Round 3, Game 2: Canadiens fire blanks again

Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak couldn’t stop the Daniel Brière shot in the first period Tuesday night. Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: After two games of the Eastern Conference final, the Canadiens have yet to score a goal on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton while allowing three goals. After a 6-0 loss in Game 1 Sunday night, the Canadiens fired blanks all night en route to a 3-0 loss in Philadelphia depsite outshooting the Flyers 30-23. For the second straight game, Jaroslav Halak looked average, Daniel Brière beat him high to glove side in the first period during a Flyers power play 4:16 into the game. In the second period, Simon Gagné, who has been on fire since returning from an injury in the previous round of the playoffs, made it 2-0 with another power-play goal at the 15:49 mark of the second period. Ville Leino capped the scoring in the third period with a harmless looking shot that Halak completely mishandled. Leighton has not allowed a goal in 165:50.

• Key Moments: Just like in Game 1, the Canadiens were unable to score with the man advantge, going 0-for-4, while allowing the Flyers to score twice on four opportunities.

• What It Means: The Canadiens now trail the best-of-seven series 2-0. Going back to last series against the Boston Bruins, the Flyers have won six straight games.

• What’s Next: Games 3 and 4 of the series will be in Montreal, with Game 3 on Thursday night at 7 and Game 4 Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

370 Comments

  1. Fansincebirth says:

    I haven’t said JM sucks (well, not recently) I just said I don’t understand not inserting O’B into the lineup when it seems he could help the cause….

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

  2. Fansincebirth says:

    Not saying I’m a better coach than JM but I watch the games and what I see I don’t like. I watched MAB on Sunday and many other times and although I love his point shot (when he gets a good one off), the trade off isn’t worth sitting O’B in favour of MAB on D, IMHO.

    Not a coach, just sit in front of my OC at work on HIO and chime in when I feel like it.

    Not a coach, just sit in front of the TV and watch the Habs.

    Not a coach…..

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

  3. habaddict_andy says:

    After one loss we forget how we got here in the first place.  Guys followed JM system.  Now first 2 rounds are out the window and JM sucks?  Outrageous!

  4. Grallis says:

    And on the 8th day the Lord said…..let there be the Canadiens

    True but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow…especially at tax time…

  5. habaddict_andy says:

    It’s called work ethic and team effort.  OB must be doing something that does not go well with JM.  JM is the reason why we are here in the 3rd round.  We were not supposed to pass first round.  Team spirit, hope we find it again tonight.

  6. habaddict_andy says:

    It’s called work ethic and team effort.  OB must be doing something that does not go well with JM.  JM is the reason why we are here in the 3rd round.  We were not supposed to pass first round.  Team spirit, hope we find it again tonight.

  7. kempie says:

    Because JM is either incredibly lucky or an idiot savant. He does these outrageously stupid things that defy all logic then, out of nowhere, coaches like a genius. I dunno man. The OB/MAB thing is a stone cold no-brainer if you axe me. I bet JM could count a bundle of dropped toothpicks in less than a second.

  8. VancouverHab says:

    Well, since JM is a better coach than all of us here put together (nobody here is ever getting hired as an NHL coach) we can put this to rest and say that a vastly experienced NHL coach has reasons for his lineup choices that nobody here has the hockey brains to understand.

    JM’s lineup chocie look opaque to us just like the PhD. thesis of an Oxford mathematician looks opaque to us — we don’t have what it takes to understand it.

  9. Aaron13 says:

    ‘Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ ~ Albert Einstein

    Stop philosphising- you’re simply a village idiot. Does your brain hurt frequently?

    MAB has one asset: a good point shot if he can control a cross-ice pass to him.

    Where’s the net presence of a Moen, Lapierre, Moore et. al.? If you’re watching CHI you can see how they are screening the goaltender.

    I’d rather see OB hit someone rather than MAB try to stick check a power forward.

    The 3rd PHI goal was anemic. Halak should have been pulled after that. Leighton is stopping the puck because he can peer over the small forwards: he said it himself. He’s also technically sound -so far.

    The Habs made it easy for Leighton because most of the shots were from 15-20 ft out.

    This was not a poorly played game but simply poor strategic management by JM. Do you understnd what I’m saying?

  10. chelios_24 says:

    They should have never traded Chelios 20 years ago. He had the heart and toughness of a lion and had he remained here all the newcomers would have continued to feed off him. Instead, we’ve had a wimpy team for the past 20 years. I know we won the cup in 1993…but that was an exception and an anomaly. \

    My point is…we havn’t been tough in a very long time.

  11. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hmmmm, which blog? Unless it’s JM’s own personal blog I would take everything with a grain of salt.

  12. Mattyleg says:

    Always.

    Bob Cole is a Leafslover, and the rest of the gang is made up of washed-up Bruins, so it’s no wonder, really.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. KenD29 says:

    Recent blog says SK is “not” likely for tonight.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  14. deuce6 says:

    You are kidding, right? The Flyers right now can have Andre Racicot in there and we wouldn’t get a sniff of a tally..

    Leighton has had some not so easy saves, but has not been overly tested..We can’t get to the loose pucks in front of him..The Flyers D is just to big and strong..I can see us getting shut out, yet again..Sorry..

    5 periods now in this series and we haven’t scored..Leighton has been about 20% of the reason why..

  15. TripleX says:

    I wish I knew dude, it defies all logic.  More intriguing is, how does MAB not stay out of the doghouse?

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  16. duffy says:

    Montreal is now playing like the 8th seed team,too bad as i had high hopes,but when you go five periods without a goal you do not win.    

  17. ab-hab-nut says:

    right now I don’t like JM, he is not using his bench properly!!

  18. pmaraw says:

    word is ob is out along with pouliot, sk is in

  19. pmaraw says:

    man do I ever hope you’re wrong, but I did say the storyline for this year would be most elimination games won, which may or may not cause some heart attacks around here.

  20. ab-hab-nut says:

    Does anyone know for sure if O’B is in? I sure hope so we need size back there, hopefully one trick pony MAB can sit and watch..or maybe just play little minutes as 4th line winger?

  21. 0-3To4-3 says:

    I obviously don’t watch every Habs game, but OB looked okay in the playoff games I’ve seen, definitely better than MAB.  How does one get so deeply buried in the doghouse?

  22. Bash says:

    O’Byrne not in??………Stupid!

     

    If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  23. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    francois gagnon tweets the same:

    “Sergei Kostitsyn vient de se faire retourner au vestiaire. il est donc possible qu’il joue finalement. À la place de qui?”

     

    i’d be surprised if he’s on the bench. And even more surprised if he makes it onto the ice.

  24. Storm Man says:

    Is it for sure OB is not in tonights line up? I cant take seen MAB on the backend anymore.

  25. TripleX says:

    As bad as I feel for us the fans if O’Byrne is banished once again to the press box, I feel worse for O’Byrne.  Just when it looked as if he was regaining confidence after a prolonged dark period, JM proceeds to kick him again in the b a l l s.  When he sees MAB make mistake after mistake and play almost 18 minutes last game in an embarrassing loss, how must he feel?

    Probably like SK when he was banished to the minors when players obviously inferior were called up.

    ps  playing SK and not playing O’Byrne is beyond comprehension

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  26. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    NHL live said SK is in.

  27. KenD29 says:

    “Could” being the operative word!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  28. Plan B says:

    sk74 could play 2 night as per team 990

  29. Tydave says:

    I saw this video yesterday and now… I know we can win !!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBe4DMQzRN8

  30. kempie says:

    We will never have a series lead until game 7.

  31. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Guess it’s time for OB.
    Btw….anyone else notice that Spacek is horrible at keeping the puck in our zone? I noticed this way back in pre-season.

  32. habbytown says:

    wouldn’t it be nice to have a coach without blinders on, and one who doesn’t hold grudges, and one who puts his team before his personal feelings!!!

  33. mike g says:

    What freaks me out the most is how many times he bobbles a pass back to the point on a PP, and the puck leaves the zone.

    He’s killed about 5 PP’s alone in the playoffs because of those plays. Everytime he gets a pass back there, especially one’s on the blue line, I cringe….

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

  34. habbytown says:

    maybe we’ll get lucky and MAB will get injured serious enough to keep him out the rest of the

     playoffs(3 games).

  35. TripleX says:

    1 goal and 4 assists and a MINUS 10  ………JM played him 17.5 minutes last game???  WTF????

     

    STILL THINK IT ALL SK’S FAULT?

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  36. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    How many goals has MAB scored in the playoffs?

  37. Grallis says:

    And on the 8th day the Lord said…..let there be the Canadiens

    Has the CBC always hated Canadiens this much…? Or is it just me?

  38. ab-hab-nut says:

    is there anyway we can “Tweet” JM all of our ideas?? Surely if he reads all of our posts he will listen? Is he tweetable?

  39. skoalbandit33 says:

    That video was sik! Just the pump up I needed before the game

  40. MontrealAtheist says:

    We are getting a taste of our own medicine … Outshooting the opponent and being held back by a stellar goaltender. So that’s how the Capitals felt during the first series, eh?

    On the bright side, Michael Leighton might well be the solution for the goaltender problem in our national team. Brodeur is getting old and Luongo and Fleur are nowhere near Leighton’s level.

  41. deuce6 says:

    As much as I want them to get to the show in the next round, I can see us coming up short in this series..PHI is just too big and physical..We did have a flurry there for a bit, but we panic and just throw the puck on net making it really easy for Leighton..We have been shut out for 4 periods of hockey now..When do we push the panic button?

    Our guys aren’t getting to any loose pucks in fron of Leighton..

    Our PP is totally getting shut down because they are pressuring our point, but because our guys scatter like chicken little when Pronger/Coburn are out there killing a penalty, we can’t capitalize on the 3 on 2 down low..

    Their 2 d-man are simply keeping our forwards from penetrating the slot…Gomez/Plex/AK have to start scoring..They are 0 for 50 gms combined without a goal..

  42. MontrealAtheist says:

    It’s also worth pointing out that the Caps did a lousy job in screening Halak which obviously made it easier for Halak.

    The Flyers aren’t that dumb though and make sure that Halak can’t see anything, so it won’t be that easy to get anywhere near that save percentage against the Philly.

  43. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Sorry the Penalty called against Gomez was bogus.

    The ref had no clear view of the play

  44. Storm Man says:

    Bugs shhhhhhhhhh.

  45. ice_queen says:

    Slight correction: Jaro did not play the game immediately after the one he was pulled from in Round 1 – Carey played Game 4 vs Washington, then Jaro stepped in a worked his magic to help the Habs win the series. Nitpicky? Yes. But this stat of being 2-0 after being pulled means NOTHING tonight. 

  46. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    Get back to your crack. It’s calling your name.

  47. TPlow says:

    So … how many early powerplays is Gomez going to turn into early powerplay goals against? Getting to be a regular thing, Scotty.

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

  48. MontrealAtheist says:

    Does anybody know our highest number of consecutive shutout losses during the playoffs? The way Leighton plays that record might well be in danger …

    Looks like the Flyers are picking up right where they left off during the last game and sadly the same also applies to our goalkeeping and our offence. Oh well, it was a nice run while it lasted.

