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While we wait for Big Ben to suit up, a few takes on last night’s win:

Quotes from the room

Arpon Basu

Last season, Price would have lost this game – François Gagnon

Pierre Ladouceur

J.T.

• Larry Brooks on the uselessness of enforcers

And from the Commentariat, some interestng observations by JF:

That was a far more exciting game than Friday
night against Buffalo and, with the exception of a brief lapse in the
second period, the Habs were full value.  But, as the RDS guys pointed
out, the two quick Ottawa goals were the result of individual errors
rather than of poor team play.  For the most part we dominated the
Senators, outshooting and outworking them in the second and third
periods and, suddenly facing a deficit of two goals, the team showed no
quit.  Nor did Price wilt as he certainly would have last year.

I
love what I’m seeing so far from this team.  I think that as a group
they learned a great deal from the playoff run.  That experience showed
them how to play for each other, how to overcome obstacles, and how to
believe in themselves.  They don’t quit, they stand up for each other,
and they never stop believing they can win.

 

Two facets of the game
that so far look vastly improved from last year: faceoffs and defensive
zone play. Last year we were usually under 50% on faceoffs, but the
addition of Halpern has pushed us well over that, and I think Plekanec
is also doing better on faceoffs this year.  Winning more faceoffs makes
quite a difference in terms of puck possession.  Also, we no longer
seem to be spending long stretches hemmed in our own zone.  There are
still turnovers and mistakes of course, but for the most part we clear
the zone more efficiently than last year and move the puck up-ice more
purposefully.  I’m seeing less dump-and-chase, more well-constructed
attacking.  Jacques Martin said at the beginning of the season that last
year he concentrated heavily on defence because it was his first year
with the team and he wanted to ensure the players learned the system
thoroughly and were able to execute it well.  It took a year, but it
might have worked.  Our defence looks quite solid and the team is
playing a lot less passively than last year, particularly when
protecting a 1-goal lead.  We no longer turn into a shell and let our
opponents pound our goaltender.  This should translate into more
victories, particularly in close games, than last year.  We started
2009-2010 with two OT wins. then, after the blowout in Vancouver, four
1-goal losses.  I think that over the season we were among the league
leaders in 1-goal losses.  Turning some of those into wins will
certainly help our playoff hopes.

AK46’s goal was the highlight of
the night but Plekanec’s, which he set up by driving hard to the net,
ran it a close second.  We’ve only ever seen glimpses of the Kostitsyn
we’re seeing now – strong, intense, physical, going to the net, and
shooting the puck.  Not only is he in better shape than last year, but
he must have done a lot of work on his defensive game.  He backchecks
well and he is not beaten so regularly along the boards.  It was great
to see him get the first star and then skate around offering pucks to
the fans.

I’m glad Gionta got a goal, and such a spectacular one, but we need to see more from that line.

 

299 Comments

  1. Ian Cobb says:

    In a 30 team league, this is where our tem places after the 1st week of the season.

    I will put these stats up each week as our team as a whole progresses in these 3 areas.

     

     

    1st— Goals Against,—13, –we are in 19th place out of 30 teams.

    2nd– Total Points——  7, –we are in  6th  place out of 30 teams.

    3rd– Goals For———-14, –we are in 11th place out of 30 teams.

     

  2. observer says:

    On SportsInteraction today – of the 30 NHL teams Habs ranked as the 11th favorite to win the Stanley Cup. The Leaves are next as 12th.

  3. observer says:

    For what I see, it will not be long and Subban will be the captain and leader of this team.

  4. lefreak says:

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2010/10/16/sp-tfc-fan-protest.html

     

    not habs related…and as much as i adore making fun of everything toronto, i really really like what the fans did in their last soccer game of the year.

  5. bertuzzisucks says:

    A few Habs ramblings:

    HAMRLIK IS BRUTAL!

       Are you kidding me about worried if we lose Hamrlik next year. The guy is so bad. Watch him out there. His              defensive zone coverage is awful. He just skates around with out taking any bodies. He’s consistently pinching offensively and getting caught up the ice. Good riddance and his plain awful cap hit of 5.5 mil. He has completely lost it since last December 2009.  

       Get moen off that line. Its not a long term solution so why bother. Travis is a 3rd liner player at best. Put Benoit back on there or call up somebody offensive. Desharnais. 

     Lets sign Georges now- 5yrs at 17.5 million is totally fair. Dont wait-cant afford too as we will lose the 3 oldies gill, spacek, and Hammerlick at year end.

    Gomez has had a vary dissapointing start to this year.

    Darche is a waste of a roster spot-dumb signing

     

     

    Are you going to bark all day little doggy? Or are you going to bite?

  6. No et al says:

    I just had to go back and watch the highlights to see where you’re coming from and have decided you are nuts.

    The goal scored where he tipped it was unfortunate, but could have happened to any defenseman… they all would have done exactly what Hammer did in that situation.

    The other two didn’t involve Hammer at all (he was on the ice, but that’s as much blame as you can assess!).

     

    So, yes, I think we can absolve Hammer from responsibilty for the other two goals. Or at least state he is as much to blame as five other guys in red jerseys on the ice at the same time as him.

  7. No et al says:

    While I know he’s getting older, one only has to look at the shortened bench the Devils have been icing to explain why Brodeur is facing a lot more quality chances from opposing teams. Rolling four lines against three can wear a team down quickly.

  8. ooder says:

    well i guess we will have to agree to disagree about hammer huh

    i really think that if Hammer’s time was limited better, he ain’t getting any younger, he would be even more effective.

    i think a lot of those mistakes are fatigue related due to him stepping up his game in Markov’s absence

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    88 is the new 23

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Can’t take Bieksa’s salary back and I don’t get the interest behind this guy, doesn’t seem to add much to VAN and he doesn’t give MTL anything they’re missing.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s what ticks me off, no matter how bad your season is, if you’re a Backup or Quebecois you’re having a great night in the Bell Centre.

    I bet anything Elliott won’t make anything like some of those big glove saves for the next 5 games.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  11. TomNickle says:

    It was Spacek.  Honest mistake.  Does that absolve Hamrlik of responsibility on the other two goals?

    This kind of a night has been typical for Hamrlik since last November.  It hasn’t been for Spacek.

     

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Boogaard is a laughingstock around the NHL, a comically bad skater with no hockey instincts at all and if he didn’t have that size he’d be nothing.

    Guys like Boogaard tie down a 4th line from being effective as he’s too slow to actually contribute and leaves the team hemmed up in their zone, just waiting to have a staged brawl that means nothing.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  13. Morenz7 says:

    I’m sure it’s been said elsewhere on this board, but for my money the story of last night’s game was the team stepping up to get the win for Price. Three glove-side goals by Ottawa could have sent the team down a familiar path, where his failure to be perfect results in Carey wearing yet another loss at home. We’d be mired in a debate about whether he’s fatally flawed, weak glove hand la, la, la.

    Instead they got back in, and gave Price another chance. And man, he rallied. That clean trappper save on Regin was a statement.

    Big team win. Lotsa shots. Nice to see.

  14. TripleX says:

    With regards to all these disparaging comments about Brodeur.  Word of advice ” don’t poke the bear”.  Brodeur may be on the decline of his brilliant career, but he can still win a game on his own.  Don’t be surprised if he proves to be the Hab’s nemesis one last time.

     

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  15. JIMVINNY says:

    So you think Gauthier, who has no cap space to speak of, should trade Pouliot and his 1.3 million cap hit for Bieksa and his 3.75 million cap hit?  Not trying to be mean here, but have you any concept of how the salary cap works?

