Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Dec
30
2011

Blew It… Again!

Broken record, Groundhog Day, instant replay you name it ...Leading 3-1 late into the 2nd period, the Habs gave up a soft goal, let Tampa Bay back into the game and ended up losing 4-3.We've seen this over and over... and over... this year. How many times have the Habs had leads in games, only to end up stumbling down the stretch and lose out on the 2 points!??Carey Price looks up to the crowd in Tampa Bay last night. He knows he can be better. Habs lost the game 4-3. So many times, that when they showed a graphic on…
Dec
28
2011

Hard Reboot

After losing five straight games, four with Randy Cunneyworth as Head Coach, the Canadiens to a man could go home and take some time during the Xmas break to recharge, refocus and think about what they need to do to get back to winning ways and try to give themselves a chance at playing in the 2012 postseason.Erik Cole celebrates his powerplay goal with Tomas Plekanec last night in Ottawa. The Habs won the game 6-2. Photo by: Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images. So starting off their first game back from the break against the Senators in Kanata, what did the team…
Dec
23
2011

A Lump of Coal for Christmas

Twas the night, or a few, before Christmas. Nothing was stirring in the Canadiens' head office or house, not even Mr. Gauthier's mouse...Montreal is getting colder and finally got some snow on the ground just in time for Christmas."Why am I listening to you? You can't speak French." Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images.Awww. The holidays just aren't the same without any snow. But you know as well as I it's been quite cold for the Montreal Canadiens for some time now.Just when it looked like things couldn't get any worse, they do. The Habs are winless since Randy Cunneyworth took over the head coaching…
Dec
17
2011

Martin’s Firing Needs to Produce Results

The axe has fallen. The head has rolled.The open letter from Habs Fan in LeafLand to GM Pierre Gauthier... received and apparently, heard.Habs Fan in LeafLand poster "Anonymous," as did much of Habs nation, finally got their wish.Jacques Martin is out as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens after 2 1/2 seasons. Randy Cunneyworth steps as interim head coach."It's disappointing. We've been underachieving for the entire season. Jacques' not the reason we weren't winning games," an ashen faced Erik Cole said this morning. "This is a good wakeup call to us here in the room that we have to play better." And better play,…
Dec
10
2011

Kabs to Habs, Collects Two Points in Win

Nothing seems easy these days for the Canadiens. No matter how well they play, in the end collecting the 2 points has been a struggle all year for this year's edition of the Habs.The Thursday night game in Montreal against the Canucks was a perfect example. Up 3-1 in the 3rd the team should have been able to seal the deal. In the end, they once again let their opposition back into the game, took a penalty late to allow the Canucks to tie it up, and lost in a shootout.Forward Erik Cole is currently carrying the Canadiens offense on…
Dec
08
2011

Habs Fan in LeafLand Profile #2: Mickey Inzlicht

Hey I want to write about good things.Fun things.Things that get me excited.So that automatically discounts me blogging about last night's anemic performance by the Habs.Look. When you can't beat the league's worst team -- at home -- then you certainly do not deserve to  have me write about your exploits here, let alone make the playoffs. Hopefully things will change soon. I smell another open letter...Which is why this is the perfect time to present to you Habs Fan in LeafLand profile #2: Mickey Inzlicht.Mickey Inzlicht and his little boy Jonah. Just because he's being raised in Toronto doesn't…
Dec
04
2011

500 Hockey = No Playoffs

The Habs picked up a big two points yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles with a 2-1 win over the Kings.That's good.Louis Leblanc picked up his first point in the NHL on a sweet play with Kostitsyn and Eller, and now has more points than Aaron Palushaj -- who was sent back to Hamilton today.That was really good.The Habs ended their western swing with 3 out of a possible 6 points.That's not good enough.The team averted a total disaster by winning yesterday but threw away valuable points in San Jose the previous game. The late 3rd period tying goal by the…