Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Apr
26
2013
Carey Price

Habs Home Ice Confirmed

[caption id="attachment_1174" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Carey Price was back to his truer form in the Habs 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets were eliminated from the playoffs. CP[/caption] Habs clinch at least 4th in East and home ice with 3rd period comeback against dead-in-the-water Jets ----------------------------------- For the first two periods, it looked like another night of futility. Another night which has become all too common of late, one where the Canadiens fall to a team they shoulda coulda beat. However there were a few differences from what has become a recent pattern in the Habs 4-2 win in…
Apr
24
2013
ShootNSkor

Gonna Get Worse Before it Gets Better

Habs continue end of season slide with 3-2 loss to Devils in Jersey Playing catchup hockey is not ideal. So when a team is down 3-0, chances are you're going to lose. That's what the story was with the Canadiens last night against Marty Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils. But let's look at the bright side: The Canadiens came out sluggish -- again -- but in the game's second half began to assert their game much more. 21 shots just won't cut it against an already stingy team like the Devils. The Canadiens gave it a good try though,…
Apr
21
2013
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Some Funny Habs Quotes From the Room

After a disappointing 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals to end their home season, I thought I'd give you some funny Habs quotes from the room:   Carey Price: "Hey, I spoke to my daddy and he says I just have to work harder to get through this." Max Pacioretty: "Well at least I scored tonight." Brandon Prust: "Look. I'm playing with a separated shoulder, a sore back and a funny rash on my leg. I can't speak for the others." Raphael Diaz: "It's not my fault. I haven't played since February." Brendan Gallagher: "I'm just a rook!" David Desharnais:…
Apr
20
2013

HE SHOOTS! HE SKORS! CAKE BALL CONTEST NOW OPEN

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Your 2013 Montreal Canadiens Cake Ball lineup: Andrei Markoffee Crisp; P.K. Subbanana Reese's Peanut Butter; Shoots 'n' Skors. Which cake ball do you want to see next? Come up with the next Habs-centric flavour for your chance to win.[/caption] HABS FAN IN LEAFLAND'S "HE SHOOTS! HE SKORS! CAKE BALL" CONTEST Come up with the next Habs-centric cake ball flavour, answer the skill testing question for your chance to win these cake balls and you might have these yummo in your tummo cake balls delivered right to your door!! (Not by me). Now listen, we've got a…
Apr
18
2013
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Has Bubble Burst for Habs?

Canadiens lose third straight, fall to 4th in Eastern Conference with 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh It's funny how things are so relative. [caption id="attachment_1141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Yes that is Josh Gorges, even if he hasn't looked like the Josh Gorges we know and love of late. Habs were beaten soundly by the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, 6-4. AP[/caption] I mean, if we knew at the beginning of the year the Canadiens would be 4th in the East with five games remaining in the season, we'd be completely ecstatic! Wouldn't we? But today, after losing their third straight game and fourth…
Apr
16
2013
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Habs Fan in LeafLand Profile: Peter Chen

With the Canadiens having a  bit of a downturn following their playoff clinching game last week, losing to both the Leafs and Flyers in not so good fashions, it's time for a bit of nice. Because you know... Habs Fan in LeafLand is nice.  So here's a nice story about Peter Chen, Habs Fan in LeafLand. Habs Fans in LeafLand, we're made in all sorts of ways!!! Peter was born in a land far, far away. In China to be exact. That is far. Pretty far from any hockey, that's for sure. Then when he was five years old, his…
Apr
12
2013
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Habs Clinch Playoff Spot!!

Montreal wins its way into the postseason with a decisive 5-1 win over the hapless Sabres I challenge anyone right now to come out and say that they picked the Canadiens to make the playoffs this season. Maybe the completely biased fans that make up Habs Nation might have; but certainly not any of the "professional" pundits. Of course, the proof is right here on this blog that Habs Fan in LeafLand did indeed pick the Habs to make the playoffs, finishing 7th in the conference. [caption id="attachment_1127" align="alignleft" width="300"] Brendan Gallagher outwaits Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller to put the puck…
Apr
10
2013
Next on Carey Price's agenda is to take regular season success and build upon it to rise to even greater heights in the playoffs.

Caps Finding Their Way

Habs fall 3-2 against completely different Washington Capitals in Montreal It was a good test for the Canadiens. Late in the season, playing at home against a team that's been red hot of late, desperate to get enough points to stamp their ticket to the playoffs. [caption id="attachment_1118" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carey Price makes the save but couldn't stop enough in a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in Montreal. CP[/caption] Yes, a good test. Could the Canadiens who, barring a Maple Leafs-style end-of-season collapse will not finish lower than 4th in the Eastern Conference, still take it to the Washington…
Apr
07
2013
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Habs Hang On Against Bruins

Montreal holds on to 2nd spot in Eastern Conference with win against Bruins It wasn't pretty, but it was a win nevertheless. Any win is good. A win against the Bruins, so much the better! [caption id="attachment_1111" align="alignleft" width="240"] Alex Galchenyuk celebrates his goal against the Bruins as Michael Ryder looks on. The Canadiens beat the Bruins 2-1. CP[/caption] Let's stay with this theme, right!? A goal by Michael Ryder, acquired by the Habs in the Erik Cole trade, is a good thing. Another game winning goal by Michael Ryder, his second in a row -- that's also a good…
Apr
05
2013
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Habs Bounce Back with Budaj

Canadiens best Jets 4-1 in Montreal to hand Winnipeg their fifth straight loss Peter Budaj's father and brother were in Montreal to see him. Coach Therrien said "Yah sure, you can play." So backup goalie Peter Budaj not only played but played well in a 4-1 Habs win over the Jets at the Bell Centre. [caption id="attachment_1107" align="alignleft" width="254"] Michael Ryder scored two goals helping the Habs to a 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets. AP[/caption] The win allowed the Canadiens to notch two points and climb a step closer to conference leading Pittsburgh in the end of season sprint.…
Apr
04
2013
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Habs Stay Pat, Lose in Philly

Canadiens don't budge at trade deadline, fall to Flyers 5-3 in Philadelphia What's the expression? You can't win 'em all!? Or how about this one: You win some, you lose some. But maybe this one is the most appropriate for last night: The Canadiens lacked intensity while giving up 3 unanswered goals to the Flyers in the third period to lose 5-3. Wait a second!? That's not an expression... and for the Habs let's hope it stays that way, remaining an oddity instead. The Canadiens might tell you they deserved a better result because a couple of bad bounces off…
Apr
02
2013
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Habs Trade Deadline? Anything?? Bueller!?

Canadiens close out 'Canes 4-1 in Montreal to sweep season series as trade deadline nears Nothing too fancy. Nothing too exciting. Unless you consider getting another 2 big points exciting. And you just might. [caption id="attachment_1096" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carey Price was sharp in the Canadiens 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes last night. AP[/caption] Especially considering that your 2012-2013 Montreal Canadiens, with their win last night against Kirk Muller's Carolina Hurricanes, are now relatively secure in the 2nd spot atop the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes seem to be just what the doctor ordered for Max Pacioretty, who broke out of his…