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Habs and Sens: 5 games left

  • The Canadiens travel down the road to play in Ottawa tonight. A place that hasn’t been so friendly to them as of late.

    The big question is, how long can the Canadiens keep winning? With 5 consecutive wins, they are right in the thick of the race and even a 6th place finish is a possibility.

    On the other hand, an 11th place finish is not too far fetched either.

    How far can they push their current streak? 6 wins? 7 wins? More? You have to believe the Canadiens are aware of their situation, and will be ready to compete. The same way they have in their past five games.

    This weekend will be tough one with Buffalo following tomorrow night in Montreal. A split this weekend and 2/4 points would probably be considered a good weekend.

    But dealing the Senators and Sabres both a loss, would be pretty inspiring and confidence boosting heading into the post season.

94 Comments
  1. Go back to the sh!ttiest town in the country loser.

    I don’t live in Montreal.

  2. #2 OncEaHaB says:
    March 30, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    wow, that was witty… did you have to go to an atlas to figure that one out… I didn’t know they were teaching geography in the first grade… You really must think you’re cool, being able to talk smack on a blog site… crawl home loser

  3. #3 OncEaHaB says:
    March 30, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    “DuffMan, O yeah!!!! DuffMan is thrusting in the Direction of the problem –> Ottawa’s Playoff Record” O Yeah!!!!”

    DuffMan is a ree-tard, O yeah!

  4. OOps

  5. #5 Joseph says:
    March 30, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Predictable starts, yes. But they’ve shown up for some pretty important games lately, hence the 5-0 run, and 7 of the last 8.

    I think tomorrow’s game will probably decide their season. If they win, they’re in. If they lose, they’re hanging on by a thread.

  6. #6 R habs 4 real says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    For all you Souray lovers, you can thank him for Ottawa’s 4th and deciding goal! So thank you Souray, for being THE WORST DEFENCEMAN IN THE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!! I only pray to god he won’t return next year! And he can take shitty Bouillon and Dandenault with him! They are by far the WORST D MEN IN THE LEAGUE! And those who don’t like the negativity,: MAYBE IF THE HABS SHOWED UP FOR ONCE IN 1ST PERIODS, WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO VENT OUR FRUSTRATIONS AT THIS UNDERACHIEVING LAZY PLAYERS! The scoreboard says it all!!!!
    Enjoy the golf, habs! That’s all you care about!

  7. #7 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    OncEaHaB:

    When you are getting paid millions of $$$ a year, YES they should come out on fire every night.

    Good game Emery you played good. I give credit where credit is due. Montreal had enough chances to get a few goals tonight.

    Again, the goals on Halak he had not much of a chance on tonight. Boy our D-Men are good aren’t they. They are pathetic. Even win they won they sucked.

    Mark my words the Habs will go into a slump again. Some one prove me wrong.

    Say what you like about the Leafs, at least when they lost they got a point.

  8. #8 R habs 4 real says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    In the offseason, Gainey better go and get some D men, or same thing will happen next year!

  9. That’s ok boys, win tomorrow and all is good, on worries. Two goalpost stop us today,thats all. DID MUFF SAY POOPS ?

  10. #10 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Joseph:
    Posted on March 30th, 2007 at 9:59 pm. About ‘Habs and Sens: 5 games left’.

    Predictable starts, yes. But they’ve shown up for some pretty important games lately, hence the 5-0 run, and 7 of the last 8.

    I think tomorrow’s game will probably decide their season. If they win, they’re in. If they lose, they’re hanging on by a thread.

    They won one maybe important game. If tomorrow’s game will decide thier season then the season is over.

    Tonight was the most important game and they blew it. They will go on a loosing streak now.

    OUR DEFENCE IS F_CKING PATHETIC.

    We have no right to make fun of the Leaf Fans. We are supporting a shitty Ass team as well. Actually the Leafs show more guts than us. The Leafs deserve to make the playoffs more than the Habs do.

    I hope my predictions are wrong. But I am so tired of this. I really am. I have no fight left.

