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Halak of an effort against Bruins

Well that was ugly, to say the least. Carey Price let the first goal in at 1:33 on a Nathan Horton wrist shot, and the boos began. Thirty minutes into the game, he’d allowed four goals on ten shots - and that was all she wrote for Mr. Price. He left the ice to more than scattered boos from the Montreal crowd, and all of a sudden things aren’t so rosy after Montreal’s 2010 playoff run. Perhaps more telling than anything? Price did not make himself available to the media after the game

Well that was ugly, to say the least. Carey Price let the first goal in at 1:33 on a Nathan Horton wrist shot, and the boos began. Thirty minutes into the game, he’d allowed four goals on ten shots - and that was all she wrote for Mr. Price. He left the ice to more than scattered boos from the Montreal crowd, and all of a sudden things aren’t so rosy after Montreal’s 2010 playoff run. Perhaps more telling than anything? Price did not make himself available to the media after the game. In other words, he turned in a horrible performance and ran out the back door.

This is the guy that is supposed to take the reigns from Jaroslav Halak? The fans, and media, are overreacting - after all, this was one game, and a pre-season game at that. But after dealing Halak in June and watching that performance last night, I have to believe GM Pierre Gauthier is sweating a little bit more today. At the very least, perhaps someone with the Habs should suggest to Price that he should face the media when he turns in an effort like last night’s.

Hey, if he’s not going to show up for the game, the least he can do is show up for some questions from the media.

A few points from the game:

- Tomas Plekanec looked good at both ends of the ice, getting involved on both Canadiens goals while also playing his usual solid, quiet defensive game.

- Aaron Palushaj had numerous chances to score, and used his body to create space for his teammates. This reclamation project is still a longshot, but he’s the first out of the gate to put pressure on the ensconced roster members.

- Max Lapierre was skating much better than last season, adding credence to the theory that he was dealing with an ankle injury. This is great news for the Habs.

- Angelo Esposito was

released

cut from camp by the Thrashers yesterday. This former first round pick is a native Montrealer, and he was one the apple of many Habs fan eyes. It would be interesting to see the Canadiens give him a shot, but would it be worth it? At the very least we know Espo brings one thing to the table: perhaps the best hair in hockey.

note: updated at 12:15 PM on September 23rd, as the Thrashers confirmed Esposito was cut and not released. The original wire story last evening, and commentary from various NHL personalities, noted Esposito had been released. The Upper Canadien thanks those who pointed out the error.

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OMFG: IT’S ONE EXHIBITION GAME!!!!!!  WHO THE F*** CARES??

Posted by Ransacker on 09/23/10 at 12:58 PM ET

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Not addressing the media in Montreal won’t win him any favours. Even to just come out, say he had a terrible game, and that he will be better prepared for the next one would have been adequate. He knows he was bad, everybody does. Admit it and move on.

And I do agree with Ransacker. It’s one game! The press and fans in Montreal need to calm down! One game does not a season make.

Posted by Briney on 09/23/10 at 01:19 PM ET

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Just curious - but why are you assuming Price did not make himself available to the media?  Perhaps management held him out?  Regardless of whose call it was, it was a poor decision…but I think it’s sad to see you automatically assuming it was Price when that’s not known.  Maybe go read Dave Stubbs article at HIO to see how a journalist hanlded it.

Posted by Habs fan in Nashville on 09/23/10 at 01:50 PM ET

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I agree, people need to realize this is a pre-season game. I get a kick out of Montreal fans mocking the fear in Toronto after they lose to the Sens in pre-season game one, and yet Habs fans do the same thing!

As for Price, I have to believe he chose not to address the media. I can’t believe Gauthier, Martin et al would have thought that was a good decision. Any way you look at it, it makes Price look bad. And he’s their thoroughbred now, so they want him to look as good as possible.

Unless someone from the Canadiens comments on it, and I suspect they won’t, we’ll never know for sure. But as a fan it disappoints me that he didn’t address the media. That’s a player not taking responsibility, and it’s not a good sign.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 09/23/10 at 01:54 PM ET

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Another thing .... Angelo Esposito remains Atlanta’s property.  He is just in the process of being reassigned to Chicago, their farm team.

This site has taken a decided step backwards IMHO.  This used to be a place where one oculd read insightful, informative, and perhaps most importantly -accurate articles from respected journalists.  Now it’s a free for all anyone with an opinion.  Sigh.

Posted by Habs fan in Nashville on 09/23/10 at 01:56 PM ET

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Took a look at the HIO article, and Stubbs, who is fantastic, is writing from his experience in managing media relations for the Canadian Swim Team. And as far as I can tell, his opinion is largely the same, it would have been better for Price to have address the media after his performance. Accountability is sorely lacking in today’s sports world, and it would have been a good idea for Price to face the music after such an effort. As a young man who’s made millions and has the world at his fingertips, the least he could do is take the time to address the game.

As for Esposito, various accredited NHL media members tweeted yesterday that he has been released, and I got numerous emails addressing the fact. I’ll keep an eye on it, but that was the report when I penned this last evening. As we know from the Pat Burns fiasco a week ago, in this day and age news changes by the minute.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 09/23/10 at 02:00 PM ET

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On Esposito: just checked and the wire story did say he had been released. The story was picked up by Gord Stellick of the FAN 590 and Sportsnet, and was discussed by many media members last evening. As a blogger, I obviously put my trust in the articles and news reports I get from these sources.

In the last hour Stellick has corrected his mistake. Thank you for the heads up Habs Fan in Nashville. I still think Espo, and his hair, would look great on the Bulldogs.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 09/23/10 at 02:08 PM ET

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Kudos to you UpperCanadien for “facing the music”, unlike Price.  I guess I’m just a cantankerous old-timer, but I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that I actually agree with what you’re saying.  Whomever made the decision - Price or Management - erred. 

I appreciate the discourse.

Posted by Habs fan in Nashville on 09/23/10 at 02:13 PM ET

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