Three 3s

Three wins in a row, three Ws at home, three on the road.

And with nine games in the books, your Montreal Canadiens are first in the Eastern Conference.

Night of the Plumbers

Moen just misses Gordie Howe hat trick

O’Byrne, Picard on the bubble

• Arpon Basu on Carey Price and the D

• François Gagnon writes Markov is ready

James Wisniewski audio on the “inexcusable” Moen hit

Allan Walsh is at it again

Jane Findlay has this view from the Commentariat:

Who said Jacques Martin hockey was boring?  It’s
a very long time since we’ve been able to watch our team play such
fast, exciting, intelligent hockey on a regular basis.  Few people saw
this coming last year when the team took most of the season to gel, the
games were played largely in our zone, we were outshot night after
night, and we had no chance of winning if our goaltender wasn’t
outstanding.  Price is playing well, but, apart from the Pittsburgh
game, he’s not stealing the wins.  The whole team is contributing, and
everything from faceoffs to defensive zone coverage to the transition
game is much improved from last year.

Alexandre Picard has earned
his spot.  He’s not the fastest guy or the toughest along the boards,
but he makes intelligent plays and not many mistakes.  I thought when he
and P.K. started playing together that it was a risky pairing, but for
the moment it’s going surprisingly well.  Unfortunately he’ll probably
be on the bench when Markov comes back.  The RDS guys think it should be
Spacek who sits, but that’s not going to happen with his salary.
 However, Spacek was better last night; that penalty at the end of the
second period, which led to the Islanders’ second goal, was BS.

I
think it’s only a matter of time until both the powerplay and the Gomez
line unblock.  Our first powerplay last night looked great, and we
should certainly have scored.  P.K. hit the post, and Gionta missed a
certain goal.  We’re creating chances and moving the puck well, so I
think success is not far away.  The same goes for Gomez and Gionta, but I
wish JM would put Pouliot back with them and give the line a handful of
games before trying someone else.

Lars Eller had another strong
game and is visibly gaining confidence.  JM is managing his role and
ice-time well; perhaps the idea that he “ruins” young players, which
floated around all last year, will quietly go away.

We’re racking up the wins and looking great, but we have yet to play Boston, Washington or Philadelphia.

The
three-star selection is a joke.  How can fans not realize that it
becomes meaningless if we choose three of our own players in a close
game?  It’s true that we dominated the Islanders for long stretches, but
there’s no way James Wisniewski, with a goal and two assists, should
not have had a star over Price.

268 Comments

  1. mike g says:

    Ok you’ve lost me…

    You’d rather hear the answers of Keenan and Barnaby over Mckenzie?

    Alright, got’chya….lol

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  2. Hobie Hansen says:

    Do they make good TV personalities, no. However, they do have an inside track on what goes on in the NHL. If I want an update on a score I’ll listen to a reporter. If I want perspective of what just happened on the ice I’d rather hear it from an ex player or coach.

  3. Storm Man says:

    If that happened I would move back.

  4. Hobie Hansen says:

    Well as a reporter, which Bob McKenzie is, it’s his job to interview people who have an opinion. McKenzie should ask the questions and Barnaby or Keenan should provide the answers.     

  5. Nilan4Pres says:

    Just because he’s been there done that (years ago) does’t not make him a wind bag. There are plenty of ex-coaches and players in broadcasting that shouldn’t be there (Mathew Barnaby?). As was mentioned in other posts its not that he isn’t knowledgable its how he comes across. No one likes a “know-it-all name dropper”

  6. Mark C says:

    Please stop talking out of your backside.

    Hamilton has five players under 6 foot out of the 21 players on the poster. How is that tiny?  

  7. mike g says:

    So then…

    You’d rather listen to Mike Keenan, Barry Melrose and Matthew Barnaby over Bob Mckenzie?

    Alright dude, wtv floats ur boat, lol…..

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  8. Storm Man says:

    The three blind mice.

  9. Mark C says:

    Back to embarrassing yourself again huh? None of the goals given up by Price last night were “floaters”, two deflections and a rocket by Wisniewski on a bouncing puck.

