There was a little dusting of the white stuff last night in Montreal.

With lots more to come.

On the Lord’s day, let’s thank the heavens for hockey – an alternative to hibernation.

Today’s argument-starter: How about a Triple-G Geezer Line: Gomez, Gionta and … Bill Guerin?

Firepower fizzles – Pat Hickey

Quotes from the room

Arpon Basu’s game story from

Pierre Ladouceur’s analysis

Marc de Foy’s game story

• Damien Cox on the punchless Leafs

Video scout Jarred Friedman thinks Canadiens fans need a laugh today.




  1. Jbird says:

    You forgot the Biggest Dip S__T of all.  Mike Ribiero! Seriously, other than Halak, Streit and Koivu, that’s a pretty horrible team.  Moore would be nice – but Halpern baby!  Moves were made for good reason’s.


  2. ManApart says:

    I’m not joking. There is one easy solution to the PP mess. MAB. That man knows how to shoot from the point.

  3. Chuck says:

    True, but the problem is that his shot from the point isn’t generating scoring chances. If you’ve got a man advantage, it’s should be the point man’s job to get the puck into play in front of the net. From there, the shot can be deflected, or a rebound and secondary scoring chance created in close. Instead, it’s like he’s trying to score on every shot.

    Pk needs a few rules: Don’t take a shot that has a high percentage of being blocked. Don’t take a shot in which the goalie can see it all the way in. Keep pucks low so that they create rebounds. Look for alternate ways to get the puck down low. And don’t be predictable.

    Centre Hice: Check out the new training aid at Brossard.

  4. SlovakHab says:

    Tanguay – Koivu – Kovalev

    Latendresse – Grabovski – Ryder

    Higgins – Moore – D’Agostini

    Kostopoulos – Metropolit – Begin

    Sergei Kostitsyn

    - – – – – 

    Streit – Souray

    Rivet – Komisarek

    Dandenault – MAB


    - – – – – 

    Halak, Huet

    - – – – – 

    Coach: Carbonneau


    How’s this team?

    How many players do you miss and how many of them have not been replaced?

    Did I forget anyone?

  5. HardHabits says:

    There are two types of posters. One who adds to the debate and the other who is mostly laughable and always attempts to be provocative but is in reality merely offensive.

    One group talks about what happened. Analyses it, makes assessments, offers ideas about what could correct it. Always hoping the Habs prevail and/or improve.

    The other group has nothing to offer and always predicts the demise of the Habs (which hardly makes them fans), the operative word here being predict. It’s as if they are living in a dream-land world of make believe on one hand and in a world of self-loathing and negativity with a probable incapacity to socialize with other human beings on the other.

    I wonder what compells a person to come to a team’s fan board and just continuously post GARBAGE!!!!!!!

  6. Danno says:

    How many times did he break his stick on those shots. Are his sticks made from balsa wood?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  7. punkster says:

    Working with a consumate pro will calm him down. He’s like a jitterbug out there, constantly flashing his moves, changing direction, taking chances. We all love this in the kid and we’ll love it even more when he learns to harness the energy and bust those moves when it really counts.

  8. Lafrich says:

    He has hit at least 2-3 posts dead on on slappers from the point on the PP so far this year.

  9. adamkennelly says:

    I have my concerns about this team.  we have played weaker opponents.  our PP is terrible.  our 2nd line is doing nothing. 

    on the plus side – Price looks solid, PK is great, 1st line playing well.

    not sure how we stack up vs. the top teams in the East.

    I really hope PG goes out and gets a real top 6 winger with size to play w/ G&G – cause its a massive gaping hole that needs to be filled – plus it’d help the PP big time.


  10. SlovakHab says:

    Maybe what that line needs isn’t another speedy winger. Guerin could play with Crosby and wasn’t too shabby. His size, playoff experience and toughness could very well be what this team needs.


    On the one hand, many people complain that our top-6 is speedy, but not big or tough enough. Once we discuss this kind of player as a potential addition, people say – ok, this guy won’t keep up with our speed.

  11. Top Corner says:

    Remember kids , this Halloween

    DONT eat poison apples

    T’jat is all

    Go HABS Go !!!!!!!

  12. Lafrich says:

    So don’t watch.

  13. Chuck says:

    And Markov is just the guy to teach him. If Subban doesn’t learn to rope it in, Markov will just stop teeing up the puck for him.   :)

    Centre Hice: Check out the new training aid at Brossard.

  14. Curtis O Habs says:

      A dusting of white stuff in Montreal last night? Thats how Boone stays up late writing ‘ About Last Night’.

