Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Feb
28
2013

Pacioretty Bites Back

Ryder returns, Pacioretty scores two as Habs down Leafs in LeafLand 5-2---------------------------What did that crime dog MacGruff used to say?Take a bite outta crime!?Well luckily there wasn't any biting going on, but there was a dose of revenge for the Canadiens as they marched in to Toronto and dominated the Leafs 5-2 at the ACC.Max Pacioretty continued his tear of late with his first goal of two on the night helping the Habs to a 5-2 win against the Leafs in Toronto. AP Newly acquired Michael Ryder was not a factor, but newly minted #11 was: Brendan Gallagher gave the…
Feb
27
2013

Back to the Future — Again!!

GM Bergevin pulls trigger on deal with Dallas Stars trading Erik Cole for Michael Ryder and 3rd round pick----------------------------------I was just about to get into the shower after a hard "insanity" workout. Then I heard from the television downstairs on RDS saying the Canadiens made a trade today. My immediate thought was "...oh what draft pick and prospect now!?"But then I was shocked to hear the Habs traded big power forward Erik Cole with two more years on his four year 18 million dollar contract to the Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder and a third round pick!Wow! Was I blown…
Feb
26
2013

Bishop Burns Habs

Ben Bishop stops 44 shots to steal win for Sens against Habs in shootout-------------------------Craig Anderson? Who's that guy? Oh yeah, starting goalie for the Ottawa Senators. You know, best goalie so far in the league this season; went down with an ankle sprain last week. Yeah yeah.Hey, he played a heck of a game, that Ben Bishop goalie person. APBen Bishop? Who is that guy? Isn't he the Canadian candidate for the papacy?Not even close.Unfortunately for the Habs, they probably wished they faced Craig Anderson in Ottawa Monday night, and that the 6"7 Ben Bishop was the papal candidate, because…
Feb
22
2013

Parity is the Message

Isles snap Montreal's winning ways at five, winning 4-3 in OT------------------------------------Parity.You've heard of that word, right?For the last few seasons it's been one of the catch phrases for the NHL. The league has parity.Huh?What that means is that any team, no matter their record, can come out and beat another team on any given night -- or afternoon for that matter.The L.A. Kings are the poster boys for NHL parity. After all, they barely made the playoffs in 2012, got on a roll and walked away with the big trophy.Carey Price makes a save, but couldn't hold off the storm…
Feb
20
2013

Habs Knock Off Rangers at MSG

Canadiens extend winning streak to five games downing New York Rangers 3-1 for their first win in NYC in five tries------------------------Remember last week when the Habs kept blowing third period leads?Remember last week when the Habs kept losing third periods?Remember last week when after those games, Michel Therrien said that his team needed to learn how to win!?Well after some tight, one goal games and a few nailbiters thrown in, it appears as if the 2013 Montreal Canadiens will win the Stanley Cup have learned how to win. Or better yet, they're finding ways to win.Carey Price celebrates Raphael Diaz's…
Feb
19
2013

Backup Budaj Earns Shutout for Fourth Straight Win

Canadiens outlast Hurricanes scoring three in third to win 3-0 in Montreal---------------------------Captain Kirk was in Montreal Monday night.Captain Kirk Muller that is -- Head Coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.Peter Budaj earns his first shutout as a Canadien and picked up his second win in a row as the Habs beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 in Montreal. API like him. I always have. But I don't care much for his team. And goaltender Cam Ward, I'd take him on my team any day. But he always seems to burn the Habs.Fortunately, not on this night.On this night, it was Peter Budaj…
Feb
17
2013

Battle of the Backups

Budaj records first win of the year as Habs beat Flyers 4-1 in MontrealNO EXCUSESIt's the Canadiens' slogan this year, emblazoned in large letters in the dressing room. Habs continue their winning ways by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 in Montreal. APThe Flyers were coming off a loss in New Jersey last night while the Canadiens waited for them in Montreal, having won two straight in Florida.NO EXCUSES not to win.And they didn't disappoint. The Canadiens came out flying against the Flyers, taking the lead 1-0 on a goal by first star of the game Brendan Gallagher, who took a…
Feb
16
2013

Gary Carter: Up, Up and Away!!!

