Round 1, Game 4: Capitals in command of series

Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec is checked by Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin during the first period on Wednesday night. John Mahoney, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Mike Cammalleri | Carey Price | Brian Gionta | Hal Gill

• At a Glance: It was a see-saw battle for the first 40 minutes of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal between the Canadiens and Capitals on Wednesday night. But the Capitals exploded for a pair of quick goals midway through the third period en route to a 6-3 win.The Capitals opened the scoring with a power-play goal by Alex Ovechkin 8:10 into the opening period. It was Washington’s first power-play goal of the series after going 0-for-14 up to that point. Michael Cammalleri got that one back a minute later on a backhand from in close that eluded Semyon Varlamov. The Canadiens took a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal of their own in the second period when Brian Gionta pounced on a loose puck behind Varlamov and pushed in into an empty net. It was the only one of 21 Canadiens shots that Varlamov could not stop in the second period. But for the second straight game, the Capitals scored a shorthanded goal, this time with seven seconds to play in the second period when Mike Knuble scored off a perfect feed from Boyd Gordon. Washington came out buzzing in the third period and it would eventually pay off as Ovechkin scored his second of the game 11:09 into the period, using his blistering wrist shot to beat Carey Price. Less than a minute later, Jason Chimera made it 4-2. Knuble scored the fifth Capitals goal into an empty net with 2:27 to play, but Dominic Moore scored with just over a minute left to play before Nicklas Backstrom scored with 10 seconds to play.

• What It Means: The Capitals lead the best-of-seven series 3-1

• What’s Next:
Game 5 of the series goes Friday night in Washington. Should Game 6 be required, it would be next Monday night in Montreal.

530 Comments

  1. HabFanSince72 says:

    Price has had a great attitude this year. That is often overlooked.

     

  2. Storm Man says:

    I miss soup he was like a pitbull

  3. jimmy shaker says:

    Are you sure you’re not angry?  Calling MAB a “gnome”?  Anyway the all powerful +/- stat that is the most useless stat in the NHL, but yes go by it by all means.  1st and 2nd game were very decent and respectable.  Yes last game was his “Bad” one……but what are your thoughts on our weakest link, Hammer?  Haven’t heard anyone go after this guy.  Who can’t keep a puck in our zone on a PP, who can’t skate back or recover once he gets beat.  Who adds zero to our offence, who for some reason can’t get a shot through from the point, who again for some reason can’t raise a puck off the ice if his life depends on it and I’ll stop there for now…..give you a chance to respond!

    Shaker

  4. BJ says:

    Carbo didn’t do much to get himself another NHL job with his contribution to the U-18 team Canada. Canada is in the relegation round with the possibility of ending up in the B pool. He better hang on to his commentator job. I also miss Bouillon. I don’t know how the Habs “experts” lose all these guys? Beauchemin, Robidas etc. I’ve never been impressed with the teams’ ability to evaluate and develop talent.

  5. Storm Man says:

    Just look at a pic of him 5 years ago and one of him now. OV has Schwarzenegger jaw

  6. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I think our inability to stop guys from crashing our crease cost us game 3. Everyone keeps saying how small our offense is but what about our D. They work hard but they can’t seem to keep anyone in check in our crease. I noticed last game they were even leaving guys in the crease to crowd Halak after the whistle! I mean come on! start sending a message or two to back up off their net.

  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    He whined to the press about being returned to play too soon. One thing about the Habs under Gainey was clear: complain to the press and you are gone (yes Alex Tanguay, I’m also thinking of you.)

  8. joeybarrie says:

    At 750k he would have been a better option than MARA. But we only know that after the fact.

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

  9. Ian Cobb says:

    I liked him but Carbo did not.

  10. forskis says:

    When he WAS here, people said he was too small despite his heart and wanted him shipped out.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  11. KenD29 says:

    Thank you twocents. Your comment is bang on. Stop looking at the goalies as it has for the most part, not been their fault for the losses.

    As you said, look at the gnome(s) on D !!  Good one!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  12. joeybarrie says:

    Last game Darche had a total of 2:22 minutes of ice time Metro had 5 minutes and Pyatt had 7 but mostly on the PK. Not a single Cap player played less than 9 and a half minutes.

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

  13. forskis says:

    If he plays well and the team does not compete as hard in front of him…that would be an indictment of the team, not him…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  14. HabFanSince72 says:

    Goaltending cost us game two.

    Varlamov outplayed Jaro in game 3 although I don’t think that was the determining factor.

  15. twocents says:

    Well, I share your opinion on most of what you wrote, but not on Bergeron’s contribution to THIS team. His overall impact is a negative one IMO and that’s the bottom line. You’re not going to convince me otherwise. I have given him plenty of chances to prove his overall value.

    You said it yourself, there isn’t a good partner fit for him on THIS team, and this is the team I am concerned about. I couldn’t really care less if he would make a good fit with some theoretical player, these games aren’t being played in theory. Sit him, or play 3 lines and dress him as seventh. PP only. 

  16. Kooch7800 says:

    You know who we shoudl have kept and I really don’t know why we didn’t Frankie Boulion.  I have watched him play on Nashville this year and I miss having him as a hab.  He wasn’t that big but he was tough as hell

  17. KenD29 says:

    The 3rd line had to play more Monday night. Gomez was in the box for 10 minutes!

    Plecanec was also in the box for 4 minutes!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  18. forskis says:

    Not sure that the Calgary Herald story linked below is much to go on…so far, all it states is that the Caps and NHL state that an investigation into the links and allegations have come up with nothing even though no investigation has been initiated yet…

    Regardless, there is no way, the NHL will allow one of its 21st-century darling franchises and faces of the NHL be dragged through the mud…for all we know, Bettman will probably pin the link on another less-favored team.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  19. Storm Man says:

    I like the fact the NHL says it made Investigations into the matter and the case is closed now LMAO. A urine test would put some light on this matter.

  20. Ian Cobb says:

    Le Jadester, we have the horses to get the job done, no driver!

  21. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I can definitely agree with you there. I’ve never been a fan of Price’s attitude but you can’t deny this kids got talent. I hope he does well for everyones sake. But I’ve been saying all year is that it doesn’t seem to matter how well he plays, this team doesn’t seem to compete as hard in front of him. 

  22. Ian Cobb says:

    Agree! Troy

  23. Le Jadester says:

    I agree.  Go back to game # 1 strategy cause it obviously worked. Win as a team and lose as a team.

    Unfortunately JM has no balls and is already looking for excuses.  His scapegoat will be “I played all our money players and that’s all I could do.  It was up to them to get it done on the ice.  Thats why they get paid all the Millions ” Too bad JM sets them up for failure with his philosophies.

    All he is, is a finger pointer who never backs up his players.  A good coach is one that is part of the team and takes the blame for losses and gives credit to the players when they win.

    JM Sucks

    Les Boyz will win for one another tonight ( and Captain Kirk of coarse) !

    Habs, OLE !

  24. twocents says:

    I’m not angry. I am offering my opinion.

    One bad game? Which one of the 3 was his good one?

    I assume the last one was his bad one. Was the good one where he was -1 and had no points? Or was it the one before that where he was -1 and had no points, with nearly 28 minutes of icetime?

  25. Ian Cobb says:

    the 3rd and 4th lines can score, but more importantly they can wear out the opposition some, making it a little easier for our 1st and 2nd line staying fresher for 3 periods and overtime if need be.

  26. newbrunswick troy says:

    Ian i could not agree more…the only way the habs can be sucsessful is by using all four lines–

    playing at 100%…history has showed me that its not directly our size thats the killer..its that we burn out and

    can,t play a full 60min. game/////in game one the goo-roo,s claim the caps didn,t play well…but they did,however we were able to use 4lines rev,ed up to go 60min./////thats the ticket to a series tie..

  27. HabFanSince72 says:

    Did you see the way Eric Fehr went to the net to get the 2nd goal? He skated through our D like a hot knife in butter.

     

    By the way, didn’t I tell you so about Philly beating NJ?

     

  28. HabFanSince72 says:

    The NHL will do everything it can to make sure there is no further investigtion.

     

  29. Ian Cobb says:

    Goal tending has not been our problem all year. We have two of the
    best youg kids in the league learning how to play in the NHL. Other
    teams would die to have what we have between the pipes.

    The question is can our whole team play strong enough in front of them to give our kids a chance to win.

  30. krob1000 says:

    IF he is paired with O’Byrne at his potential yu have a perfect fit, if he is paired with Hammer last year…you have another good fit, if he is paired with Hal Gill 5 years ago you have a decnt fit, If Gorges was slightly bigger…good fit.  I am 100 percent evaluating his overlal contribution….he does move the puck extremely well and is great intransition, he is not that poor on d that his other abilities nulify his value IMO.  He is just not a top minute guy and expecially not who whould be playing with Markov….Markov is better at both ends of the ice but if Bergy is taking away touches from markov which I believe he is then we have a problem.  I would seriously ditch Darche and Pyatt right now, dress 7 d have Bergy play pp and favourable matchups to spread Hammers minutes, have Sergei dressed and have him fill in…sure would have been a nice option as a playmaker ont he pp when Gomez and Pleks were in the box….not that Jm would dare let Sergei succeed though.  I still dress Bergeron and if I don;t I play Cammalleri on that point on the pp….heplayed it before  in LA…ironically we never tried it at center either despite him showing elsewhere he can do that too….oh well.  It sucks that MAb isn’t a little bigger with a bigger wingspan and more physicality but overall considering what everyone brings  he is just as serviceable IMO as Gorges, Gill, O’Byrne, and this years version of Hammer……sad but true IMO anyway.

  31. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I’m not sure were you are getting you’re getting your facts from, I’m not saying you’re wrong but it seemed to me the 3rd and 4th lines had tons of playing time during the 1st and 2nd periods and didn’t do much with that time. I agree it’s hard on the players when you shorten a bench too early but when you’re behind on goals heading into the 3rd, what else are you supposed to do? This is coaching 101, and ever coach in the league will do the same to win big games.

  32. Storm Man says:

    Who is this Moen guy you keep talking about?

  33. Storm Man says:

    He is in Boston

  34. Caballero says:

    I want to see the Lapierre line that woke us up the other night. Where did they go?

  35. jimmy shaker says:

    And again the crows are circling the roadkill.  The guy has one bad game and everyone is freaking out.  Can you please channel your anger towards hammer.  He’s been by far a worse d-man than MAB.  He’s a waste of skin 5.5 mill per 36 year old unreliable scab.  If you want to talk hurting the team, then there is where you start.  MAB has been playing very decent since his insertion back on the D about 3 or 4 weeks ago.  Yes he has the occasional brain cramp, but tell me someone on our team that doesn’t do that?  What is our alternative to MAB?  O’byrne? The answer to that is NO!  O’Byrne takes needless penalties, can’t push the puck and has zero offensive capabilities.  If you wanna dress 7D, then yes that’s fine.  Or drop Hammer for O’Byrne then I’m fine with that too.  BUt JM won’t do that!  MAB will show up tonight, but we need a lot more than MAB to get the job done.  How about MOEN, MEtro, Moore, LAPS, Pyatt, Darche.  Traffic in front of Varly is our main concern tonight, not MAB.  You guys love to hate him for some reason.  His upside is way better than that of O’byrne, and that’s why he’s in the lineup.  You’ll have to wait till next year to get rid of MAB…..but for the skills that he has and the cheap cap hit he takes up……you just might have to put up with him for a little while longer….we will see!

    Shaker

  36. Ian Cobb says:

    Four lines playing flat out for 60 minits will take the Caps. If Martin plays half his bench again, he will burn them out by the second.

  37. twocents says:

    Maybe Bergeron could fit in better with another team, though no other GM’s saw it that way this summer, but that’s neither here nor there, he’s on our team and he is hurting us. Plain and simple.

    And, I don’t think he is a decent defender. If you take into consideration his offence, he is a decent defenceman, but still a poor defender. He makes the Breeze look good in his own end by comparison. 

  38. Caballero says:

    I totally agree with you. Here is a translation of Francois Gagnon: “If Price wins tonight he will be held up on Mont-Royal as a hero, if he loses he will be crucified on the big illuminated cross”

  39. SLONCOLD says:

    mara is done for the year

  40. SLONCOLD says:

    “NJ out of the playoffs faster than Brodeur can run to his sister in-law”

    nice lol

     

  41. topher5468 says:

    I guess your not a regular on this site, If Price losses there will be a lynching on this site. Regardless if Price plays well or not, he losses it will be chaos on this site. Trust me

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  42. namgel says:

    Thats why OV looks like the guys from the Geico commercials.

    Unibrow

    Coach Martin say’s one…..one little forward…two….two lit..

  43. krob1000 says:

    I think he can be a lower pair dman and be used effectively.  Playing him top pairing minutes is kind of silly and to me it is limiting Markov’s ability to do his own thing.  See on most teams fitting Bergeron wouldn;’ be a problem…but we have such an odd cast of dmen.  We have Gill who as a stay at home guy one would think is an ideal partner for MAB…..BUT…..he is too slow to be a shutdown guy on 5 on 5 and to be relied to fill in to compensate for MAB.  Gorges, another stay at home guy has the speed but lacks the size and a pair of Gorges and MAB would be an easy target for a dump and chase game.  Hammer and Spacek are both decent defenders but niether fits in the stay at home role required to compensate for MAB.  I do think MAB is a  decent defender but I think O’Byrne should be playing with Markov.  The inability of some of our dmen to do all of the necessary things makes this problem more apparent than it should be.  MAB is not a terrible dman but he is not a good one either…..you take the bad with the good but we just don’t have the cast that he fits into on d.  In fact our d is actually a mess….O’Byrne needs to be playing IMO as he has some size, decent speed, toughenss and is only lacking in experienced decision making IMO.  He was even starting to read plays better at the offensive end for a while there until he was yanked.  I am afraid that as long as we have the mismatched skillsets we do on d that MAB may not have a place….but if Darche, Metro and Pyatt aren’t going to see regular minutes…why not dress 7 D? and dress Sergei? at least then mixing and matching is possible and you have more variety and situational advantages.  Having O’Byrne in could save Hamrlik some minutes, and having Sergei in could help on the PK and he could fill in any given shift in any position on any line……it is a no brainer to me but Martin likes guys who buzz around doing nothing…I am all for effort but a better hockey player is a better hockey player is a better hockey player…..that simple.

  44. Vid says:

    I hope OByrne gets a shot in the lineup tonight.   I think he’d make a difference, not a huge one mind you but one that would be positive.  He can hit and as a right-hand shot he’d have an easier time of clearing the puck in the d-zone on the right boards rather than have every other Dman attempting to backhand it out.

    Then again I also thought Ryder should’ve played in the Philly series a couple years back.

    Price deserves a shot.  Halak was good in game 1 but not so good in games 2 & 3 albeit the defence was mostly to blame.  Still changing the goalie is sometimes more of a message to the Defence to shape up.

    Our D is the main issue so for me it doesn’t matter much who’s in nets.

    not that I care if Mara plays or not but is he still injured?

  45. Ton says:

    ah Boudreau on the defense now, no more BS stories to hype up his club like the “coaches are watching us”. now the world is watching with this new breaking story.  It may go no where like the oilers story of the 80′s.

  46. Caballero says:

    “When everyone plays like that — they don’t have much out there. Really,
    they don’t,” he said of the Habs to a Washington reporter.”

     

  47. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    That would explain why they’re so damn good!!!

  48. SLONCOLD says:

    Well, go carey go!!!! he’ll need some help. this switch is more about waking up the team than it is about the goalies right now; we’re also fortunate to have a backup plan like carey at this stage of the season too.

    gotta score more on the PP and have to continue the strong PK. Defensively, i don’t think much is going to change so i’m expecting a similar result to the last game…

    i hope the habs D thinks a bit more before they pinch and turnover the puck….

  49. nunacanadien says:

    I don’t there will be many who criticize Price if he loses tonite, everyone knows what Price can do or cannot do, and we all know now he still does not have what it takes to be number 1, who knows maybe next year he’ll finally mature but I seriously doubt it until we find the right combination of coaches, coaching staff and D-men to support a young goalie like Price.

    For Halak, he has managed to look good regardless of who he has playing in front of him, whether its the Slovakian Olympic team, or a lacklustre injury prone team such as last year and this year. 

  50. shootdapuck says:

    Ian, where did you work as a diver?

    What kind of diving were you doing ? Saturation, Rat-Hat , Scuba?

     

     

     

    “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″

  51. lavie says:

    JM used MAB TOO much! Markov-OB was a good pair.

    JM seemed forgot that MAB was an un-employed Dman before coming to MTL.

  52. Fansincebirth says:

    What the hell is Green yapping about?

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  53. adam76 says:

    I wonder what he had for breakfast?  I wonder if he loves unicorns?

  54. Ian Cobb says:

    It was on a US station and I did not get which paper or TV station Epstein works for to track down the full story. I just heard it while having breakfast. I want to make sure that I got it correct so I am going to google him and get the full story, if I can.

  55. adam76 says:

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/questions+Capitals+handling+steroid+investigation/2930778/story.html

     

    Here is the link – posted 14 hours ago.

