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  • Revenge in Toronto

    It doesn’t take much reason to get fired up for a Leafs and Habs game. If the Habs require any extra motivation all they have to do is think back to April 7th when they squandered a lead and failed to beat the Leafs to advance to the playoffs.

    Putting the Leafs down 0-3 to start the season in front of the Toronto crowd and all of Canada would be as good as it gets this early in the season.

    For anyone who has watched or listened to Habs games on Hockey Night in Canada in the past, you are no doubt familiar with the Toronto tandem of Harry Neale and Bob Cole’s and their sickening pro-Leaf infused commentary.

    Well it may be the last we’ve heard.

    Harry Neale took a job doing color commentary in Buffalo and no longer works for LeafsNet although he will continue sparingly with CBC.

    Though the 70-year-old analyst will continue to work for Hockey Night In Canada, he won’t be calling as many Toronto games as he has in the past.

    Neale and Bob Cole often worked almost exclusively on Leaf games, but the CBC will be moving its announcing crews around more this season.

    Sadly we may never hear…
    harry neale

  • Habs lead with a W

    The Canadiens left Carolina with 2 road points in the bag after a 3-2 overtime win in their season opener.

    A fast paced, penalty filled match with both goalies playing excellent and keeping it close. Carolina and Montreal are skating teams and showcased that speed well for most of the match.

    The Habs powerplay converted and got them the victory. 5 on 5 scoring was a huge issue last year and although it’s too early to say, it may still be a huge issue.

    Interesting Notes

    Patrice Brisebois played 21:08. Only a few seconds less than Andrei Markov, Roman Hamrlik and Mike Komisarek. And despite an unlucky delay of game penalty – he did not disappoint.

    Did anyone believe he would see that much ice time? An early vote of confidence from Carbonneau.

    Mark Streit seems to think he can step up and fill the void on the powerplay left by Sheldon Souray. Streit unleashed several slapshots whenever he had the chance, scoring once and creating several chances. He also managed to play defense and break up opposing chances, which Souray certainly had problems with.

    40 shots. The Canadiens actually winning the shot count and having a number that high is/was a seldom occurrence.

    A pretty good start to the 2007/2008 campaign, to be followed by the 1st of 8 classics against the Leafs in Toronto on Saturday.