That was the “easy” game?

And now the team that can’t win in the west goes on to Calgary and Vancouver.

Dave Stubbs’ game story

Quotes from the room

Quick Hits and About last night …

Arpon Basu’s game analysis and Pierre Ladouceur’s

159 Comments

  1. Timo says:

    I don’t now man… based on the last few games it looks like no matter where you sit it will be a waste of money. I say you will be better off in the warmth of your home on a nice couch with beer and chicken wings.

  2. W35T5ID3 says:

    ..Listen,Guy…but last i checked Gomez wasnt signed by our GM ….Sather and his NYR overspending summer bonanza’s is to account for this.You wouldnt be saying this if he had a salary of half of what he makes now.And i bet he’d play better too.Do u not think that he feels the pressure?The hefty Contract he has and the fact that peeps like u have to call him out on it every time he has a mediocre game?Listen ,the man has 2 cup rings….and he knows how to play hockey.if you subtract him from this team then that leaves a void.Hes a fast mofo who canh transport PUCK from our end to their end FAST.What…you gonna rely on guys like Halpern to do that ?Moen?|Eller??Gomez is a good player.Go to sleep please….goodnight.

  3. HabFanSince72 says:

    It hadn’t escaped our attention.

  4. W35T5ID3 says:

    You are all wrong…omg its not even funny….WTF u mean…theyve lost their drive?LOL…unreal….its called struggling…STRUGGLING……..bad breaks…injuries….etc…many factors play in to this.So would you be happier if Cammy were the CPT of the habs?Gomez as CPT?

    ….’sigh’….

  5. Hellfire_Habsfan says:

    Ottawa continues fire sale…. Elliot to Col for Andersson

    great and i’m going to the game tonight with a buddy of mine.. Bos 10 Sens 0…?

    Hope not, hopefully sens can pull the upset 

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    Go to the game.

     

  7. KenD29 says:

    2nd that notion.

     

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  8. W35T5ID3 says:

    naw dude….Bruins 12 -Sens 0…..

    ….thats more likely…

  9. KenD29 says:

    Hmmm so are you saying Price is at fault for the loss?!! Not the fact they were down to 4 D men, of which 1 (Hammy) is a veteran and the rest are rookies?!

    Or the fact the Habs forwards can not seem to score more than 1 goal?!!

    Yes Price let in a couple of softies, but do not think he is the “ONLY” reason for the loss!

     

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  10. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    I think Ottawa has the potential to win this trade. Anderson has shown he can be an elite goaltender. Of course, so did Pascal Leclaire….

  11. W35T5ID3 says:

    Gosh DArNiiit WHERE ARE U JASON DAWE ….DONNY AUDETTE….TURNER’SKATES in MUD’ STEVENSON…CRAIG DARBY….Where R You???!!Please you were SOOO much better than what we have now…..Please Oleg Petrov …please replace AK46 on the Gomez line….PLEASE….

     

     

     

     

    ….NOT.

  12. habfan53 says:

    WOAH!!! As our young goalie said CHILL.

    That fact that 5 defencemen were out and Camallari is out leads to the fact that last night we were devasted on the blue line and challanged up front with 4 or 5 forwards who started the season at the AHL level .

    That is what I was implying 

  13. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Jeez, to listen to you guys I may as well just go out and buy an Iginla jersey!

  14. adamg84 says:

    Sens win this one. If in the 2011-2012 season Anderson can bounce back and return to his 09-10 form then it’s an obvious steal for the Sens. Elloit can never be counted on as a starting goaltender nor can Leclaire either though.  Elloit may dissapeer of the face of the earth after this season…

  15. J_P says:

    Very curious trade for ottawa…trading a younger goalie who still has potential for a veteran who is UFA at seasons end without taking even a single draft pick back? seems odd. 

  16. habstrinifan says:

    I was with you until you said the hat trick part. When last has one of the Canadiens had a hat trick?

  17. Hellfire_Habsfan says:

    stupid move i think,  Andersson is A FA end of the year.. 

  18. mjames says:

    Enough with all this team analysis. The real reason why  we lost this game is because of AK46 . He was directly or indirectly responsible for all 4 of the Oilers goals. If he had not played we would have easily won this game. As a matter of fact Gomez would be having a career year if not for AK46. The same can be said for Pleks, Gionta and Cammy who would all be over 30 goals by now. Price’s GAA would be less than 2 if not for AK46. If PG were smart he would trade AK46 to Nashville for one of their pending UFA ( a Moen type player) . If he can’t get an UFA then maybe a 12th round draft choice.

    I am surprised Boone did not point to the real reason why we lost this game  —–AK46

     

     

    mjames

  19. J_P says:

    How do the sens win this one? Anderson is UFA at seasons end.  He could walk away for nothing.  At least Elliott is an RFA.  Ottawa now only has Lehner under contract next year (I guess they feel he is their goalie of the future).