    Why isn’t the Gazette all over this?  

  56. topher5468 says:

    I can only imagine the decension on this site if Price losses tonight. My thoughts are that his playoff losing streak has to end sometime, why not tonight. I just really hope he plays well. I also agree that blowing a huge lead in game 2 tells the Caps their never out of any game, it gives them a lot of confidence, 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  57. twocents says:

    Goaltending is not out problem, as has been the case all year.

    You want problems? Look no further than our garden gnome on D. Bergeron has been on the ice for 6 of the 13 goals scored against us in this series. The most of any D and twice the number of Markov, who has been on for the least. MAB is a team worst -5. Markov, his partner most of the time, is -2.

    He brings offence you say? He has no points and has been on the ice for 3 Habs goals. Both Spacek and Gill, the only plus player on the team, have been on the ice for 4 Montreal goals. Markov has been on for 3 goals scored and has one point.

    Bergeron is simply not a legitimate NHL defenceman. AND HE”S GETTING THE SECOND MOST ICE TIME OF ANY OF OUR PLAYERS, OVER 22 MINUTES! Play him on wing and PP or sit him. Considering our need to have the third and forth lines play physically, I say sit him.

  58. Caballero says:

    That would explain their swollen heads.

  59. mike g says:

    I’d rather be Martin St-Louis small, but have crazy ballz to do anything.

    Small and gritty players are big in the head. Not egotistic, but they play bigger and think as if they were 6 foot 4.

    And the only reason why were losing this series is because of secondary scoring. While were shutting down OVi and their big guns for the mostpart, their 3rd and 4th lines are scoring big big goals. Something our’s aren’t doing. Immagine what just 1 goal from our 3rd and 4th lines could have do in this series….

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  60. yves_on_habs says:

    Really??

     

    - Yves -

    Blog – http://yvesonhabs.com

    Twitter – http://twitter.com/yves_on_habs

  61. Caballero says:

    No it was because the Caps were underestimating us, hopefully they are back to underestimating us again and we can pull off the win tonight.

    CJ, I love my hockey technical and fast, not dirty, but the reality is that hockey is a game of intimidation and this team needs to get mean. One way of intimidating the opponent without doing anything is to have a bit more size than we’ve got now. I am not saying we should get rid of the Giontas and Cammys, just add a few players who are big and mean to the mix. Why is it that tough players who come here automatically turn into vegan green party members who are all about the love?

  62. Ian Cobb says:

    News reporter, Epstein from N,Y is reporting that the Washington Capitals of the NHL are now under investigation for the ues of steroid enhancing drugs by some of their players.

    I saw this on T.V. this morning.

  63. Ton says:

    good post.  its putting it all together, big, small, systems, character, organization, coaching, identity, quality players big or small. With big players you get the same amount of draw backs as small.  big players are often slower, weaker on their skates, etc. Rick Nash type players are rare. I think were on our way, were attracking free agents we never thought we could, it will come.

  64. mike g says:

    In the media and on this site, there is so much talk about the Habs’ lack of size and “physical presence” in the lineup…

    Am I the only one who notices that the Habs’ small players have been such a non-issue? WTF have Washington’s “big” players done so far in this series, crash the net? You don’t have to be over 6 feet to be infront of the net. Alex Burrows, Saku Koivu, Gionta, and even Danny Briere last night all go infront of the net. They are all tiny guys. It’s not a matter of your size, it’s a matter of your willingness to go there..

    And second of all, Washington has not once killed us in a game because of intimidation/physical play. Yah, they’ve had the overall edge in hits. But hits don’t win you a series, and it wasn’t a bodycheck that scored for the Caps in overtime of game 2. It was the Habs drifting away from their system. We all laughed all year, myself included, about JM’s system. Well, the big-ear coach knew what he was doing. We managed to win game 1 without being totally dominated. We had a commanding lead in game 2, and lost it only because we threw the system out the window. It was working perfectly fine, the Habs were coming home 2-0, something nobody on earth predicted.

    So for all who are obsessed with the big players Washington has, think again. Their big team has done nothing that big players usually do to crush small teams. Watch the Flyers play vs New Jersey. Philly is a big team that actually uses their size, and they’re running NJ out of the playoffs faster than Brodeur can run to his sister in-law. The Caps don’t use their size nearly as much, so let’s not make this an issue or a big deal….

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  65. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Here in Ireland, had to watch Game 1 on Verso (appalling commentary). One point they kept harping on was how the Caps’ size would fatigue the Habs. Au contraire, I thought that in Game 1 the Habs’ speed had the Caps’ — especially the D — looking pretty spent by the third period.

    We haven’t done that since. Is that because the Verso guys are right? That the cumulative fatigue from being over-matched in size has started to wear us down? (I find that hard to believe — surely toughness matters more than size).

    Or are there other reasons? What are they? I reckon addressing those reasons is essential, because playing the speed game creates the openings we need (witness Plek’s beauty in Game 2), even if we DON’T park people in the crease to upset Varly’s sight-lines.

    Despite my opinion on size above, I think it’s good to have O’Byrne back. Apart from anything he’ll be hungry. Great to see Gomez waking up and Cammy returning to form. Gionta is proving a great vindication of Gainey’s vision.

    Any updates on how Metro’s brief return has worked out? All season long I was thinking, Now there’s a guy who’ll be of huge value in the playoffs. But is he fit enough to contribute the way he did before the shoulder?

    Cheers

  66. Drive4twenty5 says:

    I think we just need to get tougher and not frustrated. Bigger, well maybe in front of the net would help, make the caps pay a little more if they wanna crash the net.

    “Well, he’s a thoroughbred, and maybe your wife doesn’t recognize that, but then again, I can’t bake bread all that well. We all have different skills.” …Bob Gainey “Classic”

  67. Caballero says:

    BB, Ovechkin and now Mike Green. Can someone on our roster shut this arrogant team up?

  68. CoachJoe says:

    Since so many feel the need to point out that we need to get bigger as a knee jerk reaction to the result in game 3, I am just wondering how much bigger do we need to get?

    As big as Vinny Lecavalier and the Lightning?

    As big as Eric Staal and the Canes?

    As big as Cory Perry and Ryan Getzlaf with the Ducks?

    I would just like a standard to be set by the experts because if we are going to trade away all our assets to try to match the success of the teams I mentioned above by getting as big as them, it will be important to be precise in HOW big we need to get.

    When the Habs were flying in the 1st period and Varlamov was standing on his head, was it because the Caps were TOO big that they could not slow us down? 

    I am so confused…

  69. LeopardSeal says:

    That debate is all over the internet, and there is no need to rehash it here.  Suffice to say that:

    1.)  Ovechkin outplayed Crosby head-to-head in the regular season this year, the regular season last year, AND the playoffs last year.  Pittsburgh won because the rest of their team, particularly their goalie, had more stamina than Washington. 

    2.)  The Russian Olympic hockey team had major issues.  Poorly coached, too many KHL players, etc.  Crosby was not a factor in that game anyway.

    3.)  The World Juniors?  You can’t be serious…

    4.)  If you were going to build a team completely from scratch, maybe you would start with Crosby, but I wouldn’t.

    Honestly, we were shocked when Ovi signed a 15 year contract to play in DC.  We thought for sure he would want to play for a big hockey town like Montreal or New York.  We are blessed to see him play here, and to cheer for him.  He is our Mario.

    Pittsburgh has Crosby.  We have Ovechkin.  You have…nobody.  We also have Backstrom.  You have nobody.  We have Semin.  You have nobody.  We have Green.  You have nobody. Smack smack smack smack smack.  Are you learning anything yet?

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

  70. Laramy87 says:

    Fact of the matter is Washington started to crash the net, thworing Halak off his game and i guess scarying him a bit perhaps why he is playing deeper in his net.

    Price is bigger and stronger than Halak and i think can deal with the crashing of the net better…

    Tonight is huge, go habs

  71. KenD29 says:

    Not bad. But I would still take Crosby on my team any day over Ovi !! 

    World Juniors, Stanley Cup and oh yeah, Gold medal at the Olympics?!
    Crosby playing like a house on fire against the Sens so far..

    What does Ovi have again?!!

    Now how’s that for SMACK!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  72. LeopardSeal says:

    If Ovechkin were using, the Olympics would have caught it even if the NHL didn’t.

    You demean yourself, your team, and the game with this foolishness.

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

  73. LeopardSeal says:

    Complete and utter nonsense.

    2-4-6 in 3 games is a nonfactor?  Please.  What kind of numbers would he need to put up for you, all wise and all knowing one, to consider him a factor?  3-4-7 in 3 games?

    You all just keep focusing on Ovechkin.  He is just the first among the Young Guns.  Semin and Green haven’t played up to their potential, but don’t expect that to last.  And Backstrom has torched you.

    Ovechkin didn’t fold last year in the playoffs, he had 14 points in 14 games.  I don’t know what universe you are in, but it is a wishful thinking one, to be certain.

    Of course, the Caps are SO much better than the Habs that if we GAVE you Ovechkin tonight, we would still win.  Howzzat for talkin smack?

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

  74. dallyd31 says:

    Give me a break…seriously.  We for the most part have outplayed the leagues #1 team and if not for a few bad breaks and mental lapses would be leading the series. This team has played great and faught hard given who we are playing.  We weren’t expected to win a game let alone carry the play for 2.5 of the 4 games.
    When JM takes teh reins off and lets these guys play, they do quite well.  I personally think we are a coach and 2-3 players away ( and one of those spots will be filled by PK) from being  a real contender.

    Do people forget that we are playing the Caps…the #1 team in the NHL.  What do people expect.

  75. j2w4habs25 says:

    OLE ole ole ole, OLEE OLEEE… keep Preaching my brother

    HABS in 7!!!…

    GO HABS GO!!!

  76. Mikey_39 says:

    Cmon man where’s the positivity?  Everyone has been so hard on Gainey.  Would you rather he be a hot head like Burke and just make irrational moves?  Immagine having traded markov or subban in a deal for lecavalier!

    Also don’t forget how hard it is for a GM in montreal to attract free agents.  AND this team is destined to be mediocre if we constantly are limited to selecting the best available FRANCOPHONE coach.  You can’t blame Gainey for the situation we are in.

    Besides, I like the acquisition of Cammy. And Gionta may be small but he certainly doesn’t play that way.  

  77. megagoten says:

    we know who’s gonna replace MAB on pp

    his d-play could not be worse than MAB’s

  78. LeopardSeal says:

    Hey, I think I know that guy!  But he is from Maryland, so that doesn’t count at all.

    And exercise caution when ridiculing a man’s manliness on a web page where the picture at the top of said page is that same man pwning your “best” player.

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

  79. PeterStone says:

    positivity doesnt win hockey games.  a hot head like burke who makes irrational moves .. you serious ? he got Phaneuf for a bunch of nobody’s.   we let 13 ( or whatever the # was ) free agents walk away for nothing , sign 7 ( who remembers how many ) and you call THAT rational ?

    Dude .. dont forget he TRIED to acquire Lecavalier … he was lucky that whichever owner of TB nixed it … that was the dumbest move TB could’ve made .. they should have traded him while he had value. Right now, 7M$ cap hit for 6 points for 10 more years … and BG tried hard to get him …

  80. LeopardSeal says:

    Mildly delusional.  Since the second period of Game 2, you haven’t “outplayed” anyone.  You have battled to a draw in some periods, and been crushed in others, but I don’t understand how you Habs fans think you are playing well right now.  You played so well in the 2nd period in Game 4, and got what out of it?  Pwned by Varlamov, thats what. 

    You insist Varly isn’t as good as either of your goalies, but you’ve turned him into a back to back Number 1 Star Patrick Roy clone recently, haven’t you.  I guess a team must be pretty bad to make our goalies look so good.

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

  81. PeterStone says:

    how about this … we squeaked into the playoffs last year … out in 4 … this year … squeaked in … out in 5 ? I thought it would be 6 , but maybe not.

    I think we are actually in agreement … i didnt expect anything … and its exactly what we are getting .. we may have carried the play for 1/2 ( you can say a little more .. whatever ) the games … but last time I checked , we are down 3 games to 1 … and, the coach who needs to go after 1 season .. was also hired by BG.  Another irrational move to hire him … ?

  82. Mikey_39 says:

    Burke traded to #1 draft picks and a #2 for Kessel, who is a good player but not worth that.  I mean toronto could have rebuilt with solid talent.  Hall or Seguin? Cmon man, I honestly think they pissed away their future because they couldn’t be patient.

     

    From what I understood, TB wanted MArkov and that’s why Gainey didn’t want to do the trade….And i also heard (again rumors) that it was Bettman who intervened.  If this was the case, then the deal could only have been good for montreal.

  83. Bugs says:

    Comparing hockey to baseball always makes me sick.

    One is a sport; the other is not. The Yanks THEMSELVES call it a “passtime”, so please. Last thing we need is to emulate the “dedication and sustained athletic ability” of overweight millionaires who are either sitting on a bench for 85% of the game or picking their nose in left-field waiting for a fly-ball once every half-hour.

    What’s next, the “pride and tradition” of the dart-throwing club?

    Give us a break, mate.

    Or better yet, Steinbrenner’s no-salary-capped open vault.

    You’ll get your “60-min efforts” in a hurry then, I reckon.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  84. PeterStone says:

    dude .. you wrote below you didnt come to gloat, you came to “learn” .. but you sure seem to be doing lots of gloating … no offense .. there is as much honour in beating this Habs team as in beating Iraq …

    You also talk about class .. or lack thereof, but, oddly enough you feel comfy slagging the French Canadian people … on an english board … seems to display some of the stuff you feel we lack … non ?

  85. Bugs says:

    If you came here to learn, then you must agree: you have nothing to teach us. Right?

    Always remember, Spotty: We were champions of the world when you were still cuttin down cherry trees.

    Please forgive our elitist replies when confronted with an ADMITTED bandwagoner who has seen his club built through draft-pitied INCOMPETENCE chide the sixth man of the greatest team in hockey et la meilleure équipe au monde for their psychological warfare tactics.

    Yes, we KNOW, Spotty, that your team railroads over us like we weren’t even there. We know that, thank you.

    But split your team in half, give us either piece and we’ll crush your other half with it. Give US a pity-draft and we’ll see what’s what.

    But don’t come here while we’re being humiliated and get all offended against our understandable rage. Unless maybe you wanna put Theo back in net and see with your OWN EYES how the “Thé-Oh” chant works (the one you conveniently call “booin” to make yourself feel more noble)?

    Charity-thievin bottom-feeder?

    Thanks.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  86. PeterStone says:

    OK .. so, Burke traded 1 st ( which turned out to be higher than expected, granted ) and whatever for a guy who got 30G this season, on a team with Grabovski as the top C … and 35( give or take ) last season …

    BG traded a 1st and a 2nd for some guy named ATanguay .. how many goals did he score for us this season ?

    BG had a deal for Pleks and Price .. Betteman told TB to get their ownership settled before they made the deal ( which makes sense to me … ) one owner nixed it … so, it didnt go through, and we were LUCKY it didnt

  87. PeterStone says:

    Mikey .. i love the Habs too .. but, seriously .. BG was the 2nd worse GM ( and the # 1 disappointment as GM ) in Habs history.  He made dumb move after dumb move … samsonov, laraque, Tanguay, etc etc etc .. and, after his 7 year tenure .. here we are .. NEEDED a overtime LOSS to make it into the playoffs … lets be objective when analyzing his body of work as GM of the Habs … he sucked.

    He destroyed the work the Andre Savard had done to improve the damage that peanut did …

  88. wotever says:

    Wait, you think Gainey wanted Lecavelier? You must be stoned, Peter. Nobody wants Lecavelier at that price. Stupidest thing i’ve ever heard from a habs fan, including blackface.


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

  89. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Bruins take a 3-1 series lead over the Sabres.

  90. Frank2468 says:

    I’m not talking about his hockey skills, I’m talking about having your mom sitting in on contract negotiations and making decisions for you.  Most MEN would not have their mommy sitting in and negotiating your contract.  If you think that is OK and not kind of weird then I don’t know man.  You must be looking at what I’m talking about through rose colored glasses. 

    For the record the fans where booing Theo over his record, was if wrong to boo him at that moment maybe, but the fans pay to watch the game and they can say and do what they want other than breaking the law.  After all it is their coin they are spending.  But when a player who makes millions and is paid by the fans, because without the fans there is no hockey has the set a little higher standard.  And it could have been any player but in this case it was Ovie, he should have slowed up when skating towards that child which has cancer.  You could see on the video the kid was startled.  Now what if the kid happened to move a little towards Ovie when he was skating he would have bumped him, now that would have looked nice.  So when it comes to kids when the players are involved all bets should be off.  Never mind about rivalry and fans jawing back and forth when it comes to the kids. 

    If you do respond I hope you respond with a little class about this.  I wasn’t saying Ovie is this and that, it could have been any player I don’t care.  The case is he was wrong and that’s my point.  I’d being saying the same thing even if it was Crosby who did it.

  91. Ton says:

    ryder sets up winner in boston in ot. why did we let him go again?

