Setting the scene for Game 2

Trading places: Canadiens forward Mathieu Darche and goalie Carey Price have a little fun at Monday’s optional practice at Wachovia Center.
Pierre Obendrauf, Gazette

Don’t count ’em out – Stubbs

• Canadiens know they have to be better

• Zeroing in on the crease-crashers

• Hickey on Philly fans

Habs need to skate – Damien Cox

• La Presse’s Marc-Antoine Godin on Claude Giroux

Flyers Canada’s team? – Roy MacGregor

• Scott Burnside off-day video at ESPN

• Senators wanted Cammalleri

Backstrom gets 10-year deal


  1. Fansincebirth says:

    Watch enough RDS and you learn something :o)

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

  2. Say Ash says:

    Au contraire – you are clearly displaying your skill in the language of love.

  3. Fansincebirth says:

    Oh crap, now you’ve done it. You used my name and everyone on here will think I’m flirting with the enemy. :o)

    Funny, I don’t speak any French!

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

  4. 0-3To4-3 says:

    Thanks, Fansincebirth.  I actually do speak a little French, just not enough to comment at La Presse or Le Journal and definitely not enough to coach the Habs, bringing us back to our conversation from yesterday.  Assuming the Habs don’t win the Cup this year (I kind of have to), I wonder how long it will take them to drop the francophone requirement.  The closest equivalent that I could think of was England soccer/football.  They invented the game and they have insane pressure from both their fans and their media, but even they broke down and hired an Italian who didn’t speak English when they realized that he was the best coach available.  

  5. Bugs says:

    Hey, I keep telling everyone not to listen to me, but nobody listens.

    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:

  6. Bugs says:

    Let’s hope Cindy can bounce back from a punch in the face.

    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:

  7. Bugs says:

    Oh! Here we go. This is the article in question: NHL investigates performance-enhancing hugs.

    This one too. When Laraque was thinkin about joining the Afferblattenborg-Itterungblung-Klattenfrotzenberg (AIK) Stockholm Express.

    And this one: when an Outbreak of Poolio sidelined 5 Montreal Canadiens.

    Sure, we may have forgotten our “s”s here and there but I don’t see anything wrong with our credibility.

    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:

  8. 0-3To4-3 says:

    1- Agreed, Laviolette’s style sometimes leads these guys to ‘overpursue’ and they can be exposed with crisp outlet passes.

    2- Overrated, didn’t do much for Boston in G7 and, unless its 2 or 3 quick, bad ones, I’m not sure you’re going to get in Leighton’s head.  He’s playing with house money more than any player left in the playoffs and he knows that he’s got the absolute confidence of Laviolette after he stuck with him in G7.

    3- No doubt about it.  PP or no PP, there’s no way Coburn should have been on his feet, let alone taking two or three whacks at that puck.

    4- They’re certainly going to get their chances.  Little guys or not, they have to figure out a way to get into Leighton’s sight lines.

    5- Probably your best point and my biggest concern.  For me, Parent has been the worst Flyer of the playoffs.  Every time I see 77 (which somebody should really talk to him about changing) on the ice, I cringe.  

  9. Gormdog says:

    It’s an error. Not a grammatical one. Since you are a high level nit picker, figured I would show you we’re all fallible.

  10. Fansincebirth says:

    Overtime = Prolongation

    I like most of your assessment but I’m calling the Habs 4 – 2 in regulation, surviving a big push at the end and scoring an empty netter….

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

  11. pmaraw says:

    I feel game 1 was a blessing in disguise.  Some people on here posted before game 1 that we’d lose it, but win the next four…  I wouldnt go that far, but I sure hope they’re right.  I think the extra days off might still help us in the long run of this series.

  12. Bugs says:

    I didn’t know how else to say it. Agree that “factually” Laraque’s “Georges” takes an “s”.

    How should I have worded it?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  13. Bugs says:

    Pays to read the whole thing, mates.