  15. punkster says:

    Yep, said it last night. Too many big telegraphed windup slappers going nowhere. He’s young. He’ll learn.

  16. Dintrox says:

    Chances are Danny won’t be suspended either. Cheap shot at the end of the game. Then he hides behind Carcillo and Pronger.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  17. Propwash says:

    Nope, you is wrooong foo!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  18. HardHabits says:

    Have a good day Antihabsfan.

  19. SlovakHab says:

    Happy Birthday to Tomas Plekanec, who’s 28 today!!

  20. habs4real says:

    I have a new name for the Gomez line.

    how about Gomez Gionta GARBAGE!!!!!!!   tjat’s what they are.

    Gomez is nothing more than a 4th liner , and a bad 1 at that.

    Gionta is way over paid for a 20 goal scorer.

    Cammalleri is way overpaid for a guy who misses so many great scoring chances (like breakaways)

    and Pouliot is not an NHL player. they should parade him as a marshmellow in a cookie.

    this team is a 1 line team only! ZERO secondary scoring.

    trouble is, PG had all off season to correct that, and did absolutely NOTHING! he’s to blame. nobody else.

    habs will finish in 10th place.

    don’t be fooled by their record. teams they’ve beaten: Ottawa(2) NYI(2) Buffalo, Phx.

    not exactly good teams, all bottom dwellers, nonplayoff teams.

    habs will struggle and lose to the good teams.

    by next Saturday, habs will have lost 3 games in a row.

    and then they start playing all the  good teams.

  21. Chuck says:

    One think that’s really bugging me is PK’s focus on slapshots from the point on the powerplay. It seems like a high number of them are either getting blocked, coming nowhere near the net, or hitting the goalie in the chest. It’s as though the coaching staff has told him that, come hell or high water, he’s to throw bombs from the point instead of picking his spots where it would be most effective.

    Centre Hice: Check out the new training aid at Brossard.

  22. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    His third season in the NHL, and a freakin’ lousy 21 goals in 73 games. You want to give up on a high draft pick who manages that low an output. The talk in the taverns was trade trade trade.

    They gave Lafleur time to work it out, and he did.

    Now, you can name a dozen guys where the ending wasn’t so pretty, but hey, having patience is part of building a team.

  23. nightmare_49 says:



       Fischler Report: Ex Hab Recchi aging gracefully …  New England Hockey Journal.

       I just enjoy the game. I love the game. I love being around the guys. I love everything about it. These guys keep me young.


       Whose Next: Aaron Portzline tweets: …..  #CBJ are 6-4-0, eighth place in the Western Conference, yet they haven’t put it all together in any game. Is this troubling or reassuring?



       The Blue Jackets have announced that Kristian Huselius has a high ankle sprain in addition to the severe bruise and tweaked knee he suffered in last Saturday’s game against Chicago. This sets his timetable for recovery back considerably – potentially up to six weeks if it’s a severe sprain.



  24. Chuck says:

    It wasn’t just 3 games in 4 nights; it was 4 in 6. And if the only game you lose is that 4th one, it’s partially understandable.

    Still, you’d like to see a stronger effort, but for the most part they looked like they were skating in a fog.

    Centre Hice: Check out the new training aid at Brossard.

  25. lavie says:

    That guy is too old to be added on the line.

    I couldn’t watch the game while traveling to Asia, but was not happy when turning on the BB.

  26. K-hab25 says:

    I think, he thinks, the Habs are in the same division as the blues, he’s happy whenever we lose and they win.

  27. Danno says:

    Payback’s a b!tch and what goes around comes around. Keep your head up Danny…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  28. habs_1993 says:

    I’m still thinking Pouliot on the GG line

  29. SlovakHab says:

    Guerin – Gomez – Gionta?

    Sounds good to me! Guerin would be useful on this team on any line!

  30. Psycho29 says:

    Did anyone else see Daniel “Braveheart” Briere’s swing to the head of Nielson last night?

    See how fast he runs after he does it…Of course Carcillo was on the ice at the time…


  31. Propwash says:

    So, if I’m not mistaken, you like it when the Habs lose…..right?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  32. Xtrahabsfan says:

     Here in the middle of Vancouver Island the day is turning out to be beautiful ….well I off to tear-off another roof in Paradise……How bout that Volcoun last night,awesome….And D Booth (spelling),two guy’s beat us ?Show’s what you can do if you try!

  33. 24 Cups says:

    I hear you, Ian.  I remember when Alex Delvecchio didn’t score for the first 30 games of the season. Once he did, it all fell into place.  Gionta will eventually hit paydirt.

