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.

182 Comments

  1. Chorske says:

    I guess there are Habs fans- presumably dropped on their heads as infants- who like to think booing helps a player recognize a bad performance. But the players know when they’ve stunk up the joint. So really, booing is all about venting and childish anger and bullying.

  2. RJ says:

    Rask is The Franchise and Price is The Fraudchise.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  3. 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

  4. Everlasting1 says:

    Hab fans are fed up, and not just about Price.

     

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

     Don’t pollute the water.

  5. Habsman1970 says:

    I agree. At this point Price will control his own destiny, no one else can do it for him.  Straight up, he sucked lastt night, and this should have been the time for him to come out and stand on his head as he’s been a bust for the last few years and everyone knows it (even him). He will have more pressure on him than anyone else, but for 5 mill for sitting on the bench the last few years, he should have all that pressure now..  

     

    If he wants to be paid like a professional goalie, than he needs to start performing like one…!!!  Losing Halak will bite us in the a$$..

     

    ONCE A HAB, FOREVER A HAB!!!

  6. Habsrule1 says:

    Wow.

    Price took the starting job from Huet, then lost it to Halak. That stuff happens. We all know he didn’t play very well last year, and Halak had a very good couple of months. We also all know that wins are more a team stat than a goalie stat, but they have to be put on someone’s record.

    Your post sounds like you think last night’s game means something, when really it means nothing. The fact that you bring up that Sanford didn’t give up the goals proves how clueless you are. You are insinuating that sanford is better than Price because of last night’s game. you know how crazy that is? Think about it for a minute. Sanford will be 31 in a couple of weeks and has played 26 less NHL games than Price.

    Come on…think before posting.

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

  7. Mark C says:

    You are dead on about the B’s D system. The year TT won the Vezina, Manny Fernanadez was putting up the same numbers as TT while splitting the starts, until Fernandez got hurt. Hell, Auld had a .919 SV% in 23 games with the B’s. A shooter tooter could put up a .900 SV% in Beantown. This is not to say Rask isn’t good, because he is a very good goalie.

  8. TorontoHabsFan says:

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

  9. Chuck says:

    Are you talking about the goal that Spacek tipped by him?

  10. Chorske says:

    Not all. But many.

  11. jrshabs1 says:

    Timo? You couldn’t even hold Timo’s jock strap.

     Dude is your 15 mins of supervised computer time up?

  12. Chorske says:

    Absolutely disagree.

    Bergeron is one of the best guys on the ice, you don’t let him waltz in and make one, two, three moves. Watch the play again- Carey stays with him, doesn’t make the first move, no cheating, gives him nothing, so Bergeron has to draw him sideways. Carey covers the net well, stretched full across the net, glove out at textbook height, but Bergeron simply has too much time (and is too good a player) to not make that deke.

    Desjardins did not face a single difficult shot. He only faced 5 in 30 minutes. Not to take anything away from him, but the team yet again dialed it up a notch once Carey was on the bench.

  13. jrshabs1 says:

    It’s nice to know who stands at the front of the line.

     

     

  14. coachdoug says:

    My two cents on the Price issue…

    1.  Price will have to keep his head together if he wants to survive the year.  This mocking cheer after he lets in goals is like Pleks “little girl” comment.  It has a life of it’s own.  He needs to deal with the media and not hide in his shell.

    2.  The solution to stopping it is prove all his critics wrong plain and simple by playing better.  He was below average last night any way you slice it.  Last night was his chance to set the tone for the year and he did not.  A solid game would have done a lot to change how many fans view him.

    3. While the fans are over the top on some nights…that is the reality of playing in a real hockey city for the greatest franchise ever.  I don’t think all Habs fans who are not happy with Price are idiots…everyone has a right to cheer or boo who they want.

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

  15. smiler2729 says:

    Hab fans suck

  16. Mark C says:

    “ultimately counter-productive”…this is where to debate about booing beings and ends for me. Until it is proven that booing helps player and team performance, there is no logical reason to boo you are a “fan” of.

  17. Everlasting1 says:

    Except Halak played the full game.

     

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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  18. spos080808 says:

    He looked lost on Bergy’s breakaway? What? HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa.

  19. Chorske says:

    We liked his potential, too.

    It was his personality we disliked.

  20. Habsman1970 says:

    Running late on this one, but the freaking open net had a better save percentage than Price did……   I agree what people are saying about “well, it’s just pre-season…”, but that would make me feel better if we were talking about a forward or D, but when your goalie sucks in pre-season usually means it’s going to be a loooooong road ahead of us….

     

    ONCE A HAB, FOREVER A HAB!!!

  21. matraque says:

    He looked lost on both of Bergeron’s goal.

    Desjardin was amazing last night…..

    ——

    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  22. adam76 says:

    So your saying the first, incredibly weak goal Price let in had no baring on the rest of the game?

  23. matraque says:

    Like that is going to happen…

    ——

    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  24. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I stand corrected, the morons are limited to the stands.

  25. spos080808 says:

    Other than Horton’s which goal should he have stopped? Just curious as to your opinion.

  26. adam76 says:

    Agree – this is his 4 NHL season.  He is not a rookie and his age can no longer be a factor in defending his poor play.

  27. adam76 says:

    You are so right – 3 goals on 4 shots can not be critiqued. 

     

     

  28. Mark C says:

    “Booing a player affects the team, and could have an impact on the game, wheher you like that or not. We, as fans, should be doing what we can to help the team win, not the other way around.”

    Yes Habsrule, you are getting at the bigger question here. That is, why do these “fans” not understand booing is detrimental to the common (team and fans) greatest goal, of winning a Cup? Frankly, the ultimate reward for being a fan is following a team that wins it all, at least in IMHO. Until someone can prove that booing is a positive motivator that improves athlete and team performance, how can it not be considered any act against the goal of the team?

    I’m not suggesting that boo creates a large impact on a team, but I don’t see how one can be a “fan” and boo their team at the same time. Booing is counterproductive to the common goal of winning.

     

  29. spos080808 says:

    And now I know why people say Montreal fans are idiots.

    Game.Set.Match.

  30. Chorske says:

    Another question… How are fans supposed to boo management?  All we/they can do is boo what’s on the ice.

