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Crosby’s Pens

  • The Habs start a 3 day, 3 game stint tonight in Pittsburgh against the league leading scorer and the rest of the Penguins.

    Crosby is the real deal and is keeping a young and talented team in the playoff hunt despite having mediocre defense and goaltending.

    Tonight’s game is on TSN across the nation and heavily promoted the same way Habs/Pens games have been since the day Crosby entered the league. “Sidney Crosby takes on his favorite childhood team!” It’s getting old TSN.

    How important is the game? Well the Pens are only 5 points back of the Canadiens and hold 2 games in hand. The race is getting tighter by the minute and considering the Habs back to back game record this year, a win tonight is crucial.

    Back to back games, back to back matinees. The Habs worse losses of the season have come in these situations including a 5-1 crushing by the Panthers and a 8-3 thrashing by the Senators.

    The results of the next handful of games are being watched even closer to determine whether or not the Habs will be buyers or sellers come the trade deadline.

    Latest rumors have names like Zherdev, Nagy, Forsberg and Visnovsky thrown around.

    Sergei Samsonov is obviously the one player almost everyone can agree they’d want to unload.
    At $3.5 million it’s a tough sell. Keep in mind Bob Gainey unexpectedly got rid of Jose Theodore and $4.5 million a year at last years deadline.

    Can he strike again?

48 Comments
  1. #1 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 1, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    I’ve watch Sidney play this week in preparation of this match-up and he is the REAL DEAL… Superstar with a work ethic! Montreal will have to slow the pace of this young red hot conundrum and capitalize on the usual young teams mistakes! The New NHLer’s might hate us for the boring play, but it is necessary to frustrate them into taking chances. I will state again that it would be a mistake to try to exchange offense with their caliber of youthful talent and energy… We need to play as a team with disapline and patients!

    Go Habs Go

  2. WE have been sucessful against this franchise for a long time now. Even when we were a losing team we would beat the pens. IT all depends which Habs team shows up. IF the good side shows it will not matter how well Crsoby plays.

  3. #3 joshtm says:
    February 1, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    It should be a great game if Mr. Hyde Habs shows up, however if it is Dr. Jekyll habs, you can expect to see Crosby skate all over our defensive end and make quality shots on his hero team the Habs. Too bad Gainey didn’t sell everything to acquire Crosby, who knows maybe Crosby secretly phone Bob, but you know Bob, he probably said call me in a few years when you are a broken down vet…

  4. Look for big games from Komi and Higgy tonight,,I just feel it..

  5. #5 Habs#1 says:
    February 1, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Montreal shut down Crosby once they can do it again. And last time they did it he was on a hot streak that hadn’t been seen in years in the NHL and the Habs held him to a point.

    When it comes to Montreal I’m more afraid of Malkin then Crosby cause the Habs are built to stuff a guy of Crosby’s size, not Malkin. Why do you think they have so many problems with Sundin? A guy of Malkin’s size gives the Habs fits.

  6. #6 Habz4EveR says:
    February 1, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Oh my God is it just me or the refs have no clue as to what they are doing?!? Souray kicked out of game, 7 minute penalty, Saku getting rammed into and no penalty given to the pens. It’s the end of the 2nd now and we are only trailing by 1… You know, if there was one game I would want us to win, its this one.

    SHOW THEM NOT TO MESS WITH THE GLORIEUX!!!!

  7. #7 habs phan says:
    February 1, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    holly shit, if the canadiens can’t go down to block a shot then we are paying muller for nothing. what a joke!!! i can’t beleive that the score could be 2 nothing going into the third if the habs would go down to block gonchar’s shots. so frustrating to watch. sourray’s gone as a result of bad refereeing. i hope carbo’s telling his team to do whatever they can to block shots. unreal man!!! the third should be interesting!!!! get higgy out of his slump!!!! go habs go!!!

  8. No, Downey is not the answer,good hockey eh!!

  9. finally carbo tries koivu with samsonov and kovalev. about time!!!

  10. Shit ,shootout ,come on abby.

  11. #11 Rugger says:
    February 1, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Great effort, got a point from the hard work. If the effort is there like this most nights, 4th place is a lock. Sunday should be wild.

  12. #12 stevejur says:
    February 1, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    God please someone give me a goalscorer, just one.
    I’m sick of watching Michael Ryder on my tube.
    1989 is the last time we had a goalscorer, 18 years since Richer.
    I repeat 18 years. How come it’s been that long?
    How did we not find someone in 18 years?????