  92. shootdapuck says:

    And who was the man feeding him all the pro-scouting information??????

    GAUTHIER!!!!

    Garbage in Garbage out!!!

    Say no more!

     

     

     

     

    “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″

  93. MontrealAtheist says:

    I hate to state the obvious but both the Bruins and Philly are leading their series 3-1 cause they have weak opponents.

    If it wasn’t for the losing streak towards the end of the regular season the Habs could easily have secured a date with the Sabres or Devils, but instead they acted as if all play-off spots were the same and as a reward they drew the Caps. Well, guess what, it turns out that beating the Caps is not as easy as winning against the Devils or Sabres.

    Lesson learned for next season: Try to put some effort in order to finish higher than 8th place.

  94. deuce6 says:

    He was just being a punk..He has 30 feet of bench he could have climbed over, but he decides to go to the door and spray the kid? Gimmie a break…This guy is the face if the NHL?

    Say what you want about Sid, but you would NEVER see him do anything of this nature…

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

  95. shootdapuck says:

    and when they actually have to pee in a bottle.

    Then what!

    Dopers all!

     

    “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″

  96. shootdapuck says:

    And when the Redskins start winning again the sum total of your hockey knowledge will be as it is today!

     

    “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″

  97. ooder says:

    wern’t we all yelling about how good a coach Lindy Ruff is?

    his sabres are now down 3 -1 in the series to boston, and the guy has never won a stanley cup

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  98. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ryan Miller ran out of gas and lack of scoring on Buffalo = Done.

    75 games adding in his Olympic starts before playoff starts as I always argue, a 70-game goalie shall not lift the Stanley Cup.

     

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

  99. BKAK72 says:

    Pre lockout the CANADIENS couldn’t compete with the large market budgets (like Montreal is small town???). Post lock-out the HABS package a roster right to the budget limit and the claim to fame has been one decent season in 2007/08. I’m glad that isn’t my money being mishandled. Wait a minute, that is my money! Duh!!– I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  100. arrow says:

    So down 3-1 in the series, and it is not an absolute blowout, cause we have game (sometimes). But the point is WE CAN WIN ! I BELIEVE! Stick with PRICE, hopefully SPACEK is better, SK and Moore get more minutes cause they both played with heart. The 2 days will give Hamrlik a well deserved rest and we will win GAME #4. P.S. Replace MAB on FWD with Lapierre and see what happens, he may be small defensively but on offence he can a Killer!

     

    GO HABS GO!

  101. Bugs says:

    Can anyone write a post more petty than this?

    Anyone?

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  102. light_n_tasty says:

    Did Plekanec play tonight?

  103. shootdapuck says:

    JM does not subscribe to the concept of winning!

    He only subscribes to “not losing”!

    And it shows!

     

     

    “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″

  104. ooder says:

    I agree.. although he played a ridiculous game tonight and made a few highlight saves.

    and it’s Ruff’s responsibilty to make sure his goalie is well rested

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  105. light_n_tasty says:

    If only we wouldn’t have crapped out in the last 3 games of the season.  They way the Habs are playing in this series, they would have no trouble with the Sabres.  I actually think the Habs are playing their best hockey of the year.  We just don’t have the finish that the Caps do.

  106. Shan says:

    He is a great coach. That doesn’t always mean you can win. Julien is a good coach too.

     

    —–

    Their defenses are broken! Let the slaughter begin!

  107. Habsfan_jay says:

    That was a Carbo thing. I’m not sure exactly what his issue with him was though, but he wasn’t good defensively at all really, if I remember correctly. I was always a fan, but he’s very streaky player.

  108. JoeC says:

    Because hes terrible

  109. Psycho29 says:

    He’s playing for a new contract.

  110. COPOKA HA KOPOBE says:

    Having a mom as an agent means:

    - This agent cares about you the most

    - All money you’ve earned stays in the family

    - Ovy needs an agent one time in a decade.

    Don’t see any problem with Ovy’s mom.

     

    As for the kid presumabaly almost being smashed on the ice, I guess now the kid’s mom will write a bestseller and will become his agent with a pan-can tour named “A story of my life: Ovechkin and me.”.

     

    Pathetic!

     

     

     

  111. light_n_tasty says:

    Because he sucks ginormous warty alligator testicles.

  112. Habsfan_jay says:

    Oh and I think AK46 was also supposed to make him redundant

  113. showey47 says:

    boston was trying to at the deadline and couldn’t find anyone desperate enough. 4 million per for 33 points,yeah where do i sign up?

  114. light_n_tasty says:

    What, is he trying to save the Molsons a few $$$?

  115. Bugs says:

    We close out the season with Halak.

    No debate.

    Question of honour.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  116. Say Ash says:

    anybody got a clip of OV giving the flag kid a snow job, and then a water bottle spray?

  117. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes, but does JM have any concept of what that means?

     

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

  118. Habsfan_jay says:

    Yeah seriously, that contract is almost as bad as Gomez’s.

  119. gp52 says:

    Montreal fans will never acknowledge deep down these realities

  120. dre1744 says:

    wow everyone chill out!!!!!!  People on here act like this team has a god given right to win the cup  and are acting like they are getting beat by an lesser team.  If everyone remembers the habs barely sqeezed into the playoffs  and are a 500 team  and getting beat buy a team that finished 32 points ahead of em……  Nuff said.

     

    I wished this team would of tanked the season and at least got a decent draft pick.

  121. SeriousFan09 says:

    SHHHH!!! Didn’t you hear the world is coming to an end and the team is hopeless because we’re losing to a No. 1 seed?

     

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

  122. Bugs says:

    I’m not interested in bashing an NHL coach who has sooo much more experience coaching a professional hockey team than a lot of hindsight geniuses on this site put together, thank you, Yahoo.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  123. Sami says:

    Jeez, “nice” class there by Ovie. Thanks for the quick video eagle

  124. longtimehabsfan says:

    I’m a Habs fan and a Yankees fan.  Habs fan much more than Yankees fan. I have one question for the Molsons:  Do you have any pride?  Pure and simple.  Because you couldn’t tie the Steinbrenners shoes.  Do you have any pride?  Do you?  Can you restore the tradition?   Can you take all the money that the Bell Centre gives you and invest it back into your team?  Because if you don’t you will lose my patronage.  I’ve had it.  I can no longer root for mediocrity.  And the people in Montreal need to feel the same way because we’ve become very much like the people of Toronto.  Habs fans, people:  Don’t go to the games if the owners are going to give us crap on the ice.  And that is what we saw tonight.  20 or 40 minutes does not win a game. 

  125. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not everyone get’s theirs you know. Chris Pronger is still an active NHLer after a lifetime of being a D-Bag cheapshot artist, with two Gold Medals and a Cup Ring to go with it all.

     

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

  126. punkster says:

    More than most likely.

  127. light_n_tasty says:

    I don’t think that anyone on the team is thinking that they are closing out the season next game.  So, why start Halak for Honour if they still have a chance?  JM will start whoever he thinks gives him the best chance at winning.  Nothing to do with honour.

  128. deuce6 says:

    Yeah, there is only one small catch between the 2…Steinbrenner doesn’t have a hard cap to deal with..That guy has the ability to throw money around like no tomorrow..

    I read a stat from last season..Steinbrenner was paying almost $70,00 per inning of baseball in player salaries..

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

  129. arrow says:

    Just a few thoughts, living in Ottawa and the team looked better than the SENS last game, always have been a HABS FAN! My twins were born 17 years ago (the last time the HABS won a Stanley cup 1993 ) Every year, I hope and pray that this is the year. I am still hopeful, I believe that PRICE is the one and we can rebound and WIN the next 3.

    Great team effort, alot of heart, but the dying seconds in the periods are killing us (I close my eyes when we are in our end zone:have all season long  WTF!) I think it is because we do not have a CAPTAIN, if we had one he would step up, if he wasn’t on the ice than he would make sure to assign someone to step up.

    Just a woman’s point of view, too many cooks in the kitchen syndryome!

    GO HABS GO!

  130. smiler2729 says:

    It’s not mediocrity, it’s parity and get used to it cuz it’s coming to baseball after the next CBA…

    Isn’t cheering for the Yankees like rooting for Satan?

  131. punkster says:

    Very entertaining, bodes well for the future. As you know Ian I never thought the rebuild last summer was actually finished yet. Still some pieces and cap space to move out, trades to be made and callups from Hamilton before we start to see the real team. Next season will be better. But hey, this one isn’t officially over yet. Another chance Friday to extend the series and gain some experience.

  132. gp52 says:

    Joke Martin has to go as do several players and other members of the organization.

    Although both goalies did not play badly thus far, i don’t think either of them increased their

    trade value.

     

  133. Caballero says:

    Ah, it is a relief to see some people who are not crazy on here. I agree.

  134. Psycho29 says:

    Marinaro on Team 990 just said that we shouldn’t be upset with Ovechkin. It’s his ritual every game to come on the ice and head directly to the bench,brake hard , and sit at the end of the bench.

    So he would have done that if its a 10 year old kid with a flag, a puppy, or a child in a wheelchair standing there.

    If Tony says its ok, I guess we have to let it go.

     

     

  135. MontrealAtheist says:

    Yeah, and if it wasn’t for that ridiculous meltdown of the Habs towards the end of the regular season it could have been Montreal playing against the Sabres. The Habs should have seen it coming and I suppose that kind of stupidity cannot go unpunished.

    Hint: There is a reason that most teams tried to avoid facing the Caps in the play-offs.

  136. MontrealAtheist says:

    There is only so much that a great coach can do with an average team.

  137. terrygain says:

    Were you watching?

  138. Say Ash says:

    if tony thinks it’s ok, he’s a douche, too. that might be a make-a-wish kid with cancer. think it’s ok? if that were your kid, you’d think it’s ok?

  139. terrygain says:

    We just lost game 4. Don’t post after drinking.

  140. Mad Habber says:

    err…but then he did go out and get Gomez..

  141. Bugs says:

    Sorry, LT.

    Guess again.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  142. light_n_tasty says:

    Unfortunately, the NHL has this little thing called a “salary cap”.  Unlike the Yankees, the Molsons can’t buy championships.  It’s against the rules.

  143. Ian Cobb says:

    It takes years to rebuild an organisation as you know Dave. A year from now we will be much better for sure.

  144. Bugs says:

    Seems to me Psylock was joking, Ash.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  145. TripleX says:

    WRONG!   Halak is done in Montreal.  Management was looking for anyway to get Price in to ease the way for trading Halak in the summer.  Get used to seeing Price as he is our undisputed number one next season.  And I would not wish that on anyone.

  146. Ian Cobb says:

    Baseball can be a little fun to play.

    But to watch, is a little like watching grass grow.

  147. A. Berke says:

    “….  either sitting on a bench for 85% of the game or picking their nose in left-field …..”

    Bugsy, you forgot to mention “scratching their balls”

    Ali B.

  148. MontrealAtheist says:

    How bad does Price need to play before people stop asking for his return? I thought tonight his performance was poor enough to convince the Price fan boys, but apparently some people got a kick out of watching him fail.

  149. TripleX says:

    Hardly hindsight dude.  Many of us have said playing MAB on the first unit was dumb as was sitting O’Byrne and SK.

    We also said not having any discernible game plan to stop Ovy such as a shadow like Moore was dumb.

    JM has experience but his moves are at best questionable.  If you were a little bit honest you might see the light.

  150. LeopardSeal says:

    The same whiners who are all upset about Ovie showing such heartless cruelty to this child are probably the same ones who mercilessly booed Theo without regard for the death of his baby son last August.  Hypocrites.

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

  151. Caballero says:

    Gotta say, that did rub me the wrong way. Maybe he didn’t mean anything by it, but his arrogance is nauseating. He is an incredible hockey player but being a truly great athlete and an ambassador of hockey takes a certain amount of class that he just hasn’t got right now.

  152. Say Ash says:

    shouldn’t reward bad management with good draft picks and at the same time hinder others who want to spend if they so please. can’t have both

  153. Mad Habber says:

    I’m sorry? Has game five already been played and I missed it?

  154. MontrealAtheist says:

    The only way the Habs have a chance in game #5 is if the plane carrying the Caps crashes on the way back to DC and even then I would be hesitant to put my money on them. With the kind of performance we’ve seen today and on Monday it’s difficult to win *any* games against half-decent competition.

  155. terrygain says:

    My twins were born 17 years ago (the last time the HABS won a Stanley cup 1993 ) Every year, I hope and pray that this is the year. I am still hopeful, I believe that PRICE is the one and we can rebound and WIN the next 3.

    ——————–

    How do the twins cope with your drug habit? 

  156. A. Berke says:

    Fully agree w/you Ian.

    The team did their best. However, hopefully the results showed the ownership & management that we are still far from being true contenders. IMO, the ball is in their court now to do/show what they can accomplish to make this a better team.

    We shall see.

    Ali B.

  157. habaholic68NJ says:

    Disappointed tonight Ian but not surprised.  Onward for next season.  JM has to go and Boucher and PK have to be brought up along with several other D-men and forwards.  We are going to have to build from within, shed a little cap space and bring in one or two missing pieces from the outside.

  158. Caballero says:

    I see you have had a big sip of the chocolate milk.

  159. punkster says:

    Sure and a bunch of booze fueled or opinionated blog fans have cornered the market on expertise in NHL coaching.

  160. Psycho29 says:

    I was being sarcastic, I was watching the game with buddies and I noticed it. I thought it was classless….

    I really can’t stand Marinaro. I’m not a big fan of Jacques Martin, but Marinaro’s imitation of him was funny the first time. His does it every day now, its wearing a bit thin now…

  161. PeterStone says:

    this obviously isnt going to be an intelligent discussion … obviously you either arent really a hockey fan or you’ve been under a rock the past 12 months.  Everyone hockey fan on the planet knows Gainey wanted Lecavalier. its been well reported, well documented and clearly stated by Gainey himself that he wanted Lecavalier … obviously, it wasnt clear enough for you.  See the part where Gainey says “We had an agreement with them”

     

    BROSSARD, Que. — Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey ripped into Tampa Bay GM Brian Lawton yesterday, accusing him of breaking a pact the two men had in place during trade discussions involving Vincent Lecavalier three months ago.

    Describing Lawton’s actions as “disgraceful,” Gainey slammed the Lightning organization for its lack of ethics in the entire affair.

    “We had discussions with Tampa Bay,” Gainey said during his state-of-the-union address at the team’s practice facility on Montreal’s south shore. “We had an agreement with them.

  162. light_n_tasty says:

    Not really sure how Theo’s personal tragedy explains how he’s sucked for the last 7 years…

  163. light_n_tasty says:

    Perhaps.  But that isn’t what the team is thinking.  They are thinking they can win the next game.  So JM will choose the goalie who gives them the best chance at winning.

    It’s not soooo crazy that they would win on Friday.  They were a shot away from winning game 2.  Tonight, they lost the game in 52 seconds.  It’s not like they were thoroughly outplayed and outclassed tonight.  They *could* have won.  And so they have hope.  And so Friday is not just about “Honour”.  It’s about winning.

  164. LeopardSeal says:

    Yes, Please.

    All I can figure out so far is that the team that puts the puck in the other teams goal more often seems to win.  Granted, I’ve only cared about hockey since 2008, and I think Mike Green is the best Defenseman in the League, but really, when Ovie won the Art Ross and the Rocket Richard last year, I couldn’t tell them apart.

    Somehow your scorn must taste like ash, doesn’t it?  Because really, a player like Ovechkin should be playing for the Habs or the Rangers, right?  Only Original Six Teams and there fans are legit, with an honorable mention to Pitt, Philly, and the other teams in Canada.  DC has no business winning a playoff series, right?  What have we done to deserve it, right?  And the Commish only wants USA teams to advance, otherwise the Cup is your birthright, no matter what kind of pathetic effort your team makes, or how often your players manage to shoot the puck RIGHT AT our teenage goalie. 

    Don’t forget to point out that Crosby is better, and that somehow your Olympic gold medal makes you feel better.

    After Friday, I will be talking hockey with fans from Philly.  You won’t.

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

  165. Say Ash says:

    Sorry, I haven’t lived in Montreal for nearly 10 years and as such, not familar with the local radio personalities. I wasn’t aware Marinaro had McGuire status. As I’m not familiar with a poster’s age, it’s difficult to tell who’s capable of sarcasm. For the record, I love sarcasm. Ha!

  166. Caballero says:

    ouch hehe

  167. light_n_tasty says:

    Yes.  I think I remember seeing him lose a couple of face-offs.

  168. Bugs says:

    And your reasoning for NEXT year’s goalie pertains HOW exactly to our last game THIS year, 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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  169. terrygain says:

    I think Halak is the better goalie but this blaming the goalie b/c you like the other guy is b.s. Price played well tonight. We were beaten by a careless pinch and a blind pass. That’s all it took to lose to a superior team.

  170. LeopardSeal says:

    It wasn’t an explanation of Theo’s game.  It was a snark on the hypocrisy on this site, and the crass and classless behavior of the people of Montreal.  I love your country, I love your city, and I respect your team, but some of you fans need some serious therapy.

