Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Mar
28
2013
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That’s Two for Character!!

Canadiens sweat it out for two of a possible four points in back to back road games against Pens and Bruins Wow the last two nights have been pretty tense. Playoff tense, even. Back to back road games for the Canadiens against the other two top teams of the Eastern Conference: the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins. Coming into it, a split would have been more than acceptable. And that's what the Habs got, a split. Acceptable. [caption id="attachment_1086" align="alignright" width="300"] Sidney Crosby scored the only goal in the Habs 1-0 loss to the Penguins Tuesday night. AP[/caption] Things…
Mar
24
2013
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Sabres Foil Habs — Again!!

Buffalo takes all four points this week against Habs with 2-1 win in Montreal Saturday night Another lacklustre performance against the Sabres!? [caption id="attachment_1081" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tomas Vanek scores on a helpless Carey Price for his second of the game and game winner as Buffalo beat Montreal 2-1. AP[/caption] Nah!!! I don't believe it. No it's true. Done in by that Tomas Vanek... again!! Well it took the Canadiens just over 48 minutes to put one past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller when Michael Ryder tipped home an Andrei Markov point shot. And they topped Buffalo on the shot clock, but if…
Mar
20
2013
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Tough Week Ahead?

Uh-oh. It's one of those weeks where the Canadiens are supposed to rack up the points, because they're playing the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders. Yeah those out-of-the-playoff picture teams... well actually the Islanders are in the race for the 8th and final playoff spot. But the Sabres are like last year's Canadiens; no matter what they do or say, it's wrong. Except of course for last night when the Sabres beat the Canadiens in Montreal 3-2 in OT. And yet your Habs, still second in the Eastern Conference behind the Pittsburgh Penguins -- who won their 10th in…
Mar
17
2013
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Habs Snoozer in Jersey

[caption id="attachment_1069" align="alignleft" width="294"] Jarred Tinordi congratulates Colby Armstrong on the game's opening goal in New Jersey. Habs outlasted the Devils 2-1. AP[/caption] Habs keep pace with Eastern Conference leaders with fifth straight win against Devils in New Jersey There's something about Habs/Devils games that are at once quite tense yet somehow still extremely boring. Quite an unique skill, actually. It's a waiting game, and last night's tilt in New Jersey against the Devils was just that: one, long, waiting game. Ugh, going to the dentist can be more exciting. But as has become a theme this year for the…
Mar
14
2013
Lars Eller scores on shootout

Take Two and Call Me in the Morning

Habs shake off dust from the road to beat Ottawa Senators 4-3 in shootout. It goes that way sometimes. Teams are aware of it. You're on a road trip. You get into a groove and routine. Then suddenly you're back home. Happy to sleep in your own bed, catch up on your mail, see your family, whatever. But wait! There's a game tonight. As it stands that first game back at home after a long road trip always seems to give the home side trouble and the Canadiens weren't immune to it last night against the Sens. But as it…
Mar
11
2013

BIGGER! STRONGER! BETTER!!

We can rebuild it... we have the technology... HABS FAN IN LEAFLAND has OFFICIALLY MOVED!! New blog! Whoopee!! Continue the fun, the good times and all things Habs at: HABSFANINLEAFLAND.COM Wait! That's here. You mean I'm already there!? I mean here!? I mean... nice! Bookmark it. Share it. I don't care what you do just get down there!! Oh wait, if you're reading this, you're here. Well congratulations and welcome. Let me provide you with this laurel and hardy handshake. Hey if Guy Lafleur, Peter Mahovlich and Jacques Lemaire can get into this blog, so can you. PS: These three former Habs…
Mar
10
2013
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Winning Third Periods A Winning Formula

Habs score three unanswered goals in third period to beat Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 It's not something they should get in the habit of doing. It's not something they should depend on. It's not something our hearts can take, but on this night... we'll take it! I'm talking about the Canadiens stunning comeback in Tampa Bay, scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to beat the sagging Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. At one point, the Habs were up 12-0 in shots in the third and continued to put pressure on former Habs goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, making his season debut…
Mar
08
2013

CP Rides High In ‘Cane Country

Carey Price makes 42 saves in leading the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes ------ So what was it that I was saying? Last post, that game against the New York Islanders!? Oh yeah, about Carey. Carey Price. You know!? The young star goalie of the Montreal Canadiens. Right. Carey Price made 42 saves on the night helping the Habs beat the Canes 4-2. AP And what was it that I was asking him for? To steal a game? Actually, to stand on his head and win the Habs a game. Well I don't know if CP…
Mar
06
2013
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Islanders Have Habs Number!

Habs points streak ends at 11 games; Gionta scores 20,000th goal in Canadiens history in 6-3 loss to Isles ---------------------------- Not a great game all-around, Habs vs. Isles on the island. The defense was sketchy; Price didn't have the bounce back game we had hoped he would; and the Islanders took full advantage. So let's give that mediocre team the kudos they deserve for doing what they needed to do to get the two points. Get it together Carey. Your team, your fans... need you to be at your best. Isles beat Habs 6-3 on Long Island. AP But nevertheless,…
Mar
04
2013

Character Wins Hockey Games

Habs take 3 of 4 points on weekend to reclaim top spot in Eastern Conference-----------------------------------If there's one thing we know about freshman GM Marc Bergevin is that he likes hockey players with character.So it was no surprise that his first signing was gritty forward Brendan Prust as a free agent from the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts still seem to be having issues replacing him.It's players like Prust who provide those intangibles that can often swing momentum from one side to the other.Brandon Prust taking one for the team from Milan Lucic in Boston. Lucic should really know better and…