Teeing up Game 3

Birthday-boy Leighton joins elite list – Stubbs

Adding O’Byrne would help – Hickey

Bell Centre buoys les boys

• Canadiens out to prove doubters wrong – Arpon Basu

Time is right to give Price a shot – Damien Cox

• Are they out of pixie dust?

French connection powers Flyers – Sean Gordon

“When, in the course of human events …” – Four Habs Fans

66 Comments

  1. Fansincebirth says:

    hey folks….I’m heading in to get my Habs tattoo finished off in about 1 hour but I want to sneak some ‘lucky charm’ for the boys….

    Thus far I have Dryden’s pretzel mask, Roy’s mask, Plante’s mask, portrait of Richard and Belliveau and the logos through the years.

    Just going in for background shading but if I ask him, he’ll add something for me.

    Thoughts?

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

  2. SLONCOLD says:

    guys what would you think of using Oby on the PP? just dump him infront of the net? Michael,” they call me Mr waivers” leighton siad he could see over our lil guys… so maybe like on the second unit to give it a try? If Buffy can do it in chicago, it could be something neat to try.

  3. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    but instead of helping create time and space he just weighs gio and gomer down. we need their offense. if anyone, put moore up there.

  4. munch17 says:

    Makes sense. Now pleeeeeeeeeeeze take Pyatt off second line -> I like the guy but………..

  5. Malreg says:

    Nice to see some Flyers’ fans have some perspective.

    There’s articles from Philly journalists talking about how they need to get Jeff Carter into a few games this series so that he’s in shape for the finals.

  6. joshua94k says:

    From CJAD:

    Canadiens coach Jacques Martin is finally making the move Habs fans have been waiting for…putting Ryan O’Byrne back on the blueline to get physical against the Flyers.   Benoit Pouliot is also back in the gameplan on the 3rd line with Moore and Lapierre, pushing Darche and Bergeron to the 4th line.  Sergei Kostitsyn is back in the ‘healthy scratch’ world.

  7. sholi2000.com says:

    Here ya Go Lover

    They Call Me Shane

  8. Say Ash says:

    This is impossible. It makes way too much sense.

  9. habsguy says:

    Ya dude,  halak really looked good the first 2 games…….and I’m a halak fan !!!!!

  10. 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.

    from RDS – confirmed, Pouiliot and O’byrne in Darche and little Tits are out.

    Dans le but de stimuler une meilleure production offensive de la part de ses attaquants, Jacques Martin a jonglé avec ses trios lors de l’entraînement matinal de l’équipe.

    Benoit Pouliot, laissé de côté lors du dernier match, s’entraînait sur la troisième ligne en compagnie de Dominic Moore et de Maxim Lapierre.

    Ryan O’Byrne effectuera également un retour au jeu. Jacques Martin a décidé d’employer sept défenseurs pour ce troisième affrontement. C’est donc dire que Mathieu Darche et Sergei Kostitsyn ne prendront pas part à la rencontre.

  11. Le Jadester says:

    From a Phlyers buddy who e-mailed me, I said the The Bell Center crowd was gonna be the determining factor in tonight’s habs victory……so he said :

    I’m soooooooooo glad to here someone actually giving your team a chance.  Some of your fans (Mirz included) are such doom and gloom fans.  Make no mistake about it, this series will have the home team win each game…even game 7.  But essentially, all you need to do is win your home games and steal game 7 to win the series.  I haven’t even come close to penciling us into the finals yet.  We stole game 2 and had no business winning that game.  We pulled a typical Habs game and just counter attacked and capitalized after being badly outplayed.  Look for Leighton to let in a series changing goal in the first period and a Hab victory of 4-1 tonight…I got it on pro-line…
     
    Enjoy!  If for some reason we steal this one though…start making tee times for your friend “the Mechanic” at the Royal Montreal next week…
     
    Let’s go, Flyers!!!!!!
    Kev.

    Thought I would share that with y’all, just for perspective.

    Habs, OLE !

  12. habsguy says:

    Nilans knuckles

  13. TripleX says:

     

    Looks like O’Byrne is in after all and Darche is out.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  14. BoomBoom says:

    I agree..blast away! If they block it chances are that they’ll be hobbling around in their zone basically making them half-a-man (similar to when a player loses his stick). Last game, Habs win the draw perfectly back to MAB and sends in a weak wrist shot. If he’s not going to use his slapper then don’t play him.

     

  15. Fansincebirth says:

    good lord no. Please don’t tell me JM can’t see we need O’B in there?!?!?!

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

  16. ab-hab-nut says:

    What is wrong with JM? Is he on some bad drugs? I mean c’mon, MAB was on waivers, no one wanted him, sure he filled in while we were short on D….but now when we need size and strength in front of Halak HE SITS O’B and inserts MAB again,,,,,I give up!!!