    The fans loose not the players. The fans have the heart notn the players.

  11. #11 Joseph says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    No, McCabe is the worst defensemen in the league. But that’s of minor importance.

    What’s of greater importance is that both are defensemen for the two teams that will very likely be battling it out for the eighth and final playoff spot. With the Canes and Isles all but dead, it appears that Toronto is the team that stands between the Habs and a post season, and it also appears that the Leafs are the far more consistent team right now.

    That final game in Toronto is going to be bigger than I had hoped it would be. Shit.

  12. #12 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    It’s over boys. Mark my words. They won their 5 in a row. They were lucky to do that. Bash me if you want. I don’t give a flying f_ck.

    “To the Ottawa and Leaf Fans that I made fun of I am sorry”.

    Habs fans have no right to bash anyother fans cause we are no better ourselves.

  13. #13 Joseph says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    CANADIENS-DAWG:

    I have every right to make fun of Leafs fans, regardless of whether their team is better than ours this season. They are some of the most pretentious fans I’ve come across, and unjustifiably so considering the 40-year draught and overpriced seats. Leas fans = hopelessly loyal suckers, as far as I’m concerned.

    As to the Habs, I actually stated that their season was over more than two weeks ago. So the recent surge has been nothing short of a pleasant surprise. If they fall short, then they accomplish what I had expected – no surprises. If they prove everyone wrong and get the eighth spot, then I’m thrilled.

  14. #14 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    The way we are going it will be the same for us. The Habs fans and the Leaf fans are both tared with the same brush. We are both pathetic.

  15. Thanks for the fun tonight guys.I was hoping you won the game tonight so the Leafs would be out.I will be cheering for you from here on in.GO HABS GO!!!! Leafs Suck!!!!1….so do you but win anyways.

  16. #16 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    I don’t know why I embarass myself by prasing the Habs.

  17. #17 R habs 4 real says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    here’s the probable finish; NYR-8th place, TB-7th place, TORONTO-8th place!
    HABS IN THE TRASH WHERE THEY BELONG! (especially their Dmen)!
    How can a team win without a defence, and without effort, heart and desire?
    We have NONE OF THOSE INGREDIENTS! Gainey has his work cut out for him!
    Like I always say, : ” If you put in the effort, play 60 minutes, and give 100% effort,” then I can take the loss. But when there’s NO EFFORT, NO HEART, NO DESIRE! That really really upsets me.
    KOVALEV said:” I’m going to take this team on my back to win”! KOVALEV was INVISIBLE TONIGHT! Have you noticed, that when Kovalev is a no show(most of the year), then we lose. That proves my point, that KOVALEV IS TRULY A CANCER ON THIS TEAM! He needs to go, and so does Koivu,(too small and doesn’t score enough). This team is mediocre at best.
    TORONTO IS MUCH BETTER THAN US AND SHOWS UP FOR EVERY GAME, AND PLAYS WITH HEART! I have to give them alot of credit. We shouldn’t make fun of them, because they’re the team who will make the playoffs, NOT US!

  18. #18 Joseph says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    So, with the Leafs and Rangers both taking 8th spot, does that mean that 6th will be open for the Habs? Is 6th the trash spot? ;-)

  19. #19 R habs 4 real says:
    March 30, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Sorry, I meant NYR will take 6th spot!
    We get the bobby prize, for the worst defensive team, and the most HEARTLESS team! We’ll finish in 10th place!

  20. #20 Joshtm says:
    March 30, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Once again, the vets let us down. Koivu didn’t complete half of his passes, and he coughed up the puck for one of the goals that we blamed Souray for. Come to think of it, Koivu set up at least 10 of Ottawa’s shots tonite.

    Dandenault played his usual self, the man hasn’t completed a pass in a game in what, well since the juniors I bet, I’m talking triple A. Honestly, how he got on the team and stayed on, is a mystery.

    Johnson was pathetic, Koivu was pummeled to death and Ryder let us down with his hooks, guess where he learned that from? Montreal was outmuscled, outshot.

