Sergei Kostitsyn not making Philly trip

Sergei Kostitsyn will not make today’s charter flight to Philadelphia, nursing a lower body injury that coach Jacques Martin says leaves him day-to-day. Kostitsyn seemed to be favouring his right ankle last night during the loss to Carolina before leaving the contest early.

Martin said today that goaltending is not his problem, but he wouldn’t criticize the fans who booed Carey Price when he was announced as third star of the Wednesday game, a 2-1 loss. Fans pay good dollar for their entertainment, Martin said, and are entitled to their opinion.

The Canadiens held an 11:30 a.m. practice in Brossard before chartering to Philadelphia this afternoon for their Good Friday match against the Flyers. Then it’s right back home to play host to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Practice updates were here via Twitter.


  1. ManApart says:

    First of all Halak’s save % is .923 while Price is.912. That is quite a significant gap as far as save % go. It’s like saying a goalie with a .901% is pretty much having the same success as Price. If you don’t want to say Halak has been the #1 reason this team has any sniff at the playoffs then fine. The guy is 24-12-3 with an excellent GGA and Save% on a team that is average at best, especially during the injury days. He stole a slew of games single handedly this season. If he was just a little below excellent in 1 or 2 of those games, this team is not in the playoffs. Why are you just limiting things to the last 6 games? Oh, because it is the time frame that kind of suits Price. I mean look at the facts as a whole man. I wasn’t trashing Price. I just said that Halak is the man most responsible for the team positioning. Not the only guy, but the most. Anyone in the world can see that.It’s not like I’m going out on a limb here. Your so called beloved team has a chance at the playoffs (which they don’t deserve) not because of your love Price but because of Halak. People who even hate the Habs are giving him credit, while so called super fans like yourself, are trying to find reasons not to. Pretty messed up.

  2. KGB_AKA4787 says:

     agree with u on that Plec has been invisible the last few games just how he was last year, but think if we signed him for 4 mill would not be worth it next year, let him walk and sign a bigger centerman with a natural scoring touch, hes gone anyway i think,  

  3. joeybarrie says:

    The Habs have scored 112 goals in front of Halak, and 93 goals in front of Price. Price has played 1 more game… HMMMMMMMMMMM…

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

  4. Harani says:

    Never once did I mention the Price vs Halak thing in my post. I just wanted to point out an interesting fact that further points out why booing Price or throwing him under the bus is totally ridiculous. Yes, Halak is good but Price doesn’t suck.

  5. HABWARRIOR says:

    your name backwards is omit…hence i just omit reading your BS.

  6. joeybarrie says:

    So why is it their save percentage is almost identical? They have made almost the exact same amount of saves… Anyone with an ounce of brains would realize that if the goalies are making the same amount of saves, maybe its the team in front of them that is making it harder on one. Give credit where credit is due… Halak has played 4 games in 6 and we have only taken 4 points from them. How exactly has Halak been responsible for our success lately?

    What exactly does it take to show people that we have averaged less than 2 goals a game in the last 6. Yet we talk about goalies. I mean how fricken stupid is that????? Honestly. What exactly do you expect him to do. SAVE HIS FAIR SHARE OF SHOTS. They are both doing that. The problem is we arent scoring.

    Halak is a saviour for letting in 4 goals against Edmonton???? THE GREAT OILERS???????  Im not against Halak here. But your saying he is carrying the team. WHAT are you talking about?

    Its simple. Our players cannot score. MAYBE if we were in the bottom half of the league in goals against then you could say that. But when you are in the top half, and your in the bottom half is goals for… Well you only need an ounce of brains to know where the problem lies. For god’s sake my 3 year old nephew knows enough to not blame the goalie when you cant even muster 2 goals a game…

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

  7. smiler2729 says:


    F the Flyers.

  8. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah but enough of the Halak vs. Price thing. I love Carey Price, he’s a keeper, I also now love Jaro Halak, he’s a fiery competitor. When one fails, hopefully the other picks up the slack.

