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Playoff Bound

  • …for the moment.

    The Canadiens played their best period of the season last night against the Rangers scoring 5 unanswered goals in less than 12 minutes.

    Unfortunately, they weren’t that consistent for the whole 60 minutes forcing them to come from behind 2-0 and then stifle a 3rd period Ranger onslaught.

    Alex Kovalev…what can you say about him that hasn’t been said? Love him or hate him, this is the time of year that he shines and he is certainly doing so lately for the Habs.

    Kovalev thrives on pressure, he doesn’t even wake up until St-Patrick’s day has come and gone. Kovalev has never lost a Game 7 in his career, and with every game these days being like a seventh game – he’s been leading the way.

    When a player with his talent cares and is involved in the game, he is a lot for opponents to deal with and a huge asset down the final stretch.

    Jaroslav Halak is getting the job done. The 4 goals he allowed yesterday are deceiving, he made crucial saves time and time again and kept the Rangers from running away with it early as well as climbing back in it late. Finally the Canadiens get consistent in nets and 5 consecutive wins follow.

    Plekanec, Kostitsyn and Higgins. This dynamic line continues to do damage and looks better each game. Tomas Plekanec is playing with confidence that he lacked in the first half of the season and is proving to be a quality hockey player. Ribeiro who…?

    Maxim Lapierre, the official Sean Avery or Darcy Tucker of the Canadiens. He is a pest and he is very effective in that role. He seems to relish in it and enjoys disturbing anyone he can.

    In addition to my excellent blogging skills, I’m quite proficient at reading lips and Maxim Lapierre had an exchange at the face off dot that went something like this:

    Lapierre to Avery: “What’s your name? …..Oh? I never heard of you….”

    It seemed to get under his skin as Avery would soon after prove his toughness by trying to fight Andrei Markov.

    Lapierre gets props for going after everyone and anyone and calling out tough guys in his broken English. The type of guy everyone on the other team wants to pound and will sometimes take penalties in doing so.

    The Habs finally got a bit of luck and gained 2 points on every team in the race except the Leafs who kept pace with a win of their own.

    Next up the Senators and Sabres who are never easy. Considering they are back to back games Cristobal Huet might get a start.

140 Comments
  1. #1 nigelski says:
    March 29, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    We don’t play ‘em ’til tomorrow Joshtm…how r ya anyhow?

  2. #2 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 29, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    I know that we are egar to kick Ottawa Ass but we will give them one more day to sweat it out………

  3. #3 Joshtm says:
    March 29, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    I think Bob Gainey is giving out Chopper rides, guess he has nothing better to do, what with the Quebec media, the Quebec tax man and the conspiracy of the media and diehard fans all but forcing him, Bob Gainey to give out free helicopter rides.

    What I meant is the Sens are gonna creep into the habs dressing room, and file down Koivu’s skates, no wonder you always see little Saku sharpening his skates, or Johnson falling over, or removing the padding from Alexei’s elbow pads and swabbing the flu bug on Alexei’s water bottle, and moving around Carbo’s play board, oh wait, I forgot, Carbo doesn’t know how to scheme out a play on the play board….hmm…interesting, coach 101, basic coach stuff, you know draw out a play for your players….I guess Carbo never went to coach school….no wonder you always see Dandy running into Bouilly or Ninny giving the puck away, they can’t understand Carbo’s Chretien English…and I thought only the little man from Shawinigan spoke that way….next press interview watch out for Carbo’s classic Chretien english!

  4. #4 nigelski says:
    March 29, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Just read about dipietro’s injury woes. Apparently, he can’t fly (a post concussion no-no) so he won’t be going to Buffalo. To Buffalo? That REALLY isn’t so far from long island, is it? Couple hours in a car…So it looks as though my boy Begin took him out real good. Took the whole team out, probably, as Dunham makes a fine sieve. So all the geniuses on TSN, Sportsnet, the Score, etc., who practically annointed the Islanders as the 8th (or higher) seed will have to eat some words. So, if he can’t even fly that far, the chances of him returning before the playoffs is not so good.