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

  171. light_n_tasty says:

    Don’t forget his Norris and Hart trophies…

  172. Caballero says:

    It is hard to tell where you are joking and where you are serious since by coming on a Habs forum to gloat I can’t tell if you are smart enough to get irony at all.

  173. Bugs says:

    But we don’t need PITY drafts to crawl out’ve the hockey gutter, and that’s good enough for us.

    Brilliant “acumen” in drafting Ovechkin, btw. Brilliant. Maybe a blind monkey WOULDN’T'VE drafted him, but I’m not sure.

    Remember: the only reason the Cappers are where they are is due to their TOTAL incompetence, you realize that, right, Spotty?

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  174. light_n_tasty says:

    Let me explain.  If you suck, you get booed.  That’s how it works.  I will save the jokes about why the US anthem gets booed for the “crass and classless”.

  175. LeopardSeal says:

    We have a better owner, a better GM, and a better coach than you do.

    Leonsis did his homework during the lockout, and he built through the draft and the Hershey Bears, rather than free agency.

    But why bother you with facts, right.  I am just a bandwagoner, while you are a real hockey fan.

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

  176. ooder says:

    i just thought of the sheer stupidity of constantly benching SK and OB

    they are young players who montreal should work with and build thier core.

    A great 2 way forward, who is fast, can take a hit and has great vision and skill.

    A 6″6 defense men who is the only one on the habs who can throw a hit and can punish the oponent physically.

    instead, JM and his agenda play career AHLers like Darche and completly one dimensional players like MAB over these two.

    Darche played for 3 freakin minutes in game 3. do you honestly think sk couldn’t have played more and better???

    Hamrlik clearly can’t keep up anymore… so scratch O’Byrne?!?!? why not play cammy or sk74 on the point.. why keep trying the same failed recipe over and over again… when have the second wave of d-men ever created a goal on the PP?

    i am so frustrated that the guys whould should be developing and gathering experience are getting the short end of the stick

    and then we wonder why we have to over pay for free agents.

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  177. LeopardSeal says:

    Originally, I didn’t come to gloat.  I came to learn.  And while most of the people on this site are sensible and observant, I have been dismayed at some of the obnoxious behavior. 

    If you want to come over to Japers Rink on SB Nation, they welcome intelligent conversation from opposing fans, just don’t be a troll.

    I’ve said all week that I respect the Habs.  I do not respect the simple minded booing of Theo, booing the USA anthem, calling us all bandwagoners, scorning Varly, and going on and on about how ugly you think Ovi is.  Come up with some fresh material by Friday, please.

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

  178. Ian Cobb says:

    We played a hell of a game folks. Well worth the Price of admission for sure. But in the end the big ugly “O” guy was just to good, along with his friends.

  179. ooder says:

    must be oh so very hard to draft with a first overall pick and other high picks.

    how did your genious GM ever do it?!?!?!

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  180. Caballero says:

    Dude go to bed please. The reason why your team is better than ours is a subject that leaves me completely indifferent at this time. The important thing is that the Capitals have a much better offense and bigger players right now. Now go brush your teeth and watch “The Hockey Sweater” to realize why most people here bleed Bleu Blanc Rouge.

  181. dougiehab says:

    Washington has a few gamebreakers:Ovechkin,Backstrom,Semin  etc.. Montreal has an “average team with no gamebreakers. gamebreakersgive the edge,until we (Montreal)get a gamebreaker or two,times are going to be tough. Lets hope something can change for next year.

  182. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs are going into 2nd OT with the Manitoba Moose trying to take a 3-1 lead in their playoff series. What a treat for the Manitoba fans to see such an intense game.

     

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

  183. Caballero says:

    I totally agree with you man. This is the sad reality here. The pressure to win is so great that young players aren’t allowed to gain experience and learn from their mistakes. Can someone write an article about this again somewhere?

  184. LeopardSeal says:

    Someone gets the first round pick EVERY year, Rocket Scientist.  You don’t necessarily see them winning the Presidents’ Trophy or the Stanley Cup within the next couple of years, do you?  Face it, Was and Pit are more than just SC87 and AO8, they are solidly built, winning organizations from top to bottom. 

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

  185. LeopardSeal says:

    Someone gets the first round pick EVERY year, Rocket Scientist.  You don’t necessarily see them winning the Presidents’ Trophy or the Stanley Cup within the next couple of years, do you?  Face it, Was and Pit are more than just SC87 and AO8, they are solidly built, winning organizations from top to bottom. 

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

  186. eagle says:

    cheering for a winner is easy, a true fan sticks with his team through thick and thin, why? because we support the players. Becoming a good team is not a simple process, its painful and young teams go through tough times. what you are doing is like photoshopping your picture into the best college party to say you were there.

    I pity you, not only do you not have enough heart and pride to stick with a losing team, but you also go onto other teams websites to insult people. You must have the best life in the world buddy.

  187. LeopardSeal says:

    Good advice.  I do, after all, have a job to go to in the morning.

    I should leave all this late night wit and banter to the French Canadians, for whom work is probably illegal.

    “Hard work never hurt anyone, and in Quebec its not even legal.”

  188. anotherhab says:

    Please remember the series isn’t over yet! And even if you beat the 8th seed what have you accomplished! If you advance and play Philly I’ll happily cheer when Carcillo stomps all over the Ogre!

    And if you think Mike Green is th best defenseman in the league your totally delusional.

  189. LeopardSeal says:

    Bandwagon Capitals fans are worse.  Because when the team stops winning, we will just go back to our normal lives.  DC will never be a hockey town.  Sure they will Rock the Red for a winner, but any city would if they were blessed with the best player on earth, and probably 4 of the top 10 players in the league.

    The real question is, why do you all show so much passion and loyalty for a team that is so…mediocre?  Are you that pitiful?  Are your lives that devoid of meaning?  You already shipped us your pathetic excuse for a baseball team, thanks for nothing.  Maybe its time to send this sorry excuse for a hockey franchise to Baltimore?

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

  190. Caballero says:

    Dude I have to say it is obvious you are not from around here. I can’t believe how clean you are keeping your responses. Respect!

  191. Mikey_39 says:

    Everyone knocked on Gainey for picking up Hal Gill, but you really have to hand it to him…he has been playing AWESOME! He’s the only one on the team that has played all 4 games and is EVEN.  Not to mention he’s been a beast on the PK.  And apparently he’s a leader in the locker room.

  192. LeopardSeal says:

    “Pretenders” who beat you in 5.

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

  193. j2w4habs25 says:

    LOL – email me when that ever happens…

  194. LeopardSeal says:

    And someone accused ME of not appreciating irony…wow, try to be MORE dense.

    You can’t preach to me about sports pain.  I am a Miami Dolphins fan who spent 17 years living and dying over Dan Marino. 

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

  195. Caballero says:

    Of course it’s legal, they just take away half your pay in taxes!

  196. Caballero says:

    Dude try to understand that hockey in this town is like a form of civilized war. A thousand years ago I would be cheering for Hal Gill to rip off Ovechkin’s head and place it on a spike. Now since the players are on skates Hal Gill is at a serious disadvantage lol

  197. SeriousFan09 says:

    The best chance we have to get a coach who will develop our young guys and encourage them to play is in Hamilton right now. He will stand up for his players I imagine and defend them, guide them and make them better. If Sergei Kostitsyn can become a two-way forward with 2 months under Boucher, imagine what he could do with Pouliot, SK, AK and O’Byrne for a whole year.

     

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

  198. j2w4habs25 says:

    go back to your own forum.

  199. LeopardSeal says:

    That is a lie, and you know it.  DC has never booed the national anthem of Canada.  Ironically, it is you who is smearing a fanbase because of your own desire to minimize the behavior of your fellow fans.

    DC fans are actually pretty quiet during the anthems, except for yelling “O!” and “Red!”, which some of us wish would stop.

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

  200. J. Ambrose says:

    Bugs: I humbly invite you over to Boone’s little “About Last Night” chalet to answer my query and ponder what might be next season. I’d be interested to hear your view.

  201. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, you’re right BUT that name in here is likely to draw up a hate frenzy.

  202. eagle says:

    because from anywhere i would figure that out, yes here in quebec we teach our kids to read minds, and I clearly failed that course.

  203. Caballero says:

    Ah I thought they were yelling “Offense” the way most fans yell “Defense” you know what I mean?

  204. eagle says:

    subban scored game winner in double ot

  205. PeterStone says:

    I hope you dont mind if I interject .. i always enjoy a debate.  lets call a spade a spade … the Habs suck … certainly beating them in 5 in 3 or in 6 shouldnt be considered an accomplishment ?   You make some interesting points, but, you are totally off base in others … Leonis did do his homework, I heard he did alot of reading and research ( all he had to do was call me, I would have told him, dont build thru F/A .. Look at the NYR, TB Lightning .. it never ever works ) and did build through the draft … and, in my opinion, its the only way to do it, but, lets not go overboard .. he is the one who brought Jagr to Washington and paid half his salary when he moved him to NY … I would say the Molsons have a little bit of an edge over TL, just based on the Molson family having owned the team for what .. 50 years … I do believe you measure success in Cups … 24- 0 for the Legacy.  Now, these Molsons may turn out to be a disaster, but, I doubt it will be worse than Gilette, who, although he turned the franchise into a money making machine, he sure sucked at recognizing the incompetence that was running this organization.

    Also .. yea .. every year a team has a first pick … but c’mon .. it isnt every year that the pick is AOvechkin … the Caps have had the success they have had because they had been an awful ( I was going to say mediocre, but, thats us , now ) team for years …

  206. Caballero says:

    lol May God demolish BB’s house.

  207. Frank2468 says:

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, you have some really classy Cap fans as well and here is the link to prove it.  

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQLEzOgZbm8

     

    So don’t be a troll and come here acting all holier than thou.  Your fans and coyote ugly can act pretty classes.

     

    P.S if Ovie Ugly is such a man then please explain on his last contract negotiation he had his MOMMY sitting in on it and making the decisions.  Guess we know who wears the pants and has the balls in Ovie’s family.  Little momma’s boy.  I’m not making this up either it was reported while I was watching a sports broadcast.

     

     

  208. eagle says:

    ?and in washington everyone is perfect, nobody curses, nobody spits its a perfect world. The world is filled with idiots, get used to it. Those idiots also tend to be the loudest ones. What Ovechkin did was a stupid thing, maybe he didnt realise the kid suffered from cancer, but even then it was stupid. Booing theo shortly after the loss of his son was stupid also. Booing theo in the playoffs on the other hand is a part of the game.

    Just because some people do stupid things, doesn’t mean we all do.

  209. gohabsgo25 says:

    what have the caps done? can you tell me that, there chokers who go to game 7 and choke. what happen to your caps 4 out of 10 players on team russia they flopped and got smoked by canada.

     

    You have no life coming here and trying to rant about the greatest franchise on this planet. go back to washington and well see you @ game 7 because everybody knows bruce bourdeau  cracks under pressure and so does ovchicken.

     

    what about semin?

     

    Go habs Go

    Habs in 7

     

  210. PeterStone says:

    well .. this is his team. hope you enjoyed it all season, and all of last season too, and next season.  BG .. the 2nd worse GM in Habs history.  Glad he “resigned” and no , it wasnt too soon , it was way too long.

    Was still a rgeat captain tho .. but a lousy GM.

  211. j2w4habs25 says:

    thats nice to know. Atleast there some good news tonight lol

  212. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Anyone know what’s Metro’s status after his early return? I love his doggedness, could be really valuable tonight. But is he fit?

  213. elenar011 says:

    Playing inspirational hockey so far.

  214. tanhaa says:

    JM makes another smart decision:  Metro’s 5 minutes Vs. SK74′s talented presence. 

     

    GO JM GO!

  215. adam76 says:

    year or TWO?

  216. saskhabfan says:

    Here is your wonderful leafs organization claim to fame.

    http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=M1ARTM0011176

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  217. martin says:

    Gomez, Bergeron,Hamrlik and coach jocks sucked rocks again tonight. The coach has no clue. At least Price shows some heart and ethusiasim because the rest of the team rolled over like an autumn leaf. 8 million a year and Gomez can’t pass or backcheck! Someone please tell me what he can do or for the very least his coach. Yes Bergeron has a bullet of a shot but skates worst than my daughter, between hin , gomez and Gionta they were minus 9. They could have won every game but the Caps have shown what a team with heart can do. NEVER GIVE UP.

  218. terrygain says:

    It’s all about extending his RFA status for another year.

  219. dougekenzie says:

    I agree with you 100% when it comes to Gomez and MAB.

  220. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Gomez coming back to bail out the D probably saved us a couple goals tonight. and MAB has been pretty respectable all around. 

  221. TripleX says:

    Yeah SK with 8 minutes of total ice time was a PLUS 2!!   Boy what a lousy player.  Are you for real??  AK has a hat trick and is in the top ten in scoring for the playoffs.  Are you for real??

    Pouliot and Gomez are playing so much better and deserve the ice time.

  222. Mikey_39 says:

    On antichambre they said that he was spraying the kid with a water bottle after that…Like normally I would say he’s just joking around but cmon, the kids like 2 feet tall and you have 7 foot ovechkin picking on him.  The poor kid was probably pissing himself.

  223. slapshot777 says:

    Well if the Molsons really bought this team to bring back a winning tradition than we should see some of the moves that they plan to make during the off season. If the are in it only for the money tha nit will be status quo for the upcoming season.

     

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

  224. ThirtyThree says:

    He’s likely just trying to have some fun with the kid. But it was pretty dumb. He probably doesn’t have much experience with children. Hopefully, he won’t ever get any.

  225. slapshot777 says:

    I hope he never ever gets to raise the Cup. He is not worthy of something as the Holy Grail. To me that is showing disrepect to the Montreal Canadiens. It’s like spitting on the logo.

    I guess the juiced up vitamins he is taking is making him funny in the head. I know he is about the ugliest hockey player I have ever seen and that’s without any scars or lacarations on his face from any battle marks. Now I understand why he wears a tinted visor, to cut down on frightening any play that may look dierctly at him.

     

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

  226. Say Ash says:

    Scratch Hammer for game 5, please.

  227. matmacat says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn

    +2

    8 minutes

     

    What do you conclude?

  228. dallyd31 says:

    VERY frustrating..don’t know what to say.  Blow a 4-1 lead in game two and a 2-1 lead tonight.  Habs outhshoot, outhit and outplay the Caps and still lose.  The difference was the shorty late in the second on a terrible decision by the Habs D.

    Not sure what to say..the Habs were the better team again and lost.  The Cap have won, what…4 periods in 4 games and have the series lead ?

     

    Here’s a stat for you…lost 6-3 tonight and allowed 2 empty net goals and a shorthanded goal.

  229. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    Put in PK for the next game and sit MAB…

  230. Muckbringer says:

    ah well, good things on the horizon eh?

     

  231. MattZ says:

    I don’t want to hear any blaming of the refs or goalers to why we lost
    the last 3 games. We keep losing because we never capitilaze on our
    scoring chances. The main reason was the extremely poor play of Hamrlik,
    he was the king of momentum killing this year, how many dam goals did
    he cause. At 5.5 million, he has to go and go fast. Both goalers look
    bad because this guy stunk up the joint all series long.

  232. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    PK could also replace Hammer, if not MAB.

  233. slapshot777 says:

    I don’t think you will see PK in this series. The Dogs are losing right now 4-3 inn the second. They need PK more than we do. Let PK get his experience during the AHL playoffs. Let us have a look at him come September.

     

     

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

  234. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    Funny how they interviewed Hamrik pre-game too on RDS about just that tonight…

    Agree that tonight the refs were not at all at fault. I’ll say it one more time, what do we have to lose at this point, CALL UP PK!!!!!

  235. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    ugh…i guess you’re right but I don’t want to hear that.

  236. andrewberkshire says:

    Since Hamrlik only plays the first half of the season, think he’d be willing to cut his salary in half?

  237. DOAHABS says:

    Yea Price really showed his want to be the number one ………he’s a BUM

    regardless of all the posts in his defence,….he clearly is the last line of defence on the team,& he cannot do the job….Neither did Halak

    Bettman 3………….Habs 1

  238. LeopardSeal says:

    Varlamov beat you in the 2nd period.  With all those chances and then the SHG, that was just demoralizing.

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

  239. Mad Habber says:

    At this point PK would be an upgrade so long as he didn’t turn the puck over on the powerplay.

    Hamrlik has been doing that type of stuff for 2 or three weeks, yet Martin keeps, keeps, keeps, keeps him on the power play. Is there not someone else who can play the point and not turn the puck over? That’s all that is needed..

  240. Mikey_39 says:

    Watch him be scratched next game.  +2 and he was only given 8 minutes?  No time on the PP? I mean why not try him on the point? What does JM have to lose? I don’t get it, it’s so frustrating!!!!!! I wish he would get a chance to be played with his brother.  I like watching them play together.

  241. Sags says:

    TripleX….are you for real? Ok, you can have the selfish underacheiving K brother’s and I’ll take Pouliot and Gomez anytime….what are SK’s stats over the past 3 years….does he play at both ends of the rink? K bro’s = taking stupid selfish penalties at the worst time….can’t win a Cup with these guys in the lineup….I’ll take my chances with Gomes and Pouliot over these two bums.