    Why BOO anything at all? I don’t get it. We all want the Habs to win. It’s fun when they win- and meh when they lose. But screaming and yelling about it is ridiculous- you know what screams and yells when it doesn’t get what it wants? A gorram BABY. And do you know what kind of person picks on people anonymously? A bully. People who boo are being childish bullies.

    You want to indicate your displeasure to management? Stop buying effing hockey tickets. Stop buying 200$ jerseys and 10$ beers and 6$ hot dogs and stop reading about them and commenting about them online. Because hockey is a business, and the best way to hit management is to deny them revenue so they become more focused on improving the product.

  31. jrshabs1 says:

    Ha Ha!!! The cool thing to do? Is this your 1st year as a Hab fan? Did you like the way Price played lastyear? He lost his jod as a starter lastyear..not his fault. The Canadiens made it to the conference finals because of Price right? His wins and save% have dropped every year..not his fault right? When is the last time Price was in nets for a shut-out…do you know? Howcome the bruins didn’t score 4 goals on 9 shots Against Sanford? What if Price gives up 4 goals on 9 shots against the laffs..will you still be happy? Who will you blame then? The cool thing to do….A habs loss sure cool brother..sure is cool.

  32. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Price gives up 4 goals and loses.

    Halak gives up 3 goals and loses.

     

    The difference? Montreal is full of morons who make Philadelphia fans look reasonable.

  33. spos080808 says:

    And the Bruins playing the prototypical trap has nothing to do with Rask and TT having sick numbers in back to back years? Having Chara play 25+ mins has nothing to do with it? How about having one of the best 3rd line centers in Bergeron?

    I live in Boston and see plenty of Bs games. Rask/TT are solid goalies yes, but those numbers are enhanced 100% by the system…You do not think it is a coincidence in back to back seasons both goalies had sick years? I mean come on now…

    Toskala would put up good numbers in the system they have played the last 2 seasons.

  34. spos080808 says:

    The vast majority of fans that go to the games are bandwagon fans plain and simple. Go nuts cheering for the team when they do well, and boo the crap out of the whole team or individual players when they play bad…

    Some fans who attend the games. Unfortunately I live in Boston so I cannot be part of the minority who cheers on the team regardless and always hope for the best.

  35. Chorske says:

    predictable and boring, Adam

    Really? Really? You hope, no, you pray he can turn it around? Right. In the same way a vulture really hopes that guy in the desert gets rescued. Arschloch.

  36. namgel says:

    Price has got to get his head out of his ass.  He’s a great goalie but this I’m the victim crap is getting old.  Sure the fans are gonna boo in Montreal when you perform like he did.  I like the kid and have followed him for years but he has got to compete harder or he’ll never get back to where he was.  Spacek looked like crap too.

  37. iamjackhab says:

    I’m not going to dump on or praise Price. He’s the product of circumstance. IMO he was rushed into the NHL, and had a great start until 2 things happened. 1. His weak glove side was exposed, and he continually gets picked apart there. 2. His young age (immature/partying).

    Last night for me, was a chance to see Rask vs. Price. Both broke into the league in the same year I believe, and both are about the same age. The huge difference is circumstance. Boston chose to keep grooming Rask, whereas the Habs rushed Price. Hopefully he can somehow overcome, and with time become the goalie I was so excited about just a few years back.

  38. spos080808 says:

    Other than the 1st goal how can you even come close to blaming Price…Yah it stinks he did not make the tough save, but regardless, those other goals were not even close to his fault. Maybe you should be bitching out Spacek or the other players who made the mistakes that led to the goals huh. Oh wait, cannot do that, have to hate on Price because it is the cool thing to do.

  39. Chorske says:

    Fans also have the right to come onto websites and spout meanspirited gibberish. Doesn’t make them GOOD fans, mind you.

    I repeat this year after year: booing is classless, mean-spirited, and ultimately counter-productive. As far as I am concerned, booing is the worst sort of gang-mentality bullying… and the worst is that those pussies hide within the anonymity of the crowd; I’d bet none of them would say anything negative to the players face-to-face. The brayers do the same thing every year: pick a guy, and feck with his head. I don’t see the point, it’s childish and cowardly, and ultimately delays what everyone in the crowd wants: an improved performance.

    Sad you don’t understand that.

     

  40. spos080808 says:

    “Even if all three goals were clear cut breakaways, 3 out of 4 is a fail”

    Congrats you are one of the dumbest posters on Habs I/O…

    And that has nothing to do with your horrIble spelling.

  41. jrshabs1 says:

    Price looked the same lastnight as he did all last season. Lost!!! He spends all game fighting the puck and everytime the play is in the Canadiens end EVERYBODY, fans, players all cringe because we know that we can’t count on Price to make the big saves. Yes it’s preseason but can anyone tell the difference in Price’s play if it was February? The rest of the boy’s looked really good lastnight, there are a ton of positives that came out of lastnights game but very sadly Price was not one of them. Making excuses doesn’t win games, if they did then the laffs would be repeat Stanley Cup Champs.

  42. Mike MacPhee says:

    Then they’re sure to get the results they want: a player who cannot succeed and a team that will lose.  If players have to put past failures behind them, it’s time for the fans to as well.  Otherwise failure becomes habitual.

  43. CP31 says:

    THE SKY IS FALLING, CAREY PRICE STUNK IN HIS FIRST PRE-SEASON GAME, THE SKY IS FALLING!!!! (Please note the sarcasm, CP HATERS!)

    The team needs to direct their displeasure with the “fans” at them, let these so called “fans” know that the players think this is completely wrong! 

    Cammalleri had a great quote and kudos to him for sticking up for his #1 goalie that the team is bound to play with/for this season; “Nobody’s booing Carey in this room. If the fans want to identify with this team and be part of this team, we’re all supporting him. So jump on board” PAY ATTENTION FICKLE HAB FANS!!!

    FROM SAKU TO GIO, SAME STATURE AND JUST AS MUCH HEART!! GREAT DECISION!!

  44. matraque says:

    Anyone know where the shots Carey stopped came from?

    I’m curious…

    They should give all pre-season games to Price and see where it goes.

    If I’m correct, no one booed Carey last night… Only sarcastic cheers and almost a standing ovation when he left the game.

    Another question… How are fans supposed to boo management?  All we/they can do is boo what’s on the ice.