  16. Chuck says:

    Do we have any programming geeks on hand that could crack it and roll in back to 1?   :)

  17. No et al says:

    How about we try your lines, but keep Pouliot… let’s not give up on the kid so quickly. He looked pretty good last night. Just needs to stay interested and get involved in the play… get his nose dirty and stop skating around the perimeter.

    I read a great article on him from, might have been Sports Illustrated, written well before he ever became a Hab (maybe his first year after the draft). He has done this at every level he’s played at… came in with big expectations, stumbled, found his game and excelled.

    I’m not ready to toss him under a bus just yet (nor would I be for another year or two at least!).

     

    EDIT: found a link to the story: http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3745398

     

  18. JIMVINNY says:

    One weak goal in five games, and you’re already whining.  Unreal.

  19. lavie says:

    I agree with you on the top two lines.

    Based on Habs D situation, I see Webber will be traded soon.

     

  20. Chris F says:

    I agree, Benching Eller has Latendresse smell to it. He’s a great young player who can play with Gomez and Gionta easily. Moen has done in one sense because he forces the other team’s D to turn and take notice, Eller is not this strong yet. However, Eller has better puck skills and is much faster-which would fit in perfectly with the speedy GG’s.

  21. No et al says:

    A couple of those goals were the result of mistakes that happened long before the puck was anywhere near Hammer.

    No doubt he had a chance to be a hero if he had been able to do something to prevent the goals (he is a “defenceman”), but the team gets put in a tough spot when your forwards turn the puck over leaving the defensive zone.

    So last night wasn’t his best game. Doesn’t mean he’s a crappy d-man. He plays a lot of minutes against the other teams’ top lines.

    Why does he have that responsibility? Because he’s one of our better defencemen who also has great vision and an excellent first pass out of the zone.

    He’s no Markov, but in Markov’s absence, you have to think he’s probably our best all-around defenceman. He does most things pretty well… nothing really bad.

  22. Chuck says:

    I believe it was Spatch.

  23. lavie says:

    Overall, Hammer is the only D who can temporarily stop us from missing Markov so much. Hammer is a veteran, and a few mistakes can’t devalue him.

  24. Chris F says:

    I don’t think Price is the measuring stick here, I think you have to compare Brodeur with himself. He is a stand-up goaltender who is no longer quick enough to stand up. Price plays the butterfly like every other goaltender in the league. If you watched the goals against Brodeur, you will see that two or three weak goals per game will sink any team. Brodeur will still get his wins, don’t get me wrong, but the games that he will win by himself, or the shut-outs he garners after stopping 17-20 shots in a game are history. These Devils don’t have the same D, there will be more shots, and the players are better shooters every year. Brodeur has simply slowed down, and his numbers will eventually force everyone to accept it. 

  25. Propwash says:

    You have to admit it though, these past few games Price has been very Brodeuresque.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  26. Storm Man says:

    If the Habs do a trade with Vancouver OB would be part of it.

  27. gohabsgo25 says:

    im not sure whats wrong with martin but the lines should look like this

     

    Gionta Gomez Eller

    Cammy-Pleks-AK

    Lappiere-Boyd-Pouliot

    Moen-Pyatt-Halpren

     

    in the preseason eller played great with g love and gionta, if he has more ice time i think he will be a fantastic player.

    and for gods sake put eller on the powerplay screw pouliot hes done.

     

    So trade Suggest

    Pouliot and Webber to Vancouver For Kevin Bieska and prospect.

     

  28. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I for one would have been more than pleased to see the Boogiemen wearing a C.H. standing beside Gil and O’Bryne with a look of “No you doesn’t!”

  29. ooder says:

    u sure it was Hamrlik, and not Spacek who was out of position on one and then got deked out on the second.

    and i disagree about Gill and Gorges.

    Gill is a gret shot blocker and uses his body, and Gorges will take a hit to get the puck out of the zone.

    but niether read the game like Hammer does

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    88 is the new 23

  30. TomNickle says:

    If that’s the case I apologize.  He was the cause of two out of three Senators goals.

    My bad.  I should really lay off Roman Hamrlik for his great play.  He’s nothing but an asset to this team.

    He certainly earns his keep by making it more of a challenge for the Habs to win than normal.

  31. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Dude, Brodeur is still a better goaltender  than Carey Price!And Price would be a better Goaltender if he played like Brodeur!

  32. TomNickle says:

    When he stops being the cause of opposition goals that shouldn’t be scored in the first place.  I’ll stop venting my frustration about his place on this team.

    Gorges and Gill are are much more intelligent on the ice by the way.

    Hamrlik was the root of the Senators’ goals last night…….all three.

    That isn’t just a case of a couple mistakes.

  33. JIMVINNY says:

    FYI, it was Spacek who dives in front of Price on the Karlsson goal. This anti-Hamrlik crusade of yours is getting a little out of hand. Now your blaming the mistakes of others on him.

  34. No et al says:

    1200 plus games in the NHL… schools a lot of the young guns when they come into his corner. Yes, he’s earning too much (which NHL player isn’t!?), but yeah – great d-man and would be top 4 on many, many NHL clubs… maybe all of them.

  35. No et al says:

    Just a comment on the Larry Brooks piece about the “uselessness of enforcers”. 

    I think an enforcer (who can also at least keep up with the play) can play a valuable role on an NHL team, but not by lining up against the other team’s tough guy and duking it out.

    The most effective enforcers intimidate all players – including and especially the stars of the other team – so they don’t perform at the highest levels. It’s about intimidation.

    Is there a place for intimidation in hockey? That can be debated all day (whether it belongs or not, it’s there). But there’s no denying that when opposing players heard the skates of a John Kordic creeping up behind them about to deliver a thunderous check, guys often coughed up the puck and braced for impact.

    In situations like the one above, the opposing team usually sends out their tough guy (most often in this case Jay Miller) to show the “enforcer” that his bullying won’t be tolerated.

    The role has evolved (if you can use the term) to a point where tough guys now usually only fight each other. In this case – what is the point?

    Look at Sean Avery, Chris Neal, Ruutu, even long retired Matthew Barnaby… these are/were agitators who pick/ed on the other team’s top players and have/had the spunk to stand up and fight when the other team sends their tough guy to send a message.

    These guys don’t necessarily hurt your team (who wouldn’t like a Chris Neal on their club?), unlike your BGLs or Boogiemen of today (and BGL was an awesome bully/enforcer when he was in shape and with Edmonton).

    There might be a place for tough guy agitators who can keep up (or even actually play at this level), but the days of teams lining up their two gladiators seem to quickly be fading.

  36. ooder says:

    ok really.. can people stop complaining about hamrlik.

    unless i am watching a different game he looks like the perfect 2nd pairing d man to me.

    obviously he makes a few mistakes (‘cuz he’s human right) but i love having this guy on my team.

    he’s big, not intimidated and smart. i think behind markov he’s the smartest d-man on our team.

    yes he is a bit overpaid, but considering that for 3 out of his 4 years he has played as a mentor to other defence men and pretty much covered both defensive zones im happy with his play

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    88 is the new 23

  37. Puck Bard says:

    Well said, Brodeur can’t stand on his head forever. I wouldn’t be expecting anything spectacular from him on Thursday. Anyone predicting the Devils to compete this year is in for a rude awakening… a shadow of their former selves. 

  38. Chris F says:

    A few points:

    Brodeur is done. Period. He was finished two years ago in the playoffs. He has continued to play for the regular season records.

