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Heinous Officiating costs Habs

  • Playoffs in February? It sure felt like it. One of the most entertaining games this year was last night’s between the Habs and Pens. Unfortunately some horrid officiating may have robbed the Habs the extra point.

    The officiating in this game was the worst I’ve seen all year. Maybe ever. The officials blew the game from the opening faceoff and never recovered.

    Off the opening draw there was a “butt end” from Maxim Lapierre delivered to Sidney Crosby’s mid section. Crosby like he normally does went down and did his best fish out of water impression.

    You be the judge and determine how hard, if at all, the butt end of the stick penetrated Crosby. Either way if you take a shot at the league’s best you’d expect a penalty call. 2 mins to Lapierre and the officiating fiasco may have been avoided.

    Crosby replies with a trip off the faceoff moments later. No call. Even up officiating at it’s best. 2 minutes there might have avoided the whole game being called in this manner but now it was already out of control.

    At least it got the teams fired up and they played some exciting and fast paced hockey. Once again until the referees butchered the game.

    The penalty call on Michael Ryder, probably the worst single call of the entire year. You be the judge. I’m not even sure what to say about that. The ref obviously had his mind set on calling something and basically invented a call.

    Now it gets interesting.

    The hit on Koivu was a completely clean hit. A hard hit, what hockey is about. Saku Koivu took it, got up and skated off. He did not roll around on the ice like Crosby after his phantom butt-end.

    Clean hit or not, Souray did the right thing by going after Armstrong. Protecting his Captain. Clean or not, you do not run the Captain/Star player.

    What is the result? 2, 5, 10 and a game for Souray. Are you kidding? A 7 minute call? When is there EVER a 7 minute powerplay? Armstrong shed the mits and threw at least 2 punches, is that not fighting? Roughing? Awful.

    Then wait, 2 minutes to Bonk for interference? You look at the replay. Horrid call.

    So the Pens get basically the entire second period with a man advantage and find the net that way. They also concede a shorty.

    So expelling the Canadiens best player with a terrible call doesn’t hurt their chances? Of course it did, the Canadiens pressed the Pens the entire game. Souray was missed most on the overtime 4-3 powerplay where his shot would have been lined up countless times with all the room on the ice.

    The shootout: Fleury outplayed Abeischer. Bottom line.

    The Habs battled hard and earned a point coming from behind several times. If they put that effort into every game this is a contending team.

    Did anyone else notice Alex Kovalev wake up? He traditionally shows up in the playoffs and the game was a hard fought playoff-like game.

    And about Crosby….Crosby with all his talent still lacks some maturity. How about the hot dog behind the back Denis Savard wannabe pass on a 2-1 late in the game that could have sealed it? Selfish, ugly, stupid play. The Habs nearly tied it up on the ensuing 2 on 1. They didn’t but they did not much later in the game.

    Sunday’s game should be a dandy. Souray will be seeking revenge and Crosby will probably be confused with the famous Forum Hot Dogs once again.

90 Comments
  1. #1 HabsInBlood says:
    February 2, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Lapierre’s butt-end: If you watch the replay you will see that Lapierre, like many other centers, chokes up on his stick when taking a face-off. After the draw he and Crosby were battling a little, and Lapierre’s stick went into his gut. Because he was choking up, Crosby got as he himself described “a little bit of a butt-end�. It was unintentional by Laps and just one of those hockey plays.

    Crobsy’s retaliation: What’s with Crosby’s retaliation? He rakes Lap’s foot RIGHT in front of the refs. You hear time and time again it’s always the retaliation that gets called. I guess that’s the case unless you are Sydney Crosby.

    Armstrong’s hit: As much as I hate to see a Hab get the carrots knocked out of them, I don’t see anything illegal about the hit. Yes, it was vicious, and if you watched the replay over and over again, you could maybe find something that could be called. It really boiled down to discretion by the ref. Most of the time, when a star player gets blindsided like that, a penalty will be called. In this case it wasn’t – just like last year when Saks was spiked in the eye. Koivu always has his head up. That check was a result of Armstrong lining him up, and Saks losing the puck in his skates (causing him to look down) just as he was going behind the net. Then again, maybe it was because of his recently acquired lack of peripheral vision.