    ——

    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  45. Habsrule1 says:

    Having the right does not make it right. How is it helping the team by booing a player? Fans should only boo a blatant lack of effort. Price is working hard, and really only let in one bad goal. Where were the boos for Spacek on that giveaway to Bergeron?

    Booing a player affects the team, and could have an impact on the game, wheher you like that or not. We, as fans, should be doing what we can to help the team win, not the other way around.

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

  46. Habsrule1 says:

    This is not a story. Some idiot fans showed their “right” to give Price a hard time. These same fans obviously want Price to fail more than they want the team to win. Booing or heckling any 1 player affects the whole team. Besides, the first goal should have been stopped, but were the other 3 really that bad? No they were not. It’s the first pre-season game. Let everyone work out some kinks. I’d be more worried if we were sitting here today thinking Price has nothing to work on.

    He’ll get stronger and stronger all year, but I think it would be easier if the fans were behind him instead of against him.

    As for speaking to the media….to say what exactly? All the cliches we all know he’d say. “I have a few things to work on, need to shake the rust off, it’s pre-season and I hope to get better and better, blah, blah, blah.”

    I think not speaking was the right thing in this particular occassion.

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

  47. adam76 says:

    again – booing is a part of playing in Montreal – sad you don;t understand that well documented fact.

    Fans have the right to boo a poor preference.

  48. adam76 says:

    No one is crucifying him for one preseason loss, they are crucifying him for the last two seasons.

     


  49. BJ says:

    I watched the game this morning from Germany on a archived stream. Its not exactly what Price, the players, management and fans had in mind for our #1 starting 2010-11. Its early but last night reminded me of games last season when Price was in nets, the players had a different game going than when Halak was in nets. That concerns me as it takes away from our style which is using our speed towards the oppositions net, not to use it helping Price out in our zone. That hesitation killed us last year. As I’ve stated several times Gauthier’s career is in Price’s hands. If he doesn’t perform and Halak does in St. Louis, we have a new GM next year.

    There were a lot of positives. Tinordi and Leblanc looked really good. And Plekanec will earn his millions as he really does show up every game. One pleasant surprise was Aaron Palushaj (21 years old) I wouldn’t be surprised to see him called up during the season (I hope we do as well as this trade for D’Agostini with Eller and Schultz). Pouliot also looked good. If he can bury a couple it will lift his now low confidence level. He has talent with some size as displayed when he leveled McQuaid.

    In any case its only one pre-season game. Hoping the best for Price as he has not yet earned #1 status despite what the team would like it to be. And with a 2 year 5.5 million contract I do not feel sorry for him despite his age. There are a lot of people out there that need to perform day in and day out for peanuts and maybe some of those people are the boo birds heard last night.

  50. derfab says:

    True. But I have my doubts about the words fan and class having any relation to oneanother. As much as people might like to believe that winning a cup, buying a ticket or signing up for a  cable subscription makes them special, it’s all kinda riff-raff by nature isn’t it?

  51. Mike MacPhee says:

    The just stop buying the tickets.  There are no doubt lots of fans who would be happy to support the team in constructive ways.  

    I repeat myself – you paid to see a game; you saw a game.  that’s the business part.  The rest of what you chose to do when you’re there has nothing to do with business.

  52. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t think anyone is defending the goals against, they simply suggest we NOT crucify the guy over a PRE SEASON loss. Repeat that will you? PRE SEASON.

    The sky is not falling yet.

  53. derfab says:

    A bit of humility guys. The common denominator of any sports fan from anywhere around the world has to include an element of idiocy, if not outright stupidity. Price knows this very well by now. He will learn to ignore it or decide to try to please the morons elsewhere instead.

  54. slamtherimtim says:

    buy season tickets in the reds and watch them lose 42 games and call me

  55. Kingofswing74 says:

    this is such hipocracy. the hio media has so much to say about the idiotic price fans who boo price or scoff at his routine saves, and they constantly tell us to take it easy on price, yet as soon as price has an off night, hes immediately the headline of the next 2 or 3 blogs! the media has a huge part in creating this pressure on price. maybe if the hio headlines were something more like “strong night for palushaj and leblanc” rather being one word away from “the price was not right” we would have better things to talk about than a 23 year old goalie who had a weak PRESEASON start. guess who stank a few nights ago for st. louis? JARRRROOOOO. yeah i saw some of those goals. weak.

  56. Mike MacPhee says:

    Move the so-called fans to Winnipeg

  57. nightmare_49 says:

      

       d –  The Thrashers released six players on Wednesday. They re-assigned forwards Angelo Esposito, Michael Forney, Danick Paquette and Jared Ross and defensemen Paul Postma and Mike Siklenka to AHL Chicago. The team also released forward Andre Deveaux and Kyle McLaren from their tryout contracts. … from AJC.

    ……………… Esposito, who missed the past three practices with a lower-body injury, was skating at the team’s practice facility prior to Wednesday’s practice. He hoped to return Thursday. Esposito is returning from two torn ACLs in his right knee.

  58. Mike MacPhee says:

    You’re paying to see a hockey game; you saw a hockey game.  That’s the business part.  When the booing becomes habitual, as it has, it ceases to achieve any productive result.  It’s only destructive: destroying a man’s confidence; destroying a team’s cohesion.   By failing to support the team the fans are creating the problem not just responding to it.

  59. derfab says:

    Before we start breaking store windows and setting cars on fire, it might be a good idea to wait for the minor leaguers to be cut and to let everyone get a few games in. Rask had a good game (and some dumb luck) but Price had lots of company in the smelly dept. on both teams.  

  60. Caballero says:

    There is no other solution but for him to get back in there. Keep struggling until he conquers this demon. I can’t wait to see him try again and again. Let’s face it if he can redeem himself and win back the fan support he will have accomplished something and that is what builds unshakeable confidence.

  61. Thomas Le Fan says:

    First preseason game? These fans want to be known as the best fans in the world? F them! Classless arseholes. Will they start booing in warmup next? Move the Habs to Winnipeg! Maybe they’d appreciate an NHL team. Disgusting.  

  62. slamtherimtim says:

    the teams and owners have caused the problem , setting such high expectations for people who are playing a game they just play because they love it , just because it was a preseason game doesnt mean it cost anyless , fans have turned into customers paying these stupid salaries , only to hear oh well it’s preseason , i dont think so it’s a bussiness , and i want what i pay for

  63. Bill J says:

    Only a few “idiots” pay more then 100$ per ticket to “boo” the team.

