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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.

67 Comments
  1. #1 PACTUM SERVA says:
    December 4, 2006 at 10:33 am

    This is where this team really needs to get going.They need to start pulling away from teams behind them. Easier said then done.I feel habs can can put a string of 6 wins together.We are all still waiting for the second line to break out but the more we watch the more frustrating it becomes.I think gainey knows what needs to be done.As for our defence i think souray and markov are a MUST SIGHN rivet on the otherhand we probably be sent walking as much as i do like him.Cant keep abby for much longer the way huet has been playing,1.9 million is way to much for a backup goalie we all know it and so does gainey.It will be interesting to see how the next month pans out GO HABS GO

  2. Bring on the B’s tonight. The Habs are just plain better than those guys but this is the first time in a while the Habs have run into a hot goalie(Thomas).

    All that needs to happen for this to be a good day is a Habs win over Boston and Frankie Bouillion beating up Zedeno Chara. Now that would be awesome!

  3. #3 smiler2729 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    I saw the ‘NEW’ Habs jerseys for next year. *ugh!* There’s a league wide redesign of all teams’ jerseys by Bettman and the owners for next year. NOBODY ASKED THE FANS OF COURSE! So sign the petition and tell Gary and the owners to RESPECT THE FANS for once and DO NOT FUCK WITH THE HABS’ jersey, it’s been constant since forever! Would he change the Yankees’ pinstripes??? http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/petition-sign.cgi?nhl66

  4. #4 smiler2729 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 12:56 pm

    Scroll to the bottom of this link for a view of the new jersey design that will be tucked in(!) to the pants by players. http://www.gameworn.net/cgi-bin/GW/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=015494

    BETTMAN’S GOTTA GO. LET’S GIVE HOCKEY BACK TO CANADIANS!

  5. #5 smiler2729 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    I’d love Patrick Marleau. But who would San Jose even need?? They don’t need anymore Defence and they have two good goalies (like us). So I can’t see them wanting (a number 1 draft pick?)…

  6. Maybe San JOse will take Ninimaa. We will tell them he comes with a guaranteed win attitude.

  7. #7 smiler2729 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    This is bugging me more and more… why the hell does Bettman and the idiot owners have to keep fucking with the NHL???? Shootouts are ridiculous! Would the NFL settle ties with each QB throwing three footballs through a swinging tire on a tree??? This constant redesigning of jerseys is clearly just a cash grab (have any of them noticed the ‘new’ third jersey of Vancouver, Buffalo and Boston are the most popular with their fans BECAUSE THEY ARE THEIR THROWBACK JERSEYS!) The Yankees and Red Sox don’t mess with their uniforms cuz there’d be an outcry so I WANT AN OUTCRY WHEN BUTT-MAN AND THE IDIOTS (the owners hereon in) MESS WITH NHL HISTORY AND MONTREAL’s BEAUTIFUL, CLASSIC, TIMELESS JERSEY DESIGN!

  8. #8 smiler2729 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    Who are the bait in Montreal? Niinimaa, Samsonov, Murray, Rivet, Ryder, Kovalev, Aebischer??

  9. Never trade Murray.

  10. #10 smiler2729 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    Why not? Garth Murray is at best a 4th liner.

  11. Garth Murray would carve out his heart and pass it to you if you asked for it.

  12. #12 smiler2729 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    Yeah but so far he’s been doing it with invisible paint all over him.

  13. #13 fanatic1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 3:05 pm

    could someone please explain to me why Ninnimaa is making more money than: Chris phillips, Eric Brewer? Also, why is Aebischer making more than Manny Legacy? Gainey is overpaying these players! Ninnimaa is getting 2.5 mil !What a horrible decision by Gainey! how ridiculous!and half the time he doesn’t even play, because he’s terrible. Get rid of him and his overblown salary1

  14. #14 Rugger says:
    December 4, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    You can’t look at it that way – Aebischer is making much less than Theo who he was traded for. Ninnimaa was a “you take my problem player, I’ll take yours, maybe one of us will get lucky” trade with Dallas. Would you rather both those trades not have been made? I do not believe anyone was beating on the Habs door to get Ribero.

