Sid who?

The Penguins didn’t need the NHL’s best player to stomp your Montreal Canadiens last night.

Pittsburgh PP comes to life

• Dave Stubbs on the absence of Crosby

“As a team, we weren’t disciplined” – Jacques Martin

About last night …


• Pat Hickey on the valuable (and cheap) Mathieu Darche

Pierre Ladouceur’s game analysis

Dave Molinari’s story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sean Gordon‘s Globe and Mail story

Northeast Division midseason report: The Hockey News

Video scout Jarred Frieman found a cute one



  1. Bugs says:

    We lost to da Trashers Jan 2.

    Polygonically contained, I square off as

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  2. mike g says:

    If im Price, im preparing for the next meeting vs Bettmans Penguins. Thr guys in the room are all aware of the cheap gesture that Fleury pulled last night. Say what you want about it, it was an opportunity to mock our All-Star ON HOME ICE. So, the boys better pull off a win next time vs PIT, so then Price can get his payback; wearing fake big white buck teeth, and smile constantly during the post game interview…. Because thats Fleury’s trademark..

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

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  3. Bugs says:

    Just read Arpon Basu’s article. Claims my boy followed up a couple of his best games of the year with one of his worst and I totally disagree with that. He got called for a coupla penalties too many that may have directly led to the loss but that doesn’t mean he played bad. I think he played dang well actually, especially considerin our first goal was all him.

    Not to mention the glorious goal he scored. Too bad it didn’t count.

    About that slash penalty: Wasn’t just a little whack; it was a Myamoto Musashi overhead chop first of all, so I ain’t complainin about that. All was missin was a glittering Hanzo katana in his hand and a bandanna ’round his head (yeah, yeah, I know Musashi had the friggin wooden jodos or whatever; let’s not nitpick), ferpetessakes.

    Point is: defender gets pounced on, almost gets dismembered in half, and before he can even scream in pain, it’s roof-daddied behind his goaler. THAT’S how you get slashed, boy!

    The puck was ROOF-DADDIED AFORE the ref blew the whistle for the penalty! Think about that.

    Greatest slash penalty in the history of the club. My boy. Call me crazy, but I prefer a…rambuctious Poolio than an uninvolved one.

    …one of worst games of season…


    Polygonically contained, I square off as

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  4. joshua94k says:

    Well a loss after consecutive games isn’t the end of the world, especially since it is the 1st loss of 2011. Mike Cammalleri will be back in the line-up against the Rangers and Price will rebound after an average game.

    Here is a message to coach Jacques Martin. Have a talk with Benoit Pouloit about the unnecessary penalties he took last night. Take him aside and discuss it with him, or punish him by making him skate extra laps in practice, or fine him, but DO NOT reduce his ice time. Pouliot knows how to put the puck in the net.

    On a team that has not score many goals, we need all the help we can get. He has been playing great of late and we do not want to kill his momentum. Reducing his ice time or taking him off a line that has been playing great of late will not help the team. I saw the look on Pouliot’s face when he sat in the penalty box. He knows he should have had better judgement.

    Martin tried that (reducing ice time/benching)with Kostitsyn and it has not worked. He has tried it with Eller and it hasn’t worked, he tried it with Subban and it hasn’t worked either. He has to decide who are the players he wants to go to battle with and play them. Juggling the line-up has killed the team chemistry.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  5. derfab says:

    We don’t go to the net, they did. The refs, of course, didn’t help.

    There are penalties on every shift. You don’t call 6 in a row on one team unless you have an agenda. 

    Pens are an nhl tipping point, pet project benefitting big time from the fact that their franchise is crucial to the survival of the expansion franchises.

  6. F Bomb says:

    I’m sure we’re all pissed that they were moking the team but Pits came there to win.  I was told that Dan Byslma was in the Pits locker room showing the Pens Price’s pose and their game plan was to go out there and shove it down his throat.  They came right out crashing the net.  Did anyone else noticed the Pens celebrating beside Price’s crease in the first?  He did the mature thing and turn his back to skate away showing it didn’t bother him, but instead of Pouliot’s slash, trip and hook, I would have liked to see the old fashioned crash the net on Fleury and make it look like an accident as payback.  None the less, Habs responded with a goal.  

    Next step, NYR BIG game! 


    Kostitsyn can only go up from here.  He has been brutal.

    Cammalleri has to break out at some point.

    Anyone else see Moen crack the boards with his face?    


  7. volcano62 says:

    If I am not mistaken, we are still 2-1 over the Pens this season.