    Figures you would defend the idiots.  Seeing as your state of mind is quite obvious.

  64. Mike MacPhee says:

    If we’re prepared to accept that excuse then we might just as well accept losing as our other tradition.  The so-called fans are the problem and they need a reality check.

  65. Mike MacPhee says:

    The first step is with the fans.  No player can develop any comfort or confidence when he knows he’ll be booed even if he doesn’t make a mistake.  The fans have become the primary problem.

  66. adam76 says:

    Its Montreal – booing is as much of a tradition as “OLE!”  They better stop whining about it.

  67. derfab says:

    Esposito cut by Nashville. The kid has been injured, bounced around and set back in his development, bringing his value down. Good gamble? Since our stable has a few extra colts, maybe a deal to get him in Hamilton?

  68. adam76 says:

    I was surprised how easy the Bell centre crowd was on Price.  I guarantee if that game was regular season, the “we want Halak” chant would have been louder then the Vuvuzelas in Africa

    I love all these “smart” fans still defending each goal.  Price stunk up the joint.  Period.  Regardless of the defensive mistakes, to let in three goals in four shots is a horrable performance.  Even if all three gaols were clear cut breakaways, 3 out of 4 is a fail.  

    Its preseason, but looking at Price on the bench – he seems lost, almost numb.  I hope, no, I pray he can turn this around – however, nothing in his performance the last two seasons give me any reason to think he can.

     

     

  69. Mike MacPhee says:

    It is time for the fans in the Bell Centre to start being fans.  When sensible, committed hard-working players like Hall Gill tell us they’re frustrated at the booing and feel they have to fight the fans as well as the Bruins, the people in the stands have to wakeup and realise that they’re a big part of the problem.  Support the team or stay home.  That’s the bottom line!

  70. steadyjake says:

    It WAS a hockey game, with an opponent in different colored sweaters shooting pucks at you. And Price stunk … again.
    Considering the enormous egg basket of a decision to ship Halak and the new dough for ‘Golden Boy,’ it’s not wrong to worry. In the end though, this team still needs a snipe.

  71. nightmare_49 says:

       from previous thread

       Nashville Predators are intrigued by Sergei Kostitsyn’s potential

     

       By Josh Cooper • THE TENNESSEAN

       http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100922/SPORTS02/9220399/2164/Predators+like+Kostitsyn+s+potential

      

    “I don’t expect to build Rome in a day, but he has intelligence as a player, and he has skill as a player,” Coach Barry Trotz said.

    “I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. He is a good player, strong on the puck when he wants to be. He just has to make sure he is making good decisions and using his skill so he can enhance his overall game,” Trotz said.

       (this post is for krob1000)

  72. spos080808 says:

    Timo is that you?

    I win yet again.

    Thanks for playing. Better luck next time.

  73. Everlasting1 says:

    The true fans are rarely at ice level. Those are for the privileged empty suits with their bimbos.

     

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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  74. spos080808 says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Thanks for the laugh man…

    You should write for a sitcom or something…

  75. Storm Man says:

    Im going to take it one step more….. It is not that Habs fans suck it is the new fans this team has. So-called fans that have 2-3 teams that they cheer for so it is a trend when the Habs lose a game to boooo and dump on one player…. And you see the same clowns the next night walking around with a Red Wings jersey the next night… True Habs fans know what Im talking about as they only cheer for the Canadiens.  

  76. G-Man says:

    Guy Lafleur was NOT run out of town. Head coach Lemaire and GM Serge Savard believed he was done and tried to force him to retire.

    Calling fans names that don’t follow the “be a fan no matter what philosophy” reflects yours. Just because I am a fan does not mean I have to be a mindless follower who is blind to players’ and management’s shortcomings.

    This “true fan” sounds too much like some political or religious doctrine that is anti freedom of expression, and that is what is pathetic.

  77. Everlasting1 says:

    That’s a bogus argument. Players don’t have the ‘luxury’ to bash their own or management. It’s not in the job description, unless they want out. Fans are not part of the team. We can support morale, but we pay their salary as well. If they are lacking competitiveness, the fans have a right to express disapproval. Gill, Cammy may not remember the last 17 yrs as we long time fans do.

     

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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  78. smiler2729 says:

    Yes, I said it before, Hab fans suck.

    I’m embarrassed by some of you, always have been…

    I’ve seen so many players booed out of Montreal… even saw Guy Lafleur run out in ’84, Patrick Roy in ’95. Despicable, spoiled, insular idiots boo their own team, it makes me ashamed to be a Canadiens fan… always has.

    I’m glad Hal Gill said what he said about the booing, maybe some of the morons will change their ways… doubt it.

    And this just isn’t about Price. This is about behaving like a true fan and not whining like a baby just because the team doesn’t go 82-0 with every game being a shutout win with lots of PP goals…

    F***ing pathetic

  79. GoalieT says:

    I hear you. I’ve been drinking that Kool-Ade for a while too.

    Ultimate Die-Hard Since 1986. T.

  80. Mats Naslund says:

    Total agreement.

  81. saskhabfan says:

    Thats one post from some guy in st.louis. Also notice how their fans are not bitching and whining about a preseason loss. At least they are smarter then the bell center boo birds.

     

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

  82. Everlasting1 says:

    Great comparison lol

     

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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  83. Traf27 says:

    I’m sure Halak made some quality saves on other chances. What I’m saying is that out of the very few scoring chances we gave up. 3-4 (Sanford made 1 tough save) we’re of very high quality. The point being that 4 goals out of 9 shots is not representative of his play. It’s very possible that had Price played the whole game he may have made some big saves. Am i completely throwing the idea that any good chance against him is a goal, no, just that it’s hard for a goalie to get into a game when he sees only top-notch scoring chances.

    I’m much happier with a team that seems to have it together and a goalie that needs to work out some kinks than I would be knowing that it’s going to be another year that a goalie has to put us on his shoulders.

    It’s the first game  of the pre-season no less and I believe that when the games matter he’ll make most, not all, the saves he has too.

    The big positive I saw last night was what hurt Price the most. It’s that overall the teamed played an excellent team game and on most nights out-playing an opponent like that will be a win.

