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Extending the streak

  • The Canadiens have a season high 4 consecutive wins in a row. The latest coming against Conference leading Buffalo in their own building. In other words, the Habs are streaking. How far can they go?

    Tonight chances are good they will win their 5th consecutive game against the bottom feeding Flyers. No guarantees however as the Flyers have already left Montreal with a victory in their pocket earlier this season.

    The Canadiens seemed to take the Flyers lightly in that game and they got caught with an embarrassing loss on home ice. The way the Canadiens have played recently suggests that they won’t make that mistake again. They’ve learned what it takes to win game in and game out, beat the best, and are prepared to do it.

    Maxim Lapierre was sent back to Hamilton after a very strong performance during his games with the Canadiens. This of course sparked a mini controversy as almost every coaching move or roster change does in Montreal.

    Lapierre being sent back was purely business and no reflection of his play. He will be back when the time is right.

    The positive side of this is the proven depth the Canadiens have waiting. Guys are praying to get a chance just to play and it translates on the ice. Playing for the Canadiens is a privilege not a right.

    Maxim Lapierre waited over a year after getting his first NHL game to get another call, and when he did, he came out flying. He was ready. Aaron Downey is trying to beat up teammates just to get noticed enough, and maybe slide in the starting line up for one game.

    There’s a healthy competition going on within the Habs resulting in the best possible team on the ice for every game.

    The results speak for themselves.

27 Comments
  1. #1 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    December 21, 2006 at 11:35 am

    Habs please do not play to the level of your competition tonight! Abby your getting a chance to shine and the way Huets playing you better make everyone you get count cause they may be few and far between. And to the rest, do not change a thing. Win one for Maxim the victim of bad timing! Go Habs Go!

  2. #2 kazmojo says:
    December 21, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    “Playing for the Canadiens is a privilege not a right.” Damn straight. Wonder if Sammy will get the message?

  3. #3 HaBs4EveR says:
    December 21, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    They better win. Every time I go see them at the bell center they lose and I’m sick of it lol…

    And if they do lose, well then I’ll know I’m bad luck for them!

    Anyone else going?

  4. Every dog should get a bone,but a good dog should get two.I heard Carbo say the Lapierre move was the right thing too do,well,I’ve got two middle fingers on opposing hands that tend to disagree.

  5. #5 HaBs4EveR says:
    December 21, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    Hmmm.. I really hate to see lapierre gone. He’s just one of the few missing parts to get us Stanley this year!!!

  6. Lapierre is a good kid, but while the Habs are on a roll, it’s real hard to find fault in Carbo or Gainey.

    Right now you guys have the best managment team you have seen in a long time. Keep faith in them.

    Evan,
    http://www.theNHLarena.com

  7. #7 smiler2729 says:
    December 21, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    I’m still bummed about Laura Gainey…

  8. THe only reason Lapierre was sent down was because of the Holiday roster freeze. Why do you people not understand this. THey did not have a choice in the matter. Talk about something else already. He will be back.

  9. #9 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 21, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    Well in the Journal de Montreal today they said it was economic reasons that he isn’t staying so that would not mean he is coming back after the christmas vacation

  10. #10 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    December 21, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    I got the same Vibe HaBz4EveR from a Gazette article. Granted they probably would have kept him up longer if the holiday freeze wasn’t in place, but the Cap issue seem to be the main factor. They needed to allow enough room for a goalie to be called up if in case of injury. Seems the New NHL has teams pinching pennies… which figures into longer term strategies. Players called up from the minors salarys count toward the Cap and Lapierre’s Salary was chipping away from the little room that is left in the Cap for emergencies. I am assuming this have been a factor why Lapierre was called upon instead of a player like for example Kostitsyn or Grabovski who had better offensive success in Hamilton, but higher the salary liabilities. (Just speculation)

    It mentioned it would not be good to Lapeirre seeing little ice time with Begin’s return.Humm

    For what ever the reason is We have got a look at Lapierre and its hard to let him go when it seemed to ignite such an offensive spark and chemistry on the fourth line. Hope to see him return after the holidays!

  11. #11 Aurel1 says:
    December 21, 2006 at 4:17 pm

    To Xhabsfan. Two middle fingers, really,-you’re all class. Please stay an x-habs-fan

    Aurel1

  12. #12 riser8 says:
    December 21, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you Aurel1 for your above post…it boggle’s my mind how some people think. As for Lapierre….well this is the new NHL…where every penny count’s toward’s your cap…better get used to it people. As for tonight 5-3 Hab’s!

  13. It will be interesting to see how the Habs play against the Flyers. They had a similar situation a couple of weeks ago with back to bakc games against the Sabres and the Flyers, winning the first one and losing the second.

  14. #14 Habs#1 says:
    December 21, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    Remember that the Habs lost to the Flyers at home with Abby in net not that long ago. They can’t go in thinking that it’s going to be a blowout.

  15. #15 hab heaven says:
    December 21, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    stay focused habs, and don’t think it’s going to be a cakewalk. Whenever the habs have an easy opponent, they let up, and don’t take the game seriously. when that happens, we lose! remember,after this game, we have 4 road games in a row!

