Price And The Boys Blank Buds

After losing the last three games and allowing 16 goals while doing so, it was certainly nice to see the Habs shut out the Leafs 3-0 and climb slightly back into our good graces again. But it was only the Leafs. We have to keep this in mind.

Montreal tightened things up, never really allowed Toronto to cause us to hold our breath, and maybe they learned something from the previously disastrous games against New Jersey, Boston, and the Islanders. Maybe it was the proverbial wake-up call. Whatever it was, they handled the Leafs in fine fashion and we expect more of the same in upcoming games.

Don’t forget, it never seems to matter how lousy the Torontonians are from year to year, they still manage to play like champions of the universe when they meet the Habs. But not tonight. And if Montreal had looked sad tonight after recent events, maybe I wouldn’t blame fans for trying to re-create the 1955 Richard Riot.

Random Notes:

For some reason I jotted down the fact that the first time I noticed Benoit Pouliot in the game came at the 12:52 mark of the second period. Two and a half minutes later he scored the winning goal.

Brian Gionta and David Desharnais, who had a strong game, scored the others.

Shots on goal – 39-27 for the good guys.

Carey Price notched his sixth shutout of the season and gave his buddy PK a little hip check as they left the ice. These two and their hi-jinks have become the entertainment business’ newest comedy team. Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Cheech and Chong, and Price and Subban.

Next up – Buffalo pays a visit on Tuesday. It would be nice if Mike Cammalleri returns by then.

I’m saying loud and clear – Max Pacioretty better not have a broken bone from his late-game injury when he was slammed into the boards. He left the game and didn’t look happy while leaving.

Scott Gomez and Andrei Kostitsyn elevated their game to mediocre tonight. Mediocre is a big step up from pathetic. Gomez even made a nice play when he found Desharnais with a pass that DD converted. That’s one nice play, Scott. Maybe on Tuesday it can become two nice plays. What do ya think?

Before the game it was mentioned that the late Roger Neilson, known for his leading-edge use of video, once thought he couldn’t get the remote to work and it turned out he was holding a calculator. He also thought on one occasion that a microwave oven was a fancy television.

20 thoughts on “Price And The Boys Blank Buds”

  1. A win was much needed after the week we’ve been through since last Saturday. Let’s keep this up and make this the Season of the Triple Low Five.

    Cheers from a Habs fan in Leaf Nation. =)

  2. DD will replace Gomez as the number two centre on this team and make Gomer expendable. It was a good game but maybe more so because Montreal won the game. I always worry when they play Toronto because the Leafs always ( at least used to) get up for these games and generally outplay us. Our goalies have been a big factor in us beating the Leafs as often as we have over the last couple of years. Tonight’s game however was a team win. It may only be for one game but boy was it ever good to watch happen.

  3. I realize it was only the leafs but the Habs have had a nasty habit of losing to bottomfeeders. Hopefully that trend is changing starting with last night. Price managed a shut out in spite of the fact that Mr. Moey said the word three times in the final two minutes of the game. Men. Grrrr.

  4. Dennis, I agree with what Don says about Desharnais and Gomez. Price played great too and the youth on the team are really starting to make their mark. PK sent a message out he’s not going to take any guff. Hamrlik played a really solid match too. I just hope Patches is okay. At least he remained on the bench which is a good sign. Pouliot played a great game at both ends of the ice.

    What a difference a game makes.

    The slump is behind us. We now have the same points as 5th-place Washington which has a game in hand and are still only one point back of Boston which has two. Catching up to Boston will put us in third place.

    Whenever we play with this much intensity and effort, the game is in the bag…

  5. Moey, that Mr. Moey. I went through a stage a year or two back when I decided that saying “shutout” wasn’t going to make a difference. But I learned quickly that it jinx’s them and I learned my lesson. I think Bob Cole says it hoping that it will jinx them.

  6. Danno, I was proud of PK for his little tousle. If he can gain a reputation as a pretty good fighter it will only enhance, and he’ll gain a ton of respect around the league. A great player who can fight is a beautiful thing. Patches did leave early with his injury. He stayed on the bench for the longest time, then left and this is what worries me. He’s been one of our best guys lately and we definitely need him every game. It was a good win and a good shutout and I can’t even imagine if they would’ve lost this one.

  7. Dennis, H I/O is reporting that Patches was seen leaving the Bell Centre “without a sling on his arm”. Which is a positive sign, I hope.

    Also, the word shutout is forbidden in our house. Even saying “Price is having a really good game” is frowned upon. The hockey gods have big ears.

  8. DK, The comments I made about the HAB’S playing 5 games in 8 nights seems to be the excuse one Toronto Star reporter stated today for the Laff’s tired & poorly played game. I guess we must be better conditioned! Good game & a great out come, as noted these hated Laff’s always seem to play with more desire when the opponents are the HAB’S but not last night! In the T/Star report they are whining about PK’s match up with Lupul, they say he did’nt give Lupul time to ready himself. He challeged PK but he was’nt ready give me a break, this PK bashing is getting old real fast! Also great to see Price notch another shutout. Did you receive the article I sent you from ALL HABS the article is a mirrow image of your take on Gomez & AK, but of course you beat them to the deadline for reporting. I would’nt expect anything less from this # 1 Blog!
    Les Canadiens Sont La!!!!

