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Game 1

  • The fate of the Canadiens seems to be decided this morning after their failure to close last nights game in Buffalo.

    Typical of bandwagon fans who can’t look at the big picture when the Canadiens happen to lose.

    The Canadiens did a lot of good things last night despite crumbling in the end and giving up a point that they should definitely have earned. Had the Canadiens won in the shootout would the criticism be so harsh?

    The Good

    The Canadiens kept up with an extremely skilled Buffalo team and at times were the much better team.

    The Canadiens earned a point on the road against a divisional opponent. In a city where their success is limited even before Buffalo became a top team.

    Koivu’s eye problem appears to have absolutely no effect on his game. Just a few weeks ago almost everyone doubted he’d even start the season.

    Ryder and Higgins are off to a quick start and Huet looked extremely solid despite the end of the 3rd period.

    The Bad

    The Canadiens should have definitely won that game. There are no excuses for that.

    Guillaume Latendresse looked more like a Junior player, which is of course to be expected but everyone wants to see him do well right off the bat.

    Janne Niinimaa looked questionable, obviously nervous and having no pre-season practice with the team he will take some time to get into the groove. Condemning him to the minors or to be traded after the first game of the year is absolutely ridiculous.

    Jumping to any conclusions after one game is pretty foolish but unfortunately typical of many Canadiens fans.

    It’s one game.

    There are 81 more and tonight the Canadiens lace em up in an old time hockey battle with the Leafs. Enjoy it.

40 Comments
  1. I agree one game doesn’t make a season…where we got a point on the other teams rink…The Habs played well. I for one feel the management will fine tune and improve some of our weaknesses.This is a fast team.Faster then I thought they would be and they will reward us later for sure.Oh and remember buffalo will fall can’t win every game by shootout:=)

  2. #2 Habs#1 says:
    October 7, 2006 at 11:35 am

    If there was any doubt who the top line is on this team it’s over now. The Koivu-Higgins-Ryder line is definitly the #1 line on this team. The Samsonov-Plekanec-Kovalev line doesn’t seem to have their chemistry yet.

    Samsonov also got pushed off the puck fairly easy and Kovalev’s passes were off.

    Bonk should not be on the third line. He should stay the 4th line centre because he’s too slow to keep up with Johnson and Perezhogin.

    No matter what anyone says Lattendresse, at his young age, will take at least 2-3-4 years to develop into, hopefully, the next Todd Bertuzzi(except with a brain and isn’t a coward). However he should be on the 3rd line. The talent he does have is being wasted on the checking line and he can’t learn to be an offensive star from, with all due respect, two players with marginal talent. But what he can learn how to play with heart from Begin, Murray and Downey.

    Finally, it looks like Huet is going to be one of those goalies who is very good during the game but isn’t very good in the shootout. He stoned Buffalo on numerous occasions and he faced 10 more shots than Miller did. But it really looks like high glove side is a very weak point for him but just in the shootout because he stopped shots in that area during the game.

    All in all I’m very pleased and impressed with the Habs play up until about 2:00 minutes left. The Brière’s goals was a through the five-hole and a good goalie should never be scored on there but the tying goal was not Huet’s fault. Souray forgot about Afineganov at the side of the net(but Drury’s shot may have been going in anyway), So Huet after one nights impression dosen’t look like a fluke.

    They were better than a team with, let’s all admit it, more talent than Montreal, so the team looks good.

    As long as they’re not too tired, which hopefully they shoudn’t be since it’s only one game into the season, they look a lot faster than Toronto especially offense vs. their defence so and I think Huet is much better than Raycroft so Montreal should beat them tonight.

    And before anyone says: ‘Ya, but what about the 6-0 game against Ottawa you big idiot.’ Well frankly I still thought Toronto looked slow in that game too and weren’t that impressive. Ottawa just played the worst game that they’ve played in years.

  3. No conclusions can be drawn after one game, as the blog states. Much good and much not so good so far. There remains 81 games to fine tune what appears to be a promising lineup.

    I’m still wondering what the heck happened after that non call on Briere for spearing Bonk with 5 minutes to go. The RDS broadcast alluded to a penalty and focused o n Briere arguing with the refs whereas the NHL network coverage seemed to think it had something to do with debris being thrown on the ice (for which the home team is sometimes penalized). The sound on the NHL Network telecast went dead for 15 seconds as it was about to be discussed. It was odd after seing the Sabres captain argue so heatedly, that he remained on the ice and then scored.

