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Sabre Alert

  • The Sabres have ‘struggled’ recently losing 2 of their last 3 games and 1 loss being to the second last Panthers in Florida.

    Don’t think for a second the Sabres aren’t still as dangerous as they really are.

    The rested Sabres should come out flying and skating as they always do and be very prepared for the Canadiens who have accumulated 3 points out of a possible 6 thus far.

    When Montreal plays to their potential and Buffalo to theirs, they are arguably the two quickest teams and an excellent game is always the result.

    If the Canadiens don’t go down early it could go the distance and potentially be another OT/Shootout finish.

    A win can put the Canadiens 6 points shy of the Northeast and Conference lead.

30 Comments
  1. #1 Hab-a-dab-a-do says:
    December 9, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    I think tonight you will see Kovy and Sammy lite the lite multiple times with a huge game for both.

  2. #2 rhozack says:
    December 9, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    I think toinght will be a good game. Our team is looking good and if we can put together 60 minutes we will beat the Sabres in regulation. I even feel our losses to Boston and NJ were good games with the excetption of about 5 minutes in each game, We are a real contender if we can start putting in solid 60 min efforts.

  3. #3 HabsInBlood says:
    December 9, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    Will Kovy be with Koivu/Ryder tonight? If they are, I’m looking forward to the game even more than I would otherwise be.

  4. #4 Gumper says:
    December 9, 2006 at 5:55 pm

    “When Montreal plays to their potential and Buffalo to theirs, they are arguably the two quickest teams and an excellent game is always the result.”

    Ditto on that HB. The good thing about the habs’ character is that they don’t seem to let a loss affect their confidence as much as it did last year. The difference could goaltending because when Theo started tanking in spots last year, it had a ripple effect on the rest of the team.

  5. #5 Habs#1 says:
    December 9, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    You hit it right in the head about goaltending Gumper. When the team had no confidence in Theo last season they had a losing attitude in Decembre/January because they had it in the back of their heads that Theo would somehow lose them the game last year. It’s different this year. Good to get Markov back cause they’ll nee their best defenceman on the ice tonight.

    And Higgins could be back as early as next week!

  6. #6 Jack Tornton says:
    December 9, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    When Higgins what are we going to do with the lines?

    option 1: Put him on the 1st line and put Latendresse on 4th

    option2: Put him on the 2nd line and Leave everyhting as it is, and move- Pleckanek to the 4th line

    option 3: Mess up all the lineS, BUT DO NOT TOUCH THE 3rd LINE.

  7. #7 Jack Tornton says:
    December 9, 2006 at 6:50 pm

    *When Higgins returns

  8. #8 fanatic1 says:
    December 9, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    Higgins is returning to the linup next week, either Tuesday against Boston, or Thursday against the lightning. he has been practicing with the club.that’s very good news. Boy, can we use his scoring. carbo said he would play 6 or 7 minutes on the 4th line,and see how he does. But you know once he’s back and comfortable, he will be moved back to the 1st line.

  9. 5 mins. into the 2nd and I’m wondering since when is it the refs job to interfear and change the game, isn’t there a ref school and are they teaching them the same rules,cause it shure seems each ref has a diferent view on what the rules are.

  10. #10 fanatic1 says:
    December 9, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    I said before the game started,the only way we will this game, is to have GOOD GOALTENDING, and NOT ALOT OF PENALTIES, but that isn’t happening. Huet was very weak on BOTH goals, and we’re taking bad penalties. You can’t afford to give up soft goals, and still win!lately, he looks tired. but, for whatever reason, he doesn’t look sharp!

  11. #11 Hab-a-dab-a-do says:
    December 9, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    Huet got beat bad twice in the shootout, Kovey could have won it for us.

  12. #12 stevejur says:
    December 9, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    4 x 2 on ONE’S. Zero goals.

    PLEASE PUT ABBY IN GOAL FOR SHOOTOUTS, HUET SUCKS!

    Stick on the ice you f@#%#’n OHL goalie, where the hell was the pock check?
    Who the hell taught him to play in net?
    That was just brutal, brutal goaltending.