  15. #15 Go B's says:
    December 4, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    To bad the Bruins will ruin the birthday surprise. We’re a much improved team since the refs helped you win the last time, I mean how can it be a penalty at one end of the ice but not the other. Huet has had a horshoe up his ass against us the last year, that ends tonight.

    Murray Hat trick – 6-2 final…ouch

    Bye the way, how is Sammy working out, he is so painful, he lacks what Thornton lacks – GO TO THE NET

  16. #16 Habs4life says:
    December 4, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    oooo bruin fans so cocky and gay, maybe you should take a look at the stnadings and see whos ahead of you:)

  17. #17 fanatic1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    well bruins fan; you know that horseshoe up the ass?well, we still have the horseshoe, and you’re still an ass!And guess what? your team has not won a stanley cup since 1969! all the games back then were in black and white.WE’VE WON 8 CUPS SINCE THEN! And come April, Bruins won’t be in the playoffs, and WE WILL! Say, how many points did Thornton have last year? Was that after your brainless GM traded him for nobodies? Guess so.

  18. #18 Habs#1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 6:17 pm

    Boston was on top of the world, then they trade one of the best players in the game and he hasn’t even hit his prime yet, THEN overpay for Chara and Savard. Yah, the B’s are on their way to glory alright.

    And Glen Murray? Him leading the Bruins in goals just go’s to show thin they are. What a joke. Bergeron and Boyes have taken a step back this season and once Thomas starts playing back to his ability everything will be back to normal.

  19. #19 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 4, 2006 at 7:05 pm

    Aww man, they can’t change the jersey’s… all that history, pride… and especially, don’t you just love the way you girlfriend (or just girls) look with those big shirts? They are really hot with em’ hehe…

    And guys, maybe bettman is thinking this is a way to attract younger guys, but I’m 18 and I’m truly disapointed by this. Our only chance to save the jerseys are to sign guys, get everyone you know to sign. Go go go!

  20. #20 HabsInBlood says:
    December 4, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    “Go B’s” – I’ll presume you’ll be back here after the game irregardless of the result?

    BTW – at the end of the last game, Kessler dove on that play trying to draw a penalty – good sportsmanship; while your ‘D’ clearly grabbed Bonk with his open hand. That is why the ref called it at your end and not at ours. I have Tivo and watched both replays several times.

  21. #21 Habs#1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    great point Habsinblood, but I think you mean ‘the american Sidney Crosby’(what a joke that turned out to be) Phil Kessel, Ryan Kessler plays for Vancouver.

  22. #22 HabsInBlood says:
    December 4, 2006 at 7:26 pm

    Habs#1 – thanks for the correction – I meant Phil Kessel instead of Ryan Kessler.

  23. #23 TonyMuerte says:
    December 4, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    Well, the new Stars, Philadelphia, and Red Wing’s jerseys are not so bad. But, i dont know why, the new Habs jersey is ugly. The white is too white, and, i dunno why, the plain bleublancrouge dont look like it should look.

  24. #24 Habs#1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    You’ve got my signature smiler. The new ‘streamlined’ hip uniforms are another bogus way of trying to once again sell the game to people who don’t care about it(americans).I don’t blame the Americans though, they didn’t grow up with the game so why would they care(does anyone in Canada really care about NASCAR or American college sports?). Bettman just needs to finally see the writings on the wall and that they just don’t care.

    And while I’m writing this Guillaume scores!

  25. #25 TonyMuerte says:
    December 4, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    Ouch, Thomas is going to stole the game. Advantage Thomas for the first period.

  26. #26 fanatic1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    you can only play with fire so long. this time it will cost us the game! 2nd straight game at home, down 3-1 ! we’re falling into very bad habits!

  27. #27 fanatic1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    Huet just cost us the game! his luck just ran out! now what do we do? Bruins will win big tonight. Aebischer now in, forget it! I’m turning the channel.

  28. #28 Habs#1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    It’s not luck fanatic. It’s that his body isn’t conditioned to play 70 games like Brodeur or Kipprusof and he’s been facing 40 shots a night with no brake. He needs one.

