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Back to Back Losses

  • The Canadiens lost two consecutive games for the first time this season.

    The Habs managed a 1 goal lead early and for most of the game looked as though they’d hang on to the win.

    David Abeischer played very well. You have to feel bad for him, he plays a strong game, is 5 minutes away from a shutout win and then the Canadiens crumble and it’s a 2-1 OT loss. Not even a chance in the shoot out.

    Brodeur was weak on the Habs first goal but typical Brodeur showed up for all the other Canadiens scoring threats and didn’t allow them a more commanding lead.

    The real question now is how the Habs will battle back from their first losing ‘streak’. If you can call two games a streak.

    The Habs have not been in this position yet and it’ll be interesting to watch how they respond.

    Another game tonight against the surprisingly good and well coached Islanders. To be followed by another evening with the Sabres. It won’t be easy.

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33 Comments
  1. What a Boring game. Typical against them. I thought the new NHL was suppose to eliminate this. Wonder why there were only a handful of fans at the game.

    Anyways, lets hope this is not the beginning of their mid-season slump.

    Y’en aura pas de facile lol

  2. B-O-R-I-N-G !!!!

    NO wonder there was so many empty seats at the Deadowlands. The cheers were louder for the habs there mainly due to that one fat habs fan they keep showing on RDS. Wake up Lou Lam if you want fans, you have to open up the gameplan. I have never been so bored watching a hockey game.

    P.S The cross check on Ryder vs boston does not get called yet Souray’s love tap on NJ gets called in OT. Pathetic!!!!! Wake up refs.

  3. CLaude Julien should be embarassed of himself. The fans were so bored I saw a couple reading the bussiness section of their newspapers in OT. What a joke. What new NHL?

    Imagine if we were Devils fans and had to watch that 82 games a year.

  4. A year ago, the Habs started finding ways to lose games, especially the 1-goal type. Kovalev and Markov were out… similar to last night (Kovy was there physically, but…). Now is the time the Habs will establish themselves as one of the top contenders, or desperately battling for a playoff spot in the spring; the one-goal games are must-wins.

    Frustratingly, as against the Bruins, the Habs played a better game, but for whatever reason simply could not put the game away. You can’t really blame the defence or goaltending for yesterday night. The third line was actually threatening throughout. So where does the “blame” lie?

    Firmly in the second line, which is now officially becoming a problem. The opposition knows they’re not too threatening, so the checking lines can be redistributed to cancel Koivu and Bonk’s lines. I am absolutely not one of those to demand a trade… not sure what will solve the issue. However, when Kovalev and Samsonov aren’t lighting up the scoreboard, something must be done. Too much wasted talent. Don’t get me wrong, when those guys get in gear, watch out!! But when is when??????

    Can we wait until Higgins is back to try him on the second line? Will Higgins be back at his early season level? Is that the solution?

    Despite a couple of wins, the past few games have not been pretty. Time for Carbo to start carefully playing with the lines and Bob to think short to medium term strategy.

    Just some thoughts. Fact is the Habs played a better game and came out with only 1pt (giving 2 to a potential playoff spot opponent). I’m pissed!!

  5. WOW, great RDS Habs &Isles tonite, then KENNY VS SPENNY to cheer me up,hate to say it ,but here comes 3 in a row….

  6. #6 Yashin sux says:
    December 7, 2006 at 11:23 am

    We have never done well in NJ or long island. Probably because both arena’s are dull, dark and empty. We won there last year in February but Higgy had 2 goals and 2 assists in that one. NO higgy tonight. WE have got to start having better first periods. Last night 3 penalties in 3 minutes. That was a joke.

  7. #7 smiler2729 says:
    December 7, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    Three things I thought about at work last night while I listened to the Hamilton Bulldogs (Baby Habs) beat the Toronto Marlies (Baby Laffs) on my Walkman… When is Higgins due back? When will the Habs call up Kyle Chipchura, is he the missing link? And wouldn’t it be great to stick it to the Laffs by acquiring Sundin for the stretch run and winning the Cup? Not surprized by the Devils’ comeback, they dull you asleep for the whole game and pounce when you’re snoring away. Expect a win tonight in Long Island and another Saturday against the Sabres…

  8. #8 Habs#1 says:
    December 7, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    Souray shoots, Souray scores, Souray’s on the ice for all the other teams goals, Souray hasn’t learned not to touch the opposing player with his stick, Souray’s a minus player even with all those points, Souray’s a liability in his own end!