  8. F Bomb says:

    True dat – you can’t have the Pens crashing the net and mocking your team.  I think it was after the 5th goal when Gionta mixed it up in the crease and Gomez flew in to throw one at Orpik.  I would have liked to see more of that but when your up against Cooke, Rupp, Orpic vs. Moen, Halpern, Pyatt, (Mtls bottom line) we would get crushed.   

    Penalties killed them and the PK couldn’t save them – but looking at the positive, if they didn’t take the penalties, they were stride for stride with the Pens. 

    I would like to see them take SOME chances on offence, but it seems like every time they do, they get scored on. 

  9. adam76 says:

    My point is that Price is having an all star season thus far.

  10. JSP1990 says:

    Are you high? The only reason we aren’t at the bottom of the league is because of Price. I realize people like you don’t watch games, but man that’s an ignorant comment.

  11. J Haul says:

    Wow, this has become a league of softies and cry babies. “Whaaaa… Subban disrespected us…. Whaaa… Price disrespected us.” These teams need to grow the hell up.

    The cherry on top is Gomer-Pile-looking Fleury mimmicking Carey. What a great double standard put forward with that. “How dare you insult us by celebrating a win… oh yeah, well we’re gonna insult YOU!”. It reminds me of Flyers fans copying the “Ole”. Must be something wrong with the water in Pennsylvania.

    With all the nonsense talk of Price upsetting the “Hockey Gods”, it seems that they feel the “Gods” are only offended when a Canadiens player does something offensive. It’s ok for the golden boys of the league to do it.

    I guess what they say is true, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I love that these swelled head, entitled, big babies hate losing to our boys. We must be doing something right to get under their skin. Keep crying…. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  12. Displaced says:

    That was one time. 

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  13. volcano62 says:

    Auld is 3-2 1.74 GAA .941 (Price is .919)….whats your point?

  14. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Oh, yeah, I didn’t see that his post was in response to someone else’s until just now. Thanks for the heads up. I really need to avoid the message boards until after I’ve had my breakfast and a shower haha. 

  15. punkster says:



  16. adam76 says:

    Until Eller scores a goal and Tom comes back.

  17. adam76 says:

    Price is 21 and 15 with a gaa 2.38 – just fyi.

  18. punkster says:

    Funniest post of the day so far.


  19. HardHabits says:

    The same day that people realize that Auld is a starter.

  20. HardHabits says:

    Good essay. It shows you did your homework. ;-)

  21. shiram says:

    Uh when he plays like a backup goalie I guess? Which he hasnt, and I dont forsee him playing like a backup… so really what you said has no value.

  22. joeybarrie says:

    I guess around the same time he doesnt lead the league in wins…….. OOPS sorry, he is one win away…

    Wow, there are only 2 starting goalies in the league i guess. How are all the other teams dealing with it?

    What do you think?

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

  23. joeybarrie says:

    With a defensive system comes a lower production rate.

    Last night we saw a breakdown from our tired TOP 2 shut down defensive pair. When I was 24-25 I could go out drinking, and come home at 3am, and still have a productive day waking up at 8am.

    Now that im 34 I tend to wake up at the same 8am, even if I went to bed at 2am. And my day is a bit tougher. You can only do so much, and things take an effect.

    You are exactly right. 7 out of 10 is good, and honestly we should be happy we did that against good team without some key players.

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

  24. jimmy shaker says:

    The stats don’t lie and JM likes his stats….so in the end Auld will get the start and Price will play most likely Tuesday after Auld beats the Rangers and Flames.


  25. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Price again blew this one. When are people going to realize he is a backup goalie.

  26. joeybarrie says:

    The ‘all 10 of them’ were in brackets and over exaggeratted to show that I do not believe he did them. I didn’t see anything dirty about them and I was using a bit of sarcasm.

    Listening to the Pens announcers was pretty bad. Everytime he was involved with the play they were calling for a penalty like our fans do everytime someone of our team goes down. Everything he was doing was obviously too dirty for them.

    If he was white and really as dirty as they said he would be Theo Fleury.

    I really do not think a single person is saying he is dirty because he is black. I think they are saying he is dirty because he is cocky, aggressive and telented. He wont bow down to the nonsense being spewed at him for showing the proper respect for certain players in the league.

    You understand that the more he scores, the worse it gets right?

    What do we think about how Ovechkin plays? Dirty? or just too talented for us to bear not having him on our team. It goes both ways.

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

  27. Graves says:

    I think he was being sarcastic.