    So, when Snow invariably can’t re-sign Smyth, and as Zednik has been(predictably) a bust, how good does he look as GM now? I heard a lot of “experts” backtracking on the issue of his qualifications to be GM, after ripping him most of the year. Now, with the post-season looking like a pipe dream for the Isles, and Snow having traded away 2 prospects and their 1st and 2nd rounder this June, coupled with the improbable notion of re-signing Smyth, it looks as though early thinking prevailed. Snow took huge gambles, and unless he gets Smyth to sign, he’s lost. Big time.

    As much as I am less than enamoured with Gainey’s moves, I’m just glad we have a guy named Gilette, and not the aptly named Wang, as our GM. ‘Cause Snow is as useless a GM as he was a goalie.

  5. #5 nigelski says:
    March 29, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    I meant “OWNER” not “GM” when discussing Wang and Gilette. Before you all jump on me for it…

  6. #6 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 29, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    DON’T LET HAPPEN AGAIN OK NIGELSKI………….LOL……….

  7. #7 Joshtm says:
    March 29, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    That’s the problem, Gillett is an absentee owner, and Gainey knows it. Which other owner would put up with so much dissent from his loyal ticket holders and attendees as there was over Gainey doing nothing at the trade deadline?

  8. #8 nigelski says:
    March 29, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    The 200 or so owners of the oilers, the teacher’s union who own the leafs, Bill Wirtz, to name 3…

  9. God! Joshtm…You’re back. I just wanted to you to come to this site , and ask you a couple of questions. But, guess what? I do not even want to ask any questions because I already know that I will not get anywhere

    Anyhow, let me ask’em. You always stated that Habs should give their youngsters a chance to play. They did so. THEY’RE WINNING………………….
    W————I————N————-N———–I———–N————-G

    Habs are finally winning. What do you want more Joshtm? 5 in a row! Do you want them to win the cup? They won’t be able to win it right now…….BECAUSE THE PLAYOFFS DID NOT EVEN STARTED! Let me ask you this question in a different way. Do you want Habs to be well placed to enter the playoffs?? They are a complete team right now. Kovalev has stepped up. Koivu has stepped up. They care about the team. They want to win. Kovalev proves himslef. He even regretted his slow start. This probably means that he learned from it. Last time I checked it is never late to learn. Life is all about experiencce. anyways, the team has the confidence a true contender needs. They have all kinds of skill players. For example, Latendresse plays perfectly the role of an agreesive player. Moreover, he can play like a star winger. Furthermore, he can also play center if he wnats to. He creates his own stategies. He can do whatever he wants to, and he does it. Let’s take Kovalev as an example. Did you see the first goal he scored last game agains Rangers. He dived. HE ACTUALLY DIVED TO SCORE. IT WAS PROBABLY A MIRACLE, but no. He truely cares about the team.

    Joshtm, please admire the team’s effort. After all, it’s what we call confidence. learn from Carbinneau’s mistakes. lol! Even Carboneau admitted his mistakes. He is a rookie coach, and is now leading a true contending team. Believe it or not he is.

    Jack

  10. #10 Henri Richard says:
    March 29, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    I like DAWG’s commitment to winning. It takes a real fan to stop his weekly baths in order to preserve the luck that he brings the team.

  11. #11 Hab-a-dab-a-do says:
    March 29, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Toronto got a point tonight,Thats two bad

  12. #12 Habs#1 says:
    March 29, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Woohoo, T.O. just blew their game in hand on the Habs. Thank you Atlanta!

    It doesn’t matter that the Leafs got a point. They are guarranteed to have less wins and now they have one less point with the same amount of games played! Score one for the Habs!

  13. #13 R habs 4 real says:
    March 29, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    We need to get at least 1 point tomorrow vs Ottawa. It would take a little pressure off of us. I thought the leafs played real well, and they will be tough in the playoffs. I think they will make it in.

  14. #14 Don Carnage says:
    March 29, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Josh forgot his pills again I see

    Good news Atlanta beat Toronto but they still got 1 point… never the less the Leafs no longer have a game in hand and are still short .

  15. #15 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 29, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Boys I stink’s something awful. Even the mice cleared out of the garage. Da smell is startin to bring a tear to me glass eye. What do I do? A skunk came near da garage and damn near fell over.

    Me Neighbour asked me wife what was dead in da garage. Me wife said dat nuttin was dead, dat smell is my husband. He is not going to shower till the Habs get in the playoffs. Me neighbour told me wife your husband will rot for sure because they won’t get into the playoffs for a few years. He was a Damn Laff fan see.

