Round 1, Game 3: Capitals take series lead

Canadiens’ Marc-André Bergeron (right) loses his balance after a check by Capitals’ Brooks Laich during first period Monday night. John Mahoney, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Brian Gionta | Mike Cammalleri | Tomas Plekanec | Scott Gomez | | Carey Price | Jacques Martin | Bruce Boudreau | Alex Ovechkin | Eric Fehr

• At a Glance: For 20 minutes on Monday night, it looked
like the Canadiens would give the Washington Capitals another run for their
money. But that all came apart in the second period as the Capitals exploded
for four goals and chased Jaroslav Halak from the net before eventually winning 5-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Boyd Gordon opened the scoring shorthanded when he put the puck past a sprawled Halak, who had been knocked into his net by teammate Jaroslav Spacek. Brooks Laich made it 2-0 with a nice deflection at the top of the crease and Eric Fehr made it 3-0 four minutes later. Jacques Martin has seen enough and called on Carey Price. He was beaten by Alex Ovechkin after he was left alone in the slot, firing a one-timer past Price. The Canadiens finished the second period and started the third without their top two centres after Scott Gomez took a 10-minute misconduct with five minutes to play and Tomas Plekanec took a double-minor with 2:05 remaining. Plekanec did redeem himself somewhat
after leaving the box, beating Semyon Varlamov on a Montreal power play 2:25
into the third period. Varlamov, who replaced former Canadiens José Theodore in Game 2, was solid Monday night, stopping 25 of 26 shots.Matt Bradley made it 5-1 with 45 seconds to play when he popped a rebound past Price after the Canadiens were unable to clear the zone several times.

• What It Means: The Capitals lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

• What’s Next:
Game 4 is Wednesday at the Bell Centre, with Game 5 in Washington on Friday. Games 6 and 7, if necessary,  will be next Monday and Wednesday, respectively.


  1. Storm Man says:

    That could be with his skates on :) that is his 5′ 11

  2. Storm Man says:

    Somebody had to standup and say you cant run my teammates like this, btw who is the moen guy that wears 32 in the line up what is his job on the team?

  3. Kooch7800 says:

    It is because he is now on the Habs.  People love to scrutinize this team to death.  Just let them be.  They look better with the smaller players in this years playoffs against a bigger, better team that Boston of last year and we are playing 100 times better.

    Last year was just embarrasing.  This year even if we don’t get passed the caps we can hang out heads high

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s not the Varlamov of last year’s playoffs, multiple injuries this season and a ton of recovery time, he’s barely had any time to recover well so I’d say hit him early and shake him up. Force Boudreau to pull him and put Theo in, break both goalies at the Bell Centre so they’re utterly defeated by the game it reverts back to Capitals ice.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  5. lavie says:

    I just don’t understand why people refer Gomez as a small player???


    Gomez: Height- 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
    Plekanec: Height- 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
    Metro: Height- 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
    SK: Height- 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

    Gionta: Height- 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
    Cammi: Height- 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)



  6. habs4cup says:

    Price should be in tonight. Wash will destroy Halak and he’ll be pulled before the end of the 1st period.

    habs will come out dead(like they usually do) and the series will be over.

    Bouchard is a smart coach and JM is a dumb one. by starting Halak it’s like  saying”we want to lose” and THEY WILL!

  7. Kooch7800 says:

    IMO Lappierre has been playing quite well. Darche too

  8. Kooch7800 says:

    In the Positive the bulldogs are up 2-0 in their series against the Manitoba Moose.  White has been awesome so far IMO.

    For tonight, I hope we show those Cocky Caps that we are the real deal. If Halak struggles (which i doubt he will) I would give Carey a shot.  Carey has owned the caps this year.

    I would love to see someone lay out Ovie, Semin or Backstrum.  They are all a bunch of cocky jerks 

  9. Bugs says:

    Gotta break’m quick. Force’em to put Theo back in.

    In fact, I strongly suggest the 21273 start chanting FOR Theo if we get a quick couple.

    Please-please-please, put Theo back in, please-please-please.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  10. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Backstrom scored 3 goals – his first goal was off a pass from Ovbechkin which found Backstrom alone in front of the net

  11. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Not surprsing at all. Fans would destroy Theo in first 5 minutes.

  12. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    also said, in an earlier post I wrote to you,  that I though Halak was brutal – he needs to be better.

    the defence was equally brutal on at least 3 of the goals – they need to be better


  13. Bugs says:


    (that’s better, but careful with the generalization-to-support-your-argument technique in the future, mate; rhetorically unsound…)

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  14. Ayan_SB says:


    Varlamov to get call in net tonite for Caps


  15. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Here’s hoping Pyatt goads Ovechkin into a fight tonight. Or maybe SK74 can take out Backstrom. Or maybe both?

  16. Le Jadester says:

    Hey HABWARRIOR, Love the Pic by the way !

    I don’t mind JM until he gets these personal vendettas against players (i.e. the K-Bros.) It effects the team’s results.  Up until recently SK gets benched at 0-2 we end up losing to Carolina 2-5 and then the Laffs.  SK is back in, we beat Wash 3-2.  SK gets benched at 4-2 we lose 6-5: I’m glad he’s sending messages at the expense of the team’s success.  Plus it makes guys on the bottom 2 two lines nervous when they see that (excluding Moen and Moore – they get JM immunity). I’m not saying that SK had that much impact for these results, but it has a contagious effect on the players as teamates when they see these injustices on how the team is run.

    We are an underdog in this series, benching players is not a strategy that works in this situation (perhaps yes if you’re the favourite). Giving players belief and confidence should be the strategy in this situation and rolling 4 lines will get the upset.  I’m sorry but a pylon or a monkey could have coached game 2 and we would’ve won. He is to blame IMO.  He cares more about himself then the team and it shows with his decision making.  I think it eats him up inside when any of the K-bros do well for the team. (only AK as a top 6 guy has been benched as well throughout this entire season when we all know there were times when Gomez or Poulie should have been).

    Its his job to maximize productivity from his workers, unfortunately he is not doing this with all his workers.  Just his selective few. We need everybody to contribute !

    I hope for every supporter’s sake and the team’s sake he goes back to whatever strategy worked well in Game # 1.

    Habs, OLE !

  17. Bugs says:

    Also – we must score goals. Preferably lots.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  18. Bugs says:

    Awright, who took a picture of their hemmorrhoids, again?

    Dagnabbit, c’mon, guys! Show some CLASS, why dontchehs?


    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  19. wmarcello says:

    IMO, two big keys to a win tonight:

    – Our goaltending has to be at the very least great.

    – Hammer absolutely NEEDS to show up to play. Spacek has already shown what he can do to Ovi, but it’s of no use if Ovi switches sides to come down on Hammer. Shut down Ovi’s line and the chances of winning go waaaay up.

  20. Bugs says:

    Despite last game, a choice between Halak and Varly ain’t no choice at all.

    We can do this thing.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  21. Bugs says:

    I’m always upbeat, baby.

    Even whilst being mean and callous.

    Folks don’t see it, is all.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  22. Storm Man says:

    Any bets some drunk trys to take it down

  23. Chuck says:

    Ok, now I’m curious. What did I miss?


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  24. Bugs says:

    Get on out of here! Names???


    Guess I gotta stay consistent and watch what I say if I don’t wanna be generalized into a group of flip-floppers that you’re callin out neither. Cuz you’ll remember.

    I don’t want that egg on my face, no, sir.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  25. Storm Man says:

    If the Caps come out and score goals from 30 feet out glove side he gets pulled.

  26. TomNickle says:

    It all depends on Jaro’s confidence.  I’m not in a position to say whether he’s confident enough to get back in there.  If he’s embracing the challenge, I start him tonight.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  27. Chuck says:

    I’d hate to be the “Toronto’s got one, so we should have one” guy, but I have to admit that the jumbotron on the side of the ACC looks great. 


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  28. jimmy shaker says:

    What about Carey?


  29. Storm Man says:

    Bugs did you have your happy pills today? Your so upbeat about tonights game :)

  30. HabFanSince72 says:

    All comes down to goal keeping.


  31. adam76 says:

    Would you start Price in game three?

  32. Rudy says:

    Hope the moderators are watching avatars this morning!

  33. jimmy shaker says:

    Agree with you Terry on 5 of the 6 goals…..the only one that Jaro has to have was the Carlson goal.  The OT goal was  a great shot that went through Hammers legs as he backed up and backed up and backed up on Jaro.  Bryzgalov got a quick whistle yesterday and so did FLeury, so the ovechkin goal should have been whistled down.  I still haven’t seen a replay on the goal to show that the puck was loose.  Jaro will get another shot tonight, but if he doesn’t get the job done tonight, I have no problem with JM going with Carey on Wednesday.  I think it might be a perfect scenario for Carey to come in and make some magic happen.  Remember this is coming from a pro-halak guy!


  34. BJ says:

    Nice story about Tom Pyatt’s brother. A bit of perspective:

  35. Bugs says:

    Home-ice advantage. Caps have NEVER been here in the playoffs, remember.

    Theo is finished. Took 70 minutes, all told. Scored an easy 3 on Varly. We can score. We can beat these guys. I think Gomie, Gio, Cammy, and hell, the little girl are WELL aware of it and have CONFIDENCE they can repeat the exploit here with their own crowd behind’em. Not to mention what K Senior can get up to when HIS valves open.

    Cappers won’t know what hit’em. Cappers are done. If we can feed off the home energy, score some quick ones on Varly and have Theo BACK in net?

    Nirvana, man. Nir-friggin-vana.

    Let’s do this thing.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  36. Storm Man says:

    I think you need to see a eye doctor, the OT goal was from 30 feet

  37. TomNickle says:

    Names Bugsy, I remember names.  



          With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  38. Bugs says:

    How do you know it’s the same people gripin about both things?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  39. wmarcello says:

    If I were coach I’d probably start Halak on a short leash. As a fan I can’t deny that I’m rooting a bit for Price.

  40. TomNickle says:

    I saw it much differently than a great shot.  


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  41. lavie says:

    Only if Halak let in 3 out of 5 SOG.

    No, Price has played TWICE in playoff of the past two seasons; plus, Price is #1 backup this season.

  42. boris420 says:

    I passed by the bell center and Im wondering if that is indeed a jumbotron I saw them installing. Anyone know for sure because that would be awesome.

  43. SLONCOLD says:

    i don’t think the defense was all that great in the 2nd and 3rd period. there were some break downs and caps scored.

    i’ll give you the carlsson goal he should have made but why is ovi all alone in front of the net(who was standing ebside him looking at him?) the OT winner was a sick shot on a partial screen. i mean the way we sometimes analyse goals is that every game should end up 2-1 and that goalies are to be perfect.

    i got my halak shirt on today, i hope he comes up with another strong game to help the team win.

  44. TomNickle says:

    There’s no way you’re saying that Backstrom’s OT winner shouldn’t have been stopped?

    It’s not personal Ed, I’m not saying Halak’s a bad goalie here.  He played a very poor second half of the game and it cost the team the game.

    When our Defensemen our controlling the area behind the net and are keeping good gap control(for the most part) I’m not going to dog on them for a couple mistakes.  Markov makes that screw up maybe once a season, can you blame Hamrlik and Spacek for not doing anything, they were expecting a whistle on an innocent enough play and if either one had touched Ovechkin I’m sure they would have been going to the box.  That said, they should play to the whistle but it’s not like Ovechkin was running Jaro Halak over with his body, he was poking at a puck.  Jaro should’ve had it.

    Jaro saw Carlsson’s shot ALL THE WAY.  He followed it with his eyes the entire distance to the net.

    Ditto on Backstrom’s goal and he was down early on both.

    3 goals the Caps scored shouldn’t have gone in and they were coincidentally the most important ones of the game.  I believe he was shaken because of the physical nature the game took in his crease.  

    He needed to be better for the team to win.

    The team was about as good as expected, and they were good enough in front of him to win Ed.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  45. adamkennelly says:

    sit Darche and Lapierre…Metro and O’Byrne in.  play 7 D and double shift to complete 4th line.  Cannot have MAB out in a defensive role – negates Markov too easily.  Use him for PP and odd ES shift when match ups are favorable otherwise back to OB w/ Markov.





  46. Laramy87 says:

    I think i would see how Halak responds. If its anothe crap game, JM has gotta start Price Wed

  47. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Our defenceman played very poorly in game 2.

    markov was to blame for the 1st goal – break away

    hamrlik and spacek were BOTH watching ovechkin work on halak’s pads.

    hamrlik backed in and allowed a clear shot on another goal.

    backstrom’s goal was scored from right in front of the net

  48. 123456 says:

    caps had momentum going into game one didn’t they? and where did that get them? and habs had momentum after game one right? momentum is nothing before a game – during a game yes but not before a game.


    secret mod

  49. TomNickle says:

    Yeah but I didn’t name names cough………Homer Bowen!



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  50. TomNickle says:

    I think it had just as much to do with Poti trying to steer Halak to the centre ice circle but it’s not really important why he fought.  At that point it’s over and done, if he needs his skates sharpened, that messes up our lines for a bit.  I think people are just quick to blame him because a lot of them have had it in for him since he was acquired.  I don’t know that to a certainty though.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  51. HABWARRIOR says:

    Habs gonna take a bite outta the craps tonight.

  52. TomNickle says:

    I see you’re a Peterborough boy Terry, so I know you’re better than that comment.  The overtime goal, Ovechkin’s goal and Carlsson’s goal were routine shots that Halak should have stopped.   He was clearly rattled from being roughed up by Knuble and Poti and was down early on the Carlsson goal and Backstrom’s winner.  The Ovechkin goal, which you want to blame the refs for is just as much Halak’s fault, he didn’t have his feet together behind him and wasn’t strong enough on the puck.  All were routine saves that didn’t get made.  I’m not in the business of blaming goaltenders for losses but when your team scores five times and loses the play of your goaltender is going to come into question especially considering how well our defensemen have been playing the last two games.  



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  53. wmarcello says:

    Watch the last 2 goals. Especially on the tying goal, Halak was DEEP in his net. The goals may not have been of the incredibly weak variety, but at least the tying one was easily stoppable. There’s no use in making excuses for Jaro. He had a poor game, and hopefully he can bounce back.

  54. Ton says:

    Intereting. I think what will be the real challenge is if the capitals can play a tight low scoring game. I mean they really got to learn to play one in these playoffs.  I never the Habs and even the Oilers of the 80’s engaging in lowing scoring games. I think there strategy will be all offense again hopefully the Habs could survive it.

  55. wmarcello says:

    Hammer is not raw, he’s tired and underperforming. If he plays anywhere near his potential he’s a far better shut-down man than OB at the moment. Near the end of the regular season, the Markov/OB pairing was responsible for 1 or 2 blatant defensive blunders per game resulting in prime scoring chances. You simply can’t do that against the Caps.

  56. Shublips says:

    I wouldn’t necessarily say that Halak played poorly, but rather that he let in some weak goals.  Namely the last two goals that went in were both from 30+ feet out, with no screen, and just blew by him glove side.