  49. terrygain says:

    It was a  penalty. So was Gionta’s. Our two most experienced players, both of whom played great in the first two series, have taken stupid penalties. That’s the difference.  These guys are obviously distracted. They look out on the ice and see 47 giving the puck away while 20 sits out  and they are wondering how in hell they are going to win with such piss poor coaching.

  50. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Do the Habs play for JM or in spite of JM

    Why put MAB out there. He truly is misfiring at all ends!

    Why not put OB out there!

    Habs in 7

  51. Willy the bum says:

    All Martin got is his cord telephone; he always bring it in his hotel room and plug it in to work.

    I’m sure he also create his plays from Game Boy’s Blades of Steel.

  52. Bugs says:

    You convinced me, Warpy.

    Jack Marty has nothing to do with us being the final four.

    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/

  53. kempie says:

    Didn’t say he sucks. Just don’t know how he keeps doing it. You’ve got to admit that some of his moves have been real head-shakers. Definitely mad props to him for getting us here. No doubt there are countless things going on that we have no clue about. But from where I sit, on my couch with my beer & the remote, I don’t understand why he doesn’t dress OB as a 7th at least. MAB as a regular pairing D? For sure we need PP production but aye yie yie. Nevertheless, we are where we are and he is the coach.

  54. tricolore says:

    C’mon Habs, how about some competitive spirit tonight? Make the Flyers earn their space. Give Leighton (give me a break) nightmares!

    We know we have lose some, but not like we did on Sunday. Some heart and determination please!!!!

    Go Habs Go!!!!!

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  55. Warpy says:

    JM is Chief Inspector Jacques (Martin) Clouseau!! I think Muller deserves more credit for leading this team. He knows what it takes to win a cup and he’s the guy who is dialing in the PK after the other teams figure it out. He makes the adjustment and then they are shut down again. Lets not forget the players might have something to do with this run as well. The best coach in the world is useless if the players won’t listen.

     

    “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you” Yogi Berra

  56. ACF says:

    I really dislike Bob Cole.  He is not very good at all.  I expected Jim Hughson to call this series.

  57. sholi2000.com says:

    That’s a disturbing comment.

     

    They Call Me Shane

  58. deuce6 says:

    Gives you a sense of what the rest of the league think of us, eh? This team deserves to hear it..They completely came into this series and sh#t the bed.

  59. xyonist says:

    As a Canadiens fan in Philly, I can assure you that the Flyers fans did not ‘keep the faith’ after they were down 0-3.  There were plenty of tickets available on the Flyers website an hour before gametime for both Games 3 and 4 of the Bruins series and even tickets to Game 6 could be had on Craigslist for under $100.  Everyone in this city jumped right on the bandwagon after the Flyers tied that series at 3.

  60. HABSsince92 says:

    Michael Leighton is the greatest goalie in the history of the game of hockey. Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, Ken Dryden, Martin Brodeur, Jaques Plante could not even hold his jock strap.

     

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

  61. terrygain says:

    Insane,

  62. Habs4ever Fan says:

    JM you’re a fool

    MAB you’re a tool

    JM wants to be the next GM. Thats the only explanation for playing MAB and not OB

    Go habs go

    JM, You’re fired….Let Kirk coach for heavens sake!

  63. habs63 says:

    Just like the first game.

    PP, missed great scoring chance, Gomez takes dumb pen. Game over.

     

    Hopefully there won’t be an optional practice tomorrow.

  64. Habby67 says:

    Done like TOAST

  65. terrygain says:

    Your brilliance is breathtaking. How many goals do you expect Price to score? 

  66. homerbowen says:

    Now this is the Habs team we watched throughout the regular season.

    Too small, defense lacks mobility, whole team lacks toughness, take too many stupid lazy penalties, coach is pathetic and they discovered Halak’s weakness.

    Ole, Ole, Ole….Philly fans loved sticking it to the Bell Centre Boys.

    Significant changes mujst be made over the summer.

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    What annoys me is that we always have trouble with an absolutely **** goalie, but we can handle the top netminders with much  less trouble.

     

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

  68. otter649 says:

    The Habs are making Leighton look like Bob Sauve of The Sabres way back when there were best of five series & one year The Sabres swept The Habs with Sauve getting two shutouts & allowing only one goal in the other game………….

     

     

    Whoa Baby – What’s Going On In Pennsylvania…..(Bob Cole)

  69. mrhabby says:

    christ i hate this polite hockey…damn i miss nilan and others..were not a scarey team. been saying that lots this year..

  70. SLONCOLD says:

    playing like the team before that made the playoffs…

    Anyone who talks about switching jaro out there is missing the point. you could do that (although most teams in the league show confidence and stick with their #1) but the bottom line is we can’t score. Philly is doing a great job taking away  our lanes and gettign sticks in the wasy as well.

    We’re making an AHL goalie look way too good.

  71. Olay Olay Olay says:

    We’re watching the regular season habs, not the same team that played the first 2 rounds.

    - We made a second rate goalie look like a million bucks…again.

    - Unbelievable decision making by all.

    - Halak, you’re the man but goals 2 and 3 were your fault, regardless, if we don’t score it doesn’t really matter what you do.

    - MAB and AK were our 2 worst players by a mile and that’s saying something tonight, well done Martin.

    - Our special teams were embarrassing.

    - Gomez is doing more harm than good lately, little more composure please.

    Sad.

  72. HABSsince92 says:

    C’mon give everybody a break. They haven’t scored a friggin goal in 2 games, the biggest games of the year thus far. People are allowed to voice their displeasure or should we just be quiet and take the losing? It doesn’t make them less of a fan because they are critical, ever here of constructive criticism.

     

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

  73. habs63 says:

    I agree, they are not showing emotion. Philly is beating out of them. We need someone to send a message. Go nail a philly guy, or even run their goalie. Anything to wake them up.

  74. SeriousFan09 says:

    No way does an AHL scrub take 3 consecutive wins against us, Bell Centre will inspire the team and the crowd will back them and help them tie this series up.

     

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

  75. Rainrocket16 says:

    Leighton is a horrible Goalie!!! We shoot every shot at his leg pads or chest! No friggin wonder we dont score, Montreal Fans please don’t give up yet!! Philly is flying high with a great comeback, we have no luck. We will kick some ass next 2 games and bring it back to FilthahELLPHIA, These fans don’t deserve a chance at a cup!!

  76. Wayne says:

    2 consecutive goose eggs? WTF is that… they’re making him look like another Cam F Ward. Coaching is definitely an art form making Laviolette look like Rembrandt right about now.

  77. HABSsince92 says:

    Well that is the MO of the 09-10 Habs they play up to the good teams and down to the bad teams. In addition to the no killer instinct which has plagued us all season as well.

     

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

  78. MTLForever says:

    this could end quicker than we had hoped. dont want our story to end here, need to score on leighton to get fired up

  79. habs63 says:

    Changes?

    Wash. won the series before it started according to the media. No major changes is needed at all. They just need to show some emotion and effort in this series.

    Our main guys are playing poorly.

  80. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I can stand loosing a good game, but this was just humiliating. All effort and no brains tonight.

  81. HNS says:

    These guys are as tight as a crabs ass. I have a feeling as soon as one goes in, they’ll start coming like diarrhea. Unfortunately it probably won’t happen till game 3. 

  82. sailor2963 says:

    This is ugly hockey, I hate to see this team beat themselves.  They are making the flyers look better than they deserve.  This is not the kind of play that got them here.

  83. terrygain says:

    I said playing 3 lines and our scorers on the PK was not sustainable. I don’t think this is over but we look out of gas.  

  84. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    Wait! Flyers have now won the last 6 playoff games while you’ve been a pseudo-fan! Time to leave!

  85. SLONCOLD says:

    he’s slow and gives up juicy rebounds… but the rebounds mean nothing if you don’t fight for the puck

  86. deuce6 says:

    The Flyers are 50% on the PP and Gorges decides to take another stupid penalty in the 3rd..Great job..

    We got nothing left in the tank, guys..No team has ever won the 1st 2 series and won the 3rd..Ever..I see that trend continuing..

    Hopefully Gauthier can pry a top 6 forward or 2 with size in the off season..How good would a guy like Byfuglein look right about now?

  87. MontrealAtheist says:

    You can thank Bob Gainey for it, after all he’s the one who put this team of nice smurfs together … His team only made the playoffs through pure luck in the last game and with a lot of help from other teams and while we pulled off two nice upsets against the Caps and Pens we have now fallen back to our old ways.

  88. WatchMojo says:

    I’m not going to win anyone over with this comment or make friends, but man CANADIENS “FANS” SUCK. 

    Greatest fans?  Prove it people!

    We win a game and we get over-confident and expect a sweep.  We lose one (or 2 ;) and “it’s over and we suck”.

    Flyers fans put up with 3 losses against the Bruins and kept the faith and look at them now.

    Seriously people.  We’re playing well, Flyers are getting the breaks.

    Keep the faith.  We still have a chance tonight and even if we return 0-2 to Montreal the series ain’t over.

  89. Brocas Brain says:

    How many years did Gainey sign JM for?

  90. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We have all the confidence in Halak but I think he’s burnt out & running on fumes.

  91. MontrealAtheist says:

    3-0 thanks to a softie by Halak … Halak is friggin’ useless and is embarrassing himself right now … Looks like this series will be over after 4 consecutive shutouts for Philly.

  92. Rainrocket16 says:

    So true!! We arent bringing any net presence at all!! NONE!

  93. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We’re getting hosed again by the Zebras.

    Halak just opened the door for Price. He should start in Montreal.

  94. sh00n says:

    What great “fans” some of you claim to be.

    Do the real fans a favor and jump off the bandwagon, please.

  95. mrhabby says:

    does price start thursday…just throwing it out there.

  96. sailor2963 says:

    I agree that it is way too early to give up, I share the feeling that once they solve Leighton the goals will flow.  A beak or two our way and the series changes.  One concern, the Flyers have figured out the key to beating Halak.

  97. sailor2963 says:

    Martin has to change something up, starting SK was not the solution.  Price should start.

  98. MontrealAtheist says:

    They have solved Halak and his weaknesses for good … there is no need to put him in net again in this series. I’m a Halak fan but I’d go with Price for the remainder of the series.

    This is not about being fair to Halak (we all know that we wouldn’t be here without him), but we should should look at it game-by-game and use the goalie who gives us the best chance of winning and who has an advantage against the current opponent.

  99. SLONCOLD says:

    really? what makes you say that because he didn’t get a shut out? come on…

    are part of teh group that said he was tired and finished when we were down 3-1 to the caps and then he came back to help the team win?

     

  100. Brocas Brain says:

    o’byrne should start

  101. WatchMojo says:

    honestly on the one hand it ain’t a bad question… BUT

    - Price hasn’t stole a game for the Habs since a Dec 2008 game against the Penguins (which was one of the bes goaltending performances by anyone I’ve ever seen)

    - Halak has won MANY games this year!

    Also, it’s one thing to play Price in a Game 2 scenario where if they lose it’s still feasible for Halak to come back and deliver the goods… but if Habs lose tonight and Price (were he to start) loses as well in Game 3… what good would that do?