    I over heard them talking and I lost it and came right out to confront him. Da guy fell over from da stench. Da wife’s perm in her hair went flat. Yes sir they had to give da guy Oxygen.

    Today my work told me that I have to stay home because the smell is startin to peel da wallpaper off da walls. Yes, da smell is coming way up from da boiler room. Now I am not gettin paid.

    I have no money, No wife….Shit….

    Is it safe to shower now boys. The Habs have a sure playoff spot right.

  16. #16 Don Carnage says:
    March 29, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Take a shower man either way I think we are safe .

  17. #17 OncEaHaB says:
    March 29, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    DAWG, NO SHOWERING! NO BATHING! Stay stinky… A 6th place finish would be worth it, you can always beg forgiveness later!!!

    GO HABS GO!

  18. #18 Gui-Unit says:
    March 29, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    Dawg, wait until we lose a game lol.
    I predict a huge game for the habs.
    5-3 Habs!

    GO HABS GO!!

  19. #19 R habs 4 real says:
    March 29, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    I only watch ” AFTER THE HORN” (leafs tv), when the leafs lose. So, I was watching tonight, and noticed leaf players say the same things when they lose. they blame the loss on the fact that penalties weren’t called on opposing players. geez, they always whine about no penalties. If they had won, do you still think they would be whining about lack of penalties? It’s just sour grapes. They’re just a bunch of cry babies! WAH WAH!
    of all the hab games I have watched, I HAVE NEVER HEARD THEM BLAME A LOSS ON PENALTIES NOT CALLED . At least are players act like men, not cry babies!

  20. #20 OncEaHaB says:
    March 29, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Hey guys, I hear there’s a new game show out in Montreal… Its called lets see who has the bigger stanley cup championship ring! The winner gets the job as GM, runner up gets the head coach job, and the loser gets to shut up and let the professionals do their job…

    The contestants this week, Bob Gainey, Guy Carboneau and Joshtm!!!!

    Oh wait, Joshtm doesn’t have the requisite equipment… looks like he gets third place!

    Dude, you need to lay off the broken record post. We have all read your one post that you leave over and over and we get what you don’t like. But the team is winning. Enjoy it.

    GO HABS GO!

  21. #21 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 29, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    OK. If the Habs don’t make the playoff please don’t blame me. Blame da refs……

  22. #22 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 29, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Did anyone notice that they call Raycroft “RAZOR” now. I quess he is “SHARPE”

    What Pathetic people they are.

  23. #23 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 29, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    I live in Toronto. It makes it more sweet when the Laffs loose.

    The Toronto Jr. Canadiens have played 90 games so far this year.
    They are : 90 – 0. Man what a record. There have been teams from California to come to play them. I bet that they could beat the Laffs & Sens…

    Should be a few future draft picks there.

  24. #24 Kev_in_Dorval says:
    March 29, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    So you think, maybe, just maybe the Habs might have picked the best and most dramatic time of the year to go on a 10 game winning streak? None of the remaining 5 games will be gimmes even against the Bruins but still the infusion of young talent into this team combined with Kovalev waking up and Huet returning should lock up at least 6 out of a possible 10 points for 92 on the season. Not quite the finish I envisioned for the team at the midway point but at least they’re showing they can battle through adversity and all of us Habs fans are in for a treat as they must play their best hockey game by game for just 5 more times this regular season.

  25. #25 OncEaHaB says:
    March 30, 2007 at 12:10 am

    I believe the Habs can finish the season with five more wins, but it won’t be with Huet. Carbo’s basically said he’s sticking with Halak until he falters. So if a winning streak it will be, it will be with Halak. I think its a great move. The kid is hot, let him prove himself.

  26. #26 Joseph says:
    March 30, 2007 at 1:43 am

    It’s disappointing to see Sens fans model Leafs fans (those pretentious bastards). Isn’t it enough to have to tolerate one fanbase that’s relentlessly boisterous and obnoxious about its losing team? Honestly. I dream of a day when ignorance succumbs to humility.

    But alas, my dreams and reality are two completely different things, and the cry of the wounded will very likely echo in our ears until we melt ourselves.

