Surprise! Price starts vs. Toronto, Habs sign Swiss free-agent

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AUDIO from practice in TO: Carey Price | Michael Cammalleri | Jacques Martin

To no one’s surprise, Carey Price will get the start in goal Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs in both teams’ 82nd and final game of the regular season.

All other lineup decisions will be made tomorrow by head coach Jacques Martin, but speculation is that defenceman Hal Gill, who had a therapy day today, will get the night off. Forward Travis Moen, who sat out Thursday in Ottawa, also had a therapy day today.

The Canadiens will move up to sixth place to draw the No. 3-seeded Eastern team if the Buffalo Sabres lose in regulation tonight, or if the Habs win in Toronto.

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The Canadiens have signed free-agent forwrd Alain Berger, a native of Switzerland who plays junior hockey in the OHL.

The team announcement:

Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of free agent left winger Alain Berger to a three-year contract (2011-12 to 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Berger registered 52 points (29 goals and 23 assists) in 65 games this season with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Oshawa Generals. Fourteen of his goals were scored on the power play and one while shorthanded. He added 86 penalty minutes and displayed a +19 plus/minus differential. The 20-year old forward has registered five points (4 goals, 1 assist) thus far in six playoff contests.
In two complete seasons with the Generals, the 6’4″, 209 lbs forward, hailing from Burgdorf in Switzerland, totaled 85 points (48 goals, 37 assists) with 142 penalty minutes in 109 games.
Berger also played with Bern of the Swiss National League A and with the Neuchatel Young-Sprinters of the Swiss National League B, in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

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  2. gerrybell says:

    i wish everyone would stop complaining about how great other habs are doing this season. we all saw how good serg kost, grab and d’ag could be at times but the facts remain they didnt get it done when their time came.

    dont forget about intangibles like getting along with your teammates and management. i dont see how a player can flourish when he is in constant hot water like graboski and kostiyn. all three went to places where hockey is meaningless (nashville, st louis and toronto) and now there are no expectation or responsibilities but on these guys.

    on the other hand, we have gomez, and continue to play him all the time so maybe we are the stupid ones.

    g

    b

  3. Mr.Hazard says:

    I’m confused. Why isn’t this guy 5’10”, 185 lbs??

  4. captaink4life says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn: 23 goals, 27 assists, +11
    We all knew he had the talent but sometimes an attitude adjustment/change of scenery is necessary. I always liked SK74 because he’s a feisty player with an offensive upside. It’s too bad things didn’t work out for him with the Habs.

    In other news, Anaheim clinched a playoff spot tonight. This means that the state of CALIFORNIA has three teams in the NHL playoffs. Using my mental math skills, that is 1 more team than our entire country.

    Who woulda thunk it…..

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

    • chanchilla says:

      bet more than 50% of the players on those teams are canadian though. nationality in the nhl doesnt make sense.

      • observer says:

        Congratulations to Canada from Gary Bettman for Canada’s 20%(6 of 30) of the NHL’s teams – 33.3% of them (2 of 6) made the playoffs.

        As opposed to – 58.3% of USA’s teams(14 of 24) made the playoffs.

        USA #1

        That’s why you don’t deserve anymore teams in Canada!

    • observer says:

      Selanne scored 6 goals this week for Anaheim. 10 years ago Gauthier traded him away for as much as he got for S Kostitsyn and D’agostini combined – zilch!

  5. samTHEman says:

    A guy i know just told me he met price at boston pizza in candiac not too long ago. He asked him who he wanted to face in the playoffs and his reply was straight forward: “boston cause i F***’n hate em!”

    That’s the spirit Pricey!!!

    ~Kiss my ass Lucic!!!!

  6. Why would the league care if Edmonton beat Minnesota?

    • observer says:

      i was talking about refs disallowing goals and determining outcomes of games. i never before saw this until bettman ran this league. of course at any instant one of 2 refs can lose sight of puck for an instant and blow whistle. this is rubbish!

      a lot about bettmans league is garbage! since he started running it!

      maybe far over your head.

      • Or maybe you just have confirmation bias. Certainly nothing you’ve ever observed is over anyone else’s head.

        • observer says:

          i repeat i never saw anywhere near as many goals disallowed by a refs whistle. and ive been watching hockey a long long time. i am not talking replay – they are eliminating the replay by saying the whistle BLEW before BUT it never should ave been blown.

          this is EXACTLY what infuriated NFL fans when refs used to say whistle blew as down by contact SO it was not reviewable – nfl THEN WAS FORCED TO TAKE THIS POWER AWAY FROM THEIR REFS!

          BUT NOT in the bettman hockey league.

        • That’s simply because there are more referees on the ice now, it’s not a conspiracy.

        • observer says:

          2 REFS ON THE ICE MAKE IT EVEN MORE IMPERATIVE THAT ONE OF THEM WHO MAY HIS VIEW BLOCKED NOW IS NOT THE ONLY REF WHO MAY STILL SEE THE PUCK. Obviously as only one ref blew his whistle the other ref saw the puck and did not blow his.

          Either ref should not blow his whistle if he loses sight of the puck- he should blow his whistle ONLY when he sees it frozen. Games should be decided by players not refs. It is so hard to score, most games decided by a goal and you NOW LIKE NEVER EVER EVER EVER BEFORE IN THIS SPORT have refs routinely taking goals away from teams thereby deciding who wins the game.

          And 95% of hockey fans think Bettman is a crook but you think this is alright for refs to decide games? Well the next time they do it to Habs and they will you do not complain about Bettman money and his hockey rules!

        • Put down that bottle of vodka. Your problem is with the rule itself, not the commissioner. No conspiracy, just a bad rule with bad application by green refs.

  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    If we lose to the Leafs and the Sabres beat Columbus, we end up 7th and face Philly or Pittsburgh (who are tied now, but Philly has more wins).

    Pittsburgh are playing Atlanta, Philly the tough Isles.

    Pittsburgh have been winning consistently without Crosby and Malkin. Don’t ask me how.

    Of the Pens’ top 8 scorers on the season, 4 are gone (Crosby, Malkin, Goligoski and Cooke). Remember James Neal? 1 goal in 19 games as a Pen. Kovy has 2. And it’s not like MAF is tearing it up in goals.

    Philly are in trouble without Pronger and without an acceptable goalie. But they always beat us.

    I’ll take Pittsburgh please.

    • observer says:

      If at 1pm Boston loses in regulation to Ottawa, then they are locked into 3rd. Making what happens in Habs game and/or Sabres game the determining factor for both these teams first round opponent. I think Buffalo might want to play Boston?

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    We all know the Flyers are a superior team in terms of forwards and defence, far superior really. They’ve won six games since March 1st and they were a pre-season Cup favourite. Should Peter Laviolette be fired? If JM presided over a period where the Habs only won 6 of 19 we’d have actual crowds with torches/pitchforks outside the Bell Centre.

    I’m just saying.

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

  9. Rudy says:

    Boston has locked up 3rd place right? So whoever ends up in 6th will play Boston correct? (personally I don’t want to meet Boston or the Caps in the first round).


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