    Anyways, great heart tonight. Souray awesome! Way to stick up for your captain.
    I would give you 7 million a year just for that.

    I PROUD OF THE BOYS TONIGHT. PLAY LIKE THIS AGAINST THE LEAFS NEXT TIME!

  13. I gotta blame Bob Gainey and his broken down acquisitions for tonight’s result. For example, look at his trio of Bonk, Samsanov and Johnson who only had six points between them. If you look at the youngs gods of Pittsburgh, Crosby, Staal and Malkin… well, um… they had five points.

    Oh! Forget that! George Gilette has got to make a stance somehow… draw a fricken’ line in the sand, you know! Even though, we have the best record of all Canadian teams in the NHL, and are fourth in the Conference (with a game in hand on Ottawa who we beat easily last game), Gilette should call all the coaches and the GM to a meeting tomorrow, and fire the whole fricken’ lot of them on the spot.

    At the very least, Gilette should let the Liverpool team strikers kick balls at them (without cups on) until Gainey agrees to both re-sign Stephane Richer and play a few untested rookies down the stretch… maybe, even a few prospects from the Tim Horton’s hockey games because these guys will probably work fairly cheap and will definitely show some heart.

    You know what this reminds me of. It’s just like that song… Jimmy Popcorn and I don’t care!!!!

  14. #14 HABMAN says:
    February 1, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    Best game the boys have played all year! Very gutsy effort to come back considering they spent most of a period in the penalty box. Huge point, HUGE, way to go Souray for sticking up for Saku! Old time hockey BABY!!! Can’t wait to play these guys on SuperBowl Sunday!! NHL officials SUCK like a 2 bit whore! The Habs are finally playing desperate hockey! Great character shown tonight by les Habs!!!

  15. #15 Jack Tornton says:
    February 1, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    Hopefully, I didn’t watch this game. I know it was an intersting game ruled by awfull refrees. Anyways, Souray seemed to be the hero of the game.

  16. #16 doggone R habs says:
    February 2, 2007 at 12:00 am

    oh my god, the officiating!! Now you know why the NHL gets no respect, and can’t get tv contracts! How do you give a game misconduct on top of 7 minutes of penalties? what are the referees thinking? Souray did what nobody else on the habs did. He stood up for his captain, unlike the other gutless cowards on this team. they are the SOFTEST team in the league, and it was evident tonight.
    And what will happen next year when Souray is gone? Who will protect and stand up fot this team? NOBODY! I watched the game on TSN, and even Bob McKenzie admitted that the game misconduct was excessive, and totally uncalled for.
    So Souray gets all those penalties for doing the right thing, yet Pittsburgh can ram Koivu into the boards, snap Markov’s neck backwards, and not get any penalties for those vicious hits! Where is the consistency?
    The league better take a good hard look at their officiating, BECAUSE IT IS A JOKE AROUND THE LEAGUE! they won’t be satisfied until someone get’s killed.
    Boy, do we need Bertuzzi.
    Also, I’m really getting sick and tired of hearing about Crosby, at nausem.
    Yes, he’s a great player, but give us a break. He’s not god, and the world doesn’t revolve around him, he’s no Gretzky, or Lafleur, at least not for another 10 years.
    no other player, including Ovechkin gets as many accolades. Is he the only good player in the league? I think he is highly overrated. It has become OVERKILL. And if he was that good, his team would be more successful.

  17. This was a freakin joke…

    the Habs have this Jekyl & Hyde routine to shifts now…Basically giving the game early on…only to have Pittsburgh give it right back and you know. The Habs had many opportunities to close this out in regulation time. But the crap of Markov can’t set up or do anything in the dying moments of the game. He really reminds me of that Islander defenseman acquisition (can’t think of his name right now) but so much promise but just can’t put it together. Rivet again was horrible and Ryder couldn’t hit a barn. They can’t even set each other up over a horrible squad like Pittsburgh. Bonk & Samsonov do this give and go that it goes from square in the middle of the ice in front of the net to an impossible angle and the puck is shot right at the goalie. Is it any wonder why they can’t score. This opportunity is squandered because Sammy just can’t get his act together either. Plekanez get an easy re-direct and puts it in Fleury’s pads (that one is understandable somewhat but clearly these need to be buried). So many shots from the point and they’re wide or hit off a skate or something…don’t these guys understand to put it close to one of their players who can tip it in….the Habs obviously don’t see their replays…coaching must be non-existant, the same errors continuously.