    Anyone knowing what’s up with this, I’d like to know?

  4. #4 Leaf's fan says:
    October 7, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    I would like to point out that in the last 14 games, the Canadiens have 3 wins and 11 losses. It is not just one game! Huet had his flash in the pan. It’s over. You guys are done like dinner! You have absolutely no defense and very little to be proud of offensively either.

    Did you really think Latendresse was the answer to your woes? The Leafs covet Latendresse for the next fifteen years??? I think not. We have former Hab, Darcy Tucker, on our side, and plenty of real, established talent. After tonight’s game, the Habs will be 0-2, and the “slow” Leafs will have their first of many wins against Montreal this year. I am sure that tomorrow you will be pulling a bunch of new excuses out of the bag, rehashing the glory days and talking about how many cups Montreal once won once upon a time. A Leafs’ win tonight is virtually guaranteed.

    Bonne chance.

  5. #5 Leaf's fan says:
    October 7, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    PS. Check out Chad Kilger tonight. Heard of him? Maybe, he can give Latendresse a few pointers.

  6. The Canadiens will be hungrier than the Leafs tonight, and, um, they are also much better, so they will win. 5-2 sounded like a sensible prediction.

    Buffalo I think will reach the stanley cup finals this year. That is, if they can get past the habs in the post-season.

  7. #7 chitownhabsfan says:
    October 7, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    Blowing a two goal lead three times in one game is a bit much for this disappointed Habs fan. It seems to be a carry-over from last year when they repeatedly did the same thing. One would think the Habs would learn how to get the puck out of their end in a more effective manner??

    How many times is this to be repeated this season? Habs are 1-0 already!!

    I personally don’t have confidence in the Habs during the last five minutes of a game if they are up by one goal.

    Buffalo’s repeated penalties during the third period should have afforded Les Habs the opportunity to salt away the game, didn’t do it.

    Go ahead, prove me wrong in the next fifteen games, I will be monitoring more closely to prove my theory valid or invalid and during that period, I will be in attendance at the Chicago game.

    Go Habs Go

  8. Sure Leaf fan, sure! Why don’t you go count your Stanley Cups, blowhard! Your lame ass Leafs get one win under their belt and you get cocky? You guys have exactly what you deserve. I’d go on, but it’s hard to make a point with those with little rationale – and you’ve already exposed yourself as stupid!

  9. #9 Jack Tornton says:
    October 7, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    Leaf’s fan:

    You better stick with your kilger and Darcy…’Cause you won’t and will neever see a player of Latendresse caliber on your team. As I alway’s said the leafs are all about dreams that never fulfils! You guys are “SO” proud of Kilger…hahah he did perform these kinda performances in Montreal too, but there is a problem he never keeps these performances. For some reasons he always give up. Man I give you a friendly advice never depend on him.Lol! You just don’t understand how much everyone in this site laughs on you lol! What happened when you guys lost the first game??*Every single Leaf fan was quiet and just after you guys won the first game you come and pester the Habs site. Therefore if I understand you consider our team as an example.

  10. Jeez Reality Check don’t you know the laffs have been talking like that since 67.Just don’t know any better:=)

  11. #11 Habs#1 says:
    October 7, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    Hey Leafs Fan, your brain and thought process is just about is slow as your defense.

    Hal Gill: 2.1 million? Yeah okay. Did you see Chris Neal burn him last week. His foot speed is worse than an offensive lineman’s. The Habs offense will leave him choking on their ice chips.

    Pavel Kubina: 5 MILLION!?!?$%#&@!%^? JFJ should be put in a Mental Institution! So your paying him 1 million for each goal he scores? He’s also a real rocket!

    McCabe: This guy is even more overrated than Tom Cruise. Did he score a goal after the Olympics? This guy gives it(the puck) up more than a drunk cheerleader on Spring Break.

    The entire Leafs offense: Let’s see, who can score on this team against a good team? Sundin, Sundin, Sundin. Oh, did I mention Sundin. Kilger is the most inconsistent piece of garbage on earth, Tucker is the dirtiest slimeball on the planet, next to Bertuzzi, and all of your ‘up and coming young players’ will be career second to third liners. Man are Wellwood and Ponikerovski going to suck when Sundin leaves to go to a real contendre.

    And the Habs have made Raycroft their bitch since that playoff series 3 years ago.

