NightRyder - (Craig Carruthers)

Member since November 20, 2007


Habs fan since: 1971
Favorite current player:
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur


Recent Comments

  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens win a nailbiter (2015-01-27 22:54:58)
    Never understood the "your team didn't deserve to win, your goalie was unbelievable" argument. Of course the team deserved to win, in large part BECAUSE the goalie was unbelievable. You don't often hear, "yeah, the Penguins didn't deserve to win, if Crosby didn't get five points, they totally would have lost." It's like denigrating the '86 and '93 Habs Cup winners because their best player happened to be a goalie. Your best players are supposed to decide games. Price is a definite Hart Trophy candidate. His team is right where it is supposed to be because it is the sum of its parts, including its stellar netminder.
  • Comment on Liveblog: The road W streak ends ugly (2015-01-15 23:11:14)
    A pungent effort tonight. We must still be missing the leadership of Brian Gionta (four goals) and Josh Gorges (-25).
  • Comment on Beaulieu gets a promotion as Therrien juggles Habs’ lineup (2014-12-27 22:57:33)
    Congrats to Scott Gomez for playing in his 1,000th NHL game tonight. Quite an accomplishment for any NHLer. Too bad he has been stealing money the last four-plus seasons. Guy turned 30 and fell off a cliff. First 784 games: 160 goals, 637 points, +61 Last 216 games: 15 goals, 83 points, -52 It's almost unfair to complain about Desharnais when this pud remains in the league, getting nearly 20 minutes a game and first-line PP time.
  • Comment on Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from HI/O (2014-12-26 14:19:06)
    I for one am flabbergasted that their big plunge coincided neatly with the signing (and subsequent offering of 20 minutes of ice time per game) to one Mr. Scott Gomez.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-12-24 00:11:05)
    Always easier to make an example of the kids and Therrien loves him some vets. Show me a coach who treats all his players equally and I'll show you a guy who's out of the league in short order. Everyone plays favourites. That said, a coach who too often plays his hard-working puds over his talented young kids will also find himself out of the league sooner than he hoped. It's an interesting tightrope they all walk.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-12-24 00:03:57)
    We like to nitpick. I'm not a Therrien fan by any means, but certainly understand that in most markets, his record since returning would be cause for cartwheels. In Toronto, he'd have a statue already.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-12-23 23:59:46)
    There's not a goalie in the league better than Carey Price. BTW, How can he be only 27 years also and already have played more regular season games than Ken Dryden? As a kid, it seemed like Dryden was there much longer than he really was. I still think his 258-57-74 record (.758 winning percentage) is among the most amazing records out there. Probably would have been even higher with the shootout, given the talent he had up front. 80-32 (.714) in the playoffs, too; not to mention a 76-4-1 (.944!) record at Cornell. We were spoiled back in the day. A single Cup in this parity era would give Price legendary status.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens beat Cup-holders (2014-12-12 22:32:48)
    Malhotra lighting up the scoresheet with his first point of the year (and 17-for-22 in the circle).
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens beat Cup-holders (2014-12-12 22:24:00)
    Wonderful lady, for sure.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens beat Cup-holders (2014-12-12 22:22:59)
    I believe Therrien purposely played Moen and Bourque at the expense of Sekac knowing the former two were crap and would be exposed and traded. I believe Therrien purposely gave DD a ton of first-line time knowing he would struggle and his eventual plan to move him to the third line would then be met with little resistance. I believe Therrien played his ancient defencemen over the likes of Beaulieu because he knew we would struggle, and then re-inserting him in the lineup would be successful and make him look even smarter. BTW, Carey Price is good.