joshua94k - (Joshua Erikson)

Member since May 12, 2010

Brampton

Habs fan since: 1979
Favorite current player: PK Subban
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur

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“I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban

Recent Comments

  • Comment on Leblanc, St-Pierre sent down to Hamilton; Desharnais back in Habs’ lineup (2013-11-06 11:41:09)
    With the extremely bad coaching demonstrated by Therrien this season, should the Canadiens send him down to the Bulldogs and call up the Hamilton coach. The coaching can't worse... “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-11-06 10:29:29)
    To the committee selecting the defense for Team Canada. Don't let Therrien's usage of Subban late in the games be a factor. Dismiss that as an example of an incompetent coach. http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2013/11/6/5072030/an-open-letter-to-michel-therrien Over the last three seasons, Subban has been on the ice for 1.95 goals against per 60 minutes at even strength. Players that's better than? Let's take a look, shall we? Dan Hamhuis, Alex Pietrangelo, Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, Nicklas Kronwall, Jay Bouwmeester, Francois Beauchemin, Duncan Keith, Dion Phaneuf, Erik Karlsson, Victor Hedman, and more. “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-11-06 09:44:47)
    Jay Bouwmeester has a giveaway that leads to a Bournival goal which puts the Canadiens in the lead at the time. What does St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock do. Does he bench Bouwmeester, does he call him out to the media after the game? Does he make silly comments that Bouwmeester is still learning. Bouwmeester went on to play 29:06 minutes. The top offensive player for the Canadiens, who is their best defenseman and probably the league, hardly played during the final minutes and most of OT. With the likes of Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Bourque, Eller, Bournival, Pacioretty, Gionta, Plekanec on the team, why was St. Pierre on the only power-play. Why is Therrien the coach of this team? Why didn't the media ask these questions after yesterday's game? “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban
  • Comment on Habs’ Emelin signs four-year contract extension (2013-11-01 11:04:22)
    Is Subban a high risk player? This is utter nonsense created by the media who have their own agenda and do not research the facts. Linked below Is an excellent article debunking the media-made myth that Subban is a high risk player… http://www.boucherscouting.com/2013/10/subbans-defensive-numbers-are-lower.html Any statement based on the assumption that PK Subban is a risk-taker and/or a liability in the defensive-zone is both without fact, and irresponsibly vague. A risk/taker does not produce an above-average puck-possession success-rate. A liability doesn't have the second-best defensive-zone passing success-rate on his team both this season and last year. If we are going to have an informed conversation about PK Subban's play, we need to base our views on facts, rather than perceptions. Simply put, when PK Subban has the puck on his stick in the defensive-zone he loses possession only 24.6% of the time. The average turnover rate produced by Montreal defensemen is 29.6%. Expressed even more simply, PK has produced substantially more successful plays with the puck on his stick in the defensive-zone than any other Montreal defenseman. Expressed another way, over the span of 20 even-strength minutes played, Subban would produce an average of 31 successful puck-possession plays in the d-zone, while the average Habs d-man would produce 25. This translates to 6 fewer d-zone giveaways per-game with Subban. The Canadiens have coach who does not believe in Subban. Earlier this week coach Michel Therrien sent Andrei Markov, Subban’s regular partner, out with Francis Bouillon in the final two minutes of a 2-0 game at Madison Square Garden. On Tuesday, with Montreal clinging to a 2-1 lead against Dallas, Therrien nailed Subban to the bench for the final 2:56, and threw the statuesque Douglas Murray on the ice alongside Markov. Though Dallas generated a couple of quick scoring chances, the Habs held on. Therrien was asked if that’s a function of Subban’s defensive ability, reliability and maturity on Thursday, and said this: “I look at his ice time, he has more ice time this year than he did last year, his progression is part of the equation here.” Subban is averaging 24 minutes 33 seconds a game, a little over 1:20 more than last year, when he started the season late after a brief contract dispute (by way of comparison, the league leader in ice time, Minnesota’s Ryan Suter, averages nearly 29 minutes). But this year’s average is only 15 seconds more per game than in 2011-12 under Jacques Martin and Randy Cunneyworth, and just over two minutes more per game than in his first full season in the NHL in 2010-11. And Subban’s average on the penalty kill is 1:01 per game, almost half a minute less than last year and the lowest of his career (he has played a grand total of 1:45 while short-handed in the past four games, 1:44 of it came in a win over Anaheim). “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban
  • Comment on Stats tell the story for Habs (2013-10-31 11:42:42)
    TSN on their panel discussion on Team Canada’s hockey team this morning don’t have PK Subban on the team. They rank the following players higher: Pietrangelo who lacks toughness with one hit, Doughty who is +1 and 7 pts, Weber -3 and 5pts, Keith -2 and 0 goals, 7 hits 16 blocks, Bouwmeester who lacks toughness with 4 hits 3 blocks. They also would rank Boyle and Letang higher when they come back from injuries. Their knock against Subban is that he is a high risk player… Doughty, Weber and Keith can also be considered high risk with their low +-. Subban leads the league in points. He is well rounded with +4, 10 hits 16 blocks. He has probably the best shot and can play a strong role in shutting down the opponent’s top line. In 2011, with Markov and Gorges injured. He played top minutes, faced the other team’s best forwards, played on the power-play and penalty kill and helped an injured line-up make the play-offs and lose in gm7 in overtime. It is unfortunate that we have a coach who does not recognize the full potential of this Norris winner. Currently, in ESPN Top 200 Rankings. (ESPN standard stats include goals, assists, power-play points, shots on goal, plus/minus, penalty minutes and average time on ice for skaters, and wins, goals-against average and save percentage for goalies.) PK Subban is ranked 10th, highest among defencemen. “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-10-30 08:51:45)
    PK Subban is an all-rounder, he can hit, block shots, take the puck away, clear the zone, shoot hard, go end to end, and play monster minutes. When Markov was injured, Subban played 30+ minutes and against the opposition's top line, frustrating the likes of Crosby, Richards, Lecavalier etc. One reason he is not playing on the penalty kill and late game minutes is that Therrien is afraid of the bogus officiating calls against Subban. Or it can be bad coaching that doesn't allow a Norris trophy winner to be utilized effectively. Last season Subban wasn't getting power-play minutes, then injuries to Diaz and others made Therrien change his mind. The comments "that the kid still has to learn" is pure nonsense. Everyone makes mistakes, even Robinson and Orr got caught in odd man rushes. Bob Gainey said it best: "Shut up and let the kid play"... “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban
  • Comment on Sharks play party poopers for HIO Summit; Habs call up Leblanc (2013-10-28 10:37:02)
    A good effort by the Habs against the Sharks on Saturday. With the Canadiens losing a forward line (Pacioretty, Prust, Briere) and getting a 'single' powerplay, all night, the best the Sharks could do is score a power-play goal when when of the Canadiens defencemen was tripped before the goal and no call was made, and scoring a fluke goal in the third. The officiating against the Habs is a real joke. Perhaps the worst officiating in all sports. Every game passes by and the Canadiens keep getting more penalties than the opposition and other teams get away with non-calls. In the eyes of the referees, the Sharks got only one penalty the 'whole' game... “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-10-25 10:55:16)
    Without their top scorer (Pacioretty), tough guys (Prust, Parros) Briere, the Canadiens battled hard and won a convincing game last night. Boone and other media got it wrong when they said the Habs beat a lacklustre Ducks team. The Ducks were flat because the Canadiens never let them get their game going. They used their speed and transition game to outplay them. It seems someone in the NHL head office read my post yesterday. A rare game where the officiating was not against the Canadiens. When the Canadiens use their speed, they can draw a lot of penalties, and last night the officials made the calls unlike many games this year. When the Canadiens are allowed to play, they can beat any team. They have the best record of puck possession and control at even strength. It's great to see the young talent on this team. Canadiens management have done a great job off assembling probably the best young talent in the league with Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Eller, Bournival, Tinordi, and Beaulieu. Also with Price, Subban, Diaz, Pacioretty, Gorges, Emelin hitting their prime, the future looks bright. If the officiating is fair, this team can win a Stanley Cup in the coming years. “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban
  • Comment on Koivu: ‘Special bond between me and Montreal’ (Video) (2013-10-24 14:58:53)
    For an opposing coach, the game plan against Montreal is simple. "Just go out, have fun and keep pressing, the breaks will come to you eventually. Good goals by the Canadiens will be disallowed, they will get double the amount of penalties than we will, and if the Habs are putting on pressure, the referees will not call any penalties against us. They will make borderline calls against them to kill their momentum. We can knock out their best players and there will be no suspensions. The referees are on our side, so are the video replay guys in Toronto. ..." In this scenario, the Canadiens are at a disadvantage before the game starts. We need management to stand up for the team like the way Scotty Bowman and Sam Pollock did. In the days before video tapes were common, Bowman would send film highlights of bad officiating against the Canadiens to the NHL head office for them to review. To overcome this disadvantage, you need a smart coach to counter these disadvantages. But alas, as Ken Dryden, an excellent writer (and pretty good goalie as well) once wrote, "You can have a good team or a French Canadien team." The Canadiens can select a Gallagher over Leblanc on the ice but when it comes to coaching, it values the position less. Fearing public outcry, they select from a pool of coaches that every team in the NHL will not even consider in their top 5 choices. To coach the Canadiens, the coach has to speak French. You can have the best defenceman in the league but if the coach only plays him about one minute penalty killing during the game, how will it help. How can you help the team if your Norris winner (Subban) ranks 10th in ice time among defencemen. They say this team needs size, so they send down a big defenceman to Hamilton, while the most disappointing forward (Desharnais) continues to get his regular ice time. There was a ray of hope. There was a coach available who knows how to win, wants to win, and is passionate about the game and his team. He would not let the referees get away with biased officiating. He would use his players effectively and and fight for them. And he speaks French too. His name is Patrick Roy. “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-10-18 11:24:26)
    A couple of years ago so-called media experts said the Canadiens future looks bleak as there are no promising prospects. Their drafts are poor the farm system is bad ... Where did Subban, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Bournival, Tinordi, Beaulieu, Eller, Emelin... come from. They have the best group of young talent in the league. There were some members of HIO who said the Canadiens should model their team like Buffalo and Philadelphia who hare big and have toughness. Buffalo and Philadelphia are at the bottom of the conference. The Canadiens speed and energy game is unstoppable. During last Saturday's game against Vancouver, the Canucks couldn't keep up with the Habs in the 3rd period, took penalties and were out-scored. The same thing last night, the Canadiens speed dominated the first half of the game. What happened next, some bad officiating and the game turned around. Subban did not elbow, his stick was lifted and he got two penalties (elbowing and high sticking). When the Canadiens are allowed to play their game, they can beat any team. Statistics are in their favour at even strength. When the officiating gets bad, other team prevail. Once again last night, as in many games this season, the Canadiens had fewer powerplays than their opponents. (They have been one of the most penalized teams the past few years). It is not their lack of size or toughness, that hurts them. It is the constant penalty killing that gets them off their game. In the past few play-offs, injuries to key players and the bad officiating hurt them. Not because they are a so-called small team. The stats don't lie. In every play-off series since 2010. The opposing team has had more power-plays. Even in the series the Habs won. “I want to kill somebody cutting across the blue line and I want to score the goal and celebrate. And I’ll do it by any means possible to win a hockey game. That’s how I feel playing there (the Bell Centre). I am not sure I have that feeling anywhere else.” – PK Subban