    More importantly: We would have lost this game last year against the sens. No doubt being down by two goals. I was asking myself after Ottawa scored the third goal, “Have we shown enough offensive output to score four goals in this game? Or do we simply try to tie it up?” Last year you have to think JM would have been happy to push this game into overtime. We settled for overtime way to often last year. The third goal on Price was horrible, too similar to game one, this has to stop. His glove hand is weak on the softer shots, can this be fixed, or is it simply a weakness in the same vein as Gill not having a shot like Bergeron?

    Kostitsyn was flying on several shifts last night. As in soccer lingo, he won the majority of 50-50 pucks, and many times won the battle when the sens were in better position, his overwhelming strength is showing, and is much needed on a team that has very little in the way of “over-whelming” strength. I realise it’s his contract year, and he realises it too. He is playing for his living, and without Sergei around, he can focus on his game, instead of babysitting and listening to Sergei complain. In life (or in your office) we call it a cancer, or a cancerous personality- they simply bring you down. Remove the cancer, and you will reap the rewards of positive thinking.

    Plekenacs is worth every penny. I really like this guy and love the way he plays. He was our best player last year, and he is proving it again. Faceoffs, PK, PP, he has the entire package.

    3-1-1, a great start. Go Habs Go!!

     

  39. Puck Bard says:

    Yup, cap factor. For a similar situation (past is prologue), check out the Times piece on why the Texas Rangers struggled along with 10 years of futility all because of the bloated A-Rod contract:  Rangers Emerge From A-Rod’s Shadow

  40. TomNickle says:

    First goal, Hamrlik tips it in while screening Price.

    Second goal, Hamrlik dives directly in front of Price which doesn’t allow him to come out and challenge Karlsson.

    Third goal, Hamrlik gets caught up ice and Michalek skates down his vacant side of the ice and walks in front for the backhander.

    Spacek crapped the bed on Michalek’s second goal and nearly shot the puck into our net off of Hamrlik.  But Hamrlik also had two giveaways into our slot ala Bryan McCabe with the Leafs.

    When do the excuses run out for this guy?

    Throwing the puck into our slot, pinching at the wrong time, diving in front of your goalie and deflecting pucks by him are not mistakes that are a result of too many minutes or a lack of camp time.  Giveaways into the slot can be a result of lack of camp time because of the rust in passing the puck, but not these stupid things that led to goals.

    The truth about Hamrlik is coming out with every passing game.  He is simply not a #3 or #4 defenseman.

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Promises aside, whether they can do it is another story, I’m still wagering that LL is going to retire the second Brodeur is and leave the next guy holding the bag on trying to fix the team up. Kovalchuk’s real prime years could be thrown away while they retool.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  42. punkster says:

    We see things differently. So be it.

  43. RGM says:

    There are a lot of things wrong with the Devils – first and foremost among them is the Kovalchuk contract that has pushed them to the brink of the salary cap and forced them to play short-handed for several games. They (both Kovalchuk and Devils ownership) were insistent that he get his $100M contract, and as a consequence they have no room to maneuver to have a solid, credible NHL-level supporting cast dressed every night. Toss in a couple injuries, Broduer off to a brutally slow start, and you have the recipe for a team that looks really bad out of the gates.

    Also, as it relates to the Kings, that all rests on his agent and the $100M contract demand. Lombardi knows that he has a lot of very good young talent on the roster that are going to be due for raises in the not too distant future. They have tons of cap space right now but I believe they do have a self-imposed budget, and that will be strained when they have to re-sign Doughty, Quick, Bernier, and their other key players. Given the choice between an outrageous Kovalchuk contract and thus a marquee name, and keeping several good players, Lombardi did something that many GMs have been hesitant to do: exercise good judgment with an eye towards a long-term strategy.

    Go Habs Go!

  44. habs001 says:

    some people may not like hammer but there is no one in the habs orginization right now who can replace him..obyrne has limited nhl skills..and  our ahl d are also weak

  45. christophor says:

    2356 and counting. 

  46. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sorry but I think you’ve got some unresolved Hamrlik distaste from last year’s playoffs here, go look at the 2nd goal on NHL.com, Spacek’s the one who Michaelek dances around and notches the goal. He also made other gaffes that might have been goals if Price hadn’t been sharp.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  47. Propwash says:

    It’s Brodeur, he always plays out of his mind when he comes to Montreal.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  48. TomNickle says:

    Quite possible that the Devils made a promise to build around Kovalchuk.  Gonna be hard to do without draft picks for the next couple of years though.

    They have very little in the pipeline and even less on their current roster.

     

  49. Jbird says:

    What stuns me is that I have now visited that page twice.  And yeah, it looks even more stupid today than yesterday. 

  50. TomNickle says:

    Yeah I saw.  Hamrlik’s mistakes are costing the team less than O’Byrne’s were.

    O’Byrne might very well be the lesser of two evils right now.

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Time is a harsh mistress, Brodeur’s been chasing and padding records for years so he can exit with a wins/SO count that will never be matched and won’t take 1 day off while he does it. Should’ve been managing his starts into the 60s for the last 5 years or so but he won’t.

    I said it was a mistake when he did it, Kings were on the way up and the Devils were on the decline. You sign a lifetime deal, you should do it with the team that’s likely going to be getting closer to the Cup and not farther away from it.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  52. TomNickle says:

    Nothing beyond their first line and their group of defensemen are simply bad.

    That and a new coaching staff and an aging Brodeur make them ripe for the picking.

  53. punkster says:

    FYI I posted my 2 cents below re: Hamr and Spac.

  54. TomNickle says:

    Spacek can’t let players walk their way through the slot but Hamrlik was the deciding factor on all three goals that the Senators scored.

  55. TomNickle says:

    Subban isn’t 6’2 and Hamrlik and Spacek were on for all three of the Senators goals.  If you don’t know these things how can you expect people to take your comments seriously?

  56. HardHabits says:

    I know this is off topic but who else here is wondering what’s up with the Devils. They are looking like a lottery team and Brodeur like a shadow of his past.

    On this note I’d like to say that KovyII is an idiot for not signing with the LA Kings.

  57. punkster says:

    I wish they didn’t have to play 20 minutes a night but for now they do. We haven’t a choice and at this point callups wouldn’t be reasonable subs for either player of their experience. I find them a step up from the OB (unfortunately) and no more error prone than PK (at the moment). We’re in the same boat we were in last year in that we still need an experienced number 3 or 4 D man who can shoot and a top 6 forward who can be physical (AK fits if he continues to shine and Pouliot fits if he ever starts to bury the puck).

  58. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m willing to give him some rope, missed camp with a tweaked knee. I don’t think he was THAT bad all night, if you want to pick on Hammer for errors than you’d better take Spacek to task as well.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  59. TomNickle says:

    Still think Hamrlik’s terrible because of all that icetime last year Robert?

  60. TomNickle says:

    Would you like me to break down how the three Senators goals were Hamrlik’s fault by majority?

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    Imagine if the Habs griped about this sort of thing.

    Broad Street Babies.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  62. Propwash says:

    Is there even a number that gets so high?

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  63. Malreg says:

    Can we start a counter on how many days its been since the Leafs played a playoff game?

  64. LeGrosBill says:

    O’Byrne is the 6’5″ white guy, #20. Subban is the 6’2″ black guy, #76. If you did not notice that the former was not in last nights lineup nor thatthe latter was, how do you expect people to take your comments seriously? Hamrlik is coming back from time off and no one can say Spacek had a good game but both goals they were on the ice for were scored by the Sens top line. Top lines will do that, score goals.