    OK..now for the bright spots, they give up 3PPG and come back to get one pt. Abby holds the fort and Bonk makes some ammends for stupidity. Souray does defend Koivu but costs his team too many penalty minutes. How many penalties does it take before they get the message…..they have to stop this dance to the box. Be extra aggressive on the PK. Looked somewhat better than w/ the Leafs but still not finishing off chances. Better effort overall but still lacking talent. Kovalev doesn’t score but doesn’t take any stupid penalties.

    Is it possible to despise Samsonov any more…I can’t take just watching him. He definitely has to go and Rivet is just as pathetic…just review the game tapes and this becomes so apparent. The young guys should be given the chance to show what their made of and get some more game experience. This game vs Det, NJ, Tor the Habs definitely lose. That’s because they would not have the opportunity to get back in the game. Let’s see if we can change the result for the better vs the Islanders and then vs Pittsburgh again. #$#%@ squander these gimme games. Just pathetic.

  18. #18 doggone R habs says:
    February 2, 2007 at 12:15 am

    You know, that Pittsburgh has no defence, so we were able to come back. if it was Detroit, lights out.
    Now, is Ryder and Higgins crap, or what? I think they need to start practicing with paint balls because they never hit the net! and guys, I saw so many chances wasted, because they make too many passes, instead of just shooting.
    Stop with the fancy passes, just shoot the fuc@#$%en puck!
    And what has happened to our PP? Before Souray was ejected, we were 0 for 4, and didn’t score a PP goal all night. The PP just has not looked good lately.
    What can we do to score 5 on 5. I don’t understand it. We can score shorthanded, but not at even strength. it’s a joke. In all the years watching the habs, I’ve never seen a team struggle so much to score goals.
    Gainey should not wait until end of Feb, because it will be too late. Pull the plug now, and get rid of the trash, ie. Ryder, Samsonov, Rivet, etc.

  19. @Sam:

    Gimme games? Where have you been? The Pens are one of the hottest teams in the East currently, and have one their last five straight games including an 8-2 shellacking of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Habs did well to battle back and get the single point on the road. Reminder: Bonk scored two goals tonight and Samsanov got two assists? Have you been paying attention?

    @Doggone

    Yes, Crosby is that good! Get used to it! People used to say the same thing about Gretzky in the 1980s as you are saying today. See above comments about the Pens being one of the hottest teams in the East currently regarding Crosby’s team success. The Pens will be in the playoffs!

  20. #20 HABMAN says:
    February 2, 2007 at 12:30 am

    I can’t believe some of the negative comments after what a huge comeback and a huge point gained the Habs got considering we lost our best point getting d-man for sticking up for a teammate. But the officiating was BRUTAL!! GO HABS GO!!!

  21. Rob take this any way you want but Pittsburgh may be winning but unless they tighten up the defensive part of their game they’ll have to outscore the opponents every night to win. That’s not good especially come playoff time. Even if they are hot 8-2 in their last 10, they were brutal in giving the Habs extra life and so many squandered chances. Still, are you telling me you’re happy with the results of this game. Clearly, the Habs are showing better effort but still are way off the mark to being a top 10 team in the league. I mean we wonder if they will make the playoffs (that can’t be a good sign). Just the same I do hope they can straighten out some of these bad habits and especially pull the trigger on a trade and get rid of some of this dead wood.

    Personally, I think Abby is being showcased again and if he makes the bar will be shipped with Souray or Kovalev with Sammy and Rivet and potentially one of Ryder/Perezhogin/minor. It all depends on what team bites and with what comb of players come in return. See one of my prev trades in ‘dream trade’.

    I do like Crosby and he’s a better overall player than Ovechkin…Kind of like Lemieux and Gretzky (Crosby). Still want either on my team but whose got the overall skills vs trigger man and scoring the big goal. Go Habs Go!

  22. #22 Habz4EveR says:
    February 2, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Yeah i agree. Our guys played well, souray did what a gonchar would of done if it was Crosby hit that hard. This game would of been our if it wasn’t for the combo of Fleury-Bad Officials.