    Honestly, I love both goalies and if I thought Price could steal a game I’d play him… but tonight we played really well and simply didn’t score.

    Like… HELLO?  That’s our problem: we’re not scoring.

    Again (I am saying this in jest) but to all the geniuses who said “bring on the Flyers” are you happy now?  Clearly the Bruins were on decline and the Flyers were rising… ultimately, this isn’t about our goaltending as much as it is about Leighton wanting to prove himself (the way Halak wanted to prove himself) and the Flyers scoring whereas we’re not.

    BUT – people, this all being said, a victory back in Montreal and we’re back in it.

    Just show some class folks.  I used to cover the Expos for Team 990 and was appalled with how much those fans stuck with the team compared to how Habs “fans” were – shall I say – “flaky”.

    We’re proving that now. 

    Go Habs Go.

     

  102. nickster13 says:

    Its frustrating cuz it looks like we’re not even trying. And the flyers are just oumuscling us, and the flyers fans… man theyre a piss off, mocking our song, jeering halak when he makes a save, and saying ref you suck, etc.

    I seriously hope the habs come with better efforts in montreal, where the crowd is on our side

  103. nickster13 says:

    too many, hes actually useless

  104. Say Ash says:

    Why? Does he score goals?

  105. MontrealAtheist says:

    Looks like all the Gainey fans have gone silent now … It would be nice if the team that Bob Gainey put together was able to score at least one goal in two games against the Flyers.

  106. deuce6 says:

    This team comes out and doesn’t score for the 1st 2 games of this series, (Looks that way with less than 4 minutes to go), and pessimistic fans are the quitters..lol

    This team simply doesn’t have it in the tank to erase the Flyers size/strength advantage..The Habs simply don’t want to do what it takes to score, let alone win..

     

  107. terrygain says:

    Looked like 47 tipped it.

  108. terrygain says:

    It doesn’t get any stupider than attacking Halak and defending Martin.

  109. badbalance says:

    Price should start next game to give Halak a rest and then start Halak game 4. But thats just my opinion,

  110. luca says:

    How is mab still play hockey honestly put o’byrne in sit plug mab he does nothing he is bruts on the pp his shot misses the net have the time let Pk shoot the puck we have seen this kids shot and its pretty damn good.At least we have a pretty big d man with some physical size that can hit and wont be scared to take a damn hit.

  111. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Yah right

    mind you. with the brain dead JM you just never know

    MAB, Price and BGL will start

  112. adam76 says:

    yes – great way to guarantee a 3 – 0 hole.

  113. adam76 says:

    MONTREAL WILL WIN GAME 3!

  114. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    We played much better tonight. Jaro was a bit off. I love MAB’s bomb from the point but he’s got to go. Holy crap was he a liability tonight. I’m not seeing the same cross ice plays that seemed to work so well on the last 2 series, I assume due to Philly defense. Our pk looks like game 1 of the pens series. PP looked ok.
    Hopefully they still beleive in themselves and can crush the Flyers at the Bell.
    Even though Im dying for a cup, I have to stop myself and remember we were lucky just to be in the playoffs.

  115. slapshot777 says:

    We all know that MAB is there for the shot on the PP, but when he gets the puck he does one of two things he either passes it off or blasts of one of his potent wrist shots from the point. If he doesn’t or won’t shoot the puck then he has no use to us. That is his bread and butter, without that he has absolutely nothing going for him.

     

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

  116. ari says:

    Can some one on this team level briere please?I hate him so …..,

    why?why?why?why not obyurn.what is wrong with jm? sergei k in,pouliot out, how many minutes he played to feel the game anyway?

    how come every body forget to score goals? is it that hard or they hAD easy goalies in front of them untill now.?

    ?????????????

     The funny part is that philly beating us the same way we beat washington and pits,

  117. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Price and MAB belong on the same practice ice.

    Montreal fans will destroy Price if he plays and delivers his usual lousy playoff performance

    Flyers 3 on 2, who would you rather have in nets? Price who gets distracted by a butterfly or Halak who is the reason we are here!

    Habs in 7 GO HABS GO

  118. Smurf says:

    Loss breaks my heart.

    Anybody, positive comments?

  119. ThirtyThree says:

    Boring game. Even more so since the bad guys won.

    It really sucks that the HABS lost two in a row, that they haven’t scored, and that HALAK isn’t sensational. But it’s not the end of the world. Win the next one, and it’s 2 games to 1. And they will win the next one.

    GO HABS GO!

  120. Kooch7800 says:

    We lost but that is not the part that bothers me.  We didn’t compete.  We are also being outcoached badly.  I thought if we didn’t win tonight we will get swept unfortunately.  After getting thumped 6 to 0 I thought would have been a wake up call.  Apparently that wasn’t loud enough.  Need to get in the dirty zones and get in front of the net!!!!  We are playing very soft right now.

  121. Le Jadester says:

    Your assesment on that is accurate sir IMO. I thought SK was not bad considering, he wasn’t a liability, when exiting the zone he always went at them dangerously and probably should’ve drawn an interference call in the 1st……… In fact, I don’t think AK was the worst of the top 6 either. Very unlucky in the 1st on that end to end chance. If that dropped…..it coulda been a momentum changer ?  They were walkin’ outta their locker rooms with Metro after Bergie during that EF & GH interview after the match in the hall and then JM was comin down the opposite way……..can only wonder what the climate’s like in there right now?

    Les Boys need to get back home for a booster from the crowd and take game 3.

    Habs, OLE !

  122. savethepuck says:

    Jaro doesn’t need a rest.  Every time he played bad in these playoffs everyone says he’s tired and the next game he faces 40 plus and stands on his head. I don’t think he is tired, unfortunately I think he has to be busy and make early big saves for him to play his best.  If he is not busy, he plays average ( maybe someone can give me an example of a playoff game this year that this was not the case).  This is not the right series for this to happen ( him being peppered with shots).  We are losing because we are not scoring, but the goaltender has to keep it close early so the team doesn’t get deflated.  Leighton’s bubble will burst and we’ll be there to fill the net on him.  He can’t play over his head forever.

     

     

  123. MontrealAtheist says:

    Here is something positive from this game: We managed to cut down the number of goals against by 50% down to 3.

  124. ari says:

    Does 1.5 goal exist?

  125. MontrealAtheist says:

    It’s not very comforting if we need to go back in time 44 years in order to find a case where we overcame a 0-2 series deficit.

  126. Rainrocket16 says:

    We outplayed them until we gave up after the 3rd goal! We had them just couldn’t score. But we were the momentum.

  127. MontrealAtheist says:

    Not sure, but if we keep up the current rate then that’s pretty much what we can expect for game #3:

    game #1: 0 – 6

    game #2: 0 – 3

    game #3: 0 – 1.5 ???

  128. MontrealAtheist says:

    Good luck to Philly against the Hawks … But don’t expect them to play as badly as we did; they might actually score a goal or two on occasion.

  129. ari says:

    not so fast. u didn’t want to get ticket for game 6, all we need is a few lucky goals in game 3

  130. Eliisa says:

    I didn’t see the game tonight – I have it PVR’d but clearly there is no point in watching it.

    Someone want to give me at least one silver lining about the game this evening? Did we play with more heart and fire than in Game 1?

  131. Bugs says:

    Once was team blessed by Pollock

    Put all its faith in Boy Halock.

    Had a few beers;

    Now ending in tears

    And playing like my dirty left bollock.

    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/

  132. MontrealAtheist says:

    Jaro’s style of play is simply not effective against the Flyers, we should rest him for this series and hope that using a different goalie can throw Philly off-guard. After all, they studied all of the videos from the previous two series and know exactly where to shoot the puck in order to beat Halak.

  133. MontrealAtheist says:

    And what exactly did Halak do to prevent this 2 – 0 hole we’re in right now?

  134. SLONCOLD says:

    we gave up 3 goals instead of 6

  135. ari says:

    watch it on express

  136. lavie says:

    I am away from home and even didn’t have time and chance to watch the two games.

    Guess what? we are under-dog again!

  137. Bugs says:

    Zen can only show you enlightenment, not stick it to Philly Flyboys.

    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/

  138. Smurf says:

    Who’s going to the game.

    You need to cheer as hard as you can for our smurfs/cinderellas.

    Bring back the magic

  139. 4loorplay says:

    Whats to say about it….2 games no goals. no heart …no soul.When it comes to philly…we morph into pussy

     

  140. habaholic68NJ says:

    Yes.  More heart and more shots but all shots were right on Leighton from the outside with no traffic in front for screens, deflections and rebounds (which are there).  We need to stop playing in the corners and bring everything to the net.  Halak was shaky on all three goals as well – he looked mentally tired.  

  141. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hmmm, let’s see … needless penalties, poor PK, poor defending, no offence and below-average goaltending.

    On the bright side, we managed to cut down the number of goals against us by 50%.

  142. TripleX says:

    I guess you and JM were watching a different game.  The game I witnessed the Flyers were never in trouble.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  143. Laramy87 says:

    Coming in from Toronto to the game on Thursday, i am gonna have no voice come Friday. First habs game ever.

    Anyone know good parking spots?

    I hate TSN too…… They cannot say one good thing about Montreal, and since we lost two, our “Cindrella Story” is over. Piss off

  144. 4loorplay says:

    fans dont win games

     

  145. TripleX says:

    If Halak allowed ZERO goals we would still be in OT of game one!  This team is not scoring….get it?

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  146. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    According to the poster’s here:

    MAB was great.

    Price would have been the difference.

  147. 4loorplay says:

    not halacks fault…and i did not even see the game… we cant get through there defence….pure and simple…repeat of 2008….HELLO

     

  148. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, I’ll be there in the Bell Centre on Thursday and hopefully I’ll get to witness the first goal of the series in game #3.

  149. habsfan0 says:

    Jack Bauer is a HUGE Habs fan. He must be so incensed by these 2 losses that he’s liable to……

  150. Bugs says:

    Oh, we played with fire alright.

    And got burned.

    This is all Boston’s fault. Bunch’o’candy-azzed chokers is what they are, puttin this sh*te on us.

    If Philly wins the Cup, that’s it for me. I ain’t watchin hockey ever again. Never. No more articles, no more posts, no more limericks, no more nuthin. What’s the point, when the whole universe ceases to make any kind of moral sense? Some things just ain’t right.

    On a totally unrelated subject, anybody know where one can procure some anthrax in large quantity? I’m…uhhh…hosting a epidemiological party, (yeah, that’ll work); need to…uhh…present my findings to 23…uhh…distinguished scientists (yeah, that’s the ticket). 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/

  151. ari says:

    ther are many spots around bell center,but the best bet is to leave the car at your place and take bmw,is more fun

  152. Rainrocket16 says:

    we had them a little of edge in the first 2, they got a great goal by Briere (no stopping that), Goal 2 was a defensive mistake, but we outshot them badly!

  153. Bugs says:

    Quebec 93 also.

    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/

  154. kempie says:

    Dude, you’re in Peterborough? Man I’m so homesick. 

  155. slapshot777 says:

    What did you guys think of SK74 playing tonight? Also what did you think of his play?