    You can have Hamrlik, Bergeron and LaPierre too….coached by JM, Pearn and managed by the Ghost and Boivin! Good luck building a winning tradition with the K bro’s….

  242. justintime says:

    You nailed it…I came on here for just one reason, and that was to mention that Hamrlik has outlived his usefulness to us…especially with what he’s making.  For whatever reason, it seems as if Spacek picked up his game in the 2nd half, and Hamrlik has gone straight downhill…

  243. CanadienBoy says:

    Philly winning why ,they , re biggers overall size count at this time of the year !!

  244. adam76 says:

    Time for another overhall in the off season. 

  245. andrewberkshire says:

    I know Hamrlik was heavily relied upon early in the season, but your right, so was Spacek. Not only that, Spacek has played his off side all year, yet still he outperforms Hamrlik.

  246. Caballero says:

    Whoever blames Price for this loss is a complete nincompoop. Blaming the goalie for the loss is for people who don’t watch the game. I know that the logic seems bang on, (they scored more goals so it is Price’s fault, total genius insight) but you can’t beat an offensive machine when you miss every scoring opportunity.

  247. SeriousFan09 says:

    Thoughts for next year: Hamrlik bought out, Subban up, JM out. A natural hat trick of good moves for the good of the team.

     

     

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

  248. DOAHABS says:

    DEAD ON ARRIVAL HABS………………….TOAST FOR ANOTHER YEAR,,,,,but hey let’s buy their sweaters and support the NHL……….yea right I hope I see another cup before Quebec goes ‘Bilingual’

  249. adam76 says:

    PK should have been on the ice tonight – franchise is a joke.  EVERY team ha a 19 – 20 year old DMAN.

  250. Caballero says:

    I smell a troll here. Your lovely avatar speaks volumes about what kind of vibe you are bringing here. Did you honestly think that we could beat the caps by scoring 2 goals?

  251. andrewberkshire says:

    The flyers are winning because Brodeur is a joke in the playoffs.

  252. adam76 says:

    We know – we know

  253. CanadienBoy says:

    HEy may be bobo was going to replace ham.. with spac.. at the end off this year 1.2 mil.. lest

  254. Caballero says:

    Who is this dishwasher chico?

  255. Big Bird says:

    Us beating the Capitals would be nothing short of a miracle.  They are too powerful.  

    But I suspect we’ll get some high draft picks in the years to come because we have players like Harmlik and Gomez whose contracts will hang like albatross over our necks for the next few years.  

    The two of them clear over $12M per season.  That just blows my mind and they both will be here for a few seasons to come.  Well at least Gomez will.  Gomez is a good player.   But he’s not a good $8M per season player.

  256. terrygain says:

    You get the Cluebat award.

  257. CanadienBoy says:

    Ovie.. not killing us they 3 and 4 line are and backst..go in all the time Crosby play D not ovie..after this i will cheer for the long marche of the pegoins !

  258. Mikey_39 says:

    What’s the point of calling up Subban when we have an idiot coach who would not use him properly…

    Just wait till next season, get rid of JM bring up Boucher who knows how to use the young guys.  Then maybe we can keep Sergei and get the best out of him. 

  259. Big Bird says:

    I’d love to see him up here but we’ve rushed younger player before (Latendresse, Price, S. Kostitsyn) and ruined them.  Let PK take his time in Hamilton under the careful guidance of Guy Boucher.  Give him another year or two before we bring him up.   

  260. CanadienBoy says:

    ONe game for PK will have been great teaser !! and exp..

  261. ThirtyThree says:

    What a sad, sad situation.

    Two games in a row, giving up a short handed goal. Killer.

    Washington isn’t even playing that good. If not for their stellar goaltending the last two games, the HABS might be up in the series.

    Price played fine. He just needs someone to help him control and properly direct his emotions. Like his fire though.

    Ah well. Back to Washington. One game at a time.

  262. terrygain says:

    He sits next game?

  263. Sags says:

    Some pieces to the puzzle are in place but there still is some “old guard” that needs to be discarded….Hamrlik, both Kostitsyn’s, Price(not blaming him for the loss but do blame him for the 2 immature selfish incidents at the end of the game….kinda reminds me of Komisarek’s implosion at last years final game at the Bell Centre), LaPierre. Also, I’d say bye bye to MAB, Jacques Martin, Perry Pearn, Pierre Gauthier, Pierre Boivin….and the entire amateur staff that drafted Andrei K ahead of Jeff Carter.

    If this is a “storied” franchise then it needs to start acting like one….not the team that lacked intestinal fortitude in the face of adversity yet again, and imploded badly.  The Molson Family needs to seize the day and hire the very best in the hockey business to right this horrific ship ASAP.

    Some members of this team lack courage….get rid of the imposters please!

  264. SeriousFan09 says:

    Almost every team though, and this town has a bad reputation of wrecking young players especially when they are brought in before they are ready. We thought Price was ready once upon a time and well… His development’s been terrible. Subban needed the year in the AHL to learn better defensive responsibilities, handling playing against men, not boys, life in pro hockey and what it means to play a very long season. He is playing in the AHL Playoffs with the rest of his team and gaining valuable experience.

    Next year he’s here, this year he’s learning a lot about what it means to play pro hockey without the weight of the world being on him. JM’s ability to ‘work’ with young guys hasn’t exactly been stellar this year, so I’d say Subban staying the hell away from JM’s system is for the best.

     

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

  265. Sags says:

    It’s called UGLY Russian trash…….

  266. Xtrahabsfan says:

    One of the biggest problems I see is THE HABS D  only has two guys that can shoot the puck  hard while hitting the net,Markov and MAB and if your an N.H.L. defense man you  need to have a Howitzer,period. A ll of the D should be able to slam one in…all of them!

  267. j2w4habs25 says:

    HAMRLIKKKK SUCCCCKK!!!!!!!!!!!!! JM GET OUT!

  268. MontrealAtheist says:

    As someone here pointed out after game: This is Bob Gainey’s team since apparently he put most of the team together. Well, if BG gets credit for the win in game #1 due to the team he built then it’s only fair to blame the subsequent losses on BG as well (and his decision to build a team of dwarves).

  269. sailor2963 says:

    Good effort by the Habs.  When they put out and play hard they can be successful, when they let up they have problems. They outplayed the Caps for most of the game and deserved a better fate.

  270. slapshot777 says:

    So your calling a defenseman and a couple of forwards a new team. What team do you play with 3 on 3. LOL

     

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

  271. slapshot777 says:

    Why is it when we lose it’s always the goalies fault. Please explain where Carey was the fall guy tonight. Where did he let in the soft goal. This season for Carey is just like a snowball, once it started off bad for him it just stayed that way and the snowball continued to get bigger and bigger. I don’t expect for the snowball to just dissappear all of a sudden.

    Carey will chalk this up to a learning experience and with his extra work ethic during the season, may pay off in huge dividends come the start of next year. With a (hopefully) revamped defense and some moves here and there our game can go to be a more offensive team rather than a defensive team. JM has got to adapt the the new era of coaching or just get the hell out.

     

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

  272. HabsalwaysCA says:

    you can block text messaging, but sorry, no other soluions…..

  273. slapshot777 says:

    Why is it when we lose it’s always the goalies fault. Please explain where Carey was the fall guy tonight. Where did he let in the soft goal. This season for Carey is just like a snowball, once it started off bad for him it just stayed that way and the snowball continued to get bigger and bigger. I don’t expect for the snowball to just dissappear all of a sudden.

    Carey will chalk this up to a learning experience and with his extra work ethic during the season, may pay off in huge dividends come the start of next year. With a (hopefully) revamped defense and some moves here and there our game can go to be a more offensive team rather than a defensive team. JM has got to adapt the the new era of coaching or just get the hell out.

     

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

  274. slapshot777 says:

    Why is it when we lose it’s always the goalies fault. Please explain where Carey was the fall guy tonight. Where did he let in the soft goal. This season for Carey is just like a snowball, once it started off bad for him it just stayed that way and the snowball continued to get bigger and bigger. I don’t expect for the snowball to just dissappear all of a sudden.

    Carey will chalk this up to a learning experience and with his extra work ethic during the season, may pay off in huge dividends come the start of next year. With a (hopefully) revamped defense and some moves here and there our game can go to be a more offensive team rather than a defensive team. JM has got to adapt the the new era of coaching or just get the hell out.

     

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

  275. Laramy87 says:

    really miss spacek tonight… OB played well, mab was not too bad until that giveaway…. this is frustrating

  276. Laramy87 says:

    100% agree…. we play so well and let up and caps take advantage.. we need to play full 60 like we did in game 1

  277. arrow says:

    The team must practice with a time clock, pretending that they only have 15 seconds left in the period. If they can beat the clock they have a chance! Great effort tonite, but they all suck at BEAT THE CLOCK!

    GO HABS GO!

  278. Corio says:

    hahahaha seriously..  :)

  279. slapshot777 says:

    So your calling a defenseman and a couple of forwards a new team. What team do you play with 3 on 3. LOL

     

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

  280. slapshot777 says:

    So your calling a defenseman and a couple of forwards a new team. What team do you play with 3 on 3. LOL

     

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

  281. HabsalwaysCA says:

    how amaturish can the habs get ? twice in this frikin series, a lame inattentive short handed goal against. Its amazing..

      what are these guys ? pee wees ? another game going their way ( despite superdb goaltending from the caps goalie tonight ) about  be squandered bysheer  stupitity at the end of the second period……

    the only thing harder than being Habsfan is having to listen to Craig Laughlin and Joe pencilneck crow about how great the caps are, on Center Ice..

    Go habs, please

  282. TPlow says:

    2010 Habs wishlist: One defence corps.

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Put your hand on the record player and say, ‘I’m gonna get my freedom!’” — King’s X

  283. homerbowen says:

    See how big guys (Ovie) can score while little guys (Gomex) don’t. I believe their salaries are very close.

    Changes must be made over the summer. Dreamers will always dream but reality says we must get bigger and fast.

    Shame on Price for acting so poorly, he better be careful or Caps will run up the score on him.

  284. tricolore says:

    Washington are bigger, stronger, faster, and definitely more skilled. We all know that. I like the heart we showed for most of the game. Minus the bonehead Hamrhead move. We all love this team and wish they were more. Its lights out. This team, as we all know, is NOT built for the playoffs.

    Bonne nuit Montreal. C’est fini. (I want to be wrong. But i am not.)

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  285. terrygain says:

    I think Halak is a better goalie but your post is moronic. Price played a good game. Tonight proved it’s not the goal tending.  I think we played as well as we can. We need a coach who knows more than the fans. We tried to tell him to play 20. OB gave us a presence in our own end. We told him how weak 47 was and we were right. One blind pass (and one bad pinch)  is all it takes to turn a game around.

    With a new coach this team needs only fine tuning. A couple of bigger wingers and a couple of young defencemen to replace the 36 year olds.  Two of those players are in Hamilton.. 

  286. pmaraw says:

    im just staring at the tv blankly now, might as well be a black screen………………………………………………….  more beer?

  287. homerbowen says:

    Well said brother.

  288. duffy says:

    8 LOSS,S IN A ROW FOR PRICE IN PLAYOFF GAMES ,NEED WE SAY ANYMORE.

  289. habs03 says:

    Yes u do, its a reflection on the team not just him. Our goalies have not been the issue this seriers.

  290. homerbowen says:

    Habs management are on another planet and unless positive changes are made soon we will fall down in the standings and be forced to watch the Laffs in the playoffs with their bigger, stronger, faster players. Please God don’t let that happen.

  291. homerbowen says:

    At least Price shows emotion so I will now come out and say if one is traded it should be Halak.

  292. deuce6 says:

    I am not surprised..Hamrlik was the goat tonight, guys, not Price..He made some big ones, but our weak D let us down again on the transition..WASH is just to fast down the wing for our D…

    OV just blew the doors off of Hammer late in the second and then he totally is flat footed on the 4th one…

    This team simply doesn’t have the killer instinct..We totally out play a team and we can’t put them away..WASH has players that dig deep, not roll over..

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

  293. habs03 says:

    I know ppl are kinda pissed/sad and usaully I am too, but as stupid as it sounds, there are some good notes out of this seriers for next year. Gill/Spacek who ppl have been  hating on all year proved to be decent D-men, as for Hamrlik he needs to go, game 4 loss is alll because of him, the 2nd goal was due to a dumb pinch, and he was doing nothing on the 4th goal.

  294. j2w4habs25 says:

    this is just sick!. I do not like this at all.

  295. homerbowen says:

    JM must be removed from behind the bench for next season.

  296. zooziff says:

    “I like my team”. Wash, rinse, and repeat. Yawn….

  297. Mad Habber says:

    No, pretty much everyone on here noticed…the only people that haven’t are the media and Jacque Martin…

  298. slapshot777 says:

    If there is one thing that this series has done is it has shown PG where he exactly needs to focus this off season. The character on this team is 180 degree better than what it was compared to last sesons playoffs. The team just needs to tweek, no blow up like last off season. Gainey did put this team back on the tracks. He just didn’t get all that he needed. I think he knew that, but I think he just wanted to see how this season played out with what he had and make the necessary moves at the trade deadline or in the off season.

    The only problem that the Habs ran into was it’s injuries. No one banked on the team having injuries to key players for pretty much the entire season. This problem pretty much handcuffed, the GM. The only thing that it did was show our depth and character. In todays winning teams Those two things along with a few other moves will make for a winning and sucessful team.

     

     

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

  299. Mikey_39 says:

    I’m so tired of this ”They’re too small” crap.  Gionta doesn’t seem at a disadvantage does he?  Come out and competes every night, the guy has a lions heart.  

     

    I agree that Laps is completely useless.  As a third liner you don’t have the right to take a shift off.  Darche doesn’t belong in the NHL, Hammer….wow, he was brutal.  How did you 4get bergeron? 

     

    The powerplay has been disgusting.  Oh they scored 4 goals this series? Well they gave up 2, and giving up 2 on the powerplay outweighs the 4 they’ve scored. Bergeron serves no purpose on the PP, one trick pony.  Stick sergei on the point.

     

    What the hell was price thinking taking a dumbass penalty like that?

  300. j2w4habs25 says:

    I totally AGREE.. I dont like JM.

  301. zooziff says:

    Maybe for two nights?

  302. homerbowen says:

    Players to be moved that come to mind while I’m so pissed off;

    Gomez, Gionta, Camm (all too small) get rid of them all. Laps, Moore, Pyatt, Darche, Hammer, Spacek..out, out out.

    Slugs all of them.

  303. Eliisa says:

    Can we lift the no swearing rule – just for tonight? Please?

  304. Mad Habber says:

    I can tell you how it’s Price’s fault…His legs are to short, and his frame isn’t big enough…I mean if he where say 7’2 and 245 pounds or so, there is no way the caps are scoring on one-timers, on all those two on ones.

  305. habsguy says:

    LOL….so in other words,  get a new team !!!!

  306. aemarchand11 says:

    FACT: We are just not good enough to play 60 Minutes against a team like Washington.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  307. kmachabs27 says:

    HAMRLIKKKK EMBARASSING NO ONE NOTICED HOW BAD HE WAS PLAYING THE WHOLE SERIESS BUTT THEREEE ITT IS

  308. Laramy87 says:

    This was hammers fault… I have been easy on him, but tonight was brutual. We are in complete control of the game in the second and a dumn pinch and lazy backcheck and thats the game… So frustrated… Plus i was to knock the shit out of a friend (leafs fan), every time caps score he feels like its neccessary to text msg me. Grow the f*** up

  309. TPlow says:

    I feel bad for the boys tonight. They have to work so freakin’ hard for every little scrap, but it’s just not enough. Sorry to say it, but a major defensive overhaul is needed.

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Put your hand on the record player and say, ‘I’m gonna get my freedom!’” — King’s X

  310. HabsalwaysCA says:

    montreal undersized canadiens = really dumb hockey team

  311. A. Berke says:

    just like the shorthanded goal scored on us in the previous game.

    Ali B.

  312. Mr_MacDougall says:

    The Caps can bury the puck, we cant… Cammi had 4 chances (other tyhan his goal) that Ovi would have burried.. I like Cammi, but it is tough to match that.. Ovi does NOTHING and comes away with 2 goals, if you didn’t watch the game you’d think he dominated.. Those Caps sure can score!

  313. Dennis says:

    @123456  Try http://dennis-kane.com/ Lots of good Habs fans and comments over there.

  314. terrygain says:

    Seriously, cant someone put together a package like Pyatt, SK, AK, Halak, for a Stud somewhere ? Now most of you will say, thats EA Sports … yea .. well hows this .. IWhite, MStajan,JMyers for Phaneuf … sometimes it takes a LITTLE imagination.

    —–

    I agree with your comments regarding Gomez and Pleks and Moen. IMO Gorges is better than you rate him. Metropolit is a good 4th line centre. Ryan White can play on his wing. We need another big defenceman to replace 44 , who has to go and a policeman with some skill to replace Lapierre. 