  13. #13 Jack Tornton says:
    December 9, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    Samsonov is a disgrace to this team. TRADE him as fast as possible, but for what. He doesnt worth a shit. Man, Bob that was the worst aquisition you’ve made as far in your career as a General Manager. Leave Samsonov sleep, like that we can leave his sopt for a rookie. Maybe Koststyn or Grabvoski.

  14. #14 fanatic1 says:
    December 9, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    We lost, and Huet still didn’t look sharp! remember what I said about always losing on Saturday? it happened again! oh by the way, expect to lose all the shootouts, WHEN HUET IS IN GOAL! he is simply HORRIBLE on shootouts!!!!no matter what, (even if we stand on our heads), we just can’t beat BUFFALO! that win a few weeks ago, with 1 second to go, was just lucky. We think we have beaten them, maybe once in the last 30 tries. just not happening. now, we have lost 4 of our last 6. not good. We just can’t seem to finish plays, and we miss so many good scoring chances. How many 2 on 1′s did we have in the 2nd period? you have to make the most of your opportunities, and we don’t. I think it’s just a lack of talent. from now on, everytime they play on Saturday, I’m betting on the opposition, because we seem to be lucky on Saturdays. Never on Saturday! We’re losing too many games now!Can we send Samsonov to the minors? better still, exile him to his home country, SIBERIA!

  15. May be odd, but i think HabsBlog could do with an acompanying forum\message board.

    God knows how to make one, but it could be a good addition to the site (just an idea!)

    As for the game, the game itself was solid, somethng we cna build off. Defense and PK was just sensational, but the amount of PK shows what is our big problem – penalties. Some silly, some just bad refereeing, it needs to be dealt with. As for the shootout, i understand why Sammy, but then i dont! Just put in some consistent goalscorers rather than a 19 game goal drought player to boost his confidence. Team and fan confidence comes ahead of this any day.

  16. #16 fanatic1 says:
    December 9, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    Souray left the game injured with some sort of wrist injury. If it’s serious, or he’s out for any length of time, our PP is finished, and so are we! Because we don’t score 5 on 5. Our only goals tonight, were on the PP. Why can’t we score 5 on 5? I think this losing streak will continue. too many overtime and shootout games, and Huet looks tired. He’ll never make it thru 82 games. he wasn’t built to play that many games. WE should bring up Danis or Jaraslak. Huet’s weaknesses are being exposed. Did you see that slapshot in the shootout? huet looked horrible on that!

  17. Well,fun game to watch,but Habs loosing to many games lately.HIGGINS WILL HELP, but so will some tweking of lineup.And to all the Habnatics out there,it’s all about winning,especialy in montreal.

  18. #18 Hab-a-dab-a-do says:
    December 9, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    You guys are tough, Gotta be X NHL’ers, Right? You gotta be.

  19. Great idea, abby or penney for o.t. shootouts

  20. #20 HabsInBlood says:
    December 10, 2006 at 2:42 am

    Good effort by the Habs tonight – however, goaltending gave Buffalo the edge tonight and was the difference. Nice job by Briere and Hecht embelishing calls – I didn’t think Lindy would put up with that kind of acting, but I guess he does.

    If we manage tp put forth that kind of effort game in game out, we are in great shape.

  21. #21 HabsInBlood says:
    December 10, 2006 at 2:58 am

    Somewhat of a silver lining: Souray hurt his right wrist today. From what I gather, all his past problems/surgeries were on his left.

  22. #22 TonyMuerte says:
    December 10, 2006 at 3:15 am

    Well… i don’t understand all those cries… we just tied a game with BUFFALO, one of the two best team in the NHL at the moment. And we did great. I enjoyed the game. Yes, we need to be better in 5vs5. But we are first in the 4vs5 and we are like 4th in the 5vs4. We have some problems, but why a trade? We can think about a trade in February, but in December? common.

  23. #23 stevejur says:
    December 10, 2006 at 3:26 am

    Ryan Miller simply put: THE REAL DEAL
    My hat goes off to him. He rarely allows the shit goals.

    Huet that goal to the left corner in the 3rd was horrible.
    What are you doing on your knees? and from that angel?
    We don’t need another Theodore, we sent that crap packing.