    The KEY to this freakin’ team is the 3rd & 4th lines and the defensive side of the six defencemen. Too many dumb plays…

  9. doogmac says:

    a great blog by engels he brings up some great points and i agree with him completely

  10. joeybarrie says:

    This is truly a new level of stupidity. First off the reason we are close to not making the playoffs are the game we have recently lost. We have 4 points out of our last 6 games. Halak played in 4 of those games. So by your logic, if he had of played better we would have taken more points and be in a better position. So if fact your argument BLAMES HALAK for almost not making the playoffs.

    So did Bob Gainey call up JM and make him play Price last night???

    And if I read this correct, you are blaming Price for our injuries? Price got our players hurt? So when Camma got hurt Halak was in the goal. Are you saying Halak hurt Cammalleri? So Halak hurt Camma to help the team gel???

    Lastly, if JM is allowed to use Halak freely NOW, why is it Price has played more games this season????

    Change your screen name to nunabrains. Because you have the dumbest posts I have ever read.

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

  11. JD_ says:

    Pre Game

    A WTF happening for a WTF game. Everybody on RDS, and that includes Demers, was dressed to the nines. Every. Single. Dude. And I don’t even know what “dressed to the nines” means. I’ll have to ask Boone…or, yes, even Punkster. What the hell happened to Demers? Was he hijacked by one of those “You Dress Like You’re Homeless, So We’ll Fix It” reality shows? I’d suggest high-level kickbacks to pay for the tie, but he’s just a powerless senate appointee, y’all. The biggest bribe he ever sees is the cashier at the Parliament cafeteria not charging him for the extra pack o’ soda biscuits he takes for his soup.


    That’s our Tom. The Bomb. Plow the other team’s goalie, then look bewildered as the penalty is called. “What? What’d I do?” Ah, the memories. Poor Tommy. What crime did he commit to get relegated to fourth line duty with Mr. -29 himself, Rob “Paul Coffey Didn’t Know When To Quit, Either” Brind’Amour?

    The Habs have entered the Bizarro World. Used to be – i.e., way back at the beginning of the season – the Habs slept through the first period, then brought it for the second and third. Against Carolina, they kinda switched it up. Took their first-to-the-puck, short-passing, double-man-forecheck game, the one that had them totally dominating the first half, and pissed it away. Did Ward’s play lay that much negative mojo on them? You could almost sense a Canes collective “Hey, they want to be our b******!” mentality emerge early on in the third.

    No, but seriously. Carolina’s SOG were 2, 8, and 17 through three periods, respectively. I’m having difficulty – translation: I’m too lazy to check – recalling such overt capitulation by the Habs during a game this season.

    Speaking of high-level kickbacks. So, according to TSN’s John Lu, Kerry Fraser wore three ref jerseys last night, one for each period. The second was to be given to Scott Gomez – whazzat? – the third for a charity auction. The first? For PM Stephen Harper. In an ostensibly unrelated development, Fraser is scheduled to receive Canada’s coveted Order of Vidal Sassoon (OVA) this fall.

    Back to Tom. Tom intentionally ran Price at the beginning of the game. He knew exactly what he was doing. Didn’t bother Price. But, the idea was the right one. For all the Habs’ 35 SOG, which were evenly distributed across lines, suggesting the dominance was complete prior to the third period, we never really got into Ward’s face. I sincerely believe that would have made the difference. He was just about the least frustrated dude on the ice. That guy might win a Conn Smythe one day.

    The Halak/Price debate has finally concluded. Two-time Stanley Cup champion, three-time Hart Memorial Trophy recipient, winner of the Frank J. Selke trophy, the Lester B. Pearson Award, the Lionel Conacher Award, two-time member of the NHL First All-Star and Second All-Star teams, and resident TSN panel mouth-breathing dingbat, Bobby Clobber, said the Habs should sign Jaroslav Halak. Well, the Habs now have no choice but to sign Carey Price.

    Post Game

    As for Philly?: Crucify them.

    Crucify them.


  12. fuhgawz says:

    lol i came on to this site just to post the EXACT same thing !