  17. Fansincebirth says:

    well, if you don’t want to trim the ‘stache and drive around in a white van (pedophile reference) then trim other areas, perhaps a nice heart shape and surprise your significant other! :o)

    All for the team!!!!

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

  18. TripleX says:

    So according to the practice lines.  NO O’BYRNE and SK is out and POULIOT is on the FOURTH LINE.  OMG JM!

     

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  19. ab-hab-nut says:

    What is wrong with our French connection?? Pouliot-Lapierre-Darche??

     

  20. jimmy shaker says:

    Does JM dare to bring out the lucky yellow tie tonight?  I think the only other 2 appearances it has made were for both game 7’s. 

    Shaker

  21. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    yes. yes. yes.

  22. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Calm before the … win?

  23. kempie says:

    Quiet in here today. Calm before the …. ?

  24. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Price would  be a huge mistake.

    1) If he does poorly, he is finished in Montreal as the fans will never let him live it down

    2) Its a slap in the face to Halak who is the reason we are here and that we even made in to the playoffs

    3) Price really enjoys watching the game from the bench he is good at it and seems confident in that role

    4) MAB, Please let this joke of a D, sit in the stands……..We don’t need his plus minus exposure right now nor his cough ups

    5) Pouliot…..time to use your size bro!

    6) Obryne…..can’t be worse then MAB and is actually much better then MAB.

     

    HABS IN 7 in spite of JM

  25. dufour says:

    I shaved the playoff beard into a dirty stache when the Habs were down 3-1 to washington. Seemed to bring them good luck. Should I do it again, now that the beard is back? However, I look like a pedophile with a mustache.

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” Jacques Plante

  26. SLONCOLD says:

    MAB, please take slap shots at phily players, you don’t even have to hit the net…. just fire away. people want to block you shot? give them a reason not to do it on the next shift

  27. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    I believe the Habs could win this series by making a few adjustments to the lineup. Here is how I like to see the lines. Habs will win tonight!!! Go Habs Go!!! Stay positive and be motivated for game 3. The 4th line should be the key “IF” the Kostitsyn’s were put together with 8 to 9 minutes of playing time? Dream line!!

    1st line – Pouliot – Plekanec – Cammarelli 

    Subban – O’Byrne

    2nd line – Gionta – Gomez – Moen

    Gill – Gorges

    3rd line – Lapierre – Moore – Pyatt

    Spacek – Hamrlik

    4th line SK74 – Metropolit – AK46

    MAB

    Halak

  28. TomNickle says:

    Saying somebody is misleading people with misinformation and then turning around and doing it yourself isn’t exactly the best way to make a point ;)

    I wasn’t aware that Price had put up a bunch of stinkers, or even one for that matter that would indicate he isn’t confident in net.

  29. Mr.Hazard says:

    Well, nothing, specifically. But Price is a different character than
    Halak, for better or for worse, a much more confident and aggressive
    figure in the net. He plays the puck more aggressively. He might take a
    swipe at a Flyer in his crease.

    Cox makes many good points, but some are misled. If Price is more confident in net (which I doubt), it hasn’t been working to his favour lately. And as for taking a swipe at a Flyer, do we really need one more liability? Sure, it’s not bad for him to defend his crease. But the Flyers PP has been deadly, and we don’t need Price taking unsportsmanlike penalties.

    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  30. punkster says:

    Price? Not a chance.

    SK? Sincerely doubt it.

    OB? Damn well better be.

    Win? No question!

    FEEL THE PRIDE!

  31. mark_13 says:

    Got to stick with Halak, he has a habit of bouncing back from a bad outing.  He does need help in front though, must get O’Byrne in there, don’t get why he wasn’t in there from the start!  Maybe this is where our lack of size finally counts against us!?

  32. TomNickle says:

    I don’t think putting Pleks on the point for the powerplay is an idea that Jacques Martin will entertain.  Other than Pleks not being comfortable in that role, there is another reason.  Faceoffs are pretty important.  Very important on the powerplay to get possession of the puck too.

  33. Bash says:

    Halak will be in all the way barring catastrophe…

    Sit MAB…use Pk and Pleks on the points for the PP…run the offense from point shot for Pk or one timer to Cammy…try Laps in front of the net.

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  34. longtimehabsfan says:

    The words “for right and liberty” were Roger Doucet’s own. 

  35. MontrealAtheist says:

    Let’s bring in OB, Price, SK (for more than 5 minutes) and find our winning ways once again, with the help of our beloved ghosts and the spirit of Bob Gainey … GO HABS GO !!!

