Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Nov
21
2015
But really. Why don't the Canadiens have cheer leaders at their home games???

Habs Fan in LeafLand: Self-Interview Part 1

[caption id="attachment_1482" align="aligncenter" width="605"] But really. Why don't the Canadiens have cheer leaders at their home games???[/caption] The popular and ego-inflated piece is back: the Habs Fan in LeafLand self-interview!!! There's been a lot of hockey talk lately (Semin, goalie pads, lack of scoring in the NHL, Duchesne on the trade block, the return of Price, etc.) so time to chime in with some thoughts. --------------------------------------------------- Q: Good to see you again. HFILL: It's good to be here. Q: You look good. HFILL: Thanks, I feel good. Q: Do you find this a bit awkward? HFILL: Yes, it can be…
Aug
21
2014
Milan Lucic is a jerk

Hi! I’m Baaack…

[caption id="attachment_1188" align="alignright" width="294"] "I'm gonna get you..."[/caption] Hey you, yeah you! It's been awhile -- I know, I know, you're mad. Mad at Thomas Vanek, mad at me. And you have every right to be. Hey it's not that I haven't been writing, just other things. And you know I wanted to post during the sweet run the Habs had in this past year's playoffs, but I thought that wouldn't be right. I'm not a bandwagonner!! But I had much to say, much to say indeed. I was writing last year,  but for a blog called "The Hockey Writers."…
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
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
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.…
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
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
06
2013
John Tavares and Carey Price are both favoured to be Hart trophy finalists this year.

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,…
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
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
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
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…
Apr
01
2012

Gilmour Sighting and The Game

So one of our brethren Habs Fan in LeafLand sent me this story: last week he and his party were waiting for their table at a nice restaurant here in Toronto and the folks who were just leaving included one Dougie Gilmour. Yes that Doug Gilmour, the one who starred with the Flames and Leafs, before playing (somewhat admirably even if he bleeds blue and white) with the Habs.As Gilmour is leaving, someone asks him: "Hey didn't you play for the Leafs?"He smiles and utters some friendly thank yous through some burps...Anonymous Habs Fan in LeafLand: "Wait! You also played…