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Hanging around

  • Despite some very ugly hockey and 4 consecutive losses, the Canadiens are still only 1 point out of a playoff spot.

    How can that be?

    Well this is partially due to the Bruins and Leafs and the other bottom dwellers not being able to put together any wins either.


    They are just as bad as the Canadiens.

    This isn’t a race for 1st. The Habs are not battling for the President’s Trophy, the Conference or even the Division. They are battling for 8th spot with other bad mediocre teams complete with of their own share of issues and problems.

    Last time I checked the medals being handed out stopped after Bronze. There’s no glory and reward in fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and last of all eighth.

    8th spot is the 7th loser, but the fact remains 8th spot in the NHL is as good as 1st when it comes to getting in to the playoffs. The cliche that the playoffs are a new season altogether is true. The Habs of all teams should know this after upsetting the 1st and 2nd seeds in recent playoff campaigns.

    The gap between 1st and 8th may be worlds apart, but is the difference between 8th, 9th and 10th spot that much?

    Next time you are frustrated with how bad the Habs are playing, turn on a Bruins game or even better – Canada’s favorite Leafs. Then remember at this point their competition isn’t the Sabres, Devils, Senators or Predators but the other impaired teams surrounding them.

    The Leafs have their Stanley Cup engraver on call from the first puck drop off the season. The Canes actually WON the Cup last year. The Rangers have players like Jagr and Shanahan. The Bruins with Savard and Chara – and here the lowly Canadiens are still sharing space in the same boat.

    Who wants it more? The team that will play for 8th spot like their playing for 1st overall.

    Is that the Canadiens? It doesn’t look like it.

    But until all the little x’s and y’s are up on the NHL standings indicating the clinched teams, there is still a chance.

  1. #1 Don Carnage says:
    March 10, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Hey Die hard Just Die

    Ok well there we have it game winning goal with less that 2 minutes to go!

    LOLOL thats all LOLOL

    and 2 points too bad that the laffs won.

  2. #2 Joshtm says:
    March 10, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    What is with Die-hard? Okay Die-hard since you know so much, and Kovalev did get the winning goal…how is it that Kovalev who has been there all year is already being eclipsed by a rookie who has not even been there half a year? Latendresse has managed to score as many goals as Kovalev…with 3/4’s less of a salary to boot!

    So Die-hard since you love Kovalev, and you know so much, you know, judging everyone on this site with the same brush, even though many people say different things…okay so what does Montreal have to do? Give us some of your great advice won’t you?

    By the way it was a great game to watch, even though in the third period Montreal was basically outplayed, outchecked, out coached by the crappy Blues.

    Die-hard you don’t make sense, first you crap all of the habs then you praise Kovalev! Which one is it, since all we know is jibberish, day in day out, and since we have never laced up skates and played in the NHL like you, or coached minor hockey or NHL hockey like you Die-hard, what should we say, what would be correct to speak?

  3. #3 R habs 4 real says:
    March 10, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    When you blow a 3 goal lead because your coach tells you to sit in the lead and ONLY play D, you know you’re in trouble. Oh, BTW, the Kovalev goal was a fluke. Did you see all his giveaways? and the giveaways by Koivu?
    2nd goal by St. Louis was a softy. How about Aebishit CONSTANTLY throwing the puck into the slot. Is he a moron or what? Our D was horrible, again! So what else is new? Against a good team, we would have lost for sure, and our 1st goal was a fluke. So they scrape out a win, but gain NO ground! We’re still in 11th place. It’s not happening guys. you can’t teach passion, heart and emotions.
    AND TO DIE HARD HABS FAN: Kovalev is a cancer and you are a piece of sh@#$%t!
    Go hang around laffs fan, because you’re just as stupid as them!

  4. #4 Joshtm says:
    March 10, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Not a good future, the Canes play the crappy rangers, and Montreal is about to be trashed again by the ultra hot Islanders, (see a trade at trade deadlines means you get a spot in the playoffs!)….that means we could end up being tied for ninth place with the laffs at the end of the season! What a horrible prospect! I am sure that would make Die-hard only too happy! So much for protecting the team chemistry, eh Gainey! More like preserving your losing ways!

  5. Does anybody know if that was the first time this year Kovalev potted in the winner? It must be he’s got 13 or14 goals,anyway’s better late than never. Rookie’s done good ,this is such a strange Habs team ????????

  6. #6 Don Carnage says:
    March 10, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Who cares its a goal and a win you guys can crap all you want about the Habs they won a game stfu and let it be.

  7. I CARE Don Carnage,I care !

  8. That was a win…just barely kept it from another one slipping away. Incredible as this team does not play as a cohesive team. No intensity just one jab here one jab there. It’s shinny hockey, how else do you describe this. There is no coaching or if there is, is basically ignoring when on the ice…I think Gainey has got to go back behind the bench for the remainder of the games. I still can’t stand watching Aebischer in net. The playoffs are still visible. Don’t dare want to say anything that will shatter whatever momentum is there.

  9. #9 Snake says:
    March 11, 2007 at 1:45 am

    Thanks goodness Lats and LAps finally did something. I was starting to think these two were useless. Latendresse is soooooo slow. IT is almost unbearable to see him skate with the puck. HEs better off just dumping it in and slowly gliding in afterwards. Lapierre eally needs a haircut, he looks like a weasel out there.

  10. #10 Alex Kovalev says:
    March 11, 2007 at 1:49 am

    I score big goal tonight.