    That said, your suggestion that we trade those 4 for an unnamed  Stud would be worse than anything Gainey has done. It puts you on the same level as Serge Savard. The Kostitsyns have great skill. AK  does most ofl the body checking on his line, makes great passes and hardly ever gets set up by his linemates – despite the fact he has the best shot on the team.   

    But for Darche’s uncharacteristic brain cramp with the score 4-1 in game 2; Cammy’s brain cramp on the PK goal in game 3 ( after racing back he stood beside the net and made no attempt to check Gordon); 44′s multiple brain cramps; Martin’s insistence on playing 47 on defence and sitting 20 and playing 40  ahead of 74, we could be ahead in this series.  I would try Boucher as coach before blowing up this team.  

  315. A. Berke says:

    Great post FD and agree with all you said.

    IMO, we lost the series when we lost the last 3 games of the season to bottom feeders.

    And yes, there has been a lot of goalie controversy here and elsewhere in the Habs land but, the real problem has been the D, more precisely their slowness and softness. When you have a second year player as your only D man that can hit, that’s pathetic.

    Furthermore, we do have good 2 lines who play with heart (except Pouliot needs to be more aggressive and relaxed) but they are mostly small and no matter how much heart they have, it’s difficult for them to fight the big D’s off. Our 3 & 4th lines need a bit revising.

    Finally, as to our goalies, IMHO, neither of the two is as of right now, capable to shine and change the outcome of a serious playoff series. Halak, bless his heart, did very well during the year but I suspect that he is more prone to folding when the pressure is high (to wit, in his last 6 pressure cooker games has only one win). On the other hand Price has more upside but has been mishandled by JM and the rest of the management and a lot of so-called fans (come on folks he plays for us, NOT the enemy) and has confidence issues accordingly. However blaming either of them for poor results is not fair nor just when the team, especially the D doesn’t play a decent 60 minute game in front of them.

    My humble suggestions would be:

    1- Get rid of JM and the rest of the management (they’re good ol’ boys group going from one team to another and not achieving anything substantial and in many of the teams they had superior talent pool than our current team).

    2- Boucher seems to be a good coach, bring him or Kirk M.

    3- Get rid of the scouting Timmons, for all the “greatness talk” we don’t really have any NHL ready prospects besides PK. The team tried quite a few of the prospects during the year (and the past year) and none has shown the proper mettle to be a good nhl player so far (average yes, but not very good or great).

    4- Next step would be drafting: STOP drafting russian and some other euro players (this is not racism but pragmatism) because they have the KHL who pays them better and more than 95% of them are not coming to NHL.

    5- Speaking French is good but not a must to run the hockey team and our best 3 coaches were not francophones and they have (if I’m not mistaken) 16 or 17 CUPS between them. Francophone or not, if they do good I love them. BTW I’m fluent in French.

    Sorry for the long post, I think I got carried away.

    Cheers for the next season. 

    Ali B.

  316. Shublips says:

    We have to remember that the Habs barely qualified for the playoffs and are playing against the team with the best regular season record.

    Like all season long, the Habs have simply failed to capitalize on their chances throughout this series and it is coming back to haunt them.

    Re: the Caps, I personally don’t see how they can win the cup.  The Habs are exposing them as a defensively weak team, with sick offense.  Ok, so what happens when they play against a REAL team like, say, the Pens, or The Canucks, or Detroit.  I don’t see them winning.

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  317. Fansincebirth says:

    Bingo……

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  318. MontrealAtheist says:

    It’s always the same … we lose but showed great effort and couldn’t possibly blame the goalie since he was not at fault on any of the goals. So what *can* we blame for all the constant losses? Short size? Bad ice?

  319. Fansincebirth says:

    As predicted, last night’s game has turned into a Team Price vs Team Halak on here once again…..how tiring.

    Beyond that garbage, the Habs played them balls to the wall for most of the game and in fact for most of the series. The itty bitty forwards have not been the over riding factor that many predicted, they’ve held their own in fact. Had it not been for stellar goal tending, taking nothing away from our own amazing duo of goalies, this series is a different one. Bottom line, Washington has one more gear than we do and that’s that.

    Of course I’m hoping for a miracle but I am a realist. This series is all but over, sad to say. Washington finished first and we finished eighth and rightfully so. If nothing else, we have exposed a Washington team that can be beaten but we didn’t/couldn’t take full advantage of it because, simply put, we lack the talent.

    Let’s at least take one more game in this series and put the fear of God in them!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  320. Bleu blanc rouge says:

    Anyone else blame Hammerlik for last night’s loss with that dumbass pinch that lead to a 2 on 1 shorthanded goal no less with only 7 seconds left in the second which completely deflated us and changed all the momentum their way?

  321. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Once again Varlamov stands on his head in the playoffs (thats how you win playoff hockey). With exception of game 1 we have been thoroughly outplayed in nets.

  322. habsfan_61 says:

    played well for 39 mins and change.another shorty takes the wind out of our sails. hamr looked bad. thnk its time for roman to be cut/traded/released. he’s been looking old recently and that doesnt cut it anymore.another bug up my butt is the way weve been pushed around not just now but for the past few years.there is just no push back from us. this makes us an “easy” team to play against. the habs need a big ,put the fear of life forward, who pushes back hard and makes the opponents think twice about doing the same to us. int he 60s w hen the habs were puished we got ferguson, the 70s we had chartraw,bouchard and wouldnt want to piss larry robinson off either. and in the 80s we had nilan and kordic. time for pg to get those types for us NOW or risk going this same crap time after time.

  323. PeterStone says:

    Dude … Gorges is a tough solid dman … I like him more than everyone on our D ( except MAYBE Markov, sometimes ) but, he isnt an elite DMan … if he left, he would be easily replaceable.  The best comparable for Gorges is Bouillon .. perhaps Gorges is a little better Defensively, but Bouillon is tougher and has a little more pop. 

    Again .. same thing for Metro .. solid .. but, if you keep him, keep Pleks, keep Gomez … its the same little 3 down the middle.  If I had to choose between Metro and DMoore, at least Moore wins a faceoff, and has some offsene to boot.  So, Metro has to go. Lapierre … i cant understand him , he has absolutely no hockey sense .. he makes the dumbest decisions when he is on offense, he makes loads of noise when he hits, cause he never hits a body, just boards, and is completely ineffective as a pest.

    Darche … yea, its uncharacteristic, because he is a career AHLer .. i am sure thats why he is too. Once he gets too much time, all his warts get exposed.  His warts got exposed for everyone to see this series.  He is exactly like Huet ( without the 5M$ contract ) Huet had great numbers in a small amount of time, and people got fooled … seems he got exposed too. 

    You seriously want to put up with another year of the Kostitsyns ? Andrei may have all the skill in the world, too bad he doesnt actually apply it.   No thanks , I would trade them both for a top 5 pick if I could. Hamr sucks , and there is no way he is back next year ( or there better not be ) He is 5.5M$ waste of cap space, and, i am willing to bet, he will be elsewhere, either in the NHL or in Hamilton.  I like the idea some people had .. i would package him and Halak for a pick and a player too.  BTW … Savard won the last cup we celebrated here … and the last 2 we won.  You cant mention Gainey in the same breath as Mr Savard as GM of the Habs. 

  324. Mr_MacDougall says:

    i agree with a lot of what you said, but the truth is, we will have Hammer next year. No GM would take on his contract, maybe at the trade deadline. As far as packaging him with Halak.. that would limit the number of teams quite substancially b/c after Halak is signed at 4 mill approx, that is 9.5 million in salkary, VERY difficult to move.

    I hate to bring this up, but I read online that Habs may try to move a resigned Plex and Halak for Vinney, i sure hope not.

  325. 123456 says:

    ugh i am really beginning to not like this site – please people don;’t acti like 12 year olds.

    on a positive note… IF (that’s a big if) the habs win Friday then the series is 3-2 going back to montreal. yes i’d prefer the series be 2-2 right now but the habs just do not stack up against washington. as we have seen all it takes ais a couple minutes or a bad play here or there and bammo you are down.

    i for one give credit to the habs, they have played well…while i think the caps have better individual players i think the habs have stacked up well… a lot of the cap’s goals came on really poor plays by the habs that could have been prevented.

    all in all the games have been exciting. i’m still cheerring friday night like it’s the first game of the series!

  326. adamkennelly says:

    if the Queen had ba**s – she’d be King.  what is happening is simple – team is being exposed for what they are- a mediocre NHL team who just scraped into the playoffs – who’s make up is not one that wins playoff series.  Habs play perfect and Wash plays less than and we can win games – but people get freakin real with the expectations.  My only hope is that management learns something from all this – team needs to get bigger and meaner across the board and D needs to get younger and faster.  few simple changes could put team in much better position for next year….and oh yeah – new coaching staff.

  327. Caballero says:

     Seriously, the most painful thing about this type of situation is listening to people calling in on the radio shows and saying Price should have stopped Ovi, our goalies let us down etc…

  328. SLONCOLD says:

    if he was going to stop ovi it would have been the first shot(still one heck of a shot though). the second goal was a fantastic play that beats like 99% of goalies.

    once again it’s turn overs that killed us…

  329. pic1983 says:

    Lets face it, were getting beat by a better team.

    Dont be fooled by the illusion that we are in control of the hockey game.  Thats just washington playing possum against us.  In every game this series washington has proven that when they decide to turn it on, we cannot stop them.  You can blame hamrlik and the rest of the D for their endless mistakes when we are “in control”, or you can blame the goalies, but at the end of the day, the caps are bigger, faster, stronger, better coached, and WAY more talented.

    MY frustration is not directed towards the players on the ice, but towards management.  How many more years of mediocrity must we endure? Why was Pierre Gauthier put in BG’s place? Clearly what BG did isnt working, and Pierre has been right alongside BG for every move that was made the last few years.  ITs time for significant organizational change.

    And my last point, enough of these torch ceremonies, and ghosts of the forum and all that BS.  Habs have to stop relying on past glories and start moving forward.

    Heres hoping for some sort of miracle, but I dont even think a miracle is enough to stop the capitals at this point.

  330. pic1983 says:

    Yeah people seem to forget that ovie is a perenial 50+ goal scorer. 

  331. pic1983 says:

    Exactly, washington didnt win the presidents trophy for nothing.

    The unfortunate thing is that we could have avoided washington altogether with a simple victory against one of 3 bottom feeders we played at the end of the season.

  332. Fabio D says:

    This team doing better than expected, has been the cause of much of the angst Habs fans have been feeling in these play-offs. The game 1 win triggered hope for us, and made us think, they can do it, they can make a serious run this year. the next 3 games have quickly turned that around and its sad.

    Even sadder is that Boston has a 3-1 series lead over Buffalo.

    IF Monreal had played a “full 60 minutes” against the Canes, The Isles and the Loafs, they might be up 3-1 in the first round against Buffalo.

    This team has shown brilliance and in this series, but that brilliance is outdone by the glaring defensive lapses on the defensive play. Isn’t Jack Martin supposed to be a defensive minded coach?

    Where has his defensive system been all season long? Bob Hartley on L’Antichambre mocked the defensive play calling the sweeping motion of the defensemen sticks”The Swiffer”.

    Horrible play.

    For the last 2 months, all the players have said is “we need to play a full 60 minutes”, how many times has that been said?? How often does it need to be said before the team gets that message??

    Controlling the game for 40 minutes and giving up short handed goals is not playing 60 minutes and winning,

    This team is better off losing on Friday, prolonging the pain and bringing it back home to possibly lose on home ice, will result in a chorus of boos for this team.

    The booing will do wonders for this team, and posible free agent signings.

     

  333. lakechamplain says:

    Right on target about the D.  One reason(they’re more) the offense has trouble generating any penetrating attacks is that the Defense is too slow and too old, and of course these are related.  Bite the bullet and draft a sniper and bring up the kids from Hamilton, ond D and on offense. Yes size does matter;  if the games only lasted 35 minutes we’d have a great chance to win.  But the playoffs are intense and drain energy and when you’re about 5’10″ and physically engaging guys half a foot taller and 30-40 pounds heavier the whole game it wears you down, no matter how hard you’re trying.  Bringing up the Bulldogs will mean a mediocre year next year perhaps but at least at this time next year there will be genuine optimism about the future, not like we have now that we’re on a treadmill.

  334. AH says:

    The Caps have such potent firepower that you only beat them by:

    a) matching them in firepower or,

    b) be a bigger or at least same size team and punish them physically or,

    c) a combination of a) and b).

    Sadly the Habs have neither firepower nor size going for them, so it’s all over but the crying. So bring on the off season and let’s hope the Molsons and/or management don’t have “small man syndrome” when it comes to trades, deals and the draft.

  335. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Pyatt will never ber an NHL’er, I never saw him have a great game, maybe a decent one.

  336. Rainrocket16 says:

    I am kind of thankful that we lost the way we did tonight! Just bare with me! All season long we have been enthralled in a huge goalie battle (I was in it as well). HAlAK is our man! Price is the Future! well I think tonight we can all reflect on what bogusness that all was. We forget sometimes to look for the obvious instead of the importance. Defence is what has ruined our season, not any one in particular but everyone! We can fly with the best of them but in the end we can’t stop other teams from attacking our zone. We did well this year! Really considering the circumstances, we did very well. (injuries, whole new lineup, new old coach.) I think this bunch will be much better next year! Just need to make th obvious changes. Offense is very impressive!!

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

  337. Bugs says:

    You had me until “thankful that we lost”.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  338. jimmy shaker says:

    Just pointing out to all the MAB haters out there that MAB hasn’t been our problem, in fact Hammer has been.  Everyone slags on MAB but Hammer gets a free ride.  That’s all I’m pointing out my friend.  Thanks though!

    Shaker

  339. habs_nessa says:

    GO HABS GO!!! Price will be 15-0 hehe lets goo boooyyyysss!!!! you deserve this…and so do we :)

  340. habsguy says:

    how is the ref-ing tonight

  341. Eliisa says:

    Fantastic. I thought that AKost would’ve generated a couple from those trips – no dice.

  342. pmaraw says:

    goes good with lots of beer

  343. 24 Cups says:
     

    There has been a lot of carping about the refs on this site and I just figured it was a bunch of fans who didn’t want to face the truth.  However, tonight I can clearly state there have been two situations where a penalty should have been called against Washington (SK74, Gill).  It sure would be nice to have a level playing field.

  344. habsguy says:

    what an f-ing let down !!!!!!

  345. habsguy says:

    Game 2 was sickening!!!!

  346. habsguy says:

    I wonder if JM has blocked his players from being interviewd between periods,  its always a cap!!!

  347. pmaraw says:

    oh ya, its just this site that thought gionta should’ve had a penalty shot on that one in game 1

  348. christophor says:

    2 reasons I’m unpset: Varlamov and Hamrlik

  349. Mikey_39 says:

    The whole series has been like this.  Honestly if you don’t want to call certain penalties, let them go, it’s the playoffs and certain things should be let go. But be fair about it.  Apply the same rules to both teams.  Plecky’s penalty was a legit penalty in the beginning, but then Washington pulled the same thing at center ice and they didn’t get called.  It’s really unfair that the superstars get treated better.

  350. tricolore says:

    Hamrhead. Hamrhead. Hamrhead. Hamrhead. Hamrhead. Hamrhead.

    What does Jacques Martin do? Puts him back on the ice to finish the period. Doesn’t anyone care?

    Washington are miles ahead of the Habs on talent and skill. All it takes is one measly chance and the puck is in. All it takes….is Hamrhead. A useless pylon. 

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  351. slapshot777 says:

    How  F^*king stupid was that. The last 30 seconds it looked like the Habs just fell asleep on the PP. Then that bonehead play. Just brutal and no excuse for it

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

  352. volcano62 says:

    Cammalleri just did one on RDS.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  353. pmaraw says:

    just saw backstrom throw a hit… hilarious, he hits like the little girl he looks like.

  354. slapshot777 says:

    I am loving the way O’Byrne is playing tonight. Nobody is running the net when he is there.

     

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

  355. newbrunswick troy says:

    I,ve said from game one ……Hammer looks tired,old ,slow,not into it …..and still we keep giving him 15-20min per game …O.M.G i just invented 12 new sware words

  356. Mr.Bell says:

    Hammer should be shot! That boneheaded play could most likely cost us the series.  We had all the momentum going into that third period and now we have to start from scratch once again.  Extremely frustrating since i feel we have been the better team all series and while we dominate they simply capitalize on 2 or 3 blunders by 2 or 3 brain dead habs.

     

    Once a Habs fan Always a Habs fan! GO HABS GO!

  357. Le Jadester says:

    I don’t think that would’ve stung so bad if it was PK or O’By. McGuire’s right about Hammy on that.

    Habs, OLE !