    Souray’s reaction: Simply put, anyone who thinks Souray’s reaction was wrong simply doesn’t understand the game and how it’s played – and definitely has never played hockey before in their life. Not only did Armstrong throw a few when he was on the ice – he dropped his gloves ..??? A complete an utter joke. The thing I regret about the play is that they fell to the ice to quickly – taking away an opportunity for Souray to feed Armstrong a few more knucle sandwiches – with his (good) right hand, of course.

    2-minor on 7 minute shorthand: I guess the ref saw that the Canadiens could possibly kill off the entire 7 minutes – and that just wouldn’t be fair to Syndey and TSN – so they figured if they put us down 5 on 3 they could get at least 1 goal. I saw the replay on that call and was utterly dumbfounded. When shorthanded, if the PP team does anything (eg. Kovalev + Ryder penalty) at all, a penalty is called to even things up. Not only did Recchi feed ?Dandenault? the shaft of his stick, but then cross-checked him to the ice – and of course Bonk gets called for interference. There must be some kind of ref grudge against the Habs.

    Overtime: The first real call that went our way the whole game and we couldn’t capitalize on a full 2 minute 4 on 3 in O.T. Also, when 3 on 3, if Pleks holds the puck and goes around Fleury instead of shooting right away, it’s an easy goal. Oh well – too bad we couldn’t finish there at the end.

    The game overall: This was an awesome game by the Habs. Everyone bemoans our 5 on 5 play and says we rely too much on the PP. Well, all of Pitts goals were on the PP and our goals were even strength or short-handed. So many positives about this game for the Habs. I don’t think anything is going on with Perogi. He had a bad game or two that got Murray into the lineup and this team has so much depth, you can end up waiting a while to get back into the lineup. I thought Murray played great last night. Bottom line – if we show up the way we did last night for the rest of the season, we will have a great shot at 4th and maybe Buffalo if they falter.

  2. #2 smiler2729 says:
    February 2, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    No matter the outcome and the bullshit officiating, that was a great game! Can’t wait til round 2 Sunday afternoon!

  3. #3 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    HabsInBlood – enjoyed your synopsis’ “said that in the previous blod” your on the Money brother!
    smiler2729 – I feel the same and we need to seek revenge in the Bell Center!

    Note: joshtm in the previous blog almost had a positive blog Crosby’s Pens #42… maybe he has sought theropy???

  4. #4 smiler2729 says:
    February 2, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    I repeat IGNORE JOSHTM. Just skip his crap and read the next post.

  5. #5 habs#1fan says:
    February 2, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Exciting game for sure and agreed HB the officiating was brutal to say the least. That Ryder penalty was an even up call for sure. He stick checked the guy. Ryder’s stick only touched the puck and ice from what I seen, the other guy fell and Mike is penalized, Horrific. And the 7:00 crap, what the hell??!! The Pens should be taking the Refs out for dinner or something for helping them out with that game. GO HABS GO!!!

  6. It was the type of officiating you would get from a BOOKIE and it calls for an investagation!!!

  7. Whining about officiating is for losers!

    Great game! Great intensity! Habs did well to come back to gain the single point against one of the hottest, young teams in the East currently.

    I am really looking forward to the rematch on Sunday at the Bell Center. Does anyone know if the game is going to be on the CBC? That would be interesting! Who does Don Cherry hate more? The Montreal Canadiens or Sidney Crosby??

  8. #8 Jack Tornton says:
    February 2, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    He hates Habs more than Sidney Crosby and hates Crosby because he’s from Quebec. Is Sidney Crosby from Rimouski or Montreal?

  9. #9 HabsFan says:
    February 2, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Souray’s penalty should’ve only been 2 mins for instigating. If you look at the replay closely, the Pittsbugh guy actually dropped his gloves slightly ahead of Souray. So This B.S. call needs to be looked at by the NHL. They should fire the refs of that game.

    Great effort by the Habs to come back though. 3rd Line did all of the damage in the game. Kovalev showed some intensity, and had a great shoot-out move. Again 1st Line is struggling. Ryder’s success depends on how the others play, because he is a finisher with his shot. Koivu is getting all the bad bounces. When he was hit, the puck took a funny bounce, Koivu looked down…BAM! If not for the bounce, he would’ve seen the hit coming. Higgins is sluggish. He hasn’t done much since his return. Maybe he is still a little injured…

    Need a 2nd line centre, Plekanec is doing O.K., but you need more than him to get Kovalev going. And Perezhogin should replace Latendresse. Latendresse is slow.