    There is no question that the Caps shooters have started to realize that you can’t score on Halak down low, and have to lift the puck in order to have a chance.

    So again, Halak made some great saves but ultimately choked on two of the most important shots of the game.

    I, personally, give him a break though since we wouldn’t even be in the playoffs if it wasn’t for him.  That being said, I would play Halak again tonight and IF he bombs tonight (which I don’t think he will), I’d put Price in the net for game 4.  But, imo, you have to give Halak the benefit of the doubt.



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  57. SLONCOLD says:

    i was happy he stood up for himself but would have rathered it been a minor for roughing than 5 minutes in the box. it did mess our lines up for a bit… not his fault for the loss though

  58. HABWARRIOR says:

    HONESTLY i did not mean to have that avatar on purpose.I clicked on wrong pic and didnt know.It was to be a picture of somerthing else.Im sorry for offending any 1.

  59. SLONCOLD says:

    i think he would like that 5th goal back.

    Jaro has set the bar high based on the season he had. we need him to be great and not good. that being said our defense has to step up a bit and no more bad penalties and we’ll be good:-)


  60. TomNickle says:

    The same people that gripe and whine that Gomez, Gionta and Cammalleri are too small are the same people that have been griping for two days now that Gomez picked a bad time to fight.  Really? We’re back to blaming Gomez for losses now are we?  Three Routine shots that wound up in the back of our net, but it’s Gomez’s fault.  If these guys are too small, if they can’t hang around with the bigger guys and Jacques Martin will not allow guys who fight to play for this team, what would those of you who think we’re too small have Gomez do?  He has to create his own space somehow.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  61. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    if OB is “raw”, the Hammer is not even conceived yet – I think maybe we should change Hammer’s name to

    The “Embryo”

    he is “pre Raw” status, – his defensive awareness is “SO RAW”, it does not yet exist in this world as we know it

  62. terrygain says:


    Halak played poorly.

    Not only did you not watch the game closely, you missed my most excellent summary of the goals.  The claim that Halak played poorly is based on the fact W scored 6 goals, not the goals themselves.  

    Which ones? Fehr’s breakaway.  Backstrom’s first, where he was interfered with by Knuble.  Backstrom’s second where Spacek and Plekanek left him alone in front of the net.  Oveckin’s, where the referees allowed a smothered puck to be jammed loose.  Carlson’s screened shot from the middle of the ice, just above the hash marks or Backstrom’s third, also from the middle of the ice, just above the hash marks and through 44’s legs.

     None on these goals was a softie. 

    Anyone who blames the goalie for not stopping a terrific shot from the middle of the ice, around the hash marks has never played the game. There simply isn’t time to react to a shot from that distance. The only saves a goalie makes on shots wired from that distance (through a screen yet) are the ones that hit him.  You critics of Halak have no clue.  


  63. secretdragonfly says:

    To whoever removed HABWARRIOR’s avatar & posts, many thanks.  You saved me from posting a reaction that would probably get me banned for a different reason. 

    FYI, there are a few more further down the thread.

  64. AndyF says:

    +1, SeriousFan.  So well said.

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  65. wmarcello says:

    Sitting Hammer for OB is interesting, but I don’t think it will happen. OB still makes a lot of rookie mistakes and I’m not sure he’d be any more effective than Hammer at containing Ovi. Hammer’s potential is greater than OB’s right now, but if Hammer can’t bring it…

    Edit: I think OB could be stronger than Hammer on the rush, but once pinned in the defensive zone, OB can still be a liability. His defensive awareness in general is still very raw.

  66. wmarcello says:

    Personally I’d love to see Spacek continue to be part of the shut-down tandem against Ovechkin. He was a monster in game 1. The problem is that in game 2 Ovechkin started switching sides to take advantage of Hammer. If Hammer can step it up, this is probably still the best shut-down pair as it leaves Markov a little more room for offensive output. If Hammer can’t step it up, I wouldn’t mind seeing Markov/Spacek, but then what do you do with the other pairs? Personally I think Gill/Gorges has been excellent and I wouldn’t want to break them up. Their communication has become better and better as the season has rolled on. That leaves a combination of Hammer/MAB/OB. Not ideal obviously…

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think the adjustment in the D should be OB dresses and Hamrlik sits, the way he is playing right now he’s hardly helping and OB can thump a lot of those big Caps forwards and make them play. Spacek and OB together will present OV with a new threat, OB’s big reach and body makes him much harder to move or move around, while Spacek’s veteran play presents him with a new problem.

    Markov can play in all situations, but Spacek has been Ovechkin’s counter all season long and he still hasn’t figurted out how to avoid him yet, let them work how it is for now. Game 3, try OB and Spacek and see how it goes, or the team will have to adjust to it for Game 4.

    I think Metro in would soldify the 4th line and present the team more options, and no more random SK benchings please.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  68. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    OK – I can live with that – and I agree that we need OB as physical presence.

    But Seriously, Seriously, that’s not going to happen.

    Hamrlik is NOT going to be benched – at least I don’t see it happening with this coach.

    Its too radical and JM is a dinosaur. he’s very old school – and old school means you play your 5.5 million dollar man and you sit your youngsters until they “learn” their lesson from the press box.

    my idea – of just changing the pairings might be easier for the dinosaur to swallow;

    but if you like spacek – who am I to argue??

  69. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    what, in your opinion, would be an example of a good match up for us – and you would like to see JM employ on a last change?

    I have stated – many times – that I think Markov needs to play more – and play with a partner who can be on the ice in key situations.

    I think Markov should be given the responsibility of stopping ovechkin – head to head.

    If Markov is a “world class” d-man – and I hope he is – then that should be his responsibility.

    But if Markov is on the ice with MAB – and Ovechkin can run MAB over – what good is it to have a “world class” d-man??

    I would put Markov with Gorges, or Markov with Gill – and switch MAB to another pair.

    What matchups would you look for?

  70. Laramy87 says:

    This caps team has not played a playoff game in such an atmosphere like the Bell center. They have played at home, ny, pitts and philly….. Nothing compared to Bell Center. ITs going to be a huge shock to them, and the habs are going to feed off a raucos crowd, needless to say im pumped for the game tonight.

    I just hope refs call a fair game today. No more goaltender interference and digging a puck loose while under a goalie. But then again it is the caps and one of Bettman’s fav tea. If we did any of the crap Sat nite we would be in the box for 2.  Anwyas excited for the game, 9 more hours!!!!!

  71. adam76 says:

    So my people – how many of you would start Price tonight?



  72. pic1983 says:

    Generally I would be satisfied with a split in the first two games against the leagues top team.  However, it’s not the fact that we lost saturday night, but the way we lost that has me really nervous for tonights game.  Seems like the caps have all the momentum.  The boys need to forget about saturday night, and treat tonights game like tonight is the first game in a best of 5.

    Now its time to see if this team has true character, and can pull off a gritty win tonight at the BC.  Halak played poorly saturday night and cost us a 2-0 series lead and I’m looking for him to bounce back with a solid effort tonight.  I rarely blame the goalie after a loss, but halak needs to be better than 6 goals on 37 shots, especially because he could/should have stopped at least 3 of them.

    GO habs Go!

  73. SeriousFan09 says:

    Is tonight the series? Who knows, a million things could happen tonight, an injury, a Cammalleri hat trick followed by some Tommy Jagr insurance goals, Ovechkin becomes a beast and scores 4-5 goals, Jaro or Varlamov could post a shutout but I do know one thing, we will get a measure of what this team does when the crowd is at their backs. Their ability to operate on home ice could push them through the playoffs, we’ll see what happens, will JM wisely employ last change to check the Capitals offence? Could be a huge factor.

     – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  74. wmarcello says:

    I gotta say, I’m actually really anxious/excited to hear the lineups for tonight. Does JM go with Halak or Price? Personally I believe the most logical choice is Halak on a short leash (gotta show confidence in the man who got you to the dance), but I wouldn’t be disappointed at all to hear Price gets the start (Halak has been sub-par in 4 of his last 5 now…).

    Aside from that, is Metro healthy enough to play? If so, I would love to see him in the lineup, but who sits? Darche, Pyatt, or Lapierre? On top of that, does OB get a shot to crack the lineup? If so, there is no way JM can really sit MAB, so he would move to the 4th line. If he does, again who sits?

    Definitely a lot of unknowns here, and there is at least one big one on the Caps side too. Can’t wait!

  75. says:


    They call me Shane

  76. 24 Cups says:

    Odd time to pick a fight – a dumb play that cost us the services of one of our top players when we needed him the most.  No Gomez equates to more Moore and Lapierre.  Not a good trade off.

  77. SlovakHab says:

    Gomez is the best player on our team in terms of carrying the puck into the offensive zone on a PP. Nobody else comes even close in doing it so well and it was painfully obvious on our PP when Gomez was in the box for 5 minutes.

  78. MikeMcLaren says:

    You most certainly need to keep your wits about you, it’s part of being a veteran performer in the playoffs, BUT…

    I do think this is an illustration of the heart and passion and the make up of this team.  It’s better than what we saw in the past.  It wasn’t the smartest of things to do at the smartest of times, but it does show that Gomez is in the game and that he is giving it his all.  Obviously he’ll think twice next time, but it might also motivate his teammates all the more to jump in for him, rally the troops, that sort of thing.

    Obviously, for those of us who are fans, the loss on Saturday was demoralizing, but they have MANY positives they can take from that game.  The Canadiens just need to tweak things a little bit.  Whereas nobody is going to teach Mike Green how to play defense in the next five games.


  79. B says:

    For a player who’s playoff experience has been touted, he should have shown more composure and not taken a selfish penalty like that. He took too many in the regular season, but this is the playoffs and he should know better. Players have to know when to suck it up and take one for the team.

  80. HABWARRIOR says:

    |DAMNIT|!!Game 3 tonight and its got me still up….not able to sleep…cant sleep…….\argh….neervousness in my tummy tumm……We should be up 2 zip….argh,this world isnt fair!

  81. jimmy shaker says:

    Jaro vs Varlamov….stamp it, for sure!……and Metro comes in for Darche…….I like Darche, but JM will look back to Darche’s giveaway that lead to the goal and be the reason that Metro draws back in!  Should be a great game tonight, the energy and atmoshphere throughout the city must be amazing on a playoff gameday.  Wish I could be there to experience it!!!


  82. HABWARRIOR says:

    Hope obitchkin has a set of golf clubs,cuz he gonna need em soon.Those cocky s.o.b.z the caps will be hitting the fairways and greens soon.Gomez’z attitude right now:I love it.He seems determined and mad to beat the caps in this series.

  83. j2w4habs25 says:

     ii cant wait to hear the electricity in the building. any bets on OVE getting boo’d everytime he’s near a puck or gets it?? Just like Chara acouple years ago, it might just work 😀

    we need to stay out of the box and let them in there, lets hope the reffs tonight are good ones.. lol

  84. HABWARRIOR says:

    ak46 HAS AWOKEN AND HES GONNA take out the caps single handedly……the man is a beast.Watch him closely when he’s hot,and now hes hot and the dude is a good f–in player.

  85. Le Jadester says:

    I don’t think so anymore.  I was thinkin’ the same thing until JM benched SK 74.  In fact I thought AK was gonna pop in a couple more that game.  Either the brothers go or JM goes.  Cause this soap opera is not working for the team.  IMO JM has to go because its his job to get the best out of his players and everytime he makes a decision it becomes a detriment to the team (i.e. benchings) because he is stupid and selfish (career stats to prove he’s a born loser).

    Habs, OLE !

  86. wmarcello says:

    When this guy is on, he is just as good as the likes of Semin or Backstrom. Let’s hope he brings it again tonight.

  87. HABWARRIOR says:

    We must win game 3 and we will.Positive  energy and thoughts u guys towardsw the habs and we will come out on top!

  88. ed lopaz says:

    Nice Avatar !

  89. adam76 says:

    In Thomas Jagr we trust.  Wear your turtlenecks people!

  90. j2w4habs25 says:

    I have to go buy one today…

  91. oshawahabsfan says:

    I know this would never happen, but it would be hilarious if they put the starting lineup on the board and Pleks’ number was 68 and it said Tomas Jagr

  92. G-Man says:

    1-1 tie after 2 in DC? Every one of us would have taken that, considering the Habs 8th seed. Tonight, the 7th man must come out and shake the confidence of a young, defenceless team. The Habs must not let up. The Caps must go back home trailing the series 3-1.

  93. wmarcello says:

    Agreed. I was expecting the Habs to get blown out in game 2, but I was happily surprised to see them competitive once again. The way they lost is definitely a little disheartening, but I am optimistic about our chances. Hearing the players in their interviews it is completely apparent that they are NOT intimidated by this Caps team at all. They’re taking the split as mission accomplished, and they are definitely coming to win. I haven’t seen this much fight in the Habs all year.

  94. JF says:

    I have a very bad feeling about this game.  An OT loss in an evenly-played game is totally different from an OT loss in a game you led 4-1. We had the Caps on the ropes and we’ve handed them the momentum.  They’ll be bursting with confidence, certain that no matter if they get behind, they can still get their potent offence going and destroy us… with a little help from the refs.  If they score a couple early, this could get ugly.

  95. HABWARRIOR says:

    you must have a man crush on Price,its cool….he aight.

  96. jimmy shaker says:

    SO you think Boudreau changed Theo because he let in 2 goals?  You’re wrong my friend……He took Theo out, because the wanted to wake up his boys and send a message to them.  He didn’t want to call or waste his timeout so he went with the goalie change, and it seemed to work right?  Another knuckled shot that dipped on Theo and an absolute laser from AK46 off the post and in, are hardly a goalies fault.  It’s all about stopping the momentum…so that’s what Boudreau did!  JM never had to change Jaro because first the goals were not his fault except Carlson’s which with a minute to go in the game, why would you change your goalie then?  And second the boys weren’t really playing that bad.  Give Washington some credit, get over it and get ready for tonight!


  97. HABWARRIOR says:

    THANKS!…you  too!

  98. ed lopaz says:

    definitely makes responding to your messages more interesting!!

    now you’ve got a real following – I know I will agree with everything you say. :-)

  99. HABWARRIOR says:

    HABWARRIOR knows all…..join the WARRIOR and believe.

  100. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    the “Warrior” rules!!

  101. HABWARRIOR says:

    Say what u will but Jack Martini i believe is a good hockey coach.He’s conservative but i think a good fit for this team currently.

  102. wmarcello says:

    It’s not what they say, it’s how they say it. :)

  103. MikeMcLaren says:

    I’ll honestly take Gomez’s indiscretion here in comparison to someone like, say, Joe Thornton.  Gomer’s out to win and take no prisoners!  The Flames never want Iginla fighting, the Lightning never want Lecavalier fighting, but it’s a good sign of passion and caring on the part of star players when they do this.


  104. MikeMcLaren says:

    I really hope we can get a JAGR, JAGR, JAGR! chant going


  105. mb says:

    As per RDS on twitter: Jaroslav Halak sera le gardien partant du Canadien ce soir face aux Capitals.