  358. volcano62 says:

    We will win game 4 if we do the following:

    1. Win more faceoffs

    2. Play more of a physical game

    3. Price needs to be the Price that won the world championship and the calder cup

    4. Stop backing up so close to the goaltender…the caps score all the time when the D does this

    5. For the love of god “Kostitsyn brothers please wake up”

  359. jimmy shaker says:

    Keep complaining about MAB you guys…..because Hammer is the worst d-man that has ever laced up a pair of skates.  5.5 mill for this piece of shite!  Ya MAB is horrible….you guys are spot on!  Give him the norris folks, Hammer’s got it locked up for sure.  Game 2 because of Hammer.  Game 3, Hammer screws us again, with the crap shorthanded goal against, and then what could be the turning point tonight:  another horrible play by hammer in Game 4!  Please someone give him some raw chicken or something before next game.  Please, please, please! 

    What a piece of shite!

    SHaker

  360. slapshot777 says:

    Don’t know if anyone else noticed, but I seen Ovie g talk to the ref almost everytime he is on the ice. Must be sucking up for soething.

     

     

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

  361. pmaraw says:

    i just discovered a member of the price fanclub, perhaps even the president…  notice how pierre mcguire isnt screaming out about how to beat price?  perhaps it was all sabotage all those comments about beating halak high, to get his favourite b.c. boy in net, carey price

  362. volcano62 says:

    It is crystal clear the referees and Betteman want the Habs to lose the series :(

  363. Eliisa says:

    This is our freaking game tonight! They are outplaying the Washington Capitals.

    Good 40 minutes, give us another 20 and win this thing.

    Also, what the heck was Roman doing? We had the momentum, we had a powerplay… what the heck!

  364. caper74 says:

    A little prayer I put together for tonights game. GO HABS!

    LORD JESUS PRICE , hallowed be thy name, the Stanley Cup will come with thy saves be done, be it in game three or game seven, win us this game and earn your bread, forgive us our missed passes as we forgive deflections that may pass behind you, and lead us not into penalty trouble and deliver us from Ovechkins evil , for the Montreal Canadiens hold the power and the glory AMEN! GO HABS GO! GO CAREY!

     

  365. volcano62 says:

    It’s sooooooooo annoying when we let goals in when there is seconds left!!!!

  366. slapshot777 says:

    I am just hoping the Habs don’t do a full collapse like they did in the second period of last game. They need to regroup and keep going forward, Forget it and keep pushing, not much anyone can do about it now. So keep going.

     

     

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

  367. tricolore says:

    HAMRHEAD. HAMRHEAD. HAMRHEAD.

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  368. habsguy says:

    we should start a petition to keep McGuire off the habs telecasts….the man flat out makes me ill!!!!!

  369. Mikey_39 says:

    WOW what was JM waiting for to put Obyrne in? Did anyone see how he tossed the player out of price’s face?

  370. volcano62 says:

    Don’t worry Habs are winning tonight! :)

  371. christophor says:

    When you’re evaluating a player, you don’t look at how bad another player is.

    When you’re defending a player, you don’t point to someone who is worse.

    Yes, Hammer is bad.

    Does that make MAB good?  No.

  372. pmaraw says:

    three teams in this game, habs, caps and team bettman

  373. lavie says:

    When was the last time JM coached playoff games? He is in the learning process.

  374. Eliisa says:

    Haha, sorry. Just a little bit passionate. :) I have had a good feeling for the first forty – I just want it for the next twenty.

  375. pmaraw says:

    go habs go

    go habs go

    go habs go

    carey carey carey carey

  376. Ayan_SB says:

    Dopage a Was. : La LNH aurait menti

    Les joueurs des Capitals de Washington sont-ils blancs comme neige? La
    Ligue nationale de hockey dit que oui, mais est-elle certaine de ce
    qu’elle avance? Et bien il appert que non…

    –>
    C’est que dans les heures suivant l’arrestation du docteur Douglas
    Nagel, un chiropraticien qui a traité trois joueurs des Capitals – Matt
    Bradley, Shaone Morrison et Eric Fehr -, mais qui a surtout été arrêté
    pour une affaire de stéroïdes, la ligue a émis un communiqué pour
    spécifier que selon l’enquête qu’elle avait menée, il n’y avait aucune
    preuve que Nagel avait administré ou même offert des stéroïdes à des
    membres présents ou passés de l’équipe….

    http://www.rds.ca/hockey/chroniques/297628.html

  377. j2w4habs25 says:

    Is it just me or is everyone esle feeling something is ahead for the Habs tonight? I have this gut feeling that it will be a goalies game – meaning that the goaltending will be insane “excellent” Its going to be a win by one goal, and there probably wont be any more then 2 goals for each team, goal 2 will be the winner i think. I hope the ghost at the forum will invade the Bell Centre tonight.

    Wishing all the best to the Canadiens.

    LES CANADIENS SONTA!!

  378. Led says:

    You guys can blame the SH goal and Hammer all you want but the real reason we lost is because we left our balls in the dressing room during the 2nd intermission. THE GAME WAS TIED AND WE NO SHOWED.

  379. BJ says:

    If Price does get the call lets hope we can pull one out and reverse the momentum in our favor again. Price has everything it takes and has done it progressively in lower leagues. Its maybe the start of Price going to the next level. he can’t do it alone as its still a team sport but hopefully some key saves can inspire. Montreal 5-3.

  380. Le Jadester says:

     - ” KNOCK, KNOCK ”

    Carey  - “Who’s there ? “

    - ” Opportunity “

    Carey – ” What are you doing here, I haven’t seen you for a while now  ? “

    - ” I had a bet with ‘Unlucky’ that you’d choose me over him and we would run away together until the end of June and then Party all summer long with Poulie, Gomer, the K-Bros. and the rest of the gang ! (except for JM, he’s a fun sponge).  He (Unlucky) said that he would be going golfing with you next week.  So what do ya think ? “

    - Carey ” Wow that’s crazy, I’ll let ya know Tonight at around 10 ish “  

    To Be Continued…….

    Habs, OLE !

  381. Habsfan_jay says:

    MAB in 4 games has one assist, not a goal to show from his 10 shots, and is an NHL worst -8. GET HIM GONE PG!

  382. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I’m not a big fan but MAB is there to play defence and when he scores goals it should be on the PP. When he gets too aggressive to score points is when the odd man rushes begin against us. Who cares about his point total as long as he’s fighting in our own end.

  383. pmaraw says:

    i feel very sad right now

  384. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    it’s over big time. Like I said earlier. They won’t win another game. They just don’t have what it takes in any area!!

  385. slapshot777 says:

    I guess you canonly post comments when your team win, funny I don’t recall seeing you here after game 1. Ya your a real fan alright. Only opens his mouth when he thinks it safe to do so. I know this much no matter what happens the rest of the series. The one thing that Habs have shown other teams, is how vunerable the defense is for the Caps and with shots and jam in front of the net with bigger forwards their goaltending is not cup worthy.

    It’s killing Ovie that he has to watch Crosby beat him at everything. Rocket Richard Trophy, Olympics, Stanley Cup.

    I said before the playoffs the Caps are still not a cup team. Not that because they’re beating the Habs 3-1. I said it before a puck was ever dropped in this series. This is one of the reasons I didn’t mind the Habs facing the Caps. I thought that the Habs had the best chance to win a series against the Caps. If the Habs had a little more luck arund the Caps net, this is a different series.

    Lots of LUCK,because, you and your Caps are really, really, really going to need it to hoist Lord Stanley.

     

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

  386. light_n_tasty says:

    Theo’s last game of the season was last Saturday.

  387. Bugs says:

    I ask again: did you even 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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  388. LeopardSeal says:

    Snark Fail.

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

  389. LeopardSeal says:

    Yeah, isn’t it that black rubber thing that we keep seeing in the net behind your goalies?

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

  390. Psycho29 says:

    You can debate the goalies all you want (AGAIN), but that’s not the problem with this team this series.

    One is the physical aspect. We are overmatched by the bigger Caps.

    Second is that Varlymov is seeing the puck well. How many times did we shoot on Monday and there was a clear path to the net? There’s nobody standing in front obscuring his view, or trying for the deflection. Make Varly know there’s someone there, bump him early, try to get him off his game. He was cool as a cucumber on Monday….

  391. jimmy shaker says:

    Hammer: the TSN turning point in all 3 habs losses and the “Monster” in all 3 washington wins.  And we have to keep this scab for 5.5 mill next year to boot.  I mean who in the world is going to take this piece of shite in any kind of trade?

    1 game at time boys…..screw it!

    Shaker

  392. Habsfan_jay says:

    Oilers, staight up for Souray… ;-P

  393. LeopardSeal says:

    Invitation: http://www.japersrink.com/

    Come on over for a visit on Friday.  Think of better smacktalk than anything to do with Bandwagons, Crosby, the Olympics, or how ugly you think our players are.  The guys at JP are serious fans of the Caps, and they will respect your passion for your team, but they know this sport and they will defend their club, win or lose.

    May the best team win, unless its Pittsburgh. 

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

  394. Bugs says:

    Wait til you meet up with a REAL club, mate.

    May you have the cajones to return…

    (and I’m sorry for the charirty-thievin bottom-feeder comment below)

    But it’s true.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  395. Rainrocket16 says:

    Dont worry man, If I had Bettman on my roster I would talk smack the the most Ultimate Franchise that ever existed in hockey, Maybe in 500 years you might have 10 cups still wont be halfway to us! Have a good playoffs Bro!!

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

  396. Bob Barker says:

    There’s no doubt the Caps are a talented team but don’t act like your GM is a genius. I guess in a non-hockey market it’s acceptable to tank to the bottom for half a decade in order to build a team full of some of the world’s best talent. The Caps would be a much weaker team without Ovechkin and Backstrom just like Pittsburgh would likely be nowhere without Malkin and Crosby. To a lesser extent Kane and Toews in Chicago. 

    The point is building your team through tanking is nothing to brag about. It doesn’t always work as well as it did for the Caps because elite players like Ovechkin and Backstrom aren’t available in every draft. Finish last for long enough though and you’re bound to have a strong core to build around. 

    Washington will likely be able to keep their core together for a few years before they start losing players to free agency and will slowly go back to the armpit of a hockey city it is. 

  397. BKAK72 says:

    Many fans demanded a change from the heartless roster that followed the All-Star game in 2008/09. I was one of them. What wasn’t expected was this midget FWD experiment coupled with a retirement package on defense. This current roster does live up to expectation: .500. I just don’t understand why its salary budget looks like a championship contender. — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  398. smiler2729 says:

    Sleep on it

  399. Fansincebirth says:

    Well, it’s a bright and sunny day in our Nation’s Capital and we Hab fans are eagerly anticipating tonight’s game with high hopes of a victory that will turn this into a best-of-three series.

    That being said, once again, this site is going turn into a yap fest of Team Price vs Team Halak and nothing else…..sad.

    Let the games begin…… *sigh*

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  400. avatar_58 says:

    C’mon Carey – shut them all up and pull out an important win. We win it’s 2-2 and a new series.

  401. christophor says:

    Halak on Friday and the rest of the way.

    Not because Price lost for the Habs but because Halak got them there and this should be done right.

    If he wins, he stays, of course. Hence, Halak for the rest of the way.

    …unless a miracle comeback and another switch in round 2. here’s hoping beyond hope. 

  402. Rainrocket16 says:

    HEAR HEAR!!

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

  403. Bugs says:

    All there is to 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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  404. crabvader says:

    Hahaha, you want logic from JM? The same guy who put Hamr and MAB on the same pairing after we had just gotten scored on? The same guy that consistently used Hamr on the PP even after he caused two shorties?

    The same guy who benched Sergei in game 3 for no reason whatsoever?

    I totally agree with your statement…but what is obvious to some seems like a a MENSA test to others.

  405. HabsBlogger says:

    Price was 2-1-1 against the caps this season… Can he do it again? That is all we need…

  406. pmaraw says:

    if he gets that record, than the caps win series 4-3, doh!

  407. Rainrocket16 says:

    Sorry Bugs, of course I am  not thankful, just been a long year! No Offense to the CH!!

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

  408. TripleX says:

    RYDER WITH AN INCRDIBLE PASS TO SATAN IN DOUBLE OVERTIME.  BRUINS WIN.

  409. adam76 says:

    3 – 1 boston lead.  

  410. martin says:

    coach jocks, gutless bastard. case in point bruins playing all out with heart(forgive me for writing that, i hate them) and he can’t get his team going.

  411. j2w4habs25 says:

    whats the fuss with the lost? Come on man, get real here. We were the underdogs right from the begining and everyone knew it was going to be a task. We’re down 3-1 in the series and alot of us has seen comebacks from before, being down 3-1 who knows the Habs can do it again “I’d love that again” but to me i dont think that will happen this year. This whole intire organization will have to suck it up AGAIN like every other year that has happen for the past 17 years. Yes the Caps are better, gives them all the rights to have this little tiny no use of any Habs fan time running around here acting like they are all that. But I guess every team,coach,fan should sure treat a series win over the Canadiens like it was the Stanley Cup in that case thats as far as the Caps will ever go this year. :)

  412. Caballero says:

    I hope Pierre Gauthier and the Molson’s are realizing that this team is not made for the playoffs. Everyone in the league knows this. I remember Don Cherry calling this team a sweetheart team. That was maybe 10 years ago and it is still true. We need bodies big enough to cut to the net and intimidate the opponent. This team needs to get more intimidating fast. We aren’t scaring anyone right now and that is why we are losing.

  413. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I agree.

  414. yves_on_habs says:

    A few big bodies to  mix with a Cammalleri…. Gionta… would be super.

    Actually… I’d also challenge a guy like Pouliot to put on 10 pounds of muscle in the summer. 

    - Yves -

    Blog – http://yvesonhabs.com

    Twitter – http://twitter.com/yves_on_habs

  415. PeterStone says:

    ok .. first let me say I am a Frustrated fan … and I am going to vent …

    before the series started I read many comments on this site that stated how we wanted the Capitals … well .. some of you got what you wanted.  Frankly, no matter who we played, odds are it would have ended the same … I think the Sens would have been the only team we could’ve beat in a 7 game series, and it would have taken 7 games.

    Starting the season, I personally didnt think we’d make the playoffs, and, unfortunately, we did … as always, we squeaked in … and, the usual first round elimination.  Seriously, even a soft DMan like Green realizes the Habs arent a real test.  We are the best mediocre team ever … we outta be, we have been mediocre for 17 years now.

    I spent the year “whining” about Bob Gainey, and as much as you all are complaining now … this team is the team he put together after 7 years.  So .. glad you got to enjoy the fruits of his labour.  Still undersized .. still no true # 1 Center … Still weak defensively … still no real grit … but now, we are committed to this for the next 4 years … until this team gets a major shake up .. and by major trading Halak or Hamrlik wont change a thing … but until this team gets a major shake-up, it will be the same old same old …

    For this team to move forward … you cannot start next season with Gomez and Pleks as your top 2 Centers … you have a huge gap in D after Markov who is a 1A Dman … who is a true # 2 DMan on this team ? I think its clear it isnt Spacek/Hamrlik/Gorges ( as well as he played ) or Gill  … Hamrlik has to be gone next season … and, since it will take a MIRACLE to trade him because, BG overpaid for a # 5 DMan … i suspect he will be collecting 5.5M$ to train our DMan in Hamilton … Gill has been a surprise this season, but he needs to be used in a limited role, and , on the PK … Spacek .. (3.8M$ for a # 4 DMan )… i’m on the fence about .. i expect him to have a good year next year, because if you have followed his career , he is on every 2nd year … this year was the off year … so, he probably fits in as your # 4 ( and PLEASE Trade him at the deadline next year , if you cant do it earlier )  … O’B and Gorges are 6&7 respectively … MAB … if he is your 13th forward/4th liner/PP Specialist … i think it works .. he is useful when used properly … PK Subban is our # 3 … so .. please .. a real # 2 … PLEASE a LITTLE TOUGHNESS ON D … A Chris Chelios type PLEASE

    Up front .. love Gionta .. Cammy has skills … but, if you dont put a little size on those lines … well, we see what happens, you lose 3 games down the stretch that you HAD to win … squeak in and are forced to meet the # 1 team in the NHL.

    So .. up front AK and SK traded for a little character please … a little size please … a fighter who actually fights please ( thanks BG ) .. Gomez @ 7.5M$ ( I know .. who cares about his salary right ) … great little hockey player , lots of character in the playoffs … but .. since its too late to trade Pleks … Gomez has to go .. or, Pleks walks away and we get nada … but,we’re used to that …

    Man am I frustrated … another year of this next year …

  416. Caballero says:

    Well for a frustrated fan that was a pretty objective analysis of the situation. Indeed our D is ageing and slowing down. PK is a good addition but like you said you need someone to play with Markov. Spacek has not been playing his natural side so if you pair him up with the right player he will probably improve a lot. I am not a huge fan of the K brothers because although Andre is big he does not play big and you need some size to play with Cammy and Pleks who I think we will keep. I am hoping Pouliot can develop more size and confidence by playing with Gomez and Gionta. The one issue I think you did not touch upon is our 3d and 4th lines. I think they are pretty bad. No real scoring power there, no true grit. You need at least 1-2 players on those lines with a mean streak and the nuts to finish hits and drop the gloves. I don’t see that at all. Believe it or not I think next year the team will be better. I just wish I had not said that last year or the year before…or the year before…

  417. mike g says:

    Is it too selfish of me to want Carey to get his first shutout of the year tonight?