    The Habs NEED this game against the Isles. No surprisingly not terrible Yashin, no surprisingly not terrible Dipietro, they need to take advantage.

  9. Hey Habs 1:

    YOu do realize that PP points do not count for your plus/minus ratings right? IT is just even strength. That penalty is OT was pathetic. He should of just cross checks in teh back of the knee and made him fall to the ground instead because apparently that is not a penalty. Souray 3 turnovers last night. Bouillon 15 turnovers. Perezhogin 439 turnovers last night.

  10. #10 joshtm says:
    December 7, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    I see Souray’s practice with Gainey worked well. You know, knock over your own goalie so the other team can score the tying goal, and oh yes, pass the puck to the other team so it takes all the gas out of the game….oh and we can’t forget the stupid penalty.

    Actually Streit and Ninnima basically were crap, Streit is overpaid, over-rated, heck even Kostysisn could do a better job than Streit. Just what the heck is Gainey thinking?

    Oh wait, he has the medical team acting as scouts with instructions on finding the smallest, broken down players who are guaranteed to get hurt….and oh yes offer them outrageous salaries….

    We could have used Youpi, at least Youpi would have tried actually moving the puck out and carrying over the other team’s blue line…

  11. #11 habmanj says:
    December 7, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    holy positive attitude joshtm.

  12. #12 joshtm says:
    December 7, 2006 at 4:39 pm

    Maybe the Chieftans can lend them Paul Newman, those evil twins in black rim glasses, and oh yes that Quebecois goalie…that’s what Montreal needs, some pizzaz, some new blood, time to ship in the rookies from Hamilton to show Souray tips on what a defensemen actually does, and ship Streit and Ninny down awaiting to be traded…how does that sound?

  13. #13 TonyMuerte says:
    December 7, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    Well what about Mikhail Grabovski as a second line center. We can give a shot, i heard that he started to be dominant with the Ham’s bulldogs.

  14. #14 Hockey'sBest says:
    December 7, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    Hey SNAKE who was the hab fan that they kept showing last night in New Jersey because I was there going nuts for the Habs??? Just wondering

  15. Josh, what the hell r u talking about?
    The most impressive thing about last night’s game was the play of ninnima..he was beyond average last night he was actually GOOD! The best game he’s played as a hab anyway…And why don’t you whiners shut the hell up!
    Jesus everyone’s happy when we don’t show up to play but win! And pissed when we actually put in the effort and lose! Of course the latter is harder to swallow!(no comments on the Swallow analogy there snake!)But the canadiens problems are simple ones to fix! And it envolves the SECOND LINE…Don’t believe me,,,wait to see the trade that comes down with’n the firs 3 games of Higg’s return! That’s all bob’s waiting for!!!

    Tonight’s prediction

    MTL:4 NY:2

    GO HABS GO!

  16. #16 Habs#1 says:
    December 7, 2006 at 7:16 pm

    Gainey, Andy Murray and the entire front office were at the game last night and Gainey had meetings with Samsonov and Carbonneau and he was talking with Murray who’s the Habs proffesional scout. That really smells like somethings up. I think Carbonneau might try to use Samsonov with Kovalev or by himself with Koivu but if that doesn’t work then Sammy may go soon or something will happen.

    Remember the last time Gainey had meetings like that on the road last year was in Colorado when he decided to fire Julien and since the odds aren’t even slim to none(there just none) that he’s firing Carbonneau then something big may happen soon.

  17. Nice start to the game,I think im going to puke!!!

  18. #18 TonyMuerte says:
    December 7, 2006 at 11:03 pm

    Well, the Ryder-Koivu-Kovalev line rocked during the powerplays.

  19. #19 Habman says:
    December 7, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    Nice win!! Ryder was flyin out there tonight he should have had at least 3 goals tonight. Koivu had a great game. If they can play like that then the goals will come. Oh, and the Laff’s lost…again!!GO HABS GO!!!

