Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Mar
31
2011

Gonna Lose!? Lose Big!!!

And that's what the Habs have been doing of late... losing big. And the funny thing is, it's not the goalie's fault, as coach Jacques Martin put it after the 6-2 drubbing his team took at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes last night in Raleigh. P.K. Subban falls on his derriere last night in Raleigh against the Carolina Hurricanes. Hopefully this isn't a harbinger of their play as they limp towards the playoffs. Photo: AP Costly turnovers and a lack of energy and desperation was what did the Habs in last night. And some solid saves by Cam Ward…
Mar
30
2011

Goal!!!!

BREAKING NEWS: Sidney Crosby has been cleared to return to practice with the Pens!! No timetable as yet as to when we'll see him back in games. Good luck dude (unless you play the Habs in the playoffs). He shoots, he scores!! Been awhile since we've heard that to describe a the play of the Canadiens. Maybe it's more appropriate to say ... et le but! In any case, the Habs scored finally, almost a full 200 minutes after their last goal in Minnesota, defeating the golf course bound Atlanta Thrashers 3-1 last night in Montreal. A much needed win…
Mar
27
2011

Gonna Hurt More Before It Gets Better

Hockey is a funny game sometimes. It's amazing how a team can look so good one night, only to look pathetic the next. Just ask Leaf fans about that... Andrei Kostitsyn misses last night against Caps' Holtby. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette. But lately, Habs fans could only wish such a fate, because the team has looked pathetic in its last 3 outings with last night's latest blanking at home to the Washington Capitals 2-0. It's very simple. No matter how good your team is, if you don't score, you're not going to win. And the Habs have now…
Mar
25
2011

Ugly!!!

The other day I wrote that blowouts are niice!!Sure, when the Habs are on the right side of the equation.Blow outs against Montreal are not niice!!! Ugly! As in 7-0 ugly.The Habs can take solace in at least winning the season series against the Bruins but no doubt such a brow beating like they received last night doesn't sit very well. Hopefully they can use this as motivation moving forward.Not to take anything away from the Bruins. They were the better team and beat us -- fair and square -- in basically every facet of the game. But you know…
Mar
24
2011

Recchi Goonified

Shame! Shame on you Mark Recchi. And you played for the Habs!! I figured of all players on the Bruins, you'd have the most common sense. I was wrong.Not only were your comments on Boston radio yesterday completely off-base, but it seems a bit curious as to why a veteran player such as yourself would fan the fire and give the Habs even more motivation against the Bruins!?True, you may have been goaded into saying that the Habs over-exaggerated Max Pacioretty's injury to try to get Chara suspended. But if you didn't feel that way, you would have said so.Maybe…
Mar
21
2011

Blow Outs are Niice!!

I've been watching the Habs pretty much my entire life. At least as long as I can remember...When I was a kid, I can remember the Habs regularly beating up on the weaker teams like Washington or the old Colorado Rockies -- with scores like 9-2 or 10-1.Ryan White celebrates his 1st NHL goal last night in St. Paul, Minnesota. The rook also snagged the first, but hopefully not last, Gordie Howe hat trick of his career. Photo by: Eric Miller, Reuters.Those days were fun but are unfortunately long gone. Our Habs teams of late have been kind of offensively…
Mar
19
2011

Win Some, Lose Some

Well the 2010-2011 edition of the Montreal Canadiens have a lot of heart and have showed a lot of character, given the amount of injuries this team has been forced to endure this season.The fact they're solidly in the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference goes against everyone's picks for the team at season's start, with most giving them a slight chance to even make the playoffs.Probably Guy Boucher will deservedly win the Jack Adams award as coach of the year, but Jacques Martin is right up there to get at least a nomination.That said, the team can't win every…
Mar
17
2011

Pacioretty Practicing in 4-6 Weeks!!!!