    Is it finally time for Pouliot to score a big goal tonight?

    Can MAB please blast one top shelf at 100 mph tonight?

    And finally, can Travis Moen flat out smash someone tonight?

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  418. yves_on_habs says:

    I like where you’re going with these questions!

    I’d love to see all of the above….

    Even if MAB doesn’t score… maybe he’ll injure half of Washington’s roster.

    - Yves -

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  419. Laramy87 says:

    I personally do not think Pouilot has been bad, but a goal would be nice. He has been playing with an extra jump in his step, just snake bitten on scoring

  420. avatar_58 says:

    Don’t be silly, MAB is sitting out. At least he better be

  421. SLONCOLD says:

    i don’t even mind if he misses the net just hit ovi with that shot a  few times lol

  422. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Oh my….

  423. Psycho29 says:

    Sleep off the alcohol and come back tomorrow

  424. light_n_tasty says:

    So, when Halak loses it’s all his fault, and when Price loses, it’s the media and French-speaking coach?

  425. adamkennelly says:

    just not good enough to skate 60 mins vs. Wash.  If Habs play their absolute best they can beat them, anything less than that and no chance.  Even with a win in Game 2 which was badly needed, still likely would not have won the series but that loss was end of story.  Habs are no 0 for 3 years home playoff games – NICE.

  426. crabvader says:

    Despite losing, the best part of this game was Ovechkin trying to line up Pouliot for one of his patented “leave-my-feet-to-hit-you-in-head” hits and Benny just moved out of the way. Ovechkin just went flying into nothing and fell on his ass.

    Good times.

    Gotta find at least one positive.

  427. homerbowen says:

    F-O-R-E

  428. slapshot777 says:

    Your an IDIOT. If the only comments you make are stupid ones just like your name you should be bannished from this site.

     

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

  429. crabvader says:

    We = offence.

    Our defence, however, has other ideas.

  430. Mill4ever says:

    They play a perfect two periods, and then there you go again, one single stupid mistake at the worst of times sinks them. FU Hamrlik please retire tomorrow, what were you thinking on that play. Just throw it in the corner. Dammit i almost broke my foot.

    With the rest you really can’t complain. They played them hard, and if not for Cam Varlamov the series would be tied.

    Yet this team needs to get bigger and younger. This is were BG failed big time last year.

     

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  431. KenD29 says:

    If not for the meltdown in Game # 2 ahead 5-4 with 1:31 left to play, and Varlamov last night, it could have been Habs 3  Caps 1 in this series!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  432. KenD29 says:

    Hamr retire or please buy his last year out. MAB contract, thank goodness, is done at the end of the season.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  433. Mikey_39 says:

    How sick would it be for the last game, they let the fans vote on the lineup changes!? Like we select who’s in and who’s out, who plays with who….

  434. lavie says:

    Sigh, sigh, sigh… Habs just don’t have a goalie for playoff! Sad, sad, sad…

  435. slapshot777 says:

    How are you blaming the goalie for this.

     

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

  436. pmaraw says:

    chin up bugs, we’re here for ya!

  437. Bugs says:

    Is it ok to be afraid?

    Not afraid to lose, afraid of gettin humiliated. I don’t wanna get humiliated. Deal with that enough in my personal life so not seein it reflected in my favourite sports team kinda helps me through the day.

    See, it’s not like last year. Last year, I wasn’t afraid. I KNEW the Beaners were gonna crush us in 4, so what’s to fear? But this year, we can win. We can beat these Cappers. Game 1 showed that. Well…Halak showed it. Point is: we can beat’em.

    It’s just now, ugh, after the Game 2 meltdown that gave the Cappers all that confidence for Game 3, which was…uuuugh.

    Now the Kid, hasn’t played in 3 weeks, hasn’t won in 2 months, and I don’t wanna hear the age-old “he played great, none of the 6 goals were his fault, what do you expect, he hasn’t played in 3 weeks, and bla-bla” and we’ll be down 3-1. I’m afraid. I don’t wanna us to get humiliated. I think it would be a good idea to win this game.

    Must save face at all costs.

    Markov! Save us! Where are you?

    Saaaave us!

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  438. mike g says:

    You can’t sit him out. Simply dress him for PP’s.

    say what you want about him, he has a laser. Yeah teams are watching him, but all that does is open up lanes for our other players and create a 4 on 3 in the zone. In a league that powerplays can determine a game, I’ll take that anyday.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  439. showey47 says:

    both gionta and cammy would have hit 35 to 40 had it not been for fluke injures this season.They both have been good in the playoffs. Our worst player has been 6’2 210-215 lb hamrlik(depending on what site you read). We also get nothing from our 3rd and 4th lines.

  440. habsfan reduxit says:

    … I’ve said it before and others have as well: this version of the Habs is a great team … except they’re too small … and they can’t score.

    “Whenever you have the puck, and don’t know what to do with it, put it in the net.” – Toe Blake

  441. Say Ash says:

    A great team that can’t score. Hmmm.

  442. JoeC says:

    There size had NOTHING to do with them losing this series though.

  443. Da Hema says:

    I agree. This current team would be great if it could score timely goals, forecheck consistently, play good defence, provide a game-turning save, and out-coach another team. If this team could do that, they would be great.

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    –Hunter S. Thompson

  444. DOAHABS says:

    Yup, Just like the Best Boxer in the world ,who keeps getting knocked out before he can show how Good He Is…………………….  HABS STINK & it’s been obvious for 30 years,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  445. slapshot777 says:

    Thank-you Hamrlik, for changing the momentum of the game.

     

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

  446. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Bulldogs win in double OT in Winnipeg  … by Garry McKay / Hamilton Spectator ……..  http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/756435        …………  PK’s second goal of the game was the difference.

  447. Bugs says:

    (sigh)

    The dream is over.

    Close out with Halak, I guess?

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  448. slapshot777 says:

    Bugs, How would you rate Prices performance tonight?  You don’t think he is worthy of playing game #5 ?

     

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

  449. andrewberkshire says:

    Sounds logical.

  450. LeopardSeal says:

    Y’all keep booing Theo now, ya hear?

    Enjoy your last game of the season on Friday.  Won’t be pretty.

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

  451. MontrealAtheist says:

    I suppose scoring 3 goals is better than 1, but to beat the Caps it’s not quite enough.

    I’d go with Halak for the 5th (and last) game. Price didn’t look very good tonight and Jaro had some time off to prepare himself for the next game. However, if Ovi and co. are not stopped and blocked more effectively they’ll give any goalie a run for their money.

  452. terrygain says:

    The alternative to going to the bottom for half a decade is to make a trade with Brian Burke.

  453. Caballero says:

    I totally agree with you there.

  454. arrow says:

    Carey played well, I am glad! SK needs to play more minutes cause he was spot on with his passes. Hammer needs a rest and he can take MAB with him. Moore also needs to be on the top 2 lines cause he is a fighter. All in all the team played well but they all need to step it up an play as a team a stop trying to be the hero! It is a team effort! Gorges played great and OB had a few good shots!

    GAME #5 CDNS WWW

  455. SLONCOLD says:

    key to beating price is going up high lol never heard that before

  456. slapshot777 says:

    Players who I don’t see back or should not be back with the Habs are:

    Defense:  Hamrlik, MAB

    Forwards: Moore, Lapierre, Metropolit, Darche, (AK46 & SK74 only if JM returns as coach)

     

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

  457. Olay Olay Olay says:

    On D, I’d throw Gill and Spacek in there too. But Moore and Metro have been good, especially Metro! Who esle but Gionta crashes the crease if he goes??

  458. CanadienBoy says:

    Plakk.. and AK..for  NORTON we stuck with gomez and need a big center for the counter punch on the secound line look at knub.. nobody to stop him !!

  459. terrygain says:

    The coach had 13 ( a good scorer but a defensive liability) on the ice in the last 2 minutes, trying to protect that lead. He loaded the deck against us. W then scored on a terrific screened shot from the middle of the ice, just above the hash marks. The coaches on this site blamed the goalie who carried this team on his back all year. Give Boucher the job before we lose him. 

  460. deuce6 says:

    Washington win 4 periods of hockey in 4 games and we are down 3-1 in the series..Go figure..

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

  461. LeopardSeal says:

    Well, only if you consider that any period played to a draw counts as a “win” for the Habs, sure.  Problem is, the periods “won” by the Caps have been crushing.

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

  462. Cam_1 says:

    That is exactly what I say…I love Hockey too much to stop watching…but we should all really boycott Hockey…until either Bettman resigns or gets fired ….and finaly for once and for all rid this league of his corrupt dirty hands !

  463. Fansincebirth says:

    McGuire is going to be spouting it all night!!!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  464. DOAHABS says:

    Well consistency is what all teams strive for…..too bad the Habs have mastered consistitentl poor as their mantra..    HABS STINK and Have for 30 years ( again 2 exceptions ’86 & ’93 )

    I would like the Habs to at least get some players who are allowed on a ride at LaRonde or any Amusement Park without having to be accompanied by a parent,……

    May I suggest a taller Power Forward

     Oh by the way,……Nice Job tonight PRICE

  465. Laramy87 says:

    in no way shape or form is this Prices fault… i bet you 29 other goalies do not stop those two ovie shots. He played very well and i hope he starts game 5

     

  466. Caballero says:

    Dude your team has been stinking for 30 years. Because you are a diehard Leafs fan right? Congrats though your GM Burke is doing a great job this season. I think the Leafs are close to a team that can compete.

  467. jimmy shaker says:

    Hammer: the TSN turning point in all 3 habs losses and the “Monster” in all 3 washington wins.  And we have to keep this scab for 5.5 mill next year to boot.  I mean who in the world is going to take this piece of shite in any kind of trade?

    1 game at time boys…..screw it!

    Shaker

  468. tanhaa says:

    I hope he brings his A game today.  When he is confident and playing well, he is a really good goaltender.  I’m a huge Halak fan, but I approve this change for sure.  Halak needs a breather now and Price needs to prove that he can do it for the team. 

  469. j2w4habs25 says:

    Carey Price is a very good outstanding goalie, and everyone knows he is when he is confident. This is probably one of the biggest games for him (its his time) to show what a great goaltend her is, he can prove every boo bird that boo’ed WRONG! Its for sure his time to shine over Montreal.

    I am behind this guy 100%.

  470. Shublips says:

    For anyone who is interested in participating, there is a Habs V Caps LIVE in-game mega chat tonight, with yours truly as one of several Habs and Caps blogger panelists.

    Set your reminder at http://bit.ly/agjQ3l Hope to see you all there!

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  471. JoeC says:

    Halak got them in the playoffs, Halak should lead them out IMHO

  472. MontrealAtheist says:

    Price’s performance was about average I’d say, but the rest of the team did not look great either. Time to get ready for the golf season …

  473. 24 Cups says:

    E – The non believers can go watch American Idol.   Faith is glued to the TV and is waiting for Pleks to score the winning goal.

  474. Eliisa says:

    Or they can watch the Buffalo and Boston game. Mac doesn’t like watching games with me, I scream so loud he goes and cowers in the corner. I can never just sit and watch a game. :)

  475. Caballero says:

    No, Halak’s loss was the coach’s fault for not calling a time out because we were overwhelmed and playing on our heels. Price’s loss tonight is not his fault because we scored only two goals and gave a 2 on 1 during a man advantage against the best offensive league in the team. So it is not the fault of either goalie. Honestly, I know Roy won a cup almost single handedly in 93′ but that is not going to happen again folks. In hockey to win you need a combination of factors, not just a goalie who can stop everything.

  476. light_n_tasty says:

    Yah…of course…I’m just buggin’ Smokin Aces because he’s a Halak-hatin’, Price-lovin’ moron.

  477. slapshot777 says:

    I know where PG’s main focus should be this off season, defense first, then get some size up front. I don’t think we need much but a couple of players up front and a couple on the backend.

     

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

  478. 24 Cups says:

    Hey, it’s 2-2.  Let’s not jump ship right now.  We can still win this game.

  479. Eliisa says:

    We are going to win this one, 24.

  480. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    As usual the habs find away to make things difficult. Washington is going to come out like gang busters in the 3rd. Hbs better be ready. This is the biggest period of the season.

  481. Habscat says:

    I guess JM is reading my comments. MAB up front, O’B on d, and Darche (I suggested Lapps) in the press box, and a change in nets. Come on boys, lets tie it up!!

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  482. slapshot777 says:

    Price will be there if we need him. If he can see it he is going to stop it. The guys just got to continue to push. Don’t quit, that’s not our mentality.

     

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

  483. Corio says:

    Man that short handed goal sucked, with 6 freakin’ seconds left too..  Typical Habs.  I have faith, I think.  :o

  484. KenD29 says:

    Darche is out tonight. MAB is taking his position on the 4th line.

    O Byrne is in on D.

    Spacek is a game time decision.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  485. jimmy shaker says:

    Nope JM is using 7D tonight…..Spacek will suck it up and play and we’ll use 3 lines primarily and the occasional 4th line appearance of Metro and Pyatt with someone double shifting.  I like this angle by JM!

    Shaker

  486. adamkennelly says:

    congratulations to the supposed smartest coach in the NHL for finally figuring out that you cannot have MAB playing D if you want to win.  I am fine his latest experiment but having him dress for PP duty only is suggesting a lot of depth on a team which already has 6 forwards underperforming.  Darche is an aging AHLer who has zero business in Habs playoff line-up – fact that he was is indicative of the state of this organization.  Wash is healthy scratching multiple NHL veterans every night.

  487. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Get out there and play your heart out boys.

    Whether Carey or Jaro - crush the Capitals!

  488. slapshot777 says:

    Only reason I said Moore and Metro was beause of their size nothing more. Their heart and grit is as good as bigger player. Gill and Spacek  I don’t mind simply because Gill only has 1 more year remaining and he is a good penalty killer as shown in this playoffs. Paired with a good d-man he can be okay.

    Spacek, if put on his right side rather than on the wrong side could mke the world of difference to his play. The biggest problem with Spacek this season was his minutes played. Nobody including Gainey saw or had planned for Spacek to play 25 minutes a game, but because of injuries to Markov and O’Byrne early in the season left the team short on D and they had no choice.

    I think during the last half of the season it just caught up with Spacek. The same could probably be said for Hamrlik, but it just seemed with Hamrlik that he made poor decisions with and without the puck all season, not just the second half.

     

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

  489. Batalla says:

    We have shown we can score against them…  ’tending and defending has let us down in the last two.  So we just need to get out there and do what we’ve proven we can do.

    And in Gomez’s case, that appears to be yelling at refs and punching people in the face:

    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/2010/04/game-4-buzz-heightens-after-rumous.html

  490. PeterStone says:

    i have had practice .. i said the same thing all year … and I will say the same thing next year too … because, I, unlike you, believe that if this same group comes back ( and 2 or 3 players difference is the same group to me ) we’ll either squeak in or not make it.

    Yea we need grit on those lines .. we have none ! I have always appreciated DMoore’s efforts .. and if he is your 3rd/4th C , I think you are ok … but then I dont want to see Metro or Lapierre as the # 4.  RWhite is my # 4 next season.  At least he plays with a little grit.   I think one of the smartest signings by BG was Moen ( and one of the few smart things he did here .. before you all go banana’s, I didnt say only, but, they were few and far in between ) . SK has got to go .. Darche .. c’mon , lets be serious … cant the 4th line be for a true grinder/character guy/tough guy or a prospect that you want to develop in the majors , with some 4th line minutes and some injury top 2 line fill in.  Why does it have to be an aging AHLer with no real aspirations. 

    Seriously, cant someone put together a package like Pyatt, SK, AK, Halak, for a Stud somewhere ? Now most of you will say, thats EA Sports … yea .. well hows this .. IWhite, MStajan,JMyers for Phaneuf … sometimes it takes a LITTLE imagination.

    I would also love to see a nut case on D … perfect example .. Shane O’Brien … i suspect if the Canucks lose tonight … there will be changes, and O’Brien will be gone.  The only problem with him is he is Irish and we have too many Irish pubs in Montreal .. he may go AWOL.

  491. Caballero says:

    Yeah I am seeing White here next season too man. The Irish pubs could be a problem, but the ladies are another. As long as he is happily married he could make it hehe

  492. Storm Man says:

    JM must know Im at the game tonight or he ate his smarties and ate the red ones first

  493. lavie says:

    Who should I keep in October? No player matters, but the CH Logo. Sigh…

  494. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs win 5-4 in 2nd Overtime against the Manitoba Moose, 6:05 in off of a wait for it…. goal by P.K. Subban, his 2nd of the night and his 2nd game-winning goal of the AHL playoffs, this is his 2nd two-goal game this season, he finished +1 with 9 SOG on the evening.

    The Bulldogs take a 3-1 lead in the series thanks to Subban’s talent for shooting, they play one more game in Manitoba if necessary, than come home if the series must go on longer.

    Subban wears the Habs jersey next year, what’s more clutch than scoring in 2nd OT in a playoff game to grab a huge series lead?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
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