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. jrshabs1 says:

    I think we had this conversation last year when Halak beat out Price for the starting job. You say tomato and I say washed up. Only time will tell what the truth is. Clueless…sometimes . If you are happy with Carey Price as your goaltender who am I to say any different. I didn’t insinuate anything to be honest..only asked a many goals did Sanford let in? I don’t need a history lesson on Curtis Sanford..he played well lastnight better than the guy he replaced..agree?

  2. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Feel free to follow any of the other 29 teams then, come back when the team is more to your liking.


  3. 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.

  4. RJ says:

    Rask is The Franchise and Price is The Fraudchise.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  5. 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.

  6. 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$$..



  7. Habsrule1 says:


    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

  8. 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.

  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….



  21. matraque says:

    He looked lost on both of Bergeron’s goal.

    Desjardin was amazing last night…..


    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  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

  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.


  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 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!!!


  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

  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


    “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:


    Thanks for the laugh man…

    You should write for a sitcom or something…

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