Update on Max Pacioretty: according to Jacques Martin, Max Pacioretty will be ready to assume practicing -- with contact -- in 4 to 6 weeks. That could bring him back potentially for the 1st but most likely 2nd round of the playoffs. Imagine what a boost that'd be to the team!!Even if he wasn't as effective as he was pre-Cherry, I mean pre-Chara, just think of the Koivu-like emotional boost the team would get with him back in the lineup!!!Martin looked giddy reporting the news.Habs vs. Lightning tonight at the Bell Centre.
Mar
16
2011

Injuries, Lots of Injuries

What a year for injuries!! As lucky as they were back in '08-'09 where nobody was really injured for long stretches, the last 2 seasons have been the complete opposite, with this season being a total horror show!!!! Photo: Marc Appolonio/CBC Not only did we lose 2 of our top 4 dmen in Markov and Gorges for the season, but we lose Pacioretty for the season -- our most improved forward -- we lose Cammy for 13 games and he's having an off year in general; Spacek, though most think he's done with the Habs after this season, had to…
Mar
14
2011

Off Day…

Lotsa stuff still going on:1) Richard Martin, one of the famous "French Connection" line (w/Rene Robert and Gilbert Perreault) of the Buffalo Sabres' hayday, died Sunday, apparently of a heart attack while driving. He was 59. He just made an appearance two weeks ago in Buffalo to celebrate the new ownership. That's too bad.2) Not much news on the Pacioretty front. Which is probably a good thing. Missing him on the powerplay though. Let's win it for Max!!!3) Is there a bigger arse on tv than Don Cherry!? Of course he would blast Geoff Molson. Of course he can't name…
Mar
13
2011

Habs Move Forward With Win in ‘Burgh

It's been a tough week for the Canadiens and the NHL. Mike Cammellari converts on a nice feed from Jeff Halpern. Cammellari has been tearing it up against the Pens since last year's playoffs. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images.Don't know about you, but my heart hasn't been into it... so you imagine what the Habs have been feeling. Well we got a sample of that with their performance in St. Louis against the Blues and everyone's favourite former Hab, Jaro Halak. Well not that Halak was any better than Price. But the team in front of him was, and after…
Mar
10
2011

Medical P.O.V. on Pacioretty’s Injury and Aftermath

Great article about Max Pacioretty's injury.Might make you feel better, might make you feel worse. Only time will tell:"It’s really not possible to know for sure what treatment Pacioretty’s neck will need without knowing the extent of the injury. It could be as simple as a neck brace for 6-8 weeks or as complex as surgery to fuse vertebrae — putting in rods or plates. The fact that he was breathing and moving and the the fracture is non-displaced really shouldn’t be downplayed. That’s all great news. He could potentially heal with no lasting effects, and obviously that would be…
Mar
10
2011

Jaro, Zdeno etc.

Montrealers are very upset about what happened over the last 48 hrs, especially since the NHL decided that the Chara hit on MaxPac was "a hockey play."I'm sorry if I offended any of my readers by using the photo in the previous post, which isn't pretty. But to me it's very indicative of what really happened, that this player did intentionally shove Pacioretty's head into the turnbuckle.If anything, the NHL is being consistent, because in my opinion Cooke should have been suspended big-time for his hit on Savard last year, and Richards as well for his hit on Booth, among…
Mar
10
2011

Still Mad…

... but finding solace in the hope that Max Pacioretty will make a full recovery and that ultimately Zdeno Chara's career can be remembered with this image -- he sure as hell isn't winning a cup so long as he's playing for the Bruins -- THAT'S FOR F#@& SURE!!!!Photo Yahoo Sports
Mar
09
2011

Disgusting!!!!

UPDATE 3:25 pm -- Zdeno Chara does not receive a suspension for last night's hit on Max Pacioretty. Not pleased.Disgusting!! Sickening! Terrible!! Gutless!! Irresponsible!! These are but some of the words being thrown around today after last night's tilt against the Bruins which saw Zdeno Chara with 16 seconds left in the 2nd period send Max Pacioretty into the "turnbuckle" between the two benches. What should have been a posting about how dominating the Canadiens were in pretty much every facet of the game, as well as lauding Lars Eller's best game so far in the NHL, has now been…