    Practically everyone on the team played the old, “let me set up the shot for you” in Montreal’s zone, they were just pathetic they couldn’t clear the puck for luck of trying, in fact how many NHL games do you see a one on four end up in a goal? That is just pathetic!

    Dandenault and Bouillon are just plain crap! Streit and Markov couldn’t finish a pass either. In fact the habs were horrible, except for Lapierre’s passes and Kostysn….even Kovalev couldn’t make a decent pass tonite!

    At this rate Montreal will play itself out of a playoff spot. To finish it off, Carbo will rely on Murray and Huet, and play Dandenault and Bouillon all night long, only to see us outscored one more time against Buffalo!

    When Gainey could bring up some muscle from Hamilton, what does he do? Nothing! The absent Helicopter Chartering GM, hey Bob time to get down to earth and actually do a GM job, get rid of Dandenault and Bouillon, at least try Huet in Hamilton first before you sink the habs one more time you vulture!

  21. #21 Habs#1 says:
    March 31, 2007 at 12:06 am

    That’s it! that’s enough. No more blaming Gainey for not having enough call ups. Time to educate you on league rules.

    The Habs have a set roster at the beginning of the year, After the trade deadline, there is a maximum of call-ups you can have with no injury’s. Guess what, the Habs are right up against that limit! Even if they bench Dandenault, Boullion, Kovy, Koivu and every other player you hate, they still can’t call up any of those players cause there are no injury’s!

    Holy shit, find out the rules of the league holy shit!

    And if the Habs lose two more games it’s time to start looking forward to the draft in Columbus.

  22. #22 Joshtm says:
    March 31, 2007 at 12:57 am

    Yes we should be blaming Gainey for not having enough call ups. Other teams bend the rules like crazy. Supposedly this was supposed to be a new NHL, yet you still have just as much violence, just as many other teams calling up their reserves injury or not. Stop giving Gainey all the friggen breaks like you know the rule book inside out because you don’t! What, because Shanahan didn’t like the plush leather in the chopper, it was the wrong color we can’t fault Gainey for that? More like, we have a GM who courts his players not with promises of ice time, advancement, he courts them with: a helicopter ride, a suburb potential home location, heck even TIVO sets, all the wrong friggen stuff!

    No wonder we are where we are. Enough of this “read the rule book” and next let’s hear you say, LeJournal kidnapped Gainey in Nashville and that is why we didn’t get a superstar, right after the tax man scared away the stars and the Bill 101 secret police in cahoots with the anglo bigots of Montreal scared off the talent! Geezuz Bejesus honestly listen to yourselves!

    The only reason why we don’t have the rookies in Montreal is because Gainey doesn’t want to look like the fool he is for signing crappy players like Johnson, Ninnima, Dandenault and Bouillon!

  23. I didn’t see the game but if there was no effort and back to the useless Jeckyl and Hyde team…then there is nothing anyone can say or do. If they had the chances and didn’t finish off plays or better yet couldn’t set each other up then a loss is inevitable. Ottawa has the fire power to put the other team down. The only way to combat that is to score on your chances and to hit and take players out and basically grind out a win. By the looks of things this is what might be required against the Leafs.

    As for all the talk of not signing players etc…where who else should Gainey of signed. The rookies…need time and yes if they are playing like crap then a benching would show there is a misguided twit on the bench and we need to straighten them out. However, when they are all playing like crap, it’s hard to find the right spark plug. It’s up to the players to go out and hit, not get penalties but one play at a time to win each hit each play or at least take out the player.

    Anyways, losing these two games will hurt if the other contending teams tie/win. They made it hard on themselves but that’s what we fans have to go with. I just wish they continue to give 60 minutes of effort for the remaining games.

    As far as Dandenault and Bouillon are concerned maybe it’s time to mix-up the defensive pairings. Try generating something!! Let’s go, come on! Go Habs Go!