  12. #12 PACTUM SERVA says:
    October 7, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    Why bother giving him attention .Thats what he is looking for to get a rise out of us.He is a perfect example of what happens when your parents are first cousins

  13. #13 t8ter says:
    October 7, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    The Leafs are just running on adenelin after they lost there brightest star Domi. It’s back to the bad old years soon enough. As far as Kilger comparisons to Latendresse, one is just starting his career and the other is just about done. Why do the Leafs crave to be Montreals farm team???? Kilger, Tucker…..

    GO HABS!!!!!!

  14. #14 Gigolo says:
    October 7, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    Leafs suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!They aint playin and canadiens aint proven themselves.WTF????@@##$$%%^^&*&*

  15. Yup.. we won.

  16. Though I think Montreal played disorganized and sloppy and couldn’t get things going for most of the game. It was enough to hand the leafs their second straight home loss of course. This team has the potential to play a lot better. The habs have the potential to be a top team in the league and their job for the next few months is to try to realize that potential in practice. By December every line should be springing out like sharks all over the place.
    The line with the most unrealized potential is Samsonov-Plekanec-Kovalev. They gotta concentrate on getting things going. Get back to the basics, as they say, and only then get fancy.

  17. #17 CH fan1 says:
    October 7, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    well Leaf’s fan. the habs played a horrible game, but still won! Leafs ouplayed and out skated us, and we still won. what does that say about Toronto?To is a man team-Sundin!If we ever get our other 2 lines going, look out. Imagine if we had skated, we would have blown leafs right out of this building!I don’t know what’s happening to Samsanov. He’s invisible. I hope he’s not going to be another Bonk story. You know. Sign for alot of money, and do nothing. He did nothing in the playoffs last year with Edmonton, and so far, he doesn’t look very good. I love Higgins, Ryder and Koivu, but we can’t survive with just 1 line scoring. Concerned about our D. I noticed on the game tonight, when leafs were on the powerplay, we don’t challenge them enough, and not enough checking on our part. they were allowed to control the puck too much in our end zone. Tighten up the D guys!But I always feel better when we beat the over confident, no talent, slow skating leafs!Habs reign supreme!

  18. #18 Leaf's fan says:
    October 8, 2006 at 1:22 am

    Guys:

    You have one thing correct. The Habs did play a horrible game. Lucky win for your guys, for sure! Aebischer was the difference though. Had it been Huet in nets on that 4-3 man advantage, that game was over! In OT, what were the shots? 6-1 in favor of Toronto, was it? Toronto hit two posts in the shootout. You cannot get lucky like that for ever, boys. It’s good that you have a few former Leafs on your team like Mike Johnson to show your complete drifters how to actually play hockey. The rematch is set for October 28, and after that game, I am still wondering what the fuss is about Latendresse. Is he a benchwarming specialist or something?

  19. #19 Leaf's fan says:
    October 8, 2006 at 2:27 am

    Razz:

    When you say “springing out like sharks,” are you referring to your great d-man, Patrick Traverse? HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. Great acquisition from San Jose there! I’ll be back on October 29 to remind your guys who the better team is! Later, loser dudes!

  20. Ignore the children(laffs) guys…nothing they say is worth shit and shineola. Montreal was tired last night and had a rough loss to Sabres. This team will improve and for me it is GREAT to see Aebischer do well. Nice to have TWO number one goal tenders.

  21. #21 PACTUM SERVA says:
    October 8, 2006 at 7:55 am

    What do you expect from a leaf fan hahaha.Comming on other blogs to try a make people mad.NO TEAM, NO LIFE, NO GIRLFRIEND GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  22. Leafs fans are a joke. HOlding on to any grain of salt. Its been so long since they have tasted victory. WIll they ever taste it again? Probably not. I love it when the Leafs fans squel like little pigs. HAHA making fun on Latendresse, go ahead, how about Suglobuffs. Stajan is a peice of crap. Figures he would score last night, he is Shiet.

    The habs were off their game and were quite tired, I think that was proved by our lazy penalties. BUt still even though they were tired you could see the difference in the skill and talent levels of the two teams. THe habs have obvious creativity which is amazing to watch. The Leafs are a blue collared, lunch pale gang. Don Cherry would make a great coach of this team. HAHA. Anyways come and squel you poor losers for it makes it feel that much better. 7 more wins to enojoy Habs fans.

  23. 1967, two years before man landed on the moon.

    Pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THey are a disgrace to all Torontonians.