    Myself, I  basically never even noticed him out there on for his number. He didn’t do anything eye catching and he seemed to shy away from a hit. Early in the first I saw a Flyer coming towards him for a hit and he turned and went to the bench.

    I think JM will have him in the press box again come Thursday. I know it’s only one game for him, but he has got to go into the corners and get his nose dirty. The rest of the team has to also, but we just can’t be turning the puck over on a constant basis.

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

  156. Habs4ever Fan says:

    SK played fine for a guy who has not played in 3 weeks.

    Jacques Martin for GM…of the Panthers

  157. sCOTT1243 says:

    Wow, Habs better wake up.  Love this team but frustrating game to watch.  Not htting, weak shots on net, guys moving from out of the net when they shoot, watching Philly as they skate by them, dumb penalties.

    MAB…done., getting knocked around, you know the rest of the story. SK useless. Pleks, AK where are you?  Gotta get  OB back out there, heck bring up Gregory Stewart and park him and Moen in front of the net.

    Gomez, Gionta, Cammy…you’re invisible out there, someone earn that “C” for next year.

    Comon boys, let’s get back to hard skating, heart and determination.

    Just heard a comment on CBC about Leighton being the new playoff Halak…You gott be kidding me.  Incredible. 

     

  158. dre1744 says:

    on a side note the Habs  are  0 – 5 this playoffs when outshooting there opponents.  So they need to get there game plan back and allow Philly to pepper them with shots next game.

  159. 4loorplay says:

    As i said yesterday….flyers in a max of 6 games…|We just cant do it against these guys…were pussies against them….they are in our heads.

  160. 4loorplay says:

    you sleep with nice dreams

     

  161. Habs4ever Fan says:

    HABS WILL OVERCOME

     

  162. Laramy87 says:

    I think we had 3 shots from inside the dot. I do not agree with too many things Healy says cuase i think he is an idiot, but he is right. It does not matter who you are, ur gonna stop shots from the outsdie (except Phillys 3rd goal).

    Heres hoping the crowd awakes the Habs. How about Carcillos dive, i would say 9/10 for sure, Hollywood material, f****in hate him so much and those arrogany Philly fans. LEts win next to and shut them up./ God i hate Philly, i cant even describe it

  163. Ian Cobb says:

    We have hit a stone wall it seems. 9 to 0 in two games. All they needed were two game winning goals, compliments of Mr. Gomez penalties.

    Now for the good news, we take two at home and its all even. I have a feeling that we will see price in nets Thursday night at the Bell.

    I am leaving for Magog. Wed. morning. We will be in Montreal for the 3rd and 4th games. Back home here on Sunday with the series all tied up. It ain’t over till its over!

    Talk to you when we get back, enjoy!

  164. TheHumanComa says:

    Not the first time they’ve been down 2 games this whole playoffs but it is the first time they are down 2-0. I want be be optimistic but 9-0 in two games? Hopefully The fans can have a big effect on the next game. Go Habs!

  165. Rainrocket16 says:

    I guess the best thing that I can say is that I dont have any friends that are Flyers fans!!

    I need to do a study on my Superstitions, nothing that worked in the first 2 series has worked, gotta start from scratch, I used all the same stuff I did in the 2 Game 7’s..What to do……….Bugs, I can’t find Zen anymore!!!!!

  166. TheHumanComa says:

    Yeah, Gomez… What are the chances he would do that twice? Keep a calm head next game and we should be fine.

  167. terrygain says:

    SK played 8 shifts, averaging  a mere 37 seconds a shift. He played only one shift in the 3rd period. He played Jacques Martin hockey – scared to make a mistake and afraid to stay on the ice a second too long.

    As I’ve been saying even when we’ve been winning, Martin sucks. He’s a destroyer of young players.

  168. Rainrocket16 says:

    Enjoy!! And Price may start, maybe based on his size alone! Although I don’t think that will matter unless we learn to score again!

  169. kempie says:

    All Halak’s fault? They’ve solved him? Start Price? Are you guys seriously? My Gawd. It’s getting stoopid in here.

  170. TPlow says:

    Somehow, despite how badly things have gone so far, my gut kind of says the Habs are still going to win this. Everything’s gone Philly’s way so far. The breaks are bound to shift sooner or later. If that happens in the next game, we win, and if we get one in the bag, that changes everything.

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

  171. terrygain says:

    In 66 we sat for a week while we waited for the second round. We badly outplayed Detroit but our timing was off and Roger Crozier stood on his head, He was so good he won the Conn  Smythe despite being on the losing team. Our coach then was Toe Blake, not some perennial playoff loser, like now.

  172. TPlow says:

    Of course, Mr. Salo might argue that last statement ….
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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

  173. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Ok so turn off the tv.

    Please don’t join in the celebrations when we beat them in 7

    Bye

  174. j2w4habs25 says:

    Hey!.. its not over until its over!… theres alot more hockey up ahead. You just never know we can score two quick goals like we did over the Pens.

    dont stop Believing!! :)

  175. MontrealAtheist says:

    We are being out-halak’ed by Philly’s #3 goalie … This is just embarrassing!

    What is the Habs’ playoff record for consecutive playoff losses again? Looks like the Flyers are on track for making some more history in this series.

  176. 23 HABS 23 says:

    I think this series is over … and it has only just begun.  HABS will be lucky to score a goal this series.  My heart aches at the thought of this great run by the Canadiens coming to an end!

     

    Hoping with all that I am that les boys can turn this around and prove me wrong … Let’s go HABS!!!!!

     

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

  177. Newf_Habster says:

    Hey!

    We can use the Flyers’ miraculous comeback against the Bruins as a motivational tool to come back to win the series against them! :)

    So do not quit on our beloved team!

  178. Fansincebirth says:

    I recorded the game last night and stayed up all night going over frame by frame and I’ve come up with the following:

    1) we have to score more

    and

    2) we have to keep them from scoring….

    Sorry, that’s all I have

    Hockey Gods are giving us a taste of our own medicine, showing us what Washington and Pittsburgh went through and ya know what? IT SUCKS!!!!

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

  179. A. Berke says:

    With all due respect, those two points you make is nothing new. IMHO you shouldn’t have to lose your sleep.

    :)

    Ali B.

  180. Fansincebirth says:

    I don’t know what made me want to puke more…..

    Cole’s blah blah blah on the play by play highlighted by “The Flyers are outshooting the Canadiens 2 to one. The shots are two to one….” riveting…..

    Healy’s man crush on anything wearing a Flyers jersey and wishing he could smell their used cup…..

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

  181. terrygain says:

    I hate the CBC coverage so much I watched it on RDS even though I don’t pick up French when it’s spoken quickly. 

  182. Curtis O Habs says:

    Last round he was making love to a real penguin during the game.  Healy puts the ‘anal’ in analysis.

  183. nightmare_49 says:

        I didn’t notice but was Glen Healy wearing a Flyers jersey while doing his work between the benchs last night. …………………….   He gloated in praising the Flyers all night long, he must have been paid by the Flyers.

        No, i’m wrong, he’s paid by our tax dollars, so pathetic having that incompetent laff suck on National TV.

        If you never watched hockey on the television and tuned in last night you would have thought a basketball announcer was doing the game cuz it sure sounded like Robert Cole didn’t have a clue what was goin on during the game and i’m not talking about his numourous errors, pathetic.

       

     

  184. Habs4ever Fan says:

    We will overcome this 2-0 deficit

    PLEASE JM use your brain….There is no one NO ONE, who wants to see MAB on the ice. Unless he is your wife’s nephew, leave him in the press box in favor of Ryan Obyrne

    Use your 4th line for more than 5 minutes. You may be surprised and rewarded!

    Do not bring in Carey Price. He is far from the answer and he won’t make the key saves when you most need them. The way Carey over commits to one side or the other on any 2 on 1 or 3 on 2 will give the Flyers all the empty net space they need to win a game! The Flyers have been great at creating these odd man rushes and Carey won’t handle them.

    Put RO or HG on the power play in front of their net. Let them try and clear the front without creating penalties. Old trick from Scotty Bowman who knows a bit more than you do!

    JM, stop thinking that if the Habs lose that they will fire Gautier and promote you! It wont happen.

    Habs player play well for the team IN SPITE of JM’s coaching skills. Let Kirk coach

  185. chelios_24 says:

    they ‘re playing okay but they’re not playing playoff hockey. They are playing the typical Montreal Canadien choir boy hockey. Nice and polite..skating and shooting right at the goalie.

  186. j2w4habs25 says:

    I can hear and see JM giving it to them right now, so dont be supraised if they score an early goal that will connect another goal.

  187. alestar says:

    I can’t even bring myself to watch Habs games on CBC, its just terrible.

    RDS does a way better job, IMHO…

     

    XXIV…and counting

  188. Fansincebirth says:

    I watch it on CBC and get totally frustrated to tears by the complete bias and ineptitude of the announcers on there. (Cherry is somewhat refreshing though…strange)

    I watch it on RDS and remain blissfully unaware of what they are saying, being unilingual English.

    I guess ingnorance IS bliss……

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

  189. naweed235 says:

    im going to make a bold prediction: we will lose this game and the next one in montreal only to outdo the Flyers in their historic 0-3 comeback and win the next 4 to reach the finals!!!

  190. Smurf says:

    Had such a bad sleep last night…too hot, and kept dreaming about hockey.

    I have a terrible sinking feeling…I’m sorry, I really really hope I’m wrong, I’ve been wrong before!! So I’m not jinxing them by saying this!

    Please please please…win the next two.

  191. terrygain says:

    Halak had no chance on the first two goals. The first goal was a shot by a sniper from the bottom of the circle The second was from a goalmouth scramble where he made several stops. The third looked to me like it may have been tipped. Halak would normally have that shot and he looked surprised when he didn’t catch it. 

  192. DraftBeer says:

    Typical moronic fan. Yeah boo your US players, that should score goals for you.

  193. SLONCOLD says:

    switch goalies? right…… that’s why we’re losing.

     

  194. kordic says:

    Don’t listen to your wives, girlfriends, one night stands, Montreal media, Canadian Media etc……..

    SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    All you who think we should sign pleks….look at his playoff history. TOO SMALL.

    Mab, Hamerlik are the  worst D on the Habs, followed closely by Gill

    The first 2 series Our Goalie saved us and now the true Habs are being seen all over North America, If Halak plays like this, we are done In 4. It is so sad that his kid has to be under all that pressure, but we can all thank THe arrogant, weasel Bob Gainey, who else would step down as GM and admit no fault.

     

    I LOVE the Habs!!!

  195. HNS says:

    Still OPTIMISTIC Habs will win 3 and 4. Stiil can’t fathom beating Pittsburgh and Washington and folding to that bunch of baloney holes. Habs in 7. Once the first goal is scored it will be like sperm thru a broken condom. The poster who said the Flyers haven’t lost a game 7 when being up 2-0 should realize that stat means crap. Right now there is little confidence which stems to shots directly at Leighton. Home crowd will turn the tide. We will do to them what they did to Boston. I’ll take momentum last anytime. GO HABS!!!!!!!!

  196. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Bit of a rant.  I’m sure it’s been said before but I’m in a mood.

    I hate the NHL.  30 teams? Why?