    Datsyuk is another European yes…but he always plays his best. He doesn’t take shifts off. That is why we should go after him. Samsonov has a huge mistake, with the exception of last night. He was only good in Boston ’cause he was playing with Joe Thornton.

    Habs vs. Pitt on Sunday will be a war. And Pitt coach Therrian likes to fight so get ready.

    Did anyone see that wimp Ruutu trash talking to Murray. Murray will kill that guy. Ruutu talks big, then runs away as soon as a fight is about to start. I want Murray/Downey to pulvarize him!

    GO HABS GO

  10. #10 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 2, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    The only problem with datsyuk is he never ever ever shows up in the playoffs when it matters

  11. #11 HABMAN says:
    February 2, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Hb you are right on the money about the officials. Total joke it was. I think the Hab brass should get on the horn to Bettman and find out why it is that the Habs are constantly getting stiffed by league officials. The credibility of the entire league is at stake as far as Iam concerned. It’s starting to be as bad as the NFL. It’s got to stop once and for all!!!

  12. #12 peterpan says:
    February 2, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Yesterday really showed who wants to be and remain in a canadiens jersey, aside from dekeing wizard RYDER what the hell is he doing dekeing around, hes supposed to go to the net and wait for the puck he was not good last night and , neither was BOUILLON lots of stupid mistakes, a goal on his weak clearing attempt,
    and AIBESCHER some how always get put into ridiculous games like these but he did not do bad at all i say next time we play TORONTO he plays in nets.
    KOIVU was scared after that hit tail between the legs no show, SOURRAY did the honorable thing and so should some one else and maybe he wouldn’t have gotten kicked out ridiculous call anyways, BONK really showed he gives a F@#K about this team, so did JOHNSON & SAMSONOV,,, KOVALEV showed some veteran experience and effort .MARKOV is MARKOV you know hes always there mr.consistency, HIGGINS poor guy hasn’t been the same since the injury poor effort last night

    ANYWAYS getting to the point of writting this post i think last nights game really showed the heart this team has and the ones who have it and those who dont
    GAINEY should use this game as his trading guide RYDER , BOUILLON, HIGGINS AND RIVET OR NIINIMAA COULD LAND OUR TEAM A GREAT centerman or top 4 defenseman
    ryder alone could land us someone really good
    cant wait for the trades we need at least 2-3 new players and we should kick ass

  13. #13 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 2, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    I love ryder and i think trading him would be a big mistake(unless it is a sweet deal) but i would have to agree with you peterpan.Watching ryder and his so called play making skills is torture “THE TOE DRAG DOESNT WORK MIKE” He needs to shoot the puck that is what he is there for.He has a great shot but hands of stone so leave the playmaking to guys like koivu,kovalev,higgens.Mike just shoot the dam puck buddy.GO HABS GO

  14. Jack Tornton:

    Actually, Sidney Crosby is from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. FYI

  15. #15 Jack Tornton says:
    February 2, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    My bad. Lol!

  16. #16 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 2, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Scientist have figured out how Sheldon Souray has such a hard slap shot:

    He is a 10th generation Cyborg- see the rare behinf the scenes footage the habs do not want anyone to see…….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC_wrWxd6O8&mode=related&search=

  17. #17 Habs#1 says:
    February 2, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Chris Higgins has completely lost his confidence. That wide open net shot he had when the puck went under his stick then in the shootout he came down slow and tentitive and launched an easy shot into Fleury.

    Don’t even get me started on Ryder.

    But you can’t get ride of those guys. They’re young guys who’ve lost their confidence and Carbo needs to help them get it back.

    I think Montreal’s going to win both games. But the game on Sunday is going to be huge!

  18. #18 joshtm says:
    February 2, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    I have to agree with Pactum 100% on this one. But one thing though. Johnson showed he wants to stay, in spite of what I wrote in the past about him, he came up to the plate and even tried checking hard, but unfortunately Johnson has no mass, so he looked like a rag doll out there…great effort! Plekanec saved us big time again.

  19. #19 Habs#1 says:
    February 2, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    I was listening to an interview on the radio with a guy who wrote an interesting article on Gary Bettman and how he may have destroyed the NHL and how it was planned.