    The Canadiens haven’t allowed more than 3 goals against since the Olympic break. The Canadiens have scored more than 2 goals in 4 of Carey Price’s 25 losses (OT and shootout included). A goalie with a .912 SA% and a 2.77 goals-against has 13 wins in 41 games. Marty Turco has 21 wins with a .913 SA% and a 2.74 gaa, Chris Mason has 27 wins with a .914. Marty Brodeur has 41 wins, with a .914. Jonas Hiller has a 2.76 gaa, and 29 wins. Nick Backstrom has a .903 SA% and a 2.70 gaa, and 26 wins.

    one that gets me the most Marty Brodeur 41 wins .914 — Price sure does blow hey?

  13. Harani says:

    From Eric Engel’s research:

    The Canadiens have scored more than 2 goals in 4 of Carey Price’s 25 losses (OT and shootout included).

    A goalie with a .912 SA% and a 2.77 goals-against has 13 wins in 41 games. Marty Turco has 21 wins with a .913 SA% and a 2.74 gaa, Chris Mason has 27 wins with a .914. Marty Brodeur has 41 wins, with a .914. Jonas Hiller has a 2.76 gaa, and 29 wins. Nick Backstrom has a .903 SA% and a 2.70 gaa, and 26 wins.

  14. Shublips says:

    The Habs are just NOT able to score 5-on-5. It is a horrible problem that has plagued this team for years. Last night the same trend continued and as a result the Habs made Ward look amazing. Don’t get me wrong, because Ward WAS amazing, but I just think that the Habs anemic offense tends to make goaltenders look even better than they are.

    Read my article about the game here:

  15. habbyone says:

    Does it really matter? They might win. They might loose. At this point who really cares. This team pisses me off to no end. Watching them play only makes me miserable.

  16. ManApart says:

    I’m not on Price at all for last night’s game. His play has been quite solid in 4 out of the 5 games he’s played since the Olympic break. However, To say there has been no difference between the 2, this year, is laughable. You never cease to amaze me with the selective stats you come up with to try to change reality. The Monster in Toronto has won 3 games when his team scored 2 or less goals. Pretty much every goaltender in the league has won a few games in that fashion. I guess there are no real differences between any of them then. Bottom line, Halak has way better numbers as a whole and the winning %s are a joke, when compared side by side, and they play for the same team. Some obscure, super specific stat, won’t change the fact that there is a significant difference between the two, this season. you’re just going to have to come to terms with that. And trying to call someone uninformed and ignorant because they don’t subscribe to your warped and confused perspective is pretty uninformed and ignorant in itself.

  17. joeybarrie says:

    Simple. Our team plays to the level of our opposition. We will play well in Philly, and i predict a win.

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

  18. nunacanadien says:

    The credit for building the team as a team goes to Halak.  When Cammy was hurt, the team gelled.  They gelled under Halak, not Price.  In fact Price has not really helped build the team, if anything, Price is the reason why we lost half the team last year, he lost so Gainey blamed the losses on the team solely but forgot to include Price.  Halak carried the team the year we got into the playoffs and Price destroyed the team by striking out 4 up and 4 down and it carried to the next year.  Now we have this year, and thank God Bob stepped aside early enough to allow Martin to use Halak freely.  Whether P.Gauthier interferes the way Gainey did, and forces Martin to use Price, it will again destroy the team. 

  19. Ron in Ottawa says:

    I am very worried about the habs making the playoffs. Not only do they look tired, confused and out of sinc, especially in their own end, they also have to deal with horrible coaching by JM. What will it take for him to call a time out and give our guys a break- and even a plan- in the last few minutes. He was a failure in Ottawa and in Florida and i think he will be a failure with the habs. In Ottawa he had some fantastic teams but he regularly got out coached by others.

  20. ManApart says:

    Oh and BG had nothing to do with it? C’mon, he’s the one that put this weak team together out of desperation, because his last team was equally as weak. He was also the one who hired JM in the first place. Thank God he’s gone, but how long will we have to deal with his mistakes, that’s the question?

  21. jimmy shaker says:

    I’m with you boss……we have to go 3-1-1 or 3-0-2…..I think to make it to the dance, and it starts with a big 4 point weekend coming up.  2 WINS and nothing less….4 POINTS….but for tonight…please go easy on us hockey ghosts, because the boys aren’t!