    Quebec produces some of the best hockey talent in the world and they go to ridiculous teams like Tampa Bay, etc.  Montreal used to get first pick of the home grown talent.  Kind makes sense really. How many hockey players come from Philly? Florida? Phoenix?  The Flyers have more Quebecers than we do for gods sakes. At least they are a hockey city, but jeez.  And their fans chant USA USA?  LOL, what a joke.  Let’s watch other teams draft their home grown talent and see how they do, ha.

    The “best” part about these expansion teams is after they steal OUR home grown talent, they steal OUR home grown cash to keep their experiment from imploding due to mis-management.  Mis-management basically defined as:  Creating a team in Phoenix that has 4 hockey fans and building the arena 50 miles away from those 4 fans.

    I also really don’t like my Stanley Cup going to places like Anaheim, Carolina, Tampa Bay.  The fans don’t even know what the cup looks like let alone care when they win or lose it.  I can’t beleive the cup has those stupid citys names engraved in it. Makes me sick, sorry.  And yes I call it “my cup” because the cup is Canadian and so am I!

    Go Habs Go!

  197. idle says:

    When is someone other then Gionta on this team going to stand in front of the net?  Why can’t Lappierre stand in front of the net?  Why can’t Moen stand in front of the net?  Why can’t Pouliot stand in front of the net (when he plays)?  Why can’t A.Kost stand in front of the net?  A.Kost has been hitting and using his body more of late which is encouraging but he needs to take that shit to the net.

    This former Habs cast off goalie is playing lights out.  That save on P.K was shocking.

    I have resigned myslef to the good posibility of the Habs losing this series and I can accept that, but one thing I cannot accept is watching the Flyers come into the Bell center and toss us around.  The Canadiens had better not let themselves be pushed around in thier own home.

    Any chance of Mara playing and bringing his lumberjack ability?  Any chance that Laraque has spent his time off bulking and meanining up.. and eating meat?  Is it too late to pick up some dumb lug off of waivers?

     

    Please don’t hate me but I think Mab played pretty good tonight for being such a rag doll.  He really does try out there you know.  Poor poor slow unsophisticated rag doll.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  198. PeterStone says:

    I hope you’re kidding.  if you think you come off classy booing at any time, then boo to you … booing is the dumbest thing anyone can do … you want to come off classy, you give an extra cheer at the US Anthem … if you need to boo give the Flyers one skating onto the ice 

  199. idle says:

    ” Montreal used to get first pick of the home grown talent”

     

    I think you need to brush up on your hockey history…

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  200. MontrealAtheist says:

    I hate the NHL.  30 teams? Why?”

    Good question … Back in the old days when there were just 6 of us it was a lot easier to win the Cup, eh? And as an added bous we also got to kick the B’s and Leafs much more often.

  201. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    This is from http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/draftindex.html

     

    “When the rules for the NHL draft were drawn up, the Montreal Canadiens
    were given two priority picks
    which could be exercised before any other teams had selected players.
    These picks were known as Cultural Picks,
    were in lieu of their regular pick, and could be used to select any
    French-Canadian players.”

  202. TripleX says:

    Don’t look for any changes.  I listened to JM’s press conference.  He said the Habs don’t have to be more physical, and that the Habs were competitive five on five it was the special teams that won the game.  JM plans to work on that part of the game.  What a dumbass!

    I did not hear anyone ask him about O’Byrne, MAB or SK.  WTF??

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  203. Laramy87 says:

    Whys Carcillo diving, the pond is frozen… Must say tho, that was 9 out of 10, tighten it up a bit and 10 out of 10

    How does Lapierre and then Gionta get called (mind you earlier in the playoffs) and a known diver like Carcillo get nothing for that….. yes no goal on the powerplay, but the 3rd was a result of that as we were still getting our lines back together.

    Still optimistic about habs chances are home i for one am going to be ther screaming my head off

  204. gp52 says:

    we should have lost game 7 to Pittsburgh. We would have gone out in ablaze of glory,

    fighting to the end against the Stanley cup champs. That would have been a better ending than 

    what this might turn out to be.

    I knew it was over when you saw Geoff Molson shaking Gomez’s hand in the locker room, Gomez

    brimming with this huge smile. It was like they won the cup right there.

  205. Bugs says:

    Quite a few straws you’re grasping at there, mate.

    First sign of the Apocalypse, that, Mara, Laraque, Leighton, a titan.

    Raining toads shall be coming directly, 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/

  206. barriesc says:

    thats  ASSANINE  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FOOL

  207. idle says:

    Even the source you listed only shows they picked 3 players over 2 seasons.  Only one of those players contributed anyting of worth in the NHL.  So you basically have 1 player (who would later fuck up the franchise) who the Canadiens were able to take advantage of.

    Try this one:

    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2009/8/1/972138/debunking-the-canadiens-french

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  208. idle says:

    “Quite a few straws you’re grasping at there, mate.”

     

    Is there a better time to grasp at straws then now?

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  209. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Funny.  Commentators around they league often say the Habs had first dibs on Quebec natives.  I guess I stand corrected. 

    But the rest of my post is damn true! (i think, lol)

     

     

  210. LatheDog says:

    Montreal will win the next 4 games, 3 of which will be in Montreal. The first shot on Leighton in Game 3 will go in. The Habs will win the next game in Philly in double overtime. I’ve already visualized the remainder of the series.

    That being said, the only way to get back at these Philly fans is to sing “God Bless America” whenever the Habs have the lead. And for those of you who are in Montreal, keep an eye out for Pennsylvania license plates!!!!!

  211. Treefingers says:

    ironic that the habs are gonna be knocked out by a hot goalie

    you gotta laugh sometimes

  212. 0-3To4-3 says:

    Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting that.  The softy by Leino aside, the biggest difference tonight was the Flyers finishing their chances on the PP.  I can’t explain Leighton, because the last time the Flyers had a goalie this hot I was 7 and don’t have much of a recollection of those playoffs.  I’m sure this has probably been said before, but if the Habs don’t start competing more in front of both nets, this is going to be a much shorter series than I originally expected it to be.  With the home fans behind them and, maybe more importantly, last change, I’m assuming things will open up a bit more for guys like Cammalleri, Kostitsyn, etc, but I still don’t get sitting O’Byrne again.  From the outside looking in, if S. Kostitsyn could work his way out of the doghouse for tonight, O’Byrne should at least get one shot to add some life and muscle in front of the net.

  213. Rainrocket16 says:

    I need to take a Briere and wipe my Hartnell, maybe I will fondle my Pronger!

    ..I laughed! Cheer up Habbies!! We aint beaten..yet!

  214. idle says:

    I guess that’s how myths go.  They grow and grow.

     

    At the risk of participating in a myth myself, I seem to recall hearing that at some point the Leafs had some rights to Ontario born players.  Maybe someone with better hockey history knowledge then me can enlighten us.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  215. HNS says:

    U better believe it Dog!

  216. HabsFan90 says:

    Just got this from Marc Antoine Godin’s Twitter:

    “La série noire de Rad-Can à Philly se poursuit.
    Des fans ont assailli un caméraman de SRC et ont tenté de lui voler sa
    caméra. Dans l’aréna.”

    Stay classy Philly. Call Montreal fans unclassy, but this is just disgusting. I hope you’re proud of yourselves.

  217. MontrealAtheist says:

    The hot goalie is certainly one factor, but the inability to score goals likely contributes to their elimination as well.

  218. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Probably like when commentators often say the “H” in the “CH” stands for Habs.

  219. MontrealAtheist says:

    I’ve already visualized the remainder of the series.”

    After game #1 most people here predicted that the team and Halak would bounce back and that we would win game #2, by some accounts even by a rather large margin.

    From what I’ve seen, we still can’t score goals, Halak still lets in softies and there is still no discipline in the team, resulting in needless PP goals for Philly. We’ve seen this twice and I don’t think there is much reason to believe that things will change dramatically in game #3.

  220. HNS says:

    This is far from over. Stay thirsty my friend.

  221. Rainrocket16 says:

    You sure your a Flyers fan?

  222. Off-side says:

    There are so many nasty words I’d like to say right now.

  223. 0-3To4-3 says:

    Ever since the days of Tim Kerr, Dave Poulin, Brian Propp, Kjell Samuellson, Pelle Eklund, Brad Marsh, Mark Howe, Rick Tocchet (the early years), Brad McCrimmon…I think you get the picture.

  224. 0-3To4-3 says:

    For sure, he’s been outstanding.  I don’t know what Laviolette saw in this guy to begin with, but he certainly has his full confidence at this point.  Sticking with him after going down 3-0 in G7 may have been the best thing that could have ever happened to this guy in his career.  I’m still skeptical that he can keep this up, I am a Flyers fan after all, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

  225. 0-3To4-3 says:

    Hey, cut me some slack, I was born in Puerto Rico.  They don’t exactly get Hockey night in Canada down there.

  226. habs11s says:

    Ok… Price in (sorry boys, Halak looked lost tn), SK74 on one of the top 2 lines (he’s not a checker JM), OB in ( MAB in the press box), Subban to have a strict talk with Muller before the game, Markov (summon the Yzerman strength to play injured)

    IMHO of course

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  227. habs11s says:

    Looks like the fans are dirtier than the team….

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  228. SeriousFan09 says:

    Oh well, at least the Hawks took their series 2-0 on the road, a Western Final Sweep perchance?

    Toews rocks, wouldn’t be surprised if he lifted a Cup this year.

     

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

  229. 0-3To4-3 says:

    Lindros? I seem to remember a Lindros playing for the Rangers and Leafs.  You’ll have to refresh my memory.

  230. Gooner says:

    First one he went down too early and gave up the top of the net. Second one he couldn’t control the rebound and the third he just plain missed. No need to make excuses these things happen. Things will be better next game.

  231. Rainrocket16 says:

    For not mentioning Lindros I can cut you much slack.. I met Hackstall years ago when I was a young lad.

  232. Bugs says:

    Point.

    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/

  233. 0-3To4-3 says:

    Hackstall, nice.  I almost forgot about that little incident back in 89.  Met him a couple of times also, nice guy, but I’ll never forgive him for that Lemieux goal in G5 against the Devils in 95.

  234. Frank2468 says:

    I don’t understand why O’Bryne was scratched again, I really don’t get it.  We need size on D and we bench him he’s like 6 foot 4 240 pounds.  I had a thought since we need size on D dress O’Bryne and we could use him on PP as well.  What I mean is his job on the PP could be to just park himself in front of Leighton.  Leighton moves left so does Ryan and so on.  If the Flyers try and move him out to aggressively the Flyers could endup taking a penalty and we also have that large D man as well to help on the back end.  The next question is who do you sit out to make room for O’Bryne well maybe sit Darche, SK74 or Pouliot.  What are your thoughts

    One other point did anyone notice the fan who was trying to bug Gil in the warm up and the fan bugging Gomez in the penalty box.  That stuff really pisses me off when I see it.  The league should have a rule that if at anytime a fan literally gets in the face of a player they should automatically escorted out of the building.  The players have a hard enough job fighting off each other let alone stupid fans.  Yes I know the fans pay money and they can say and do what they like, but there should be a point where enough is enough.

