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…
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
10
2014
Tomas Plekanec

Turtleneck Time

[caption id="attachment_1253" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Tomas Plekanec's time has arrived. The veteran forward is poised to take his game and the Canadiens to the next level.[/caption] The crunch of the leaves. The crisp, fall air with a hint of burnt wood. Pumpkins beginning to pop up on porches. Yes, it can only mean one thing: the start of a new NHL season. The cooler air also means it's turtleneck time. But this year it's even more appropriate. The 2014-15 edition of the Montreal Canadiens is now very much perennial turtleneck-toting Tomas Plekanec's team. The jettisoning of former team captain Brian Gionta…
Sep
21
2014
Markov has slowly but surely found his game and served as a mentor to both Alexei Emelin and P.K. Subban. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Et tu Markov

[caption id="attachment_1237" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Andrei Markov is an experienced defenceman with a lot of gas left in the tank and the Canadiens would be hard pressed to replace him. (Icon SMI)[/caption] This week's announcement that the Canadiens will go captainless during the 2014-2015 season, opting instead to go with four Alternate Captains, combining leadership from the old (Markov, Plekanec) with the new (Pacioretty, Subban) only reinforces what Andrei Markov means to this team. Yes, he could have been made Captain outright, but it's not his style. A quiet leader on and off the ice, Markov prefers to lead by example…
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
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…
Feb
27
2013

Back to the Future — Again!!

GM Bergevin pulls trigger on deal with Dallas Stars trading Erik Cole for Michael Ryder and 3rd round pick----------------------------------I was just about to get into the shower after a hard "insanity" workout. Then I heard from the television downstairs on RDS saying the Canadiens made a trade today. My immediate thought was "...oh what draft pick and prospect now!?"But then I was shocked to hear the Habs traded big power forward Erik Cole with two more years on his four year 18 million dollar contract to the Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder and a third round pick!Wow! Was I blown…
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
13
2013

Pinch Me, I’m Dreaming!!

Habs blow 3-0 lead with less than 6 minutes left in Tampa but hang on to win in shootout----------------------------------------You know that feeling when you experience something like you've already experienced?What's that called? Deja-vu?Uh-huh, that's what it's called.Though tonight's performance by the Canadiens against the Tampa Bay Lightning could be defined by some as a nightmare.I happen to be one of those people.Game well in hand, up 3-0 in the third period, less than six minutes left in the game -- you win!!The Canadiens almost found a way to lose. Two points yes! A win, yes! But it doesn't feel good.It…
Feb
08
2013

Habs Tale of Two Cities

Canadiens drop 3 of 4 points in back to back games against Bruins and Sabres-------------------------------------------If I said Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller would give up four goals five straight games in a row, would you think I was crazy? Drunk? Just plain stupid?(Well I am fighting a cold right now.)But it's true. Yet still, the Canadiens unfortunately reminded us of the team we painfully watched last year Thursday night in Buffalo when they gave up a two goal lead in the third to lose in a shootout 5-4.For their part, the Canadiens came back strong after a disappointing loss to…
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
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…