    “In the span of 48 hours last July, Gainey performed the kind of makeover favoured on the design network, by trading for centre Gomez and then signing defencemen Hal Gill and Jaroslav Spacek and forwards Cammalleri and Gomez.”

    Sure, he meant Gionta (I see that now), but still…

    You know what? In this new context, THAT mistake isn’t as bad as not putting an “s” on “George” through a whole article.

    So I’ll take egg on my face, but for a different reason.

    Cuz he still wrote it and y’all didn’t see it.

    But he meant Gionta, awright.


    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  14. 0-3To4-3 says:

    How do you say overtime en francais?

    As much as I love the Orange and Black, I know that their MO all year has been inconsistency, sometimes from period to period.  That’s what I’m seeing tonight.  Montreal jumps out early, gets the legs moving, and bags a goal or two with Krajicek and Parent on the ice in the 1st.  As has been their tendency, the Flyers wake up in the second and fight their way back, maybe even taking the lead.  Stalemate in the 3rd and we end up with bonus hockey.  I’ll pick the Flyers to win, but won’t be too shocked or disappointed if the Habs pull this one out.

    I still think this is going all the way, Flyers in 7.

  15. Gormdog says:

    Don’t mix me up with other posters, thanks.


    All I said was that the misspelling of Georges was a factual error, not a grammatical one. I am not commenting on the similarities or dissimilarities between the two articles, I am merely pointing out, ironically enough, a factual error on your part about what consists of a grammatical error.


    Pretty nifty stuff if ya ask me,


    Clear ’nuff for ya?

  16. Bugs says:

    Ok, first of all, I’m assuming you’re correct that one of the articles, either written by me or the Bro, had no “s” at the end of “George”.

    So going with that, I don’t know if being uninformed about an “s” going at the end of the “George” is the same as being uninformed that Gainey did NOT sign Gomez.

    I’m also not sure that Habsbros has the same “professional” mandate as the journalist I’m calling out. 

    If you see “irony” there, you must see it everywhere. 

    My “credibility”??? Credibility?!?


    …credibility, he says…that’s good.

    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:

  17. Bugs says:

    I said “ok” on that matter, didn’t I? (debated myself on it actually on how to word it; but I think you know what I was saying)

    However, and this is the nub, Habsbros has a comments section.

    My overall “defense” is therefore impenetrable. Articles therein are NOT the same as those I accuse.


    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  18. mike g says:

    I’d rather break Briere’s right arm…

    That’s the one he does the windmill with everytime he scores. That goal celebration is so pee-wee, and it pisses me off. He can change it once in a while, you know?

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

  19. Gormdog says:

    Funny how fast Cinderella can turn into a huge stinking pumpkin.

    The sky is not falling, it was a bad game, take off your panic caps and break a sweat after game 2.

    The one thing this team has proven is that it deserves the benefit of the doubt.

  20. mike g says:

    Money talks, my friend.

    And homer-ism is a hard thing to fight.

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

  21. mike g says:

    The only way for small forwards to even have a chance at competing with big and strong guys, is to use speed constantly.

    You can’t have anyone flat-footed in the neutral zone like we had Sunday. You can have 5 guys infront of our net, because the counter attack will be so slow. You have to have one winger swinging from one side to the other, picking up speed, and then forcing the Philly defense to pivot too fast. Then they will either fall, or start skating frontwards towards their net, which leaves alot of room for a pass back to the trailor and a one-timer shot from the slot.

    It sounds complicated but it can be done. I saw the Thrashers this year make Philly’s big defenseman look like those giant trees in BC. Speed kills, and with Leighton in nets you don’t need 50 shots to score on him, especially from the slot.

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

  22. Jbird says:

    They can do this.  They can.  Philly is good though – they beat NJ in 5.  God I hate them.

  23. HFX-HabFan says:

    I think Bugs just read a little too quickly.  We all do it sometimes.  It’s when we don’t go back and double-check, and then comment on it, and then prove to be wrong, is when it makes us look stupid.  Today is that day for Bugs.

  24. TOEmastro says:

    Of COURSE he did.


