The Price wasn’t … ah, forget it!

It would be an understatement to suggest the franchise goaltender did not have a great night.

But the merest hint of panic would be a gross overreaction.

One exhibition game doesn’t make a season.

Lines will be blazing on the phone-in shows this morning, but maybe everyone – including the franchise goaltender – ought to take a deep breath and chill.

• Pat Hickey’s game story and From the room

• Dave Stubbs talks to Doug Jarvis

• François Gagnon on Carey Price’s rough night
• Bertrand Raymond looks at the pressure on Price
• Jonathan Bernier on a good night for Aaron Palushaj and Louis Leblanc
• BTW, Cedrick Desjardins stopped 31 of 33 shots the Stanley Cup champs fired at him.


  1. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Halak gave up 3 goals on his first 6 shots – and surprisingly nobody booed him off the ice.

  2. ZepFan2 says:

    4th NHL season you say.

    Then Spacek better have a damn good excuse for the way he played last night. Going by your criteria that is.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  3. Storm Man says:

    Oh yes it was all his fault Boston scored SH….

  4. nunacanadien says:

    What gets me is Gauthier basically negotiated himself into this corner.  What, we’re supposed to lose badly and then one day Price will emerge like a butterfly into the next Dryden.  Ok.  I don’t know if I can stand another ten years of the Gainey rebuild only to see it torn apart because some Calder Cup rookie goalie got injured.

  5. nunacanadien says:

    Way to go Cammy, and that pass to Pleks was fantastic, Cammy is a class act, and hopefully Price will earn that respect.

  6. Storm Man says:

    Clap Clap Clap you got something right for once.

  7. nunacanadien says:

    I think the fans are supporting Price in their own way, but reminding him with their sarcasm that Price is the boss’s pet and no one in the world loves the boss’s pet.

  8. nunacanadien says:

    I missed the game but saw the replays, and noted also that people also commented that the team played for the “other” goalie when Price was on the bench.  This is practically the same team as last year, minus a winning goalie.

  9. Mark C says:

    I’m not sure Maxwell is NHL ready yet either, but it was nice to see him play a style of game that recognized his weaknesses while not comprising his strengths of puck control, play making, and passing.

    Palushaj was a revelation, his skating was much better than I remember from the few times I’ve seen him. He has NHL level skill, and his RH shot are a real asset for this team going forward.

    Tinordi did not look lost out there, which given his age is the best we could hope for. His positioning seemed OK, his first pass was pretty good, and his skating was solid. Ditching college for the OHL should absolutely help in his hockey career. If he can improve his offense over the next 3-4 years, he has a chance to be scary good.

    That was vintage 2008-09 Max last night. If he plays at that level, the Habs should have a well above average bottom-six this season.     


  10. nunacanadien says:

    Any bets on whether Auld also folds and Sanford ends up taking the job away from both Auld and Price?

  11. Thomas Le Fan says:

    That’ll work for me, asti.

  12. G-Man says:

    Why is it never okay to criticize any Habs player or management that fails to deliver? Do we have to be like Cubs fans, forevering paying Major League rates to watch an inferior team? Like it or not, most of us have eyes and can evaluate the team’s or a player’s play by watching. When we actually take the time to write about it- if you don’t like the post- skip it. Or reply to it, w/o calling those with a different opinion names.

  13. Everlasting1 says:

    For the reasons I posted on the previous article.



    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  14. Everlasting1 says:

    Pointless distinction? Playing half a game compared to a full? We can only guess at how many more goals Price could have given up playing 60 mins.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  15. LA Loyalist says:

    How about we are entitled to be fed up because we pay the bills? Tickets, Molson’s beer, merchandising…

    How about that notwithstanding the major holes on this team there was no “apparent” effort to remedy them over the summer (too small, too soft). Maybe the effort was there but not communicated. Maybe with the cap and parity it’s impossible.

    But as nobody tells us yobs anything it’s unknown.

    And yeah Price had a bad game – like the last two years.

    And we are just as entitled to express our selves as you are. 

  16. Habsrule1 says:

    Price took the job before Huet left.

    The thing is who cares if Sanford played better? One preseason game means nothing. Sanford probably played better than 20 other goalies who played pre-season games so far. Does that make him better than any of them?

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  17. nick says:

    Just a little reality check here folks…

    MTL lost last night in the preseason opener. Thats it, thats all. No points lost. MTL didn’t fall out of a playoff spot. Just a couple guys working to get back into the groove they had. And a couple of kids playing their kids playing their first game in the big leagues.

    If it makes anyone feel better, Niittymaki let 4 go in last night against the Ducks… And in St. Louis, some guy other than Halak saved all but one… where as legendary Jaro let 3 in the night before… Things are upside down every where… It’s preseason… Relax.

