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


  1. habsguy says:

    Nilans knuckles

  2. longtimehabsfan says:

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

  3. 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.


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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. munch17 says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. sholi2000.com says:

    Here ya Go Lover

    They Call Me Shane

  10. Say Ash says:

    This is impossible. It makes way too much sense.

  11. habsguy says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!!!!!

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

    Habs, OLE !

  14. 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.”

  15. 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.


  16. 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

  17. 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!!!

  18. 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

  19. 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.”

  20. ab-hab-nut says:

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


  21. 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. 


  22. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    yes. yes. yes.

  23. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Calm before the … win?

  24. kempie says:

    Quiet in here today. Calm before the …. ?

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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



  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. punkster says:

    Price? Not a chance.

    SK? Sincerely doubt it.

    OB? Damn well better be.

    Win? No question!


  32. 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!?

  33. 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.

  34. 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)

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