  28. patience is a virtue says:

    Mheh to all the moaners and groaners this morning.  I expect the dooms day crew to be out in full force.  Mheh to you.  Eat my rant:

    We played solid, dare I say exciting!, back and forth hockey for two periods.  Could have gone either way.  Anyone who says we were outplayed through two just wasn’t paying much attention.  We broke down at the end of the second, and were broken in the third by a tough opponent on a losing streak, hungry for revenge on Price and his posse/pose.  lol 

    Sure, it hurts to be missing Cam (no point talking about missing Markov and Gorges because we have to accept the new normal until next season); to parade to the box; to be playing two hard games in a row after a late flight out of snow bound NY.  Forget the excuses.

    We lost.  But we hope to win on Sat, and the rest of the month sees a string of winable games (Flames, Sabres, Sens, Ducks) before the pre-All Star Break Exam vs. the Flyers.  We have succeeded admirably through one of the most competative consecutive set of games the team will face this season (Jan 2-15, the next one comes Mar 5-18).  And that’s pretty impressive on the heels of a terrible slump and the loss of Gorges.  7 points out of 10, since coming out of that slump, against strong opponents.  One more big four pointer to go, vs. the Rangers!

    Boone’s ALN summed up his take on the Hab’s horse-short defensive system built around goal tending.  Mathman statistically disagreed, stating that unlike last season we are not so goalie dependent this year, just unlucky.  His evidence: we are out-possessing and outshooting most opponents on most nights, and the goals will come.

    I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.  Yes, JM has implemented a defensive system which plays to the teams strengths and weaknesses.  And, as habs001 points out here on a daily basis, these horse-short forwards are scoring just a little below their respective season averages.  We are not suddenly going to break out and become an offensive juggernaut.  But I do expect to see more production from here on in as our experienced vets gear up for the playoffs and the PP continues to improve thanks to The Wiz (awesome move PG).  I expect more goals to come, not only from Pleks, Cam, Gio, Gomez, and AK but also from young guns like Poo, Patches, PK, and Weber (DD, Eller?).   

    And that is probably the most important thing to recognize here.  With 5-7 promising players (Carey, PK, Poo, Patches, Eller, Weber?, DD?) ages 20-24, The Habs are becoming a young team with good balance, excellent speed, and even, dare I say, offensive punch up front and in the rear.

    Anyone looking for a perfect team that destroys half its opponents and beats most of the rest should look for a professional sport without a salary cap system.

    I am optimistic for this season’s Habs, and more so for the next few seasons to come. 

  29. joeybarrie says:

    We have no problem on D. We have Markov, PK, Wiz, and Gorges. Hopefully they will all be back next season. This is an EXCELLENT start. Add Gill and Spach and you have a really good set of players. Thats why our GA is so great this season.

    Our problems are on attack. We are missing the key to the puzzle. AK is a low producer and we are missing one on our top line. MaxPac has been a good addition, but we are missing that 6th 25+ goal scorer.

    Pleks and Gomez make the passes. Cammi and Gio score. AK and MaxPac are our weak links. MaxPac is young, AK is unmotivated. We have the grit line, and we have the forecheckers. We need someone else who can score. ON HIS OWN, STAMKOS STYLE.

    Besides we have Tinordi. Same thing and we do not have to trade for him.

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

  30. Trenton_Romulox says:

    You’re overvaluing Habs players in every single one of those trade scenarios, I think. 

    But I may be wrong. Regardless, I don’t think we should give away our captain, that sends a bad message to the rest of the team and Gionta is a hard worker who motivates those around him to work harder, he has some very valuable intangibles. And it’s still a bit too early to give up on AK. He started this year really well, and yes, he’s been pretty bad for a few months now, but he will likely come around. There has to be a way to get through to him. But maybe it’s just because I like him that I’m cutting him so much slack. As for Gomez, whatever, get rid of him. He’s expensive and not worth the money. 

  31. F Bomb says:

    I like where your going with Hammer and Spach…

    Pros: yes they are veterans, lots of experience, can log ice time in a defensive role

    Cons: Over the span of a season, they get out worked and look drained from logging alot of ice time and playing hard minutes. 

    In their defence, they were not expeced to be the top defensive pairing.  I believe they were brought here to provide leadership and mentor young talent.  Unfortunately, through injuries to Markov and Georges over the last year, JM has turned to them to carry the load.  They are doing so honorably, but to the best of their ability.  They cannot be counted on to be offensive powerhouses, but more of a supporting defensive pairing. 

