The key game is tomorrow...number 1 or number 2 does it really matter in the playoff seeding ...your going to play a team seeded 7th or 8th and probably within a point of each other...same difference.
Now lose to the Bruins and come in 4th and play the 5th seeded team...different story
We may as well aim for the 6th place and play the southeast team.
Not sure what game most of the posters were watching but the Habs outplayed the Pens for most of the game. Their speed both on the forecheck and backcheck was incredible. We need a player that can finish with Eller/Gally which could be Prust or Bourque. Need Diaz back or find an experienced dman. Too soon for Tinordi. Another dman would not hurt down the stretch. If we skate and work like we did tonight, we can beat any team. Hope we have something left for tomorrow as the Bruins will have to run all kinds of interference to keep up.
I think people are making a bigger deal out of this game than they should...the better team lost, it happens but I'm not disappointed with the overall effort at the end of the night (except for the off few players, namely Patches, Gionta and Desharnais). If anything we should be angry with the habs for losing not once but twice to Buffalo within a week, those are valuable points we should have gotten. The habs better win all the games they should win (against lower tier teams) and only lose games that they deserved to win (like tonight) rather than losing games because they didn't play to win, let's go into the playoffs by winning as many games as we can during this last stretch, momentum can carry any team far until a team figures out how to break it (chicago this year, 4 losses in last 7 or the habs in 09 when we met the Flyers)
Bergy (Michel) is such an idiot (not a new thing). Criticizing having Halpern on at the end rather than DD who was AWFUL all night. Even if DD was good, I would still put Halpern in that spot. As if Halpern is a scrub that can't score. DD isn't exactly tearing it up. Patch either.
Glad the others are at least questioning his judgement.
Habs played great. Pens goalies were good enough. We got unlucky. Crosby happens.
Oh yeah, and Price was awesome. I think he should start tomorrow even though previously I thought Budaj deserved it.
Agreed. Halpern owned the faceoff circle tonight, while DD was good on the draw against Crosby but useless everywhere else. Frankly, Eller and Galchenyuk were our best chance to tie the game, alongside Plekanec and Ryder. All four looked dangerous at any given time. The rest? Inconsistent to useless. Subban had a good game on the defensive side though. Markov is good, but not great.
Tough loss.. The Habs played a very good game but no finish.. I expect a similar result tomorrow night against a much better defensive Bruins team.
Don't count on it. We're out two key D-men (Boychuk & McQuaid), Ference has struggled this season and Hamilton's rookie-hood is most evident in his own end (offensively he's been a treat, mind you). Chara and Seidenberg still hold down the fort, and our forwards can be fierce on the neutral zone backcheck, but I expect your forwards plus Markov & Subban will get their chances.
BTW your game vs PIT was reminiscent of ours against them not too long ago. I know how frustrating those are. Here's to a great game tomorrow. Sounds like both teams are in need of a rousing match to get the old adrenaline going again.
Fatioretty and DDelicious once again were soff as butter. I swear, WE SHOULD PUT ALL OF OUR BAD APPLES IN ONE LINE instead of spreading the trash. That means, Patches-DDelicious-Gionta. If a line is going to kill plays and suck, it should be only infecting one line, not two.
I'm not blaming Gorges. But he's on the 2nd wave of the PP with Bouillion and has not been good. So.. when I look at his other flaws, I wonder why he is being paid so handsomely. 4M over 6 years for a Dman who...blocks shots, is good in the locker room and...what else? I like him too. I just liked him when he didn't make that much money.
He's more of a 3M$ guy but I really don't see why we are discussing about Gorges in a game that we lost 1-0. He played his game and was not factor in this game, why are we discussing about him.
And yeah, I have no idea why he's on the PP, I rather have Eller on the point than having Gorges or Bouillon on the PP.
Not sure how many of you remember the series in 1993 when we went down 2 games to nothing against the Nords. Before game 3 the team was told "Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll have nothing to worry about." They went on to win the next four straight. The sniper? Paul Dipietro. Hockey is a game of bounces. There is no guarantee who will win any one game but if you keep playing right you'll win most of them. Habs played arguably the best team on the league tonight and handily outplayed them. Loving Halpern. Hope the other guys make it back before the playoffs. Sucks to lose but this is a good team!!!