    LGB

     

  65. TomNickle says:

    I love your positive look on things, just remember that the Sens are the laziest team in the NHL.

    Gonchar, Spezza, Ruutu, Campoli, Lee, Karlsson, Kovalev.

     

  66. Clay4bc says:

    LOL, I forgot all about that.

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  67. Clay4bc says:

    Yeah, they were not so good, which is why i didn’t get into specifics – trying to stay positive about this team. It’s also why I didn’t mention Gomez or Eller either.

    19 shots against though, man! that’s fracking great, especially for this team.

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  68. TomNickle says:

    Hamrlik and Spacek were atrocious my friend.

    With a lower case “a” but still atrocious.

  69. Clay4bc says:

    Yeah, I was too lazy to type it all…and instead type this much explaining. There’s some irony for you.

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  70. Clay4bc says:

    I mean the team D…impressive giving up only 19 shots.

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  71. TomNickle says:

    Clay, by “the D was solid” do you mean that Gorges, Gill, Picard and O’Byrne were solid?

     

  72. Clay4bc says:

    Wow…just watched the game (thanks to NHLtorrents.uk). Very exciting game, especially for how early on in the season it is. Andrei K. has found his game for the time being at least, and Pleks is on fire. The D was solid again, and even though Price looked a little shakey early, he made the big save at the big time (the 2 on 1) – something he was notorious for not doing last season. It was great to see Gionta get on the board as well. This team looks good, and all this without Markov! That’s the best part of it – we have a great player to insert into the lineup soon. No need to rush him back, but I can’t wait to see him on the ice again.

    __________________________

    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  73. Propwash says:

    Looks like it could be a good movie except for the musical part of it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53UnxbugTOA

     

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  74. nightmare_49 says:

     

       More Hockey World – by Jim Matheson.

      

       – The heavyweight sluggers union noticed when Pens defenceman Deryk Engelland dropped one of the league’s true toughies, Colton Orr, the other night. Engelland, 28, who was born in Edmonton and played junior in Moose Jaw, isn’t even the Penguins’ beat cop; that’s Eric Godard’s job description. “He (Engelland) doesn’t just fight, he beats the crap out of people,” said Pens defenceman Ben Lovejoy.

      

       – How is it that the Avs have the lowest payroll in the league and one of the game’s richest owners, Stan Kroenke? They will have to re-sign goalie Craig Anderson, a bargain at $1.8 million. He’ll be in the $4-million range.

      

      – Colorado Avalanche centre Paul Stastny, one of the last wooden-stick holdouts, has given it up.

    Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/More+Hockey+World/3683653/story.html#ixzz12cNcfDOS

  75. habfan53 says:

    Although I did not find last nights win a technical gem I did find it an encouraging one. After Montreal dominated the first part of the second period and the Ottawa scored on their first two shots of the period to make 3-1 I said OK let’s see what Carey has learned and this team is made of. Well Carey price seemed to grow in the net and it looked like he was saying thats it NO MORE TONIGHT and he shut the door.  As for the team like JF said they seemed to have learned from last year that with hard work the goals will come and will the wins.

    As for Kostitsyn HE is just flat out playing well. Driving to the net, going into corners and he has seemed to develop a defensive reponsibility. Whether is is not having to look after his little brother or realizing that he did not want to be traded either he has stepped up his approch to the game.

     

     

  76. habsguy says:

    LOL…I’m a huge Price fan but………..he shut the door????…he only faced six shots after that!!!!

  77. sholi2000.com says:

    Like most nights, I watched the game on PVR (little fella plays hockey almost every night).  AWESOME!

    Great come back, and the perfect finish.  I drafted Plecs in our office pool.  Got him in the 6th round, that’s Brisk Baby!

    When they fell behind 3-1 the first thing I said was “well we aren’t going 80-1-1 this season, hope the fans will be ok”. 

    People are starting to realize that goals will be scored apon us. That’s Hockey.

    17040 fans watched the Panthers embarrass the Lighting, I never seen the game but I bet half those tickets were free and the other half were empty, but great job South Florida.

    I see everyone is walking into Long Island and taking them for granted again.  I’ll never understand that.  They are still NHL players, you must play every team like it’s the last game of the season and you need the win.

    The Blues had a great game last night, Ty Conklin made an awesome save, it’s a must see.  Darren Pang has to lay off the jolt.

    Just checked the Conference Standings, if it stays like that all season, I’ll prance around 35th st in nothing but my cooper-all girdle and a Leafs Halter top.

    “Hey Steve, whadda you want me to do with this guy?”

    “Book em Danno”

    They Call Me Shane

  78. HabsFansince49 says:

    I fully agree with JF’s insightful commentary on last night’s game as much as I was distressed by Martin’s quote in the Gazette article on Kostitsyn reborn commitment. When asked about AK46, Martin is quoted as saying

    “I think it’s the last year of a contract, isn’t it?” Martin said
    A very poor response! Martin’s new book is entitled “How to motivate your players”

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

  79. Mike Boone says:

    You’re taking the remark out of context. Martin was fulsome in his praise of AK46. It was only when asked to expl,ain the change that the coach offered the totally plausible theory that professional hockey is played for money. What’s the big deal?

  80. Mike Boone says:

    Stopped ’em all

  81. habsguy says:

    yup,  you got me there!!!!

  82. Number31 says:

    That stand tall glove save off Regin on a 2-on-1 near the end of the 2nd was a statement. And Regin’s no slouch either.

  83. notbigbird says:

    Your side of the site seems to be MIA, Mike. Or is it just something on this end?

  84. Mike Boone says:

    It just takes a little while to load. So do I.

  85. Puck Bard says:

    AK: playing like a bull in  the heather.

  86. habs365 says:

    I liked what I seen, they outshot and outworked a ottawa team. keep doing this guys and you’ll be playing come april 2010. I like how they’re playing attacking more this year when they have a lead. last year they would lay back and play defensive that’s why they lost a lot of one goal games, never lay back keep pushing the opposition and you’ll win a lot of games, great game “GO HABS GO”

  87. TomNickle says:

    Very nice to overcome a two goal deficit.  It’s a little bittersweet for me knowing that it was against the NHL’s laziest team though.

    Fisher, Foligno, Shannon, Phillips and Alfy are really the only players on that team who work.

  88. Julie H says:

    I hope they play this well if not better when the HIO group goes to the game the first weekend in November.

    “I know you’re wise beyond your years, but do you ever get the fear that your perfect verse is just a lie you tell yourself to help you get by?”

  89. Danno says:

    Great points by JF.

    Note to Boone. The customer — and the Commentariat — is always right :0)

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  90. Will Longlade says:

    What’s the top storyline of the Hab’s young season?

    1. 2010/2011 Habs a mirror image of their captain?

    2. Price in the groove and on his way to proving the pundits wrong?

    3. Getzlaf who?

    4. Not playing like a team that will be on the bubble come April?

    5. No PP, no problem? 

    6. None of the above.   

  91. notbigbird says:

    Got there after switching from Firefox to Chrome this morning. Twitter also seemed to be crashing Firefox. Go figure.

  92. JustSomeguy says:

    I think you need a better word than “fulsome” — it has a couple contradictory meanings: excessively or insincerely lavish” or “ abundant or copious.” When I first read your post, I automatically defaulted to the former :)

  93. HabsFansince49 says:

    Unless you are party to the whole conversation, it’s impossible to place in context and you react to what you read in the media.

    I also think it is a big deal. Not this particular incident per se but its reflection of the wider issue of coaches relating to their players.