    Sorry guys but I will always remember that Stillman goal in O.T from the blueline.

    Once again great goalies don’t allow that shit, and Huet still does.
    He won’t be their for us come playoffs and I just don’t know about Abby.
    I don’t think any of them can bring home the bacon.

    Sorry I’m still not sold on Huet, way to many shitty goals.

  24. I didn’t see the game but after reading some of these comments…don’t hang Huet…he is the main guy. Aebischer is not stealing the games. Last year it was Huet and if the playoffs are in sight, then Huet has to be the man.

    Missing scoring opportunities and not finishing off plays has been part of the problem. Penalities are and have been a major problem. So we just played Buffalo and got a point. Huet did let some soft goals and maybe had some kind of off night. Take this loss a lot better than the NJ game. That’s the one we should have had. We didn’t even get a point. Lighten up, it sounds like the effort was there tonight, perhaps a positive trend building here. There will be another game, let’s come out for the full game. Souray’s injury may become a pivotal factor. Let’s hope it’s a minor thing.

    Go Habs Go!

  25. #25 Hab-a-dab-a-do says:
    December 10, 2006 at 11:14 am

    Just heard the new’s Souray out for the rest of the season from a broken heart after reading everything the haters are saying about the team on this page.

  26. #26 HabsInBlood says:
    December 10, 2006 at 11:38 am

    Huet was edged by Miller in goaltending but it’s not like he sucked. He did stop 31 of the 33 shots afterall, as did Miller. The difference was the Habs were swarming the net more and the quality of the 33 shots against Miller were better.

    As for Souray, his loss will be missed. However, I dare to say we will adjust without him – just like we did with Higgins out. Markhov and Streit cannot fill his skates on the point on the PP, but they will be alright. Other than Souray’s shot, they will perform other aspects of the PP better, like puck movement.

    The one part of their game that seems odd is how the D play when the other team’s offence is rushing. They seem to give up far to much of the blue line and basically let the opposition enter the zone with full control of the puck. Also, on dump ins, they sometimes seem to loaf after the puck almost intentionally letting the forechecker get to the boards/puck first. I don’t know if this is how they are being coached – it just seems like we could challenge a little more at the blue line and chase the dump ins with more determination to get to the puck first.

  27. #27 HabsInBlood says:
    December 10, 2006 at 11:49 am

    More biased broadcasting from MSG network – I had to watch the game (NHL Center Ice) listening to the Buffalo broadcaster – what a quack!!

    When Begin got high-sticked by Mair in the 1st, the broadcaster claimed it was Begin’s stick hitting himself in the head. I couldn’t believe he was saying this as I watched the same replay he was. When Ryder took hooking penalty on Hecht, that was 20% one handed stick check and 80% oscar winning acting performance by Hecht. In the 3rd when Rivet “cross-checked” Briere, Rivet pushed the chest of Briere with his glove while his hand was on his stick – Briere snapped his head backed like he had been given a head shot – 2 mins crosschecking … f’in joke. I hope the refs watch what they call after the game so they can see how much acting the Sabres put into a good number of the calls that went their way.

  28. #28 Big Kevin says:
    December 10, 2006 at 11:55 am

    I just copied this off TSN…..

    Laura Gainey, 25, was washed off a deck at the back of the vessel in a storm at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

    A search is continuing this morning.

    Dan Moreland, the senior captain of the Picton Castle, says she is a volunteer on the vessel who is known to be very fit, and is “a well loved crew member.”

    Meanwhile, the U.S. coast guard says the search for the woman is in a crucial stage this morning.

    Spokeswoman Faith Wisinski says aircraft resumed searching at first light and a U.S. coast guard vessel has searched through the night for Gainey.

    However, she says that as of 9 a.m. this morning, Gainey has been in the water 30 hours.

    Wisinski says the water is warm in the area, but it’s expected hypothermia would normally take a person’s life after 36 hours.

    Gainey isn’t wearing a life-jacket

  29. This is sickening new’s about Bob Gainey’s daughter. My heart goes out to Bob and his family…let’s hope for some type of miracle that they do find her. First Bob loses his wife to cancer a number of year’s ago and now this, it really does put thing’s in perspective. Say a little prayer for the man.

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