Canadiens stink out home opener

It started festive … but that didn’t last.
The Flames outhustled a listless home team and romped to a dismayingly easy win.

Bad D.

Popgun power play.

30-plus shots and one goal to show for them.

Nowhere to go but up.


  1. G-Man says:

    Gionta’s awful start is affecting the whole line. Pleks and Cole displayed chemistry in the 2nd period but no goals. Eller showed he is ready to play. Anyone missing Spacek right about now?
    Last night’s keys were Price not saving the day for the sieve-like D in the 1st. RDS mentioned a “great save” after it was 3-1. Too late for the team and too little from Subban last night. The sophomore jinx rearing its ugly head?

  2. tote-road says:

    Wouldn’t Asham look good on this team? Can’t believe we traded him for the Polish Prince (can’t spell his name and had to call him something).

  3. ron181 says:

    JM and PG are determined not to add any grit or sandpaper to this team. Ryan White is out for a long time and they could’ve picked up Eric Nystrom . I really believe they think they are playing in a swiss league . Oh well, if we do finish last, which is a strong possibility, at least we’ll have a chance at the first draft pick and the Molson’s might consider changes.

  4. HABZ24 says:

    Looked like we got caught flat footed and stunned after the first two quick flames goals. Price was screened on two goals top line needs to lead this team. Rest may follow. Gunna be a long 2 weeks without key vets.

  5. The_Franchise31 says:

    And to all that are saying the kids on defense are our problem, you couldn’t be more far off. Diaz emilen and weber have the best numbers on our blue line. Gill and subban played bad

  6. The_Franchise31 says:

    Only 2 goals and 6 assist? That’s pretty good. I don’t know why you say only

  7. dre1744 says:

    last year Cole only had 2 goals and 6 assists in his first 10 games. Not sure why people won’t give him a chance. Does everyone think he should score like 3 goals every game or something!!!!!!!

  8. immortalhab says:

    Things to be hopeful about: the year the oilers made it to the final, they lost the first 8 or 10 games that year. If we can do the same, maybe they’ll purge JM who is only slightly more hockey-savvy than a manekin and half as emotional. Everyone plays with someone new every night. Sh!t. Has this really never been brought to his attention?

  9. adamkennelly says:

    that stinker was for all of you whooping it up after the game in the Peg..unforced errors created those 5 goals..not good offensive hockey…team looks terrible in 2 of 3 games..D is small, soft, weak and experience and the O is in shambles….injuries are always a problem..more of a problem when you are playing on the knife’s edge….

  10. Montreal1993 says:

    just back from the game, not exactly sure where to start, there was only one or two players that really stood out from tonights game, plecs, and maybe emelin, i was probably the first person to say let hammer go, and boy o boy and i regreting it, our defense is in serious need or some veteren defense, the kids looked awful tonight, including subban. also would like to add in, plecs on the point on the pp, awful idea, and moen on the first line? ohh boy terrible, i think our pp will lack some punch until markov comes back.

  11. Kooch7800 says:

    we need serious help on D. we lost too many quality d men and have way too many new guys on the back end. Subban is still a rookie, diaz, emelin and weber that is four of your top 6. that is a problem.

    On the bright side, pleks and eller both played well.

    Gomez looks like the gomez of old. if we continue to slide after 25 games or so I think he will be outta here

  12. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …okay everyOne, go take a couple Nembutals
    …We ain’t gonna solve shite tonight …forget this game even occurred
    …get laid, go to sleep
    …JM will work His magic
    …tomorrow morning it will be a distant memory
    …except for the laid part

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  13. Ton says:

    Anyone thinking the players are playing to have the coach booted!! Gainey in Montreal! Wonder what this is all about. We got problems. We have the youth but we do not develop it in fear that it will cost us wins. Look at what Philly and Boston have done with there changeovers. The field got stronger folks especially in the East. I can see our team finishing 10th this year. Should we be sellers. I know its early but its reality.

  14. Neutral says:

    someone have to remind these guys before a game that it’s not a practice, it’s a real game that’s where the problem is. when they don’t know what can you expect, don’t forget at the start of every game JM remind them and you should get a few wins.