  27. Have you guys noticed that 3 of the last 4 years the Canadiens have made the playoffs after finishing the season with a 10-12 game good streak? What factors can come to play, if, for speculative purposes, we were to assume that this was not a coincidence?
    The weather this time of year? The psychology of the main group in the team?
    The added pressure?
    It would be interesting to pinpoint some reasons, and knowing these could make the team better next year and thereafter.

  28. #28 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 9:11 am

    I went on TSN.ca. The Laff Fans are blaming the Ref. for the loss. So typical of the Laff Fans eh. They are cheerig for Ottawa & Buffalo this weekend.

  29. #29 OncEaHaB says:
    March 30, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Time to buckle down now boys! Its Game Day! 10 hours away from Ottawa’s next @$$-a-whoopin’. Time to focus now on all the important stuff!

    GO HABS GO!

  30. #30 Joshtm says:
    March 30, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Hey OnceAHab, hey Ahab the arab, didja lose your other eye? Using your logic then most of the NHL teams should be in the playoffs already! Being a player and winning a cup is different than being a GM and a coach and winning. There is also a big difference when the GM and management team together rebuilds a team, as opposed to a GM who spends his entire day chartering helicopters and making the once a week call to Curious George….hey did anyone give Gillett his banana yet, and isn’t it interesting when George is in town Bob wears Yellow?

    An absentee owner and an overpaid GM make for a folly, which is what we have, no accountability. At some point this is unhealthy. Right down to Carbo not using playboards during a game and using his pigeon english.

  31. #31 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Top teams won’t conserve energy for The Habs. When they play Montreal they all come out in full force. It seems like everyone wants to beat Montreal. It is because of who we are and what we stand for. Champions !!!!!!!!!!

    It will be the toughest two tests of the year for the Habs. I hope they have studied for these tests. They have to play like they have played in the last 5 games. They have to play every period. Not just the last two. Montreal always have a bad first period. They have to smell it, taste it, want it. if they want it, they have to go out and take it. “THE WORLD DOES NOT MEET YOU HALF WAY”.

    The D-men have to stop screening Halak. They have to take the man out from around the net. Take the open man. Let Halak see the puck so he has a chance to stop it. They have to play offence all game and not slack off. Don’t take those stupid penalties. If they skate with them they will not take those penalties. They have to play like they have not played before. There is no room for error now. EYE OF THE TIGER BOYS. They have to go out there and show them that we are here to play hard and fast. And we will be a force to wreckin with in the playoffs…..

    GO BOY’S GO………………..YEAH……….

  32. #32 Joshtm says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:40 am

    I think Guy and Bob have to read my posts about a zillion times to realize: Don’t play Huet unless Halak’s leg falls off!

    Bring up Milroy and Grabby! You need muscle, bench Dandy for sure. Guaranteed winner if you bench Dandy. Just like benching Ninny and Sammy to get outa the slump. Now Ninny has Gorges, play them while they are hot.

    Bring up Chippy and D’Agostini to finish the season!

  33. #33 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Halak with no legs is still better than Abby.

    With one leg he would give Huet a run for his money.

    We have found our Hasek……….

  34. #34 Joshtm says:
    March 30, 2007 at 11:39 am

    This is just plain irritating! Here we have sitting in Hamilton a bunch of rookies who could deliver a cup this year! And Gainey doesn’t bring them here!

  35. Defence has got to control the puck and Offence has to unload! TAKE OUT NEIL !GO HABS

  36. #36 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Our great Mr.Gainey knows what he is doing Joshtm. Be patient my friend. It will all work out in the end.

    Some things are out of our control and this is one of them.

    God give us the courage to change the thing we can and the strength to accept the things we can not change. (or something like that).

    If it is meant to be, it will be.

  37. #37 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    My wife has left me because I reak of a stench beyond death & I have no job. But, I know when my Habs make the post season it all will work out again. I have faith……..

  38. Well done, Jack Tornton (post #109.) I could not have put it in better English myself. Excellent job, dude!

  39. Dawg:

    That’s rough! We all feel bad for you, but whatever you do, don’t shave and/or bathe. We have to keep this good thing going — besides June is only a few months away now.

  40. #40 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 30, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Da stink will get worse with da heat………..

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