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  • Game 46: Habs/Flames

    I won’t lie, I’m pretty excited for tonight’s match-up. Yes the Flames have stunk this year. Yes its been 22 years since these two teams met in the Stanley Cup Finals. Still, I’ve always hated the Flames.

    1989 was the last time that two Canadian teams met in the Finals. Pat Burns was our coach. Bob Gainey was our Captain. I was convinced that the Canadiens would beat the Flames who’s moustached Captain (Lanny McDonald) I learned to hate above all other’s. I was 8 years old then, and balled my eyes out when the Habs eventually lost in 6 games.  Funny enough, 22 years later – I still hate the Flames. I guess I always will.

    It will be interesting to see how the two teams react tonight to the heightened energy in the crowd that always surrounds games between Canadian teams – especially two teams that rarely see each other because of the NHL’s scheduling rules. I certainly don’t expect many of the players are as invested in the story-line as I am. PK Subban was born the night before that Stanley Cup  series started. Lars Eller – the week before.  Still, when two Canadian teams play – there is something extra on the line. I’m hoping the Habs bring their skating legs tonight. Something like the first 40 minutes of Saturday night’s game would be perfect.

    Go Habs Go!!!

  • Game 45: Habs/Rangers

    The Rangers will be out for a measure of revenge tonight as the Canadiens host the Blue-Shirts this evening at the Bell Centre. Montreal won the last contest in a typical 2-1 fashion, which has become the norm over the course of the past month. Every game has been close – which means that its just as easy to blow it than to squeak out a win.  When you’re in a dog fight for a playoff spot – that is not a comfortable feeling.

    Montreal needs scoring in the worst way – because its defensive style cannot last forever. Defenders will make mistakes. The other team’s offensive stars are going to make good plays sometimes. Montreal simply doesn’t have the firepower to get up by a couple goals to win games easier. Jacques Martin held meetings with certain individuals over the last few days to try to boost the offensive mojo. In particular he spoke with AK46 to try to work out how the two could be more productive together. Here’s hoping they listened to each other – because this team needs goals – lots of them.

    Go Habs Go!!