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Habs and Sabres: 4 games left

  • The Habs play the Sabres tonight at the Bell Center in another crucial game.
    8 possible points left up for grabs for the Canadiens.
    Finshing anywhere from 6th-11th is possible, every point more important than the last.

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  1. #1 Habs#1 says:
    April 1, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    ha ha ha ha. The leafs can jump ahead of the Habs and all they can muster up is a pathetic 7-2 loss to NYR. Terrible. Just goes to show that the Habs and even the Canes want it more then T.O. does. And you want to know why Mats Sundin always dissapears at crunch time? Because he doesn’t care about winning. Why else would he want to stick around in Toronto?

    Two goals. and assist and beating up Darcy Tucker. I’m actually starting to like Sean Avery. That was the best move Glenn Sather has made at the deadline since his Oilers days. Did you know he had the choice between Balej, Hainsey, Hossa and Pleks in the Kovalev deal in 2004? And he took Balej.

  2. #2 R habs 4 real says:
    April 1, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Yeah, I kind of wished we had picked up Avery. But I think Lapierre could end up being that type of player, except he’s a bit smaller than Avery.
    anyone out there worried about our game vs NYR? Rangers looked real good, and skating hard. What are our chances against them? You know we have to come out of that game with at least 1 point, otherwise leafs could end our season on Thursday. All these stressful games are causing my vertigo to come back. Yeah, I’m feeling dizzy again. Can’t we have an easy game. I’m tired of these nail biters. At least we know, 1 way or another, it will be over by Saturday.

  3. I’m more worried about the last game vs the Laff’s, cause if it goes down to the wire,all those Laff comments about that crap team and there zombie fans mite come back to nip us,lol

  4. #4 Joseph says:
    April 1, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    Sundin forgot how to score goals.

  5. R habs,Sean Avery is only 5′ 9″,he plays big though,but is toast if he brings it to the game Thursday ,the Habs aren’t intimidated by him ,they know to keep him in check .He is quite the spark plug ,I’ll give him that !

  6. #6 Joseph says:
    April 2, 2007 at 2:16 am

    McCabe was a -5 against the Rangers. Holy hell.

  7. #7 nigelski says:
    April 2, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Hey Habs#1…(post 51) he’s not the only Ranger who took ballet. Nylander, Straka, Prucha, Hossa—they all can dance out there, but are about as physical as figure skaters…

    2 wins coupled with one loss in the next 2 for the leafs, and that last game’ll mean nothing: to the leafs at least. Boston game is very winnable, and we can beat the NYR as well. In recent seasons, we’ve owned them. Let’s hope that trend continues…

  8. #8 Joshtm says:
    April 2, 2007 at 10:22 am

    I loved the way the national media took TO’s win, like as if they had a chance, and then the way they all but did not report that Montreal had the last spot.

    Of course what happened to the Laffs could also happen to the habs. If Koivu and the vets decide to play lazy we could easily end up being overtaken either by the laff or the rangers, however mathematically and in morale, it seems impossible for not even little Koivu and maybe even Johnson not to be swept up by the emotion and play like their salary depends on it.

  9. #9 Joshtm says:
    April 2, 2007 at 10:26 am

    The icing on the cake was the tone of voice and disbelief at TSN when the laffs lost by so much yesterday!

  10. #10 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    April 2, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Why did Koivu & Ryder’s line only play 13 shifts for 11:06 of ice time against Buffalo. They scored two goals between them. “There was no particular message I was sending with this decision,” head coach Guy Carbonneau said. “The Sabres decided to play with three lines and I was able to get the matchups I wanted.”

    What in the hell was that. What is Carbo up to now. Why bench his one of his top lines. Does he really know what he is doing? I don’t know……

    As far as I am concerned that was a very stupid move. There are players on that team that should be benched. Those two were not two of them.

  11. #11 Joshtm says:
    April 2, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I agree, but I think it was to punish them for the lacklustre play of the other night more like. I think the message was loud and clear. Especially to the agents of Koivu and Ryder, if you want to keep getting the big bucks score.

  12. #12 Joshtm says:
    April 2, 2007 at 10:58 am

    After all it is largely Koivu and Ryder on top of Huet and Dandenault’s lacklustre play that got us where we are, oh yes we can’t forget Rivet’s flu and Kovalev’s elbow, and the whole other retinue of excuses for the habs lacklustre play, LaPresse, the taxman, overdemanding fans and of course, because Celine Dion was not there to sing the national anthem, did I forget any more excuses? Oh yes, the anglo bigots who complain about every other little thing, like Bettman’s conspiracy to destroy the habs…etc…

  13. #13 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    April 2, 2007 at 11:13 am

    If it is because of their not so good play. Why were they not benched before, They have been on a roll as of late.