  235. 0-3To4-3 says:

    I like to think of those years as the LeClair-Brind’amour-Desjardins-Some guy who wore #88 era

  236. 0-3To4-3 says:

    Thanks for that.  Appreciated Desjardins too.  Getting Recchi back for Zubrus was the icing on the cake.  LeClair is still my favorite Flyer, have that #10 hanging in a closet somewhere.  With that thought, I bid you a bonne nuit.

  237. SPATS says:

    How this for an adjustment, maybe for game 4 if we’re 3 down… Put OByrne or PK or hell, even Hall Gill up front like Chi is doing with Bugfling? What do we have to lose? If MAB is good enough to play a regular shift on D, A case could easily be made that any of the above are big (and tuff) enuff for playing the screen… and surely none of them could be any worse than SK or Metro???? At this point it’s worth a try. If only for a couple of shifts. Try one of em on the 3rd line with Moore and Lappy. Put SK and MAB upstairs. Rotate them in and out on D and up front. We need size and fearless types to beat these goons. Fight Flyer with Fire…

  238. SPATS says:

    I was posting a similar comment on About last night, when I spotted your post. Great minds rant alike!

  239. Drive_For_25 says:

    Priority #1 in Game 3….BOOOOOO the shit out of the American anthem!!!  And we’ll still come off classier than they are!

  240. A. Berke says:

    what you’re saying makes sense to me – (however to JM?)

    I have yet to figure out why MAB is still playing against philly, tonight he lost/gave away or made a bad pass 80% of the time he got the puck. And oh! yes his shot from the point! yeah they know it and crowd him every time and he ends up losing the puck.

    Ali B.

  241. A. Berke says:

    pray tell how do you think that’ll help us win the game?

    If they don’t have class, do we have stoop down so low to match them? 

    Ali B.

  242. Frank2468 says:

    By booing the American anthem your booing Gionta, Gomez and Gil.  Instead when we are winning chant “Right on Light on” to Leighton.  Or instead of chanting Ole Ole, start chanting “God Bless Le Canadien, team that we love”

  243. tdrmoss84 says:

    At least the Sharks go down swinging…Clowe and Thorton getting late penalties…be pissed off Habs…you are down 2-0!

  244. tdrmoss84 says:

    At least the Sharks go down swinging…Clowe and Thorton getting late penalties…be pissed off Habs…you are down 2-0!

  245. Mill4ever says:

    This is painful. To me it feels like the first two rounds happened a year ago. From the highs of game 7 vs pitt to .. right now – seems like everything good is gone and the Habs face a quick first round elimination. weird i know.

    Cammy & Gomez seem to be quite confident in the post game audio. Let’s hope they step up their game before it’s too late. They are not making it that difficult for Leighton to shine right now. And not only those two of course.

    And put O’Byrne in for chris’sakes- we get manhandled in front of our net.

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  246. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    The biggest difference was THESE two catagories; Goaltending & PP. Halak needs to step it up for game 3 or Price could get the next start for game 4.

  247. habs001 says:

    pitts and was were not interested in matching up with the habs as they believed they were way better and would win on talent..but if a team plans vs the habs it is easy…all you have to do is stop 2 forwards camm and gion ..the rest of the forwards put no scare into any team…stop those two and you are looking at not giving up more than one goal a game..

  248. Clay4bc says:

    With all due respect, who gives a sh!t how Halak plays if we can’t even score a goal? Even if he lets in one, we lose. Too much to expect from a goalie. Our TEAM needs to start playing playoff hockey. Clear the crease. Go to the opposition net. Go into the corners and dig. These are the categories where there is a difference.

    As for Price – he gets no starts, period. Halak’s the reason we are here. When Price has a run like Halak has had in these playoffs, we can talk about him getting a start.

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  249. Clay4bc says:

    Price will sit, and rightly so.

    Otherwise, sounds great to me.

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  250. MontrealAtheist says:

    Halak was absolutely pathetic yesterday, IMO Price should get the start for the remainder of the series (unless he embarrasses himself even more) …

    First priority should be in figuring out how to score past Leighton but at the same time our goaltending also needs to improve if we are to extend this series beyond 4 games and avoid 4 consecutive shutouts.

  251. MontrealAtheist says:

    Losing 3-2 in OT would at least leave us with the confidence that we can score goals against Leighton. Losing 0-3 after losing 0-6 does not exactly leave us with much hope for the remainder of the series.

    30 shots on goal are nice but they don’t mean much if the goaltender has a perfect view of the shots and ultimately it’s more the shots in goal that matter.

  252. Derek2 says:

    Philly has bigger forwards with some scoring touch on their 2nd, 3rd lines who are willing to go to the net (especially required in the playoffs) and take the punishment to pot one. Our larger forwards, who supposedly have scoring touch (Pouliot, the K bros,) don’t seem to be willing to do what it takes.  Max Lapierre will occasionally.  Our smaller guys, while game to be in front of the Philly net, get swatted away like flys.

    Plecanek, isn’t getting it done in the playoffs either.  Hasn’t been an offensive factor since very early in the Caps series. Playing reasonablywell defensively in the neutral zone.   Very good in the regular season but soft in the playoffs several years in a row now.

    The D is composed of relative rookies, and smallish, with a notable exception (O’byrne) who JM refuss to play, even though his physical presence is needed, and a couple of 36 year olds who, while playing well for their age, don’t have much left. Shout out Gorges who is playing well.  Botttom line on D is – not massive, mobile or mean enough.

    Wait for the draft and free agency in the off season.  Though we are up against the cap so don’t look for big changes, even though we are 5 – 6 guys away frm being a real contender.

     

  253. Fansincebirth says:

    I’m happy Cherry highlighted Pleks ‘hitting’ Pronger because this is one of the things that absolutely make my blood boil about this team. We don’t finish the check, Hell, we don’t even start the friggin’ thing!

    Their top four D-men are tired and hurting and we’re not taking advantage of it. Dump the puck in and hit them continually. Been a problem all year. We can’t sustain any pressure in their end because we let them pick up the puck unmolested….

    We’ve forgotten what got us to this point and have reverted back to how we were playing before the Washington series and if we don’t change it next game, we’re gone in four straight!

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

  254. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hey, if it’s stays 2-0 at least it would be a threefold improvement over game #1.

  255. ACF says:

    This is brutal.   They appear tired and lacking an effective game plan.

  256. alestar says:

    Random thoughts after watching game 2:

    - What did Ryan O’Byrne do to piss of JM so bad that he felt compelled to put SK in? That was brutal…a whopping 4 minutes of floating around the perimeter for SK…good call, JM.

    - If MAB is going to play beacuse he’s this big offensive threat, maybe he should actually shoot the puck, instead of hanging on to it too long and telegraphing his passes.

    - What the hell is up with Gomez? Bad penalties and he is not skating at all in this series…

    - it looks like Halak has lost the magic or Philly got in his head, gotta go with Price for game 3

    - Pleks needs to contribute some offense if he wants that big contract next season…

    That’s all I got for now…

     

    XXIV…and counting

  257. Sliver24 says:

    Wow.  I was reading this, nodding my head and thinking I could have written the post myself, and then I read “gotta go with Price for game 3″ and almost fell over in my chair.

    We’ll be riding Halak wherever he takes us.  He’s the primary reason we’ve made it this far and the habs will either win or lose with him between the pipes.

  258. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Price for game 3? With Jacques Martin you never know.

    If he did play Price and Price plays average or poorly and lets in the goals that would otherwise win it for us or keep us in the game, He will be boooed off the ice.

    Carey is a goalie in need of Ritalin to keep focused

  259. slapshot777 says:

    Bingo , you nailed it. LOL

     

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

  260. slapshot777 says:

    I never said the third goal was Bettmans fault. Anyway You got your opinions and the rest of us got our opinions whether you like them or not.

     

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

  261. Bob Barker says:

    What you wrote reads like you think Bettman is behind the Habs losing in this series. The Habs are losing because they can’t score and keep getting scored on, unless Bettman somehow convinced Ryan Miller to dress up as Leighton I fail to see how he’s had any influence on this series. 

  262. terrygain says:

    I don’t think this series is over. We aren’t being badly outplayed. I am however concerned about whether  Gomez, Gionta and Pleks are tired. They’ve played a lot of minutes.  I don’t expect this coach to adjust. He seems to lack perspective. His refusal to play 20 is mind boggling. His playoff record is poor. He is however very good at destroying the confidence of young players.    

  263. homerbowen says:

    I hope I’m wrong but it appears that our smaller players are finally wearing down. Still getting shots away but little on them and right at their goalie. You can’t compete for the Cup (go deep that is) when you have 3 tiny players, it just won’t be successful. Look at Philly with just Briere. If this is it they better plan on moving some of them over the summer. Can you believe our $8M man has no goals in 14 games….he must be packaged off with a goalie (preferably the one that allows goals shot high).

    It was fun while it lasted but no gas left in the tank.

  264. saskhabfan says:

    Would you just STFU all you have done for the first 2 rounds was bitch and whine about our “tiny tots” and smurfs and guess what asshole we beat 2 of the best teams in hockey and it is so satisfying to prove peckerwads like you wrong. So shut your stupid ass pie hole and come back when you accidently have a somewhat intelligent thought,dickhead.

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

  265. j2w4habs25 says:

    lets just hope for better days in Montreal :) cause the way they played in the last 5 period is completely pointless…We just bumped off the seasons best team and the defending champs, but with passionate hockey/ the love for the game. Once they can get back on it then yeah sure let Philly fans sing OLE all they want. But lets just hope they start a fire soon before its too late.

  266. MontrealAtheist says:

    Sorry, but if we can’t even score a single goal in 2 games in Philly there is little reason to believe that we can overturn a 0-2 deficit in the series.

    Besides, Philly is on fire right now: 12 goals and 6 victories in a row … I doubt that our smurfs are good enough to stop them.

  267. Reefer64 says:

    Sidney Crosby’s “History Will Be Made”commercial:

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omFSMw8vJfo

     

    MrB

  268. Fabio D says:

    I am happy to say that I have not watched one Habs play off game on the CBC. I find the bias against the Habs to be ridiculous and have happily tuned into RDS for each game.

    If it weren’t part of my satellite package, it would not be a channel i’d subscribe to.

    Go Habs Go!! The chariot hasn’t turned into a pumpkin yet!

  269. nunacanadien says:

    It’s the old the vets let us down again thing.  So the answer to the Habs playoff success has been to bring in new blood, the rookies.  This is what got us jump started with Subban.  We did well with the other rookies.  Maybe its time we play O’Bryne, and bench MAB, the man has cost us both Flyers games.  Not to mention Gomez’s stupid penalties are killers.  Bench MAB, bench Spacek, us Spacek sparingly, play Moen, play Pyatt, heck throw in any rookie you can find, get Subban to skate all the way to the net, in fact put Subban on forward, test him there, we need at least one player who doesn’t mind crashing Leighton.  Cherry has it right, Montreal is not taking quality shots, they are not jamming the other net, instead the Habs are just taking floater shots that any rookie goalie can stop, ok maybe not Price, but almost any goalie.

  270. Shublips says:

    The Habs have to understand that there is a difference between working harder and working smarter.

