but nope…Play ensues and WASH acores..Screw you refs..What a bullcrap of a game..WASH was given 4 of the 5 goals by crappy reffing..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  257. deuce6 says:

    What a farce of a game this is..The refs are just all too afraid to put the Caps down in a close one in their own rink..I can’t believe that this is happening…

    Markov gets a blatant highstick right in front of the ref, nothing..Play should have been called dead and WASH issued a penalty, but nope…Play ensues and WASH scores..Screw you refs..What a bullcrap of a game..WASH was given 4 of the 5 goals by crappy reffing..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  258. habsguy says:

    that was the most one sided ref-ing I have ever seen !!!!!!

  259. Ton says:

    that was BS the worst I saw in a long time.

  260. santeri says:

    Seemed pretty even to me with plenty of missed calls and miscalls for both teams, but then again, I don’t have any fan interest in either of the teams… (well, maybe a little in Habs for historic reasons).

  261. bostonantifan says:

    Incredibly stupid penalty by Pouliot late in the 3rd. Even with Halak not bringing his “A” game, if not for that penalty and the ensuing goal, the Habs had an incredible chance of stealing game 2. Also the incredibly terrible cross-ice passing in the defensive zone kept giving the Caps additional chances. The offense finally clicked, and the defense flushed the game down the toilet. Hamrlik looks like he’s skating with eggs in his pockets, afraid to hit anyone. Agreed, they are in better shape than I expected them to be after 2 games, but this game was theirs to be had, and they blew it. I wouldn’t mind if they had been beaten, but they essentially gave it away.

  262. spos080808 says:

    Pouliot’s penalty while dumb, had no effect on the outcome at all.

  263. Ton says:

    Woh hurts to blow the leads, 2-0, 4-1, 5-4.  Some observations of mine tonight, JM got out coached tonight. I would change gears for game 3. Go with Price he’s won against them all year. Halak may be tiring!  On last note guys like Darche, Moen, Pouliot, SK, have to start making a contribution. (not in the penalty box) Hope to get them in Montreal! Man would a 2-0 lead been something. 

  264. Mikey_39 says:

    Ok so I posted something that got deleted.  Granted there were a lot of swear words…a lot but the point is we got robbed.  It should have been 4-1 going into the third.  The reffing was pathetic…

     

    On another note, I came across this on the internet and was lmao.  

    http://www.torontomike.com/2010/03/subbanator_habs_fans_find_new.html

    I had seen this originally on tv and found it hilarious.  But seeing how mad the toronto fans got just make me laugh so hard.  I really don’t find this offensive. It was really funny.  

    And before anyone calls me a racist, Subbanator didn’t find it offensive either.  He found it hilarious too!

  265. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Wow, that hurts. I thought we had them up by 3 goals. This game will either piss the Habs off and they’ll come back Monday and bury Ovechkin & the Caps or Washington will steamroll us. I thought Washington’s 2nd and 3rd goals were pure luck and also thought Halak looked a bit weak on some goals.

    Is it just me or is Pierre McGuire a complete a-hole for not realizing there’s another team on the ice besides Washington. Every time he opens his mouth, something beautiful in the world dies.

  266. habsguy says:

    I agree,  why does he have to say “look out” everytime ovey steps on the ice?

  267. imafogdevil says:

    A few observations;

    1. I wonder if the referees have been given a mandate to make sure the games are close. The way things we going in this game, it seems that way.

    2. I wonder if Ovechkin changed his stick before Cammy slashed him to get the penalty (even tho they scored). Seems to have broken way too easily. I wonder if he didn’t cut a notch in it someway. Anyway, that penalty has got to go.

    3. Hamrlik was -3. He should NOT be allowed to be on the ice in a shutdown role. It’s time to realize that. O’Byrne would even be a better choice at this time.

    4. Halak needs to start again. No question.

    5. Martin needs to defer to Muller. Keep your lines rolling and let players play. Don’t bench for the sake of benching. Heck, if that was the case, half of the team wouldn’t have seen the ice in the last 15 minutes.

    6. Habs should have won that game. Up 4-1 and doing wonderfully, they just had to continue what they were doing. Then Gord Miller put the curse on us. And someone must of heard the comments, because they played like they had it won. 60 minutes in a game, and the boys played 37.5. Close gaps, get in lanes and create offence off of turnovers and defence. Thats how you will win.