  18. showey47 says:

    Excellent post. It tough enough to play on the road and play against a hostile crowd you shouldn’t have to do it at home also. You would think after having run so many players out of town these bozos would catch on after a while. As the saying goes “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it”.

  19. LA Loyalist says:

    Well we beat the horse dead last night (because we couldn’t beat the bruins b team) but ok, what if you are right?

    What if you are right and Price has been having a crisis of confidence? Who’s fault is it? Well it’s Gainey’s of course, and the other geniuses who thought he was ready when he’s not. The same geniuses that rushed Latendresse.

    Who else? His goalie coach, you think? Groulx. If I were Groulx after last night’s no-show I would be in Gauthier’s office offering my head on a plate — failing which an envelope with my resignation.

    Other theories? Maybe he just needs to see an optometrist. Who the hell knows but he’s not ready for prime time – send to Hamilton to pump himself up.  And who the heck is going to play goal?

    Oh yeah, we kinda screwed ourselves there.

    “20 games to a new tagline – probably less, probably much less.”

  20. Habsrule1 says:

    Fed up with our best post-season performance in 17 years? fed up with bringing in guys like Gionta, Gomez, Cammalleri, etc? Or just fed up cause Price had a bad pre-season game?

    Can you be more specific?

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  21. jrshabs1 says:

    Shhhhhhhh. The villagers are out with their torches and pitch forks hunting down any derogatory Carey Price comments. I know that you know so we are cool.

  22. saskhabfan says:

    yes he did and it was too the capitals.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  23. Slovak says:

    “Halak, two goals scored against him he was screened and clean shots were taken with Oystrick not blocking one and the other right in front of the net. Halak let in a softie, I think it rolled up on him and slipped through. He made some quality saves on rushes across the crease that would’ve gone 5 hole last season on our goalie.”

    “Halak: I thought he played really well. The number didn’t show it, but he made some excellent stops on a few one-timers and scrambles in front of the net. I think he’ll be just fine come opening night.”

  24. coachdoug says:

    Mark…I thought he was the brightest of the young guys on offense…real careful with the puck and showed he can see the ice at the speed of the NHL…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  25. Chorske says:

    Maxwell played well, but I didn’t see anything to convince me he belongs in the NHL. He certainly didn’t make as much of an impression as Palushaj, who absolutely tore up the joint last night; a bit more experience, fewer jitters, and a couple better bounces and he’ll be a humonguous asset. And Tinordi– if he can end up being like Gorges, playing solid, uncomplicated defense, while occasionally throwing his weight around (once he manages to put some on that gangly 6’6″ frame), he will be amazing.

    Biggest plus of the game was Lapierre. Welcome home, Max. Where you been?

  26. Corio says:

    I have been very patient with Price and I still believe he can make it in the NHL but one of the things I have noticed about his play and I don’t know if this has been his style throughout his career but;

    He simply doesn’t compete out there!

    You see other goalies competing with a fire in their hearts like Raask last night, aggressive on the puck, flipping around doing anything he can to get his team a win but when you watch Price it’s like he is sitting in the net terrified and tentative..  He sits deep in his net and doesn’t look like he wants to fight!  This may simply be a reflection of his SEVERE lack of confidence and if it is that boy are we in for a ride this year!

    Here’s to hoping I am wrong!  /cheers

    P.S It is only the first game 



  27. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Except Halak gave up goals to David Jones, Luke Walker and Kevin Shattenkirk. AHLers and grinders all.

    Price gave up goals to Bergeron, Horton, and Boychuk. All top line talent.


    See? I can play the pointless distinction game too!

  28. jrshabs1 says:

    BTW: Huet didn’t loose his starting postion to Price he was traded to the hawks at the deadline.

  29. BJ says:

    True enough he did play with more strength and confidence than last year.

  30. Mark C says:

    Haven’t seen it mentioned yet, but I think Maxwell played a good game last night. On a few occasions he pulled up with the puck after entering the offensive zone, took his time to read the play, and made a good decision about setting up a play.  I noted on at least two occasions, Maxwell following up a play by attacking the net hard.  Overall, Maxwell’s play last night came across as being much more assertive and aggressive than I remember from last year.    

  31. saskhabfan says:

    Once again the actions of the few booing idiots embarass the many and paint all habs fans as horrible. Probably the same ones who boo the american anthem. HIO is a smaller scale of the bell center on most nights. There is a large amount of people who love the team,want the team to be successful regardless of who’s in goal,coaching or the general manager and actually pay attention long enough to know when a goal is scored against them who is actually at fault. Then you have the HIO booers who want the team to fail no matter what. Their only goal is to be able to say “i told you so”. These guys also only see a goal being scored against us and assume its the goalies fault no matter what. Unless its their favourite goalie. Loved the gill interview,hit the nail right on the head.



    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

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