  22. KerryPrice says:

    I know Pk Subban is better than Roman frikken Hamerlik, the guy is brutal.. Markov plays like Patrick Traverse when Price is in goal, looked lazy as hell lastnight. The Kostittyzyns are made of porcilin.I Wouldn`t mind having Brandon Sutter on our team. If Pleks wants more than 4 million, let him walk.. Contract year, they all play good, then disappear when the contract is signed. Pleks was invisble last year, not to mention his last few games.

  23. Storm Man says:

    BINGO he is the one that draws up the game plan for the team, The game has passed him by we need a run and gun style of coach that is what the make up of this team is. 

  24. ManApart says:

    I’m not on Price at all, like some, but let’s face it, Halak is the one that has carried the team solely. Price has not been playing badly at all, but it is only because of Halak that the Habs have any chance at the playoffs. Let’s give credit where credit is due. I mean you can’t say Price has carried anything with a record of 13-20-5. What % of that record is Price’s fault is debateable, but certainly he cannot be given credit for “carrying’ the team.

  25. BJ says:

    I wonder how far behind Komisarek was?

  26. Le Jadester says:

    What’s the deal with SK 74 ?

    All I have heard is a lower body injury. I think he gave it another go in the 2nd for one shift, but that was it (almost scored too). Is the medical staff taking precautionary measures or is he really “effed” with another couple a weeks injury ? 

    Habs, OLE !

  27. deuce6 says:

    Don’t let the door hit ya..Bye..

  28. Jbird says:

    With the loss last night I become a big Panthers, Islanders, and Capitals fan for a night.  Run them all out of the buildings guys!  

  29. deuce6 says:

    You forgot soft…Just making a point about Martin’s system? Do they want or do they like hitting..

    Someone has to let them know you are allowed to hit the opposing players..

  30. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Whether we make it or not, that douche behind the bench must go. He ruined this team IMO.

  31. Storm Man says:

    Lmao Clark would be the first GM to go after Price, I have a funny feeling that Price will want out and we get stuck with Theodore oh sorry Halak and Prices wins a few cups and we will still not win one for the next 15 years. It is so sad that as some Habs fans thay toss a 22 year under the bus and we wonder why alot of top end players dont want to come here.

  32. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Fans that booed Price can KISS HIS ASS. They are nothing but LOW LIVES that just embarrass Montreal & its fans.

  33. forskis says:

    Mackenzie said to keep both and that PG should do whatever he can to find the money and do it and also because Price’s trade value is not as high as it could be.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  34. pmaraw says:

    i completely agree!  sign price to spite those fools.  seriously tho, I think both our goalies will end up with offer sheets and it will come down to where we can get the better return draft picks and whos offer sheet is higher, so on and so forth, i think a lot of it will be left out of habs managements hands, unless they get contracts done early

  35. habbyone says:

    A lot of problems with this team. Goaltending isn’t one of them. We need a legit #1 center. We need a leader in the dressing room and we sure as hell need a coach that has a friggen clue. I’m sick of this emotionless vampire.

  36. pmaraw says:

    @habsynth were you drunk last night? too much whiskey? all people wanted to do last night was NOT blame the loss on price and you proceed to call us all loser fanboys, you claim we cant make it in this world, trying to attack our identities, wallets and worst of all, our families.
    Well I for one believe if indeed you have “made it” in this world that almost anyone can make it in this world considering your level of immaturity and lack of respect. if you can keep a job, or run a business and maintain it than anyone can. altho I cant imagine you have much hair on your head the way you blow your top over people not wanting to blame price when it was obvious to everyone except a few including yourself that it was not his fault.

    this is not an april fools joke, but have a nice day everyone.

  37. SLONCOLD says:

    my thought of the day. Sign Price to a 4 year 3.25M/y deal.

    Did anyone listen to the TSN panel and how they all said they would keep halak over price?

  38. BJ says:

    Without the efforts of Price & Halak this season we would not be wondering if we have a chance to get into the playoffs but would we be in the bottom 3 teams of the league. In my estimation this is how far both goalies have carried the rest of the team.