  9. Mike, you are so right. This PK bashing has gotten really old. Lupul said he’ll give him the benefit of the doubt this time. Oh thanks, lupul. And what happens next time – you’ll sue him? Tell his mother? Lupul also said pretty soon players around the league won’t give PK the benefit of the doubt either? What are they going to do, rounf up a posse? Shut the hell up. Everyone’s jealous because our guy is going to be a star and guys like Lupul are strictly journeymen.

  10. That’s good news about Max, Danno. Remember the last time he left a rink with an injury? He had a IV stck to him and strapped down to a stretcher.

  11. Dennis, Detroit did us a favour today and beat Boston AGAIN (second of their back-to-back games). So now we are just one point behind them (and third place in the conference). Boston now only has one game in hand.

    Things are looking up all of a sudden.

  12. Thanks Detroit. I watched them for a bit and they played Boston the way we need to. Not the physical stuff. PK has to shut up and use his skill. Keep the yapping down unless they can back it up. If they want to play that kind of game Boston will tear us apart. In the meanitime, I think we need to get bigger, physically and heart-wise. I like what DD brings to the table and hate what Gomez reflects. Good to see younger guys coming through. I think and pray we do well later this year but next years team will be younger. I see Roman leaving and hoping Gill has one more year. I hope Markov comes back but cheaper. And Georges won;t leave but he is due a raise. Gomez is holding us back and winning a cup is jeopardized by his stupid salary. Anyone know anyone who can make Gomer ‘an offer he can’t refuse?’

  13. Dennis,

    That was a tidy performance all round, I thought. Three highlights for me.

    The first was DD scoring and the Habs winning so that bok is laid to rest.

    Second PK – you’re damned if you do and your damned if you don’t. Whatever he does it’s wrong. Lupul wants a fight and then wants the time to remove most of his accessories, write a short note to his mother and spend a night in prayer and contemplation before engaging his man. Why is it that these “tough” guys always invoke some arcane duelling code from the 18th century when they get one in the bracket that they can’t handle?

    Third Bob Cole as everyone set for a faceoff “Bozak with MacArthur parked behind…”. It was as he might say himself, a dandy.

    When I was young I always remember an old uncle of mine saying that you could do a lot worse than get into incontinence pants. In a figurative investment sense if you see.

    Well I wish I’d taken his advice because what’s been coming out of the NHL recently must have caused most of the hockey world to piss themselves on an ongoing basis and shares in rubber underwear to rocket..

    Mr Campbell (who didn’t eat on Thursday as it’s difficult to hold cutlery when you’re sitting on your hands) springs into action when his boy’s not involved…….

    “The actions by the Islanders’ Gillies and Martin were deliberate attempts to injure by delivering blows to the head of players who were unsuspecting and unable to defend themselves,” Campbell said in a statement issued by the NHL. “The message should be clear to all players: targeting the head of an opponent by whatever means will be dealt with by suspension.

    Laugh I thought my trousers would never dry….

    You sense that if Mr Campbell understands the meaning of irony it is as the word you use to describe the taste of iron.

    Mr Lemieux of the Penguins responds

    “Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. But what happened Friday night on Long Island wasn’t hockey. It was a travesty. It was painful to watch the game I love turn into a sideshow like that.

    “The NHL had a chance to send a clear and strong message that those kinds of actions are unacceptable and embarrassing to the sport. It failed.

    “We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players. We must make it clear that those kinds of actions will not be tolerated and will be met with meaningful disciplinary action.

    “If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it.”

    Just in case you have temporary amnesia possibly as the result of a blind-side head shot delivered by one M Cooke, this is the organisation that gives Matt his schekels and haven’t been complaining when their boys are handing out the cheap shots. One of the league’s supposed tough teams got ambushed and patently didn’t like it.

  14. Mayo, I’m having trouble even looking at Gomez now and I can’t recall ever feeling like that with a player before. And now that he got an assist last night he probably feels he’s a star again. PK’s going to be fine. He’s just a baby and yaps and shows enthusiasm that older guys wouldn’t. It’s not a bad thing I think. And when I heard McGuire finally say he could be Rookie of the Year it made my heart swell. We need to be a little patient with his young antics, that’s all. Lupul was an idiot though. Another Mike Richards.

  15. Nice comments, Blue Bayou. There’s nothing I can add and anyway, I need to change my pants. (It’s funny, years ago when talking about NHL disciplinary action and Mr. Campbell, it would have been Clarence Campbell. Now it’s Colin. (Was that interesting?) And one last thing before I change my pants, players like Matt Cooke don’t belong in hockey. Everyone’s trying to make an honest buck and Cooke is trying to deny them of this by injuring. I’m thinking that even those who aren’t partial to fighting might want to see Cooke get his face removed by someone. Cooke isn’t even a good fighter. He’s sneaky and dirty. Please God, never let Cooke and Sean Avery wear the Montreal uniform.

  16. Dennis, I don’t care about subban as he can take care of himself. I’m worried that his yapping and enthusiasm gets Gill killed by Chara or someone gets beat up bad by Big Nose Lucic. He has to be responsible to his teammates and needs to play smarter. We all know he is a dynamite player. He just doesn`t seem to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. He should consider shutting up and putting his nose to the grindstone and just get the two points. He doesn`t need to get under skin, his game is his shot, defense, getting points. I think he is a dangerous player on a small team.

  17. I’m much too hard on Subban. I just watched the toronto game and he played very good. Late in third the toronto rookie boyce play stupid. Where are the commentators grilling boyce? Jack asses. I’ll lay off subban people. He played classy saturday. Look forward to quite a few years with him here.

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