  20. #20 fanatic1 says:
    December 7, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    I thought we played pretty well. offensively, we had alot of chances. see what happens when you skate? but what are we going to do with Ryder? He looks like he’s totally frustrated, and has no confidence. my god, all the chances he had! he couldn’t score if his life depended on it! But, nevertheless, Samsonov was invisible, AS USUAL! perhaps a trade involving, Samsonov(casper, the friendly ghost), and Souray(Mr. giveaway) would land us that coveted 2nd line centerman we so desperately need. so the bleeding stops at 2 losses. I really enjoyed watching leafs lose. maybe Maurice will get fired, if they lose a couple more. hope so. tough game for us on Saturday. sabres in town.

  21. #21 Rugger says:
    December 7, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    Boy did I just get a heart attack – after the finish of the game I logged onto CBS Sportsline to see the headline “Markov out for 3 weeks with broken hand”!!! Fortunately for the Habs it is Danny M. that is out. Great game tonight.

  22. HEADS UP!!!

    Sabers lost to FLA We gained 2 points there!

    T.O lost to Bos we gained 2 point there!

    We meet Buff on Saturday should be a tough one but The best bloody hockey you could asl for! can’t wait!

    Go Habs Go!

  23. #23 Jack Tornton says:
    December 7, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    Habman:

    Did you watch the game on FSN????(just wondering lol)

  24. 2 pts for boston though.

    boston is really rolling lately.

  25. #25 Habman says:
    December 7, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    Yes I did. Boy’s the Leaf fans are a depressed lot on this night. Six straight losses.They’ll never catch us now. GO HABS GO!!!

  26. #26 Habs#1 says:
    December 7, 2006 at 11:56 pm

    The Habs needed some momentum going up against Buffalo on Saturday and they got it curtesy of captain Koivu. Who possibly could have thought that he could have been on his way to a career season if he stays healthy after a career threatening eye injury? And Samsonov just dosen’t seem happy in MTL so he’d probably would be better off somewhere else.

    And the attendence in Long Island didn’t even surpass 10000(anounced attendence was 9551). How pathetic is that?

  27. #27 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 8, 2006 at 1:11 am

    Oh yeah baby we rock!!!

    I got an idea, how about we take the whole 2nd line out of the game? They take away time that could be given to bonk or koivu to make extra goals :D

  28. #28 stevejur says:
    December 8, 2006 at 2:20 am

    There won’t be any changes till Higgins comes back.
    They will try him as the second line centre.
    Plekanec will move to center the 4th line.
    If Higgins can’t revive Kovalev and Samsonov than all hope is lost.
    Then and only then Gainey will start to shuffle the deck via trade/FA signing
    Let’s hope Higgins can bring that 2nd line to life.

    The more Sharks lose the more Marleau gets closer. I ONLY WISH!

    Go Habs Go!

  29. #29 Groundworking says:
    December 8, 2006 at 4:00 am

    Did I hear Jacques Demers correctly last night? Did he suggest that Gaigney admit to making a mistake and send Samsonov to the minors? I was reading a book to my daughter, so I just caught it in the background.

  30. #30 Habs#1 says:
    December 8, 2006 at 11:07 am

    ‘The more the Sharks lose the more Marleau get’s closer’. Dream on. That’s even less likely then Lecavelier coming to MTL. They’ve got more points then Montreal, they’re probably the 2nd best team on the west, and he’s their Koivu. There’s no way in hell they’re trading him unless your willing to give up Souray, Higgins, Plekanec and 1 or 2 first round picks.

    By the way, he’s NOT french canadian. Born and raised an in Saskatchewan.

  31. Wow that is quite a bit to give up for Marleau. Higgins and a 1st would land him. ALthough I wouls not be prepared to trade Higgy. Marleau is our poster boy for success. I have always liked him but I have a feeling if he were on the Habs within a month half the posters here would be haters.

  32. Hey if people can get on Souray they can get on anyone.

  33. #33 Snake says:
    December 8, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    Hockeybest:

    Husky guy with a green hat.

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