    Makes more sense for colorado seeing as both anderson and budaj are UFA at seasons end, and elliott is RFA.  If Murray signs anderson to an extension, its pascal leclaire all over again as anderson is another injury-prone goaltender. 

    Kind of an odd and useless trade if you ask me…

  20. adamg84 says:

    So is Leclaire though…If they sign Anderson to say (2.5 Mil) and work in a jr backup they’re doing fine. With Leclaire being a UFA 3.8 Mil cap hit is coming off the books. Either way I hate the Sens, but still a decent move thuogh.

  21. habstrinifan says:

    Maybe this is why PG and JM and habs management have done nothing significantly important in taking this team out of its decades old mediocrity. Fans see hat tricks in players with scoring occurences as infrequent as comets, or believe that returning players have found their scoring touch while ‘skating on their own’ (weird even saying it) or believe that other teams have been lucky. Meanwhile almost every other teams finds their scoring touch once or twice and re-invigorate themselves while… well it is what it is folks.

     

  22. SmartDog says:

    Gomez, is that you?

  23. J_P says:

    Allow me to retort. 

    Without Carey Price, the habs are playing for a lottery pick, not a playoff spot.  Plain and simple. 

    And dont even bring up the “halak would have won that game argument”…He isn’t doing so hot down in st louis. 

  24. habstrinifan says:

    “If we pop a few early goals”. And that’s the rub. we need to pop a few early goals or a few more goals. We need teams to be aware that we can score. Sure we are hurt defensively and could use a seasoned defenseman… but the MAJOR problem with this team is WE CANT SCORE. Period! Look at the facts folks! We need to be able to score a goal or two on a more consistent basis, either to bounce back in a game or put away a game. And we NEED the coach to adjust his style a little to help do that. Yes we do also need a player or two up front.

  25. punkster says:

    I look at it this way. It’s like seeing your favorite musicians in concert. You buy all the recordings, listen to all the tracks, can hum all the melodies and even play some of the licks. But when you see them in concert you capture the essence of creation, those moments that will never, ever happen again and they live in your memory in a way very few others can quite experience.

    Go man. Go!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  26. avatar_58 says:

    Did anyone else catch Healey saying Gomez’ issue was playing with Eller and Moen “all season”. Did he miss the revolving door of AK46, Cammy, Gionta, Pouliot, etc?

  27. habstrinifan says:

    “but last i checked Gomez wasnt signed by our GM”. Bulletin PG bulletin! Gomez was not signed by our GM(you nor Gainey).  He is an interloper, Show him the door.

    What a totally ridiculous statement!

     

  28. JD_ says:

    The lights are much brighter there
    You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go to
    Cowtown, things’ll be great when you’re in
    Cowtown, no finer place for sure,
    Cowtown, everything’s waiting for you

    – Petula “Wendel” Clark

    Off to Trudeau International, destination Cowtown for some Sunday afternoon shinny.

    Have fun, please do keep my seat warm, and remember the three tenets:

    • Andrew Berkshire ain’t goin’.
    • When in doubt, blame Punkster.
    • It’s about the karma, man.

    Good times.

  29. Drive_For_25 says:

    Gomez was the best player on the ice last night…..for either team.

  30. AH says:

    Hey come on SD, leave Gomez alone! I was at the game last night and it was spectacular seeing him live flying up to the Oilers blueline and lose the puck, or pass it into someone’s shins.

     

    But the real highlight for me was when he went in all alone and completely missed the net, that ought to be worth at least 5 million of his salary! PFFFT!

  31. Kooch7800 says:

    I did hear that. I started swearing at the TV lol. Healy is a Moron

  32. theremster says:

    i see what youre saying. The only problem is, it makes no sense. You cannot blame multiple players and then say that gomez would be playing great if they werent around. the problem is Gomez. He’s the most unmotivated, scared of physical play, non backchecking foward the canadiens have. He knows he’s being payed alot, thats the only reason he isnt complaining though hes playing terrible. JM wont demote him to third line because he would then risk the chance of having a ridiculously high paid player not trying at all (though that may not be far off from what Mr.Gomez is doing now). The problem is not half of the Habs’ team, its obviously a player thinking he is worth more than he is.

  33. Kooch7800 says:

    We did have a young D core but what is our excuse for 1 goal?

  34. Chris F says:

    I have an idea. Do whatever is humanly possible to sign Webber from Nashville. Overpay, term, whatever it take. You couldn’t hand pick a player more needed by an organization. Let Markov, Hammer, Gill go, Sign Gorges, keep Weber, PK, Wizz, maybe Gill if he’ll sign for alot less. Give Markov’s money to Shae Webber, pay him 7 million a year if you have to. All of a sudden, we have one of the top three d men in the league for the next 6-8 years. It will completely change our team.