  23. I hate talking about other teams other than the Habs, but excuse gimme games???Can anyone recall any team in hockey’s history that had the following lineup:

    2006: Jordan Staal – 1st round – 2nd overall
    2005: Sidney Crosby – 1st round – 1st overall
    2004: Evegni Malkin – 1st round – 2nd overall
    2003: Marc Andre Fleury – 1st round – 1st overall
    2002: Ryan Whitney – 1st round – 5th overall
    2001: Colby Armstrong – 1st round – 21st overall
    2000: Orpik – 1st round – 18th overall

    Factor in some quality veteran leadership in Mark Recchi and Sergei Gonchar, and a couple of potential other quality prospects in Kristopher Letang, Michel Ouellet and Steve Dixon. This team has risen from cellar dwellers to giant slayers in one year. Imagine what one more year will do for them! Can anyone say potential dynasty? If you ask me, the Pens are the team to beat for the Cup for the next five years (probably not this year, however.)

    The Habs did a great job to battle back for the point on the road! No one should try to take that from them. Not even joshtm!

  24. #24 doggone R habs says:
    February 2, 2007 at 1:01 am

    Dynasty? No team will ever be part of a dynasty again, due to the salary cap.
    Besides, Pitt has no defence. You watch, they will be knocked out of the playoffs in the 1st round, they’re not that good.

  25. Not that good. Yes, not yet anyways.

  26. #26 habrez says:
    February 2, 2007 at 1:16 am

    watch… from now till the end of the season samsonov koivu and kovalev will play on the first line and we’ll wonder why we ever questioned gainey.

  27. Don’t forget these guys will all be maturing together as a team in their “rookie maximum contracts” so their salary cap issues won’t really be a problem for the team for a while. Look how far that they have come in the last year, and just think where they might be in another year from now.

    Who knows they might even be young and dumb enough to not know that they are not supposed to be Cup contenders for the coming year when the playoffs roll around. Keep your eyes on them to see what they do at the trade deadline.

  28. Pittburgs balls hav’nt droped yet,there’s other teams coming up like carolina that are going to put it to us.Souray can’t protect every habs player when the goones are on the loose and why is it our other defence have no point shot?I don’t think Ryder could hit space it selve rite now and Higgi’s got the jinx,so enjoy the memories of tonites game ,cause we got rough sea’s a comming.If I see Downey put in as a cure I’m going to PUKE.

  29. #29 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 2, 2007 at 1:30 am

    rob your 13th post was fucking pricless lol

  30. I was wondering if anyone has seen Crosby’s post game interview tonight via the NHL Network’s “On The Fly” segment. If you have time to catch it before tomorrow – do so!

    All those rumours about Crosby wanting to be a Hab will get their biggest boost from the slip he made tonight.

    While being asked questions, Sid actually answered as if he was on the losing side tonight, instead of the winner in the shootout.

    Here’s what he said:

    Crosby: “Yeah, well it would have been nice to get the two, but you know, things happen sometimes, you just have to roll with it and make the best of the situation. I think we did that tonight”

    Reporter: “You did get the two by the way.”

    I’ve loaded the clip onto YouTube and will try to post it ASAP.

    This should be fun!

  31. UPDATE on that: NHL Network changed the post game review by 1 a.m. – I wonder why? Glad I caught it in time.

  32. #32 Habz4EveR says:
    February 2, 2007 at 2:59 am

    lol please get the link posted as soon as its on youtube… I saw the interview but i wasnt really listening to it… this is gonna be funny hehe!

  33. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atYTF_hMVJw

    There you have it. It’s also at my home. Enjoy a laugh!

  34. #34 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 2, 2007 at 10:20 am

    It was a great game, other than I almost kick about 5 holes in the wall in the 1st period… Maxim sneaky move was a brilliant. It was over embellished I think by Crosby, but for a while Maxim became the focus putting Recchi in the box a couple of times. I think it might of back fired on us, by Souray getting kicked out by coming to the AID of Koivu after an open ice smash of the Habs Captain. Yes the hit may have been legal but it was with malicious intent and when Souray stepped in, the guy threw-down his gloves and was willing to fight. Granted Souray was the aggressor, but to have such lop-sided favoritism for New the poster-boy NHLers was ridiculous. There was no reason Souray should have been tossed, given 7 minutes short handed disadvantage, or that other guy should have not got a penalty… total BS! Then to add insult to injury give Bonk a 2:00 penalty, when even the commentators were saying Recchi cross-checked him in front of the net and thought he was off for the penalty??!??

    The fourth line earned there money in gold last night. The team overall played with heart, worked through adversity and left it all out on the ICE. I do not like to see them lose but I see this as a turning point when the Habs start making a push for a playoff positioning. They stood at the end of the game as a team and I was proud to be a Habs fan!