    Gainey is that guy from New York, right?

  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    The article says:


    “Bob Gainey, who took a lot of heat for signing munchkins like Cammalleri
    and Brian Gionta and acquiring Scott Gomez.”


    Besides even if it had said he “signed” Gomez it would have   only been false on a technicality. Hardly worth getting all excited about.


    Superfluous as always, Bugs.


  26. ths says:

    Five ways to beat Philly:

    • Break Gagne’s foot again
    • Break Briere’s leg
    • Break Carters foot before he gets back
    • Pile Drive Richards into the ice in the warmup
    • Break Pronger’s leg

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  27. Gormdog says:

    One could argue that it is a FACT, and a well known one at that, that BGL has an “s” at the end of his first name. Misspelling a proper name is not at all a grammatical error.

    Jus’ sayin’, y’know, to be clear about everything, if we’re gonna get all specific and defensive, y’know.



  28. HFX-HabFan says:

    And yet, somehow, we’re always forced to hear about the Toronto sports teams first.  Remarkable, isn’t it?

  29. HFX-HabFan says:

    I’m just saying, for someone who was quite adamant about the preservation of all things French for the Canadiens, it surprised me that you would repeatedly slip up on the francophone spelling of the name of one of the few francophone players on the team in your “story”. 

    That’s when any of your existing credibility that I saw was shot; coincidentally, it was the last time I viewed that blog.

    Regardless, I saw the irony in you calling out a professional journalist and felt the need to point that out.  I hate factual errors too, and have occasionally pointed them out in comments sections, but what good does it do?  They rarely edit the story.  I prefer to take comfort in knowing that I know all the facts.

  30. mike g says:


    This year has been great for so many reasons, the Habs success being the cherry on top of a regular season that looked like a melted ice cream cone. But the Als and Impact, Montreal’s only other pro sport teams, were already crowed champs of their respective leagues. So we can honestly say this has been a great, if not spectacular year for sports in this city.

    What makes me want to write this though, is what makes it even better; Toronto and Boston have been horrible. The Leafs, Argos, and Blue Jays all suck. Actually, they are usually last in their sport. Then you have the usually strong sports teams of Boston. The Patriots struggled this year, no Superbowl. The Red Sox are not even close to the Yanks, yeah! And the Bruins had an up and down year, which finished with maybe one of the biggest downs of all-time.

    I’m sorry if I sound mean or anything, but I’m glad the 2 sports cities I hate the most suck right now. It’s great, it really is….

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

  31. Fansincebirth says:

    To me it looked like a father (Laviolette) telling his 12 yr old son (Carcillo) that he can’t go around hitting his younger, smaller brother and the expected pouting and ‘well, he started it’ from Carcillo.

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

  32. Bugs says:


    The series will not be decided by the outcome of Game 2.

    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:

  33. 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?


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  34. punkster says:

    Just how tall are you anyway?


  35. Bugs says:

    So Gainey DID sign Gomez?

    Oh, ok. Sorry.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  36. Bugs says:

    A) The comparison is weak, between grammatical mistakes and FACTUAL errors, but ok.

    B) Habsros has a comments section.

    Pot pushes kettle off the bridge.

    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:

  37. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    I always liked Asham when he was with the Habs, but I never tought he’d still be playing to this day and contributing the way he does.

  38. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    The series will be decided by the outcome of tonight’s game.

  39. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    Eulogy remembering the 2009-2010 Bruins;_ylt=AuL6piuu.B.fvuHvu8oVgc97vLYF?urn=nhl,241237


    ___________ Never date a Flyers fan even if she shaves her moustache!

  40. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Funny how some media types were saying how great the Red Wings scouting was for picking up Zetterberg and Datsyuk in the late rounds, but the Habs were lucky that Halak paned out for them being picked so late.

  41. HFX-HabFan says:

    Carcillo definitely had a pouting thing going on.  I guess he didn’t like that McCreary gave him an earful. 