    Just like Boston did for Chara. You build around Shae Webber. Do it. Don’t sell the boat this year, we are not good enough anyway. Yup, that’s what we have to do.

  35. Storm Man says:

    What should you do? The weather is going to be great 41,000 plus at the game you can’t find one person on here that would not go if they had tickets(Im going and so can’t wait even after watching them in deadmonton last night:( ) I feel the players were thinking ahead to the Sunday game and will play alot better…. I hope:).

  36. Say Ash says:

    Was it me or did they confuse Patches and Pouliot a couple of times, too?

  37. joeybarrie says:

    Why so rough on AK???? Its not like he missed an open net last night to put us ahead…

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

  38. habs001 says:

    the only forward injured is camm and was struggling before his injury…i think with the d injuries we will have to score 4-5 goals in calgary and vancouver to win…sadly only the devils,blues,oilers,senators have fewer road points than we do…what has brought us to where we are in the standing is solid goaltending,great pk and timely goal scoring and gritty effort…our  individual talent level is not even much higher than the teams who are 20th and lower in the standings…it is team play and chemistry that has put us where we are in the standings…there are at least 14 players on the roster than in talent are about the same as 14 players on every team in the nhl…

  39. avatar_58 says:

    Thats ok I do it too. It’s because Patches tucks his jersey, covering the 6 and making it look like a 5.

  40. AH says:

    Yup…and when you treat a player who is clearly giving you very, little night in and night out, with kid gloves like JM is doing with Nomez , it also breeds an sense of “entitlement” in that player and that can even be worse to try and get rid of. 

  41. dh says:

    I heard him but ignored it with the rest of what he says.  It was actually pretty annoying last night.  Healy says something stupid, switch to RDS.  Brunet says something annoying, switch back.  You’d think that we could get some commentators that could do a play by play without being idiots.

  42. adamg84 says:

    I like where your heads at. Keep in mind too that Tinordi is maybe 2.5 to 3 years away from being a solid NHL d man, thus making us a force.  I enjoy dreams.

  43. punkster says:

    I willingly accept blame.

    Enjoy!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  44. AH says:

    W35…got to tell you, I saw a guy at the game last night wearing an Oleg Petrov jersey…I had to do a double take!

  45. habfan53 says:

    What do expect from Healy. The biggest blowhard on ANY broadcast. He was a fair goalie and is a lousy analyst.

    Just looked at his stats he was a lousy goalie and is a lousy analyst

  46. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Thanks for the comment below. You too JD.  Just bought two tickets, taking the old man — a Park Ex man who gave me my love for the Habs.  Can’t believe I was even debating this one. 

  47. Malreg says:

    It’ll cost 4 1st round draft picks to sign Weber to the type of money it would take for Nashville to MAYBE not match.  No thanks.

    Your comparison to Chara isn’t valid, since Chara was a free agent and didn’t cost Boston anything.  I would love to Weber, but it just won’t happen. 

  48. punkster says:

    And taking your Dad…man, that’s the way to do it right. Have a great time.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  49. Top Corner says:

    Have a blast      REPRESENT !!!!!

  50. king ddd says:

    itisyn last year game 2 vs caps

    ** Buck Fruins **

  51. AH says:

    System Timo???, we don’t need no frickin’ system! Not when we have all our “speed” and “puck possesion” to get us through..oh wait isn’t that supposed to be the system???, I’m not sure anymore…

  52. AH says:

    I was at the game last night…after that crap performance by the Habs, and all their “injuries”, they could really get bombed on Sunday, so IMO if your seats were great I’d go, but because they’re in the boonies, I’d pass.

  53. Batalla says:

    I was at that game last night.  It could have gone either way, but you could tell that the team was gassed near the end and mistakes were coming.  A couple of things struck me:

    • Gomez “cared” last night, but he was grossly predictable.  He always looks for a pass and the Oilers (and probably every other team, really) knew it.  He was largely ineffective as a result.
    • There might be something wrong with AK46’s flex on his stick.  How can he miss the net that much?
    • Hamrlik has taken some flak for bad play and such this year, but I feel he has been pretty solid considering his age and situation (the ToI).  But he was aweful last night.  There were some nasty giveaways right in front of me that I couldn’t believe.  Honestly, a backhand no-look pass into the slot of your own zone?  Wow.  If Coach Marty could have afforded it, he would have benched him.
    Fact:  Did you know that had Hamrlik been out, the average age of the Oilers defense would have been older than that of the Habs?
    Fact:  Did you know that the Oilers are the only NHL team not to have scored a 5-on-3 goal this year?  At least we can say we kept that streak alive!

    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  54. RJB says:

    In an effort to cheer everybody up, Radiohead’s new album is now up for download off of their website. listen to it and be in awe!!!