    7. Go Habs Go!

  268. Mad Habber says:

    Yeah what was that bull crap review after the 4th goal? If they thought Pouliot scored they should’ve blew the play dead and reviewed, not wait until the Habs score two minutes later. I bet if Kostitsyn doesn’t score that goal they never review it. Sucked alot of momentum out of that goal, as well as rest the Caps stars. (why not throw a free timeout their way)

    And how come they never call goaltender interference? Knuble on goal number two, Ovechkin could have been called, as well doesn’t it work the same way if you throw an opposing player into the goalie (4th goal).

    I never realized Hamrlik was -3. They should play O’Bryne and tell him to give hell to anyone that comes close to Halak.

  269. habsguy92 says:

    one of the biggest teases ive ever seen.

    with 3 mins left in the 2nd i tlooks like we have a realistic chance of taking the series.

    22 mins later it looks pretty grim…

  270. WindsorHab-10 says:

    How did Ovechkin not get a penalty for throwing a punch at Gionta?

  271. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I think sitting Hamrlik and replacing him with O’byrne might be a good idea. But I am not the coach, so all I can do is cheer. Go Habs Go – The home advantage belongs to us now!

  272. Willy the bum says:

    NOW THAT WAS INTENSE!!!  THAT IS FIRST ROUND MAYHEM!!!

    I will never blame Halak for that OT goal, how can you save a Backstrom shot?

    Maybe Habs are taking it easy on the big lead and got caught with their pants down when the Caps pick up their game… gotta be careful of that the next game!

    Well, they’re coming home with a tie and the next game will be even uglier!  Next game should be more sweet, Hersey should’ve name a candy bar after it!

  273. Eliisa says:

    Well, I didn’t see that coming. I didn’t see the Habs being up 4-1 or them losing 6-5. I feel comfortable with our chances – I think they are handling the number one team in the league better than anyone expected, including myself. The reffing was frustrating tonight, usually I don’t get on the refs because I think their job is ridiculously difficult however there were at the very least two missed calls that we should’ve gone to the power play on – Markov getting a stick in the face and that obvious goalie interference call. I think the odds of success on Monday are fairly high. Go Habs, I hope the home ice advantage is a factor.

    Anyway, I am enjoying seeing the Kings come back with two goals in 21 seconds against the Nucks. Go LA!

    Have any teams won two games yet?

  274. habaholic68NJ says:

    i missed the game as I was at a dinner party and was forced to sneak scoring updates on my iphone.  I was ecstatic when we went up 4-1 and could not wait to come home and watch the replay of the game.  But then the sky fell in.  Why didn’t JM take a time out during the come back?  Why sit on a lead?  This has never worked for this team.  And finally, after watching the replays, Halak did not look sharp and our Dmen seemed to be giving up the blue line too easily and backing into Halak.  Unless Halak bounces back with a win in game 3, we should start Price in game 4.  

  275. deuce6 says:

    Refs can’t even blow the play dead when Jaro had the puck covered under his pad..It’s if as though the refs have WAS in their proline..lol

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  276. spos080808 says:

    Are you really trying to stick up for Halak after this game? Really buddy really? Come on now. He was awful! A 10 year old could have stopped Carlson’s shot that tied the game. Seriously just stop. The kid is the reason they lost. Even he would own up to the fact he cost his team tonight.

  277. shootdapuck says:

    Sum1 zed u need to finish ur homwrk furst.

    Then u can call ppl namz.

    tweeny!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  278. deuce6 says:

    Only this team can blow a 4-1 lead..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  279. 4loorplay says:

    MELTDOWN 101

  280. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, what did you expect? A 4-1 final result?

  281. Former Jets Fan says:

    Habs in four!

  282. 4loorplay says:

    I like that….Ovie saying tonights game will be diffrent.Hmm mabey he will do it all by himself.If thats the case we will win again tonight.

  283. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hey, I have a ticket for game 6 and I would hate to have that one refunded.

  284. J Haul says:

    Oh noes! Not a vow!

    Walk the walk Alex…

  285. Danno says:

    Ovechkin knows things are going to be different. He had his trainer give him some vitamins.

     

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

  286. Storm Man says:

    Flintstone vitamins?

  287. Habsrule1 says:

    Can’t wait for the game. I’m cautiously optimistic that the Habs can win this series. I think we have enough players who are calm and know what they’re doing. For everyone that bashed Gill, gomez, Spacek, Hamrlik, and even MAB….they all played a great game Thursday and I expect nothing less tonight!

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  288. hab_skill says:

    I agree! I think experience will benefit the team. We have lots of it.

  289. Corporate says:

    Let us be honest.. Spacek in the first was falling on his butt every 3 minutes. Hamerlik gave up the puck quite a few times. After that they settled but the first was brutal all around.