    We as fans have to at least give the team the chance to fail in the reg. season before we tear them apart. Let’s all smile a bit more and look towards the Sens on Friday.  

     

    The struggles of today will make the victories of tomorrow that much sweeter.

  84. Storm Man says:

    You just lost credibility with that post. This is not tennis Price vs Halak did you watch the game last night?

  85. mrhabby says:

    why make it so personal…price is just trying to find his way just like halak. there both young guys. that being said if were 10 games in and bad play continues then we may have a problem. i only care about the playoffs…pftt on preseason. just my opinion.

  86. Bob Dobbs says:

    “When Halak gave up three goals in the entire game in his first game in a
    new rink with a new team, the headline read, “Halak Bombed”. NONE of
    the Price supporters here said it was only an exhibition game.”

    I didn’t even comment on it–it was umimportant.

    “Then when Price stinks out the joint, there is no “Price Bombed”
    headline and the response is it’s only pre-season and let the guy get
    the rust off.”

    Um, there have been plenty of negative headlines regarding Price’s performance last night. What lots of fans are taking issue with though is that Price doesn’t deserve to be hackled after letting in one soft goal in one pre-season game. Lots of fans are upset a minority of fans are acting uncivilized, putting their own anger and ego about recent difficulties and failures experienced by the habs in front of their desire for the team to succeed–they’re looking for a scape goat, they’re looking for blood, and Price happens to be a a good target for that.

    “Last night WAS important. The team shipped off their #1 goalie without
    even talking to him about signing. They handed the job (again) to Price
    who waits till the last minute to sign then sucks in his half game
    performance.”

    Was it really important? Well you know what, it was one pre-season game. It doesn’t count to the standings. So by that logic, we should also attach some importance to Price’s performance so far at training camp, right? I mean if he sucked at training camp you would be making a big deal about it, right? But he hasn’t sucked, he’s done well.

    “IF Price played as well as Rask, you would all be calling it a STATEMENT GAME BY PRICE.”

    Again you miss the point. Pre-season games are by their nature unimportant. However, it’s possible for a player to take one of these unimportant pre-season games and really shine, make it important for themselves–make it a statement game. Something out of nothing. I mean that’s part of the nature of the pre-season statement game, right? “Even when it doesn’t count he still played brilliantly.” So yes, it’s possible to have a statement game in the pre-season, but the opposite of that isn’t having an ‘un-statement game’.

    “Price fans BASHED Halak all during the playoffs and now that Their Boy is getting harsh comments they cannot handle it.”

    We didn’t bash Halak during his playoff run, and we’re used to Price getting tons of flak directed at him. We just enjoy inserting some logic into the conversation from time to time.

    “A large sample of the fanbase is PISSED that the #1 goalie was traded away and they have every right to boo and be pissed off.”

    Of course they have the right, this is not in dispute. That’s why you don’t see me taking a gun to their heads in the stands, but rather I’m using words to elaborate and argue why they’re ignorant and shouldn’t hackle Price quite so much.

  87. Mats Naslund says:

    You serious? Everyone was talking about how it was a meaningless pre-season game. Price fans or not. I would suggest not selectively reading from this juncture on.

    Price stunk last night. The people who are the problem are the ones who are seeking some validation from a meaningless pre-season game (ON BOTH “SIDES”). Both goalies will win and lose games this year. Price is the goalie for the Habs. If you’re a fan you’ll find a way to deal with that. If not, you’re a Leafs fan

     

     

  88. Traf27 says:

    Like other posters here I can’t take any responsability for headlines here only the opinion I write in my posts. I have never found this site to be Pro-Halak or Pro-Price, if anything this site is symbollic of habs fans in it’s fickle nature.

    For me personally, i am a believer that Price can rise to his potential, I also believe that has been hurt by Gainey’s egotistical move of forcing him into the NHL to early and on Price for perhaps not saying “Listen I’m not ready yet”, but what professional athlete is going to say that.

    That being said I loved Halak in the playoffs and even before, he’s a big game player for sure. Would I have loved to keep him on the roster, DEFINITELY! The thing is we couldn’t and we got a big piece of what I think is a bright future with Lars Eller.

    This is our team, and though I may yell at the TV or feel the need to break things at points this year. At the end of the day I will be behind wishing them the best.

    On the last note, if Eller becomes the big playmaking center this team has needed fo 15+ years the trade was more than worth it.

     

    The struggles of today will make the victories of tomorrow that much sweeter.

  89. RJ says:

    This site lost credibility last season during the goaltender debate because of its Pro Price stance. The lack of objectivity continues. When Halak gave up three goals in the entire game in his first game in a new rink with a new team, the headline read, “Halak Bombed”. NONE of the Price supporters here said it was only an exhibition game. Then when Price stinks out the joint, there is no “Price Bombed” headline and the response is it’s only pre-season and let the guy get the rust off. Last night WAS important. The team shipped off their #1 goalie without even talking to him about signing. They handed the job (again) to Price who waits till the last minute to sign then sucks in his half game performance. IF Price played as well as Rask, you would all be calling it a STATEMENT GAME BY PRICE. Well, it was just that though you won’t admit it. Price fans BASHED Halak all during the playoffs and now that Their Boy is getting harsh comments they cannot handle it. Just like Price cannot handle the pressure. Ship him to NY, Philly, Boston and see if the fans cut him some slack. A large sample of the fanbase is PISSED that the #1 goalie was traded away and they have every right to boo and be pissed off.  

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

     

     

  90. HabsFansince49 says:

    I’m not really surprised by the negativity after the game last night and this morning. But why focus on Carey Price?  There are many positives about the game. Some of the “kids” look great; Plekenac & Cammy appear in mid-season form; the PP should be just fine.

    It’s pre-season game #1 – the best news is that some of those older guys will be fighting for their positions.

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  91. nfldanchor says:

    Lets see you have a choice between Ellis,Niemi or Price . Who would you choose to pay millions of dollars to hold the fort for the Habs?  Obviously its early and only pre-season , but when is Carey Price going to perform . Can we afford to wait for the real Carey to come out ? Its been a few years now and still theres controversey regarding Price. I wish Halak was back but thats another story. Maybe Auld  will be the saviour this year and he comes at a lot cheaper price too. No pun intended! Letting Cedric Desjardins go was an idiotic move as well,  but hey we are used to that.