    In the early 1990′s the NHL was beating the NBA in every aspect and David Stern(commisioner of the NBA), was not happy so when the NHL was looking for a new comisioner, David Stern said ‘Hey why don’t you take my employee, GARY BETTMAN!’. He worked for the NBA and grew up a Basketball fan, not a hockey fan and Stern new that Bettman would destroy the NHL.

    Look at the two leagues compared to each other now. The NBA has been far more succesful since that day.

  20. #20 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 2, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Doesnt bettman remind you of the count on sesame street?

  21. #21 doggone R habs says:
    February 2, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Look at what Bettman has done for the NHL: 1) he changed the dimensions of the playing field.
    2) he changed the equipment of the goalies.
    3) he changed the overtime rules, now with shootouts.
    4) he changed the rules for officials as far as what should be called.
    5) he made sure the NHL doesn’t have a major league TV contract.
    6) he is changing the uniforms.
    7) he now wants to change the size of the nets.
    8) he changed the salary structure.

    What’s next? The game to be played in the water, and using fish for goalies?
    THE MAN HAS RUINED oUR GAME! attendance is way down, and there aren’t any high profile networks that give alot of coverage to the NHL.
    Since Bettman is a dwarf anyways, why doesn’t he stick to minor league hockey, because his juvenile mind can’t deal with reality, and the game big boys play!

  22. #22 Rugger says:
    February 2, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    While I don’t want to defend Bettman, I think he is horrible, but, it is the owners that go along/approve of all these changes. Replacing the Com. without a change of ownership attitude will do nothing.

  23. #23 joshtm says:
    February 2, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    You know the sad part in all of this, is leading up to yesterday, the habs had Gainey all but forced to make a trade if only to shut up Lapress.

    But now we are stuck yet again to watch the living dinosaurs Rivet and Downie all but wipe out our chances for a seat in the playoffs. Just when we knew who were the culprits, Bonk has to come along and make Bob forget what was crystal clear.

    Well it still is to me. Streit and Markov are not defensemen. Having dynasty defensemen run the Habs doesn’t make Montreal’s defense work. It might for the power plays but that is only largely because of Sheldon Souray. Take away Souray and what do you have, a lacklustre defense. Just because Carbo, Muller and Jarvis were defensemen worthy to be called great on the ice, behind the bench they couldn’t plan defensive plays to save their butts, never mind justifying why we have this bunch behind the bench.

    Watch, Gainey’s gonna throw Niinima in tomorrow afternoon and we’ll be right back in the slump. Then he’s gonna blame it all on Murray once more. It’s the same old same old, nothing fancy nothing new.

    Maybe it is time to ship all the defense except Souray down to Hamilton, pay them full salary, ship up the rookies if only to nail a seat in the first round of the playoffs. Either that or fire Huet and Abby for letting in one goal. Cause that’s all it takes to lose a game these days, what with our no offense forwards.

    What’s it say when Crosby has more goals and points than all of our forward wingers? Isn’t that sad. Oh yah, the habs are a well rounded team, not one player scores all the time, but each of the team including the stick boy scores, well that’s nice when we are winning.

    But what are we paying these high priced Europeans for? We pay them to score and win. If you are a forward the job description is pretty simple, you skate into the other guy’s zone and shoot the puck into the net. Not play defense cause Rivet and Markov are busy pretending they are forwards. Even Abby is skating up to the blue line for God’s sake! Hello, Streit, your job description is what? Oh skate around with the puck in your own zone until the other team takes it away? Or not even clear it out of the zone?

  24. #24 kazmojo says:
    February 2, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Right on the money, HB. I only got to watch from the 2nd period onward, but the replays of Crosby’s shenanigans were sickening.

    And does anyone know why Carbo was pointing at Therrien when Souray got booted? I’ve never, ever seen him that pissed.

  25. #25 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 2, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    Everyone read joshtm’s 23rd post: carbo,jarvis,muller defensemen?????????????????????????

  26. 7) rob”the rackateer” ,yea U,IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A FIXED SPORT ,WHY DON”T U WATCH THE W.W.E. ???SOME FU2ken people!

  27. Some of you saw this game as the best the Habs have played all year…that doesn’t say much about this season….they have a pretty good record but it could have been much better if only they showed some effort in some of these games they lost.

