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Game 4: Habs/Caps

  • A short post today because the scenario is very simple. Win and there is new life in the series. Lose and start packing your bags because there isn’t a person who watches hockey who would lay down dollars that the Canadiens can come back from 3-1 in this series.

    Puck drops just after 7. Price will have to be huge, and for god sakes keep the pressure and forecheck going.

    Go Habs Go!!!!

  1. #1 Donnie says:
    April 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    As a whole we had a good series. The majority of our guys played above and beyond what I was expecting. We held Wash in check for most of this series, and with a couple of horrible plays by a D-man who shall remain unamed, we’re out.
    Was a losing battle from the get-go I think. Wash is so powerful that they can barely even play hard, like last night, and still win the game by 3….and on the flip-side, we are playing as good as we can, and 1 or 2 mistakes lead to a 3 goal outburst from them. Thats a bad combination.
    Good signs for next year IF, and only IF we upgrade our D-line in a couple of spots to a 21st century D-line. The old, slow, soft overpaid guys have to go as quickly as possible. Mobility and skill is whats its about now.
    I still cant figure why Hamrlik kept getting PP time after not 1, but 2, game costing blunders. He’s slow, not highly skilled, and its not evn like he filling the net on the PP. I’d rather see Gorges…at least he has a half-decent set of legs. Too bad it came down to losing this way though. We’re doing a good job on OV and could be up 3-1…but thats it I guess. The 2 guys involved with this team that I dispise having there the most….the 2 guys I have been badmouthing all year…..finally cost us big in the playoffs…..Martin and Hamrlik.
    No sense saying anymore I guess…let the powers-that-be keep running this team this way and lets see how long it takes to make a run at the cup again.
    As glorious as they are…..we have to forget, for a while, the years gone by and what this squad accomplished. And we have to build a winner again, based on 21st century criteria. We getting left behind it the building process by other teams cuz we are still hanging on to our past achievements and trying to ride on those laurels. Stop trying to build a team based on how teams were built in the 60’s and 70’s.
    We are less than average in a few areas on this team, and it seems it cant be dealt with or properly solved. How I wish for a winner again, and for a team and fans who are not satisfied to scrape into the playoffs every year, just to get bounced in the first round, and call it a success. This team has taken a long hard fall from grace, and the question is, well we ever see the top of the mountain again?
    Need changes and need em now. Stop calling 8th good enough, and management…..stop hiring coaches and picking up players based on how their last name is pronounced. 30 teams now…not 20 or 6…alot more competition….other teams are adjusting and we can’t. Do something soon so we are still not talking like this in 2020…please. Later guys.

  2. #2 rocky says:
    April 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Bravo Donnie. That needed saying. You should dedicate that to the two-hundred, plus saps who voted this team as better than last year.

  3. #3 Mats Naslund says:
    April 23, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Good post Donnie. I think you captured the mood of most fans these days. You have to respect the fight that we’ve seen from our guys (which was largely our biggest complaint all season). Who knows what may have changed if Montreal had been able to hold on for 90 seconds at the end of game 2. Coming back to the Bell Centre with a 2-0 lead may have set the Caps in panic mode.. or not.. we’ll never know. Fact is our biggest problems going into the playoffs are the exact things that have sunk us in the post season.

    I can understand your frustration Rocky, but what exactly makes last year’s version better? (I acknowledge that there was no option for “meh.. more of the same” which probably would have evened things out. I’m not trying to start crap here but what criteria would make this year’s version worse?

    The Habs got marginally younger up front, with marginal improvements in points (with injuries taken into consideration). Plex was better than himself, AK46 was worse. Halak was better, Carey was worse (as far as record). Defensively we got rid of Breezer, and O’B stepped up (sorta), but still struggled with below average speed and physicality.

    We got rid of one bad coach and replaced him with a more experienced one who most deem equally as bad. From my perspective, even though the team underwent a massive overhaul the results are pretty well a push.

    The one small positive is that the corps of guys who will be here next year will have familiarity to build upon. Not that my expectations are set very high..

  4. #4 rocky says:
    April 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Points Mats, look at the point total and win total, goals for and against. The picture is nothing but clear. This team is CERTAINLY not better and that was the question IS THE TEAM BETTER!!! IT IS NOT!!!!!

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