  10. VintageFan says:

    Please read this slowly. I apologize to everyone for the lack of clarity in my post. The point was that the Habs are continuing to play 3 aged (past aging) defensemen with no relief in sight. Whatever else you may wish to believe, any and all of the younger players have more upside than the “AGED THREE” – Gill, Spacek & Hamrlik. And they may be no worse now.

  11. HFX-HabFan says:

    So does that mean you like Milbury, Healy and PJ Stock on the HNIC crew?

  12. habs001 says:

    i agree  with what you are saying that at the time of the trade there was not a great market for goalies…

  13. nunacanadien says:

    I agree, we could dump a few of the smaller defense who end up being major liabilities.  But then you couldn’t get a bag of pucks for them that is why they’re here, no one wants them, ok maybe Tampa Bay but they’d want draft picks in return, are these players worth losing your draft picks for?  Ok, they are considering we draft shrimps for the most part, and we’ve been lucky with a lot for the whole though, but when you look at a Markov, who provides a career here, a solid career, you have to ask yourself, is trading Matt Carle so you could lose a future prospect the calibre of Markov?  Over a an UFA or RFA that would walk after they found a better team?

  14. Hobie Hansen says:

    I find it remarkable how over the years the anti-McGuire thing has picked up steam.

    I like hearing from ex players and coaches rather than people who’ve never had anything to do with a team in the NHL.

    He should always get the last word in over Mckenzie, Miller or Dregor because they have never done anything except report on the NHL whereas McGuire has been behind the bench and in the locker room.

  15. mike g says:

    Sorry about the job loss…

    And I too wish Montreal would seperate..

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  16. nunacanadien says:

    Then Havlat could join Halak in St. Louis as we watch him hoist the cup next year, this looks like a banner year for St. Louis, and all it took was a hot goalie.  Too bad Montreal chose not to go to the cup playoffs this year again, I guess chasing after the conference penant is our only goal now, one that Price has climbed already.  I want Price to hoist the cup badly though, beating Halak doing it would be even sweeter for Price, to show he is a real champion.

  17. habfan53 says:

    ALL in the Hall of Fame except Rogie ( Sorry Stubbs)

  18. TB says:

    even better on the Isles next powerplay wasn’t it Weight who lost the puck to Plekanec at the blueline for Moen’s goal

    must of wasted all his “great plays” on the previous one

  19. nunacanadien says:

    I loved when CBC Sports showed an afternoon game showing the Bulldogs.  I can’t believe just how tiny our rookies are, we are in for a shrimp sized team for the foreseable future it seems, which all but spells the need to sign big UFAs to ensure our shrimps don’t injure themselves throughout the year in the grind of big time hockey.

  20. Nilan4Pres says:

    He actually gave some pretty good props to Pleks last night during the second period. But your right about him seemingly picking a couple of players before the game that he can throw up on a pedestal and try to convert us all to worship them.

  21. mike g says:

    OMG I noticed that too…

    When he talks down to Gord Miller, that’s disgusting and rude.

    He did it a couple of times in the 1st yesterday, when he cut-off Miller in a strong tone of voice and contradicted what Gord said.

    That’s a no-no….

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  22. joeybarrie says:

    I think we got what we could for Halak. You get a top 2 line player with some size and a grinder with the possibility of becoming a power forward. If we end up with a 2nd-3rd line player from Schultz, and a 1st or 2nd line from Eller, how can you say we didn’t do GREAT in the deal?

    Especially when you consider 2 things. First, the market had a few goalies available. Second we already had a goalie who could produce the SAME numbers. WIN-WIN…

    We will have to wait and see, but so far I like the way Eller is playing.