    Ironically, the guy that intimidates me the most on that team is Aaron Asham.  He knows his job and does it well.  Imagine if we still had him, he would bring the perfect amount of jam to our fourth line!

  42. SLONCOLD says:

    should teh flyers win, it would be their sixth in a row. A task very hard to accomplish in the regular season, let alone in the post season.

    We need to make leighton move around. He’s not a very flexible or agile goalie… The only thing he has going for him is being 6’3. Time to pick some corners and show him the way back to the AHL.

  43. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Was it me, or was Carcillo crying on the bench after he took a penalty and Laviolette seemed to be consolling him. I wasn’t sure if it was sweat, but it was coming from his eyes. Anybody else notice? The big tough guy is a cry baby!

  44. aemarchand11 says:

    Habs in 6, Flyers are about to go on a 3 game losing streak.

    Thats what scum does, they lose.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  45. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I agree. NO Pouliot or MAB. I get heartburn everytime MAB attempts to stick handle the puck. I have no clue what happened to Pouliot. He came on our team and meshed well at first. Now for some unforeseen reason, he looks lost out there on the ice. What gives, Pouliot?

  46. HFX-HabFan says:

    Yeah, like that time the “Habsbros” blog kept referring to Georges Laraque as “George”.  Hate that.

    Pot, meet kettle.

  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    I didn’t see any errors in that article.

  48. kakey says:

    Which might be a good thing. Judging from the last 2 series, we all know how a over confident team will have difficulty with the underestimated Habs.

  49. Le Jadester says:

    Very good points.  I especially agree with points 1,4 and 5 and the footnote below on not sitting back to protect a lead.

    Habs, OLE !

  50. Bugs says:

    Ever notice how the articles that have GLARING errors in them never have a comments section? You can never post something like “The HELL you talkin about? Do you always make things up when you don’t know nuthin? Don’t you have an editor or a boss or someone who actually follows the ins and out of the game to proofread you? Jackazz!”

    You know, something nice and polite like that.

    Such as would be the case for the Cammy-Senator article that says Gainey signed Gomez.

    So Mr.Boone, maybe you could forward a polite little message like that to your “colleague” somehow?”

    ‘Preciate it.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  51. mike g says:

    If anyone else here has followed Philly all year, you and I both know this will not continue…

    The Flyers have been an up and down team all year. They win a few in a row, n then they drop some. Sure injuries were an issue just like they were with us, but that lineup is loaded with so much talent it’s insane. Even if you take 2 forwards out, they have guys more than capable of replacing them..

    All this to say, don’t be surprised if the Habs win tonight. Don’t be surprised if tomorrow on TSN, Ray Ferraro and McKenzie are choking on their words because the Flyers laid a goose-egg tonight. They did it all year, and that’s why most people thaught they were dead.

    If we play to 90% of our capacity, not 20% like Sunday, we will win tonight.

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

  52. nunacanadien says:

    I agree, when you have great superstars who are now superstars say they wished they had been drafted by the habs or signed by the habs, it makes me wonder, just what is Bob Gainey and his scouting staff doing?

  53. mike g says:

    You have to understand one thing about the draft; it’s 99% luck.

    Apart from the usual 2-3 immediate “superstar” players available (which go 1,2, and 3 overall), the rest are a giant gamble. Even a 4th or 5th pick overall doesn’t guarantee you anything. So many factors will depend on if or even when a player will be NHL ready. And even then, will that player play like a 4th or 5th overall pick? It’s really tough my friend….

    But just last week I was talking with my friend about the Red Wings. He was amazed at how their scouting staff was the best on the league. Well, listen to this; they have no pressure. For the past 20 years they’ve been in the top 5 of the league, so they never had to bank on one or 2 draft years to rebuild their team. They never needed to draft 4 “big, strong, centerman” in a draft because they needed that. Look at Datsyuk and Zetterberg, all late round picks. Why?, because they were the best players available at the time. So they picked them, not needing to pass on them because they need to fill roster spots immediately…

    Look how sucess pays dividens. Datsyuk and Zetterberg develloped into great players in the minors, so the Wings were able to let Fedorov and his big money walk and have those 2 youngsters in the lineup costing them league minimum. The Habs were forced to draft Fischer at the time because we needed Big defenseman, not another small player like Giroux, even though he’s very good.