    Anyway thanks for commenting on my comment. I trust you are right and this was not the whole picture

     

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

  94. j2w4habs25 says:

    Last night was the first time I watched the habs since that embarressing lost to Toronto; but things have change, I dunno if its because Cammy is back, maybe the guys feel complete with him there because there was no way we should’ve lost to Toronto, but we can get them back in our own rink 😉 with chants up in the air of “Leeafs Suuuuck!” lol…

    but when I was watching Tbay news; Thunder Bay Sports announced that the Leafs won the Stanley Cup for going 3-0-0. hehe crazy Leaf fans; cant wait for the Leafs crash :) but besides the stupid Laughs…

    Carey Price looks to be on his game. Its kinda to early to say he is but the last 3 games hes been improving. What got into him?? I thought he would’ve been thrown to the wolves by now, after that aweful pre season. But I will be watching out for him (Carey Carey Carey!!)

  95. TornApart says:

    ManApart is getting torn apart.

  96. petrov14 says:

    THN.com Blog: Canadiens should have kept Guy Boucher

    Nothing we havent gone over here ourselves, but I post it none the less.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  97. SeriousFan09 says:

    Was this written before or after Boucher’s squad got hammered by a 1-line offence FLA team with D just about as bad as Tampa’s?

    Habs have lost 2 1-goal games so far, both of which could have flipped with the full lineup. Next week, NHL feels the wrath of #79 once more.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  98. Bob Barker says:

    The stat of Carey Price not winning a home game since February is a joke. In between that time he started only 3 games. 

    March 31st, April 21st,  Oct 13th. Some people made it sound like it was the longest losing streak ever. 

     

     

     

  99. g says:

    Don’t you just love the MEdia-anything for  a story

    “Long before I ever wore the jersey, I wore the jersey.” Dryden

  100. SeriousFan09 says:

    Louis Leblanc off to a quick start today, a goal and a assist in the 1st period for the MTL Juniors versus the Val-d’Or Foreurs, they lead 2-0 after 20 minutes.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  101. Ayan_SB says:

    Habs fans should enjoy this.

    The Islander’s home page:

    http://islanders.nhl.com/

  102. TornApart says:

    Hmmm. Bashing the fans that are probably going to make up a third of your ticket revenue that night.

  103. j2w4habs25 says:

    LOL. Thats funny…

  104. helluva habs fan says:

    Ha! The Sens should try that one out for next Saturday, maybe their fans will outnumber ours for a change. 

  105. Danno says:

    The funny part is there will be more Habs fans than Isles fans in attendance and if the Isles fan start chanting “No Habs No” it’s just going to blend in with “Go Habs Go” and make it that much more louder.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  106. lefreak says:

    i don’t know if their ticketing site is broken, but if those are the actual prices i can easily understand why no one goes to the games.

     

    200 bucks for a seat at nassau aka the worst arena in hockey? they are crazy.

  107. nightmare_49 says:

     

       From the Catwalk:

       –  Is it me or does PK play better on the road than at the Bell Center.

       –  Carey Price has learnt from Jaro’s heroics last season, he’s eliminating the lower shots and is tracking the puck much better.

       –  Though he hasn’t played bad we need a more consistent effort from Maxim Lapierre.

       –  Everybody is anticipating the return of Markov and the pairing of him with PK, this could possibly be an adventure as Marky gambles as much as PK, ask Rivet and Komo.

       –  So far i’m really impressed with the competitiveness and hockey sense of Jeff Halpern.

       –  Hal Gill should be signed for another year before the end of the season, reasons are obvious as obvious as Gorges resigning.

       –  I’m not a fan of JM cuz the teams he builds are not what you want for a run at the cup but this season i.m impressed by his decisions, what an improvement over Carbo.  

  108. SeriousFan09 says:

    Markov’s difference from PK is he’s a lot better at reading when to pick those spots to move on the attack, he’s far less likely to be caught out of position, Subban’s had too much of an attack-first mentality, Markov is better at knowing when to hold back and play D.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  109. joeybarrie says:

    I’m guessing the Habs fans going to the NYI game don’t log onto the NYI website.

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

  110. TornApart says:

    They probably would be if they’re looking for tickets, directions to the arena, etc.

  111. OneTimer says:

    Aragorn, what happened to you? Did saskhabfan’s quotes finally sunder you like Glamdring? I shed a tear… :'(

  112. CBrady12 says:

    I really don’t understand what it is with you people…the team is playing well…we have kinks like EVERY other team in the league…yet still 90% of posts are people complaining about everything (mostly the coach)…

     

    Listen I know it’s hard for a lot of you to understand but sitting a rookie with less than 20 NHL under his belt and who is -2 on the day when you are up by one goal is completely normal…it happens all the time…yet here with all of the geniuses who have won the cup in EA NHL 11 think they know what they are talking about when they dont…it’s funny/embarrassing to read many of the comments…

  113. lefreak says:

    it is a discussion, and without any this place wouldn’t exist.

     

    i agree that many people on here are a little ummmmm blind/misinformed/purebatshitcrazy…just like any other site like this one on the internet. Nothing to get riled up over, because if you do, they win.

    also: what you means you people?

    oh knaw ya didn’t gurlfrend.

     

    *snaps fingers*

  114. db says:

    Whats great in EA’s NHL is you always get the same effort on every shift…and your players get better all the time :p

     

    I agree though, it’s easy to forget that we play against another team in different cities several times a week.  It’s easy for us to comment on the unknown lives of all of our heros/zeros… but that’s the beauty of forums/blogs etc. 

    I don’t always agree with many and find that a lot of people forget how silly they look when they go to the extremes… its a game. And if you’ve ever played a game you know that there are way more variables than constants.

    And Eller? Well that night there were probably 10 other rookies riding the pine during the game.. it comes with the territory.

  115. CBrady12 says:

    oh definitely….Ill ask rivet and Komisarek and theyll tell me they played their best hockey next to Markov

  116. nightmare_49 says:

    CB – You are correct and i,ve stated that many times before, but if either of them did gamble say at the blueline Marky often wasn’t there to support them. It’s not Marky’s game and he’s not known for being fast.

  117. nightmare_49 says:

     

       SF – As i stated below, Marky is not a support D and has better success with a more defensive minded D. BTW when Marky was PK’s age he didn’t read plays better than Parnell.

  118. db says:

    I was working at the Molson Centre when Markov was earning his ice time… and believe me he left his partner out to ry a couple of times.  He held the puck too long sometimes too… but he ALWAYS learned.  Every game.  And PK does also, did you hear his CBC on ice warmup interview… he put Elliot in his place! lol 

    The difference is our team truly sucked when Markov made his rookie debut… there was no spotlight on the team.  Now, everybody’s watching and we have a target on our backs. 

     

    – When every other team hates you, you’ve done your job.

  119. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay depressing outcomes for today’s kids, Louis Leblanc and Morgan Ellis each notched a goal and assist to give their respective clubs leads but both the MTL Juniors and CB Screaming Eagles squandered the leads and lost in late-game collapses. Leblanc is the only Top 20 scorer in the Q to play under 10 games I should point ot though.

     

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  120. KamiDave says:

    Now look what you’ve done, you’ve gotten Lashawnda upset! :)

  121. TOEmastro says:

    At least there are some provocative people here. Try commenting on any of TSN’s posts. It’s like kids fighting over a toy. You actually feel dumber for reading too many. It may not be prefect, but its the lesser of SEVERAL evils.

