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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.

73 Comments
  1. #1 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Tonight will be their toughest challenge of the remaining four, obviously. If they come out with a determination to win, match the Sabres speed and skill, and get solid goaltending, they’ll prevail. Anything short of that might put them in big trouble in a hurry.

  2. Lately the Habs have started like an old engine in the throes of winter. No matter how well they match up against the Sabres (and they do), giving up two early goals would seal their fate. The same goes for too many penalties.

    I’m looking for an inspired start leading to a tie game going into the third. Then get ready for some nail-biting action. I predict an OT loss tonight, but crossing my fingers for an all-out win. With the game at home, hopefully my prediction will prove to be pessimistic!

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!

  3. #3 nigelski says:
    March 31, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    If they start the game like they have been, this game is already over. Buffalo can roll four fast lines that can all hurt you. It would be nice to see a team wide 60 minute effort tonight, but there doesn’t seem to be much reason to hope for that, given their track record. They seem to not even try until the first is over. If they play that way tonight…

    I also really hope that Abeischer isn’t thrown in there tonight, or it won’t matter how we play. That sieve will have a hard time earning a contract this off season, won’t he?

    Pittsburgh should smoke the leafs tonight. They’ve whupped ‘em a couple of times this year, and Crosby almost seems to have a hate on for the leafs. Crosby and co., on a national stage, should give us some much needed standings relief. So it’s up to you, guys. Win, and it’ll go a long way in our playoff hunt, cause the leafs aren’t likely to.

  4. #4 nigelski says:
    March 31, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Good. Hockeycentral just reported that Halak is in. I’m breathin’ a sigh of relief…

  5. #5 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    The Habs have to get these points as the Leafs’s schedule becomes comparatively easier after tonight’s game. It could be said that the Rangers are no walk in the park, but I think that Toronto can and will likely beat them. Though I’m hoping that they don’t of course.

    Go Habs! Secure a playoff spot and send the Leafs to the golf course early for the second consecutive season.

  6. #7 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    Come on, guys. I’m stuck watching the Leafs and Penguins as I’m in Toronto, but two shots on goal??? That’s Conklin in there! It’s practically a gift from the Sabres! Blow him out!

  7. #8 Joshtm says:
    March 31, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    I had to laugh, the habs played great when Dandenault was in the p-box. Note to Gainey: watch the replay on the goal after Dandenault went back on the ice after his penalty! Granted it was a killer for Halak, and that was a classic hit the puck outa the air, but hey, it is time to include Dandenault on the not to resign at the end of his contract year along with Abby!

    Once again Pleks and Bonk are the heart of the team. And the rookies just make them look good. They even made Johnson look good, for once Johnson was in the right places at the right time, Gainey musta spiked his booze with Viagra or something….

    I hope that Kovalev manages to shut them down in the third. Oh no, its the killer period for the habs, the third period. Dear God, please don’t let Koivu get a stupid penalty!

    Just when the Rangers and the Laffs are trying their hardest to kick Montreal into the cellar again, if I were Carbo, I would bench Dandenault for the third period. What the hell is this of not playing Gorges!

  8. #9 Joshtm says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    I can’t believe this, Montreal has to learn how to clear the puck out of their own end. This is too scary, I can’t see why Carbo would play Dandenault in the dying seconds!

  9. Back in the saddle ,again !!! Go Habs!!!!!

  10. #11 Joshtm says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Hooray, we put in a nail to end Toronto’s season! Hooray! Take that Bob Cole, Take that Don Cherry, you bastards in the Toronto Media!

  11. #12 nigelski says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Big win tonight. TO game is going to ot in a min. Let’s hope Crosby gets it done, and get some help from the rangers tomorrow too.

  12. #13 R habs 4 real says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Halak let in 2 soft goals. Bring on HUET, PLEASE!

  13. #14 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Another fortunate night for Toronto. Terribault started in goal for Pittsburgh and gave up 4 fairly quickly. He was replaced with Fleury, who has stopped everything.

    They’re going to overtime…

  14. #15 nigelski says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Yeah, it’s delayed cause some one’s doin’ the chicken in the audience. They blew a huge lead, and apparently, one of their fans choked too…

  15. #16 nigelski says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    or had a heart attack, dying of shame…they said he had to be resusitated right there…

  16. #17 Joshtm says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Here’s hoping Crosby puts TO to bed for ever, actually mathematically now, there is no way for TO to come back, take that again Bob Cole and Don Cherry! Maybe we can see some more black and white reruns of the last time the laffs won the cup! HAHAHAHAAA!!