  106. KenD29 says:

    It was announced on Team990 at 10 am.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  107. Clutch10 says:

    The pressure is all on Washington, Novechkin can say what he wants those comments just show you who is nervous

  108. gohabsgo25 says:

    common JM what the hell is wrong with u. what do u have agianst SK and O Bryne. i belive o bryne would be good in this series and can hit.


    but lets see if this works im glad metro is back but sk shud be in and darche should sit

  109. mrhabby says:

    even though SK style is suited for the capers he has not really done to much..its a toss up there.

    OB…even though he is big, his foot movement is slow that is why MAB is in. MAB is quicker on his feet and can get out of traffic faster…there both a work in progress on the defence side of the game.

  110. GoalieT says:

    Okay, aside from the advantages of having yourself at the appropriate or favoured side when you tee up a shot from the point, wouldn’t it work to switch Hamrlik and Spacek around only when Ovechkin is on the ice? I mean, these guys could switch if need be when in the offensive zone if they wanted to, but they’re professionals capable of adapting to shooting on net from anywhere.

    And maybe I’m just WAY off on this, but I think if Ovechkin is trying to get away from Spacek and then Spacek shows up on his new side of the ice, I think Ovechkin could possibly get flustered. Just do the same stuff that you did on the other side.

    But, what do I know? I’m a goalie. :) Anyway, just a lingering thought.

    Oh, and I want to see some plaster Ovechkin and Backstrom with a clean, bone-shivering body check. I’m just not sure if we have anyone that can do that. All I know is it more than likely isn’t MAB. That’s not his forte.

    Ultimate Die-Hard Since 1986. T.

  111. KenD29 says:

    Unfortunately the Habs do NOT have anyonne that can lay out that clean bone crushing hit!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  112. says:

    You would think that with a two man system the NHL refs could do a better job, but they don’t.

    They call me Shane

  113. Big Ted says:

    Semyon Theo-mov may be better than regular Theo but he’s still an inexperienced backup goaltender. There’s no secret. Shots, rebounds, traffic, pressure… the res have already shown they’ll let Washington do what they want in our crease, so force the refs to make that same decision on us. If they let us, all the better for our offence. If they don’t, it’ll be even more clear the NHL is throwing the games the Caps way.

  114. Habscat says:

    The first 10 minutes may just tell the story for the rest of the series. Both teams have to be nervous about their goaltending, and a quick or bad goal against may be the undoing of their team. Besides that, I am so sick of JM’s “get a lead, then play 1 man in” BS. How about tonight, we attack, get a lead, then attack till the final buzzer. All I know is our coachs plan has cost us too many times this season

  115. HabsBlogger says:

    I don’t think we need to worry about our goaltenders nearly as much as them. Halak is usually solid and if he is having an off night I think price can hold the fort. He was playing some of his best hockey all year at the end of the season so I feel confident about our goaltenders.

  116. pmaraw says:

    How about a Canadiens fan boycott of the rest of the playoffs to drop the ratings and show our disgust with the officiating?  once the habs are out, i wont be watching this garbage

  117. deuce6 says:

    They come out like this in the 2nd period and it’s the officiating? lol

    C’mon, guys..We are just simply shitting the bed tonight…Guys just gave up..Gionta takes a stupid penalty and Gomez gets a misconduct..Selfish plays by both players…


  118. Mikey_39 says:

    This is such crap.  If the refs aren’t going to call anything, then that should apply to both teams.  I can’t beleive gionta got a penalty.  I want to see blood.  

  119. Mikey_39 says:

    WHAT? The officiating has been crap all series. It’s completely one sided.  We got outplayed, but fk call something on the caps, Theyve been running our goalie all series.  Of course plekanec gets called for running their goalie.  He’s not wearing a capitals jersey.  Honestly next game id play obyrne and call up a scapper and just run them.  This is so frustrating. 

  120. deuce6 says:

    Now you know how the players are thinking and feeling..Selfish stupid plays…

    They deserve to be booed..What a terrible meltdown..We are simply sucking the bag in the sky…


  121. pmaraw says:

    i agree, habs are playing bad this period, but you cant deny how 1 sided the officiating is, caps get away with murder plowing thru halak all game 2, the no call on giontas breakaway trip and so on.  plek nudges a caps d into varlamov and gets 2 minutes and 2 for disputing the bs officiating?

  122. Storm Man says:

    The only two players that give a shit tonight. The others have taking the night off 

  123. deuce6 says:

    The refs didn’t cause us to be down 4 nothing…lol

    This one is practically over, man..The refs are just not wanting it to get out of hand..WASH are not doing anything wrong but scoring and outplaying us at will..Now we know why they are the best team in the league…

    Say what you want and blame who you want, but, IMO, it’s not the striped shirts that are killing us, it’s the red, white, and blue ones…

    Funny, I felt this coming after the Caps scored a SH goal..I KNEW we would go into a meltdown..With all the experience on the bench, this is what we get? Selfish penalties and totally embarrassing themselves..And these guys are professionals? Please..


  124. pmaraw says:

    the refs sure helped us not have a 2-0 serieslead

  125. deuce6 says:

    They are just embarrassing themselves now..They are in total meltdown..I don’t see us winning anymore games and getting hammered and embarrassed in the next 2 to finish us off…


  126. MontrealAtheist says:

    They completely lost the momentum after that demoralizing OT loss on Saturday and the SH goal gave them the rest. I doubt they can recover from this … Caps in 5!

  127. Storm Man says:

    and MAB sits next game -2 and has done nothing on the PP grab a beer and enjoy the game from the box MAB

  128. Laramy87 says:

    Although i totally think the habs are shitting the bed right now the reffing is not helping WHATSOVER. Goalie interference, so thats just called a russian falling with a tad of contact. IF your gonna call goalie interference, u gotta call it both ways, but that wont happen becaue Bettman has already told the refs who to win. Even in game one whre habs won u could tell the officiating was against them. I think we had 18 minutes of penaties in the period vs. caps what 2.. BULLSHIT…. its frsutrating for sure

  129. slapshot777 says:

    They got to reset and come out and win this period. Forget everything else. Try and get some momentum back. Stay the hell out of the box. The refs are only lookiung at one team and that is the Habs.


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

  130. BKAK72 says:

    The following goalies were/will never be PATRICK ROY:

    Jocelyn Thibault (1995-1999)

    Jose Theodore (1999-2005)

    Chrsitobal Huet (2005-2008)

    Carey Price / Jaroslav Halak (2008-present)

    …because they don’t have the good fortune to play behind the likes of:

    Defenseman like:  Larry Robinson, Chris Chelios, Rick Green, Craig Ludwig, Petr Svoboda, Eric Desjardins, Matthew Schneider

    Forwards that dove in front of pucks:  Cuy Carbonneau, Bob Gainey, Kirk Muller, Ryan Walter

    Forwards that score dirty goals that break teams:  Shayne Corson, Mike McPhee, Claude Lemieux

    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  131. homerbowen says:

    Too many small players and they are getting frustrated. Bigger players will beat smaller players in the playoff.

  132. COPOKA HA KOPOBE says:

    Even a blind ref will not miss the stupidity of Gomez and Pleks on the ice.

    However , Markov was pardoned a couple of handstreaching towards an opponent.

  133. MontrealAtheist says:

    I wonder what JM has in store for game #4. Unless he makes some major changes I don’t see us getting any better results than in game #3.

  134. slapshot777 says:

    As long as Bettman is running the show, we will never see another Canadian team win the cup period. I know the Habs won the cup under his watch, but that was only when he new in the League. Since he has developed this power trip no Canadian team will win. He wants the American teams to win, this will be the only way to keep interest in the teams down south.

    Without American teams winning you will see, attendance dwindle and your TV rating in the US will drop off signficantly, even if there is an American team versus a Canadian team. But have two American teams playing in the final the ratings will be higher than what they would with a Canadian team.

    If the Canadian fans were to do the same. Then Bettman mike think twice, but he knows that will never happen. He is laughing is arse off at how he sets and determines who wins and who loses. He just takes our money to add insult to injury and feed the weak American teams.



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

  135. BKAK72 says:

    Seems like you and virtually every hockey fan saw a problem with the “midget” roster.  Now explain to me how BOB & CO. saw things differently?

    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  136. habsgod says:

    cheating refs will beat you in the playoffs too!

  137. BKAK72 says:

    The best way to control the Canadian content remains by limiting the number of teams in the league.  I would suggest that the #1 culprit here is the Toronto Maple Leaf organization who continuously blocks access into its market.  When Quebec City left I didn’t hear too many in Montreal cry either (although Molson had its own problems then).

    Want to fight back?  Stop watching the playoffs once the Canadian teams are eliminated. 

    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  138. adam76 says:

    No logic in this.  A scandal like you are suggesting would destroy the league and bring legal charges against all involved.

    Also – explain how Ottawa made it to the final a few years ago?

    Conspiracy theories are the “macarina” of hockey talk.  let it go.

  139. adam76 says:

    They don’t care – why should we?


    Hammer is stinking up the joint, and personally owes everyone at that game a refund on their ticket.  Gomez needs to get some discipline FAST.  Martin looks like a deer in headlights.


    Total meltdown, total joke.  


    If this team starts Price on Wednesday – I sware to god I’m done with this franchise.

  140. deuce6 says:

    Guys, we have to suck it up and simply say the guys came apart and had a meltdown..Now we came out in the 3rd and seem to be more composed..Where was this earlier? We didn’t lose our composure, this game wouldn’t be over right now…

    We need to just get some momentum for game 4…I think a 4-0 deficit is just too much of a hill..We dug ourselves into this mess now we need to dig our way out..


  141. deuce6 says:

    Agreed, adam..



  142. christophor says:


    and i guess if they trade halak they’ll have also traded your support to the same team.

  143. MontrealAtheist says:

    The Washington Capitals are showing why they are the President’s Trophy winners and the top scoring team of the league. This series is over, time to start regrouping for next season.

  144. pmaraw says:

    3-0 with halak in net, 1-1 with price (goals that is)

  145. christophor says:

    i dont like complaining about reffing. habs have been stinking it up tonight and still would have lost with some zebra help. but still, i’ve had enough of washington having the default favour in the (non-montreal) media, including the commentating and analysis, and in the reffing.

    its as if gomez and plekanec are saying, “hey, there are two teams in this series; it doesn’t automatically go to washington!”

  146. slapshot777 says:

    I didn’t say a Canadian team would not make the final, I said never win. As far as proving a scandal, how would you prove it when the majority of the teams are American anyway. It’s to their benefit. Both the money and the prestige they get.

    Bettman came in and since he has been in power it’s been all about the American hockey teams. He let Winnipeg, Quebec walk to American cities without so much as a good argument as to why they should stay. Yet when talk comes about moving an American franchise, that’s an whole different matter. High treason, we’ll fight them in the alley’s, in the courts anywhere and everywhere. He will never let a team move from an American city to a Canadian city.

    We just finished witnessing this, this past summer. Just look at the two groups trying to acquire the Coyotes. The Edge group, I believe is a Canadian based group and Jerry Reinsdorf an American. The Edge offers 140 million and Reinsdorf offers 60 million. Reinsdorf is accepted and the Edge group is turned away.

    I ask you, if someone was buying your team do you take 60 million and leave 140 million on the table. Apparently Bettman does to keep it American. He also gives Reinsdorf a reported sweetheart deal and if it doesn`t work out after a couple of years he can move the team. I bet he won`t move the team to Canada.


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

  147. homerbowen says:

    See ya

  148. slapshot777 says:

    It`s an opinion, whether you like it or not. You got no proof that it doesn`t exist either. I would like to think it doesn`t exist. But then look what happened in the NBA with the refs. If someone would have said to you, it like the games are being fixed by certain refs, I bet you would have said the same thing about it. Yet there it is plain to see.


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

  149. homerbowen says:

    Save all the whinning about refs and Bettman and leave that to the Laff fans.

    We are not good enough plain and simple. We have too many small players and they can’t handle the pressure of a 7 game series. One maybe but not 4 or 5 on one team.

    Move as many as you can over the summer and start all over as this group won’t cut it.

    On the bright side the one win was unexpected.

  150. MontrealAtheist says:

    And how exactly did Price contribute to that Plekanec goal?

  151. slapshot777 says:

    Now after saying all of that, it  has nothing to do with tonight`s game. We just got a couple of bad bounces. We didn`t skate like we should have and it cost us. I don`t know if we just got lazy or what. We didn`t capitalize in the first when we should have. Regroup and take game 4. Long way to go yet. I still think we got some god hockey left yet. Never say die. Gomez has got to learn to stay out of the box with selfish penalties.


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

  152. pmaraw says:

    where is your head at?  halak let in 3 goals on 7 shots in the 2nd, 6 last game, price has let in 1 and he was cold when he did.  no, price didnt get an assist, geezus, i didnt know he was suppose to score to.  what he did do was keep em in the game that was otherwise getting out of hand, but the habs couldn’t bury one.  as im typing this price lets in another, but thats neither here nor there at this point.

  153. deuce6 says:

    Some calls didn’t go our way..I agree, but the officiating didn’t cause us to have a total meltdown…We simply lost our composure and got away from our gameplan..WASH is frustrating our guys..It’s simple..

    What proof do you have that there is some sort of collusion, by the way? I think your accusations are absurd..But I understand your frustration..We simply don’t have the horses to take out a team of WASH’s calibre..

    We were lucky to win one..


  154. slapshot777 says:

    Even the Bulldogs are getting beat tonight. 4-0 Manitoba still in te second.


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

  155. Shan says:

    Habs look like they don’t know who they are. They’re trying to act tough when they need to be smart.


    Their defenses are broken! Let the slaughter begin!

  156. pmaraw says:

    oh, i thought it was best of seven, not best of 3.  never heard of faith or hope?

  157. Laramy87 says:

    Start Price Wed he has played well tonight. This is what happens when you take a period off against the Caps….. if it were not for the 2nd period its a 1-1 game… Need to play a full 60 and the game is totally different…. We can still beat these guys… 5-1 whatever, re group and bring it Wed… play like we did in the first period and its anwyas game

  158. Ton says:

    MAB stinks plain and simple. Francophone or not he stinks. No vision at all and get off a good shot every so often. Another embarrassment is Lapierre. I am ambarrassed having him on our team. This is the fine tooling we have to do in the off season. I think we could take the next game but I said 6 games for the caps.

  159. SeriousFan09 says:

    4-1, but with Boucher coaching I’ve seen them come back from it so who knows, he doesn’t sit on his butt and expect an antique system to save the day with oddball coaching decisions here and there.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  160. Storm Man says:

    later don’t let the door hit you. Its fans like you this team does not need 

  161. Storm Man says:

    MAB has to sit next game that was a gross give away

  162. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Bye-bye, ta-ta, you’re done with this franchise.

  163. slapshot777 says:

    I wonder what the meeting was about today. It always seems that JM is doing something useless while the other team is doing something constructive. While the Habs are having meetings the Caps are practising. I don`t know about anyone else, but we didn`t get that good over the lasgt couple of game.