    Montreal has never been an offensive powerhouse and relied on timely goals and their PP.  Markov out = a decrease in production and team speed as he provided excellent defense along with a great 1st pass and vision.  Georges has been a defensive dynamo.  Steady, strong on the puck and reliable. Plays hard minutes and with him in the lineup it allowed Hammer to play in a more offensive role – driving to the net and PP time.  With them out, Hammer moves to defensive roles, decrease in PP time (which is why we saw Weber on the PP so much last night) Hammer did not have enough in the tank to play hard D minutes and PP time. 

    Now Cammi is out and an already defensive team has turned to an even more defensive role.  Aside from PK and Pleks, we don’t have guys that can beat defenders one on one, and we don’t have guys who can crash the net and take up space.  Hence we play to the points and dump it in. 

    I think we are going to see alot more of what we saw last night throughout the rest of the season.  Low scoring games and hope Price can keep the opposition to < 2 goals. 

    Needs:  Cammi back, + another offensive forward.  (we wanted that before he went down)

    Also, another top 4 D man (which we got in Wiz) but with Markov and Georges down, another top 4 would be required to limit Weber’s minutes and use him as a rover to provide a spark. 

    Simply put, to aquire what we need to be a beast in the East, is not available or would require “selling the farm” and or trading young guys or top picks.  Now, with a healthly line up – send a 1st rounder and a prospect for Penner or Fisher or a player like that.  But doing it now does not guarantee any jump in standings. 

    Folks, we’re going to have to bite the bullet and work with what we’ve got.     

  32. W35T5ID3 says:


    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  33. W35T5ID3 says:

    YAH RIGHT …all 10 of ‘em?SHOW ME!Hes not that dirty.Never in his days as a junior or with the bulldogs do i remember this fella as the dirty type.I wish he’d just score a few beauty end to end a’la Orr-like goals and shut these idiots up that say hes a mouthpiece and dirty and etc.If  he was white,are people saying all this garbage aboout him.NO.

  34. Mattyleg says:

    Be respectful.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  35. Mattyleg says:

    I have no problem with you being negative about the team.

    There are two things to consider with regards to your post (two that I will consider, anyway):

    Firstly, we were not strong last year because we had a brand new team. Complete overhaul, and the players were unused to playing with each other. They also had to get used to the new system. Add all the injuries we had last year, and you get the kind of year we had. Once the injuries cleared up and the players were used to each other, we had the kind of playoff we had.

    Secondly, our d-men are not old, but they are getting more ice-time now that two of our main defencemen are out. Add to that the rookies, and you have players who are getting a lot more ice-time. Defencemen’s mistakes are always amplified because they are the second-to-last line before the goalie. I agree that they didn’t play great last night, but they are still solid, and our goals against isn’t that bad, and our shots against is nowhere near what it was last year.

    Just keep believin’.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. ed lopaz says:

    with the addition of the Wiz, we don`t need another puck moving d-man.

    but I agree that something needs to be done.

    Pens have Simon Despres – a 6`4 mobile d-man who we know well around here in Montreal.

    he was their last cut.

    he should be ready for the NHL very soon.

    played in the World Juniors.




  37. Displaced says:

    Or, Gionta for Byfuglein and a first.  Or Gomez for Yandle and a first.  Or AK for Doughty and a first (nah, Doughty is in a slump right now).

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  38. W35T5ID3 says:

    Thankyou.Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  39. joeybarrie says:

    I find it interesting that the Ref’s seem to be against us, yet none of PK’s slewfoots (you know all 10 of them) were considered ANYTHING by the same Ref’s who are apparently looking to keep us down.

    In the end our boys were tired and the Pens were tired of losing. We took alot of dumb penalties, and the replays showed that ALL of them were penalties.

    If the same Ref’s who are against us are in Bettmans pocket, why would they not call these so called dangerous slewfoots on the player that Bettman’s boy hates the most???

    We took 7 out of 10 points without 3 top players (for the most part). We were due for a bad game, and we had back to backs where we sat in NY all night.

    With our depleted team, we cannot do it all. Pitts is a very good team, even without Sid.

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

  40. Displaced says:

    Definitely.  Make the playoffs, ride a hot goaltender, and win a series or two.  Realistically, Buffalo, Florida, Toronto, Ottawa, NY and NJ are too far behind and most of them suck.  Which means we just have to stay ahead of Carolina to make it in. 

    Price is better than Ward, Cammi still owes us one major scoring streak and AK is due for a minor one.  That should put us over the top.  Following on your Pyatt/White theme, I like DD over Eller and Patches in general to add some scoring to the mix relative to the first half. 

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  41. W35T5ID3 says:

    LOL…too funny.