  17. #18 nigelski says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    It disgusts me that the leafs were on all the early games on CBC, except the one that carried the Ottawa game. There is a CBC montreal. Are we not also in a playoff race? What arrogance. That males 2 weeks in a row that they have pre-empted the habs game to show EVERYONE the leafs. I had to watch the game on RDS, cause I’ll be damned if I listen to that sack of sh_t commentator from buffalo.

  18. #19 nigelski says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Even if they lose, they aren’t mathematically eliminated. and they just won…

  19. #20 nigelski says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    srry, “makes” 2 weeks in a row (18)

  20. #21 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Well, many were in agreement that a split this weekend would be a success, and that’s exactly what they got. Further, both Tampa and the Rangers are still very much within reach, and the Isles are playing as if they were elminated a week ago. Another win against Boston and anything is possible.

  21. #22 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Montreal needs the Leafs to lose tomorrow. Badly.

    Fortunately, the Leafs, while turning their home record around as of late, winning 7 in a row there, have also turned their road record around, losing their last 6 in a row. Here’s to New York helping them continue with that trend.

    A bright spot for the Habs is that the Leafs have three less wins than they have. That might prove to be the deciding factor.

    As an aside, if the Flames win 3 of their remaining 5, they’ll become the twelth team to reach 100 points this season. 12th. Gotta love those three-point games.

  22. #23 Joshtm says:
    March 31, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    The point is, on the morale front, the Habs have it now over Toronto. TO is playing hurt and at some point Kaberle or Wellwood are gonna blow a gasket again and be put on the injured reserve. And Sundin is not about to carry the team, he always buckles when the pressure gets too much.

    But the scariest thing is Montreal is not bringing anyone up to face down Antropov! Nor anyone to outmuscle Shanahan, the last few games, where in the past Montreal has buckled under the goons of other teams.

  23. #24 R habs 4 real says:
    March 31, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    Here’s the bottom line. habs need to beat Boston, gain at least 1 point vs Rangers, and beat Toronto in regulation. It’s not likely. Habs WILL miss the playoffs. There’s no way they’re beating both NYR and leafs Not happening!
    Toronto will finish in 8th spot, 1 point ahead of habs. That will very tough for habs to finish out of the playoffs, by 1 point.! But they have nobody to blame but themselves. They will look back at that game last night against the senators. A game in which they did NOT SHOW UP, and their laziness to put in any effort has cost them being the playoffs! They will learn a lesson a very hard way.

  24. #25 Joshtm says:
    March 31, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    If you compare Gorges against Dandenault, Gorges is by far the better. What is Carbo doing playing a d-man who almost single handedly has given Montreal a losing attitude that slid us from fifth down to where we are fighting the miserable laffs?

    Granted Bouillon has been forced to ante up, I think he was told either smarten up or ship out. In fact Dandenault should be on the benching.

    And the scariest part in all of this is, in one of the more crucial games, either against the Rangers or the Laffs, Carbo will pull Halak and play Huet. Huet who sucked before he got hurt, Huet who lost us along with Dandenault and Koivu’s hooking penalties a secure playoff spot.

    And our vets are not consistent. Tonite Koivu was there, but where the hell was he the other night? And why are we not getting any response from Johnson? I thought we got Johnson cause he is some scoring leader at the crucial times. If there was ever a more crucial time, this is it, we need Johnson to not fall over and shoot the puck into the net! Use his size and weight and not be the falling down drunk on the ice!

  25. #26 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    Wow.

    R habs 4 real, are you a seer? Because those are some pretty confident statements. If you are, then we (you too) might as well not bother watching the Habs final three games as we’ll aready be aware of their miserable fate… thanks to your talents. ;-)

    I’ll go about as far as acknowledging that your prediction is a possiblity. That is, I’ll admit that it’s possible that the Habs will lose to both New York and Toronto, and possibly finish in 9th place. But I’ll also acknowledge the possibility that the Habs will defeat New York, Toronto or both and secure themselves a playoff spot. Because I, unlike you, do not have the ability to see into the future, let alone predict the outcomes of NHL games.

    Some fans in Carolina very likely said that there was no way their Canes could lose to the Flyers. And so on.