  16. Play smart…let up on the penalties! If each of the 4 lines contributes and Aebischer holds the fort…this should be a gimmee game. But as with anything where the odds are so much in favor of the Canadiens and their recent success, that a loss is going to happen. Now, I’m not going to jinx them, I want a win (hey they’ve been doing the job), even Kovalev and Samsonov doing some production. They play smart and they should have the win.

    I can’t stress enough….Huet has made the difference! If any fans still think otherwise, in all the wins (streaks any positives)…he’s the man. With the exception of that deflected shot in last year’s playoff run, he has been the next Roy…

    As far as his stamina goes…I’m convinced he’ll get stronger…we need to protect him more and he’ll become the next Roy!

    Now, can comments about a Stanley Cup etc be held low key…we’re getting in a position but there is nothing solid yet to indicate we’re going to win it or be in a position other than to compete for it.

    There are still better teams out there…Anaheim, San Jose, Nashville, Detroit, Buffalo, Ottawa (their starting to put things together). Talk about jinxing them…let them get better and then the continued success will speak for itself. Go Habs Go!

  17. riser8,aurel1, hey, u guys are right.that’s why the habs won a cup last year!u ever wonder why the habs got first rounded last year;remeber when puss-nuts took out koivu’s eye last year?well? do u remember the habs folding like japan paper art?that’s what we don’t want happening again!when was the last time the habs were a contender? when mulrony was p.m.? point being ,let great prospects play and prove themselves and find a way to make room for them,cause in the new n.h.l. it’s still about winning. that’s what seperates true habs fans from other fans ,like ,toronto fans or vancouver fans. GO HABS GO!

  18. #18 Kazmojo says:
    December 21, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    I disagree. I don’t like everything management does, and don’t like to see players like Samsonov not contributing, but to say it’s all about winning doesn’t make sense. It’s all about the Habs, win or lose. THAT’s what separates true fans from those on the bandwagon.

  19. #19 hab heaven says:
    December 21, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    RIVET! TSTSTSTSTS…..Learn how to clear a puck!

  20. ALLRIGHT! NOW WERE TALKING!

    Believe it or not sometimes it’s harder to play against a team that has absolutely nothing to lose! Not that the season is over for Philly but let’s just say ther’s a different pressure on them then on our BOYZ!

    Either way we rack up another 2 points tonight! Ottawa lost but BUFF AND BOS both won!

    So all that to say; Bring on the Bruins!!! Seriously…LET’S PUMMEL THEM!

    P.S TO ALL BLOGGERS MERRY X-MAS AND LET’S ENJOY OUR SUCCESS OF LATE! HELL I’LL EVEN WISH A HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO THE LEAFS FANS ON HERE..( I MUST BE GITTY WITH THE 5 WINS IN A ROW!?!) and after all they still suck!

    GO HABS GO!!

  21. kazmojo,montreal fans demand a winner once in a while,ask the EXPO’S!

  22. #22 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 22, 2006 at 12:49 am

    hey I was at the game and other then the first period bad penalties and the power play goals on us (damn now we won’t get 1st place in PK hehe..) we did really well.

    Oh and for all you Aebisher haters, he played solid. He is good enough to hold the fort when Huet needs to rest. It is the first time that he had support from his team mates!

    5 Strait games is a great feeling. Keep the streak going!!

  23. #23 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 22, 2006 at 12:56 am

    You guys know what is really great?

    Being on the front page of TSN all the time now ;)

  24. ANother win in the bag. Great team effort. Higgins is the most underated player in tehe league right now. Oh well it helps him that no one plans for his game.

    Anoyone else notice in the last 10 games or so SOuray has become a defensive GEM. He is constantly winning battles and clearing the zone. I cant remember one turnover on his part in December. WHich is alot more then I can say for RIVET. Ouch what a horrific turnover from Rivet to keep the FLyers in the game. I hate to say it but I saw it coming he takes ages to decide what to do with the puck when it is on his stick. Its slow motion for sure. Agsinst the FLyers we can survive his mistakes but come plkayoff time it could be our downfall. Just like Last year in Game 6 for a different reason.

    GO HABS

  25. #25 kazmojo says:
    December 22, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    I’m still an Expos fan even though they’re dead and in the grave, so I guess there’s the difference…

  26. #26 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 22, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    yeah but it doesn’t change the fact that they are gone and probably won`t ever come back.

    It`s like the Nordiques… Makes you wonder if they would of stayed had they won the Cup a year earlier… And there are still lots of Nordique fans.

    But you can`t compare Hockey to Baseball. Hockey is in our skin whereas Baseball has to be euh introduced to us for people to become fans. And I myself find it a pretty boring sport.

  27. #27 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    December 22, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Looks like Bettman is back screwing with the NHL. he’s talking religning the league from six to four divisions. I do not think it is nessarily a bad thing because one of the proposals is to have more interaction among teams that do not normal meet throughout the season, but I think he should fix one problem before creating 10 others… What do you guys think???

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