  15. durocher says:

    Max Power-Pleks-Palushaj


  16. kenzie420 says:

    If the object of the game is to turn over the puck, then Montreal is the best team in the league. The passing was down rite brutal. When I look at this team I see so many players that should be in the AHL. We sign Cole for a retarded amount of money and let Hammer go. Cole had Stall not Travis Moen playing on his line. This team will not make the playoffs with out major changes.
    1. Fire JM
    2. Try and get some NHL Defence
    3. trade half of the players under 6 feet tall

    This list will take to long to finish. It’s going to be a long year.

    When times get tough, just remember, at least I’m not a leafs fan!! go habs go

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    I honestly prefer the Habs playing Contender, or Near-Contender teams. They get up to play those guys regardless of Conference. Out of Conference, non-playoff teams? We’re toast every time.

    Team must break that habit to move forward, too many points gifted to our opponents for no reason.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I hate to tell you Serious we would get smoked by a contender right now. Our D is in bad shape and our saving grace power play is terrible. this team needs help on the back end or we will be in a big hole in a month.

      It doesn’t sound like markov will be back for awhile and with our current core we won’t be able to beat the good teams.

      should have kept hammer, mara or sopel for that matter

  18. habstrinifan says:

    The good thing about tonight is that I am not MAD! Honestly I am not F……ING mad! I am gonna sleep real F…. ing easy tonight thinking about all the bars where F……ing fools are laughing at the CH.

    And if some idiot here in Ottawa, tomorrow morning laughs and tells me how stoooopid it is that we really hird JM and PG…. believe me I still wont be F….. ing mad.

  19. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …still early …but 3 games, = 2 Stinks by Us, and one We stunk less than the Jets stunk

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  20. HardHabits says:

    I turned the game off and tuned out of HIO after the 4th goal in the 2nd, for what I saw up until that point was a Habs team unable to win puck battles and kept to the outside by a Flames team that plain and simply out hustled them.

    I was thinking, “at least they’ll come out of the period without a goal against. That’s progress, right? ”

    Then the Flames out hustled the Habs dipsy doodlers once more to take away any thought of a comeback win for the home team.

    I think they’ll be toying with .500 for a good while. It’ll be interesting to see whether they stay there or whether they stray from that line, how far and in which direction.

  21. HabCez says:

    Sad game to watch..
    lack of finish..

    Gomez and Gio cant play together..
    Gionta with the bad penalties.. ohh captain
    Cole cant play this ‘crap’ JM system.. looks really lost..
    JM terrible full line changes when they are actually pressuring the flames..
    Subban still week on Def when it comes to his own end..
    Gorges gotta stop screening Price..
    why for heavens sake put Gio/Gomez and the first PP unit when they aren’t connecting..
    cant win a faceoff when they needed it..
    Darche and Moen always giving me false hopes..
    Plec should play PP but not at the point.. rather have Diaz or Webber there..

    the good..
    Eller look good out there..
    Emelin played well..
    DD/AK/Eller (Pac) had some great shifts..
    even Plec/Cole/AK connected until that terrible shift that lead to a goal..

    bahh.. anyways hopefully Hab HO learn from this and realize we dont have the players to play JM’s ‘system.. it will only lead to more injuries!!!

    end rant!

  22. shootdapuck says:

    Chill out it only preseason, oops only first week of the season!

    Difficult to describe an effort or lack thereof like this!

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office.

    Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  23. bolder says:

    Cole is settling in nicely with JM’s “system”

  24. Montrealer2 says:

    Hang on folks, we have to give Price time to mature,we have to give JM time to become at least somewhat animated,we have to allow time for the Ghosts of the old Forum to figure out the directions how to get to the New Forum……Molson Center,…….I mean Bell Centre
    Oh and did we ever mention the old way of playing Skate,Pass ,Shoot (at the net preferably) or maybe we should just allow enough time for this ‘system’ to scare the opposition into not scoring on us………….Yea , Yea , That’s It……..LOL
    Habs stinking since 1993

    “I’m not blind,I’ve just seen enough”

  25. sreuel says:

    Were was Gomez he said he was going to be better this season

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