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Playoff Showdown

  • Leafs and Habs on a Saturday night…. best place to be. Leafs and Habs in the last game of the year, with the last playoff birth on the line – a storybook ending.

    Win and you are in.

    That’s the message the should be drilled into every Montreal Canadien today.
    No hoping for team A to beat team B and team C to lose in regulation – win and you are in.
    Win the game.

    The Habs control their own playoff destiny and it’s time to see what they are really made of.

    For the youngsters that helped propel Montreal into this position, this will be the biggest game of their lives. With everyone in the country and everyone in the hockey world tuned in.

    For the veterans, it’s time to see their experience and leadership.

    Which of the go-to guys on either team are going to show up and excel?

    Koivu -vs- Sundin
    Kovalev -vs- Tucker
    Raycroft -vs- Huet
    Souray -vs- Kaberle
    McCabe -vs- Komisarek

    Habs -vs- Leafs.

    Enjoy.

132 Comments
  1. #1 The Duke says:
    April 7, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Important..let’s get the 1st one…it’s as good as a 2-goal lead. Sundin and ass-clown Tucker are slumping. Leep them off the board. Pepper ‘Razer’ Raycroft, cuz he can fold like cheap patio furniture. If the Leafs are`tied, 2-2, 3-3 with 2 minutes to go they will PULL him What a nutty scenerio, huh ?
    Go get ‘em Habs..let’s get the kids flying. And Saku and Kovy. You’ve been there before. Let’s step it up!!
    Go habs. Make us proud.

    The Duke in Toronto

  2. #2 fan3 says:
    April 7, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Wow, didn’t even think of that Duke…leafs will pull Raycroft if we’re tied with minutes to go…CRAZY!
    GO HABS GO!!! It’s times like these that its great to be a Hockey fan but even more so to be a Habs fan. Habs-nation unites tonight!

  3. #3 Habs#1 says:
    April 7, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    This is may go down as one of the biggest games in the most storied rivalry in hockey history and right up there with the biggest in pro sports(Yankees/Red Sox, Celtics/Lakers, Bears/Packers etc.). This may even be one of the biggest games in Habs history.

    Will the Habs show up? And which goalie will shut the door? Habs win and they’re in. Couldn’t ask for anything better. This is the best saturday of my young life. I’ve only gotten to see one cup, I want to see another. Tonight is the first step. Go gettem boys. This is your destiny, do you chose to accept it or leave it?

  4. #4 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    April 7, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    “Habs-nation unites tonight”!

    Not if Huet is in the net tonight. Ummmmmmmmmm, lets see how many soft goals Huet will allow tonight. Carbo should go with the one who got them this far. Yes, I HALAK. Go with the hot GOALIE Carbo. Don’t make another mistake. This will be the biggest mistake of the year. A mistake that will cost you a playoff spot.

    Yes, I Will be like Joshtm now and repeat my self until I make a point.

    You take a look at Huet & Halak’s stats. They are the basically the same. The only thing different is the Sav % & the GAA. Huets is a little better yes.

    Huet has 19 wins & 15 losses. That’s 4 more wins than losses.

    Halak has 10 wins & 6 losses. That’s 4 more wins than losses.

    So based on the trend of the figures, if Halak would have played the same amount of games as Huet their records would both be basically the same.

    When Huet lets in that soft goal or goals think of me and what I said.

    Remember the old saying “YOU DANCE WITH THE ONE WHO BROUGHT YOU HERE” or something like that……………….

    GOOD LUCK HABS YOU WILL NEED IT IF HUET IS IN NET.

  5. #5 smiler2729 says:
    April 7, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Again, this is payback for the Leafs beating us in ’67… it’s not our fault a meaningful Habs-Leafs game took 40 years but the Laffs decided to suck for past FOUR DECADES!

    No lead is safe tonight, gotta keep keepin’ on til Raysoft folds. Let’s watch as he ducks again out of the way of Sheldon’s slap shots! And let’s hope Begin, Lapierre and especially little Frankie Bouillon hammer that Darcy clown around like a rag doll. Pressure, pressure, keep the Leaf defencemen from even getting near our blueline!

    And for crying out loud let’s shut the pro-Leafs CBC HNIC crew up once and for all this season!

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HABS!

  6. Wow,what a wonderful feeling it would be to beat up the Laffs tonite ! At the same time what a horrendous fuckin feeling it would be to loose to the fuckin Laffs !!!! I need Valium !!!!!!!