  39. jimmy shaker says:

    Okay, here we go….Since the olympic break, both goalies aside from the ducks game and the oilers game have done a superb job.  Jaro doesn’t single handedly win games on his own (may have to have an exception on those games where he had 45+ save efforts to steal the game like it was posted many times on this site after the game)  He hasn’t had to do that of late, because the team D has been better, they have limited the shots, but to that it seems the offense has dried up with that change.  To Carey, I don’t think he LOSES games or is the main reason why we don’t win.  He’s played great of late, not so great in some of his starts throughout the year.  Jaro is pretty consistant all year, where Carey has not been as consistant as Jaro.  I think there is something in the air this year especially, last year as well that just hasn’t clicked for Carey.  Somehow nothing is going right for the kid.  I think when this season is over, he will come back even stronger mentally and the bounces of bad luck and just poor karma if whoever believes in that will be gone from this guy.  I like him and want him to succeed here in this city……but like I said, somehow this just isn’t his year, and in the same sense it has turned into Jaro’s year I feel.


  40. Ian Cobb says:

    I still think we have the horses to get the job done. The one thing that worries me is the way the head coach plays the lines and his defence.

    He burns his best players in the 1st and 2nd period and they simply have nothing left to give in the 3rd. Markov hardly left the ice and by the 3rd he was done like dinner.  He coached the same way in Ottawa and could never get to the next level.

    3rd and 4th lines only played a shift or two a period. He has coached this way for a while and it shows big time by the results lately.

    We can not pick on any one player or goal tender at all. It is the way the team is managed for the 60 min on the ice that is holding us back.!

  41. SLONCOLD says:

    Price had a good 3rd period but i’m noticing the puck bouncing off of him alot but all in all liked the way he looked in the game.

    This teams needs something to jump start the offense. BRING UP PK. I don’t think another 10 games in hamilton will help his development nor will playing 5 games with the habs stunt it.

    We gotta start scoring and if we don’t atlanta might just catch us.

  42. tdrmoss84 says:

    Heading to the Philly game again on Good Friday just like I did last time Montreal was in town.  I reside in the Lehigh Valley, and i’ve been to Montreal 4 times to witness a game….twice to the shrine on St Catherine’s St…It really bother’s me to hear the home fans booing a guy that has lately given us everything you can ask for…I will go to the game this friday and like always there will be the red white and blue in the upper tier cheering for the away team.  And that is how it should be…cheering not booing.  31 is not the problem….the defense is!  Where is Subban?  Our defense looks fragile and slow and the smurfs up front aren’t producing!  So please fans…UNITE!  Stop your jeering and let’s start cheering…GO HABS GO!

  43. pmaraw says:

    alan walsh just tweeted that jaro deserved better last night

  44. TheStinger says:

    I really don’t care who’s in net, it could be an upside down mop with a bucket for a head for all I care! If we don’t score goals we’re not going to bloody well win!!!

  45. TomNickle says:

    If you think the saves Ward made last night weren’t tough, you were the absent one my friend.  The score would’ve been 4-0 after the first without his performance.

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    Have a fun April Fools day!!

  47. Ian Cobb says:

    Hope I did not upset anyone! All in fun.

  48. deuce6 says:

    Did you not watch the game last night? The team came out in the 3rd and watched the Canes skate…

    Ward seen everything..Nobody was screening him, at all..He made the saves, but not many were tough..

  49. TomNickle says:

    That was my point and the team didn’t play like garbage.  We ran into a hot goalie, period.

  50. deuce6 says:

    Can we all just move on and accept the fact that we played like garbage and gave away 2 points last night?

    We have a great chance to win with both young tenders in there…Period

  51. Psycho29 says:

    The good news is Vladimir Malakhov is coming back to replace him….




  52. mrhabby says:

    lmao..nice one ian.

  53. TomNickle says:

    Before the Halak wins and Price loses crowd comes out in full effect, I’ve got something to share.

    Jaro Halak has won 2 games this season when the team scores 2 goals or less in front of him.

    Carey Price has won 3 games this season when the team scores 2 goals or less in front of him.

    That to me is a BIG indication that there is no real difference between the two this season.  For anyone to say that Jaro WINS games and Price LOSES games, is completely uninformed and ignorant.

  54. Chuck says:

    It isn’t?! Let me loo… hey!!!!!


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

  55. deuce6 says:

    Did you know gullible isn’t a word in the dictionary?

