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7th Straight Victory

  • The Montreal Canadiens beat the Bruins for the 6th time out of 7 games. The once fierce and entertaining rivalry has been dominated by the Canadiens recently and this year in particular. The Bruins traded away their franchise player and it has proven to be a terrible move. The Bruins haven’t won on the road since before the Olympics and 2 of those losses were in Montreal. They will miss the playoffs this year after finishing 1st in the East in the last season they played.

    Ryder, Higgins and Koivu scoring means things are going the way they are supposed to. Top players are firing like they should but it’s even nicer to see a guy like Aaron Downey contributing. Everyone including Alex Kovalev had a smile on their face when Downey scored the 5th goal. There seems to be a real ‘team’ feeling to the Canadiens that hasn’t been there in a long time. Everyone seems to be ‘getting along’ and things are meshing well. No more cliques like Theodore, Ribeiro and Dagenais and no more division in the dressing room.

    The game was the last game in the ‘10 must win‘ games that the Canadiens played against weaker opponents. Well the Canadiens managed an 8-2 record and 16 points over those games and have pretty much solidified their inclusion in the playoffs. Furthermore, it’s put them in a position where 6th place is well within reach. Now is a very exciting time for Habs fans who have supported simply awful Canadiens teams through the late 90s and early 2000s. The team looks like it can compete with anyone in the league right now and there’s nothing to suggest that they won’t continue that way into the playoffs.

    The goal now is 6th spot and avoiding the Senators and Canes in the first round. The remaining regular season schedule is a little more difficult then the previous 10 games and the Habs will start it off against Ottawa in a potential playoff preview. Everyone will be watching to see if the Canadiens can continue winning against the big teams in the East.

  1. Jersey, Ottawa and Buffalo coming up. Now we’ll see what this team is truly made of.
    If they can survive these coming games start planning the parade.

  2. #2 Gumper says:
    April 5, 2006 at 11:47 am

    I’ll be at the Ottawa game Thursday. Should be a grinder of a game because of the Hasek remark. Habs are confident enough these days to shove it back down their throats with a knuckle or two.
    I’d like to see the conference standings somewhere on the the mainpage in a margin(?)… or a link to a local page. This, instead of sifting through offsite pages. Just a suggestion.

  3. #3 theo sucks says:
    April 5, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    ya that would be a great idea if its not to much trouble

  4. #4 habzman says:
    April 5, 2006 at 2:56 pm

    Its a good time to admit your a habs fan around others without the back slack.
    Not much playoff fun in the past decade for us, with the exception of coming back in 04 playoffs against Boston. Most of the other years gave time for everyone to improve their golf swing, with not watching the Blue Blanc and Rouge postseason.

  5. #5 riser8 says:
    April 5, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Dont want to blow my own horn, but I did predict the Habs would go on a 7-2-1 run during that 10 game stretch that just finished up with a victory over Boston last night. This team is still undermanned compared to some of the elite teams in the east, but that doesnt mean they cant compete if in fact they do come up against Ottawa or Carolina in the first round. The Habs are playing their best hockey of the year at this time which does bode well for their chances in the post season if they in fact do make it(looks pretty good at this moment). The Habs should finish the season 3-3-1 which would give them 94 points and a lock on sixth or seventh spot. Good luck Habs!

  6. #6 I am Canadien says:
    April 5, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you for Mr. Higgins! This guy is scorching!!
    Now if the rest of the scoring lines can find the twine then we’ll be in good shape. Also, zednik will come out of his funk and he usually does close to the playoffs and in the playoffs. He is a true sparker when he gets going. Remember him vs bruins in the series, when we were down 3-1.
    Huet: What is there to say. The man is a wall right now!
    Next couple weeks will be interesting as the pressure rises.
    I am Canadien

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