    Yes there were let downs with the continued slump of our top scores. Stop acting like you can skate around players like they are pylons, because this is the NHL not the Tallahassee Warthogs. Clean-up your passes, setups and pound in the puck in front of the Net!

    Tough loss… Pound the NYI and I look forward to the rematch that comes Sunday!

    Go Habs Go

  35. Reality Check:

    Good post! I agree with your assessment, and I don’t think that there is any doubt that Crosby still wants to play for the Canadiens. As I have said before, players of the calibre of Sidney Crosby usually will eventually get to do what they want to do in the NHL.

    By the way, welcome back to the site! Good to see some intelligent, thoughtful blogging. This place has recently been plagued by some real loons lately.

    Get this! There is one guy who keeps saying that Gainey and Carbonneau should be fired, that all Gainey’s acquisitions are broken down, that all the current Habs should be shipped off for a bucket of pucks elsewehere and replaced with players from midget, etc., etc… ad nauseum!

    I hear that his mom is quite concerned about him, and I have encouraged him to either seek professional mental health or go to the Leaf’s blog (both are really the same options.) He won’t listen to me though… Any thoughts?

  36. By the way, I think that Lapierre’s cheap shot on Crosby off the face-off was a mistake. I have been watching Crosby since his Rimouski days, and that stuff doesn’t bother him (like it did for Gretzky.) It also rallys the team around him, and makes Crosby even more dangerous! The Habs might want to re-think that kind of stuff for Sunday’s game.

  37. You’re right about the “cheap shot”, it likely motivated Crosby more than anything else.

    It was hard to tell, even from both angles, how good (or bad) Lapierre got him. It was embellished damn well by Crosby, who aside from his nice guy image (!), is one helluva gamer.

    It should be fun come Sunday afternoon.

  38. #38 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 2, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Wish i had tickets to that game because the bell center will be NUTS

  39. #39 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 2, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Rob I do think it seemed to bother him (hooking him on the next faceoff) and definitely affected his team… Recchi could not focus on anything else but getting even. I concede it may have been a mistake because after that move the game started getting out-of-the-control of the Refs they made it a point to regain control of the game by dishing out a unreasonable penalty to Souray. I do not think the Pens game was stepped up anymore then what was Habs last night. LaPierrre is fighting to find a position, and I take back that it was a brilliant move, but it was a move to establish he was on Crosby and he wasn’t going to let him showboat on his watch. It made for a great emotional game from there on… the fire has been lit and come Sunday I hope the battle continues.

    In my eyes I think Crosby will prevail as a better player over Gretsky in the end if he can avoid injuries. He possesses the similar talent and vision but is a more physical player.

  40. Crosby is a mouthy little baby and the shot on Koivu and Markov could of ended thier careers. THE N.H.L. REFS once again show thier colors as conserning the Habs and with the second half now in full swing,Habs fans who are in denile”heads in thier asses” on our physical shortcomings are in for a shock!!!

  41. #41 HabsInBlood says:
    February 2, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Lapierre’s butt-end: If you watch the replay you will see that Lapierre, like many other centers, chokes up on his stick when taking a face-off. After the draw he and Crosby were battling a little, and Lapierre’s stick went into his gut. Because he was choking up, Crosby got as he himself described “a little bit of a butt-end”. It was unintentional by Laps and just one of those hockey plays.

    Crobsy’s retaliation: What’s with Crosby’s retaliation? He rakes Lap’s foot RIGHT in front of the refs. You hear time and time again it’s always the retaliation that gets called. I guess that’s the case unless you are Sydney Crosby.

    Armstrong’s hit: As much as I hate to see a Hab get the carrots knocked out of them, I don’t see anything illegal about the hit. Yes, it was vicious, and if you watched the replay over and over again, you could maybe find something that could be called. It really boiled down to discretion by the ref. Most of the time, when a star player gets blindsided like that, a penalty will be called. In this case it wasn’t – just like last year when Saks was spiked in the eye.

    Souray’s reaction: Simply put, anyone who thinks Souray’s reaction was wrong simply doesn’t understand the game and how it’s played – and definitely has never played hockey before in their life. Not only did Armstrong throw a few when he was on the ice – he dropped his gloves ..??? A complete an utter joke. The thing I regret about the play is that they fell to the ice to quickly – taking away an opportunity for Souray to feed Armstrong a few more knucle sandwiches – with his (good) right hand, of course.