  36. 4loorplay says:

    Price would be a good gamble…Halak is tired and price is well rested and is tall…he may have a better view against phillys big guys in front of him

  37. HabFanSince72 says:

    O’Byrne seems like a good move.

    Price – that would
    be a huge gamble.

    Sergei – may he never wear the CH again.

  38. terrygain says:

    Price? Are you mad? 

  39. secretdragonfly says:

    Thanks for putting things into perspective, Mr. Stubbs.  The sun did come up this morning and the boys are still playing.  All I expect is for them to play their best and let the chips fall where they may.  GO HABS GO!

  40. MontrealAtheist says:

    I’m not a big Price fan, but he does have a size advantage over Halak and besides, Halak has been less than stellar over the past two games and Price did not look any worse than him after Halak got yanked in game #1 after the 0-4.

  41. sholi2000.com says:

    Just beat these losers all ready.  Their Fans Suck, The Team Sucks, and they just plain suck.  I think I hate the Flyers more than the Leafs!

    They Call Me Shane

  42. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    Suckiest buncha sucks who have ever sucked!

  43. SLONCOLD says:

    philly fans r great. they did an awesome job with the ole song… we just hate them cause they go pretty nuts for their team. not much different from habs fans

  44. RockinRey says:

    Price? Not at this point- you dance with the gal that brung ya! The problem is tweaking the forecheck and keeping the Flyers to the periphery.

    Muller should tell Laps and Darche and Moen and anyone else who is willing to hit Pronger, that their task beside being responsible defensively is to get 2 hits a shift.

    NO one can take thta pounding. They don’t have to be huge hits, rub outs, finished checks etc. His proclivity to take retalitatory penalties may creat some momentum. Even rub outs slow guys down and tire a person out.  They have to make it tougher on their D and especially that big Galoot!

    They should stick with the 2-1-2 that the started the last game with and use the speed to create chances. Get Pouliot back in- too much invested in this guy, too early to give up on him and there is no one else. He has to battle throught this. Muller or one of the vets has to get in his face and kick his ass! He is no worse than Sergei!

    Go Habs go!

  45. RockinRey says:

    And you know what they even suck at that !

  46. 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.

    last game the habs played very well in the first period – they will come out flying again tonight!!

    we need a little luck, and while we’re taking the game to the flyers we need to take the early lead.

    if that happens, this series is back on track.

    leighton (and therefore the flers as a team) will not endure a barrage of pressure, and then, we will have re-taken the momentum.

    this is the winning scenario.

    its up to the coaching staff to figure out what tactics gives us the best chance to make this happen.

    oh ya – I almost forgot – Halak needs to stand on his head when the Flyers fight back. :-) :-)

    I don’t agree that the coach is somehow to blame for our 2 losses.

    I am NOT a fan of JM – but I believe that the team has rallied behind him and the coaches during this playoffs.

    when you manage to win 2 game 7’s against Washington and Pittsburgh, you deserve a little credit and the benefit of the doubt if you lose 2 games against a talented philadelphia team.

    Philly’s only weakness in Laighton. If Laighton plays well, they are very tough to beat 4 out of 7.

  47. TomNickle says:

    With all of the individual success stories of the playoffs for our habs, you touched on the most important thing that has led to the team’s success Ed.

    Scoring first.  Two completely different teams when we score first and when we give up the first goal.  Getting the first goal is huge for our Habs.

    Every big win has come when we’ve scored first and almost every loss has been attributed to a momentum sapping first goal by the opposition.

    I think the only games where the Habs scored first and lost were game 2 v. Caps and game 1 v. Pens.

     

  48. Aaron13 says:

    Look. We beat the Caps and Pens by “Hugging the Enemy”. Don’t give them space and time.

    We also need bodies in front of their net. We don’t need MAB (except on the PP) or Pouliot. We need the grinders and diggers as we did in the previous two series. PHI is a tough team and we have to be tougher.

    Yesterday, my wife presented me with a 2010 Stanley Cup Habs cap and a Habs windbreaker. I was so proud and happy. Hugged her and kissed her. Felt like a puppy-dog ready to pee all over the floor with excitement.

    I hope these items bring the Habs luck when I watch the game tonight.

  49. avatar_58 says:

    I got me a Subban t-shirt. :D

  50. jaymster790 says:

    Not too sure about that title, the last thing I want to think about is putting something on a tee.

  51. Fansincebirth says:

    I hope JM can get the guys to go to the net for rebounds and keep pushing for a goal until the ref blows the whistle. How many times have we seen our guys simply turn away from the net without digging? How many times have we seen other teams score goals that were covered by our goalies and still somehow found the back of the net? Let’s start giving Leighton something to think about when he’s in there. Let’s give him the crappiest birthday possible.