  92. Will Longlade says:

    Whether a player can master the mental part of the game dictates to a large extent whether they will be successful at the elite level. Vince Lombardi said, “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand almost anything, it’s your mind you have to convince”. The pathetic booing of Price by a small minority of “fans” is not going to help Price master that all important, critical element of the game, in fact, it will have the exact opposite effect. It would be nice if the majority of the fans at the games realized this and came to Price’s support. It would illustrate that they’re as knowledgeable about the game as most people would have you believe.  

  93. nfldanchor says:

    I don’t agree with booing any Habs player but I can understand the frustration of fans regarding Price . Again though it doesn’t help the Habs when the boo birds come out . Real fans would never boo the team or their players even when disappointed . Funny thing if he puts together a few good games they will all be praising him and jump on the bandwagon. No wonder we have so much trouble attracting big name players to Montreal with idiots like that booing their own team and players.

  94. keepthefaith says:

    To the pathetic people booing CP.  Beat it.  You arent on board go cheer for another team cause we dont need ya.  And another thing, why bring up what Cedric Dejardin did in a meaningless preseason game?  and whoever said that Dejardin was our “diamond in the rough” what have you been smoking? 

  95. Traf27 says:

    Everybody, even Price fans, know He has struggled over the past 2 years. Also like you said, he is responsable for that, but not 100%. His struggles started after he suffered a high ankle sprain in Dec. 2008. This type of injury is notorious for being hard to bounce back from. Example’s include Higgins who still hasn’t recovered from his. The following year he started out alright but then the entire team began struggling with injuries. In fact Halak, and this isn’t meant to take away from his play during the playoffs, benefitted from the fact that in the playoffs was the first time all year that the team began to come together and play a system. G&G have made many mistakes, but booing a 23 year-old with tremendous talent out of this city would be a mistake by the fans.

     

    The struggles of today will make the victories of tomorrow that much sweeter.

  96. The Juice says:

    Agree, although I haven’t given up hope. Today Price was interviewed and told the fans to “chill out”. That approach is not going to work. Price needs to stop trying to control the fans reactions. He should say something like “I can appreciate we have the most passionate fans in the NHL and they are entitled to cheer or boo as they please, I look forward to making them cheer in the near future.”

  97. B says:

    Roy had a .875 save% and a 3.35 GAA his rookie season. Vanbeisbrouck won the Vezina that season with a .887 save% and a 3.32 GAA. You can’t directly compare goalie stats from 1986 to those from 2007, the game has changed over the 21 seasons from when Roy came into the league to when Price came into the league.

  98. observer says:

    It is not just what happened in one totally meaningless exhibition game. It is what has gone on for almost the  last 2 full years since January 1, 2009 till today (Price is 20 wins of his last 68 decisions). And real fans are not ignoring it. Is 2 full years now of his inferior play comparing him to the goaltender who replaced him on the very same team not enough? Oh yes, time to drag out again the ludicrous “goal support for Price was worse” again. True, Sanford got better goal support BUT it has nothing to do with Price’s poor play. 5 1/2 years after he was drafted and maybe just maybe Gainey and Gauthier were wrong on him after all? Of course they are staying with their plans – these are 2 of the most stubborn people around. And neither ever made a mistake!

  99. B says:

    Geez, Roy won the Conn Smythe in his rookie year. Who would have thrown in the towel on that? Sorry, I don’t buy trying to compare Price to Roy, certainly not at this early point in Price’s career.

  100. Josh says:

    Quit referring to him as the franchise goaltender.

  101. observer says:

    ive watched habs for many many years and never once saw any player under the pressure that he faces this fall. after a long summer where he was the focus of all sportstalk in montreal all summer long when hockey is forgotten even here.

    never saw a player in such a position. put there all along because of those 2 gms. who should have first started him in the first road meaningless exhibition  NOT here when he may have been rusty. ANOTHER BONEHEAD move by the 2 running the habs.

  102. fbkj says:

    your asking for a hockey player to bust out a cliche?

  103. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Fans can and should boo the team all they want if they’re not working hard enough. Booing individual players on your team for making a perceived mistake is and will always be bush league. Most of these so-called fans have no idea what has taken place on the ice in front of their eyes. Defencemen gives up the puck to the other team’s best shooter, twine bulges, and it’s the goalie’s fault? Morons should stay home … and away from their computers. I can’t see going through another year of this nonsense with the same friggin’ bunch of Leaf-like fans. Maybe I’ll take my own advice. HIO can be a sewer of booers, if it chooses to be.      

  104. Joltin Joe says:

    Yes times change, I agree.

    But the point is, there is a learning curve. Roy was a much better goalie and played to his Hall of Fame potential after his first 3 years of experience. If we would have thrown in the towel with Patrick after his first 3 years where he averaged a GAA of 3.06 and a SV% of .888, we would have missed out on the true greatness od Patrick Roy that managed a GAA of 2.49 and Sv% of .912. THAT’s the point I was trying to make. We have to stay patient and allow time to take its course. Price will show us what he’s really made of once we allow him that time to get his confidence, learn from his mistakes, and grow into the Number 1 we all hope and wish of him.

     

  105. habber86 says:

    Not trying to stir the pot or anything here, but can any of you explain the supposed rationale for the Desjardins trade? I was very excited at this guys progression, and was looking forward to another improving goalie to create an excellent platoon system for this year. He made the Halak trade easier to swallow, knowing that we may have another diamond in the rough in the waiting.

    Instead, we have two aging conventional back-ups and a guy who has absolutely terrible stats in all professional North American play. Two very confusing goalie trades in a summer makes for a stressful start to this season…

  106. jrshabs1 says:

    Listen Carey’s Mom….your son had a bad game lastnight. Your Son had a bad season lastyear and just beacuse his Dad is the coach doesn’t mean he’s entitled to play every game.

  107. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    I am really thinking that Lapierre can give us a lot more offence this year than BP can, Laps can become a 25goal scorer if placed with the right linemates. So It’s time this kid gets promoted for his hard work every night so put him on the first or second line and you will have your strongest grinder with your best playmakers or snipers on the team which makes the perfect reciepe for a solid line. Place  BP on the 3rd line cuz this guy doesn’t have the offence skills to be a threat, his size can be used somewhere else.  