  24. #24 nigelski says:
    March 31, 2007 at 8:22 am

    That’s not precisely true, Habs#1 (post 71). There is no limit to call ups, but there is a cap on roster sizes. One of the reasons that we are unable to call anyone up right now is Gainey’s inexplicable decision not to send Samsonov down. If he’s down there, we can call up another guy. The roster sizes are increased after the trade deadline, and much of the lack of manouvering is due to limited cap space.

    Samsonov should be in the minors, not the pressbox. That’s where he should be next season as well. I’m on record as saying he shouldn’t be bought out, and I stick to that. If Lamorillo can bury heartless former stars in Malakov and Mogilny, surely Gilette with his deep pockets can afford to bury Samsonov. Even one more player would be beneficial, as an injection of some youthful enthusiasm and energy could only help our cause; and Samsonov isn’t doing anyone any good right now, himself included.

    What sickens me is the sure knowledge that he will be bought out, regardless…

    I haven’t been a Carbo basher for most of the year, though I’ve had my moments where his line juggling has had me pulling out what’s left of my hair (not much). That said, I’m finding it more and more difficult to blame the players for the poor starts that seem to occur EVERY GAME. I don’t know if it is this defensive style they are playing, or if it is a lack of proper preparation/motivation. The players are responsible for their own play, true, but this kind of lackadaisical play happens virtually every game, and it seems as though there is never an effort until the 2nd or 3rd period(s).

    If these were isolated occurences, I’d blame certain players. Since it occurs every game, I think the coaching staff is to blame. Some changes have to be made to ensure that a game wide effort in both ends of the ice is achieved, every night. Whether this means tinkering with the system, or wholesale changes, I can’t say. I only know that if we’d played the entire game like the 3rd period, we would have won.

    It’s also wearying to hear Carbo complaining about this all the time. Stop crying about it and implement some changes Guy. Before it’s tee-time.

  25. #25 smiler2729 says:
    March 31, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Typical.
    The Habs lose one game and you all are screaming and whining about every player. Give your heads a shake, you idiots act like the Canadiens should win 82 games a season.
    Granted, every game’s a must win now but geez, cut the team some slack, they’ll rebound big tonight vs. Buffalo. Besides, do any of you think Toronto, Carolina or the Isles are gonna go undefeated here on in??? GET REAL and QUIT WHINING.

  26. #27 PACTUM SERVA says:
    March 31, 2007 at 8:58 am

    GO HABS GO

  27. #28 PACTUM SERVA says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:00 am

    KEEP THE FAITH

  28. #29 PACTUM SERVA says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:02 am

    SUPPORT YOUR TEAM NO MATTER WHAT

  29. #30 PACTUM SERVA says:
    March 31, 2007 at 9:07 am

    SMILER2729 SAID IT ALL. WHY WOULD WE LOSE FAITH NOW? WE HAVE COME THIS FAR AND MOST OF YOU ARE GIVING UP.THIS SEASON IS NOT ABOUT BRINGING UP ROOKIES FROM HAMILTON WITH 4 GAMES LEFT ITS NOT ABOUT GAINEY OR CARBO WITH 4 GAMES LEFT ITS ALL ABOUT BELIEVEING IN OUR HABS WITH 4 GAMES LEFT.I BELIEVE.DO YOU?

  30. #31 smiler2729 says:
    March 31, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I sure wish the Habs would call up Kyle Chipchura but I guess the ‘Dogs need him. We could use his work ethic and determination cuz he is the next Kirk Muller.