    While the Caps made adjustments, what did the Habs do. Again the Habs forget how to play 60 minutes. The Habs have done a good job containing Ovie but they forget the assigmnents of the rest of the team.



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

  164. adam76 says:

    Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena
    Que tu cuerpo es pa’ darle alegria y cosa buena
    Dale a tu cuerpo alegria, Macarena
    Hey Macarena

  165. MontrealAtheist says:

    Stop watching the playoffs once the Canadian teams are eliminated.”

    The best Canadian players (e.g. Crosby, Niedermayer, Staal, Fleury, Brodeur) happen to be playing for American teams or are you suggesting we turn our back on them, too? No matter what team Crosby is playing for, he still remains a Canadian icon and draws crowds around here whenever he plays.

    Besides, why should we care whether or not there are other Canadian teams still playing in the play-offs? If the Habs are eliminated I’d rather see the Stanley Cup go back to the Sun Belt than to the Flames, ‘Nucks or, heaven forbid, the Laffs.

  166. adam76 says:

    hamrlik played worse then MAB.  regardless – we want ryan o’byrne.

  167. homerbowen says:


  168. Ian Cobb says:

    The best thing is that we get to play the 7th game in Washington. No pressure there scoring!

  169. BC HAB says:

    I am still pissed about game #2.  We should be up 2 to 1. The short handed goal killed us today.  Confidence killer.  By the way, I wonder how many goals against Montreal Hamerlik has been on the ice. Age has caught up to that guy.  Nice contract to buy out.

  170. KenD29 says:

    The Habs will be LUCKY to get to a 7th game!!!


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  171. slapshot777 says:

    Got to be a trade, cannot be a buyout. Still to much money on the books. We have to make a trade even if  we have to package a couple of other players but in order to sign both goalies and sign Pleks we need to clear up some cap space.


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

  172. KenD29 says:

    Had they hung in Game # 2, tonight might have been a different outcome!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  173. slapshot777 says:

    I agree. Boucher will be a good coach when he comes to the Habs. The only thing we have to get over and I basically think this is more of Boivins doing than anyone else idea. We have to forget if a coach or player is bilingual, we have to get the best possible person for any position that we are looking for. The product on the ice is a direct result of the personnel we employ off the ice. I don`t care if our scout is french, english, russian, finn, chezch, or swede as long as he is the best person qualified for that position.

    Let`s get over this hurdle an the Habs will be a better team for it. 


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

  174. Ian Cobb says:

    He is very useless out there.

  175. KenD29 says:

    MAB may as well have taken the shot on Price himself with that giveaway!

    Hey MAB… next time try passing to the player in a RED jersey!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  176. Ian Cobb says:

    Piece of cake, Ken

  177. MontrealAtheist says:

    There is no shame in losing to the best team of the league who outscored us by over 100 goals during the regular season. We should be glad that we managed to steal game #1 and gave them a run for their money in game #2. There is a reason the Caps dominated throughout the season and today it became blatantly obviously that the Habs can’t compete with this level of firing power by Ovechkin & Co.

    The Habs have themselves to blame for collapsing during the end of the season and giving up 6th place to the Bruins who, by the way, are now leading the series 2-1 against the Sabres. With a little bit extra effort towards the end it could have been us having fun with the Sabres instead of facing the Caps.

  178. Ton says:

    now i know why other teams passed on him. remember Gingras, he got the same type of comparison but no way he was twice the player and his shot was always on net and he had very good vision.

  179. Ian Cobb says:

    Martin over plays his best players while 10 ride the pines.  Coaching change please,

  180. KenD29 says:

    Men against Boys tonight! Caps showed them who’s boss.

    Gomez, try sticking to hockey, BONEHEAD! 10 minutes in the box. $8 million for that?!!!

    Plecanec, you too keep your mouth shut and play hockey!

    Lapierre, have a seat. What are you doing out there?!

    Hamrlik, looking for his strap! MAB, passing to the Caps players!

    Caps crashing the goalies, while the boys in Red watch!

    Game 2 collapse …



    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  181. SeriousFan09 says:

    You, me and everyone who doesn’t read or write the yellow press in Montreal or appear regularly on RDS’s L’Antichambre would agree with that.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  182. KenD29 says:

    Hope you are right. However if they decide to take DUMB penalties (Gomez and Plecanec), it will not be 7 games my friend. They will be on the golf course Sunday!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  183. BC HAB says:

    Sidenote: Does JM ever show any emotions.  The only time that I have ever seen him get mad was when he yelled at Lil’ Tits at the beginning of the season.

  184. MontrealAtheist says:

    Totally agreed.  If you lose like today when your team was completely dominated by the opponent at least there is not much regret, on the other hand with game #2 it would not have taken much to win that one.

  185. Habs1st says:

    I’m not sure I agree with the whole “consipiracy theory” thing, but I think its a bit more than “some calls didn’t go our way”.  In game two the officiating was horrific and tonight it was only slightly better.  The refs cost the Habs game 2.  Two goals Washington scored should not have counted.  The bad play of the Habs in the 2nd period cost us the game tonight, but who knows what may have happened if the refs didn’t screw up on the Kostitsyn call (Carlson non-call) – who knows, 5 – 3, could’ve been interesting.  Hockey is a game of momentum.  The refs are having too much influence in this series.

    All that being said, I obviously want Montreal to win, however, if they lose because Washington is a superior team with superior talent so be it.  If Washington wins every game 8-7 with crap goaltending and suspect defense but with crazy firepower up front, so be it.  But don’t let them (or any other team in any series) win because the refs are making ridiculous calls or not making the calls they should.  Let the teams and the players decide who wins, not the refs or Bettman or whomever!

  186. SeriousFan09 says:

    – Gomez was playing hockey, the refs were playing keep a Habs player off the ice for 12 minutes.

    – Pleks was playing all night, one of the few who did.

    – Lapierre, can’t really defend that little ****, makes me regret the day I spent 25$ on his shirt.

    – Hamrlik looking for a cure for old age really, MAB discovered to not be a defencemen by the Capitals after 2 games.

    – Caps are allowed to break the rules, we are not.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  187. habsguy says:

    well all I can do is hope for wed,  although we should be up 2-1…it’s tough to play the caps and the refs!!!!

  188. slapshot777 says:

    I can put up with Pleks comment. He was expressing a opinion on what a horrible job the refs are doing with calling the goalie inteference calls. The refs can`t handle the truth. That Pleks bump was not a goalie inteference. If the refs are going to be consistent then Game 2 they should have showed it, by disallowing the second goal scored by the Caps and the other three they had in that game.

    The refs saw an opportunity to ding Pleks for an extra two and did so. If they were more consistent then they wouldn`t be getting sh?t for making these calls.


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

  189. wotever says:

    If the second game had been reffed like the third it would be a different series. Credit to the caps for calming down, this game, although I’m sure they (both teams) were told what to expect. It’s crap. The 2nd game was dangerous and pathetic.

    I still maintain price should have been brought in in game 2 at 4:2. It might even still be a good idea next game to start with halak, score some points and switch to price. They’re both great goalies, in different ways.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

    Btw the iPad doesn’t like HIO

  190. habsguy says:

    Yup,  like crab the puck and THROW it into the habs end,  I wlways thought that was a penalty!!!……and Pleks got a penalty for doing what the Caps have been doing for 3 games!!!!!

  191. slapshot777 says:



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

  192. Habsfan_jay says:

    Agreed, I thought he coached well in game 1, but since then same old JM.

  193. BC HAB says:

    I live in vancouver. I should be a canucks fan.  But for some reason I just can’t do it.  More and more each day I contemplate giving up watching hockey. It is very bad for my health. These emotions are bad for the heart.

  194. WestHab says:

    You cannot give up a short handed goal in the playoffs.  Talk about a turning point. Everything was just fine up until that. 

  195. KenD29 says:

    At $8 million, Gomez is paid to play offense and not spend 10 minutes in the box! This is playoff hockey not regular season! Caps made the Habs pay.

    You should ask Lapierre to give you $25 ! Either that or use it as a rag!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  196. KenD29 says:

    Bang on!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  197. WestHab says:

    I was ok with the canuks until they brought out those green men.  If that was in an American city we’d all be saying what a bunch of jerks, what are they doing with this game.  GO LA GO!

  198. Habsfan_jay says:

    MAB’s play has steadily declined since game 1. But then of course the Caps didn’t put any pressure on him in game 1 and every one of us here knows if you pressure MAB he’ll cough up the puck or make a bad pass. He hasn’t contributed to the PP this series, so why bother dressing him.

  199. slapshot777 says:



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

  200. sailor2963 says:

    Cammalleri, Pleks and AK46 were -4 in the game, MAB was -3.  Tells a lot.  I thought JM should have pulled Halak during game 2 and Price should have started tonight.  The Habs left behind the game plan that worked in game 1 and most of game 2.  The Habs must be disciplined and play full out to have a chance against Washington, they did not do either tonight.

  201. Habs1st says:

    I’m happy for the split in Washington, but based on your analysis, the Canadiens and their fans should not expect any more.  We shouldn’t expect them to try and win?  The Habs should have came home with a 2 – 0 series lead!  The officials cost the Habs the 2nd game!  Based on the 2nd period play tonight, the Caps deserved the win. 

    I agree that the Habs collapsed at the end of the season (which was, I believe, caused by the pressure of the situation getting to Halak, which caused his mediocre play in the final week.  And yes, I know he’s the main reason the Habs were even in the playoff hunt.  I just think the pressure got to him.), but you say the Habs “gave up” 6th place to Bruins and then note that they lead the Sabres.  If the Habs played the Sabres, we could be down 3 – 0.  Who’s to say we’d have the same luck against Miller as the Bruins did?  I for one, still think we have a chance against the Caps because of their goaltending (and ours, if Price or Halak steals a game or two… or three to be exact)!  I still think Buffalo has a chance against Boston because their goaltender has the potential of completely shutting the opposition down. 

  202. WestHab says:

    In the first 2 games he was playing beyond himself for sure. Tonight he was MAB.  Was O’Bryne really playing that bad before the playoffs?

  203. Habsfan_jay says:

    MAB was -3, Hamer -1. Not at all saying Hamer was good, but MAB was GOD AWFUL tonight.

  204. wotever says:

    Did I hear American fans booing the Canadian anthem?

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  205. Habsfan_jay says:

    Habs need to play the system they did in game 1. They can’t try and play the Caps style against the Caps, they are too good. They started trading chances with them in game 2, and we saw how that turned out. Well tonight after 1 period of fire wagon hockey the Caps took control off of Habs mistakes (short handed goal, MAB’s bad outlet pass, etc.).Tons of people said it before the series started, that the Caps play a cherry picking type game, they wait for the other team to make mistakes and then they take over. You need to play a tight, careful game against the Caps. You need strong consistent forechecking, short high percentage passing, and most of all solid D and goaltending.

  206. Nina76 says:

    I would have thought that JM would have showed some reaction when the 10 min & the 5 min plus the two Min on Plecks I guess the opposition was perfect according to the fefs DO NOT TOUCH THE STARS but ok to knock any Hab off……………..COME ON JM GET SOME BALLS SHOW SOME EMOTION WATCHING TV…………WOULD YOU LIKE SOME HELP???????NUTS!!!!!!!

  207. Nina76 says:


  208. K-hab25 says:

    Good, you can cheer for Halak wherever he ends up, we’ll be here cheering for the Habs even if they start Sanford in net. We love the name on the front of the jersey not the name on the back.

  209. MontrealAtheist says:

    Price gave up 2 unnecessary goals even though the Caps already slowed down a notch after taking a 3-0 lead.

  210. Le Jadester says:

    Man, those guys were the best.  I grew up with them and they made me very happy and excited the next day playing roadhockey as kid !

    Habs, OLE !

  211. CapsLust says:

    You booed the US National Anthem?  Classless.

  212. BC HAB says:

    I didn’t hear any boos. 

  213. BC HAB says:

    Actually, what you heard was me booing all the way from my house.

  214. WestHab says:

    It has happened and your right that is classless. But I didn’t hear it tonight. I actually thought I heard some signing of the last verse or so.

  215. Bugs says:

    I was just booing you.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  216. Caballero says:

    The fans were not there tonight, booing the national anthem what the hell. Sitting S.K., dressing a player who is not in game shape, not calling a time out at critical times, no one bothering the caps goalie, Moen not doing his job, putting your hopes in a D that did not have a job at the beginning of the season while sitting out a promising young D who is big, right handed and in need of playoff experience…

  217. Bugs says:

    What a load of colossal POOP. I’m not ‘appy, mates, not ‘appy at all.

    Where was the confidence? Where was the forechecking pressure? Where were the BLOODY shots on net?

    When Gomie is the one firing your howitzers, somethin’s not right, knowumsayin?

    I mean, Varlamov??? Are we dealing in BEADS already??? Varlamov?

    SHOOT the puck! Shoot it!

    I don’t WANNA lose to the Cappers, ok? I don’t WANNA! So regroup, and SHOOT!

    ..ferpetessakes, so embarrassing…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  218. light_n_tasty says:


    Price looked very solid.  Seemed to handle the crease crashing must better than Halak.  Price should start.

    Caps really only outplayed Habs/Halak for 5 minutes.  Fairly even the rest of the way.

    Plekanec is not playing like a little girl.



    Why split up Spacek + Hamr?

    Why play Georges against Ovechkin?

    Why is Gomez being paid 8 million to be a gridner?



    Start Price.

    Start O’B.

    Start SK

    Scratch: Pouliot, Darche

  219. habs4cup says:

    I wonder how many decades it will be until we have a good team, a team we can be proud of, instead of a team that’s the  joke of the league.

  220. adam76 says:

    Price looked solid cause the game was already over. 


  221. Bugs says:

    You mean a team we won’t go postal on after a loss we didn’t like?

    Never, I think.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  222. Habsfan_jay says:

    Pleck’s loan goal tonight was with him in front of the net, off one of the 1000+ rebounds Varlamov gave up….

  223. TomNickle says:

    How can anyone say with a straight face that last year’s team was better than this one?

    Seriously, one has heart.  THIS ONE.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  224. 24 Cups says:

    “Caps really only outplayed Habs/Halak for 5 minutes. Fairly even the rest of the way.”

    I’m not so sure about that point.

    Washington smoked us after Hamrlik and Spacek gave up the short handed goal to make it 1-0. The Caps totally owned us with their physical play.

    As for our D, H I/O posters may want to lay off the Komisarek jokes for awhile.

  225. smiler2729 says:

    Y’know aside from all the bitter BS from a lot of posters here, the Habs have a real cool team here.  Yeah, sure, they’re not exactly all on the same page at the same time but at least they’re all in the same arena, which is more than we can say for last year’s dysfunctional team for which Saku paid  the price.

    I’m proud of this team. I like this team a lot. Kudos to everyone from Bob Gainey to Jacques Martin, the broth is in the stew, let’s let it sit awhile.

    Let’s chill… it could be worse, we could be snoring vs. New Jersey.

