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  • The Canadiens were thoroughly outplayed by Buffalo in a game they perhaps took too lightly.

    The Sabres who have struggled all year were on the verge of breaking out for the last few games. A couple early goals against Cristobal Huet was all they needed and for short periods they started looking like the Sabres of old.

    The Canadiens likewise started looking like the Canadiens of old.

    Stone-faced Lindy Ruff was cracking smiles and jokes on the bench and the Sabres looked like a huge weight was lifted off their shoulders.

    Giving the Sabres life maybe a dangerous way to start a 3 game November series with them.

    The Canadiens were unorganized and unwilling to compete. It made for the most unwatchable game of the season.

    The one positive is Michael Ryder finally broke his slump and all we can hope is he gets back to shooting the puck instead of trying to be better than he is and make the extra move.

    Lines were juggled to many times to keep track off and it will be interesting to see what the lineup is tonight.

    Michael Ryder’s struggles have rubbed off on Chris Higgins who has been unnoticeable in recent games, except for being on the ice for goals against.

    Kostopolous was moved up to give the line some grit, for someone to crash the net and make room for Higgins and Koivu to carry the puck. Will he still get the ice time tonight or over the next few games? Or be put back on his usual line?

    If Kostopolous is not the right man to do that, who is?

    The only thing clear is the #1 line is not effective right now.

    The Habs have owned Boston this year and they will need a big two Divisional points tonight before another dance with the Senators on Monday.

22 Comments
  1. The first line needs bigtime tweeking..”se ya later Ryder” and Huet needs a new team to go to. If Gainey do not pull the trigger on a trade then he needs to bring up new bulldog blood! Lets no freefall now without a fight!!!!! Do it now Bob…GO Habs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I agree with you xtrahabsfan with the first line needs to be tweaked but not with a trade but with bulldog blood…”Sergei.Kostitsyn”
    there is something about this guy that tells me he will make the first line magical, maybe it`s wishful thinking but I really think he has talent and can spark something for the habs….whoelse can we bring up? any suggestions
    maybe corey locke or matt d`agostini

  3. Don’t forget to throw D’Agostini in there when it comes to Young Blood. He’s a future 20-30 goal scorer

  4. #4 habs2bfan says:
    November 17, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    here’s the problem: It seems nobody in Hamilton is NHL ready. I heard that Sergei Kostistyn is not seasoned enough yet for the NHL, and although Lapierre started the season great, he has cooled off considerably. So who is left?
    I feel a trade coming on very soon. Why wait till it’s too late?
    It appears that our #2 line- Kovalev, Plekanec and Kostistyn, is now our #1 line, and Koivu Higgins and Ryder, who used to be #1, have made themselves invisible due to the lack of effort and scoring from Ryder. True he scored last night, but I saw him in alone in the 2nd period, and refused to shoot. I think it’s now a mental thing with him. Nevertheless we need 2 more scorers. I So where’s our depth? at defence only, certainly not up front. I think Gainey will be drafting alot of forwards in the upcoming draft. That’s where our shortage is. Also, I suspect Price will be our #1 goalie by xmas, and Huet the backup for the rest of the season. I don’t know about you, but I feel so much more comfortable and relaxed when Price is in the nets. He’s our man!

  5. We have to win this game. No matter what. We still might beat the sens on monday but if we lose to boston, what confidence will we have?

  6. ooohhhhh great Higgins is gone now! Higgins has his every year Ankle sprain.

  7. lol nvm He’s ok.

  8. #8 Jeff Poulin says:
    November 17, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Did anyone notice Latendresse on koivu’s line for a few shifts?

    Oh and that game was depressing. Huet was awful, Koivu, Markov, and Kovalev were terrible. Ryder scored… so what, it wasn’t a great goal. There are lots of teams (like Buffalo) who would love Ryder, and there are teams (like Edmonton, Buffalo, or Philly who could take Huet)

    This is why the Canadiens don’t win cups, they have the ability to lose the easiest games. They beat the toughest non-division rivals, but can’t beat the third last team in the NHL. 14 years without a cup, when will it ever end?