  14. #14 Joshtm says:
    April 2, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Leave it to Guy Carboneau to be like the old French Army of old, blame after the game, arbitary though it may be. He did the same to the rookies early in the year and got us into a slump. It is sad when the coach is totally out of touch of reality. It is true what one blogger early this year had to say. Gainey and Carboneau see a totally different game than we do, they are out to lunch, never have returned from that Helicopter Charter over Montreal…when will they get down to earth and realize, hey you need the rookies?

  15. #15 Joshtm says:
    April 2, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Earth calling Bob Gainey, Earth calling Bob Gainey, over……bench Dandenault…bench Dandenault and Ninnima….over…

  16. #16 Joshtm says:
    April 2, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Anyone know of any psychic who can reach into that other netherworld where Gainey and Carboneau live in, so we can beam them real actual play by plays from previous games showing Bouillon or Dandenault working against the habs? You know where they give away the puck and help screen the habs goalie?

  17. #17 R habs 4 real says:
    April 2, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    I don’t understand why Dandenault plays when Georges is available. Isn’t that the reason we obtained Georges? And please get Bouillon out of the lineup. Dandenault and Bouillon are absolutely horrible! And their minus rating proves it. The reason why Koivu’s ice time was limited, was because he has a very bad minus rating, and on Friday vs Ottawa, he was on the ice for 4 Ottawa goals! He is lousy defensively this year! He really should be on the 4th line. Was anyone aware that Koivu has never scored more than 21 goals in a season? That’s pathetic! And he’s on our 1st line? During the offseason we need to address that problem, and get a bonafide 1st line, with real snipers, because our 1st line is a joke. Koivu-20 goals, Higgins-20 goals, Ryder-27 goals.
    Only 1 good goal scorer on the line, just won’t cut it!
    And please revamp the D!

  18. #18 smiler2729 says:
    April 2, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Breaking news! Canadiens fire coach guy Carbonneau!!!
    Just kidding josh, the Devils fired Claude Julien cuz they’re stupid.

  19. #19 Joshtm says:
    April 2, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Carboneau just loves the heck outta Dandenault and Bouillon, honestly! I don’t know why. But never mind Koivu being bad defensively, if Dandenault or Bouillon could get assists in all of the Canadian’s losses, they would beat Koivu’s assist record! Honestly. By assists I mean where Dandenault or Bouillon basically stop the play, pass the puck to the other team and they score! How many times do we see that? Or how Dandenault or Bouillon screen our goalie! And Carbo loves them?

  20. #20 Joshtm says:
    April 2, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Never mind them for now, what we could use is better D-men like Chippy and Grabby and even D’Agostini, these rookies are great with Milroy and Lapierre and Lats. The whole gang of them had the media wondering if Carbo was a great coach, then Carbo had to go and ship them down. For all you hall monitors out there, the principal has called you into detention cause you are all too busy brown nosing Gainey and making excuses as to why we can’t use our rookies! Look to the other teams who have exclusively used rookies!

  21. #21 R habs 4 real says:
    April 2, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    I think Carbo loves Dandenault and Bouillon because they’re french canadien. If they were european, they’re gone! Yeah, I believe the Kovalev story to the russian paper, saying carbo loves his own frenchies, and hates Euros.

  22. #22 Mark loves the Habs says:
    April 2, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Guys-food for thought. If the Rangers beat the Isles tomorrow night than the Rangers are in. Which would make it easier for the Habs to beat the Rangers Thursday night.

  23. #23 R habs 4 real says:
    April 2, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    It would make it easier for the habs, provided they decide to play their backup goalie, Valiquette, not play as hard. Here’s another scenario: NYR wins tomorrow, lose to habs, and lose to Pitt, combined with a habs win vs Boston and the leafs, leaves NYR 1 point behind the habs. I doubt NYR will win their final game in Pitt, but we MUST WIN IN BOTH NY AND TORONTO. Tough task for us. We need NYI to beat the leafs on Thursday, tho chances of that happening, are slim due to NYI bad goaltending, and pretty much being out of the playoff chase.

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