Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Nov
27
2011

Mired in Mediocrity

1 out of 4 possible points over the weekend is just not good enough.Not when the Canadiens keep losing ground to teams in the Eastern Conference.Not when they are about to embark on a tough western road trip and needed to take 2 points at home.The Montreal Canadiens are mired in mediocrity, teams have games in hand on them, and if they can't come out of their upcoming western swing with a minimum of 4 points, the team will be in serious trouble. The Philly game on Friday afternoon, I knew from experience that scheduling didn't favour the Habs.But last…
Nov
24
2011

Start Weak Finish Strong?

Start weak finish strong? A metaphor for the Canadiens' 2011-2012 season?Perhaps.But it was exactly just that with last night's 4-3 shootout win in Carolina over the struggling Hurricanes.Carey Price and his team started slow, fell behind early 2-0 but fought back to tie the game on two separate occasions to eventually win in a shootout. A few positives from this game:a) Nice to see the team come back from behind to win, especially in the third period;b) The team finally won a shootout on Brian Gionta's goal (even if he was -3 on the night);c) The team won a game when Carey Price didn't…
Nov
22
2011

Tough One

Habs lose to Bruins 1-0!? Ech! Tough one to take. After a solid game followed by a crappy game on Long Island followed by a total team game on Saturday against the Rangers, the Habs came out and played hard but didn't get the bounces -- or the puck -- past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.Montreal played a good game and came very close to scoring in the first period -- really nothing to fault except not taking advantage of the 4 minute powerplay from the late 2nd to early 3rd period courtesy of former Hab Benoit Pouliot.Timmy Thomas played an…
Nov
13
2011

Nailbiters Will Be the Norm

It's tough to win games when you're only scoring 2-3 goals a game.But the Canadiens were able to pull out 2 wins doing just that, with subsequent OT winners first in Phoenix then in Nashville last night. The Habs finally ended their scoring futility against Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and got out of Nashville with 2 big points because of a nice wrister by Max Pacioretty in OT.For the second game in a row the Habs had to battle through adversity with players coming back into the game after spending time in the dressing room, only to then come back…
Nov
06
2011

Start it Up Again

500 hockey on a back-to-back!? 2 weeks ago, we'd be happy with that.Win 4 of 5!? 2 weeks ago, we'd be absolutely thrilled with that.Losing the game because of completely unbalanced and maybe even, unfair officiating? Today, we're pissed with that!But your Canadiens have no reason to be pissed except only to use last night's loss 5-3 at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers as motivation and a rallying call moving forward.Brad Richards looks to thank last night's referee after scoring in New York last night. The Habs lost 5-3. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images). The Canadiens were shot in…