  226. anotherhab says:

    I guess anything can happen in the next few games — but a don’t have much confidence in our group after the last 4 periods (mind you were in this game until the shorty). Speaking of shorties we really need to get bigger and tougher as a team by next season regardless of what happens these playoffs. I’ve been saying this all year, the skill is good but when Markov looks like our meanest player something is seriously wrong!!! Part of the problem is JM who doesn’t believe in team toughness! Hopefully the Molsons are smart enough to see this!!

    MAB is frustrating to watch and needs to sit regardless of his shot, I’d rather see OB get some playoff experience. And why sit SK??



  227. Bugs says:

    Bullspit, Timo. They wanna win; they were brought up on it just like we were, so bullspit.

    All that Sutter koolaid you been drinkin’s backed up into your brain, now it’s comin out your mouth, mate!

    Take it easy, please.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  228. Caballero says:

    I appreciate your positivity at this much needed time. This team is doing much better than the previous incarnation would have done that is for sure, and going through this experience will only bring the core of the team closer. The more I think about it, the more I see that now that the two first lines have a bit of talent we really need to construct a killer 3 and 4 line. Notice our utter inability to shift the moment tonight? If it can’t be done with a goal there are other ways but Lapierre shaking his gloves is just not enough.

  229. punkster says:

    Yikes, right about that Steve. We’re the last place that should be making any jokes about other team’s D.

  230. Caballero says:

    The blame game is too therapeutic though man. In any case, placing blame is useless unless there are adjustments made so mistakes won’t be repeated. My message to JM vis a vis SK, more carrot less stick!

  231. TomNickle says:

    Tomorrow is a new day.  The players are still alive.  I’m fairly certain they will show up to play Wednesday night.  I don’t think they’ll crawl under a rock and die.

    Good lesson for them in that game.  Can’t take the foot off the gas, not for a second.  

    This is the kind of focus that comes with playoff experience.  Knowing that if you allow yourself to decrease your effort level, your mental toughness and your refusal to lose battles, the puck winds up in your net.


    They’ll be better Wednesday night because of tonight’s game.

    Expect the same effort you saw in the first period for three periods on Wednesday Ladies and Gentlemen.

    And good evening.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  232. Willy the bum says:

    My heart aches I need a pacemaker.

  233. Willy the bum says:

    Caps pulled Theo, Habs pulled Jaro.

    It’s the battle of the back-ups Wednesday night.

  234. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …this is a repeat Timo to one of your earlier posts tonight …I repeat because …enough IS enough

    …start trying to ‘think’ out your negativism and criticism in an intelligent and constructive way

    …Our Team will go through more change obviously this summer, most of Us don’t need your crap-talk to understand this

    …meanwhile, let The Team We have PLAY without your senseless vile personal attacks

    “…Timo …I can’t believe at one time I actually found you amusing …because underneath your turdly veneer I felt you were a Fan

    …I have lately awakened how tiresome, stupid and ‘disgusting’ you are

    …you are NOT a Fan of the Montreal Canadiens …you are a maggot in the woodwork of Our Fandom”


    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  235. mb says:

    Well I was at the game tonight, and I certainly don’t think that
    all the calls were deserved.  The worst part is that at several times the Caps didn’t
    get penalties when THEY deserved it. 

    I mean,
    seriously, Lapierre gets a penalty for obstruction (I believe) when
    there’s 5 minutes left and Habs are losing 4-1.  I usually never blame
    the refs for a loss, and I won’t start tonight, but being there and
    seeing all the things the refs didn’t call on the Caps is just making
    this loss even more diappointing.


    On the other hand, the first 20 minutes were very entertaining, they did play well in the 1st period!  The PK was excellent, too.

  236. gp52 says:

    bergeron had one wicked shot that hit varlamov in the face

  237. Caballero says:

    Just to be clear, everyone knows that those boos are aimed at the visiting team, so it’s not such a huge deal. We could do without it for sure, but what we could use more of is some cheering and encouragement. It took one goal short handed to silence that building. Reminds me of how people who have the best seats in concerts are always the lamest.

  238. Rainrocket16 says:

    Now that I have calmed down a little, I just want to say that our defense is in serious trouble. Our goalies need all the credit in the world for doing well enough to be in this position in the playoffs. Spacek is just about my least favorite hab, next to Mara. Pouliot is no where to be seen, why does he play so high on the line. Metro is becoming one of my most respected players,. Heart of a Lion.. And lastly, Washington is not that good, I don’t think any Habs fan would say we havent been hosed a little each game by the Refs. And Yes it makes a huge damn difference. Instead of being up 2-0 going in to tonight we are now in desperation mode. I would love to run into Bettman face to face in a dark alley!! Go Habs Go!!

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  239. Say Ash says:

    There’s a German word for the pleasure I’m experiencing watching the Nucks right now. It’s bad, I know. Just being honest, is all.

  240. since1988 says:

    just curious y do u dislike Mara besides the fact that he has been hurt all year and thus never really had a chance to play

  241. A. Berke says:

    After the caps’ first goal, I was thinking about proposing to start a collection here to buy out Hammer’s contract next year. I figured about $5 or $10 from each of us and each Habs fan would do it.

    But now I wonder where are we going to find all the money needed to buy out JM’s, Spacek’s, MAB’s contracts too?

    Sheesh! another good initiative down the drain.

    Ali B.

  242. Rainrocket16 says:

    when he was healthy he was a disgrace, maybe if he is with us next season he will prove me wrong, but it was ugly!

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  243. since1988 says:

    agreed i know they let washington back into the game on Saturday and tonights 2nd period was awful but for a lot of the playoffs so far they have excited me and competed and gotten me excited thinking once again anything is possible

  244. Eliisa says:

    No one can be enjoying the fall of Nucks more than me. I have already fired some nasty texts back at my friends who were taunting me earlier. That last one on Luongo was brutal. Go LA!

  245. A Concerned Follower says:

    1. Where is Markov this series?

    2. Why is Markov playing with Bergeron?

    3. Why is Bergeron playing 20+ minutes?

    4. Why is Metropolit in? I don’t think he threw one hit that entire game because of his shoulder. Darche?

    5. Why is Maxwell not in? S. Kostitsyn

    6. Why can’t Pouliot stay on his feet?

    7. Why do the refs continually call “bad games?”

    8. Why is Pierre bald?

    9. Why is the Bell Centre so awesome?

    10. Can we win?

  246. mb says:

    For my part, I was there and I can tell you the boos were directed to the refs mostly, and to Ovechkin.  Honeslty, I could only hear the people in the higher sections (I was in the blue’s), but people never stopped cheering through the game.  But you are right, booing really isn’t necessary.

  247. A. Berke says:


    Ali B.

  248. A. Berke says:

    One word answer to the first 7 Q’s: JM

    Ali B.

  249. Say Ash says:

    No kidding. I’ve heard enough of how great those alien twins are! Enjoy that Art Ross, buddy.

  250. Rainrocket16 says:

    1. MIA

    2. JM is a douche

    3. He has a hard slap shot (though not Accurate)

    4. Metro is a Beast with a Lion Heart

    5. Jm is a douche

    6. Pouliot is in golf mode

    7. Bettman

    8. same luck as me

    9. God Palace

    10. I BELEIVE


    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  251. Eliisa says:

    They need to start Luongo next game too! I want to see them out in five. I love how the fans were chanting his name – it’s great! They keep showing the replay on CBC of that fourth goal – what a beauty. How many Canucks fans are jumping off the wagon tonight?

  252. dre1744 says:

    well I’m just gonna enjoy the last 2 games of the season….. Can’t expect miracles from a 500 team. Plus like everyone has stated a million times they are too small too compete against the big boys in the league. I bet they can give a good run at the canadian womans team!!!!!!

  253. light_n_tasty says:

    Also, he is a very good goalie.

  254. Xtrahabsfan says:

    So I see everyone has vented,lol.  Feel better? It’s like I said before …The Habs need too be Bigger ,Tougher ,Faster ,Stronger ,Younger,Work Harder AND NEVER EVER LET THE OPPONENT TOUCH THE F**KING PUCK!!!

  255. Say Ash says:

    Got it: Schadenfreude. Such a badass emotion.

  256. shootdapuck says:

    Bugsy, not only shoot the puck but hit the net!

    These guys cannot hit the broad side of a barn!

    They must lead the league in missed open nets!

    Think back to the first period 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”

  257. Say Ash says:

    Yeah, and they signed Lou until he’s a grandpa!

  258. budachris says:

    Long way to go get ready to here it from your freinds…nut that 4th goal was BRUTAL!!

  259. budachris says:

    Not too sound over positve but it’s still 2-1 and game 4 is at the bell loose that it’s over but were still in this they just gotta regroup and remember game 1-2 and realize that there good enough too play with the caps.

    Still a long way to go.

  260. budachris says:

    Canucks fans are gonna lose it that was a clear goal…

  261. shootdapuck says:

    Boivin was put in charge by the Molsons.

    Bugsy, does Boivin want to win?

    Is Boivin the one who sets the bar low – “make the playoffs” nothing more!

    Boivin is the one who counts seat revenue, concession revenue and smiles.

    Boivin puts political correctness ahead of winning!



    “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”

  262. dallyd31 says:

    I’ve seen some bad calls against the Habs, but that no goal call against the Canucks was one of the worst I have seen. That was a cleaar goal, and as far as I am concerned, an easy call. As mentioned, that is almost just plaining cheating.

  263. Willy the bum says:

    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger… :)

  264. MontrealAtheist says:

    All 3 Canadian teams in the play-offs are now behind 1-2 … I don’t know what it is about seeing other Canadian teams lose, but I sure enjoy it a lot … Go LA! Go Pens! And go Habs!

  265. MontrealAtheist says:

    If the Caps play the way they did tonight it won’t matter much who’s in net … we would just get outgunned and overpowered once again.

  266. Bugs says:


    Boivin hires in order to make the playoffs and no more in order to reap paltry vigorish when Victory not only assures MORE vigorish but JOB SECURITY as well? Pure suicide.

    Ridiculous, Shooter.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  267. Bugs says:

    Not tonight anyway, I agree.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  268. Bugs says:

    Brilliant, Xtra.

    Absolutely brilliant.


    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  269. Larry says:

    Not “almost” cheating. It IS cheating.

  270. light_n_tasty says:

    Was it worse than the Chris Lee no-goal against Pitt?

  271. Larry says:

    No not quite that bad. Although there were a few quick whistles when the Canucks were buzzing and the puck was still loose. Chris Lee went a bit too far on that one. he is a dummy, tried too hard to please the boss and got slapped for it. They are supposed to do it stealth like and he made it obvious. In the playoffs though the stakes are higher, and the longer they get away with it the bolder they are becoming. It is going to blow up in their face evetually

  272. shootdapuck says:

    What has he done?


    “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”

  273. adam76 says:

    save your time and watch castle.  serious.

  274. Eliisa says:

    I was out of town all day and just got in. I haven’t watched the game but heard the score while on the road and realize it’s not pretty. I haven’t missed one single game this season. Someone tell me – should I even bother? Are there any redeeming moments that make it worth my time? I don’t want to break my record… but…

  275. 24 Cups says:

    E – A goodnight’s sleep is better than an evening full of nightmares. 

  276. Habsfan_jay says:

    Go to the Habs site on and watch the video for Pleck’s goal, that’s all that’s really worth watching.

  277. habaholic68NJ says:

    Watch the first period only.  One of the most exciting in recent history.  After that, do yourself a favor, take a bath and call it a night.  

    Team ran out of gas.  JM did not roll four lines and did not dress his best.  Never called time out either.  His only move was the obvious to pull Halak after he gave up 3 goals on 6 shots in the 2nd period in the middle of a total defensive breakdown.  

  278. TripleX says:

    Watch the first period three times and pretend that is how the game ended.  Why ruin the rest of the day and cause a sleepless night?

  279. BC HAB says:

    Who cares.  How about talking hockey eh.  Those boo birds don’t represent all Canadiens anyways.

  280. CapsLust says:

    Washington media just replayed the opening, and it’s clear there was booing.  And the Comcast reporter (Lisa Hillary) here is a Canadian, and proud of it (or was) — to wit, during the Olympics she took pride in tossing a Canadian flag over Ovie’s shoulder during off-ice interviews, all in jest.  Anyway, the Comcast reporter just began her report saying she has never been ashamed to be a Canadian, until tonight, and all because of the anthem boos.

    Other DC reporters are saying the same thing. 

    Totally tangential to the game, of course, and I’ll stop posting. 

    It’s sad, however.  I think you all have more to fret about than your loss tonight.

  281. adam76 says:

    nor did I (on my television)

  282. Bugs says:

    Before you go, can I ask you a question?

    Did you know what a puck was three years ago?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  283. MontrealAtheist says:

    Whose idea was it anyway to start playing national anthems before hockey games? Just get rid of this useless practice and it would not even be possible to boo someone else’s anthem.

  284. Harani says:

    When I got in, I catched a few on RDS:

    -Gomez said he got the misconduct for saying something he shouldn’t have said to the refs. He’ll know what not to say and keep his calm next time

    -Price said he hadn’t played in more than 3 weeks, so it was good for him to go out there and feel the pucks. He feels ready if he’s called upon but the decision is upto the coach. 

    -Cammi said we just need to focus on the next game. Be more patient and not run around frustrated. They have to regroup and the same crap. 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  285. Habs1st says:

    A lot of people crapping on Gomez for getting a 10 minute misconduct.  At least he was sticking up for the team and his goaltender and trying to tell the refs how crappy they’re doing.  Good for him, I says!  I think JM or Pierre Gauthier should be all over the media complaining about the officiating after the fiasco of the 2nd game and tonights reffing was only marginally better.  Its an embarrassment to the sport.  Let the players decide who wins.  If Montreal loses, so be it.  But let it be because of their play and Washington’s play, not because of the officials influence on the game. 

  286. BC HAB says:

    Totally agree.  However the habs cannot afford to have him in the box.  Let JM do it. He is useless anyways.

  287. ThirtyThree says:

    Reality – why do you mock me so?

    It’s two games to one. Not the end of the world. They’re still in this thing.

    They need to play smart, and stop trying to go toe-to-toe with the CrAPS.

    And the goaltending needs to be brilliant. Not good, not great. Brilliant. It ain’t fair, but it’s the only way they’ll win. Whoever plays nets next, he needs to have the best game of his life.

    WEDNESDAY’S gonna be GREAT – GO! HABS! GO!!!

  288. bostonantifan says:

    “They’re still in this thing?” Did you even watch the game tonight? You’ve got to be kidding! With the effort they put in tonight, they couldn’t beat Hamilton, much less the Caps!

  289. BC HAB says:

    And I was booing the refs.

  290. kkurji says:

    Here is why the habs are losing (besides the obvious that the caps are a better team):

    1) Caps CRASH the net, while our habs just stay as close to the board as possible. You can’t win in the playoffs without traffic in front

    2) MAB on D.

    3)Coaching. JM sucks

    3) Varlamov, outplaying halak.