  9. Ahh,to all my fellow Habs Bro’s & Sisters,was that Bear delicious or what!Only thing we lost tonite was the fights,lol.Sure got under Chara’s skin tonite,lol,looks good on the big DORK!!! Yes Carbo ,leave Price in net against the Sens.Ryders got to learn to lift the puck and get his timing back,is playing better .Now lets take out Ottawa….go… habs…go..

  10. #10 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 17, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    I second that. GO HABS GO

  11. #11 Habfan17 says:
    November 17, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    The most entertaining game this year! 11-5-3!! GO HABS GO!

  12. #12 habs2bfan says:
    November 18, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Chara is a cheap shot artist! notice he doesn’t take on anyone his own size. he bullies players half his size. I’m glad he’s not on our team!
    Once the game was out of hand, Boston was only interested in starting fights.
    Poor sports!

  13. I don’t think there is anyone Chara’s size in N.H.L. O n the bright side Neil is gonna feel midget like on monday…..

  14. #14 Habs#1 says:
    November 18, 2007 at 2:38 am

    There is only one guy in the entire NHL big enough, strong enough, tough enough, nasty enough, and can play dirty enough to go toe to toe with Chara and come out on top in that battle and the guys name is Derek Boogard. I’d love to see The Boogie Man wear the CH and if Gainey can ever pry him out of Minnesota he should. If Chara wants to cheap shot our best, Savard and Kessel would have to watch there backs with Boogard on the ice, as well as any of their “tough guys”.

    Chara = 6’9, 251 lbs.
    Boogard=6’7 254 lbs.

    If those two titans ever went at it during a Habs/Boston game, with the bad blood right now, it would be the most anticipated Habs fight since Bouchard and Shultz in the 70′s. And 52 shots? Seems Chara was more worried about gooning it up then stoping the Habs from trying to score

  15. Great,now we have to beat the ottawa senators! The leafs did it their 4th try,now It would be embarassing if we lose to them.

  16. #16 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 18, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Habs#1 is was thinking the same about bougard,he is one mean s.o.b

  17. our guys looked good out there.
    this is a cry to the hockey gods..PLEASE HELP OUR BOY CHRIS HIGGINS FIND THE BACK OF THE NET…my heart is breaking for him.

    I know he will come around it`s just a matter of time but I want him to get 40 goals this year…PLEASE PLEASE hear my pray, he is a good boy and doesn`t do anything wrong

    What do you think PACTUM SERVA a little over the top with this?

  18. #18 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 18, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Maybe a little.I think higgens is just trying to do to much with the puck.Many habs players are still learning how to finnish with the puck.Higgens will learn soon enough no worries.

  19. #19 Habs4ever says:
    November 18, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t think we want to get too excited about this score…the Habs scored 3 PP goals, so 5 on 5 still leaves a little to be desired, but certainly
    was a good win. Now if we can get ahead of Ottawa and play to win instead of
    playing not to lose…..well we can hope for the best

  20. Is it me or is Higgins Selfish. He never passes. He went in on a 2 man on none break and he should have passed the puck but no.

    He is being set up big time. He has missed tons of open nets so far this year.

    HE IS A WORKHORSE DON’T GET ME WRONG HE HAS HEART BUT HE WANTS TO DO IT HIS SELF. VERY SELFISH. IT IS A TEAM SPORT. HE WILL LEARN.

    As for Ryder….. He as 3 points in 2 games. A goal or a assist. A point is a piont. If he can set up 70 – 80 goals this year. 80 points is 80 points.

    The Habs Fans are the worst. You cut up the team after a win. No wonder no one wants to play here………………

  21. #21 Habs4ever says:
    November 19, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    I am not sure that the Habs fans are the worst, by any means
    the Habs fans are most definitely clued into the game and I agree
    WE are not very receptive to a poor effort–remember Buffalo ??
    last game vs Ottawa was a good game for 55 minutes-but the fact is
    last five minutes were the same as the whole Buffalo game.

    We do appreciate a good solid effort, but we are also willing to call a lousy effort, just that ” A lousy Effort” gotta tell it like it is.

  22. #22 habsfan says:
    December 1, 2007 at 9:55 am

    YOU STUPID IDIOTS!

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