Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Sep
20
2015
Pacioretty was named Captain of the Canadiens this year and it's up to him to lead this team, on and off the scoresheet.

Captain Max Pac

[caption id="attachment_1344" align="aligncenter" width="547"] The torch has now been passed to Max Pacioretty, as voted by the players.[/caption] Max Pacioretty was named the 29th captain of the Montreal Canadiens this week. As voted by the players -- the way it should be -- the Habs put this ongoing story to rest so the team can focus on more important tasks at hand. He was my choice as well. The story just seems be getting better and better for Max Pacioretty: coming back from a career-threatening, let alone life threatening injury at the hands of Zdeno Chara in 2011, Pacioretty has…
Oct
02
2013
Habs Brendan Gallagher scores against Leafs' James Reimer in 4-3 loss to Toronto. AP

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
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
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
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
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
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…
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
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
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
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…