    It’s all about situations, and for many teams it’s about drafting players that can fill immediate or future needs. But when you have no needs, you draft with no pressure and pick the best players regardless of their position.

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

  54. HFX-HabFan says:

    Oh, and if we could get that clown Carcillo to snap and lose it and do something suspension-worthy without seriously injuring one of our guys, that would be awesome.  That dude is a complete embarassment to hockey, almost, but not quite, in Sean Avery territory.

  55. kakey says:

    Just look at the list of players selected before PK Subban at the 2007 draft and you’ll see all the failures of every scouts of every NHL teams.

  56. HFX-HabFan says:

    Five ways to beat Philly:

    1- Quick transitions out of our end.  I suspect that this is the type of team that is prone to giving up a lot of odd-man rushes.  They are a bigger team so obviously they will win their share of puck battles in our end, but in the times where we win battles along the boards we need to come flying out of our zone with the puck.  We have to use the stretch pass in the second period with the long change, and catch their guys flat-footed.

    2- Get on the board early.  As much as Philly fans have a rep for being loud, the Wachovia Center was pretty dull for fans who have that rep and were watching a blowout.  Scoring early will shut them up, and get in Leighton’s head.  Dude just got a playoff shutout, so we need to bring his confidence level back down to earth.

    3- Clear the traffic in front.  We know Jaro isn’t exactly a battler for position in his crease, and the Philly forwards exposed that in the opener.  Our D (here is where we need O’Byrne back in) need to get their ugly butts out of the blue paint so Jaro can see the shots.  If he sees it, he stops it.  End of story.

    4- Better execution on the PP.  Our play with the man advantage seems to be getting worse as the playoffs go on.  I thought they were supposed to be dominant on the road.  Even if MAB sits, you still have Subban and Spacek’s bombs from the point.  Use it.  The back door play only works with Markov (sorry Hammer), so keep two guys at the top and look for the garbage goals (deflections, rebounds) from the guys who go to the net (usually our smallest guys, sad but true).

    5- Expose their third D pairing.  Unfortunately, because we crapped the bed in the opener, Philly had the luxury of tossing out more minutes to Parent and Krajicek.  There was a reason they were hidden from the Bruins; they are fringe NHLers and their +/- numbers in the regular season were ugly.  A closer game means less ice time for the third pairing, which in turn wears down the top four much more, which plays to our advantage the deeper this series goes.

    I think the first goal is a must for us tonight.  I’d love to see some offensive fireworks and a solid 5-2 win.  My biggest hope is that once we get the lead, we don’t sit back the rest of the way and wait for Jaro to bail us out.  Play to win, get the next one.  Don’t cling to a one goal lead and play not to lose.  We can do this!

  57. coachdoug says:

    Puck Daddy giving Hickey some news coverage…,241757

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  58. Rudy says:

    We have definitely become the underdogs in this series

  59. BJ says:


    Just finished reading an article posted above. It was on Giroux who was dreaming to be drafted by the Canadiens but several players before his selection his favorite team selected David Fischer. How do we lose all these guys? Are our scouts at any of these games?


  60. habbyone says:

    As much as I hate Philly they look pretty good. Whoever wins this series deserves to play for the Cup!! The Habs will have to play perfect hockey for 60 minutes each and every game if they want this series. If they can wear down the flyers they have a chance. The minute they stop skating and forcing the play they’re toast!

  61. Ian Cobb says:

    We are going to be alright tonight. It won’t be a cake walk, but we must play our game and not theirs.

    We are a speed team offensively with good finesse. Defensively we have to have all hands on deck in our end  to regain possession and helping Halak. It only works if everyone is on board and we play for each other as a unit.