    Yesterday’s game should have been a win because Pittsburgh let them back in. The Habs didn’t go get the 1 pt. In fact, if you see Dandenault’s goal it went in off the Pittsburgh defenseman. If you liked the fact that they showed effort well, dear fans that’s what they’re supposed to be doing. The overpaid dead wood should be benched. If that calls for Kovalev to be embarassed than so be it. The same for Sammy or any of the other smucks that can’t clear the zone, give the puck away or take stupid penalties…I guess that’ll only really leave the goalies…I guess that sum’s up Gainey’s problem. Where are those leaks and can we fix them…I say bring in some other fresh faces to mix in with the core players. Of course, they have to have chemistry and be productive…I mean if Kovalev & Samsonov scored on a more consistent basis we wouldn’t be pointing the finger there way. They choose to be useless and therefore, they are the butt of our frustration. Let’s make the next two games count. We need all the games we can fit in the win column. Let’s go. Wake up and have passion and play together setting each other up…and shoot at the next…come on it’s getting old now…I still say the coaches should dawn boxing gloves and when they come to the bench after a wonderful play should be popped to the head for each blunder (wonderful play). At least the coaching staff could put something they do on their resumes. Come on, Wake up!

  28. #28 naslund26 says:
    February 3, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Pierre Mcguire should just blow Sidney. It is ridicoulus how much he talks him up. We know he is great so just blow him Pierre, my god.

  29. lAPIERRE did Sidney a big favour ,helping him find his center ,on the ice tabawhit. Don’t want that prima donna ,game fixing shit getting to his head, eh!If Bettman’s not carefull he mite get fired by the FANS who pay the bills. Nothing worse than a guy with little mans syndrom, and while your at it Gary ,PROTECT MY MIDDLE FINGER ASSHOLE!

  30. #30 smiler2729 says:
    February 3, 2007 at 2:17 am

    Bettman as the Count from Sesame Street! Perfect! Too funny!!! And this my imitation of joshtm:
    blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah DIARRHEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. #31 smiler2729 says:
    February 3, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Got Ryder and Higgins in my pool, it’d be nice if they started putting up some points, I’ve gone from 1st to 5th!!!! Hopefully playing the Islanders sparks them up.

  32. Thank God Gainey didn’t sign Ryder to a multi year contract!!

  33. #33 stevejur says:
    February 3, 2007 at 11:46 am

    TSN:
    Panthers are contemplating a myriad of moves that include high-profile players Olli Jokinen and Todd Bertuzzi”, report Dreger. Jokinen is believed unhappy in his current situation, while Bertuzzi’s contract status remains uncertain.

  34. NICE’ONE stevejur!!!!

  35. #35 habsgod says:
    February 3, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    can somebody help me. I live in NY and today is the only game that i will be able to watch

  36. #36 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 3, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    On demand cable…habsgod!

  37. #37 Habs#1 says:
    February 3, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Being able to pry Jokinen out of Florida would be an absolute coup for the Habs. He’s best buddies with Koivu and they’re both from Finland, he’s probably one of the top 10-15 centres in the league and would be great with Kovalev.

    I just shutter to think what the asking price would be. Ryder, Sammy and a first round pick is what it would probably take.

  38. #38 Habs#1 says:
    February 3, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    And not only does Jokinen want out but so does Nathan Horton! That kid is turning into a premiere power forward in the league. If the Habs could swap Ryder for him they would have an amazingly dominent line in the next few years with Horton and Latendresse.

  39. looks like the islanders mite want Niinima

  40. #40 joshtm says:
    February 3, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Knowing Gainey, he’ll trade Ninny for the guy that just went out on a stretcher….

    What is this, the habs are playing almost like the last time except for the stupid hooking penalties. There should be retribution against the hooking team leaders of Koivu and Kovalev. All this season they have pretty well sent the message yes boys let’s hook, we have a powerful power play game going, but sad fact is it might be one of the best power plays but almost always even with short handed goals the habs still end up losing those games where they are full of hooks…..

    Bonk and Johnson have a good thing going and Plekanec has taken away the leadership from Sakku and Alexei….time to redistribute the C and the A…C to Plekanec and the A to Bonk maybe…those are our real leaders coming out of the xmas break.