    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  42. W35T5ID3 says:

    LOL….. dude all i was saying was you go back to your ALL-STAR….the guy who’s been your 1st HALF MVP…..even after a mediocre game vs the pens.LOL….man chill out.Price is goin back in not Auld …..silly.

    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  43. Mattyleg says:

    Haven’t seen you post on here for quite a while. You might be interested to know that people don’t call each other names on here anymore. We leave that to the playground.

    Be respectful.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  44. Mattyleg says:

    Uhhh…. d’ya think?

    He and Gill are the best shutdown duo in the league.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  45. joeybarrie says:

    What about PK, Wiz and Markov? How many attacking D do you think we should get?

    Why would we trade our top scorer? Just because he is a little slow this season, he is still a 35 goal scorer.

    How would Pitts be able to do that trade and still be under the cap?

    Why would they trade for a sniper when they have a few players who can score?

    Why would we want to make out D smaller?

    We have a problem scoring goals, how would this help us, leaving us with 2 holes up front?

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

  46. Mattyleg says:

    I laughed last night when they said that Cammi had been on the ice for 20 minutes trying to prove that he can play, and they sent him home.

    That shows heart, and a willingness to play. Nobody can question Cammi’s desire to win, it’s just not coming off his stick the right way these days. One of those things. It’s like so many things; women, for instance: when you are single and desperate, they ignore you, then when you finally stop trying, and thinking so much about them, they come galloping in from all directions.

    This ‘he’s not happy here’ is bunkum. He had a great year last year, and I’m sure he’s not happy period. It’ll come.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  47. W35T5ID3 says:

    Oh his celly,yup i got it but he told me not to give it out to strangers….especially dogs that sniff coke.

    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  48. avatar_58 says:

    Can you translate? I only understand WAAAAHHHHHHH

  49. W35T5ID3 says:

    ….not a problem!

    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  50. Mattyleg says:

    More empty space next time, please.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  51. Mattyleg says:

    I can’t believe that the management missed that obvious trade.

    They must be blind. It’s pure genius.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  52. W35T5ID3 says:

    Hell no ……cammy is a potential …well hes a 40 goal man.And you want who?Goglioski?a 1st which would be in the late 20’s of the draft.LOL….what planet are you on and if you are smoking some exotic sh!t might i suggest puttin’ it down for a few minutes,eh?

    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  53. BJ says:

    Does Fleury remind anyone of a smiling version of the banjo player in Deliverance? Pick it up from the 2:25 mark


  54. Displaced says:

    We’ll have to ask him.  Do you have his cell number?

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  55. HabFanSince72 says:

    Shoulda traded Cammi for Goligoski plus a 1st, as I suggested last week.

     Pens go to the Stanley Cup finals meaning Philly or Boston don’t. We get cap space and a genuine attacking defenceman.

  56. Displaced says:

    Good stuff.  You and TommyB have a theme going today about past versus future.

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  57. shiram says:

    Pfft thats not true, he doesnt even have a mohawk.

  58. BJ says:

    We have no one to answer to Engelland. Have you seen this guy fight? Other than an occasional Moen fight we are for sure the least capable out of the 30 teams in that department. And yet we could certainly use at least one player that could answer the bell without having his bell rung, which will often times deflate the team.

  59. dh says:

    Spacek was good against the Rangers.  We miss Markov and Gorges.  Two top line defensemen.  This is the problem.  I think that it’s unrealistic to think we can replace them with callups from Hamilton.  Wiz seems to have been a good add but we likely need another. 

    Agree that Subban and Gill were good last night.  Weber, not so much.  Maybe more time for him and Wiz is a good idea. 

  60. ed lopaz says:

    well…we need to do something.

  61. F Bomb says:

    Great Avatar.

  62. jimmy shaker says:

    Are you done with your name calling you big man you… you feel better now!  Anyway, come back when you want to talk logic and what’s best for the team.  Price was off yesterday, Auld played very solid vs the rangers last game, has a winning record vs the rangers, he needs more starts to spell off Price, so it’s an easy call for JM and the rest of the logical posters here on the site.  But logic and candor are not friends of yours I can see.



  63. BJ says:

    Price did let in two soft ones that deflated the team. He did make some great saves but you can’t let in those “I should have had that goals”, they’ll kill you every time. Also hate Martin braking up line combos that work.

  64. W35T5ID3 says:

    OK,what??Your comment makes no sense,jumps around alot and is …..NOT MAKING SENSE.

    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  65. adam76 says:

    I never saw a “word up, G” pose on a defection goal – nor have you.


    Price was a brick wall in the first game – oh yes, those shots were UNSTOPPABLE.  