    Hitting…please, for the love of sweet little baby Jebus, hit, hit, hit and hit some more. We’re the pansies of the league at times. Pronger is tired and hurt so hit him PLEKS!!!

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

  52. 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.

    Was looking for the “key” matchups last saturday, guess the timing was off.

    maybe if we get the matchups today we can turn this freakin series around??

     

  53. TomNickle says:

    Haha…..Well I think Subban and Hamrlik have to be on the ice with the Briere line.

    P.K. is our only defenseman who can match Briere’s speed through the neutral zone and it’s been killing us.

    Richards has been a little too savvy for him to deal with down low but he would be able to control Briere physically.

    Stopping Briere eliminates their depth in scoring.  That team has been on his back for two weeks now.  Time for that to stop.

  54. 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.

    excellent – I feel better already – and I agree about matching Subban against briere’s speed.

    we are back on track!!!

     

  55. jimmy shaker says:

    Pouliot draws back in for SK74 and Darche sits as well for MAB as he moves up to the 4th line and O’Byrne draws back in for MAB on the D…

    Pouliot/Gomez/Gio…AK46/Pleks/Cammy…Pyatt/Moore/Lapierre…Moen/Metro/MAB

    Subban/Hammer….Gill/Gorges….Spacek/O’Byrne  (The D pairings are in no particular order and can be interchanged)

    Jaro as the tender

    Biggest game of the year and I expect a huge turnaround from the first two games. 

    MEMO to the boys:  GET OUTSHOT and the “W” is stamped!

    Cheers,

    Shaker

  56. TomNickle says:

    O’Byrne must get into the lineup tonight.  No choice.  If Halak is in the net, he needs another big body to protect the crease, that simple.

  57. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Personally for D I would rather have

    Spacek-Subban…Hamrlik-O’Byrne…Gill-Gorges

    I really like Spacek. I think his positioning has been great and his defense has been really solid since his return, but I do think he is being under-utilized. I think he should get some time on the PP too. As we saw in game 6 against Pitts, he has a pretty good shot. Pairing him with Subban would allow Subban to be more creative since Spacek is less of a defensive liability than Hamrlik. Plus we could call that pairing the SS.

    I think Hamrlik would play better with O’Byrne because it seems he struggles and fatigues quickly trying to clear people from the front of the net and fighting for the puck in the corners. A lot of times he gets frustrated against the bigger forwards and ends up committing a penalty. OB could do a lot of the dirty work for him.

  58. Fansincebirth says:

    Entertainment Ink was supposed to have a bunch of PK t-shirts in Monday but here I sit….naked and waiting :o)

    I do have a new Halak stop sign t-shirt I can wear for the game tonight….

    They have them in at their other store so I may need to pay them a visit…..and get a 3×5 flag while I’m at it to fly outside my home.

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

  59. jimmy shaker says:

    Tommy….your “If Halak is in the net” reference seems to me like your expecting Price tonight, am I right?

    I’d love to almost bet my house that Jaro will be the tender tonight, but my wife would probably not go for that!  But regardless of who’s in the crease, I think MAB gets moved up with Metro on the fourth line and O’Byrne draws in for some PK work and his bigger body to lean on the philly forwards a bit more!

    Shaker

  60. TomNickle says:

    I don’t think it’s a certainty that Jaro will be in net but that’s not what I meant.  Anytime Jaro is in the net he’s going to need big bodies protecting the house because he’s passive and plays the game from his knees.

    I won’t be shocked when I see the starting goaltender tonight, doesn’t matter which one it is.

  61. SLONCOLD says:

    don’t both of our goalies and like 99% of them play on their knees?

  62. TomNickle says:

    Yes but 5’10 or 5’11 goalies cover much less of the net from their knees than 6’3 goalies do.

    I was saying that if Price is in, O’Byrne doesn’t necessarily need to be, but with Halak, he does.

  63. SLONCOLD says:

    actually u would be surprised that once you get on your knees a 6’3” guys only cover like 1-2 inches more with his shoulders (halak is listed at 5’11” but i’m sure he’s more on the 5’10 side).

    Positioning is much more important than a few more inches of height. however i suppose if you’re bigger and just as quick you would have an advantage.

    I would put in obi for his physical pressence though regardless if he clears the crease.

  64. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    YES! Gorges and Gill is a no-brainer. Hamr and O’Byrne have played well together before. Those two pairs can play shutdown. Spatch gets to move to his natural side and with PK they can help stimulate the offense… which is what we need right now. With last change we can roll PK and Spacek with our top two lines so all 5 guys are trying to get the puck past Leighton…


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