    Anyone feel that Laps should really get a shot on either the first two lines this year?

     

     

    Go Habs Go

  108. Joltin Joe says:

    I wish our “fans” can be a little more patient, give our young prospects time to develop and learn from their mistakes.

    Even The Great Patrick Roy in his 1st 3 NHL seasons was very ordinary. His highest save percentage came in his 3rd full year at 900. Price has posted 920, 905 and 912 in his 1st 3 seasons. GAA for Sir Patrick 3.35, 2.93 and 2.90 while Price has posted 2.56, 2.83 and 2.77.

    Relax. 

    Give him time. 

    Let him learn.

    Encourage him, not Discourage him.

    The rest will work itself out.

     

  109. mbplekfan says:

    Lapierre has very little offensive talent or ability. He is a workhorse and an agitator. Every once in a while he makes a few nice moves and scores but it is few and far between.

    Pouliot is a natural goal scorer. If he worked as hard as Lapierre he’d bag 30 a year.

  110. rbby_habs says:

    My Opinion of Carey Price:

    An excellent goaltender with great upside potential to be one of the top goaltenders in the league….

    BUT….Not in Montreal.  He will not be successful in a habs uniform. He’s too shaken up and cannot take the pressure.   When management finally realizes that it’s in the best interest for the team to trade him, …..he will show his true value in another uniform.

    We should have kept Halak. 

    I truely hope I’m WRONG. 

  111. Storm Man says:

    Why would want to walk all the way up to the Molson EX sec to knock out some donkeys… After the game they turn on each other and they go home and put on another jersey of the 3-4 teams they cheer for.

  112. Everlasting1 says:

    Season tix holders really don’t give a sh!t.

     

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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  113. adam76 says:

    You do understand that booing is part of the teams culture, right?

  114. LA Loyalist says:

    That’s helpful.

     

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  115. LA Loyalist says:

    That’s helpful.

     

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  116. davelecave says:

    Season ticket holders, do us all a favour; next time you see someone at a game booing our goalie, punch him in the head.

  117. mrhabby says:

    The hatred displayed against Price by the fans is pathetic. You would think the fans have some sort of financial interest in how the club plays..unreal making it so personal.

  118. LA Loyalist says:

    It’s not hatred at all. Don’t you dare put words in my (our) mouth.

    I would have been thrilled if Price had shown up last night. But he didn’t.

    I’m cheering for the guy. But guess what, just like when the report card comes home there is responsibility and consequences.

    The level of denial of the Pricebots is what’s frightening. His record speaks for itself and needs no elaboration.

     

     

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  119. observer says:

    price is their only target/scapegoat for them to boo gainey and gauthier and their decisions. i feel sorry for the kid. those 2 put him in these pressure positions right from the start.

  120. dh says:

    I was very impressed with Maxim Lapierre last night.  He was going to the net and playing hard most of the game.  I think that he has a lot of talent and if he can keep up this level of play will be a huge asset.

    I thought that Pouliot had a number of good opportunities and with a different goalie he probably would have scored a few.  I think that a couple of times he was hesitant to be first on the puck but in general he looked pretty decent.

    Cammalleri and Plekanec looked good.  The new guys were mostly impressive.  I think that the Bruins goalie made the difference in the game.  I was glad to see us out shoot the opponent like that.

  121. Traf27 says:

    Completely agree with you. If anything it’s that fact that the team played such a complete system game and kept Bostons’ shots total so low that makes Price stats look so bad.

    The struggles of today will make the victories of tomorrow that much sweeter.

  122. Kappy says:

    Carey had a bad night…. It’s not the end of the world.  He will bounce back.  He has been riding bulls the last

    couple of months, what do we expect! 

    How about we talk about some of the positive’s that happened last night.  Palushaj, looked great.  He we

    keep the pressure on AK46 and BP to be at there best this season.  And how about Tinordi loggin over

    20mins of ice time and not looking out of place at all, he needs to work on that first pass though.  I also

    thought Maxwell and Benny looked great.   Benny, needs to work on his finishing skills, he should of had 1 or

    2 last night.  Pleks and Laps look like they are at mid season form already.  I expect a big season from both

    of them this year.  I am pissed RDS isn’t showing the next couple of games.  I mean what are they going to

    be showing… Bowling!!  Can’t wait to see Eller, Schultz and Avtsin.  Judging by last night the Bulldogs are

    going to have one hell of a team this year.   

  123. Bill H says:

    Good post Kappy.  A semi bad game by Price is a non story.  Its far more interesting to look at some of our young prospects.  That’s what pre-season games are all about.  And about those Bulldogs, They’ll be ripping it up.  I’ve got them marked in my calendar when they will be playing the Marlies here in Toronto. 

  124. 24 Cups says:

    The ins and outs of the Eastern Conference.

    As for last night’s result, the Habs lost an exhibition game.  Big deal, it really has little meaning and is certainly no reason to lose any sleep.  Edmonton won their game but they’re still a lousy team.  These early contests are basically a time for players to get the rust off their games.

    A point to ponder. Both Chicago and Philly had 2-3-2 records in last year’s pre-season. The laffs were 6-3 and then went on to start the regular season 0-7.

    I’m going golfing and won’t give last night another thought.

  125. HardHabits says:

    You sir are not getting off that easy. Get back and lament like the rest of us. :p

  126. 24 Cups says:

    More hockey pool info from Puck Daddy.

  127. 24 Cups says:

    Video highlights from last night’s game.

  128. saskhabfan says:

    Booing your own team is part of the teams culture? Time to get some new culture,thats leaf culture. Booing your own team in a mob mentality is cowardly which i guess is why you think its a good thing. Would you be booing if it was halak allowing 4 goals? Or would you be blaming the team for being so weak in front of him like his supporters did against the flyers even though he sucked.

     

     

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

  129. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Boo the team all you like. Do not boo individual players. Bush league thinking.

  130. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Do you really think booing the players on the ice sends a message to management? The best way to send a message to management that you are not happy with their moves or decisions is to STOP pumping money into the Canadiens organisation. Stop buying tickets for pre-season and regular season games. Stop buying every Vintage jersey that comes out. Stop buying 10 dollar beer. Just stop supporting the team.