In tribute on the 1-year anniversary of the death of my boyhood idol, Gary Carter, I repost my original post from February 2012. Lots of love "kid."----------------------------------Occasionally I use this space to write about stuff that matters to me, not just hockey or the Canadiens. Today is one of those days. It's a sad day for me and millions of other baseball fans -- but I'm finding happiness in it too.And although this blog is called HabsFan in LeafLand, my avatar picture from which you can see has never been the typical shot of me in a Habs jersey, and…
Feb
15
2013

Florida Dreaming

Habs beat Panthers in OT 1-0 to take all four points in the sunshine state---------------------------------It wasn't the prettiest of games. But in the end, it's the two points that matter.In a tilt that at times was a complete snoozefest, in front of a crowd that consisted mostly of Montreal Canadiens fans, the Habs were able to sneak out of Florida with all four points by beating the Alex Kovalev-led Panthers 1-0 in OT on a dirty goal by Rene Bourque.Kind of makes you forget that Michael Cammalackey guy, eh?Power forward Rene Bourque celebrates with Josh Gorges and Alex Galchenyuk after…
Feb
13
2013

Pinch Me, I’m Dreaming!!

Habs blow 3-0 lead with less than 6 minutes left in Tampa but hang on to win in shootout----------------------------------------You know that feeling when you experience something like you've already experienced?What's that called? Deja-vu?Uh-huh, that's what it's called.Though tonight's performance by the Canadiens against the Tampa Bay Lightning could be defined by some as a nightmare.I happen to be one of those people.Game well in hand, up 3-0 in the third period, less than six minutes left in the game -- you win!!The Canadiens almost found a way to lose. Two points yes! A win, yes! But it doesn't feel good.It…
Feb
10
2013

Habs Make Leafs Look Like Cup Contenders

Embarrassing performance by Canadiens at home against Leafs leaves team looking for answers----------------------------------Wha happen?Huh?Err... is this the Mongolian bar-b-q!? Last night's game in Montreal against the Leafs -- was it one big "wake up and find Bobby in the shower" type dream!?No. Unfortunately not.But was it reality? Not entirely...The Habs were looking to bounce back after two disappointing losses this week and maybe get some revenge for their opening night loss against the Leafs; instead they laid one very large egg in front of their hometown supporters, losing 6-0, their worst home loss since 1996.Embarrassing is one way of looking…
Feb
08
2013

Habs Tale of Two Cities

Canadiens drop 3 of 4 points in back to back games against Bruins and Sabres-------------------------------------------If I said Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller would give up four goals five straight games in a row, would you think I was crazy? Drunk? Just plain stupid?(Well I am fighting a cold right now.)But it's true. Yet still, the Canadiens unfortunately reminded us of the team we painfully watched last year Thursday night in Buffalo when they gave up a two goal lead in the third to lose in a shootout 5-4.For their part, the Canadiens came back strong after a disappointing loss to…
Feb
04
2013

SUPERBOWL WEEKEND JUST SUPER FOR HABS

Canadiens Collect Four Points in Back-To-Back This WeekendCoach Michel Therrien went on the record saying he wanted his team to send a message after losing 5-1 this past week in Ottawa.Well I think the team received the memo.Two strong team wins against divisional rivals the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators put your Montreal Canadiens in fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. And if you want to get technical about it, the Habs with 12 points are tied with the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning -- and the Pens have played one more game but get the nod because they lead…
Feb
02
2013

Closing out the P.K. Subban Affair

Well P.K. Subban finally came back to his team with his tail somewhat between his legs. Now it's up for him to make good with his teammates and put words into action. And I think he will.Throughout this process, there was a lot of emotion involved, some good some bad by fans and writers alike. Some were in favour of the Canadiens signing him to a longer term deal, which was reported that's what Subban wanted. He came out in the press to state he wanted his "fair value" and wasn't looking to break the bank. Using the press like…
Feb
02
2013

What’d I miss!? A lot, apparently…

GAMES NUMERO 4, 5 & 6 AND OTHER HABS STUFFWow! You go away for some fun in the sun for a few days and you can miss a lot in a lockout-shortened season.For instance, I missed the Canadiens extending their winning streak to four before going down against the Senators in Ottawa in their first back to back of the season.Buh-bye "triple low-five." The fans may like it, but you know what? The team lost a lot of games during the shelf-life of this celebration and it's time to leave it behind.┬áIt was universally stated by the media that the…