  31. Both side’s are right, but to be honest, Habs fans HAVE BEEN arguing for years now because of all the poor end results.This kind of thing rarely happens to Base ball storied N.Y. Yankees and is not acceptable in Montreal where Hockey and Christ are at a tie for pasion estee’!And yes ,with bad results ,management and coaches are to blame, their the one’s that throw the team together ,period !So, there is no excuses when the proof is in the pudding,there’s only room for big time improvement. The HABS SHOULD BE NEER THE FINNALS EVER YEAR ,WITH A GREAT SHOWING DURING THE SEASON AND YES,IT IS THE HABS GOD GIVEN RIGHT!!! Any way, lets just hope we eat buffalo tonite,we’ll see ? Go Habs

  32. #33 R habs 4 real says:
    March 31, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    We’re not upset because they lost last night; we’re upset because of THE WAY THEY LOST-BY NOT SHOWING UP, AND NO EFFORT! Don’t you guys get it?
    How can we support a team that doesn’t try, and doesn’t give a damn?
    If they give 100% effort, and still lose, then it’s because we just weren’t good enough. but THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOR LACK OF EFFORT IN SUCH AN IMPORTANT GAME! I think the Montreal Canadiens should change their name to the
    Montreal NOSHOWS. That fits their style of play!
    You can’t constantly be invisible in the 1st period, and expect to win. Every damn game, they’re behind 2-0, by the end of the 1st period. It’s been that way for most of the season. We’re sick and tired of it. And can someone tell me, when the habs actually bombed a team during the season, ie. 6-0?
    Try never! That’s the problem. They’re always content to just get by.
    And those recent wins we’re against sub par teams, ie. Boston, Washington, NYR.
    So guys, the truth is, we’re not a good team, and certainly not in the same echilon as teams like NJ, Ottawa,Pittsburgh…
    I don’t see us getting in, because the habs just DON’T WANT IT BAD ENOUGH!
    Otherwise THEY WOULD PUT IN EFFORT FOR 60 MINUTES!
    THis team is NOT CAPABLE OF PLAYING 60 MINUTES, AND THEY DON”T GIVE A DAMN!
    So why should we care, if they don’t?

  33. #34 Higgy21 says:
    March 31, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    The three worst types of people in existance:

    3) Drug addicts
    2) Satanic followers
    1) Unloyal hockey fans

  34. The real three worst types of people in existence
    3)ignorant Followers
    2)lying leaders
    1)bully’s

  35. You know people, there are some of you on this site who are right that we should not make fun of the Leafs because IT IS TRUE that the Leafs SHOW UP for every game and they at least show heart, something Montreal rarely, if ever does. They never show any heart in any game and if they want to make the playoffs, they need to start showing some heart in these important games. They need to wake up and not fall behind 2-0 in every game. Just because they fell behind Boston and New York by two goals does not mean they will come from behind in every game. They should not expect to come from 2 goals behind in every game and win it every time. I want Montreal to show some heart and play with more emotion in BIG GAMES, something the Leafs do a lot and Montreal never does!

    Ziman

  36. #37 PACTUM SERVA says:
    March 31, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    The REAL REAL three worst people in existence.
    3)Leaf Fans
    2)Leaf Fans
    1)Kiddie Diddlers

  37. #38 R habs 4 real says:
    March 31, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    THE WORST FANS ARE: those who are in self denial
    those who refuse to see the truth
    those who gave their team praise, even when the team shows NO EFFORT and no HEART
    those who criticize other fans, who would rather see reality, than false hopes and mirages
    those who insult and denigrate others for being honest and giving constructive criticism
    Live and learn people, and look at the facts and the product on the ice.
    the habs are a bunch of over paid, underachieving athletes, who care less about you and me, and the playoffs. The almighty $$ is more impoortant to them.
    Even if we plead for them to play 60 minutes,it goes in 1 ear, and out the other.They are mutes to our pleas. Golf is their important game, and money the same!

  38. #39 R habs 4 real says:
    March 31, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    at least leaf fans have a team they can be proud of!
    You shouldn’t throw stones at glass houses! I don’t like the leafs, but I have nothing against their fans. They’re just want their team to win, same as us.

  39. Does being loyal mean that whatever garbage is displayed escially while losing that I’m to say yup that’s my team!!

    If so, that’s what makes me a Maple Leaf fan!!!

    Garbage is garbage, and this version of the Habs has displayed this throughout the seond 2/3 mark of the season. When there’s a win we celebrate but when you do it because of luck or poor play by the other team…that win is simply hiding the wreckless play that eventually’s going to bite you. Here in this saga there are way too many faults that no one can pick one area and only one area for improvement. There are just so many holes….