  26. #27 PACTUM SERVA says:
    April 1, 2007 at 12:20 am

    OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE

  27. #28 R habs 4 real says:
    April 1, 2007 at 12:24 am

    I am psychic!

  28. #29 R habs 4 real says:
    April 1, 2007 at 12:25 am

    I hope we beat NYR and leafs, but you have to admit, it’s unlikely!
    Our road record isn’t good, and they’re fighting as hard as us.
    Anyways, if leafs win tomorrow, it’s not going to happen for us.

  29. #30 R habs 4 real says:
    April 1, 2007 at 12:31 am

    Now is the time we need Dipietro to play for NYI. If only they could beat NYR Tuesday and leafs Thursday, or at least 1 of those games, it would help us tremendously. Do they have any other goalie? Can we lend them Halak? I wish we could. They’re out of the race, so I’m sure they would love to beat their cross town rivals, NYR. Just a thought. We need help from some other team.

  30. #31 PACTUM SERVA says:
    April 1, 2007 at 12:42 am

    We can only cross our fingers and hope.A ranger win tomorrow would top off the weekend nicely.

  31. #32 Joseph says:
    April 1, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Or, the Habs could just win their three remaining games, forcing the Leafs to go 4-0 to earn 8th place. If the Habs are confused with reggard to how to accomplish this, then they should watch the Flames and take notes.

    The good news:

    - The Habs have owned Boston;
    - They’ve recently defeated the Rangers in an important game;
    - And they’ve recently defeated the Leafs in an important game.

    While I wish that they were playing more consistently, I’m not exactly without confidence that they can pull off a 3-game sweep.

    Home and road records mean nothing at this time of year. Calgary had a lousy home record before winning four in a row on the road down the stretch, against VERY good teams. The Leafs have accomplished the same thing at home down the stretch.

    Anyway, with regard to the thought that the Leafs are consistent, no, they’re not. I live in Toronto, I’ve seen the games, and I can tell you that they’ve got lucky on several occasions. They should’ve lost two of their recent wins. Honestly, they should have.

    I guess we’ll see.

  32. #33 Joseph says:
    April 1, 2007 at 1:24 am

    Stupid me. If the Habs win their three remaining games, then the Leafs can’t possibly go 4-0.

  33. #34 nigelski says:
    April 1, 2007 at 8:02 am

    A strong effort last night. It’s what we need for the 3 rremaining games. Anything less will hand it to the hated leafs. It’s too much to ask, but it’d be nice to see a NY sweep of the leafs, where they don’t get a single point. Still, Lundqvist has played pretty well since x-mas, and maybe Dunham can squeeze one more good game out of his sieve frame. That game in hand the leafs have is looming large. So a little help would be great.

    The bonus is, if we have the same # of points at season’s end, we get in based on more wins. Though I’m sure that if the pukes at CBC had their way, they’d institute a rule that says the leafs win every tie-break, regardless of wins, head-to-head records, etc. It truly makes me sick the way they pre-empted the Habs game to show the leafs. Judging by their new contract, it will continue. Which has me emptying my belly even now. Good thing I have Center Ice, or I would see maybe 15 games all year, instead of all of them…

  34. #35 nigelski says:
    April 1, 2007 at 8:05 am

    Also, thanks go out to Lindy Ruff and the Sabres, who obviously want to play us, and not the leafs, in the 1st round. How else do you explain starting Conklin?

  35. #36 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    April 1, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Hey Gang!!! I did not have a chance to get in here yesterday (not that anyone cares for my negative comments anyway). I was painting. No Montreal colours…LOL…

    Good game last night. Living here in Toronto only the Leafs are on tv. I could only listen to the Habs on NHL.com. You will see in the future the only games will be the leafs from coast to coast. This is unfair regardless of the advertising $$$ that the leaf games bring in. Not all 33 million people in Canada are leafs fans. Does CBC know that there are other teams in Cananda besides the Leafs. The Only time that we will see Montreal is in the playoffs, which looks pretty bleek right now. If the Leafs should beat NY. today it could be all over. Yes, I know I said that before and got egg on my face but this is a reallity now. The leafs will be in 8th spot and the Habs will bumped back down into 9th again so this weekend would be a bust. See Toronto got that F_ckin one point aginst Atlanta.

    As of tonight we could be out of the playoffs.

    PLEASE PFOVE ME WRONG HABS……..