  29. #29 TonyMuerte says:
    December 4, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    Well, our defense sucks tonight. Yep. But Streit is very good as a forward. I love this 4th line, Begin, Murray and Streit. They rock.

  30. #30 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 4, 2006 at 9:49 pm

    4-4 only habs can do that… come back 3 goals in 1 period… we rock!

  31. #31 fanatic1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 9:49 pm

    MAYBE i spoke too early. Habs just tied up the game. we are outplaying them, so let’s win this game!

  32. #32 TonyMuerte says:
    December 4, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    PEREZOGHIN SCORES 4-4!!!! wow… our canadiens learned from Saku. Now they wont be beaten until the clock, at 60min.

  33. #33 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 4, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    Oh and Fanatic, you disapoint me… just because change goalie you lose hope in the habs? thats not a fanatic way to act… seriously man never give up. This team has the willpower to overcome any challenges right now.

  34. #34 Go B's says:
    December 4, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    wow – great game so far, you should be blowing us out of the water, man does ALberts suck, the next Hal Gill. Berg will score, then an empty netter for insurance.

    If we still had Thornton then there would be no Chara – I’m fine with it now. You cannot say Savard is over rated, if you watch him each game he’s a great player, eyes in the back of his head.

    Kessel is young, you’ll have nightmares about him someday, he’s had flashes, he’s only 18.

    I cannot figure out who I hate more – Michael Ryder or Darcy Tucker

    Go B’s

  35. #35 fanatic1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    well let’s face it. I didn’t give up because Aebischer went in; I was frustrated because we were down 4-1. Normally, when you go down by 3 goals, you don’t come back. but I felt that we had outplayed them, and were down 4-1, so I felt like, what’s going on? we should have been ahead, not behind. If we can play the same way in the 3rd, we can beat them. now it’s time for their goalie to let in a soft one.

  36. #36 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 4, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    Hey B-man, don’t start showing off your rookie and look at ours, didn’t he get the first goal of the game? loser..

  37. #37 Hab-a-dab-a-do says:
    December 4, 2006 at 10:41 pm

    did anyone else just loose the VS. coverage on NHL Centre Ice? I did going into 3rd, Gotta listen to play by play now.

  38. #38 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 4, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    did kovalev just make us lose the game?!?

  39. #39 Go B's says:
    December 4, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    poetic justice at it’s finest. Tell me how overrated Savrad is again?

    have a good night boys – don’t lose sleep over that one, you guys have a good team, I’d love another playoff matach up

    PS – Tell Ryder he should only raise his stick after a goal…AHAHAHA

  40. #40 fanatic1 says:
    December 4, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    We didn’t deserve to lose this game. as far as I’m concerned we lost because of a blown NOT CALLED PENALTY ON BOSTON! we get no respect from the referees! They can’t wait to call us for penalties, but they let the opposition get away with murder!!! always! this is not the first time the officials have let the opposing team get away with it. Carbo should complain to the head of NHL officiating! too bad, because this was the best skating effort from us, and we lost.so I guess, we need to play tight defensive games, because those are the only ones we win. When we open up, we get scored on, and lose. So play like Calgary and NJ, to win. Guys, this is 1 game that REALLY UPSET me, because WE SHOULD HAVE WON IT! We deserved at least 1 point! and now, we have a difficult week, with games in NJ( where we never win) on Wednesday, NYI on Thursday, and back home to face Buffalo on Saturday. it’s going to be tough.

  41. #41 stevejur says:
    December 4, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    Hey Go B’s
    regarding that playoff series, are you sure that’s what you want?
    Another first round exit hahaha
    Enjoy the victory we know it’s been awhile

    Now, what the hell is up with Bouillion throwing the puck across the middle of the ice?
    They teach you this in junior, to make that mistake in the NHL???

    That second line must get fixed, it’s horrible. How much longer do we have to wait?
    Rivet, Kovalev or Samsonov have to go, package that crap out of here.
    How much more longer do we have to suffer?
    Not even Higgins centering the second line can fix this shit.
    I feel sorry for Plekanec who has to suffer between these two.