    4) Lack of poise


    Here is what they have to do to turn this series around:

    1) CRASH THE GOD DAMN NET! JM should tell AK46, Pouilot, Moen, Laps, Darche, to park their ass in front of varlamov, not to the side of him but IN FRONT OF HIM. If they don’t make examples out of them and bench them after each shift they don’t. Make him battle for pucks like our goalies have to.

    2) OB in on D, MAB scratched. Who cares about his laser from the point. Put spacek or AK46 on the point on the PP.

    3) JM has to use his timeout! That’s why you have one, its to be used!

    4) Stay the course. Play with the same energy we did in the first period in game 3 and don’t be rattled by one goal against.

    5) Start Price. Not blaming halak at all, but if our goalies are going to be hung out to dry, carey has a better chance of keeping the puck out of our net, because number 1 he’s bigger and number 2 he’s used to his team playing like ass in front of him.

  291. Caballero says:

    I started a post and I see that you already covered a ton of bases here. I don’t understand how the fans can see this stuff and a coach with over 1000 games of experience just can’t.

  292. bostonantifan says:

    Hate to tell you, the entire defense sucks, not just Bergeron.  Hamrlik is playing like he’s allergic to contact.  Spacek is flopping around on the ice…  The entire defense needs a make-over.  Maybe Subban will help next year.  The defensive effort in this game was incredibly pitiful.  The first goal was scored when the Habs couldn’t keep control of the puck on a power play.  Numerous times in this series, the point men were abysmal, and were caught when Caps players flew by them short handed.  Absolutely pitiful.  I think this series was lost on the stupid 3rd period penalty by Pouliot in game 2.  He’s totally disappeared, and looks like he’s taken a page out of the Latendresse floating book.

  293. Bugs says:

    We could SURE use some castle on our team.

    Frank Castle, that is.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  294. Caballero says:

    LOL, that really cheered me up. The Punisher would have put this team down in game two, and also perhaps called a bleeping time out the second the caps scored their 2nd goal tonight. Christ’s sake, BB called a time out when we scored one goal and they were up by 4 in the third. I guess he was trying to send JM a little tip.

  295. andrewberkshire says:

    Bugs, you’re the effing man!

  296. Bugs says:

    “You get the other guy on the ropes, you keep him there.

    You mangle his ears, fill his eyes up with blood. Pulp his kidneys, grind his ribs.

    And if he still won’t hit the canvas?

    That’s when you go and bleed him to death.”

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  297. kkurji says:

    You’re so right! Is there any way that Boone can slide a print out of these comments into JM’s jacket?!

  298. Habsfan_jay says:

    Why is stuff like this so obvious to us and not JM?

  299. Da Hema says:


    Thanks for the laugh Timo!


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  300. Caballero says:

    So true so true. Our Ds are either old and slow, or else tiny and not that talented. This is not a winning combo folks.

  301. Larry says:

    The conspiracy is not just against the habs. It is against the Canadian teams. Bettman is desperate to sell the game in the US and will stop at nothing to ensure their teams advance.. That disallowed call is blatant outright cheating.

  302. MontrealAtheist says:

    If that’s true then why did the NHL introduce the salary cap? Before the salary cap the US teams had a major advantage since they generally have more money than us poor Canadians. The salary cap, in theory, levels the play field somewhat.

  303. Bugs says:


    Like Shaker says: Suck it up, jabrone.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  304. sailor2963 says:

    Officiating is brutally bad during these playoffs.  Every year we hear these conspiracy theories.  The reality is that the “Canadian” NHL teams have not been good enough in the last few years.  The Leafs, Oilers and Flames justifiably missed the playoffs. The Senators are in against the defending Stanley Cup Champs, the Habs are in against the team with the best regular season record, the Canucks are in against a tough young team (I still would expect the Canucks to win the series, we’ll see).  


  305. jimmy shaker says:

    Man, Saturday’s game hurts a little bit more tonight!  Anyway, that was the best start I’ve seen the boys have the whole year.  The fans were into it, the building was on fire, we were taking the play to the caps, but couldn’t get one past Varlamov who turned into Wardeur again.  As the president of the Jaro fan club, I can’t fault him on any of the goals.  1st goal, gets killed again by Hammer, then unlucky that Spacek slides into him.  2nd goal, screen shot that he still never saw.  3rd goal, Laich went to the net and got the rebound.  Good first save but rebound went right to Laich and he banged it home.  SO all the goals were not Jaro’s fault….washington worked hard and took their chances well.  Carey had to come in after the 3rd goal to try and change that momentum, but OVI only needs one chance  and a little bit of daylight to score and that’s what happened, no fault to Price.  And the last one yes….As the president of MAB’s fan club, he coughed it up and they scored…..not Price’s fault, but now that everyone is on MAB, with the score 4-1, 5-1 or 6-1…what’s the difference?  Anyway, Price will be in there Wednesday for sure.  I’m hoping he can turn this thing around, because this is the biggest game of the year!  We need the crowd to do their job again, just like tonight.  But what we need the most is…..for our 3rd and 4th line to wake up and chip in like the caps 3rd and 4th line has.  Moen has been nowhere this series.  Metro wasn’t a factor and I don’t know if Darche played more than 4 minutes.  I know JM had to shorten the bench, but for us to win on Wednesday, Price has to be on fire, 4 lines have to be going, we need secondary scoring and the most important aspect of Wednesday night will be our ability to create traffic in front of Varlamov.  If he can see it, he’s going to stop it, and play just like Wardeur does when they play us.  Please get some traffic and watch how many goals will come.  It sucks that the Friday game, the big boys beat us, but then tonight, we stop the big boys and the side passengers beat us.  I feel deep down that the boys can play and beat these guys. Wednesday, they have to have that first period effort all game + the traffic in front of Varlamov.  The lineup should stay the same, except SK might draw in for Darche.  But MAB will stay in there on the D, Metro will stay in and Price will start!  C’mon Carey, biggest game of your life……Are you in it?


  306. budachris says:

    Wow pretty long but bang on not jaros fault but well see price on wends. I have question I know your a big time mab supporter and I respect that but he can’t be playing 21 mins a night can he?

    he is too much of a liabilty on D. I think jm should dress 7 d sit pyatt and darche drees sk74 and o’b and roll the bench that way. They need a physical presence out there and right know o’b is the beat they got. Your thoughts?

  307. Bugs says:

    If the Kid starts next game?


    Biggest game of his life.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  308. Mr. Biter says:

    Shaker, you beat me up earlier today for me wanting to start Price tonight and now your on team Price. What a turnaround 12 hours makes.

  309. MontrealAtheist says:

    When will the Habs learn that entering the play-offs as the 8th seed is usually a recipe for disaster? Last year it was the Bruins who swept us away, now we are being rocked by the Caps in what will likely be a 5-game series.

    With a little bit of extra effort towards the end of the season and securing 6th place we could have been playing the Sabres instead of the Caps. Instead, Boston has the pleasure of playing them and are already leading the series 2-1.

  310. Bob Barker says:

    It didn’t help Halak really struggled down the stretch. He played great all season until the last couple of games. I thought he had bounced back after a stellar game 1 performance but the Caps seemed to have figured out how to beat him consistently. 

  311. HABZ24 says:

    how do the wheels fall off so quickly? i dont get t. halak was reportedly shaking he was so nervous last game, maybe hes not the big money big time goalie he thinks he is. price has been there and dealt with all the pressuure before. no choice now gotta let price play next game.

  312. MontrealAtheist says:

    Yes, Price has been there and dealt with all the pressure during last year’s play-offs … If I may remind you, we were being swept away by the Bruins. Whatever Halak does during the Caps series, it’s impossible for him to be any worse than Price was during last year’s play-offs.

  313. dallyd31 says:

    The long and the short of it is that the Habs were not outplayed tonight.  They significantly outplayed and outhustled the Caps in the first period, and then in the second, a shorthanded goal and a few “iffy” goals took the wind out of our sails.  3 goals in 13 shots in NOT good.  The shots we basically even and we did not give up a great deal of shots to the high flying Caps.  Some bad breaks nad poor bounces. What is encouraging, so far, is that we have not been really outplayed at all.

    With good goaltending, and the effort put forth in the first period, we could win this series…..both big “if’s”


    The difference tonight was that Varlamov was great and Halak was not.

  314. Laramy87 says:

    This is going to sound cliche, but this is why the series are best of 7 not best of 3. We had 1 bad period of hockey and it cost us dearly. How often did Habs let up 4 in one period all year, once maybe twice. We let down and the caps have too much fire power for us to do that.

    Im predicting this series goes back to Washington tied at 2. We are not done, far from it. Gomez, Gio and Pleks lost thier cool in the second and we cant have that we need them on the ice. Those powerplays for washington (o’fer in this series by the way thats damn good PK) keep players like pouliot, AK46 and Cammy off the ice and we need them out there to creat offence. No the goals were not Halaks fault entirely, but he has been shaky the last two games. 7 goals on his last 27 shots thats good for a .741 save percentage. Price came on and played well. I would give Price the start on Wednesday.

    Another thing, we are making Varlamov look way better then we he, we are shooting right at him. Washington defence are not that good, we need to use our speed and go right around them and create chances. Like i said we are far from done. JM is going to talk to the boys, and we are going to come out strong like we did tongith and not let up this time. 1st and 3rd were great periods, if we had that all game there was NOOOOOOOOOOO way this was a 5-1 game.

    One last thing, i hate hate hate hate hate hate watching Habs game on TSN. I hear nothing out of pierre maguires mouth except how good Carlson is. I think i heard he is 20 years old a million damn times. I get it hes 20 shut up. Crowd chants “ref you suck” and miller or whatever the hel is name is say, “maybe the fans should get off Oveckhins back” wow are you deaf….. Next time i hear a Carlson comment i will drive from Toronto to Montreal and punch him in his dumb round bald head. I wish i understand french i would watch RDS haha…..

    Anywas, watch series is tied at 2’s on friday….. GO HABS

  315. Bugs says:

    Sure as hell agree about Varlamov.

    Ferpetessakes, SHOOT the puck, ya tip-toein bastiches!



    …so embarrassing…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  316. hughiethehabfan says:

    Agree absolutely . We need to get shots on goal . All season its been under ten shots in the third period . Ya can’t score if ya don’t shoot ( unless you play for the Av’s ha ha ) SHOOT THE PUCK !!!

    As For Maguire what a waste of Air time…His man-love for the young guys is disturbing , to say the least .During the Olympics he called Webber ” an Adonis on skates”  Watch RDS even if you don’t understand it’s better than hearing Man-love Maguire…..and your french WILL improve.

  317. Laramy87 says:

    DO NOT SIT PYATT…. the kid was one of our best players out there… Yes he is not a scorer. But he kills penalties and works his ASS off all game. I would not sit him. DArche for sure

  318. jimmy shaker says:

    Price for sure is going on Wednesday, yes!  When we first got MAB, I hated using him as a forward because he’s not good up there, bottom line.  I was pleading with JM to use him on the D and play with 7D. I thought it would benefit MAB by keeping him on the D where he is more comfortable, and it would give him more minutes than the token 4th line minutes we was getting.  I wanted Markov, O’Byrne and Gorges to be the D out there that would get regular shifts, and have MAB, Spacek, Gill and Hammer make up the last pairings and switch accordingly.  I thought the less minutes Spacek, Gill and Hammer played would be better for us, because those guys were looking old and slow.  So an extra break every now and again would do those 4 guys good and make the minutes they play more effective and efficient.  ALso by playing 7D, I thought that would allow JM to double shift Cammy and AK46 more, get them more ice time and maybe get them away from the other teams top 4 D, and maybe get them some more goals or at least opportunities.  But after Spacek went down with the virus and MAB went back there, I felt he played decent and kept getting better every game.  He does get the odd brain cramp every know and again, usually if he has the puck on his stick for a long period of time.  He’s been great I thought in this series so far, complimenting Marky and doing the job in his zone as well as the offensive zone.  Aside from the gaff on the last goal, which really didn’t matter, I like his play, his quickness, his first pass out and of course his shot.  Ya the minutes were a little eye opening, but I think he’s done well with those minutes and think he compliments Marky better than O’byrne does.  ALso, he hasn’t been making crazy out of control pinch’s either, which is good.  I think O’Byrne would be getting beat easier than MAB by the fast caps, which would be leading to goals and possibly more penalties, so he’s the odd man out with JM…..IF I were coach, I get Hammer to the presser  and get O’byrne in there for him, but JM goes with the vets and he won’t sit hammer.  I don’t see a lot of hitting in this series anyway, so again, another strike against O’Byrne.  Moen and Poulliot are supposed to be leading the team in that area…..JM needs to wake those guys up for Wednesday, FOR SURE!  Sorry for the length, but it does take a lot of time to explain the MAB factor.  I”d even take him back next year for what he brings to the table and the cheap cap hit, that would allow us to maybe get a big top 6 forward that seem to grow on trees in the NHL! LOL!

    Theres the long and the short…..well long of it!

    Let’s go Carey, let’s go traffic on Varlamov and lets go secondary scoring!


  319. budachris says:

    Again good points but if pyatt can’t sit do you take out metro?lappy yappy? Cuz darche has to be out next game and sergie has to be in and I gotta think that o’b will check back in too anyway good night all and wait till tommorow when everyone on Vancouver cries faul about tonight… There right but they are gonna be LOUD tommorow about what happened on the disallowed goal

    Makes you wonder if anyone here in managment/coaching has a pulse but hey what can you do.

  320. jimmy shaker says:

    IF O’Byrne draws back in and that’s a big IF….then Darche and Laps would sit for me.  But I don’t think JM is going to add O’byrne as a 7th D now.  I think if he gets sk74 back in it will be for Darche.  That is probably the only change other than Price that will happen.


  321. Laramy87 says:

    Last years palyoffs was not soley Prices fault…. The team hardly made it there and we scored 5 goals in four games…. So i would not have blamed him

  322. light_n_tasty says:

    Although, we did score as many goals in game 2 as we did in all of last year’s playoffs…

  323. nunacanadien says:

    I agree, Price still hasn’t shown it this year, in fact all year Price has had to save Halak, but not before showing Price still doesn’t have it to be a starting goalie.  In fact I doubt either of our so called good goalies have it in either of them to help hoist a cup.  The solution is we beef up our defense and sign some huge forwards to back up the defense.  I thought Moen was supposed to be our toughness, he shows it in spurts but is invisible most of the time and most of all when it counts the most.

  324. Off-side says:

    Funny some of you say what you say about JM.  You bash him pretty well.  I
    have a good many friends in Pittsburgh (all serious hockey heads like
    me) and they had nothing but good things to say about JM.

    I think what lacks with the Habs is what we didn’t see in the 2nd
    period after the first and second goal: they don’t get mad and if you
    don’t get mad and give it your all (a la Caps in the 2nd game after they
    got their second goal on us), you collapse inward.  Precisely what we
    saw tonight.  So my solution?  Our downfall is our mental game.  We need
    a motivator or a psycho-therapist for Wednesday’s game to talk to our
    guys.  No joke.

