Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
Feb
12
2017
Marc Bergevin

Habs Got the Blues

It's a bit misleading, right!? What's that you ask? I said, it's a bit misleading... the Habs, in first place atop of the Atlantic division. Sure, they have 70 points and a six point lead over the never-say-die Ottawa Senators. But what's that? The Senators have 4 games in hand? Four games...hmm, 2 times 4 equals 8. 8 plus 4 equals 12. Wait a second!? That's right, the Senators could indeed catch us sooner than you think. That's what's misleading. But let's forget about the math -- never my favourite subject anyhow. Let's talk hockey. Like the hockey our beloved…
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…
Dec
03
2016
I don't think Max Pacioretty will start the season as a Montreal Canadien.

So What if Habs Are First!?

[caption id="attachment_1623" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Max Pacioretty is off to the worst offensive start to a season of his career.[/caption] The Montreal Canadiens are tops in the Atlantic division. Great right? And, they've been tops in the NHL for most of the season (as of writing, the Rangers and Blackhawks lead them by two points, but the Habs have two games in hand on both). So far so good right? But so what!? We remember all too well what happened last year once Carey Price went down, so we know it's MUCH too early to get ahead of ourselves. And it's…
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…
Mar
01
2015
Carey Price will win some hardware this year, but for him to win the only hardware that counts, GM Bergevin still has some work to do.

Habs at the Trade Deadline: What’s Next?

[caption id="attachment_1204" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carey Price will win some hardware this year, but for him to win the only hardware that counts, GM Bergevin still has some work to do.[/caption] 48 hours to the NHL's 2015 trade deadline. What earth shattering deals will occur if any, and will the Habs be a part of the fun? Last year, GM Marc Bergevin pulled one of the deftest moves right at the buzzer scoring Thomas Vanek. Nobody saw that coming. While Vanek wasn't much set in staying in Montreal, he did help the team down the stretch and provided -- in theory…
Jan
31
2015
Carey Price is firmly in his prime and with his treasure trove of trophies won this year, he's ready to get the holy grail of hockey trophies.

Perfect Price “Careys” Habs

Carey Price posts his second shutout in a row helping the Canadiens beat the Washington Capitals 1-0. The Canadiens have now won five straight. There's been a lot of talk about Carey Price lately. Good talk. But also lots of talk how the Canadiens seem to be relying on him too much. Hard to argue with that I guess. Take the last two games. On Thursday in New York City facing the Rangers at MSG, he out dueled Henrik Lundqvist and the Canadiens walked away with a 1-0 win on Max Pacioretty's late goal. Then this afternoon in the now…
Oct
18
2014
He shoots, he scores?

Still Not Their Best Game

[caption id="attachment_1273" align="aligncenter" width="577"] Habs are off to a strong 4-1 start, but we've still yet to see their best game.[/caption] Kinda hard to complain, or kvetch, whine -- whatever, about a 4-1 record to start the NHL season. But I do, I shall, I will. Your Montreal Canadiens: the team that shook up its leadership over the summer; the team that gets under Milan Lucic's boorish skin; the team that should have made the cup finals last year; yes that team, has started off the season with 8 points of a possible 10. Pretty good, right? You'd then naturally…
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
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…
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
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
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
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…