    The biggest problem is energy and putting in the effort!!! This is a gimme or it should be. When we don’t get it, guess what we deserve better! Especially our glorified jersey, it commands that discipline with the expectation to win. No where is just being average acceptable. That is Toronto Maple Leaf syndrome.

    You can stomach when you see players dump in and not chase, you see a team mate get hammered and you skate away. You let your goalie fend off two players while you stride in after the play or you bend over because you’re shit. Or you take stupid penalty after stupid penalty and expect to get high fives. You have control of the puck and you blanketly spray the puck to no where specificly only to get picked by the other team’s players or better yet you hand it right to an opponent. Hey now that’s a winner! Let’s sign him up please. what’re we waiting for!!!

    No way smuck…That’s a Leaf for you. And the great “Wait till next year mantra” from the Maple Leaf fans. No thanks!!! When the Canadiens start with these Habits it’s time for big changes. Find the core that’s willing to put in the effort on every shift and the morons that don’t need to sit out. Or be moved on. Bring up whomever is going to put in that effort. Being loyal has it rewards, we cheer and celebrate all our wins and losses too but when the effort’s there otherwise you may as well be wearing Blue and white.

    Let’s get the spirited bunch of guys that want to win…I’ll wish the team take on the Cinderella story for 2006-07 but that means they have to be willing to put forth that extra effort. Come on, just four more games…and then, just maybe, we go to the dance!!! Go Habs Go!!

  40. #41 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    First of all, the Maple Leafs do NOT always show up for their games. Hence their present struggle to get into eighth spot – a spot currently occupied by the Habs – in their final five games.

    Secondly, what an emotional rollercoaster ride this ongoing commentary makes. My goodness. I’m frustrated that the Habs have been a bipolar team this season, yes. I’m also disappointed in their seemingly care free attitude toward success at times, yes. But it’s certainly to going to ruin my life in any way, or to a less extreme, send me jumping off the bandwagon. Some fans need to relax and enjoy this ride down the final stretch, in my opinion.

    Incidentally, I wonder how the comments will read if the Habs beat Buffalo tonight… a team they’ve played quite well against, and have suffered a couple of unnecessary losses to due entirely to shaky goaltending.

  41. #42 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    That’s ‘certainly not going to ruin my life…’

    Also, let’s see how the admirable blue and white soldiers do against the Crosby, Malkin and Staal show tonight… co-starring Roberts and Fleury.

  42. #43 R habs 4 real says:
    March 31, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    It’s not about 1 game. look at the big picture. I’m not going to be redundent in my views about habs not showing up, or lack of effort or emotion. You know where I stand, and you also know that changes are needed in the offseason to improve habs defence, and scoring. It will take time, and I fully realize that.
    All I ask, is that this team be competitive, and compete every night. That’s a very reasonable request. right? I share other hab fans in wanting our team to do well. If it happens, so be it, and if it doesn’t, well there’s always next year. Either way, it will be a long summer for hab fans. I sincerely hope that Gainey can get this team pointed in the wrong direction. I don’t expect much from this team, only to show up!

  43. #44 Joseph says:
    March 31, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    Asking that your team shows up every night doesn’t seem like too much to ask, but welcome to the modern world of professional sports, sadly. These guys play for their salaries, themselves, and not the fans. They are corrupted by the politics of professional sports (see Ryan Smyth). If loyality isn’t extinct yet, it’s on the endangered list, a thanks wholly to the business that taints the game(s) we love with shit.

    I’m quite sure that fans in Carolina, Tampa, Toronto, Edmonton, etc are feeling the same feelings with regard to their respective teams’ inconsistencies.

    That being said, it does grow tiresome watching a team fall short year after year. But hey, at least us Habs fans haven’t been waiting for 40 years or more for our team to do something worthy of celebration. Not yet anyway. It could be a lot worse. When you think about it, 1993 can be considered recent in the scheme of things.

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