  42. #42 Jack Tornton says:
    December 5, 2006 at 12:31 am

    You guys might think im crazy but I think this game proved how huch habs were a team. They were palying as a team,scoring as a team, hitting as a team, and chearing as a team. How many times did they come back. If we lost this game its because of the damn goalies we have. ( i dont know what was wrong with huet..he might have smoked a spliff) anyways…
    An intersting fact about this game is that everone in the team had atleats one shot except for dandenault! Pretty amazing.

  43. #43 HabsInBlood says:
    December 5, 2006 at 2:28 am

    Wow – that was the weirdest Habs game I’ve seen so far this year. From an effort standpoint, this was as close to 60 minutes as we put in. It just seemed that it took us 5 decent scoring chances to score for every 1 chance for Boston. Take note that the shots were even despite the fact that we carried the play most of the game. Just goes to show that shot count does not necessarily reflect the play. Maybe our guys were skating so fast we made Huet dizzy or something.

    Next game in Jersey, right? Good timing to keep the no consecutive loss streak going with a win against Brodeur. We were robbed tonight, boys – it’s as simple as that. I guess we were due to lose a game we deserved to win … last one being against New Jersey I believe.

    If we can get 3 solid periods and solid goaltending we will be unstoppable :-) And there is no reason to believe this won’t happen.

  44. #44 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 5, 2006 at 4:51 am

    man I hate to say it but I think our 2 game losing streak will begin vs the devils… We have as much chances of beating them at New Jersey as the Bruins had a chance of beating us at home :S

  45. I really do believe that Kovy could have tied that game at the end. What happened? Did he just freeze? Either way – silly bugger.

  46. The officials are getting worse and worse as every game go by. We are only at a quarter of the season and already they have stopped calling very obvious penalties. The hooking on Ryder should have been called at the end although the Habs were really dumb to send 6 players on the ice with Aebisher still on the ice.

    Aebischer also lost a great opportunity to show what he was capable of last night…

  47. It always hurts to lose a game like that. BUT crazy enough I felt like it may have been our best game as a team. Lets be honest if Huet plays anywhere close to his level we win hands down. If THomas does not come out red hot then we blow them out. YOu have to love the penalty killing, they did not allow Boston to enter our zone. Chara got dominated all night long in the corners. This would have definetely been a game that Higgins would have shined for sure. I think the non call at teh end was a big blunder and if the refs had known Boston would come right down the ice and score they would have called the cross check. YOu could tell they wre tyring to put the whistles away in the third especially when they screwed up on the Koivu call.

  48. #48 Habs#1 says:
    December 5, 2006 at 12:22 pm

    Samsonov just has to go. Scratch him, bench him, send him to the minors, trade him I don’t care. He’s absolutly invisible out there. This is getting ridiculous. Kovalev isn’t much better and Ryder can only score on the powerplay and even that seems to be rare.

    And hopefully this will put an end to the talk that Huet isn’t human. He isn’t Brodeur, Kiprusoff or Luongo. He can’t face 40 shots a night, play 10 games in a row with that amount of work and play at the same level. With the back to back games coming up this week Aebischer should start in Jersey.

    Their inability to string together more then 2 wins in a row is going to cost them, especially in Decembre, their scheduale is brutal. And since their playing the Devil’s I’ve got a bad feeling that they’re about to suffer their first 2 game losing streak.

  49. #49 stevejur says:
    December 5, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    David Ettedgui sends in the following: “On tonight 110% show in Montreal,Michel Villeneuve and Michel Bergeron said that at the Montreal -Boston game tonight the whole scout team of the Vancouver Canucks attended the game as well as 2 scout’s of the Pittsburgh Penguins,they said they are here to see Sheldon Souray,also P.J Stock was on the show and said ,with the lack of offence from the secound line(again tonight)he taught Bob Gainey as no choice but to pull the trigger.Mr Villeneuve was suggesting the name of Markus Naslund and the fact that Souray would be closer to his daugther in Los Angeles.I no you are writting that the Habs will keep Souray ,but i have to admit that those rumors are getting stronger every day.”

  50. #50 Habs#1 says:
    December 5, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    The Naslund rumor dosen’t make sense from a cap standpoint though unless Kovalev was going with Souray cause Naslund makes 6 miilion and Souray onlt makes 2.3 and the Habs are already close to the cap.

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