    (PS. not sure if this should have been a comment on the original post, but it followed a flow here) Olé, olé, olé oleé

  122. DavidKB says:

    I haven’t read many TSN posts. “You actually feel dumber…” Good one. I don’t get too worked up over the negative comments. I’ve learned to identify some of you who contribute the smart comments/questions… 

  123. Aybara says:

    Looks like Booner got in trouble for telling the truth about a couple of his peers. Good job Boone, they are not realists, but pessimists who for some reason have a vendetta with Price.

  124. RGM says:

    It was fun while it lasted. :)

    Go Habs Go!

  125. Keith says:

    So where did the Sunday Video Theatre thread go? Did Boone get in trouble with his colleges?

  126. SmartDog says:

    5 “is it just me…” QUESTIONS….

    1. KOSTITSYN. Is it just me or does Kostitsyn LOOK better?  I mean a LOT better. As in NOT tired. And two dominant games in a row. He looks a bit like Malkin out there. He must be using Old Spice. 

    2. ELLER. Is it just me or does Eller look like a deer in the
    headlights. Or is it a deer who was out at Chez Paris a bit too late the
    night before?  Will he survive with the big club until Christmas – yes or no?

    3. MARTIN. Is it just me or is Martin actually sounding smart? Or just confusing? His point that he worked all last year on defense so now can work on offense seems either unbelievable and crazy or brilliant. I can’t decide. Can you?

    4. HAMRLIK/SPACEK. Is it just me or are either of these guys drunk every third game? Who is more drunk more often?

    5. PRICE. Is it just me or has Price been somewhere in the vicinity of pretty f-n awesome?

    SD

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  127. J Haul says:

    hahaha… gotta love Kostitsyn’s 1st star celebration:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR52egOoFC8

    What a character.

  128. punkster says:

    I see a few of the comments after he insulted you got deleted, mine included, before they pulled the entire thread. I shouldn’t have taken off for dinner. Missed the fun 😉

    By the way I don’t consider you a “sniveling sycophant”. More a punchy palooka.

  129. SeriousFan09 says:

    1. He does look better, involved, focused and picking up loose pucks on the backcheck, it’s a whole new Andrei.

    2. He will, a bit of growing pains but he’s not that badly from what I’ve seen.

    3. So far the ES scoring is doing pretty well, checkers are getting in some key goals and the Pleks line is flying, provided Gio/Gomez can find the right winger and the club’s fine.

    4. Hamrlik’s a bit more excusable as he missed camp and pre-season, Spacek should not be this rusty still.

    5. He has, why I always had his back in the last two years. He’s got the tools to succeed.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  130. DavidKB says:

    Is there any reason to doubt the sincerity of the puck toss? I don’t think so. This is what this team needs more of. Demonstrating your appreciation to the fans can only lead to more of the same, or better. Well done, AK!

  131. SeriousFan09 says:

    Nice move by him, good to see he’s more comfortable with being a Hab, facing the public is part of the game.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  132. Danno says:

    Who said Andrei doesn’t give a puck?

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  133. punkster says:

    Good ones SD.

    1. AK has had an attitude upgrade, no question.

    2. Eller’s a kid and he’s learning. He’ll be fine and here all year.

    3. Martin has to be smart to have lasted this long and coached 1200 games with a winning record.

    4. No. They’re 36 years old and it takes a while to get going. Hell, look at their histories, the number of teams they.ve played with since the early 90s, the air miles they must have logged. They suffer from permanent jet lag, 5 o’clock shadows before noon, one of the biggest hits of their era was “I’m Too Sexy”, the Chevy Celebrity and Ford Escort were the top selling cars of the time…sheesh, give them a break, they’ve been through hell.

    5. Price…YES!

  134. punkster says:

    Groan….

  135. DavidKB says:

    It’s not just you…

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6hyCTKx5UA  – dare I quote Pierre McGuire?

    2. Can’t tell you much here.

    3. The idea of taking such an approach is certainly credible. 

    4. They can be scary, but I think in a clutch situation you would get their best. Five games into the season doesn’t usually offer clutch situations.

    5. f-n right! – the best news yet, and I think he’s the real deal.

  136. Vid says:

    1. Yes at least for now.

    2. Too early to make judgements or predictions on him.  He isn’t meant to be a critical part of the team this year anyway so as long as he learns and improves I won’t be concerned about him.

    3. Confusing.  Maybe those were his intended aspirations.

    4. It’s not just you.  They can play well when their minutes are managed but Spacek especially seems to get undressed or cough up the puck a lot in the early goings of this season.

    5. Still a bit disconcerting the he let in 3 straight goals on the glove side.  Really should’ve plugged that hole a bit earlier but thankfully a lucky goal by halpern spurred the habs come back.  Otherwise he seems mentally tougher so far.

  137. adam76 says:

    I agree 100% – he seems like a new man this year.  Wonder if his brother playing in the west is a factor?

  138. rated_R says:

    This team is looking amazing…we could have easily been 5-0…once markov comes back we should have 3 solid D lines. I’ve noticed Pouliot wasn’t as effective as he was when he played on the first line with gio and g-love….JM should put him back there but he probably won’t mess with his winning formula just yet.

    http://www.habsindepth.com

     

  139. marlboro says:

    thanks for that, i missed it on the center ice package. to me, aK’s enthusaism says a lot. first time  Iv seen that from him.  a very good sign..

  140. notbigbird says:

    1. AK doesn’t do the language very well, and he’s had to suffer through Carbo, Kovy, JM (his new ways last year), his brother and injuries. Perhaps we have been a tad harsh.

    2. Spezza survived JM; OB hasn’t. Let’s hope Eller is more like Spezza.

    3. Martin: maybe both of us have been wrong about him. I know being wrong would be a first time for you, but I’m kinda used to it.

    4. Me: I’m drunk more often or should be when I  watch them play.

    5. Price has been great. I haven’t thought that the supposed recent softies have been all that soft. Some people have pretty high expectations.

  141. sag says:

    S D quiz below is a good one tonight:

    1. KOSTITSYN looks like he is in better shape, frame of mind, and understands the significance of a contract year.  When he is on, he is dominant and as good as any of the players we lament being passed over for him. 

    2. ELLER’s play including the exhibition season has ranged from peter forsberg to peter frampton.  His upside, like Subban’s will be worth the growing pains and benchable offences in the long run.

    3. MARTIN is an inflexible coach.  Most of what he preaches however are solid hockey fundamentals, and the vets that are on the present roster preach the same discipline and fitness.  Muller is there to provide the human aspects.  Martin is The Count afterall

    4. Every now I say to my wife, “drunk Hammerlik” is playing – he just looks off sometimes no balance and his cheeks huff and puff much more than the average night.  Overall he a big part of the team and unfortunately cap hit.  Spacek on the other hand is just so out of shape that NHL players can make him look like he is loaded.  They will both be ok

    5. PRICE has been excellent.  Frankly, that was all I cared about seeing in the Leaf game, trusting that the other pieces were overall better than last year thanks to improved 3 and 4th line potential. 

  142. habs-hampton says:

    Maybe this has already been discussed, but I’m hoping that Boone or Stubbs or anyone can explain to me how Avery got away with nothing when he 2-handed Komisarek TWICE, the 2nd time bringing him down? Boone, Stubbs, at least you guys are in a position where you can ask the  question? How do you explain it to Cammi? Isit because of Avery’s spotless record?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GIXxEU4-J4

     

    Stuff like this makes the league look like a joke!

