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  • Game 71: Habs/Rangers

    First things first – I want to apologize for not getting a game blog up on Saturday for the Bruins game.  I moved on Saturday and my internet was not set up. Normally I would just post from my phone, but I left my charger at work so I was completely cut off from the internet all weekend. It made for a nice surprise this morning when I found out that we won on Saturday! I figured I would post the Ranger’s blog a day early so that there would be a spot to chat about both the Broons and the Blueshirts.

    I didn’t see the game, but from the boxscore it looked as though we jumped on them early and they made it close with a goal half-way through the third.  Its good to see that Sergei had two goals as he continues to find ways onto the scoresheet following a solid showing at the Olympics. Moore had assists on both of his goals, so it seems as though they’re feeling nice and comfy out there with each other.

    The top lines was held scoreless which I can imagine is the result of playing against Chara who can be an imposing obstacle at the best of times. The other noteworthy info that I could sponge from the boxscore was the relative uniformity of ice time for the bottom two lines. 8 guys played between 11 and 14 minutes which I would take as an indication that Martin was rolling lines rather than cherry picking. Did I catch it – or did the boxscore deceive me?

    The points we gained on Boston were huge as they’re now 4 points back with 3 games in hand. They can still catch us, but they’re going to have to step it up big time to do so. The 5 game winning streak has substantially changed our positioning for the playoffs as we’re currently tied with the streaky Flyers for 6th.  We may be running out of games to catch them – but winning solves all of our problems. The Habs have chosen a fantastic time of year to catch fire.

  • Game 69: Habs/Oilers

    I reminded myself of the greatest sports video game in history:  ’Blades of Steel’ yesterday while ranting about loser points. In tribute we have the pic above which is clearly the Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers… no wait… Montreal was orange and red while Edmonton was green and yellow. But use your imagination.

    Montreal is entering a weird stretch of winnable games. They play Edmonton tonight and Boston on Saturday. After that they will play the Rangers on Tuesday before they pause to face the Leafs next Saturday night. During this stretch the Habs will let the rest of the league catch up in games played. It will be time for Mike Cammalleri and MAB to rest up before returning to the lineup for a final run.

    Thanks to some great wins, the Canadiens find themselves in command of 7th place in the East. No team other than Boston (ahem.. loser points), can pass the Canadiens with games in hand, although losses in the next two games could change that scenario quickly.  This means that Montreal does have a sliver of breathing room in the standings. However, given the ‘easy’ schedule they have upcoming, Montreal had better make full use of excellent play from Jaro, Gomez, Markov among others to ensure that we’re watching hockey deep into the spring. It always gets wild this time of year, with teams out of the playoffs playing without pressure (and for jobs next season) looking to spoil the fun of those still in contention.

    Early start tonight – shortly after 7.

    Go Habs Go!!!!