  7. #7 HaBz4EveR says:
    April 7, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Yeah seriously if we win with conviction and this game is really tight it might just boost our guys enough to beat the sabres. And if we beat the Sabres, then it goes to show that if we really work hard we can go far!

    LETS DO THIS!!!

  8. Anyone else out there a bit preoccupied today? I have been useless for anything except count the minutes until puck drops and talking to random strangers wearing habs gear. GO HABS whether Huet or Halek is standing in front of the cage! It is hard to argue the importance of either player.(without Huet’s hot start, Montreal would already have tee times booked!)
    Predictions – Habs overcome early cheap leaf goal to win 4-2 (one empty netter) and Huet shuts the mouth of R Habs4 Real! Win boys!

  9. #9 Iceberg14 says:
    April 7, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    i’ve been bashing the habs all year….carbo gainey all their moves at the deadline playing abby instead of huet..not givin sammy enough time and opportunity…i even hated the habs this year and stoppe watching…but here we are…us against the leafs…my boy huet is back in nets..and it all comes down to this
    so no more bashing..i am back…i wish good luck to the boyz and i want in the playoffs despite everything else…this is a classic night of hockey and it will be remembered…let’s pull it off boyz

  10. #10 R habs 4 real says:
    April 7, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Isles leading 3-0 agasinst Philly. Isles will win, and by start time of tonight’s game: HABS AND ISLES ARE TIED!! ISLES 1 POINT AHEAD OF THE LEAFS!
    So, unless the habs win, (not 1 point), we can only hope NJ wins tomorrow, or it’s wait until next year. If the habs had played as hard as the NYI are playing, we would already be in the playoffs. Remember, the Islanders lost their #1 goalie,too, but chose to play hard irregardless of that fact, and put in the necessary effort, UNLIKE THE HABS!
    I know the habs are going to regret those no shows in Ottawa and NY.
    Oh well, the weather is getting better, hopefully it will warm enough next week for a golf game.

  11. #11 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    April 7, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    It’s official:

    The Habs WILL NOT be advancing to the post season in 2007. I repeat WILL NOT be advancing to the post season in 2007. They are officially eliminated from the post season.

    “Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau confirms it: Cristobal Huet is in nets tonight. Having played a sum total of 20 minutes of hockey since he tore his hamstring on Feb. 14 and required surgery three days later, it’s up to Huet to save the Canadiens’ season and lead the team into the playoffs”.

    They are ROYALLY F_CKED BIG TIME NOW. So long boys. At least it is an early vacation.

    The players don’t get paid for the playoffs anyway. It is all gravy money for the owners…………..

    Hot of the press:

  12. #12 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    April 7, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    It’s official:

    The Habs WILL NOT be advancing to the post season in 2007. I repeat WILL NOT be advancing to the post season in 2007. They are officially eliminated from the post season.

    Hot off the press:

    “Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau confirms it: Cristobal Huet is in nets tonight. Having played a sum total of 20 minutes of hockey since he tore his hamstring on Feb. 14 and required surgery three days later, it’s up to Huet to save the Canadiens’ season and lead the team into the playoffs”.

    They are ROYALLY F_CKED BIG TIME NOW. So long boys. At least it is an early vacation.

    The players don’t get paid for the playoffs anyway. It is all gravy money for the owners…………..

  13. #13 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    April 7, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    OLE, OLE, OLE, OLE, OLE, OLE, OLE…………

    NA NA NA NA NA NA HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE HABS………..

    Coach Carbo Screwed up yet another big game………..

    Scotty Bowman should give Carbo a punch in the face and a swift kick in the Nuts…………..

  14. The Isles will win tonight and I was reading a Toronto Star article this morning that Brodeur may not start tomorrow versus the Isles, then we know the Isles will win. Even if he does, the Devils do not have anything to play for, they might not show up and play hard at all, the Isles will win. We need to win tonight to render that game tomorrow meaningless for them. The Habs cannot show the same lack of heart that they showed at MSG on Thursday otherwise they will lose. I hope we kick some Leaf ass but we need to be at our best tonight. Let’s play with HEART tonight and show some passion. It’s very simple: Win tonight and we are in the playoffs. Go Habs Go!!

    Ziman

  15. #15 nigelski says:
    April 7, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Stop beating the dead horse, Iceberg(that’s what we used to call Bill Berg;) ). Samsonstiff isn’t coming back.

    As for Huet giving up softies,DIE HARD, it’s true that he has done so at times. What is also true is that we have played this way all year, not just since x-mas. The fact is, we’d be back with Philly without Huet’s early season heroics, wouldn’t have even come close to the playoffs last year either, and IMO, he’s as good as Halak–even rusty.