  34. 24 Cups says:

    Mike/Dave – I appreciate the stat and schedule tabs being activated. 

    Just so you are aware, the stat page still has many of the players listed who were from last year’s team.  Metro, Laraque, Mara, Moore, SK etc

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    Steve we are playing great and entertaining hockey. Yes the puck is not going in right now but it will. As soon as we start making more plays in front, instead of trying to blast it through to the net.

  36. Keith says:

    Yeah it’s snowing here in Freddy Beach too, mind you just flurry’s but snow on Halloween reminds me of when I was a kid.

    I wasn’t totally surprised by the loss last night. Excuses or not, 3 games in four nights is never easy, but 4 wins out of 5 is pretty darn good imo. Gotta see the glass half-full instead of half-empty. The pp and G&G(and whoever plays with them) are my primary worries. On to Columbus! GO HABS GO!!!

  37. 24 Cups says:

    Guerin as a Hab is a non-starter for me.  Gionta and Guerin are both right wingers.  In Pittsburgh, Guerin played with two superstar centres, here he would be with Gomez.  The guy is forty and these days he’s a good step behind everyone – both his opponents and his linemates.   As well, if the Habs sign Guerin, then it means one of Darche, Boyd, Picard or O’Byrne will have to go.

    I find it kind of funny that people are talking about getting a player to spark the Gomez-Gionta duo.  Is that what’s it’s come to, that we have to bring in father time to help spark guys in their early 30’s?  Is this what we get for 13.3M a year?

  38. samTHEman says:

    Halpern 3G    4A    7Pts    +4. 3rd top scorer after AK and Plek. Tied with Cammy actually.

    What a surprise he’s been. Posting those numbers on a 3rd line. What’s even more impressive is he’s managed to do so with Lapierre on his wing the majority of the time, who has only 2 points. 4th in the league with 61.1% on face-off’s, according to Hindle. Props to this guy. Obviously won’t keep up the pace but great to see some secondary scoring.


    Gio and Gomez – 3pts each in 11GP. Nothing to say really. Gionta is leading the team in shots with 44. Just can’t bury one in. Yesterday’s open net….LOL…wow. Just unlucky. Can’t wait till he breaks the curse.


    Gomez – looks lost on the ice sometimes. I don’t think he’s playing as bad as people are making it seem. With Gio only potting 1 goal on a team-leading 44 shots, Gomez would have atleast 5-6 assists by now if the puck went in. Gomez has no control on Gionta’s finish except setting him up at the right time which he has done.


    PP – Markov and Subban on the 1st wave is fine but if that doesn’t work for the next few games, why not try Subban with Gorges? Gorges is prone to stay at the top of the blueline. Subban likes to drop and wind for the shot. I think it would be a better combo because Gorges is more likely to dish the puck out and Subban is more likely to shoot. Having Markov and Subban might cause some confusion. THen again, it’s only been 1 game that we’ve seen them together. 

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    What I like about Leblanc’s season? Twice he bagged the SO winner for the Juniors. Seems to be coming up big for his team at the right times. Can’t wait to see him at the WJC, hopefully along with Gallagher, that kid is tearing up the WHL.

    I eagerly await his Hamilton debut next season, or this one if he’s signed like Dumont was to play the AHL Playoffs if the Juniors playoffs end early and don’t make the Memorial Cup. His playing with Kristo in 2011 could be quite a show.


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

  40. ed lopaz says:

    when Louis was in grade 10, as a 15 year old, he was the best midget AAA player in Quebec.

    He was ready for the Q as a 15 year old.

    Instead, he was convinced to return to midget AAA, where he promptly broke record after record.

    Then he went to play a season in the USHL – instead of year 2 in the Q – and was rookie of the year; averaging a point per game in a league filled with 18, 19, year old top notch prospects.

    Instead of year 3 in the Q, he played a year at Harvard – and did quite well. – I believe he was rookie of the year again

    so this should be HIS 4TH year in major junior hockey.

    SF, if louis does not average AT LEAST 1.5 points per game, he will be very disappointed.

    20 points so far in 13 games seems about right.

    there are 16 year old defenceman in the league – he is only playing there so he can play 1 tournament for Canada’s under 20 this Christmas – a lifetime dream, no doubt.

    he would be perfect in Hamilton right now.

    I really like Eller, by the way – the talent is obvious – but what I really like is his work ethic, his maturity, and his drive.

    In the Q, a 1993 who will not be eligible until 2012, that I really like is Martin Frk. (Halifax)

    I’m following him quite closely.




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    I love the Habs, that does not mean I support the present Habs management.

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