  143. CBrady12 says:

    I’d say no..he started the year with a broken toe, has played 2 games, no points, -1, 2 pim, 2 shots and second least ice time on the team behind wade belak…but im sure its because barry trotz doesnt know how to handle young players…

  144. OneTimer says:

    Nice post buddy. I especially like the bits on the two coachs’ different styles, and Hamrlik huffing n puffing. Made me giggle. This begs the question: who would win in a titanic showdown between Hamr’s huffing and puffing and Spacek’s jiggly jowls?

  145. OneTimer says:

    It’s Chez Parée, SmartDog! Don’t act like you didn’t know… 😉

  146. dh says:

    Absolutely.  Wasn’t sure about the whole fans picking the stars thing but it seems to be working out.

  147. Danno says:

    H I/O needs to update its STATS list. Georges Laraque, Sergei Kostitsyn, Dominic Moore, Glen Metropolit and Whats-his-name who used to be in nets are still on the list, among others…

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  148. SmartDog says:

    A point about the 5 Questions below… talking about Kostitsyn I meant that he LOOKS better… as in his FACE looks better.  He doesn’t look tired in the face.

    Totally unrelated… I think the problem with our Power Play is that instead of building on last year they tried some experiments in the pre-season (it sucked there too) and now with some new players, even with PK doing a great job firing rockets, it’s a whole new arrangement.  You’ve heard the expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. 

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  149. larisalapointe says:

    Ok “serious” question. How come every time  I try to change my avatar, it keeps giving me the same picture?

    Is this a sign I should stay anonymous?  lol

  150. andrewberkshire says:

    When I get back to Montreal we’ll have to take in a Juniors game, Dave.

  151. petrov14 says:

    It might be that your new pic is too big. Either size (300×400) or MBs

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  152. JIMVINNY says:

    Your best bet is to make the change, log out, clear your browsers cache and history, and then log back in.  It’ll take a bit of time, but it will change eventually.

  153. mbplekfan says:

    His wife and daughter are living with him in MTL now. Im sure that makes a huge difference in his everday life. He sees them everyday instead of phone calls, he has a family life now.

    Im sure we havent seen the best of AK yet. Getting little brother out of town probably didnt hurt either.

  154. andrewberkshire says:

    1) He looks great, he’s in way better shape as well.

    2) It’s definitely just you, he’s adjusting. As for the bar reference, in my opinion let’s just not BS about that crap. I’m tired of the assumptions that any time a player doesn’t light it up it’s because they were drunk at a strip club. It’s complete BS, and it takes less than your suggestion to start dumb rumours. Keep it to the facts SD.

    3) Still not sold on Martin.

    4) Just you.

    5) He’s been unreal, one of the stories of the season for the whole NHL so far.

     

  155. petrov14 says:

    lol Nice jab there.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  156. andrewberkshire says:

    Great point about the family being there. Can’t imagine how rough it would be to have a young kid and a new wife spend most of the year overseas for several seasons

  157. ShangaDoo says:

    I had no idea Ak was married, let alone, had a child. How did you find that out or is it widely known and I’m just slow on info…as usual.

    He’s kinda young no?

  158. SmartDog says:

    Family stability. And fewer nights out. Makes sense.

    A lot of people on here seem to think that personal environment has nothing to do with performance.  But I say it has everything.  Sounds like the reason to me.   I didn’t like JM’s comment “it’s a contract year”.   Might as well have said “and he’s a selfish bastard”.  Just stoopid.

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    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  159. TripleX says:

    I agree and brought it up in another thread.  It was a cheap shot and inappropriate, especially when the player in question is one of his best.  I don’t know about you, but it seems JM is a little perturbed that AK is doing so well.  Can it be that JM likes his players to stay in the dog house?  There is no doubt he plays favorites.

     

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  160. G-Man says:

    press F5 on your keyboard

  161. SmartDog says:

    It sounds very cynical. Like something a cranky old man would say (I can hear Cherry saying it now).

    Not at all positive.  Shows he doesn’t have a good relationship with AK at the very least.

    Hope AK performs well in spite of it.

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    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  162. Willy the bum says:

    Or press the Refresh button.

  163. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM had several complimentary remarks for AK in his press briefing actually, he was asked why AK might be playing so well and just in an offhanded way to move on he said “contract year isn’t it?” it’s not like he’s a master of media manipulation like Burke and soaks it up, he wants it done with.

    His relationship with AK can’t be that bad considering we never saw AK backcheck before JM showed up.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  164. punkster says:

    Come on guys, Boone cleared this up hours ago though the entire thread was deleted. Innocent jest, nothing more. Let’s not perpetuate the ritual HI/O rumour mill crap here.

    And if someone wants to make an issue out of this then by all means, feel free to be an embarassment, it’s you life :)

  165. punkster says:

    Crap like this will be used by posters in the coming months every time the Habs lose a game and someone wants to blame JM. There are a select few here who will file this one away and pull it out as “proof” of some JM slight or failure hoping the rest of us will forget about the actual situation. Sheesh!

  166. Bryan says:

    Some people just can’t let go.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  167. matmacat says:

    Mmmmmm… I dunno… maybe he was making a joke? Don’t do what the media does… blow things out of proportions. JM just sayin’ that to be funny. It was a fail… granted… but who cares?

  168. rated_R says:

    I did agree that JM’s comment about AK wasn’t appropriate but we don’t know what he was asked exactly. This is what boone said this morning

    “You’re taking the remark out of context. Martin was fulsome in his praise of AK46. It was only when asked to expl,ain the change that the coach offered the totally plausible theory that professional hockey is played for money. What’s the big deal?”

    Makes a difference no? 

    http://www.habsindepth.com

  169. Bill says:

    I doubt it’ll get brought up much. I’m not JM’s biggest fan, but I found the remark funny, which I think was his intent … it was a joke. A joke based on the evident fact that players always seem to find another gear in their contract year. I thought it was refreshing to see Jacques display a sense of humour. He’s always so “scowly penguin” on the bench making notes every time the opposition scores; I always wonder what he’s writing. I think it’s usually “LACES OUT” or something like that.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  170. larisalapointe says:

    Tks for all the advice guys but system got jammed and I couldn’t even post. Picture must have been too big? 3648 x 2736

  171. joeybarrie says:

    Paul Mara getting 3rd most ice time for Anaheim right now… I really liked him.

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

  172. SmartDog says:

    These suggestions are all good ones to try. The thing is a little finicky.  Sometimes it takes a few tries.  Eventualy it happens. Usually about when you are ready to give up.

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    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  173. punkster says:

    The notes? For his memoirs, titled “Bad Suit, Bad Hair, Badass: Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”.

    The comment is definitely humourous but it brought something else to mind. We sometimes forget that this is a professional league and not a high school divisional tournament. The number one reason these guys play is the money, It’s their livelyhood, supports their families, their lifestyles and the vast majority would be unable to earn anywhere near the cake they do on the outside world. The team, the crest, the cup, they all come down the list of priorities. So it’s a contract year you’re damned right the guy’s gonna step it up.

  174. punkster says:

    It’s like starting a family.

    No…wait.

  175. SmartDog says:

    Thanks Serious. This is a good reply.

    Punkster, you know I value your ideas, but if the comment was made in total just and after valid praise then it’s up to the JOURNALIST to put it in CONTEXT.  It’s not up to us to say “oh that Jacques is such a kidder, I know he was smiling  from ear to ear when he said that”.  I agree people freak out here over nothing.  But the way a coach talks about a player doesn’t have to be nothing.  It should have been made clearer by the guy who is getting paid to report fairly and accurately to us.

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    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  176. Chuck says:

    Larisa, the maximum dimensions that you can use for an avatar on HI/O are 80×100 pixels and the maximum size is 40 kB.