  24. #24 Jimbo says:
    October 8, 2006 at 8:43 am

    So, the Leafs played great, their goalie was the second star and they still lose. All’s well in Toronto Nation. Can you imagine what these guys would do if they won?
    Oh, funny episode. After Komisarek planted Tucker, Tucker gets up looks around (no doubt hoping it was Koivu or Kovalev so that he could play tough guy)spots Komisarek and skates meekly to the bench. Sudden fatigue eh Darce?

  25. #25 Leaf's fan says:
    October 8, 2006 at 10:14 am

    This is it! My last comments until we win on October 28! You guys really don’t deserve my time. “Habs” do you really think that the Canadiens have only “7 more wins to enjoy” this year? That should make their record 8W-74L. You are probably on to something, but I think that you might be being a little harsh on your own team there!

    Which game were you guys watching? Toronto out-shot, out-played and out- hustled the Habs, and yes, you could “see the difference in the skill and talent levels of the two teams,” but thanks to a hot goalie and a couple goal posts, the Habs still won! We had not expected Aebischer; we had been hoping for “Shoot high” Huet!

    Komi’s hit on Tucker??? Why doesn’t he pick on someone his own size like Hal Gill, for instance. We’ll just take his number, and sort that issue out later in the season.

    As I said before, guys, good luck this season because you are really going to need it. With Patrick Traverse and the rest of the “sharks” flailing about on the ice like fish out of water, it should be an entertaining year for us Leaf fans to watch your pathetic team while you guys are still singing “Glory days!”

    CH fan1 made the comment that “TO is a man team.” What does that make the Canadiens, a woman team? It does make sense somehow.

    Sorry, about my comments about Latendresse. He actually seems to be doing a great job polishing the bench with his as#!

    So until October 29, I’ll NANANANA NANANANA SAAAAYYYYYYYY GOOD BYE.

  26. #26 Herby says:
    October 8, 2006 at 10:39 am

    Gee, Leafsfan has left, we’ll miss him. He sure did take on Latenderesse, calling a 19 year old in his third game a bust. Good comment Leafsfan, the kid was 21 years pre-birth the last time the Leafs won the Cup.
    Komi burying Tucker- “pick on someone your own size”: very weak. Hal Gill? by watching him last night I thought he had retired. It would be like hitting a telephone pole (the pole might score more goals).

    Saw Harry Neale after the game- tears still welling in his eyes.
    Outplayed, regulation time shots 32-32; out-hustled (guess he missed McCabe and Allison). Forgot one thing, the score. You Leafs always win the subjective games but the objective score says it all. WE WIN

  27. #27 CH fan1 says:
    October 8, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Actually, leafs fan, I misspelled a word. I meant Toronto ia 1 man team. That is, they only have 1 decent player, Sundin!If he doesn’t score, they get shutout!Also. Traverse is in the minors! Unlike Toronto, we don’t keep lousy players on our roster. we send them to the minors!Just wait till we play our game. Toronto fans will be crying all the way back to leaf land, or should I say griefland. that’s what you leaf fans will have, because THERE IS NO WAY THE LEAFS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!

  28. #28 PACTUM SERVA says:
    October 8, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    JIMBO that is the funniest thing i have heard in a long time lol great post.What a hit lol

  29. #29 PACTUM SERVA says:
    October 8, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    Remember the hype of past goalies the leafs had like alan bester and peter ing well i hate to tell ya leaf fan but pogge is gonna follow in their footsteps.To bad you guys gave up a future star (tuka rask) for a second rate goalie. Great move johnny boy you loser hahahahahaha

  30. The Leafs fans know nothing about hockey. This particular loser comes to our blog and has little to say about his own team, so he gets all worked up on ours. Nothing he says makes an ounce of sense. It’s little wonder why various Toronto GM’s have been able to yank the wool over their own fans eyes for 40 years. The Leafs stumble incompetantly and their fans buy it and put up with it. While the Habs are building a team, the Leafs continue to tread water. They are the same tired joke they always have been and their fans are ill equiped mentally to defend them. Leaf fan won’t respond to me, because he is unarmed with any logical explanation to back up whatever argument he has. His opinions are in fact worthless as it is difficult to make a point when their is no point to make. Saying we are lucky because the Leafs hit a bunch of goalposts is the psyche of a blank mind. A hit goalpost is a shot that wasn’t good enough to go in! The fact that our team plays a bad game game and still beats his team at their best likely rattles him to no end. They should stick to picking on the Senators, at least they have some slight edge there. To come and diss the team with the most astute fans and the most Cups wins is simply asking to get pummelled. He won’t bring up his teams weaknesses much, he knows we know his team better than he does. What a loser!