  290. nickster13 says:

    I hope we bring our A game. all this talk about how ovechkin didnt try very hard or they didnt play caps hockey and all that BS. Hopefully the habs bring their best and we can quiet these dumb journalists (not the HIO ones dont worry)

  291. Corporate says:

    The thing about game 1 is that yes Ovie was shut down… But Semin was awful, Green was awful. The only good player they really had was Theodore and backstrom. Other than that teh team was flat. If we woke up the beast… Watch out!!!

  292. Corporate says:

    Haven’t posted here in quite  while. Too busy with the finals. But I thought I needed to ut in my 2 cents, with all the comments that I have seen on this board.

     I was the happiest guy when I saw Plecky score that overtime goal. I thik I woke up my neighbors. I have seen all the accolades that the Canadiens got from the boards regarding how well their players played. Probably with merit. Let us not forget that this was a Game 1 only. So we will need to play even better to win the rest of the 3 games we need to win. Secondly, Even with a Capitals team that sucked, they managed more shots over 4 periods and it took us overtime to beat them. Yes we did cme frm behind but it isn’t as if it was a crushing victory for the Habs.

    With that that said and our past record against them, I think we can take them. At least make a decent series out of it. We may not have the firepower but we have the character. Now, if only Andrei K can play like he did in the last part of the 3rd and overtime, I would be a happy man. He was hitting and mae a few nice passes.

  293. idle says:

    But why are you surprised about that?  It’s game 1 in Washington against the first place team in the league with lots of skill, talent and speed.  Of course they were going to come out flying.  I am sure the objective before the game was to hang on and make it through the first 20 min.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  294. Habsrule1 says:

    The whole team….minus Jaro, had a bad first period. I was referring to the rest of the game where the Habs took over and these guys played huge.

    And saying the caps all had a bad game is such a cop out. They played the way they played because we forced them to. They looked really bad cause we made them look really bad. That, combined with their confidence level falling the more they saw the Habs dominate, and you get what you saw Thursday after the first.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  295. Corporate says:

    I would disagree. Foret that Ovie got no shots. usually when he doesn’t shoot, he hits, when he doesn’t hit he does something else. He is always involved. I don’t even think I heard his name once. Semin also was the same thing. What happened on the 3-1. Yes Spacek made a good play but the caps should have at least gotten a shot on net. Green played like crap all night. Defensivlely and offensively. Backstrom was the only one doing something decent for washington. So to say Washington played a crappy game isn’t bending the truth. yes we did play well, but at the same time they played like crap.

  296. Habsrule1 says:

    It was due to nerves and loss of confidence as we started to play better and better. If they play the whole series this way, do they just suck, or is it because that’s all we’re giving them?

    You sound like a washington fan or reporter making excuses for why they loss. They got 47 shots. They were not as bad as you make them sound. We were that good.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  297. slapshot777 says:

    Refs making sure tat everything goes the Caps way. No way is that I Ovie a goal, score at best should be 4-2. Habs have to work fo theirs and Caps have theirs givenb to them. I guess Bettman made some calls after game 1.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  298. deuce6 says:

    I guess interference is a penalty..ON US!! Freaking ref is killing us tonight..It’s a steep enough hill to climb without the Caps getting garbage calls and non calls like this..

    ————–
    BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  299. 4loorplay says:

    what a goal followed by a bonehead penalty

  300. MontrealAtheist says:

    There is no doubt that we will see a different Capitals team tonight that will adapt better to the Habs’ playing style from game 1 and an Ovetchkin who is eager to show off his true firing power and restore some pride.

    Let’s hope that Jaro can keep us in the game and help the team survive the inevitable storm during the first period and steal this game, too.

    Taking a 2-0 play-off lead over the Caps on the road would be … priceless !!!

  301. spos080808 says:

    Here we go…The joke is back.

  302. Mattyleg says:

    We just have to do what we did last game: absorb, absorb, absorb for the first 20 or so. That’s the way to beat good teams/players/fighters… ever see Mohammed Ali in The Rumble in the Jungle? He did what the Zairians called the ‘Sleeping Elephant’. Absorbed George Foreman until he felt like he’d never get to Ali, then he pounced.

    That’s what the Habs need to do. The Caps are going to come out guns a-blazin’, and we just have to sit back and let them. Shut them down, then KABOOM!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  303. Corporate says:

    I think the mst dangerous minutes will be the first 10 minutes of the first. They will throw everything at us, even the kitchen sink. After that once they tire themselves out, we can use our speed to counter attack. I just hope that everyone told the Habs that the game starts at 7 not 8:30…

  304. Bob Barker says:

    I wouldn’t recommend repeating their first period performance. Halak is great but giving up 19 shots in a period is not usually a recipe for success. There were quite a few opportunities where Washington players were set up in the slot and fired it over the net. Hopefully the Habs can just play like they did in the second and third from the start this time. 