    Agree to disagree.

  66. W35T5ID3 says:

    Um,price goes back in numnuts.

    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  67. W35T5ID3 says:

    Being a UFA comes along once or maybe twice in a players career.Cammy having that option to go to laugh nation said no because he wanted to experience what it was like to be a Canadien.Im sure if the laughs made him an off it wasnt too far south of what he gets from the habs at 6 mil per.He chose montreal because he WANTS to play here.

    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  68. ed lopaz says:

    last season we finished 30th – last – 5 on 5.

    our team could not have been considered an elite team.

    during the playoffs, Halak played like he was Roy – a .960 save percentage in our 5 elimination games.

    we also got OUTSTANDING and out of the ordinary performances from Cammy and many others.

    this season started like last season ended – just sub Price`s name in the nets.

    Price was playing at an unsustainable level.

    Minus Markov and Gorges  we are in big trouble.

    I like the addition of The Wiz – that was a step in the right direction.

    I would consider bringing up White and dropping Pyatt.

    At least White can bang a few bodies out there and maybe add some spark.

    Pyatt is a penalty killing specialist that this team can no longer afford to keep.

    I do not think we can make the playoffs with this unit.

    I hope I`m wrong, because if we make the playoffs we can probably beat any team if Price gets freakin hot again.



  69. mike g says:

    You’ve never seen a celebration after a tap-in goal or deflection in OT?

    Well then, start watching alot of hockey.

    Price played very well and won the 1st game, and was a brick wall in the shootout. Didn’t make crazy saves, but he made them (and I can believe were judging the degree of difficulty. They’re Breakaways, for pete’s sake!!! 5 in a row!)

    Fleury had an easy night last night, and celebrated. Pretty cheap if you ask me.

    Please tell me when Fleury was tested and actually made a difference. Maybe 1 save off Gionta in the 2nd period off the faceoff.


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

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  70. jimmy shaker says:

    And your best PKer on the ice having an off night with 3 softies = weak PK and loss.  But you win as a team and lose as a team, wrap it up, throw it away and go back after it on Saturday night from coast to coast on CBC with Auld going back in vs the rangers.



  71. W35T5ID3 says:









    LOL…its not a ‘classic slew foot’ by pk….he sorta disguised it using his left knee….they were both going down together.What is it with everyone out to get PK and for that matter out to get this team?The refs are 7 outta 10 games against us.PK gets trashed in the media for being brash and cocky and dirty and i really see no CLEAR evidence of this.He is just trying to establish himself in this league.If he were white would he get nearly as much attention ?I think not! Clearly he is gonnna be a superstar player in a few years and the rest of the league knows this and wanna halt this young mans desire and passion for the game.He is who he is.Hes in your face and if the rangers got a friggin problem with that then they ought look no further that that loser AVERY who suits up for them every night.Nuff said.








    =fire everbody,hire scotty…..hello #25….missed ya.

  72. Mark C says:

    Wiz lead the team in ice time and Weber got over 17 minutes. With Markov and Gorges out, there is only so much JM can do to limit Hamrlik and Spacek’s ice time.   

  73. Displaced says:

    Must have started on HIO’s grassy knoll rumor mill, I haven’t read that anywhere but here. 

    I think Cammalleri likes Montreal, but would have gone to the Leafs if they offered him serious money.  This was his quote on July 1, 2009 after leaving a meeting with Toronto to sign with Montreal, “I came down with my agent and met with them,” Cammalleri confirmed. “I always loved the city and had a passion for the team here, too. It is what it is, and I didn’t end up in Toronto. That stuff will stay behind closed doors.”

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a martini around here?

  74. nunacanadien says:

    What am I saying?  I’m saying the Habs gotta stop signing these small players like Gomez and Gionta who cannot stand up for Carey Price when Carey Price basically insults the other team like he did the game before last night and its no wonder the Penguins came with a physical game.  Jordan Staal, Goglieski and Letang showed Price who Price really was; a young smart alec who can be put down.  As if the Habs didn’t learn that hard lesson with Subban.  Why do you think we traded Lapierre?  You can’t have insulting players on your team, it creates nothing but injuries, unless you are ready to fight back with size, which Montreal does not have.  If you talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk.

  75. Psycho29 says:

    Still love it….

    And if you took a troll, oops, I mean poll, the yeas would far outnumber the nays

  76. kakey says:

    Price’s was a spontaneous gesture to celebrate, while Fleury’s was a calculated gesture to denigrate. I prefer the one with more class relative to the other.

  77. adam76 says:

    So, how many of you are still loving that “word up” pose Price started last week?