  31. #31 Habs#1 says:
    October 8, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    Montreal’s defence continues to gel and Janne is getting more comfortable and that’s a good thing.

    The first line has picked up where it left but the second line needs to continue to gel, however they were better last night than on friday (Does Kovalev practice hitting the crossbar in practice or something?). If they can get both lines clikng at the same time they will battle Ottawa for second in the division.

    How? Simple. Ottawa took a bigger step backward than I thought they did. They’re missing Havlat a whole bunch right now. And Alfredson sucks right now. They booed him everytime he touched the puck in the 6-0 loss at the end of the game.

    And finally, this may go unnoticed but how about the third line last night. They did pretty darn well. Johnson scores the tying goal, Perezhogin started to show his 1rst round draft pick ability, he just needs to become more consistent and he even through his body around consistently!. And I never thought I’d say this, but Bonk looked okay. He didn’t hinder that line, he’s kept up with them, he’s been good in his own end and he’s even created some offensive chances. Maybe Hell has frozen over.

    Gotta love that Komisarek. NEXT SCOTT STEVENS!!!!!! Gotta Believe!

  32. #32 snake says:
    October 8, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    Oh poor leafs fan. He is feeling unbearable angony already. It will be a long winter for that dude. That guy needs to find a chick, if that interests him!

    Anyways I remember those days when I would feel a need to put down other teams so I can feel better abou tmy team. Thank goodness those days are done. I can finally be proud once agian to be a Habs fan. Ive also noticed that alot of the older habs fans are starting to come out of Hibernation due to the skill of this years team. GO habs.

  33. #33 snake says:
    October 8, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    Does anyone know where to buy one of those “Leafs suck” shirts that Ottawa fans always wear. I cant find them, they are always sold out. I was in Ottawa in July and stopped by a sports store on Bank st and the teller told me they are always sold the same day they get them in, they cant get enough.

  34. #34 Stajan a Marly for life says:
    October 8, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    I have a strange feeling we wont be hearing from that Leafs fan on the 29th. He wil probably not come on until the Leafs next win sometime in November(when do the play the islanders?) But yeah all honesty it hurts to see someone in so much pain like that fellow, he obviously is going through some kind of depression. Maybe he went psychotic? OH well who cares but snake I think you are right about him needing a chick, poor guy probably weeps in his parents basement all night.

  35. Hey snake a habs fan for over 40 years have not been in hibernation. My friends will attest to that…Win or loose I am still a winner with a CLASS team.

  36. #36 Jack Tornton says:
    October 8, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    Did we win “LEAF FAN”???
    What the f***??
    You’re still arguing ’bout the game? I guess some people never learn…..
    But you know what? Well I’ll be honest. I admit that the leafs did get better.But that’s a good news to us! Atleast we now have a team to compete against in our division except for Buffalo(lucky butts)who always win by luck, but trust me Montreal will win the division title.
    Just a quick reminder…What hapenned to Ottawa? All summer long they kept on losing their top players and now they’re unfortunately stuck with grabage except for Spettz-Heatz and reddz

  37. #37 Jack Tornton says:
    October 9, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    Toronto drops the puck in 7 minutes…Where’s “Leaf Fan”?

  38. I’ll keep being positive but that Buffalo game is typical of the latest version of the Canadiens…just enough to give an aroma but still lacking substance…There is a definite need for some players to step up and shine. Kovalev is not…Ryder seems to be there now but somehow fizzles out when the playoffs are calling. Plekanec and Perezhogin still need to be more focused( more experience will help)…Higgins shows promise and Begin and some of the others were just there…on one of the Leaf goals all the Canadiens were pylons and just watching the play…this is where they have to take a man each and stay with them…not the chicken without their heads play…no wonder they blow a 4-2 lead to Buffalo and then lose it in the shootout. Just the same, I am hoping for better team play and for some of the players to step up to the challenge and exert effort and shine. That’s leadership and ‘heart’…something that Buffalo seems to have found. Go Habs Go!

  39. #39 Jack Tornton says:
    October 9, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    Leaf fan is probably running naked by this time in the streets.Congrats Leaf fan for having beaten a team that was smoked 6-0 I think by Atlanta.

  40. #40 t8ter says:
    October 9, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    Remember all we have Carbo, Muller, and Jarvis behind the bench. Give them some time and I am certain they will really start to fit. Buffalo have basically the same team as last year and Toronto do have the same team because they can’t trade with anyone . Old”MANS” team is what I think was meant.

    GO HABS!!!!!

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