    Halak played well, don’t get me wrong, but he seemed incapable of winning away from the Bell Center. He’s been giving up a softie per game, excepting his two shutouts, and sometimes more. While I don’t agree with the decision to start Huet either, Carbo had a tough choice to make. When the chips are down, and they are, there are no good choices.

    Whatever choice he made, he was going to get second guessed, period. I believe Halak gives us a better chance to win, myself, and if we get shelled tonight, I’ll be pissing and moaning like everyone else. Still, to dismiss Huet’s role in getting us here, considering the # of games he stole for us earlier this season, is wrong.

    Huet can win this game. All he has to do is not lose it. Raysoft(nice one Smiler) is no superman. If the team charges out of the gate, instead of crawls, like normal, we’ll win. There’s been no mention of Raysoft for the Vezina, not even in TO (where I live), despite his high win total, and that is due to his inconsistency.

    In a game as crucial as this, I’ll take Huet over Raysoft. I’ll take Halak over Raysoft. I’ll take Abby over Raysoft. Hell, I’ll even drag Redlight Racicot out of retirement, and I’ll take HIM over Raysoft.

    That iterated, if we play hard, we’ll win. If we do lose, I’ll be cheering on the Islanders in their last game, as they have the tie-breaker over the leafs. And if they fail me, I’ll cheer Buffalo. I’ll cheer for any team, as long as they’re playing against the leafs.

    GO HABS GO!!!!!GOLF LEAFS GOLF!!!!!

  16. #16 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    April 7, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Thursday was a very important game. The Habs could have knocked two teams out of the playoffs. Double Whammy. They blew that important game just like they will blow this important game tonight.

    Oh. Did I mention that the Habs season will be over tonight. Oh yeah, I did….

    Halak will be saying to himself, that stupid ass Carbo….oh well my value will go up next year. And I got this team to the where they are now and the Great Huet will look like an ass………OLE OLE, OLE, OLE…..

  17. #17 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    April 7, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    The point is. If you score a couple of quick goals on Huet, his focus is gone he looses his cool.

    Halak on the other hand does not loose his cool down a couple of goals and can come back and make some great saves. He has shown us that he can do that.

    I’m pissed big time over Carbo putting in Huet. If they loose they deserve it.

  18. #18 nigelski says:
    April 7, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    The Gazette says Carbo is undecided, but the Score’s ticker says Huet will start. Which is true? Probably the Score’s ticker. It won’t matter who starts if the Habs don’t show any urgency…
    Glad to see my boy the AHL Slasher, AKA Perezhogin, is finally back playing tonight. Apparently, he’ll start the game with Saku “Joshtm’s Boy” Koivu and the newfie. Let’s hope he injects a spark, and uses his plus-player status to show those two how to backcheck…

  19. #19 fan3 says:
    April 7, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    And if they win then you should go kiss Carbo’s and Huet’s ass’.

  20. #20 fan3 says:
    April 7, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    directed to DIE_HARD

  21. #21 nigelski says:
    April 7, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Hey, Ziman, there’s a goaltender duel for ya…Dubiwieckszghtuiwe or Myzoplict or whatever the hell his name is —Vs—the less than stellar Scott Clemenson. I think I’ll bet over on that game.

  22. #22 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    April 7, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    The only A_S that I kiss is my wifes…………….

    But if the Habs should win I will be a man & a half and accept a bashing…

  23. #23 fan3 says:
    April 7, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Thats good enough for me

  24. #24 nigelski says:
    April 7, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Well, it’s a good thing that you’re a DIE-HARD, cause the bashing could get rough…

  25. #25 smiler2729 says:
    April 7, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Die Hard, RELAX!!!!!!!!!!! You’re freaking out, man! You are a living organism on this planet so melllooooowwwww out… yeah. Huet, Halak, Halak, Huet, Cristobal Halak, Jaroslav Huet, there’s no difference, they’re both good tenders but we need the team in front of them to KICK ASS!

  26. #26 West Coast Habs Fan says:
    April 7, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    ARRRRRGGGGG!

  27. #27 West Coast Habs Fan says:
    April 7, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    NOW THAT WAS A GOAL!!!! HIGGINS!!!

  28. Note to Gainey,1)no more pussy’s in a C.H. ,2) no more small D men and no more D men who don’t have a slap shot!3)no more Kovalev!4}NO MORE HUET!!!!

  29. #29 R habs 4 real says:
    April 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    It’s not going to happen tonight! All leafs! what did you expect?
    This is what I expected, and knew leafs would win. After all, habs only care about getting to their golf game, and it shows! Too bad habs as usual, are a NO SHOW!
    I expected that too!