    You are welcome

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” – Bilbo Baggins

  55. habfan53 says:

    Will someone please remind me why JM split up Halpern, Pouliot and Darche. ?? They worked hard as a unit gave the other teams fits with their energy AND scored a few goals!!!!!!.

    I have stayed out of the Scott Gomez debate all year but it is time to sit him down for a couple of games like Gainey did to Kovalev 2 years ago.

    I don’t expect him to score a ton of goals heck he only averages 14 a year and he is on pace for 10-11. His assists are down as well but he is not on the first line BUT if he does’nt score then he has to contribute defensively and his +/- is at a carrer worst of -18 on pace for a -24 . Michael Ryder was booed out of town for roughly the same numbers .

     

     

  56. sholi2000.com says:

    lol, Bulis.  That was against the Flyers right?  or was that Bure?

     

    They Call Me Shane

  57. StevieRay says:

    I agree .. never could figure how Healy showed up on HNIC …old boy’s club I suppose …his glass is always 1/2 empty ….plus why does he have to yell some much ?

  58. shiram says:

    Pouliot has more offence, and so he was moved to the third line, and he’s been doing great with DD, why change it now? DD is definately more “scoring” oriented than Halpern, so it makes sense to have him with DD. And White can fill the role of Darche too.

    Gomez showed some flashes of what he can last night, but consistency is still the issue. I thought his pairing with AK/Moen signaled his fall to the third line as well, but last night JM kinda messed that idea up.

  59. habs001 says:

    we are only 2 points behind the bruins yet  as a team the habs are a plus 4 while the bruins are a plus 39…again at the beginning of the season someone said team x after 58 games will be around 24th in goals scored and have only 4 teams with fewer road points than they do ..please predict where this team is in the standings…most people would say a lottery pick team…so there is something this team has that goes beyond stats as i have no doubt that there is no other team in the history in the nhl that is this low in goal scoring and road record after 58 games that would be not way out of the playoffs by now

  60. flanman says:

    He also said on Twitter that Wiz will not play on Sunday, and *could* miss 4 weeks.

  61. gohabsgo25 says:

    habs practice 2:45 pm at the saddledome

  62. RJB says:

    Wiz wont practice today, wont play sunday according to Mr. Lavoie

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” – Bilbo Baggins

  63. savethepuck says:

    I thought Gomez had a great game last night. So did AK

  64. avatar_58 says:

    What do you mean? By his account “the book is out on kaberle” and he knows how to stop him every time. He said this during on game. I’m still waiting for him to get in net and prove it.

  65. habfan53 says:

    The injuries are mostly on defence. Our problem is that right now we have 7 forwards that can’t find the back of the net: Moen, Pyatt, Eller, Gomez, AK, Darche and Halpern

  66. habfan53 says:

    Again I agree that this is AK’s last chance with Montreal. It really hit me in the shoutout with Buffalo earlier in the week, that Montreal has a lot of hard workers that just do not have a touch around the net. IE: Moen, Halpern, Eller, Pyatt, Darche (to some extent)  add Gomez and AK that is 2 full lines that can;t find the back of the net.

  67. Chris F says:

    Yeah, didn’t realize he was an RFA and not UFA. 

  68. HabsoluteFan says:

    You’re right, what a trio it could be if they ”decided” to play in the final stretch and playoffs, we would have Gio-Pleks-Cammi as our first line.  Thanks for your input

  69. shiram says:

    I think Ak’s last chance is this season, and likely the playoffs. But a line of MaxPac / DD / Ak would be wonderful if AK can play up to his abilities. They might even be able to make alot or room for DD too.

     

  70. habs4_25th says:

    Maybe he could be on a line with Gomez then we could have a line like AK27 – Gomer – AK46 the line that only plays when they want to  what a trio that would be.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  71. lefreak says:

    the reason is simple : Carey Price.

  72. adamg84 says:

    I’ve always enjoyed watching Kovalev come off the half boards on a powerplay and rip it upstairs. I think though that the Kovalev expirement is over, he never accepts accountability in the defensive end and more often than not is a liability. Don’t get me wrong I like the guy but with his cap hit it means unless someone else gets unloaded too then all our moves are done for this year…and I don’t think Kovalev means Stanley Cup.

  73. Admiral_Adama says:

    Healy is a frakin’ JOKE.  He seems to love pinching a big wet loaf on ANY positives the Habs would be having.  And when they play the Laffs, he seems to make sure he eats mexican the night before.  I pester Kelly Hrudey and Friedman on Twitter all the time about it.  Why does he get Habs assignments when it’s been clear since his playing days he’d rather cut off his little Healy and kick it around on the floor than talk about them.

  74. habfan53 says:

    I agree he is playing well with DD  However I would try DD and Max Pac on the 2nd line with AK (his last chance)

     


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