    It’s too easy to look back and say we should have gotten the guy who is producing right now. First, maybe they were willing to give the guy up. Whether it was Price or Halak. Second, we should wait and see what happens with Eller. Gion has 1 more point than him, and I have to say if we get anything like GIO back in Eller, we won that trade hands down…

    I think my point is this, value depends on the market. Its about the supply elasticity of demand. And the demand wasn’t HIGH. You can’t look back and determine a players value in a particular trade based on production.  You must understand the market. There is a Condo a friend of mine was renting 10 years ago. It was selling at the time for 480k. Last year he moved to a different apartment where the first owner offered it to him for 360k. His response was ‘so what your saying is if I had of purchased it when you first asked me I would have LOST 120k?’  On the other side of that coin was the $180k condo I DIDN’T buy when I first moved to Wash DC. It sold for $420 in 2007. DID I MAKE A BAD MOVE??? Well, YES and NO. Yes cause I probably wouldnt be working right now… NO because i may not have been able to make those payments at the time and may have been foreclosed upon thus ruining my credit. In the end I have a single family home a few years later for a decent monrtgage and I bought at the right time for ME…

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

  23. MikeL says:

    I don’t think anyone can say he doesn’t know his hockey, it’s just the manner in which he relays the information. Quite simply, he’s annoying. He’s like the geek in high school who knew too much and never shut up.

  24. TomNickle says:

    Not even perhaps.  He’s not even in the conversation.

    So since people who speak well of Price want to sleep with him in your opinion, does that mean you want to sleep with Halak?

    Or do you just generalize every fan of Price’s or the Habs for that matter into a category of people who want to have sex with them and can’t simply admire their play or personalities?

  25. nunacanadien says:

    Ok, so far Price is doing great, its not fair to crap on fans who see the game differently than you.  Last nite on one of the goals Price had no chance whatsoever.  On one you could tell he was still struggling with his butterfly style and the classic over the shoulder floater again was seen.  This is a big achilles heel and if Price doesn’t resolve the floater goals (on average two on bad games) and if our forwards don’t score, Gauthier in trading Halak is screwed.

  26. mike g says:

    “The people bashing Pierre McGuire”, well that’s me, Mike G….

    I started it, and you can say my name, don’t worry. And what I said is totally true, IMO.

    Pierre is a saavy person, I even stated that he knows his hockey. He might even know too much hockey if you ask some. But the problem is he doesn’t know how to deliver his message without sounding dumb and obnoxious. I’ll give him credit for being all over the radio shows and tv, but it doesn’t make me forgive his poor attitude.

    Bob Mckenzie is MR HOCKEY on television. He knows his stuff, and doesn’t shoot his mouth off like a dumbass the way McGuire does. Bob never says, “I had breakfast with Crosby in Pittsburgh, then had lunch with Ovi in Washington, and now tonight I’m gonna go visit bla, bla, bla…”. Bob never does that, and he’s the most connected guy in all of hockey.

    Pierre’s problem is, IMO, that he doesn’t know how to express himself. Ever wonder how this guy knows so much about hockey, yet he hasn’t landed an NHL job in over a decade?

    He was interviewed for the job in Minnesota, and they chose someone else. Don’t you think with all his apparent extreme knowledge about every single player in the world, some team would want to have this guy working for their organization?

    He knows hockey, he’s just not a people person….

     

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  27. Xtrahabsfan says:

    1)Prospects  for perhaps the best tender in the world….JOKE!

  28. Storm Man says:

    I could not have said it any better. I think also that Big Joe owes you some money after his hat trick last night.

  29. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Old man Brodeur won’t be around much longer ….so to see him play is to  watch Roy ,Dryden ,Rogie,Parent,Esposito and so on….

  30. habfan53 says:

    Is there a fee to be a member of the Pierre McGuire fan club?   I agree he is knowledgeble but his problem is his delivery. To me he is becoming more like the know-it-all annoucer who has to get the last word in 

  31. kirkiswork says:

    He is just too full of himself. That’s all.

  32. habs03 says:

    He does know his hockey, and when he first started on TV, everyone thought he was great, until it got to his head, he started thinking that he knows it all, and not only does he talk down to fans in certian ways, but he also talks down to people like Gord Miller.

  33. notbigbird says:

    1. True: This will draw much flak I’m sure, but you could look at it that we got Carey, Pleks, Lars and Schultz for Halak.

  34. habs-hampton says:

    Good one!!


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