  78. Top Corner says:

    Its on my desktop background and will remain there the rest of the season !!

    Loved it !!!!

  79. avatar_58 says:

    Me? Oh sorry I’m supposed to hate my team after losses. My bad

  80. havok says:

    I loved it! Still do! Fleury’s version looked like a White Boy tring to have rythm, Not like this!

  81. J Haul says:

    You summed it up perfectly.

  82. jimmy shaker says:

    What did Fleury do?  Stopped watching with 2 min to go.


  83. ManApart says:

    Great article by Hickey. Guys like Gomez, Cammy, AK46 could learn a thing or two from the men with heart, Darche and DD. Now we just have to dump Gainey and the overpaid, heartless players he brought in and this team will be back on track. I’ve been hearing those Cammy trade rumours second hand, and think it might not be a bad idea at all. Oh ya, Price now knows what “in your face”, to take a basketball term, feels like lol.

  84. thehabsfan29 says:

    if only our whole team played with the heart that Darche gorges and DD plays with every game we would be amazing.

    i would hate to see cammy get traded but if he doesnt want to play for montreal then trade him.


    the question is what would we get in return for him. habs also need to find someone to take AK46 and moen from us. maybe if we are lucky someone can take hammer spacek and gill off our hands also.


    cant be that lucky though….

  85. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cammalleri propels the Habs into the Conference Finals with a dozen goals in 14 games and now people are ready to start rumours and throw him out of town because the first half of his season has been a letdown.

    Gee I wonder why Montreal is such a hard sell to get free agents to come here or stay here with loyalty like that?


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  86. Storm Man says:

    “In your face” is something you understand very well from all of us on here. I hope one day Boone trades you for a Infinite card.


    “I have never failed at anything in my life so far… TripleX 12/23/2010 16:34pm”

  87. larisalapointe says:



    and my favourite…..


  88. jimmy shaker says:

    I guess the vogue came back on Price last night.  I didn’t like the celebration after the shootout that much and I guess the penguins didn’t either.  I’ll give Price a flyer on last night and spare the fingering pointing.  But Auld will be in there on Saturday night, that’s for sure.  Hopefully the rest of the day will be better after I just finished watching this game on the PVR.


  89. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Oh B.S. it would seem more like the ref didn’t like Price’s antics and decided to watch only one team. That was as poorly an officiated game as I have ever seen. Disgusting. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.



  90. adam76 says:

    I’m not against posing or showboating – but unless the player does something extraordinarily, he looks like a punk.

    I wasn’t against OVIE doing the stick on fire, his was a huge accomplishment. Price stopped a handful of mediocre shots in a shootout in Jan, no reason to pose.

    HE looked like a punk, and the Pens let him know it.  You win the cup or a playoff series, you can pose.  A reg season shootout win in Jan?  Show some respect.

    The last time Price did a pose in a shooutout (lighting bolt against tampa bay) – he lost 4 in a row.  Hope this trend doesn’t continue and he can bounce back Saturday.

  91. arcosenate says:

    We were probably never going to win that game anyway, the circumstances were certainly not in our favour. That’s not to say that the officiating stunk, because it did, at least two of the calls were ridiculous, and that seems to be a trend when it comes to the Habs in my opinion. I don’t think there’s a conspiracy but there might be a conspiracy here.

    So, we learn our lessons on the PK, hope to somehow score more than two goals per game at some point and move on.

    Rangers on Saturday, another huge game in a very long list of huge games to come…

  92. volcano62 says:

    “As a team, we weren’t disciplined”

    Wow what a genius we have as a coach.

  93. G-Man says:

    What’s he supposed to say? My players sucked sh!t tonight?

  94. adamkennelly says:

    funny I was about to say write the same thing….as a team we allowed Pit to impose their will on us, from start to finish…and that will happen when we play any teams with a smart coach…hard to the net, push our D back, keep our guys on the perimiter…aneamic PP and Price with a few softies and this team is done…too freakin soft…how many times did the whislte go with Cooke on top of Price and no one doing anything…and PK is honestly starting to get on my nerves…uses his legs a lot when “hitting” opponents and learn to fight already, its embarassing.



  95. Displaced says:

    JM is not a verbose guy, but that seems to be his catch phrase following every loss.  That, or, an obvious nod to a specific player being out of position on a certain play.  I respect coaches who can shoulder the blame occassionally, even if they are just taking one for the team.  You know, the guys who say, “We weren’t prepared for the nuance that [team X] used tonight and our staff will work to prepare the guys differently for the next game”. 