  30. #30 West Coast Habs Fan says:
    April 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Xhabsfan… what are you talking about. The second goal was a little weak, but Huet stood tall against 23 shots and had zero defensive help.

  31. Off Season moves,say goodbye to BONK,JOHNSON,BULLY,DANDY,NINNY,ABBY,MURRAY,SAMMY,HUEY ! Thanks for the memories…..NOT!!!!

  32. #32 R habs 4 real says:
    April 7, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    All the habs do, is give their fans grief, and heartache!
    I really don’t like this team! And I like Carbo less!
    Why couldn’t he prepare his team, like Maurice and Rennie did!

  33. #33 Joseph says:
    April 7, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Starting Huet was the right call. Halak, as well as he’s played, likely would have been on the bench licking his wounds by now. I’m sure Carbonneau fully expected this first period storm and elected to go with experience. So far, it’s paid off.

    The problem is Montreal’s seemingly complete lack of effort to win and their subsequent failure at mounting any kind of an offensive attack.

    Neither of these teams belong in the playoffs, in my opinion. Given their opposition, neither would survive one round.

  34. #34 R habs 4 real says:
    April 7, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    GO ISLANDERS GO!

  35. West coast,THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO LET IN SOFT GOALS,ALLMOST EVERYTHING IS SOFT WITH A CH AND WHERE IS KOVALEV?? AND CAPTIAN??? KOIVU??????THE ROCKET IS CRYING !!!!

  36. THANK-YOU NEWFOUNDLAND !!!

  37. #37 Kev_in_Dorval says:
    April 7, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    How about that, all you doom n’ gloomers or closet Leafs fans, it’s 3 all!

  38. #38 west Coast Habs Fan says:
    April 7, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    WOOOO YAH! RYDER!!!

  39. #39 R habs 4 real says:
    April 7, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    RYDER! RYDER! RYDER! chased Raycroft! What a turnaround!

  40. #40 Kev_in_Dorval says:
    April 7, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Safe to say, entirely different Habs team showed up for the 2nd. Natural hat trick for Ryder to take a 4-3 lead and Raycroft chased … smells like … a playoff spot!

  41. #41 Gui-unit says:
    April 7, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    WOW!!! KEEP THIS UP 4-3!!

  42. #42 west Coast Habs Fan says:
    April 7, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    yeah yeah, never say never! Higgins and Ryder! This is amazing. hold on habs, HOLD ON!

  43. Well ,next 20 mins ,eh! You know there going to throw everything plus the kitchen sink at us !I don’t think either of these teams are going to do to much in playoff action,you would think with Canada paying for the N.H.L. All the Canadian teams would be powerhouses !!!

  44. #44 R habs 4 real says:
    April 7, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    We can’t stand prosperity! We are 1 shitty team!

  45. #45 nigelski says:
    April 7, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Huet lost this one for us…^-5 with 5 min to go… Go isles!!!

  46. #46 West Coast Habs Fan says:
    April 7, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Huet did not lose this game. too many 5 on 3′s.

  47. #47 R habs 4 real says:
    April 7, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Is this the worst habs team in their history? YES! YES!
    What a fucken team! Can’t hold on to a 2 goal lead? PATHETIC PIECES OF FUCKEN SHIT!
    THIS TEAM IS SHIT! SHIT! SHIT! A 2 GOAL LEAD

  48. #48 R habs 4 real says:
    April 7, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    C’mon Islanders! I’ll be damned if the leafs will make the playoffs!
    C’MON ISLANDERS! NJ DON’T PLAY BRODEUR!

  49. #49 R habs 4 real says:
    April 7, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    I also think the leafs have the referees in their back pocket! It’s obvious. they made sure in leafs last 3 games, that leafs got all the calls so they could score on their PP. Leafs got all the breaks, starting with that flukey goal at the end of the 2nd period! I am so upset!

  50. #50 Sam says:
    April 7, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    This was typically a Leafs (w/ Celestial support and refs giving them enough chances…not that we didn’t help of course. But it’s simply the trend for this 2006-07 version of the Habs. Also of note, last game for Kovalev (no doubt…here he is invisible for the two last games. Also, note Souray non present when the games is on the line. (injury or not, it says something for him)…got to expect it to be his last game. Huet weak and the defense very shoddy. Again, the Gods just wanted the Leafs to win. Someone please put together a reel of all this fluky shit goals the Leafs get….ahhh shit!!!

    Get rid of the dead wood already!!

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