    If the habs hope to nail a second round playoff berth Huet and Abby have to improve their games, zero goals, it can be done.

  41. #41 joshtm says:
    February 3, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Jokkinen sure could be the answer to our lack of quality shots on net. Almost every game the habs get out shot. When you look at the types of shots that habs make, it’s pathetic, compared to what the kind of shots the habs allow, big difference. The other teams have all kinds of time, they have ownership of the habs blue ice, even the last place team owns the habs end in any game.

    That is why I say Huet and Abby have to step up to make up for the lack of defense.

    Horton has all kinds of punch, he’d be the left hand to the knock out punch that Latendresse tries to deliver, imagine pounding the other team with a line of Gui and Nathan…

  42. I am staring to think that Xhabsfan and joshtm are the same person… a multipersonality disorder, for sure. Neither ever has anything intelligent nor positive to say. Has anyone else noticed this?

    PS Bertuzzi to the Habs would be a disaster. Jokinen would make some sense though.

  43. Wow, Rob,U surfest for air.That’s got to be the longest ass kiss on Crosby yet! Better get some chap-stick man.Don’t U got a rigged sports event to go to? Even better ,Why don’t U take some acting lessons at the Sidney Crosby school of diving.Anyway I don’t have any more time for you , I’m busy watching my team fall apart again.

  44. #44 doggone R habs says:
    February 3, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    Are we a fuc@#$%^en garbage team or what? Souray is wonderful at putting the puck on the opposition player’s stick! Thanks Souray! He has to be the worst defensive player in the game! And how the hell does this team expect to win a hockey game with NO OFFENCE! And NO DEFENCE, and NO PP! pathetic! their lack of effort today, is typical of how their season has gone.
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this group of misfirs WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS BECAUSE THEY JUST DON”T GIVE A DAMN! There is no desire, no energy, and no will to win! just a bunch of losers! Watch them drop in 2 weeks from 4th to 10th place, which is where they belong!

  45. #45 Mark loves the Habs says:
    February 3, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Another awful effort. Perezhogin taking a penalty in the offensive zone-he’ll be a healthy scratch for the next while. Did you notice how the Islanders just controlled possession of the puck for long periods at a time. Canadiens were always on the outside. It’s 50/50 whether this team makes the playoffs….even Koivu/Higgins/Markov are struggling.
    The coaching staff are going to have to start smacking some heads around to get these guys to wake up.

  46. #46 smiler2729 says:
    February 3, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Heartless. Gutless. 18 skaters playing as individuals. Too many Euros trying to do it all themselves in a team game, not enough grit or cohesion. Oh, changes are coming, you could see it in the coach’s eyes… changes are coming…

  47. #47 doggone R habs says:
    February 3, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Gainey better not wait until Feb 27th, or it will be too late!
    Maybe for Samsonov, Ryder and Higgins, he could get a loaf of bread, because that’s all they’re worth! Trade Souray while his stock is still up. Anyways our PP, isn’t scoring any goals anymore, so why wait?
    I don’t even enjoy watching them play lately, and the game today was so boring I actually fell asleep while they were losing.

  48. #48 joshtm says:
    February 3, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    Clearly something has to be done, this cannot go on. We need Jokinen, if not Olie then Forsberg, anyone, even if all Forsberg does is give us a nice finish to a hohum season if only for that.

  49. #49 doggone R habs says:
    February 3, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    The habs are known for being the SOFTEST team in the league.
    Carbo said in his press conference following the game, that he doesn’t understand why the opposition is always ready, and the habs aren’t.
    It doesn’t seem to matter how many pep talks the coaches give, it’s the players that are tuning them out. Until major changes are made,( ie. trades), don’t expect this team to improve. they are just a woeful bunch of have nots.
    And don’t look now, but Pittsburgh is just 3 points behind, with 2 games in hand. You can hear the pitter patter of footsteps climbing up, and the sliding noise of the habs going down below 8th place.
    Can someone tell mw what has happened to this team? In Nov we were flying high. What the hell happened?

  50. Yea it looks bleak,we got good players ,just no chemistry,its just not ment to be,time to stirr the pot. I wouldn’t want Gainey’s job rite now and you watch, the players that get traded are going to do great where ever they go,who ever wants em? “Riberio”

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