    I always respected managers who rolled up their sleves and worked with people to get the job done.  I even respected the ones who said WE failed, even they blasted us privately afterward for not getting the job done.  It’s the aloof ones that lose their peeps.

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a martini around here?

  96. ed lopaz says:

    Any player who refuses an offer to play in Montreal for the Habs is simply not worth having in the first place.

    “fan loyalty“ has killed the Leafs

  97. Displaced says:

    TommyB posted a few minutes ago on a different thread that “It is what it is today, with the Montreal Canadiens.  They are a product that seems to be desparately hanging on to their history, while not finding a way to be one of the dominant teams in the NHL today.”  Admittedly, his point was about management and not a specific player.  However, I think it applies to the team and its fans in general.  Our past is SO great that it’s easier to hang on to it then look at the realities of our current situation. 

    Cammalleri is a streaky scorer and that may be the streak of his career.  I’m NOT saying what has he done for me lately, but how long do we hold onto a player’s past accomplishments before we have a right to expect a certain level of consistent production? 

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a martini around here?

  98. topher5468 says:

    Im so sick of this BS on Prices’ “pose”, so efin what, the kid was happy he stoped all the shooters in the SO, he has struggled so much on that type of shot all year and was excited. How can that be offensive? Is it offensive when a player scores a goal and celebrates, No. I dont like the extrta stuff, but it was not offensive by any means, shooting the puck toward them would have been offensive but c’mon, they (Pens) just dont like us and they are the biggest bunch of babbies in the league, especially Cindy. Oh yea, their announcers are as bad as Jerk Off Edwards on NESN, Bob Errey and Steggerwald, horrible. 

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

  99. havok says:

    An ADULT paid MILLIONS to PLAY hockey finds it offensive when a goalie celebrates a save,wow..So much for it being a tough sport, I hope Price continues to celebrate…and if I didnt think Fleury was a loser before..get your own damn move LOL

  100. says:


    I didn’t see Fleury make any jaw dropping saves.  Or stop 5 in a row in an important shootout.

    4 PP goals against???  Give me a break.


    They Call Me Shane

  101. avatar_58 says:

    I know if *I* were Price I’d do it again next time, if only to start something. The pens are whining female parts.

  102. Psycho29 says:

    Nothing wrong with a goalie showing some emotion, it’s no different from a player jumping on the glass after scoring a goal 5 minutes into a game or two players (think of Colorado) doing a flashdance together after a goal.

    You just look for any excuse to bash Price…..this goes back to last year with your unfounded rumors about his off ice “activities”…

    Could it be you’re just upset because your real team The Blues got shelled last night???

  103. says:

    Any reply to adam76 is a waste of your personal time.

    ADam76 brings nothing to the boards.  He knows it, and will never be credible here.

    They Call Me Shane

  104. adam76 says:

    I always find it amazing you find time to post.  Between cutting out photographs of Price to stick over your bed, and sewing “Go Habs Go” into your jacket – it must be hard.


  105. Seps says:

    I dont know if anybody’s realized but we’ve only had 3 30-goal scorers and only one of those 30 goal scorers managed to average a point per game in the last 10 years and longer, we haven’t had a player wih over 35 goals since Recchi in the 1996-97 season, we haven’t had a 40 goal scorer since Damphousse in the 1993-94 season.  I don’t care who we give up as long as it’s not Price, Gorges, Subban, we need a 40-50 goal scorer to be an elite team in this league and to be a serious contender for the Cup.

  106. Displaced says:

    Yep. That’s g-d awful. In fairness there were only SEVEN – yes 7 – players who scored 40 goals last year.  Sid, Stamkos, Ovie, Marleau, Gabornik, Kovy, and Semin.  Getting one takes a LOT.  Sid, Stamkos and Ovie are staying where they are. 

    Some rumbles around HIO yesterday suggested Marleau might have to go if SF misses the playoffs.  Semin is a UFA and the bidding will be fierce.  The Devils (arguably) destroyed their team to get Kovy.  And you have to give Sather credit for winning the free agent derby to get Gabby (yes, some around here will use that as fodder to complain about the Gomez trade).

    How do we get one of these guys? Or the next level down: Heatley (probably won’t play for us), Parise (probably will be re-signed by the Devils or signed by a team willing to forfeit FOUR first round picks), Burrows (not going anywhere), Ryan, Kopitar, Backstrom, Nash, Carter,…. You have to get to 32 goals guys from Alberta (Iggy and Penner) to find guys that can reasonably be plied away.  But they didn’t quite make your 35 goal cut off last year.

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a martini around here?

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