    If you are at the game and boo, it sends a message to the players on the ice. Doesn’t it seem wrong that the players will feel more relaxed on the road because they know if their goalie lets a questionable goal in, the fans in that arena won’t start booing? Seems kind of stupid, no?

  131. Rudy says:

    THANK YOU. Best post today.

  132. Guy-Guy-Guy says:

    Curtis Sanford looked good out there,  amazing what playing without a mountain of pressure and expectations will do… Price had an off night…  Lets hope he rebounds.  When’s the last time he had a good game?  March??

    I’m happy about last night’s performance,  we played much better than last year 5 on 5.  Seems like we’ve cured our biggest weakness from the last seaon.

    Lapierre looks ready for a breakout season.  He seems to have found the confidence he was missing,  he’s skating, moving the puck and generating offense.

     

     

    Guy Lafleur smoked between periods. Did smoking give him the relaxation he craved before scoring so many goals?

  133. HardHabits says:

    Rebounds would be a start. ;-)

  134. JF says:

    Some people are making a big deal out of Price’s failure to meet the media after the game.  I think this reaction is out of proportion.  I also think that, since Price likely felt angry about the defensive breakdowns that led to some of the goals and perhaps also with the fans who booed him in derision, it’s perhaps as well that he didn’t comment.  It was the first pre-season game, timing and synchronization were off, and glaring mistakes were bound to occur.  What’s important is to evaluate the play of the rookies, and overall I didn’t think any of them looked terrible.  I was most impressed with Aaron Palushaj, and Leblanc looked more comfortable as the game went on.  Ben Maxwell also played much better than I’ve ever seen him, Tinordi did fine for a raw youngster, and the others had moments.  Plekanec and Lapierre were the best players for us, and Cammalleri also had a strong game.  We dominated the Bruins for the second half of the game, and might well have won had it not been for Rask’s stellar play.  I saw a lot of positives.

  135. derfab says:

    He didn’t look bad, just a little slow to react. Rusty, like his D and that skinny slovak dude in St. Louis.

  136. Bob Dobbs says:

    Faith doesn’t enter into the equation.

    The management has an informed opinion about Price, and unless they’re all of a sudden trying to trade him after last night’s performance then their opinion hasn’t changed. I happen to share their opinion of his skill and potential… then again, I’m willing to be patient.

  137. LA Loyalist says:

    M. Dobbs you are wrong, wrong, wrong.

    Last night was an opportunity for Price to thank management and fans for having faith in him. 

    He blew it, badly, like he’s been blowing it for 2 years +

    There’s something wrong. Is it his eyes? Is it his coach? Does he need to go to Hamilton?

    I don’t know, but denying the problem guarantees we will keep losing and I don’t think you’ll like that very well.

     

     

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  138. observer says:

    failing hands —— yes – his new nickname

  139. Mats Naslund says:

    “an opportunity” – thankfully he’ll have 82 of those in games that actually matter to do so huh?

  140. The Juice says:

    Question: Would St. Louis have taken Price v. Halak for the same players back?

  141. observer says:

    no  he wont be goalie with the habs for long playing like that. the fans didnt allow those 4 goals on 8 shots. he was not expected to be average either – he was expected to be a star and make saves on sure goals – and he is not even average at least since jan. 1, 2009 he has not been 20 wins out of his last 68 decisions in reg season and playoffs.

  142. Mats Naslund says:

    the fans have every right to have a reaction to bad play. by all means react… but with Price the reaction is always over the top. Nobody complaining about Price has mentioned how terrible the give-aways by Spacek and Weber were. Who cares right? Pre-season blunder? He didn’t play well at all. But how about a reaction that FITS the situation? He lost a pre-season game!

  143. mrhabby says:

    hatred maybe wrong word..its 1 game yes…regardless tough spot for anyone to be in…

  144. saskhabfan says:

    Why? Afraid to get punched in the face?

     

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

  145. Chorske says:

    Hee hee!

    See, haters? This is called a sense of humour. Get one.

  146. GoalieT says:

    30 minutes of hockey from one guy somehow defines our season? I shake my head at some of the comments I’ve read so far. Repeat after me: It’s…half…a…game…in…the…preseason. Each and every one of us has been through our own adversities in life. And, I dare say, none of us has had the adversity on the level on any one of the players on the ice for any team in the NHL – preseason, regular season, or play-offs. Let the boy fight his demons. He didn’t get here on luck, and I think we all agree on that. Is he having problems? Yeah, I’d definitely buy that. Is he capable of overcoming them? In my opinion, absolutely.

    I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and for that I’m glad. But, for my own entertainment, I hope that Price absolutely stones a team this preseason on a ridiculous level so that I can hear the axles groan on that bandwagon once again and see how this forum develops in its wake.

    Ultimate Die-Hard Since 1986. T.

  147. Traf27 says:

    I rarely post, but I knew after watching last night I’d be posting today. I thought this game was going to be one of two things. A way for Price to relieve some pressure for a few days and force the Price haters to wait until the first time he falters or a rusty game with some bad goals.

    It in turned out to be something else and entirely worse than either of those. Last night was a game where the teamed played 85% a perfect system which resulted in such a low number of shoots by the bruins. The problem being that the 15% they messed the messed up big. When 2 out of 4 goals are the result of a premier talent being given all the time in the world to dangle infront of your goalie you can hardly blame him.

    If anybody looked aweful last night it was Spacek. He was uncomfortable with the puck in the D-zone, sent Bergeron in on a SH breakaway and was too eager to be the trigger man on the PP shooting into a wall of players instead of looking for the better play.

    Halak lost his first pre-season game in St.Louis, letting in 2 actual bad goals. Blues fans move on and enjoyed a 5-1 victory in game 2. It’s the start of the season people, I for one have been looking forward to enjoying it. Lets not ruin it off the start.

     

    The struggles of today will make the victories of tomorrow that much sweeter.

  148. 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.”

    http://fans.blues.nhl.com/community/topic/12353-gdt-blues-vs-avs/page__st__60

  149. GoalieT says:

    Here’s a comment from Cammalleri regarding price.

    “No one in here (dressing room) is booing him, so if everyone wants to identify with this team, we’re all supporting him so jump on board,” Cammalleri continued.

     

    Ultimate Die-Hard Since 1986. T.


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