  36. Don’t worry Hab Fans,I will now put the curse of the 13 stinky Hoes on the members of the Maple Leafs,……ok its done !Now it is officially over for the extremely itchy Laffs,lol.Not only are they having hygiene problems to the point they can’t concentrate on a bowel movement,but they have a lot of explaining to do too their spouses.

  37. #38 Lucky says:
    April 1, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Gentlemen I just got this hockeutraderumors

    Breaking News: Sundin not playing tonight, back to Sweden!

    According to several sources, Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain Mats Sundin is going back to Sweden to take care of ”important family matters”.

    Still according to sources, not only will Sundin miss tonight’s game against the New York Rangers, but it is apparently questionable whether he’ll be able to be back in time for tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers as well.

    No word yet on the exact reason why Sundin would be heading to Sweden but several rumors have already started to pop-up all over the web so we are asking you to keep this thread clean or else your comment will be deleted.

    Tough loss for the Leafs who are in a crazy race for the 8th and final Playoffs spot.

  38. #39 Lucky says:
    April 1, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    this was the website where I got the Matt Sundin rumor

    http://www.hockeytraderumors.com/

  39. Where did you hear that rumour about Sundin? Is this some April fools joke because if it is, YOU ARE NOT FUNNY AND I AM NOT AMUSED, MORON!! I want the Leafs to lose tonight but please, no jokes here. If Montreal can win their final home game of the season against the Bruins on Tuesday, they will still need some help from some of the other teams. We need some of the other teams we are in contention with like the Rangers and Leafs to lose as well. Come on Leafs, please lose!! You have been doing it for the past 40 years, why not now? Anyways, just my thoughts here.

    Ziman

  40. #41 Joseph says:
    April 1, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    I MUST have been drunk last night… wow.

    One logical sentiment that I did offer, however:

    If Montreal wins their final three games, they’re in. They won’t require help from anyone.

    So that’s what they should do. Simple.

  41. #42 R habs 4 real says:
    April 1, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    That Sundin thing, about him going back to Sweden. It’s just an April Fools day joke. I’m not amused! Hopefully the joke will come next Saturday, when we beat the leafs, and eliminate them from the playoff race!
    Hey, moron who played that Sundin prank, didn’t anyone tell you that April fools day ends always at NOON, April 1st? MORON!
    But the joke will be on the leafs when we beat them next Saturday, and cause them to miss the playoffs!

  42. #43 Gui-Unit says:
    April 1, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    YESS 2-1 RANGERS, DIE MAPLE LEAFS DIE!!

  43. #44 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    April 1, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Carolina just won…

  44. #45 R habs 4 real says:
    April 1, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Carolina shouldn’t have won the game. Florida was leading 3-1 with 8 minutes to go. Then they allowed a shorthanded goal, the Carolina tied it up with a few minutes to go. In overtime Florida was given a penalty, even tho the Canes player took a dive, and Belfour showed the referee the dive motion, and as a result Belfour was given an unsportsman like penalty, on the same play, and with florida 2 men short for 2 minutes, of course Carolina scored, and won the game. trust me, Carolina did NOT DESERVE TO WIN THE GAME! Too bad. we just can’t get any breaks.

  45. #46 Gui-Unit says:
    April 1, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    5-2 RANGERS!!!!

  46. Never,never upset me enough too put the 13 whore curse on you !!! ask the Laff’s, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…………………….

  47. #48 R habs 4 real says:
    April 1, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Hey Tricolor: how about a curse on the leafs for their game Thursday vs NYI.
    I say that, because if by some miracle, the NYI could muster a win against the leafs, (in regulation), and we could beat the NYR, then it wouldn’t matter what happens in our game vs leafs, because we would be tied , and we win the tie breaker, because we have more wins. Come to think of it, on Tuesday and Thursday, put a curse on NYR. I think we could beat them, but our D has to be almost perfect. I just hope we aren’t forced to beat the leafs. That game scares me.

  48. #49 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    April 1, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    I went to TSN.ca to post a comment in the “Your Call” about the Laffs pathetic loss. And guess what. My comments were censored. My comments were not even rude. I guess that the Habs fans can’t say anything about the leafs eh. TSN turns my stomach. But the Laff fans can go in “Your Call” and bash the Habs after a game.

  49. R habs, anything you need bro, GOOOO Habs !!!

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