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Canadiens 97 Years

  • Happy Birthday Habs.

    97 years young. 24 Stanley Cups.

    24.74% Stanley Cup Winning percentage.

    Not bad.

    The Habs celebrate tonight with an Original 6 game against the visiting Bruins. The Bruins started rough but are putting up wins and have climbed to the .500 mark.

    The last time Montreal and Boston met Andrei Markov scored with virtually no time left on the clock to give the Habs the win.

    The Bruins aren’t scoring much, tied for 2nd last in the Eastern Conference. Cristobal Huet has been a Bruin Killer for the last several games. That logic favors the Canadiens.

    The Habs however, keep playing with fire taking unnecessary and costly penalties.

    How many double minor unsportsmanlike penalties can the Habs take and get away with?

    The most concerning part of the season so far has been their lack of discipline.

    A win tonight and the Habs slowly creep a bit closer on the Sabres and the Eastern Division lead. A loss and 5 points is all that separates 2nd from 5th in the Northeast.

    161 points are shared by the teams in the Northeast making it the toughest Division in the Eastern Conference, and 1 shy of the league’s best behind the Pacific. Not much room for error.

  1. They better be getting something else….

    Souray & Niinimaa for Naslund

    Souray & Niinimaa & Traverse for Naslund & bucket of pucks + draft choice

    Souray & Aebischer & Niinimaa for Naslund & Luongo & Willie Mitchell/Fitzpatrick

    Samsonov & Traverse for Seabrook & bucket of pucks + draft choice

    tough stretch coming up…they should have won yesterday…just to unfocused ( good comebacks but let the Bruins continually take advantage. )

    Ryder has to start finishing off his chances and Kovalev has to be more productive. Huet gave too many cheap ones away. Go Habs Go!

  2. #2 joshtm says:
    December 5, 2006 at 2:23 pm

    Youpi for Naslund, how does that sound?

    Actually it is the coaching which is letting the defense act like the fourth line of the other teams offense, did you see Markov’s scoring attempt on his own net?

    It is time Montreal fire their defensive coach, send their entire defensive line, bring up the rookies who know how to play defense and promote Souray to a forward position where he can contribute more….and definitely Youpi for Naslund, and force Gainey to do a public opinion poll before he trades his prospects….talk about bad trades, dealing away your future and paying big bucks for broken down hockey players?

  3. Habs1: Its only one little loss to teh bruins. Sure I was mad yesterday but I lets not get out of control. WE played good if not great. Teams lose games like that every once in awhile. Sure it would be great if every team coulg go 82-0 but thats not possible. A trade will be made but when Gainey is ready and the best possible trade is availble. Not because we get a undeserving loss.

  4. Warning:
    The Devils will try ot lure us all to sleep on Wednesday. It will not be fun too watch but hopefully we can pull it out.

    Has Brodeur every sat out a game vs the Habs? Probably not.

  5. #5 smiler2729 says:
    December 5, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Who the hell would want Markus Naslund??? I don’t want anybody from Vancouver, they all suck even the Sedin sisters. Forget the Canucks rumours unless this is 1986 and they want to give us Cam Neely. Forget the Souray trade, ain’t gonna happen. Hopefully Bob will steal another ‘superstar’ at the deadline like he did when he fleeced the Rangers for Kovalev (and where is that Jozef Balej guy now anyway?) I want grit and defense not more Naslund type once-in-a-blue-moon-I-score offense, we get enough of that from Kovalev and Samsonov. Gimme more Mike Johnsons… Shane Doan, Mike Peca, Ryan Smyth types.

  6. #6 HabsInBlood says:
    December 5, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    Logic would predict that Huet/Abs will split the upcoming games against N.J. and N.Y. Any predictions on the order? Huet had a bad game, big deal. The earlier he bounces back the better. I don’t think he’s fatigued – he’s a pro athlete – he just had a bad game. I would put Huet in tomorrow against Jersey, Abs on Thurs at the Isle and then back with Huet on Saturday for the big game against the Sabres.