    Last night, they worked harder than they did in Game 1, but not smarter and it was the same result.  No one going to the net, no one getting to loose pucks or picking up rebounds, no on to screen the goalie or deflect a puck.

    Ugly, and if they don’t wake up this could all be over soon:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/05/canadiens-flyers-leightons-second.html

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  271. Shublips says:

    The Habs have to understand that there is a difference between working harder and working smarter.

    Last night, they worked harder than they did in Game 1, but not smarter and it was the same result.  No one going to the net, no one getting to loose pucks or picking up rebounds, no on to screen the goalie or deflect a puck.

    Ugly, and if they don’t wake up this could all be over soon:
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  272. KenD29 says:

    Not to mention bad penalties again (Gomez), poor coaching decision (SK who had a whopping 4 minutes and came up as a dud; O Byrne in the press box while MAB trying to patrol the blue line, coughing up the puck on more than one occasion on the PP), and a soft goal (3rd goal of the game) by Halak

    On the plus side, the boys are back here for the next two with our fans getting a chance to out heckle the Flyer yahoos!!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  273. ed lopaz says:

    I think it was a huge mistake to play little tits. I have no idea whatsoever what the coach could have been thinking.

    and for all of you bleeding heart out there who cried for your beloved sergei – hope you enjoyed the show!!!

    he really put in that great second effort out there.

    for everything the coach has done to get us this far, I say thank you!

    for playing sergei tonight, the coach has lost ALL of my respect AGAIN.

  274. TripleX says:

    Yes you are so rignt.  The 4 minutes of ice time SK got on the fourth line totally was the cause of this disaster.  Pouliot should have been on the fourth line with his 4 minutes.

    Are you tripping dude???

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  275. terrygain says:

    Your K brothers obsession is hilarious and bordering on delusional.  SK played less than 5 minutes on the 4th line. He was a non factor.

    Gomez and Gionta took stupid penalties in the other team’s end that led to the first 2 goals.. That’s what killed us. It was the second game in a row that Gomez took a stupid penalty that led to the first goal.   Gomez has played well in the playoffs but there’s no excuse for stupid, selfish penalties.

    What do you think the chances are that Martin spoke to Gomez after game 1? My guess is zilch. 

    And if Martin wanted to prove to his team that he was in over his head he did so by sitting 20 in favour of 47.

  276. ari says:

    who likes to trade philly with montreal?(the whole team,including the coach and gm)

  277. TripleX says:

    Someone can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the Flyers have never lost a seven game series when they have had a 2-0 lead.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  278. lavie says:

    Stats showed history; history is being made.

  279. WindsorHab-10 says:

    If MAB plays another game this series, we will not win. USELESS.

    I’d like to hear JM justifying the benching of O’Byrne. Tonight’s game was handed to the Flyers by the friggin referees. Brutal calls on the Habs all night. Leighton is feeling pretty good about himself and he has us to thank for making him look like Bernie Parent. I have no doubt that we will light up his ass in Montreal.

    CBC sucks you know what, especially senile Cole. What a tool.

  280. Habs4ever Fan says:

    100% in agreement

     

  281. Rainrocket16 says:

    I am usually agreeing against the refs especially the last 2 series….But we cannot score, we had chances galore and we sucked it up again. Dont blame the refs for this one brother blame the whole Offense!!

  282. Rainrocket16 says:

    I am usually agreeing against the refs especially the last 2 series….But we cannot score, we had chances galore and we sucked it up again. Dont blame the refs for this one brother blame the whole Offense!!

  283. MontrealAtheist says:

    I hate to say it but Halak is completely inefficient vs. the Flyers. If we are to come back against Philly it won’t be with Halak in goal.

    Their coaches’ inability to adapt was the Caps’ and Pens’ downfall, let’s hope JM does not make the same mistake.

  284. Eliisa says:

    “Leighton is the new Halak”. Ouch! Thanks James Duthie.

  285. Bugs says:

    Let’s put OUR num5 goalie in there! Then we’ll see what’s what.

    Missiaen? You’re up, baby!

    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/

  286. showey47 says:

    lmao epic rant,hilarious. Yet true.

  287. homerbowen says:

    Open your eyes and do a reality check. Your tiny tots cannot compete. Never mind getting lucky for the first two rounds, stop living in the past. Perhaps when you grow up maybe 16 or 17 you will learn to avoid having a “potty” mouth.

  288. arrow says:

    We lost Game #2, but can we win #3 & #4? I think we can! We just need to get that 1st goal! We played better tonite than game#1, but we need to score! Hometown fans will help this team along, we did compete tonite but didn’t score. Game #3 1st goal will be #14 Plekanec, I said it first! And we will win that game, and the 3 after! I still believe!

    G-MEN (Gorges & Gill) need to regroup and Heart-Attack-Halak needs to rest for 2 days and please give MAB a rest and play O’Byrne, he has gone through alot this year and his time to shine is NOW!

    I like Chicago and I think it would be a Classic Stanley Cup Series! HABS vs HAWKS

     

    GO HABS GO!

  289. TripleX says:

    Might not be rocket science but I would think the fact the team has not scored in two games is the problem.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  290. Bugs says:

    So if we give up less power-plays, we’ll score more goals?

    Forgive me, Demi, but I don’t see the relation.

    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/

  291. Shublips says:

    This is a HUGE game for Les Boys tonight.

    They HAVE to pull out a win and show the Flyers that they won’t be pushed around.  It will be interesting to see if they can fight through the larger Flyers’ players and get some secondary scoring chances.

    Also, JM tends to be good at making between game adjustments.  Let’s hope he’s got some magic up his sleeves!

    So can they rebound tonight?
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/05/canadiens-flyers-can-montreal-rebound.html

    Thoughts?

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  292. frobasher says:

    Can they rebound?…Absolutely!!

    They have to play with the same desperation they played all the games they won while up against the wall in rounds 1 and 2.

    Be proactive and not reactive, make them chase you and be willing to stop the puck with your face!

    It aint any harder than that.

  293. Habs_Juve says:

    O’Byrne needs to come in a drop every flyer that comes near the net on their ass. I predict over 20mins ice time tonight for O’Byrne

    MD

     

  294. HabFanSince72 says:

    You seem to have  mistaken Ryan O’Byrne for Larry Robinson.

     

  295. homerbowen says:

    Briere  Gagne……2

    3 tiny tots…………..0

  296. tricolore says:

    It’s time for inspiration and results to come from new heroes. This team is not complete unless all participate and contribute. Seems some players have forgotten the ways that got them to round 3. The Bell Centre fans and ghosts will show the way. If they don’t, then this version, does not deserve it. 

    All we want is heart and determination for a full 60 minutes. Commitment and sacrifice is what it takes. That’s why the 2 best teams in the East are out. 

    Vive le tricolore! Go Habs Go!

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  297. aemarchand11 says:

    If OB plays, look for him to drop the gloves to take out Hartnell.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  298. Kooch7800 says:

    I don’t know what it is about Hartnell but I can’t even stand to look at that guy!!!!

  299. Shublips says:

    According the the buzz on Twitter, it looks like there will be NO changes to the lineup tonight meaning OB will incredibly NOT play.

    How can that be?  What is with JM’s love of Bergeron and hate of OB?

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  300. TripleX says:

    O’Byrne is skating with Maxwell……is JM really that stubborn and hateful??????  Officially a dumbass!

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  301. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    What? I’m not the Biggest fan of JM but I can’t remember the last time we were this far in the playoffs without winning a cup. I’m not saying he’s going to win a cup but obviously not a dumbass
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  302. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yeah, JM is sure a moron. You wonder how the Habs got this far.  Dumb luck I guess.

     

     

     

  303. Caballero says:

    In times like these I can’t help but think long term. This is a great test for our team. We have to collectively find a way to beat physical teams like Boston and Philly if we are ever going to get anywhere. I look at teams like Boston and Toronto and realize that this team has to have a strategy for teams like this that does not involve taking bad penalties out of frustration. White can help, but that may not be enough.

  304. ari says:

    in times like this the best thing to do is watching v-tele now

  305. deuce6 says:

    If they get swept in this series then, in my eyes, beating out WASH/PITT mean shit to me..

    They continue to shoot themselves in the foot and don’t have the cajones to go to the dirty parts of the ice..Can’t wait for the draft..

    —————————–

    Leaf fans shitting on the habs is like a crippled guy saying someone walks funny

  306. adamkennelly says:

    painful to watch these games on Vs.  as bad as the play is on ice, the play x play makes it that much worse.  Habs did not get out played – got out scored on marginal chances…taste of our own medicine which got us to this point perhaps but still had to battle poor reffing (2 missed called on Pronger when it couneted, BS call on Gomez for their first goal, non call on Timmonen on Pleks) and a hot goaler – not impossible but need a few favorable bounces….keep doing what was done in game 2  – and stay outta the box.

  307. terrygain says:

    Gomez penalty was a good call.

  308. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Perhaps les boys needed that loss. Perhaps it was even better that it was a total beating. Wakes our boys up and provides a false sense of security for the Flyers. The Habs might have the feeling that beating the caps and pens was good enough and their mission was accomplished. Hopefully they understand and feel that more is now expected given their recent success.

  309. habbytown says:

    O’Byrne doesn’t play, JM is proving that he puts himself before the team, and very selfish, and racist, putting in a franco who will NEVER BE A DMAN!!!!!!!!!!!

    O’byrne MUST PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

    the only thing MAB does well is GIVE AWAY THE PUCK! CAN’T THAT STUPID FRANCO JM SEE THAT?????????????

  310. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Oh please…..

  311. HabFanSince72 says:

    Nurse!

    Where is that straight-jacket I asked for?

     

  312. sprague cleghorn says:

    “Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.”
    – Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

  313. J. Ambrose says:

    Gee, speaking of racists. I’ll bet you blame all the misery in your life on those one-legged homosexual, black, gypsy, jewish women who are out to get you.

  314. temekuhabs says:

    Michael F. Leighton..a career AHL goalie and we are making it easy for him

  315. habbytown says:

    if O’Byrne doesn’t play- JM IS A DUMBASS AND stubborn RACIST TOO!

     

    I think JM wants to lose. he couldn’t be that stupid could he?  oh I forgot he’s a franco.

  316. HabFanSince72 says:

    Nurse!

  317. dre1744 says:

    i don’t think it matters who wins the eastern final  cause the Blackhawks  are gonna beat who ever wins the east.  Its the Blackhawks year this year!!!!!

  318. Caballero says:

    To me what matters is the staff finding some kind of way to improve this team the right way. If you can beat teams like Caps and the Pens and you lose in 4 or 5 to a team like Philly I think it doesn’t take the best hockey mind to figure out our Achilles heel. It may take the best hockey mind to rectify this issue with these long term contracts and this cap though.

  319. lenny says:

    this is embarrassing, not 1 goal? shooting from outside is not going to beat this guide. can somebody please crash the net?

  320. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Sam Carchidi (Philly Inquirer preview) calls Philly fans creative:

    “Among the most amazing performances in Game 1 was the sing-song
    chant – delivered by the Wachovia Center fans in stunning harmony –
    after shelled Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak was removed during the
    second period.

    “Ole. Ole-ole-ole . . . ole . . . ole.”

