Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Dec
11
2016
Happy days are here again for Max Pacioretty and the Habs.

Good Omen?

[caption id="attachment_1634" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Happy days are here again for Max Pacioretty and the Habs.[/caption] Getting scored on ten times in a game can't be much fun. Scoring ten times in game, the opposite must apply. Just ask the Canadiens, who may have exorcized some demons last night in their big 10-1 win at home against the poor Colorado Avalanche last night. Remember that drubbing the Habs received at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this season!? A low point for sure, though this week's news about Alex Galchenyuk might be a close second. But the Canadiens, already…
Oct
02
2013
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Habs Lose Season Opener to Leafs… AGAIN!!!

Canadiens play decent but not good enough to win season opener; fall to opportunistic Leafs 4-3 and lose tough guy Parros in the process [caption id="attachment_1179" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Habs Brendan Gallagher scores against Leafs' James Reimer in 4-3 loss to Toronto. AP[/caption] Yes, yes. Habs Fan in LeafLand is back. Where was he you ask? Well he's been hanging out at The Hockey Writers all summer, where he covers the Montreal Canadiens. But now that real hockey is back, Habs Fan in LeafLand likes to continue the conversation in the more intimate confines of this space to break down the…
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
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…
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…
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
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
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
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

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. It was universally stated by the media that the…
Jan
25
2013

HABS TAKE CHARGE IN 4-1 WIN AGAINST CAPS

GAME NUMERO 3: HABS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LISTLESS CAPITALS FOR 1ST ROAD WIN OF 2013It's nice to be wrong every once in awhile. Once in awhile, okay?My Habs vs. Capitals pregame thoughts were this: playing in Washington, Caps are 0-2, Ovechkin has yet to score and with all of that, figured we would should could be in for a long night.Markov is back en force. Habs beat Caps 4-1 in Washington. APThen when the Habs took the early momentum on a power play just over a minute into the game and didn't capitalize, I thought "oh boy, I've seen this before."…
Jan
23
2013

THE NEW ALEX IN TOWN

GAME NUMERO 2: PK WHO? & GALCHENYUK POTS FIRST OF BEAUCOUP TO COME AS HABS DOWN PANTHERSOne game does not a season make. Err, or something like that.Maybe it's only a 48 game season this year but it's going to be intense and concentrated. Teams are going to play multiple games in multiple nights. That means there will be hockey on the tube practically every night.I like that.First goal for Alex Galchenyuk, first point for Brendan Gallagher and first win for the second coming of head coach Michel Therrien. Habs beat Florida Panthers 4-1 in Montreal. APSo the Habs who…
Jan
20
2013

RUT OR RUST?

GAME NUMERO 1: LEAFS SPOIL HABS HOME OPENERIt's a funny thing:The Canadiens kicking the season off against the Leafs usually results in a loss -- last year they went down 2-0.The Canadiens ending the season against the Leafs usually results in a win -- last year they won 4-1.And so far this year is no different even with a condensed schedule; the Habs lost the home opener and will finish the season here in Toronto, probably with a win. Hopefully it means something.It is universally accepted that the Habs' pregame ceremonies are the best in the business and last night…
Jan
19
2013

GET YOUR POPCORN READY!!!

GAME NUMERO 1: HABS VS. LEAFSWell it's finally arrived, the start of the 2012-2013 NHL season. Kings fans must be ecstatic -- they can at least raise their one and only Stanley Cup banner and get on with it. We know the media is jumping for joy -- they now get to do what they're paid to do.For us poor sod fans, we don't get much except what we wanted all along. That is, the chance to root for our home teams and debate about it at work. Is that so much to ask for???But what about those rumours of…