Smart, passionate and somewhat biased commentary about the Montreal Canadiens (HABS) from a lifelong fan now living in Toronto (LeafLand).
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…
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
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
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.…
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
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…
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…
Jan
17
2013

The Big Day… Well Sort Of

Intersquad game at Molson Centre; Scott Gomez Saga Continues; No News on P.K.; Who Will Win the Habs/Leafs Season Series??Spirits and optimism runs high as the Canadiens continue their training camp. Today the big news was the return of Tomas Plekanec, whose status for the season opener on Saturday is still up in the air. But with his return we were provided a glimpse into what the starting forward lines might shake up to look like:Cole - Desharnais - PaciorettyGionta - Plekanec - GalchenyukMoen - Eller - BourqueArmstrong - White - PrustGalchenyuk definitely looks like he's going to get his…
Apr
07
2012

This is the End, Beautiful Friend…

Habs host the Leafs tonight at the Bell Centre for the final game of the regular season.Normally this would be a supercharged game.Normally the Habs would be playing for playoff position, while the Leafs would come in and play spoiler.Neither applies this year.The Habs are assured a third-worst in the league this year and could even finish second-worst if they lose in regulation and the Oilers beat the Canucks tonight. I wouldn't mind. If the Leafs can beat the Habs, they'll also finish out of a lottery pick. I wouldn't mind that either.This has been a tough, rough, difficult sh%t…
Mar
21
2012

Paging Dr. Recchi…Dr. Mark Recchi

Paging Dr. Recchi. Dr. Mark Recchi: This is great. I love it when telecasts have a sense of humour. And I also love the fact that this nickname is following the ex-Habs player into his retirement. For sure, my anger towards Mark Recchi has diminished somewhat from last year after his completely offside comments about Max Paccioretty's injury -- something I'm sure (well I hope) he now regrets. After all, at the time he was coccooned within the warm and goonish confines of the Boston Bruins. Ultimately, I like you Mark Recchi. You were good player for the Canadiens and had an excellent, probably Hall…
Mar
15
2012

Markov, Draft and Laffs

So the Habs as a team have decided they do have pride, they do care, they do want to win. And it actually looks like they're having fun again. Better late than never I guess.How else do you describe 7 points out of a possible 8 when the season is gone gone gone... I mean lost!?I'm so happy to see Pacioretty get to the 30 goal mark and Erik Cole now with 27 and closing in fast.It seems lately they're the only ones that score, along with Desharnais and Subban.I'm a bit concerned though. Now the Canadiens have 67 points and…
Apr
03
2011

Play the System = Habs Win

Last night's 3-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils in Jersey last night was more of a morale booster than anything. But it also showed that the team took a step to evaluate themselves, and return to the kind of hockey that has proven to be successful for this team. Carey Price checks out what's behind him on Mattias Tedenby's penalty shot last night in New Jersey. The puck hit the post before touching Price's right pad to keep it out of the net. Photo by: Paul Bereswill, Getty Images. Jacques Martin's squad played a solid, 60 minute performance that…
Mar
27
2011

Gonna Hurt More Before It Gets Better

Hockey is a funny game sometimes. It's amazing how a team can look so good one night, only to look pathetic the next. Just ask Leaf fans about that... Andrei Kostitsyn misses last night against Caps' Holtby. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette. But lately, Habs fans could only wish such a fate, because the team has looked pathetic in its last 3 outings with last night's latest blanking at home to the Washington Capitals 2-0. It's very simple. No matter how good your team is, if you don't score, you're not going to win. And the Habs have now…