    2-minor on 7 minute shorthand: I guess the ref saw that the Canadiens could possibly kill off the entire 7 minutes – and that just wouldn’t be fair to Syndey and TSN – so they figured if they put us down 5 on 3 they could get at least 1 goal. I saw the replay on that call and was utterly dumbfounded. When shorthanded, if the PP team does anything (eg. Kovalev + Ryder penalty) at all, a penalty is called to even things up. Not only did Recchi feed ?Dandenault? the shaft of his stick, but then cross-checked him to the ice – and of course Bonk gets called for interference. There must be some kind of ref grudge against the Habs.

    Overtime: The first real call that went our way the whole game and we couldn’t capitalize on a full 2 minute 4 on 3 in O.T. Also, when 3 on 3, if Pleks holds the puck and goes around Fleury instead of shooting right away, it’s an easy goal. Oh well – too bad we couldn’t finish there at the end.

    The game overall: This was an awesome game by the Habs. Everyone bemoans our 5 on 5 play and says we rely too much on the PP. Well, all of Pitts goals were on the PP and our goals were even strength or short-handed. So many positives about this game for the Habs. I don’t think anything is going on with Perogi. He had a bad game or two that got Murray into the lineup and this team has so much depth, you can end up waiting a while to get back into the lineup. I thought Murray played great last night. Bottom line – if we show up the way we did last night for the rest of the season, we will have a great shot at 4th and maybe Buffalo if they falter.

    Notes:
    - #80 Armstrong is 6-2 195 – a la Ryder or Lapierre.
    - Koivu always has his head up. That check was a result of Armstrong lining him up, and Saks losing the puck in his skates (causing him to look down) just as he was going behind the net. Then again, maybe it was because of his recently acquired lack of peripheral vision.

  42. #42 joshtm says:
    February 2, 2007 at 11:59 am

    If a Hab did what Armstrong did, it would be called charging. Plain and simple. Or boarding.

    For once the millionaires played like they were millionaires, even Johnson showed he tried.

    If the Habs could play with that type of emotion, that would be great.

    Carboneau should have had a nervous breakdown. Instead he just complained, I don’t know, some people say that’s style, others say that is just plain not sticking up for your players.

    There were times when Markov showed his lack of skill, and other times he was great. Clearly Markov lacks defensive punch, what is he doing pretending he is a defenseman? The same with Streit. These guys should be offensive players, what are they doing playing defense when they can’t knock little Crosby off?

    Pittsburgh lack of defense showed, but what it also showed was Montreal’s lack of any team work, ala Crosby-Malkin super passing, super shots style.

    It was a great game, the Habs deserve all the praise and support, thank God Niinima was not out there, or Downie…

  43. #43 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 2, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Oh My Joshtm is that U??? Eventhough it did have a synical tone it was not so negative and even a hint of praise!!! Wow… one thing Crosby not so little at 195 5’11… I have seen him power through a lot of D.

  44. #44 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 2, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    HabsInBlood – enjoyed your synopsis’ your on the Money brother!

  45. HabsInBlood — Good analysis of the game. Agree with everything that you say except your knocks on Crosby. Don’t forget that he is likely the future of the Habs franchise!

  46. For the record, it is Sidney. Sydney is a town in Nova Scotia (or Australia)

    By the way, “little Crosby” is probably one of the hardest players to knock off his feet. He is built rather strangely with a ton of leg muscle and a broad based stance. He is a bit of a freak of nature really; kind of like you, joshtm.

  47. #47 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 2, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Yes crosby skates up right. Knees bent back straight.Power skating teachers teach this style.Very weird but affective stlye of skating if you can afford the lessons

  48. Xhabsfan:

    Do you know anything about Crosby? I swear to God sometimes I think you and joshtm should pursue a group rate for a good shrink!

    “Mouthy, little baby???” Do you have any idea where this guy is from? Cole Harbour, N.S. which was previously better known for its annual race riots prior to Crosby’s arrival on the scene.

    This guy is the real deal, man. He is 19 years old! He already has the vision of Gretzky and the determination of Maurice Richard. Reality Check hit it right on the head when he said he has a nice guy image. Anyone who crosses him in a cheap way will have the Gordie Howe school of retribution on their head.

    Now, I think you mentioned that you were from the West Coast in your Bertuzzi plug (can anyone say underachieving, team poison!) so you might know a lot about whiny, little babies who complain when there is 2 cm of snow to tread through in their Birkenstocks!

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