  11. #11 IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE says:
    March 11, 2007 at 3:10 am

    Wow we beat the AHL Blues and almost lost, who cares.
    Give me a break this team is crap beyond crap.
    I can’t even stand watching this team play.
    For the first time in my life I find myself cheering against them.
    I can’t stand what this organization has become, they make me sick!

  12. #12 nigelski says:
    March 11, 2007 at 9:40 am

    I’ve always referred to myself as a die hard habs fan, and I’m not gonna change because of that ‘tard! There are words that can “discribe” Die Hard Habs Fan in the english dictionary: Band wagon jumper, untutored, blind. But I do go on…

    A Kovalazy defender… Now I’ve heard it all!

  13. #13 LeBeau says:
    March 11, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Hey, does anyone out there know if RDS has a broadband feed (like so that I can actually watch a couple of Habs games? I looked on their website, but nothing jumped out at me. Here in Ontario, I only get to see them when they play the Leafs, or when TSN decides to broadcast a game.

    Gainey is one of the smartest minds in hockey. I hate to see him get bashed. I bet nothing happened at trade deadline either because there were no options, or none that made sense. I bet you he surprises us all in the off-season.

    My opinion is no different than most on this blog. Here’s my opinion.

    Problem #1
    * Get rid of Samsanov. Man, I was so happy to hear he was joining our team, but, he just doesn’t fit here. I really thought that a team fighting for a play-off spot this year would’ve wanted him, based on his performance at this time last year for the Oilers. I guess I was wrong.

    Problem #2
    * Trade Kovalev. I would love to see a trade with Pittsburgh (or Kansas City) for Georges Laraque + draft picks. Or, with Washington to bring Donald Brashear back + draft picks. The main focus here is to dump his salary and pick up some toughness.

    Problem #3
    * Get rid of Aebischer. The only reason I was happy to see him was because it meant we got to get rid of Theodore. I think Aebischer is destined for a career in the minors. He’s too slow.

    Problem #4
    * Team chemistry. I doubt anyone would argue with me that Ryan Smyth could improve the chemistry of our team. This guy would improve the chemistry of any team. This guy is the first in a LONG time to play in this league who actually seems to enjoy the game. Tell me that anyone could play alongside of him and not put out the same kind of passion he does night in and night out. Edmonton was dumb to let him go. Now, I bet you every team will want to sign him in the off-season. I just hope Montreal is one of those teams.

  14. #14 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 11, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Quote, “Will anyone bash Kovalev after the game winning goal??????????”

    Joshtm, does the above comment give any indecation that I am a Kovalev praiser?
    I said that because most people in here always bash him. Joshtm, it is clear that you have promblems comprehending written words. Any scholar would not see any praising in the above comment I made. You Sir, need to read comments more carefully and stop assuming what people meann buy certain comments. You read evrything ass backwards. I think from what I have read that you sir like picking fights with people in here.

    I did not come in here to cause trouble. It seems like you people jump on any newcomer or anyone else who does not share your point of view. You people may not see what you are like. But form the outside looking in, it is like listening to a kindergarden class. I’m sorry if the truth hurts.

    As for what I think Montreal should do does not matter. Nothing I will say will change the outcome of this team. I am not an expert on hockey but I do know some. If I knew what you guys claim to know, I would be coaching some team in the NHL instead of whinning about professionals in here.

    What I said was and is the truth. If you guys don’t like it, well that is just too bad. “IF YOU CAN’T TAKE IT BOYS THEN DON’T GIVE IT”.

    You all have a nice day.

  15. #15 joburg says:
    March 11, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    kovalev is a piece of shit !!!!!!!!!!!!! one goal more or 20 goals more..
    he is apiece of shit that is a cancer on the team.
    trade this piece of shit, give him away, buy him out, whatever–just get him off the team, replace with a guy like Jarkko Ruutu, not all that talented,
    but one of the players in this league–who gives 100 % on every shift–even if he does take some stupid penalties, I would rather watch his effort than that of kovalev, Samsonov, Bonk and others. what have these 3 given the team this year in exchange for their millions ?? diddly shit !!! so go with a player willing to put in an effort and get the odd goal now and then, at least there would be some effort. Brad May also a hard worker, Id raher watch Sean Avery every game than these other 3 losers.

  16. Avery would have been fun, some one to send after Tucker, lol.

  17. #17 habs phan says:
    March 11, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    it’s a win!!!! by the skin of their teeth. what up with souray’s late penalty?? almost cost us the game. i think he should only be allowed on the ice in the offensive end and on a power play. he is way to unpredictable and everytime he gets the puck i want to close my eyes. where’s samsonov??? is he in hamilton, or is he just rotting away somewhere in the stands every game. i really hope that the habs can start playing cohesively as one unit. with the next 4 games being “do or die” if they show up and give the effort they gave last night against the blues, they will get killed. i don’t think aebisher is the main problem here either, your goaltender is only as good as your defense’s performance. nuff said about that!!!! i still think carbs should bring grabovski back up and let his skating dictate the pace of the rest of the team. i think he will raise the motivation of the team. i guess halak’s pretty much done. carbs has to go with aebisher because he has more experience under pressure. tuesday night should be real interesting, at least they are at home. i don’t know how much support they will receive. they are gonna have to earn support from habs fans now. i think the bell centre will be pretty quit until the habs strike first. if they can!!!

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