  177. punkster says:

    Cool :)

    Another Milkbone comin’ your way.

  178. larisalapointe says:

    tks Chuck. It’s all Greek to me. lol

  179. Jbird says:

    Imagine they played the 3 stars selections on CBC, or RDS, instead of going to comercials, or worse Ron and Don.

  180. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    If O’B had a tenth the talent of Spezza, he could survive any coach. Unfortunately, while he’s big, he’s marginally talented. He’d be having similar problems on any team.

    Eller will be fine. He needed to be benched and he was. Now he’ll get himself unbenched, and take it from there. I’m sure he’s smart and has an understanding of what he does for a living, and how he should do it. You screw up, you pay. Then you learn and move on.  Look at Price right now. It’s a learning curve.

    Ten games from now, we may still be discussing Andrei. Or he may be back in the woodwork where he usually lurks. If he could get his act together, it would mean a lot for this team. But if the Leafs keep going the way they are, they’ll have an unbeaten season. It’s early days.

    I wish Sergei were still in hamilton. I used to enjoy everyone calling for him to be brought up so he could score dozens of goals.

  181. Bill says:

    Oh, yeah, I don’t blame them at all. If I worked on contract, I’m sure I’d work my ass off in my own contract year too. Of course, I’m a workaholic and do that anyway, but still. From what I can tell by cursory internet research, the average length of an NHL career is four years. Obviously, the better players play longer (barring injury), but still, they have to make hay while the sun shines.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  182. habs-hampton says:

    I liked Mara too, but you gotta realize,… it’s Anaheim…

  183. St.Leo Habs Fan says:

    An interesting quiz I found its about the NHL Top Scorers/Team: East (2000s), brings back some old names, some good and some bad, lol Mariusz Czerkawski anyone?
    http://www.sporcle.com/games/Lauro/00scorers_east
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    Anyone taken as an individual is tolerably sensible and reasonable — as a
    member of a crowd, he at once becomes a blockhead.
    —Friedrich Von Schiller

  184. Ayan_SB says:

    How do you know his family didn’t live with him in MTL before?

  185. megagoten says:

    i really wished mara could have stayed with us, but i guess it wasn’t meant

  186. The M says:

    i hope they deleted Shiloh’s account

  187. otter649 says:

    I heard Martin talking on the post game show on CJAD when he said AK was in a contract year – I took it as a joke since JM was in a good mood taking two wins from divisional rivals in sucessive nights…………

  188. sprague cleghorn says:

    It’s like learning to play defense.  It happens eventually.

  189. Bill says:

    1) I haven’t noticed a HUGE difference in Kostitsyn. Meaning, I firmly believe he could disappear off the radar for the next 20 games nore easily than not.. Please note that I hope I am really wrong about this, and that he plays wicked hockey for the entire season.

    2) Eller looks a little in-over-his-head sometimes, but no-one is pushing his spot. When he looks good, he looks very good, and I think he’ll figure out everything he needs to by Christmas. Look for a strong second-half by him.

    3) It’s just you. Well, you plus all those people who give him the credit for Halak’s two miracle rounds in last year’s playoffs.

    4) They’re not drunk, we are.

    5) Price has been right on. Pretty effin awesome,

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  190. MikeMcLaren says:

    Okay folks, I need some “Name that tune” help here.

    There is a french song that is super catchy that they play at the Bell Centre during stoppages.

    It also was featured in a Quebec tourism commercial they would also show in the Bell Centre.

    The main hook of the song starts “Yeah, yeah, yeah” and is then followed by a bunch of french this anglophone can’t quite make out to quote here.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  191. Bryan says:

    I liked the guy too, but he had a brutal year last year.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  192. TorontoHabsFan says:

    you should lie back and think of England?

    uhhh….on second thought…nevermind.

  193. ProHabs says:

    Because I am sure his wife probably wouldn’t have wanted AK to be out on the town 7 days a week last year and the year before like he was doing with Sergei.

  194. Bill says:

    Holy ****, things really went off the rails there.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  195. sprague cleghorn says:

    Please, an important piece of hockey knowledge — it is Chez Paree, not Paris.

     

    Actually, the original club of that name was a peice of Montreal history, back in the “open city”  days of the 40’s and 50’s , when it featured celebs the likes of Frank Sinatra. 

  196. habsfansince91 says:

    what happened?

  197. joeybarrie says:

    Let’s not get carried away. They had more points than we did in a tougher West Coast Conference. More goals than us and have a decent team.

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

  198. JIMVINNY says:

    No such luck, hasn’t happened yet.  Though if it did, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

  199. JasonM says:

    Need more clues! Man or woman singing? What kinda song is it? Techno? Soft rock?

     

     

  200. Da Hema says:

    Sweet Jesus! The HIO server is already the most overworked one on the planet. Don’t punish it more by trying to add images of that size!!

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    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  201. HFX-HabFan says:

    Nice one!  I got 129/150.

  202. MikeMcLaren says:

    Definitely “poppy” – yeah, soft rock.  Actually sounds like a group, like men and women singing, mostly a woman before the chorus though.

    The commercial was kind of like a pied piper sort of thing where it ended up with a whole crowd singing the main chorus.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  203. Bred says:

    Pretty sure that this is what you’re looking for, and yeah, excellent track.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHoT4N43jK8

  204. Chuck says:

    Maybe Pension Plan Puppets could start a clock for that one.

  205. ooder says:

    from what i heard JM said that jokingly

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    88 is the new 23

  206. MikeMcLaren says:

    Nope, sorry that’s not it, unfortunately!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  207. rocketsglare says:

    Classic.

  208. andrewberkshire says:

    Anaheim also has undoubtedly the worst defense corps in the NHL this year. It’s remarkably bad.

  209. naweed235 says:

    I think you are talking about the track from les cowboys fringants… not sure which one tho…

  210. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lydman’s done alright since he got back and provided Fowler’s okay from tonight’s knock that gives them something, I’d say the Isles without Streit are in the worse situation.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  211. nightmare_49 says:

     

       Inside the NHL – by Bucky Gleason (tidbits).

       http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/sabres-nhl/inside-the-nhl/article222023.ece

      

    * Alex Kovalev visited Sens coach Cory Clouston’s doghouse after averaging 1:02 per shift over his 17:36 of ice time in a loss to Washington. Kovalev played 12:40 against Carolina the next game but still averaged 54 seconds. Apparently, the message isn’t getting through. If the Sens could trade him, they would.

       – 

    Pavelec suffered a concussion when he smacked his head off the ice and didn’t remember anything beyond the national anthem. Les Thrash was waiting for him to be cleared from the head injury before throwing him back in the crease. His fainting remains a mystery.

    “I would like to tell you [what happened],” Pavelec told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the hospital. “The last thing I remember was the lights going on after the [national] anthem. I don’t remember anything until I woke up in the ambulance and saw the doctor looking at me.”

  212. Captain A-hab says:

    O’ Burn!

  213. JF says:

    It seems that every year we have a five or six day break early in the season.  While it’s nice to be able to savour our back-to-back victories on the weekend, I think this long break could hurt us.  We have some momentum going, and AK46, who seemed comatose through long stretches of last season, is fired up.  What if the layoff breaks our momentum and sends AK46 back to sleep?  No matter how hard you work in practice, it’s not the same as playing, and any team is likely to come out flat after a break.  I hope it doesn’t take us more than about half a period on Thursday to get our rhythm and intensity back.

  214. TOEmastro says:

    I am going with a bus tour with 59 other habs fans to the ottawa game. Long story short: I render your postulation moot. Olé, olé, olé oleé


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