    If we play our game at top speed, letting them have to take the penalties trying to slow us down, we will come out ahead for sure.

    I have no doubt that we will be coming home with a split. Even though they will keep us on the edge of our seats until the very end. They have not made it the easy way all year, tonight will be no different.

    Have fun watching!

  62. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Cheer on the entire team

    Regardless of how they do against the Flyers they have given us an amazing amount of entertainment for this this playoff season!

  63. nunacanadien says:

    Remember, cheer for Gomez and Gionta, these small smurfs need your cheers, even if it is a million miles away!  Cheer on Halak, Cheer on Cammy, but most of all cheer on Subhan.

  64. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Please JM

    No MAB tonight

    No Pouliot tonight

    Put in SK and OB

    No dumb undisciplined penalties tonight

    Halak will bounce back tonight…..not that CP would have faired any better on Sunday.

    Go Habs Go

    Bring back Roger Doucet ala Kate Smith for the National anthem on Thursday


    Habs in 6 or 7

  65. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    I expect a much better effort tonight from our boys and a split going home to Montreal.

    The Flyers were not really that impressive in game 1 we were just that bad.

    The boys need to be disiplined, stay away from stupid penalties, use our speed to try and wear down the philly defence and not get sucked into trying to play their game.


    ___________ Never date a Flyers fan even if she shaves her moustache!

  66. jimmy shaker says:

    – Halak coming back after a loss and a loss where he was pulled is magnificent in the next game!

    – The Habs making the adjustments and coming up with a way better effort!

    – O’Byrne draws in for Darche or Pouliot and MAB moves to the fourth line.

    – We basically suck on weekend games unless they are afternoon ones, so a W is within our grasp tonight on a school night!

    – Philly play with 4D…..Can we please take advantage of that!

    – And remember, we have to get outshot in order to win!  When we win the shot battle we lose, and when we lose the shot battle we win…..It is what it is my friends!

    Cheers for tonight!


  67. Caballero says:

    Anyhoo, let’s all get this straight, if you are a Habs fan living in Philly or going to see a game there you have to be very careful because the city of brotherly love is actually full of crazies. If you aren’t afraid of extremely foul language you can check out Bill Burr heckling a Philly crowd after they booed every comic off the stage at a show. In other news, let’s hope the Habs show up tonight. Sounds crazy but I wonder if after eliminating the Pens and Caps the Habs sort of thought that Philly was not as much of an offensive threat. They need to cover Briere and Gagne as they would Crosby and Ovechkin. I am certain that on some level they must have thought “finally a team that does not contain one of the top two players in the world”

  68. USA4Habs says:

    Sorry for the error…meant Hickey, not Stubbs article.

  69. HabsFanNorway says:

    Just some thoughts about our goalie situation. This is not taking sides or starting another endless discussion on who’s the best between Price and Halak. I just wanted to say that I am really happy we have these two guys on our team now. No matter who we put in or who gets pulled we have a chance to compete, not many teams have that kind of luxury.


    Now, to comment a bit on Halak and Price:

    Halak: The kind of determination and fighting spirit this guy shows is incredible. He is lightning quick and never gives up on the puck. He’s like Hasek when he’s scrabbling to get to the puck. This guy is one big reason why we are where we are right now!


    Price: Big talented guy who’s always been a winner. Now that he has had some things going against him the last couple of years you can see that he finds it difficult to handle. But don’t forget that this is a young man maturing on center stage. I have noticed big adjustments in his composure the last couple of months. By the end of the season and through the playoffs he is actually smiling, talking to the guys and being a better teammate than when he first was benched. Look at him now when he is jumping over the boards to greet Halak after a win, and compare it to 6 months ago. You can also look at the penalties he took against the Caps after getting scored on, they where stupid penalties and something you can’t do. Look at his reaction after the Flyers scored on him. Took the puck, a quick movement with his glove and through it hard right down on the ice. THAT is the kind of reaction you want to see! Not happy to get scored on and battling even if the game is out of hand. Also the situation when SK74 didn’t what to practice with the other scratches…GREAT!