    This still isn’t the end.  Don’t give up so soon.  And if you do, can I have your ticket?  I promise to stay until the end.

  325. A. Berke says:

    Don’t you think that physical and mental preparation of the team is a coach’s job too?

    Yes this is not the end and I for one, am not giving up yet, but hey the way the team is coached doesn’t instill much hope either.

    Ali B.

  326. REB says:

    Interestingly enough, the year the Habs won the division (2007-2008), Ryan Walter was the motivational speaker for the Habs; the Habs played exceptionally well, and if not for a Philly keeper who practically stood on his head, might have won it all.

    Ryan Walter is now the motivational speaker for Vancouver, who are playing very well; He doesn’t do speaking for the Habs, and their performance is not what it was in 2007-2008.

    Coincidence?  I don’t think so.

  327. Bob Barker says:

    Price needs to start next game. If only to try to change the momentum. The goals they’re scoring are all dirty crease crashers so maybe a bigger goalie will be able to hold his ground more.

    Either way, 9 goals allowed in about a game and a half is not going to win many playoff games so I think the switch needs to be made.  

  328. noelsroyce says:

    Yup – Carey was PISSED with the interference! I thought he was going to react the same way he did against Cam Janssen earlier in the year. The “LET ME HAVE HIM!!” kinda feistiness. The Caps will have to find other ways to score against Carey aside from their dishonourable crashing of the goal crease. C’mon Caps…you’re #1 and can’t cleanly score your goals? How different would these outcomes be with clean goals and honest refs?




  329. Larry says:

    suck my arse you arrogant piece of shit

  330. Bugs says:

    What flavour is it?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  331. Larry says:

    oh you are such a witty little fuckhead piece of shit.

  332. Bugs says:

    I have my moments.

    And this is one of’em. Thanks for being fun, mate.


    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  333. Larry says:

    I am very frustrated. I apologize.

  334. Bugs says:

    Apologize for having a potty-mouth or apologize for believing there exists a conspiracy wherein the commissioner of the league is PURPOSEFULLY sabotaging Canadian teams’ aims in order to secure a more lucrative American tv contract to the point that HE orders referees to “blatantly cheat” against said Canadian teams?

    Just so we’re clear.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  335. Larry says:

    I never apologize for telling the truth.That the referees are being given instructions to PURPOSEFULLY attempt to alter the game to favour American teams in certain markets, or with certain marketable players who HE wants exposed, there is no doubt. Watch the games. It is blatant, it is eventually going to come out, and the sport is going to be rocked to the core.

    Why did that call take so long in Vancouver tonight? After both officials on the ice called it a goal? Phone calls were being made from Toronto to New York.

  336. Bugs says:


    Watch the OTHER games, mate. The ones between Yanks.

    Everyone gets screwed.

    So take off the Watchdog cap and pull yourself together.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  337. Larry says:

    The games between the Yanks cancel each other out. The games against the Canadian teams, the calls and non calls always go one way. Especially come playoff time.

    They call Knuble tonight, finally, when the game is out of reach and over. He did the same thing 5 or 6 times last game with impunity. It is not just the calls, it is the non calls. Officials purposely altering the game to go a certain way. Trust me. This will come out and this will go down as a dark period in the sport. The players know it but they have a few million reasons to keep their mouths shut. Burrows, little shit that he is, lost it earlier this year, spoke the truth and got reprimanded big time. The officials are biased. The National Hockey League is no longer about sport. It is about selling a product to the United States.

  338. adam76 says:

    If what you are saying is true – Bettmen and company would have leagal prosacution against then and possibly go to jail.  Also – the scandal would DESTROY THE LEAGUE,  Those are the risks.  Now ask yourself – would such an extreme risk be worth an extra million people watching a Sunday afternoon game on NBC?  A few more articles in the Orange County Register?


    Also – explain ottawa in the finals in 2007?


    Zero logic to any of these conspiracy theories.  Please – everyone, stop spreading them.



  339. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Well … the game was a pleasure to watch in the first period … showed signs of keeping up with the Caps, which had me excited to see the 2nd … hoping that we would stick it to Washington.  Well, that excitement was quickly dashed when the HABS gave up that Short Handed goal … then the flood gates opened and I was left to endure another long night shift (I wish I could go to sleep instead and tell myself that game 3 was just a dream — :~)   ).

    I share the optimism of some of the other posters here tonight (Bugs – I am with ya).  I don’t think this series is over … I believe that the HABS will come out on fire on Wednesday and give the lucky fans at the Centre Bell somethig to cheer about.  And I think we will be heading back to Washington with the series tied at 2 games a piece. 

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

  340. Bugs says:

    I’m not optimistic; I’m PISSED, 2H2.

    Pissed that we’re not doin what we’re s’posed to be doin so we can beat these guys.

    Cuz we can beat these guys GOOD. I mean, there was no SHOOTIN. Where’s the shootin? SHOOT!


    Rraargh, dang, I’m pissed!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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:

  341. megagoten says:

    i remember people predicting spacek costing us the series

    well, MAB is doing that right now. i directly blame him for 3 of the goals

    where’s o’byrne?

  342. Mr. Biter says:

    May sound funny but better to be blown out 5-1 than have a 4-1 lead and lose. No soul searching about what might have been but just known you were whipped will be a better motivator and hopefully we come out and play 60 minutes not just 20.

  343. Habsone says:

    I’m starting to think that the NHL doesn’t want a Canadian team to win!  Go Habs Go!

  344. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    It is what it is.  Let’s see what they can bring on Wednesday.  This team has some fight left in them… but sometimes, when you go up against sleeping giants, you get squashed.  I won’t fault the Habs, their coach, their GM… sometimes you go up against a better team.

  345. Habsone says:

    We need to tougher!  To soft!  Go Habs Go!

  346. W35T5ID3 says:

    i missed the game cuz of work tonight but i’m confident the boys will even this series in game 4.

  347. Mill4ever says:

    Here we go again. Can we please call up Subban? I am sick of hearing how awesome Carlson is.

    I know its not over, but I swear if there is no game 6 i am gonna break something.

  348. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Not the end of the world. We’re still in it, we just had a terrible second period. A couple of changes needed for Wednesday night. Price in net & O’Byrne back in the lineup.

  349. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Why can’t we crash their goalie like they do ours?

  350. SmartDog says:

    “The first period was all Habs.”  Unless you count the Habs getting pushed around, being out-hit, and physically punished.  Then it was all Caps.  And we see which wins out.

    This team is talented, but not THAT talented that it can overcome a team with talent that actually hits. I saw Pouliot through one good ht in the first half of the game.  That was about it… and then we were sunk.  The habs play with speed. Washington plays with punch.  Punch wins.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  351. SmartDog says:

    Because we’re nice. Which is more important than winning.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  352. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, we’re in it, but this loss turns Wednesday’s game into a must-win. I don’t see us coming back once we fall behind 1-3 in the series.

  353. MontrealAtheist says:

    I completely agree. At least there is not much to feel bad about with a loss like that when you play poorly and you’re simply outgunned by a better opponent.

  354. Bill J says:

    Where do I sign up for the JM is useless bandwagon ?


  355. terrygain says:

    You wouldn’t be if you had seen the game. Our boys threw everything they had at W in the first and couldn’t score. Once W scored on a PK – after 44 couldn’t keep the puck in the offensive zone, came back slowly and then to make it a trifecta went to the side of the net rather than to the uncovered guy in front  – we folded. We went from zenith to nadir in one play. This team is very fragile.

    In order to win we need to get bigger up front and  replace the 36 year old defencemen who can’t win the battles in the corner or clear the front of the net.

  356. CanadienBoy says:

    The kid need playoff exp..why not !

  357. N.B.habs fan says:

    Can’t blame 1 player,it was all the smurfs not hitting.

  358. wmarcello says:

    Next game, the more I think of it, the more I want to see:


    Markov and Spacek play big minutes. They’ve been pretty good this series, but have been severely undermined by their partners at times. Hammer has been brutal, and MAB was even worse last night despite pulling his weight the first 2 games. Offensively talented, and strong
    enough defensively to limit Ovi. We all know Spacek can shut down
    Ovechkin, but with a stronger partner in Markov, it limits Ovi’s
    options. He can’t just switch sides to avoid Spacek unless he wants a
    face full of Markov.

    Let Gill and Gorges also play big minutes.
    Use them as the shut down pair if more offense is desired from Markov
    and Spacek. This pairing limited Ovi to 1 shot last game. They have the
    capability to shut it down.

    The last pairing is ugly, but with last line change, it should be
    possible to limit the minutes of Hammer and OB. Ryan hasn’t played in
    this series yet and third pairing could help break him in. Realistically he’s a 3rd pairing D-man anyways. Hammer’s just
    been atrocious, and simply can’t handle anything other than third
    pairing assignments right now.

    As for MAB, there are 3 options. 1 – Keep him as a 7th defenseman. 2 – Use him on the 4th line and and on D for the PP only. 3 – Bench him. The Habs simply cannot afford another abomination like last night. He was incredibly soft on 2 of those goals, and on the last one he was just laughable giving the puck away twice in a matter of seconds.

  359. mrhabby says:

    i am more intrested in the moves Gauthier can make this summer. i would like to see our defense get meaner, faster and younger. how that happens not sure…our defense has to get meaner, faster and younger.

  360. wmarcello says:

    I’m not exactly sure what I want to see for forward lines yet, but one thing I do know for sure. Get Pouliot off the top lines. Demote him or bench him in favour of Sergei. I can’t count how many offensive opportunities died last night with Pouliot on the boards.

    As for the goalie, I don’t think either could be faulted for any of the goals. However, Carey’s body language was much more confident last night. Halak’s rebound control was once again a little spotty, and it didn’t look like his glove hand was sharp. It almost seemed like it was just a matter of time before he let in a softie. An argument could be made for either to start next game, but I feel Price gives us the better chance to win.

  361. smiler2729 says:

    Because we can’t find their goalie

  362. wmarcello says:

    If we can somehow unload Hamrlik, our D already looks a lot better with Subban coming up. That would leave us with:

    Spacek/OB (Spacek moves back to his natural side, OB continues to improve)

    Markov/Subban (This pairing would be explosive and fun to watch)

    Gill/Gorges (They’ve become a force to be reckoned with)

  363. jimmy shaker says:

    Ya, he coughed it up on the 5th goal, but what’s the difference between 4-1 and 5-1?  The game was over!  MAB has been pretty decent since he’s been back on the D, and really playing better and better I felt.  So after what maybe about 5 or 6 good games on the D and with last night’s subpar effort as you see it, you’re ready to right him off and insert O’Byrne?  I said at the beginning of the year that they should use 7D, but he’s not going to go with that drastic a change now that were in the playoffs.  So MAB will stay with Marky, who I thought have been quite good together, and SK74 might draw in for Darche.  That is probably the only change JM will make.  Metro was pretty soft on a couple of those goals as well, and gorges was as well on OVI’s goal.  Anyway, I’ll stop my rant now and say that the only way we will wed. is to get traffic on varlamov and keep the energy like we had in the first period last night, all game long wed.  Price has to shine, and the 3rd or 4th line has to contribute on the score sheet!


  364. terrygain says:

    You are correct that 47 gave the puck away twice on the last goal- throwing it up the middle. The first pass was a brutally  unforced error as he wasn’t being checked. And his little jump check on the second goal was pathetic. Face full of Markov? LOL On W’s 3rd goal  Markov allowed Fehr to go to the net unmolested and knock in the rebound.

    Putting 44 with 20 would put too much pressure on 20 to cover for 44’s mistakes. 20 played  well with  79 and 74 played well with 42 and 32. I don’t know why Martin messed with that. Since 47 is needed on the PP but is clearly a defensive liability he should play on the 4th line. 

    As bad as 47 ‘s mistakes they are no worse than what 13 did on W’s first goal. Watch the video. Pathetic.  


  365. Caballero says:

    Bottom line, when you are relying on an ageing D and a player who was sitting at home eating cheetos and happens to have a good shot but no D skills, this is what you get. Not to mention the fact that since your 3d and 4th lines aren’t doing their job your top two centers take stupid penalties. Moen and Lapierre should have been getting meaningful penalties for flying into Varla to break his concentration. JM should have called a time out to regroup his team when he saw that we stopped skating after the first goal. I mean, didn’t BB call a time out after our first goal when he saw momentum shifting?

  366. wmarcello says:

    Well that’s been about 5 or 6 decent games with MAB, and 2 complete abominations. Considering that he’s had his share of train wrecks early in the season, it’s hard to call this type of play from him abnormal. As long as MAB continued to pull his weight, I was ok with him in the lineup. If this was the regular season I’d say take the good with the bad, but the Habs simply can’t afford another game like last night from MAB. The Caps are starting to take advantage of him by dumping the puck in his corner every chance they get.

    MAB was laughable on the last goal, but I agree that there’s not much difference by that point. However, MAB was also incredibly soft on goals 2 and 3. He had that ridiculous jump-check behind the net on the 2nd goal, and after that he wasn’t able to recover positionally. If he wasn’t covering the front of the net, he should have at least had Laich covered. Markov and Metro share in the blame for not clearing the front of the net though. On the 3rd goal, MAB was soft at the blue line, and then soft again in the corner. Keep in mind this is all against secondary lines from the Caps. The comedy of errors on the 5th goal was just the icing on the cake.

  367. wmarcello says:

    I admit that Markov hasn’t exactly been a superstar defensively, but he’s light years ahead of Hammer right now. If a Markov/Spacek pairing is on the ice against Ovi, they will give him trouble. Ovi won’t be able to just pressure Markov all night like he has been Hammer. If the Habs are to make this a series, players like Markov and Spacek will have to play big minutes, and they will have to step up. He can’t do that when the Caps are attacking MAB all night.

    As for OB, I thought he and Markov struggled immensely to close out the season, against inferior teams nonetheless. I’d be very reluctant to try this pairing again because it’s Spacek/Hammer all over. One strong defenseman paired with one weak defenseman. All the Caps will do is pressure the weak side all night and the pairing will break down. OB with Hammer is obviously not ideal, but if you play your top two pairs most of the night, you can limit the minutes for these guys, and limit the assignments to secondary lines.

    Finally, yes Cammi had a terrible night defensively. It doesn’t excuse MAB’s poor play, especially when he is a DEFENSEman.

  368. terrygain says:

    47 has a history of making zany passes. His little  jump- bump  check on W’s 2nd goal epitomized his effectiveness. 15 was only on the ice for one goal- the jump-bump goal. 26 was not responsible for Ovechkin’s goal. He can’t leave the the front of the net in that situation. Ovechkin was 14’s responsibility. 14 was in the corner  so 13 should have covered Ovechkin.    

    14 13 and 46 were on for 4 goals. 13 is terrible in our end. Look at the video replay of what  13 (and 44)  did on W’s first goal. No matter who is in goal we can’t win with one way forwards and old, too slow  defencemen. And I’m not referring to 75 who is our most underrated player.