    The fans, of course, were mocking Montreal fans’ signature chant.

    “That was funny,” Flyers rookie left winger James van Riemsdyk said with a smile. “Philly fans are definitely ruthless.”

    He said it with admiration.

    In Monday’s edition of the National Post, writer Bruce Arthur called the Flyers’ faithful ruthless.

    He didn’t write it with admiration.

    Wrote Arthur: “Obviously, hockey fans are different in Philadelphia.
    They are a savage lot, untamed and profane, all spittle and invective
    and baying for blood.”

    Ouch.”

    Didn’t want to mention the slashed tires, theft and vandalism directed at your peers, Sam? Nothing says creative like hooliganism.

  321. HabFanSince72 says:

    Philadelphia is the armpit of the East coast.

    For a brief period in the early 00’s creative types from Manhattan moved there because of the cheap rents, but it didn’t last.

    It’s a shit town with a sky high murder rate and an uneducated ignorant populace.

     

  322. slapshot777 says:

    I know  the rest of you are going to say it’s not, but here goes my conspiracy thing again. I know it can happen but rarely and I mean rarely does this happen. Halak plays 940 save percentage and then so far in this series plays like sh!t and has a save percentage of 800.

    Leighton, who basically comes in cold in the other series for an injured Boucher and all of a sudden is a world beater in net. Yet he has been either traded or waived by 4 or 5 other teams for not being that good. This series as the smell of Bettman all over it. Whether anyone thinks so or not. I really don’t care.

    I’ve been saying it after the first game. The Habs haven’t even been close to the team they were in the first two rounds. Again I know a player can have have an off game, but the team as a whole is just too much of a coincedence. That last goal on Halak, anyone tell me that Halak just misses that routine save and I mean routine.

    I still think the Habs will either come back and win both at the Bell Centre, or they will lose 4 straight and be shutout fot all 4 games. Bettman would love that, a chance to make the greatest team in the history of the NHL look like sh!t and embarass them to hell.

     

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

  323. Bob Barker says:

    LOL. How the hell is it Bettman’s fault Halak let in the 3rd goal??? What you said makes zero sense. 

  324. MontrealAtheist says:

    Bettman may be rejoicing about the Flyers’ win, but it’s not his fault that our smurfs cannot score.

    We don’t need Bettman’s help in order to embarrass ourselves, we can do that on our own just as well.

  325. terrygain says:

    It looked to me like MAB tipped the 3rd goal. If he did, Jaro had no chance. 

  326. TripleX says:

    A .936 save percentage dude. 

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  327. The Big O says:

    I don’t understand not having O’Byrne in the lineup…the 4th line only plays about 3 mins a game, take Darche out of there and put Bergeron the 4th line and only  have him on the PP, nothing else…seems like the easiest solution in the world, but no JM wants to play a 5.9 giveaway machine on D instead….smart JM, real smart!

  328. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    My girlfriend and I were watching game1. When she saw Hartnell she said, “eeeewwwwww! gross!”.
    I just laughed.

  329. TripleX says:

    No human should ever have a beard that circumnavigates the entire neck.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  330. shootdapuck says:

    Or walk on his knuckles!

     

    “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″

  331. TripleX says:

    Way to disparage an entire population.  I am positive that just like any large city Philadelphia has both good and bad elements.  No good ever comes from generalizing or demonizing an entire population.

    As someone who obviously enjoys history, you should be well aware of that.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  332. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hey, I got those facts from a native Philadelphian!

    But having been there many times, I can tell you that it is a dangerous city.

  333. KenD29 says:

    Further to your point, just read some of their comments on the Philly Inquire site.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  334. TripleX says:

    I realize the murder rate in Philadelphia is beyond ridiculous, but I have to believe that one of the birth places of the USA has beautiful aspects as well. Even Toronto has parts of town I would never venture even during the day.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  335. mike g says:

    Like the ACC?

    That place is filled with a bunch of bad memories!

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

  336. TripleX says:

    LOL…who can afford a ticket?

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  337. 0-3To4-3 says:

    I guess I should get my Ivy league educated a**, along with my alma mater and all my fellow alumni out of here before getting killed.  It’s been 30 years, I’m really pushing my luck.

  338. HabFanSince72 says:

    It’s basically Newark with an Ivy League school.

     

  339. 0-3To4-3 says:

    Aw, come on Newark? Really? Can’t we at least be Baltimore, The Wire makes their seedy underbelly look so cool.

  340. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, I didn’t want to say anything but as a lot of people here always point out when we win, except for Moore all the players in the current roster were picked/signed by Gainey, right? :)

  341. HNS says:

    As soon as I see Halak skate down the ice to score a goal I’ll agree with you. Wake up dude.

  342. HabsTrueBlue says:

    So in conclusion it’s all Gainey’s fault right :-p

  343. dre1744 says:

    Wow people last week everyone was talking how great this team is  and then we have some adversity and everyone just turns on the team.  Yes we are down 2 – 0,  with some bounces going our way in the next 2 games we can make it 2 – 2. 

    We need to BELIEVE!!!!!! 

  344. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Never lost faith and I believe we will tie this thing in Montreal.

    I still say however that MAB needs to sit & O’Byrne needs to play, Just like I still think JM sucks.

  345. MontrealAtheist says:

    Lack of discipline can also be blamed … That hooking penalty by Gomez was utterly needless and cost us dearly.

  346. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I also agree with what you’re saying but Philly’s first goal (game winner) was scored on the pp with Gomez in the box for holding the stick when Giroux had held Gomez’s stick under his arm. That was a blown call that won the game not to mention a few other crappy calls.

  347. Rainrocket16 says:

    Totally, that was a bullshit call on Gomez. We also got away with a few.. We need net presence, qaulity shots and a little luck for the next 2.

  348. HFX-HabFan says:

    Meh.  Hardly anyone this side of the Atlantic cares about that “world championship” tournament.  Unless it’s a best-on-best, it doesn’t mean a whole lot.  I admire the guys who do go, but we already won the biggest international tournament of the year, and Crosby certainly was on hand for that.

  349. KenD29 says:

    Hmmm seem to recall Crosby scoring the winning goal in OT against Team USA for the Gold medal in the Olympics.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  350. Malreg says:

    Why is Crosby the only one getting shit for not going?  At least he played in the Olympics this year, a 6 game series in Round 1 and a 7 game series in Round 2, Stanley Cup finals 2 years in a row, i think he deserves a break.

    What about Fleury, Luongo, Eric Staal***, Jordan Staal, Getzlaf, Niedermayer***, Weber, Phillips, Marc Savard, Mike Green, Brodeur, Derek Roy, Lecavalier***, St-Louis***, Horton, Iginla, Phaneuf***, Bouwmeester***, Rick Nash***.

    The ones with *** didn’t even make the playoffs this year.  Go whine and complain about them.  Phaneuf, Lecavalier, and St-Louis were too busy sulking because they didn’t make the Olympic team to even bother going.

  351. SPATS says:

    Haven’t posted for a while, but couldn’t hold back any longer. It ain’t over til it’s over ladies. Take your negativity and go cry yourselves to sleep. No room here for your types

  352. terrygain says:

    That was in 66. We sat for a week while we waited for the second round. We badly outplayed Detroit but our timing was off and Roger Crozier stood on his head, He was so good he won the Conn  Smythe despite being on the losing team. Our coach then was Toe Blake, not some perennial playoff loser, like now.

  353. HabFanSince72 says:

    They both suck but unfortunately Markov is injured.

    I agree that we should have O’B in and move MAB to the 4th line, but (1) I don’t know much about hockey and (2) it’s a detail at best. We are not going to win this based on who our 6th D is.

     

  354. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Montreal wins in spite of Jacques Martin.

    Is MAB related to JM? Its the only reason I can figure out why JM would dress MAB over Ryan Obyrne

    Let Kirk coach. Martin only wants the GM position.

    I’m a beleiver but JM your a tool

  355. slapshot777 says:

    I agree, O’Byrne has to get into this series and lay some big time hits and clear the front of the net. The  only thing tonight, there basically was no one in front of Halak, he pretty much got scored on bad a bad rebound and soft glove.

     

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

  356. Mattyleg says:

    We are totally getting a taste of our own medicine. We’re playing well, but they are shutting us down like we did to the Caps and the Pens, and being as opportunistic as we were.

    Hurts.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  357. J Haul says:

    No, we aren’t playing well. We refuse to go to the net. The areas you need to go to to score in the playoffs. We can get a million shots, but if they’re all from the outside it won’t make a lick of difference. This is pathetic. What are they so scared of? What is Martin saying to these twats?

  358. KenD29 says:

    Agreed on the diving. As for the tournament, unfortunately not a big draw for North America.

     

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  359. Grallis says:

    And on the 8th day the Lord said…..let there be the Canadiens

    Guess we gotta believe … but pretty tough watching 6 periods and no goals. Pleks forgetting how to play like a man..is he hurt? Cammy not showing up, or Gionta,lol, the captain in waiting. We did the Flyers a favour by taking out the 2 teams they couldn’t. Teams with size, speed and skill. Sad that Gagne and Briere are going to be Hab killers. Well let the debate begin!

  360. kempie says:

    Jaro should shoot more often.

  361. duffy says:

    Has any team ever been swept in a series and not scored a goal ? Mabee they will make history this series .

  362. alestar says:

    I’m not one of those Price  vs Halak guys, I just think we need a shake up and Halak is not looking good against the Flyers, plain and simple. Halak bounced back last time JM started Price…

    I know this is all “gravy”, nobody thought we would ever gat past the Caps, let alone the Penguins…but this close to the Cup I’d try anything to light a fire under these guys!

    That being said, if Halak plays and steals us a game, I’ll be the first one to say how happy I am to be wrong…

     

    XXIV…and counting

  363. dre1744 says:

    what is the habs playoff record when outshooting an opponent?

  364. KenD29 says:

    Here’s something for you to ponder as you make note of Price.

    Against the Caps, Halak had a stinker game in which teh Habs were ahead most of the game and then fell apart and lost. Price started the next game, Halak on the bench! while the Habs and Price did not win, Halak came back (Habs trailing 3-1 if I am not mistaken) and well we know the rest.

    Point being, Halak has not played well in the first two games. Maybe the first two series have caught up to him, maybe it’s the lacklustre play of his teammates as well. Maybe if he sat, it might light the fire in him yet again to go on another run !!

    At the same time, his team mates need to score because it will not matter if it is Price, Halak, Roy, Dryden or Plante in the pipes !!!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  365. Chuck says:

    Jaro could have used a little Ritalin on goal #3 last night!  :)

    _____________________________________

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

  366. The Cat says:

    Like I said last night…

    Game 1: The habs ran slowly into a cement wall defense.

    Game 2: The habs ran faster into a cement wall defense…

    Where were all the adjustments JM the mastermind was supposed to make? No real threatening scoring chances in either game…Hate to say it but its over.

  367. sholi2000.com says:

    Philly is doing what Washington and Pittsburgh couldn’t do.  Shoot High.

    Anyways, I figure we’ll win games three and four, so the fans will be back on the wagon soon lol!

    GO HABS GO

    They Call Me Shane


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