  56. Dave Stubbs says:

    Ian, you’re better than April Fool’s.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  57. Top Corner says:

    …dammit…..i was almost had….APRIL FOOLS IAN….

  58. Ian Cobb says:


    Bell Center staff report that after a meeting with Gauthier, Andree Markov clean out his locker and left the building in a huff, only thing he said was that he was heading back to Russia to morrow. Press conference is called for 1pm in Brossard.

  59. Ian Cobb says:

    We are on the emotional yo-yo string now!!

  60. deuce6 says:

    Our scorers simply don’t have the size to cause havoc in front of the net..Gio tries his ass off, but he is just pushed around..All of our top scorers are perimiter players..AK and Pouliot have decent size, but don’t want to get their nose dirty…

    In order to win games this late in the season when every team on the playoff bubble are gnawing and scratching to make the show, we have to score the dirty ones..We simply don’t want it bad enough..I bet Hailey Wickenheiser would even go to the net more than these softies..

  61. BJ says:

    Bobby Clarke probably paid them off on behalf of Holmgren to get a chance at a Leclair/Desjardins type robbery. Keep Price & Halak for another year.

  62. SLONCOLD says:

    i know some people might say 3.25 is alot per year but if you sign him to one year and he has a break out year after you’ll have to pay even more. this way you’ll have him signed until he’s set to become a UFA at 26.

    by the way i love halak (probably going to order a set of his brians zero G pads) but at the end of the day i really think the organization will go with price. from what we have seen this year either goalie can win and if it’s a draw they’ll stick with carey.


  63. forskis says:

    Like everyone else, I am disappointed in the loss and the way the team freaked out in the 3rd period.  Price did not lose this game and played well…but he did look nervous since it was his first home game in a while and he knew the crowd was going to get on him if he did not perform.  Like Price said after the game…if he plays well and loses, so be it, on to the next game.  Just wondering, does anyone else think that Pleks is tired or more injured than we think?  He has not looked that great lately…

    I am starting to have doubts that they can make the playoffs but the I still think they can, and they will not be 4 and out…if they play as well as they did for the first 40 minutes last night in Philly tomorrow, they will be fine for tomorrow night.  Besides, Carolina and Ward are one of those teams/goalies who have Montreal’s number like NJ and Brodeur.

    Also, it would be nice if our D gets out of the way of our goalies…Hammer slides into him and knocks the puck in and later in the game, they all decide to scrum and 6 guys fell on top of Price after he froze the puck.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  64. Jbird says:

    Not an expert on what is inside NHLers or Gm’s heads but I figure they see skills and $ as the same thing.  Why would a player like Dion get a big contract if his skills were not highly rated and valued?   But I get what you are saying.

  65. Jbird says:

    For Sure!  Clark exudes supreme credibility on picking top notch NHL Goaltending!!!

  66. deuce6 says:

    Did you know Mike Ribiero would be 5th on this team in terms of hits? Just a thought..

  67. Storm Man says:

    Hmmmm Im glad you like the contract I posted about how much to give Price a few days ago. Damn Im good

  68. Jbird says:

    Listening to Razor and Clark???  Child Please.

  69. SLONCOLD says:

    that was danegrous price could have been hurt under that pile….

    What pisses me off is carey gets run into all night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! our D does nothing to protect him and our 3rd/4th line do nothing to get in the face of ward. Crash him, take a penalty, habs are great at dumping the puck.

  70. smiler2729 says:

    Whatever, he’s a weasel.

  71. Jbird says:

    Dion Phaneuf voted most overrated player in a landside in poll done by his peers.  No contest

  72. smiler2729 says:

    It seems that the players voted to the Most Overrated list are all those that got massive stupid contracts. I’d like to know which they think are overrated skills-wise.

  73. pmaraw says:

    well he only really had 3 lines to play last night if you set aside mab and that sk74 got injured

  74. hab lifer says:

    it’s a guatanteed loss vs Philly, Buff, Carolina, and guaranteed habs don’t make the playoffs. I have $$$ riding on their opposition. go Philly!

  75. SLONCOLD says:

    lol in fairness clark also said they were both okay goalies and haven’t proved anything. but then again why would u want either of our goalies when u have goalies in the form of boucher and leighton lol

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