    My point: I really like both of our goalies, but no one is bigger than the TEAM. I don’t care who of them stays, but I want us to keep the one that can help the team the most.


    So if no one can make Halak and Price into one goalie (how awesome would that be) for the next year I really hope we can find a way to keep both for one more year. This time Carey being the challenger and Jaro the main man. That way we can find out who wants it the more!


    Go Habs Go!

    Everyone from Sweden, Finland (swedish speaking), Norway, Denmark: Join the Facebook group “Montreal Canadiens Fan Club Scandinavia”!

  70. John Q Public says:

    The Journey continues……………

    Ola Homer.

    Go Habs Go !!!

    Go Habs Go !!!

    Go Habs Go !!!

    It’s not about believing it’s about Love man.

    Good Habs , Bad flyers.

    Go Habs Go !!!Go Habs Go !!!Go Habs Go !!!

  71. Chris says:

    Montreal Canadiens Assistant Kirk Muller Looks Like a Head Coach” – Darren Eliot (SI)

    I guess others are noting that Muller is looking like a head coach now. But before people get ideas that he might be replacing Martin down the road, note that all of the prominent assistant coaches of yesteryear mentioned by Eliot that have gone on to become good coaches – Ruff, Quenneville, McLellan – had to leave their original team for that head coaching job.

    Making the leap from player-friendly assistant coach to tough-love head coach on the same team is a very difficult transition, one that precious few coaches have pulled off successfully.

  72. coachdoug says:

    Chris…agree…look what happened to Carbo…I do think Muller is the reason for a lot of our success in the post-season.  I am sure when he speaks the guys listen…especially the young guys.  Now when he is the head and has to decide who sits and who doesn’t…that must be the hardest part of the job.

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  73. slamtherimtim says:

    thanks for staying positive Dave ,

  74. coachdoug says:

    Hope the Habs can refocus and get some of that confidence back tonight…Feel good about tonight and I think they will come back.  Counting on JM to throw a different look at the Flyers…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  75. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Excuse me. But, what was the point of the Roy MacGregor article? What a waste of 5 minutes of my life. Please “moderators”, no more articles that lead to Nowhere Land!

  76. Slovak says:

    Just short point – main headline in slovak paper – sport section:

    “Halák verí v úspech Montrealu”

    “Halak believes in success of Montreal”

    Truth is subjective, belief is the force and I believe in Montreal!

  77. USA4Habs says:

    I read Stubbs article about Philly fans and sadly must agree.  Last time my wife and I went to a Habs game in Philly we were threatened verbally and physically from start to finish.  Some lug-head in front of us told my wife to shut the f up when she cheered a Habs goal and then when I intervened tired to throw a punch….not at me….but at my wife.  Truly classless fans!

    Wish you could all hear Philly sports talk radio.  They are already talking about how the Flyers will match up against the Blackhawks.  The local news paper reported yesterday how the Habs were “cowaring” from the Flyers and how the Flyers will comtinue to “dominate and intimidate” them physically.  I hope the Habs rebound tonight, because this is really making me sick!

  78. coachdoug says:

    Flyers fans are the worse…this happended during the regular season…

    I will be up in Philly next week and would love to see a game, if the Habs haven’t beat them by then, but who wants to have to worry about fighting drunk @ssholes who never played a day of hockey in their lives and don’t know anything about the game…

    Bell Center fans are different…My 9 year old son and I went to a regular season game in October after a tournament in NY…Habs fan behind us was cussing like a sailor..I asked him to stop and he apologized immediately…I informed him he could cuss in french and that would be no problem and we were friends the rest of the night…Although I think my son figured out what “Tabarnac” means…

    Fans respect opposition fans at the Bell Center…no respect or decency in Philly…


    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  79. coachdoug says:

    Lol…Laviolette is a good french name…just needs some Rosetta Stone…I think JM has done a great job but I said after Carbo was gone Laviolette would be a good choice…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

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