  7. #7 HabsInBlood says:
    December 5, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    Has anyone heard any updates on Higgins? At one point, I heard he had the date against the Isles marked on his calendar (this Thurs) as a return. Given that I have heard nothing about a potential impending return, I doubt that’s going to happen.

  8. #8 stevejur says:
    December 5, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    Higgins return is mid-late December.
    He’s started skating

  9. Josef Balej – he’s with Vancouver….

    Career Regular Season Stats
    Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW GT Shots Pct
    2005-2006 Canucks 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0
    2003-2004 Rangers 13 1 4 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 25 4.0
    2003-2004 Canadiens 4 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0

    NHL Totals: 18 1 5 6 0 4 0 0 0 0 32 3.1

    that’s another disappointment!!

    Let’s get Higgins back and put Higgins with Latendresse and Kovalev together. That combination can’t hurt and will see if Kovalev can recover the touch!!

  10. #10 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 5, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    I say put Huet against Brodeur.

    But the chances of winning are slim. We always had trouble with the devils

  11. #11 joshtm says:
    December 5, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    Actually Kostysisn was good for Kovalev….maybe too good. Why does Gainey and Carbo keep sending the good rookies down every time they show good hard work?

  12. #12 Jack Tornton says:
    December 5, 2006 at 6:32 pm


    lol! I went to the website and list my comment. You guys should read all other comments. Pretty funny though.

    Theres mine:
    Name Comments Favorite NHL Team

    3224. Jack /I do not want the “new” NHL to change the Habs jersey. It is a disgrace to us that someone or a group of people rule over our belonging(Habs jersey), and it is a tradition to us to remain with the current jersey we possess. Montreal Canadiens

  13. We just need a balanced attack, getting four lines of effort & success going.

    There is ability on the team. We just have to cut out the mental (stupid) errors and stop giving the other team chances to get back into the game or to take a leg up in the game. I’m expecting a trade any time. Samsonov is one to go and maybe Chicago will be his home. The other could be a tougher combination, depends on who takes the bait.

    Let’s beat the Devils and Brodeur. It seems that when we’re supposed to win, the Habs lose and now we’re supposed to lose, does that mean we’ll put together a good effective game face on and win!!! Go Habs Go!

  14. #14 Hab-a-dab-a-do says:
    December 5, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    I can’t believe you guys. It’s like you want to want trade everybody that’s not living up to the expetations that YOU put on them. Have you listened to any of the players talking off the ice this year? Are you not hearing them speak about the chemistry on the team this year and how it feels more like a team this year than it has for a long time? I’m pretty sure you are all the same bunch of people that will be pretty quick to be on the Kovalev, Samsonov and Ryder fan club WHEN they come out of their little slumps. It is only 2 months into the season remember, so my advice to you is to stop your whining and let the guys that run the team, run the team. The rest us, let’s just be fans.

  15. #15 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 5, 2006 at 7:16 pm


    I agree with you that we are all over-reacting about Kovy, sammy and friends. However, we can’t just sit there and be happy fans about what is happening. If we don’t critic the team once in a while to show our opinion and keep on watching the game and buying habs stuff, well then the organization will think that its doing things fine and that it doesn’t have to try to get the cup to make us happy. Same thing about the jerseys. If we don’t shout about a bit to try and get things to go our way, we will always be forced to accept whats given to us.

    By the way, I don’t know how long that petition has been up for, but 3000 signatures won’t even faze buttman. We gotta get way more people guys

  16. #16 Habs#1 says:
    December 5, 2006 at 8:34 pm

    Not being able to string more then 2-3 wins in a row could, at the end of the season, cost the Habs a playoff spot with the way Boston and Ottawa are playing right now. The east is to tight to go into a slump outside of Philly and Florida.

    Since the Habs on most nights, except for last night in a game they outplayed Boston and really deserved to win, can’t seem to string together 3 full periods. And I know that it’s boring but why not play trap hockey for that one period so Cristobal or Abby don’t get shelled?

  17. #17 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 6, 2006 at 8:00 am

    yeah well as long as it doesnt get as boring as the way New Jersey plays, it could be alright. But then again you gotta watch out for it not to backfire since your always on defense

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