  305. sh00n says:

    http://katsenhakeron.deviantart.com/art/25-Feels-a-Little-Like-93-161053139

    Made a banner for everyone. There’s a download link on the left if you want it bigger to use it as a wall, or what have you!

    GO HABS GO!

  306. Woah_Dana says:

    Good Christ, that’s gorgeous!

    Lovely quotes.

    Thanks for sharing.

     

    GO HABS!

  307. sh00n says:

    I can’t take credit for the quotes, those are courtesy of Annakin Slayd, but thank you, nonetheless!

  308. Ayan_SB says:

    Subban gets better by the day

    By Mark Masters, National Post

    P.K. Subban was sitting in a bar watching a Montreal Canadiens game
    in early March when an image flashed on the screen that shocked him.

    A
    pair of fans at the Bell Centre had painted their faces black, put on
    Afro wigs and were wearing shirts with the word Subbanator on them. The
    homage to Subban, Montreal’s second-round selection (43rd overall) in
    the 2007 NHL draft, was viewed in some circles as immature and even
    racist.

    “I thought it was hilarious,” Subban said. “I called my
    dad right away and I said, ‘Dad, you got to see this.’ To be honest
    with you I thought it was funny. Those are fans who support me and want
    to see me there. I didn’t see any problem with it.”

  309. Chris B. says:

    I blame idiot Gord Miller who kept on insinuating the game was over when it was 4-1. And why does he have to start screaming everytime someone carries the puck over the blue line. When Pierre McGuire is the voice of reason, you got problems. Listening to these two do a game makes my ears bleed. Anyway, hope the Habs dont give up at any sign of adversity like previous years. They played a good game and would have won with any kind of half decent refereeing. The goalie interference was so obvious my non hockey fan girl friend picked up on it. GO HABS!!

  310. deuce6 says:

    I guess interference isn’t a penalty in the playoffs..Damn zebras..MAKE A DAMN CALL!!

    Caps are getting away with murder..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  311. slapshot777 says:

    Just listen to that idiot on TSN arguing with Bob Mckenzie, Darren Pang, and Craig MacTavish about how that Knuble didn’t interfere. Sying it wasn’t while he other three clearly said it was and so was the one by Tom Poti. Just clearly shows how Tsn has morons for commentators.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  312. slapshot777 says:

    I guess the Refs still have some work to do. Make sure the Caps get all the breaks.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  313. deuce6 says:

    Now they bring the whistles out..Screw you refs..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

     

  314. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    A lot of people here are too negative! Habs have been playing really well. Do any of you realize that the Habs just took the league’s best team to OT twice in their own builiding. Hoping for the Habs’ to make some noise in Montreal. Halak was shaky in this game and I have no doubt that he wants to improve on his performance. Go Habs Go!

    Big props to top line of Cammalleri-Plekanec-Andrei Kostitsyn for producing 4 goals!

  315. Rainrocket16 says:

    I will smack any Capitals jersey wearing punk I see until this series is over!

    Sid and/or Ovie will be in the Cup Finals! Bettman makes sure of it!

  316. HabsFansince49 says:

    Reading some comments here makes you believe that some of you don’t realize who we are up against. The Caps, for God’s sake. They don’t need to build or have momentum; they are momentum. They’re explosive. Knock off the Halak crap as well and the conspiracy theories. Yeah, some penalties were questionable; it’s not the first time it happened.

    When we as a team played well we held them and we scored; when we went soft and laid back they scored and eventually won. We won a game in Washington; now it’s back home.

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  317. The Cat says:

    Its more the non-calls on goalie interference than the questionable calls. Halak was seriously interfered with last night. I mean if you didnt see that I dont know what you were watching.

  318. Habsrule1 says:

    Repost from “About Last Night”.

     

    Realy sad. I, like many of you, thought it was over when it was 4-1. Then, when I thought about it for a few minutes, realized this caps team can score in bunches.

    That 5th goal was the killer. I thought we’d pull it out when Plekanec buried that beautiful feed from Cammalleri.

    I don’t blame Halak, but he’s had better nights. He starts tomorrow, but I go as far as saying if he has the same game as last night, Price starts game 4.

    Nobody said this would be easy (at least I hope not). I picked Habs in 7 in my pool. Imagine how dissapointed I’d be had they won in 4.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  319. Habsrule1 says:

    Wow….I feel the opposite. I think it’s awesome how we can get in-game reactions these days. It’s called progression.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey


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