    I love13’s scoring ability but if he doesn’t learn to play in his own end I would like to see him moved for someone who can play in both ends of the rink.

  369. jimmy shaker says:

    Yes, he should’ve played better, I agree.  But I’m not about to bring in O’Byrne and think that he’s going to turn things around.  I think O’byrne would be in constant penalty trouble if he were out there and then, if what your saying is sit MAB for O’byrne, then that takes basically our only other potentially offensively dangerous D-man out of the game.  Then we only have Markov that the caps have to worry about tracking back on!  I know MAB has his shortcomings and brain cramps…but I think he is a way better choice vs O’Byrne and will make the right changes come Wednesday.


  370. jimmy shaker says:

    There was no-one to cover in front of the net.  He engaged OVI the whole shift and then let him drift away on him.  Sure Pleks and Cammy and AK46 need to be more responsible, but I just felt that Gorges was in no mans land, covering air basically.  He had no-one coming on the weak side to worry about or in front of the net to cover…all that was left was ovi in the slot and he only needs a limited amount of daylight to do some damage.  That should be rule #1 don’t let OVI drift into open space!


  371. wmarcello says:

    I can’t totally absolve Gorges of responsibility on the Ovi goal, but it was one lapse for the entire game. The play happened very fast, and Gorges was just a fraction of a second late realizing that a pass was about to come from behind the net. An extra fraction of a second or if Josh is a half step closer to Ovi then that pass out front gets intercepted. If it does, then that’s a 2nd game this series where Ovi is kept to 0 shots. And if his shot is anything less than a perfect laser, that’s 1 shot for Ovi the entire game and zero points. Gill and Gorges played extremely well overall.

  372. mrhabby says:

    unloading hammers contract will be tough. that being said if he goes and PK moves up it would be a good start. i still want us to get meaner still.

  373. adamkennelly says:

    1 – how the hell can JM consistently have MAB on the ice when our 4th line is out there.  that is bench management 101 – its freakin embarassing and its costing the team games.

    2- MAB is completely useless as a D – constantly getting beat and getting away with many more ridiculously bad plays in his own end.

    3- what is wrong with Moen – literlaly doing nothing out there.

    4- Having Hammer and Spacek as D pairing #1 on the PP cost us the first goal.

    5- Get Darche the hell out of the line-up.  Its embarassing.

    6- Habs have literally the softness line-up in the league and it consistently costs the team.  Good luck getting physical with Lapierre who gets beat up by 18 years old as your tough guy.

    7- Put O’Byrne back in, Darche comes out.  I would get SK back in too and sit Lapierre – give Metro more ice time.

  374. nunacanadien says:

    Washington outmuscled Montreal again, they figured it out in game 2, just check the crap out of Gomez, get him riled up and he won’t spend as much time passing the puck, instead Gomez will retaliate.  What are we doing with Gomez if during the time when it is most crucial and the reason why we pay him the big bucks, he goes kindergarten on us and retaliates like some kid?  And Gionta is being plastered all over, get rid of these two or at least demote them to 4 th line, or better yet stop paying them outrageous amounts of money!

    Its time we got big too, sign big, play big, score big, win the cup!  Enough of this emphasis on the Bulldogs!  Honestly!  They may be our future but honestly, if the Bulldogs are so good, then how come that goodness aka Price doesn’t pan out?

  375. nunacanadien says:

    Washington outmuscled Montreal again, they figured it out in game 2, just check the crap out of Gomez, get him riled up and he won’t spend as much time passing the puck, instead Gomez will retaliate.  What are we doing with Gomez if during the time when it is most crucial and the reason why we pay him the big bucks, he goes kindergarten on us and retaliates like some kid?  And Gionta is being plastered all over, get rid of these two or at least demote them to 4 th line, or better yet stop paying them outrageous amounts of money!

    Its time we got big too, sign big, play big, score big, win the cup!  Enough of this emphasis on the Bulldogs!  Honestly!  They may be our future but honestly, if the Bulldogs are so good, then how come that goodness aka Price doesn’t pan out?

  376. duckie says:

    I find it funny that you’re complaining about the team being too soft, then in the next sentance wanting Darche & Lapierre out and Sergei in. Yes, scratching our “tough” guys for Sergei makes our team less soft….


  377. jimmy shaker says:

    Totally agree….I love Gill and Gorges in the playoffs, they have been great.  I was just pointing out to Terry that, yes, MAB did struggle a bit, but so did Gorges on that one milisecond play on OVI.  World class players only need that one little crack to open up and do some damage.  I think Washington worked for their goals  and opportunities and we just couldn’t solve varlamov.  Traffic and secondary scoring is the only way we are going to get results in this series!


  378. adamkennelly says:

    you prove my point, when those 2 are your tough guys – we are too soft – since they are in no way shape or form tough – and doing close to nothign- replacing them with someone who has skill makes perfect sense.  not like we are talking about Neil or Purst or Rypien here.  and SK going in – purely to make his bro happy.  More importantly is O’Obyrne going in so MAB can stop being asked to do anything other than shoot.

  379. adamkennelly says:

    you prove my point, when those 2 are your tough guys – we are too soft – since they are in no way, shape or form tough – and doing close to nothing- replacing them with someone who has skill makes perfect sense.  not like we are talking about Neil or Purst or Rypien here.  and SK going in – purely to make his bro happy.  More importantly is O’Obyrne going in so MAB can stop being asked to do anything other than shoot.

  380. KenD29 says:

    Finally, someone who has it right! Could not agree with you more! Gomez is being paid $8 million bananas to be a playmaker, not spend 10 minutes in the box!

    And unfortunately, no one on this team is willing to crash their net. Nice attempt by Plecanec, but this is not his job either!

    Where is the 3rd and 4th line?!! Lapierre, yapping… for crying out loud get dirty. Put your money where your mouth is… this is the playoffs not pick up hockey!

    Hamrlik, please hit somebody. Use your big body! Do something…

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  381. Shublips says:

    Well said!  Gomez should know better. He is supposed to be the calming veteran influence who has won two Stanley Cups, not the rookie who bites when Chimera provokes him!

    That was terrible leadership at a time when the Habs still could have come back.

    And yes, we need to get bigger but how exactly are we going to do that? Gainey’s signings mean that we have little to no cap space and are stuck with Gomez’s horrible contract for four more years, along with Cammy and Gionta.

    While I love both Cammy and Gionta, they are small.

    Personally, I think this team needs a wholesale management change, starting with Pierre Boivin and ending with Gauthier and Martin.

    Steve Yzerman, anyone?


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  382. Shublips says:

    Habs are too small and too soft.  Period.  Why Jacques Martin refuses to insert Ryan O’Byrne into the lineup is beyond me. 

    OB is the ONLY Habs defender who can bring a physical aspect.  As for MAB, well, we saw last night how much of a defensive liability he can be.  He should be playing five mins per game, on the fourth line and the PP and THAT’s it.

    This whole thing is in disarray and while I still think the Habs are in this series—as long as they don’t bomb tomorrow night—I think that ultimately they are due for a total housecleaning on the management side.

    Start with Boivin and Gautheir, end with Jacques Martin.  Get rid of them all, bring in new blood and start all over.

    Montreal fans pay good money to watch this team and 15+ years mediocre to poor hockey teams is abusive to the fanbase.

    Hey, Mr. Molson, take that bull by the horns and shake things up. Let’s either suck real hard, and get high draft picks, or become a contender and challenge for the cup.

    Its enough of this middle ground!



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  383. tanhaa says:

    There were too many positives in Game 2 defeat to come out with and
    too many wrongs in game 3 defeat. 

    First period:  Awesome
    hockey, habs all around, too bad they couldn’t put one in

    period:  WTF just happened?  SH Goal:  Can JM not see that Hamrlik and
    Spacek on point is futile? How many times this season have we had SH
    goals on us because one of these two defenseman just fumbles with the
    puck on point or can’t keep the puck in?  Enough is enough, why not put a
    good defensively aware forward on Point? Someone like SK74?  Oh wait,
    JM doesn’t like him in the first place. 

    Second goal:  Four
    players in front of Halak and our guys are just standing there like
    bystanders chit-chatting with the caps players, FFS, Get rid of them,
    hit ’em , do something, don’t just stand there and let them screen our

    And then, suddenly, the crowd is dead, the team is
    dead… and bam bam, we are out of the game.  WoW! 

    Note to JM,
    if you are going to play Darche 2:22, dont’ take him, bring SK74
    instead!  If you are going to play a guy, use him for what he does best,
    tell him to go crash the net or something.  Don’t just make him sit on
    the bench after one or two shifts to make the bench look full!   Metro
    played a whopping 5 minutes … wtf?  You can see in Game 2 how our guys
    and our net was being crashed, screened, we are being outmuscled, bring
    Obyrne in ffs.  Stop with your petty games and do what’s best for the
    team, bring SK and Obyrne in and what the hell is lapierre doing? 

    many fails in this match.  While the habs just crashed int he second,
    I’m more concerned about the little things that JM doesn’t do properly
    or doesn’t do at all.  Gomez, Gionta, Plek showed their frustrations,
    but these guys are scorers, they should take their frustration out on
    goals rather than on Caps players by taking stupid penalties.  Are our
    other guys too afraid to mix it up with the Caps that our big
    earners/scorers have to take stupid penalties? 

    Little things JM
    doesn’t do: There was a time in the game when there was an icing against
    the Caps.  Out comes Moore’s line on the ice!  WTH coach?  Caps have a
    tired line on the ice, bring out your big players to take the faceoff. 

    is just all so frustrating.

  384. LeopardSeal says:

    Not trying to be a troll, but some of these comments just cry out for a response:

    1.)  Booing the Star Spangled Banner is not cool.  Expect the Verizon Center crowd to deliberatly applaud O Canada Friday night.

    2.)  Why the scorn for Varlamov?  He is our goalie of the future, and he won our devotion last year during the series against the Rangers and Pens.  He has struggled with injury since December, but the kid has ice water in his veins.  If the noise last night didn’t affect him, all I can say is “Wow.”  The way to rattle Varly is to score on him.  He has a tendency to give up goals in bunches.

    3.)  The Caps have been poor all year at crashing the net and getting garbage goals.  They are too much of a “sniper” style team, and we complain that no one but Knuble goes in for the rebounds.  You are complaining about goalie interference, but we are glad to finally see some physical play in front of the net.

    4.)  I have to laugh at the conspiracy theorists claiming that the NHL doesn’t want Montreal in the Final.  NO one does conspiracy theories better than Caps fans!  We are all convinced that the NHL only cares about the Original Six plus Pit and Philly.  We complain that Crosby gets all the breaks, and the league is out to get Ovi.  No way any of us will believe for one second that we are ever going to get preferential treatment over an Original Six team like you.  Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?

    5.)  Of course the NHL wants a Canadian team in the Final.  The USA is focused on the NBA, like a bunch of fools.  Until ESPN and the NHL come up with a new contract, and hockey is regularly shown in HD, the US market is an uphill battle.  Hockey is still Canada’s game.  And more than half of the Caps players are Canadian.

    6.)  We are very weary of the smack talk on our defense.  As Umberger rightly observed, our team is built for speed, offense, odd-man rushes…our defense from Green and Carlson on down is designed to create scoring chances.  As a result, we are vulnerable and give up a lot of goals.  But this is by design,  and it works when it works.

    Anyway, good luck, worthy opponent!  May the best team advance to defeat those dreadful Penguins.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  385. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …great post Leopard Seal …Your kind of trollin’ is welcome anytime

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  386. A. Berke says:

    Start with Boivin and Gautheir, end with Jacques Martin.  Get rid of them all, bring in new blood and start all over.

    IMHO, don’t forget to include the scouting dept too, after all we have very few real good prospects to show for it after all these years (only PK Subban comes to mind).

    Compared to other “middle-of-the-pack-finishing” teams, we are weak in terms of big and capable NHL ready prospects especially in D. As a result we get railroaded in many occasions. Of course JM not playing our only D man who can get physical doesn’t help things either.

    When  (5’7″) Gionta is the forward who can plant himself more often than others in front of the net, that doesn’t say much for the scouting dept. except that it “looks pathetic”.

    Ali B.

  387. Shublips says:

    No question, our scouting has been like the rest of the team: mediocre.  The Habs problem is that they have failed to draft even ONE homerun player, over the last 15 years.

    Not one.

    That is sad and ultimately a large part of the reason why they have remained a middling team for so long.

    Dumping Boivin, Gauthier and Martin would, in my opinion, mean that all parts of hockey operations would go out with them i.e. scouting too.

    I, personally, would LOVE to see Steve Yzerman given a chance at the helm of this team.

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  388. HabsalwaysCA says:


    So… too many positives  came out of game 2 ? Disagree. 

    the series was over when the caps scored in overrtime in G2. No possible way the Habs can come back. Cannot, cannot blow 3 goal leads, esp. in playoffs when you are the weaker team. I hope there are no arguments there…

    last night’s game result was entirely predictable.

    the only way the habs had a snowball’s chance of winning the series was to win game 2,and then having a small but supportable chance of winning 2 of the next 5. Let’s be real…

    In G2 and in game 1 evertything that could go right, went right (until 2:16 in the second period in G2).    Ludicrous to expect the good fortune to continue game after game. Absolutely must win in those situations.

    The series is  over. I doubt we even come close to winning anothr game. The explanations, blame and finger pointing will abound.

    The problem is personnel , obviously we draft and trade pitifully. Look at the stakced teams…

    number 25 in 2015 ???

  389. Bill J says:

    In Shaker’s defence… He did agree if Halak was to falter last night, Price should be given a shot.

  390. jimmy shaker says:

    Still President of the Jaro fan club….but it’s Carey’s turn right now! Jaro was not at fault on any of the goals in my opinion, but for the sake of changing it up and trying to turn the momentum around, I say Price has to and will get the start on Wednesday.  Still like Jaro, but want Carey to play stellar and get us this win.  Bottom line….I just want a win!


  391. jimmy shaker says:

    In mine and Jaro’s defence….I don’t think he faltered.  He wasn’t on the hook for any of the goals in my opinion.  I did say that if they lose, then JM has to go to Price and have no problems with that move.  And JM was right to go to Price after the 3rd goal for none other than to try and change the momentum, that somehow worked for Boudreau and not us last night!


  392. nunacanadien says:

    Where are the Bob Gainey fans here?  They came out like a bad case of the fleas on the first game, have been invisible all year, and most of all hide when we lose big like last night.  The key thing is whether Gauthier will make the Gainey mistake of going to Price the rest of the games until we are again wiped out.  Why does Gauthier/Gainey think just making it into the playoffs is good enough?  Why can’t they think like winners?

  393. Off-side says:

    A. Berke, I don’t know how the team is coached.  I’m not in the dressing room to see.  But I do know that we made the play-offs, which says something about the coachng of all the other teams who have not.  As for a coach’s expectation to prepare the players physically and mentally, of course those skills are of utmost importance.  But having a motivational speaker such as we had in 2008 (as mentioned by the other commentater) can do nothing but good.  Everything helps

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