Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Feb
28
2011

Da Trade Deadline

UPDATE AS OF 2:40 PM -- Dustin Penner traded to the L.A. Kings for a prospect, a first round pick in 2011 and a conditional 3rd round pick. Ugh!!I've been away for a bit.Not physically, just mentally.But you can be sure I've been watching hockey.Lots to talk about. For starters as I write this post, it is just past 1 p.m. EST, less than 2 hours before the trade deadline.So far, not that much action, with the Florida Panthers the team that's made the most moves today. Boring!!!!Tick tick tick. De time, it is ticking down...And our beloved Habs!? As…
Feb
23
2011

End of Western Futility, Sort Of…

Well I'm not going to sit and write how successful the Habs' western swing was, because it wasn't!Canucks' Ryan Kesler is hit by the puck while standing in front of Carey Price on Tuesday night. Photo by Rich Lam, Getty Images. Still, they pulled out a much-needed win last night against the NHL tops Vancouver Canucks, winning there for the first time in 10 years, and also giving poor deserving Carey Price a win in front of his home crowd.You may remember last year's swing out west -- which was also a write-off -- when Price was hung out to…
Feb
21
2011

D.O.A. in Calgary

Well the hoo-hah that was the "Heritage Classic" is now said and done and for the Canadiens, couldn't have happened soon enough with the team skating to a listless 4-0 loss to the Calgary Flames last night.What a bore this game was!!!Easy to say because the Canadiens played a pretty heartless game. If it weren't for Carey Price early on, this game could've gotten out of hand quite fast.The best part of the game for me was noticing the Habs were wearing vintage numbering on their jerseys from the 70's - 80's era. Anybody else catch that???But it really was…
Feb
18
2011

When They Lose, They Do it in Style!!

I don't have much positive to say about last night's ecchhy 4-1 loss to the lowly Oilers in Edmonton last night.Sure the Habs always have a rough time out west, maybe last night they were a bit beat due to travel, etc. But is that an excuse??No, it ain't.It seems lately everything that can go wrong, is going wrong. Have to work through it. And let's be honest, the Habs have done their best to stay in the midst of things, persevering over devastating losses to Markov and Gorges. Now Gill is down, and Spacek is not skating with a…
Feb
16
2011

Squandering Precious Points!!!

Last night's game against Buffalo seemed like a re-run of last week's game against the Islanders.Our Canadiens did not display a "killer" attitude and left their opposition off the hook.Jonas Enroth makes a save in Montreal last night.The Sabres came out brutally flat and the Habs went to work, sort of. They missed the net on a lot of opportunities and Pacioretty ultimately converted a nice "power forward" type goal to make it 1-0 -- but it's not as if the Habs were playing their best hockey.The lead was precarious at best, and we knew the Sabres would come out…
Feb
13
2011

Habs End Losing Streak in Style Against Leafs

The Canadiens have yet to lose 4 straight games this season and last night they avoided this fate by snapping a 3 game losing streak, posting a solid 3-0 win last night in Montreal against the Leafs.The Montreal Canadiens score the 1st goal of the game in a 3-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night in Montreal. Mikhail Grabovski and Mike Komisarek, both former Habs, watch helplessly. Photo AP Really the Leafs weren't that good last night and the Habs seemed to carry the play for most of the night. Can't blame Giguere, as usual he was solid…
Feb
10
2011

Craziness in Boston

After a Superbowl split which saw the Habs turn in a tight game against the Rangers with a 2-0 win, then a somewhat predictable loss against the surging New Jersey Devils 4-1, the team came into Boston with the chance to catch their rivals atop the Northeast Division.Carey Price lands the one and only punch on Timmy Thomas last night in Boston. Price won the fight, but the Habs lost the game 8-6. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.)Nobody could have predicted the Habs would score 6 goals... and lose! The Bruins deserved this hard-fought, 8-6 win that saw endless fights and…
Feb
03
2011

Habbiness is 4 Points in 2 Nights

Last night was a great night of hockey. Around the league, lotsa fun.Starting with the Habs. Nice 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers last night. Second victory in 2 nights, always a pleasure.Alex Auld is flanked by teammates after last nights 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers in Montreal. Photo: Getty Images/Richard WolowiczEspecially considering, again, the Habs gave up the first goal. But they're finding a way to win, and showing veteran-style patience in not panicking, not getting too down or worried and sticking to the game plan -- which they know, if they execute, will result in being on…
Feb
02
2011

Memories of D.C.

Aww, nothing like memories. Good memories. Memories that give you the warm and fuzzies. That's what I got last night watching the Habs take down the Caps 3-2 in a shootout last night in D.C. Washington, decked out in their retro jerseys probably should have left them in the closet, because they evoked times past when the Habs would regularly beat the Capitals 10-3. P.K. Subban followed closely by Alexander Ovechkin Feb. 1, 2011. They were at it all night. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) Okay it's been a while since those kind of scores (I remember 'em though) but…