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Saturday Night’s Alright

  • Is there a better feeling than a cool December Saturday with Habs and Leafs on the menu?

    Leafs Habs. Habs Leafs. Saturday Night. Nation wide.

    You never quite know what you are going to get from the Leafs on any given night. They seem to get up more for the Habs than any team. Especially on the road.

    The Canadiens are looking to keep up their impressive streak of never losing back to back games. Accomplished only by them and the Sabres. The Habs have always found a way to rebound after a loss. Correct their errors and win again.

    The Leafs are in the other boat, losers of three straight. In danger of sliding down the ladder with the Senators and Bruins starting to win games. The Leafs have not scored much recently and are up against the hottest goalie in the NHL.

    Sergei Samsonov, possible the season’s biggest disappointment and now subject of many trade rumors. His last goal came against the Maple Leafs way back on October 28th. The last time anyone noticed Samsonov, October 28th. That’s not good enough Sergei.

    Although most rumors floating around seldom come true, this is one you hope might have some credibility. Samsonov has been a big disappointment.

    For comparison, Radek Bonk has been one of the best Canadiens this year. Last year he was public enemy #1. Will Samsonov follow the same path? He may not have that luxury and certainly doesn’t deserve it. He’s been paid now, he needs to produce now and that’s the bottom line.

    Enjoy the game.

  1. #1 Habs#1 says:
    December 2, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    Yeah Sammy has been absolutly terrible and I’m sure Gainey would love to rid himself of him, it’s just that he makes 3.5 mil with another year on the deal. There are some wild rumors out there like him going to Chicago for Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith or Cam Barker, but Dave Tallon appears to be doing the smart thing and keeping them and re-building the hard way with the draft. And the new one has him and Souray going to Detroit for Datsyuk, who’s contract talks have stalled and Chelios who has apparently said he wouldn’t mind retiring in the jersey he started in. Neither is likely to happen.(Although Gainey getting rid of Samsonov would open up major cap room to go after Datsyuk when he’s UFA. Now he’d look great with Kovalev, maybe even get him going consistently)

    The Habs are likely stuck with Sergei till the deadline, the offseason or next year’s deadline.

    And hopefully Carbonneau can finally find a way to get this team up for games against the Buds. They never seem able to. And with the Sundin/Antropov/Ponikarovsky line the Habs might have some trouble with them cause they’re all huge men. And Sundin seems to ALWAYS bring his A game when it’s Habs/Leafs.

    But they have yet to face the’Cristowall’ this season so here’s hoping he shut’s the door and the Habs walk out with a shutout.

  2. There is no doubt that the Leafs get more excited to play us then we do to play them. I guess from a LEafs point of view they get to play against a fast skating exciting team which hockey is all about. As for us we know what we are going to get with the LEafs. COnstant forechecking, bad angle shots and non stop crying from TUcker, ABOUT NOTHING. ANyways Habs finally take it too them like last March and we win 5-2.

  3. Habs 1:

    I see you have found a new target. There will always be a player struggling on every team at every moment. Give teh guy a break, he is skating well it seems just not quite with it.

  4. #4 Habs#1 says:
    December 2, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Coming from the guy who lashes out at Rivet every chance he get’s? give me a break. If Samsonov was just going through a small cold streak, then hey I’d support him 100%, but he’s gone 14 games without a goal. He’s got to get going to earn his 3.5 mil.

    And I thought you wanted to end this thing between us, but your last couple posts show otherwise.

  5. #5 HaBz4EveR says:
    December 2, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    ah come on guys… We are all fans of the best sports team on the planet. Let’s not start fighting over personal beliefs. Lets keep our trash for the real garbage: The Maple Leafs

  6. #6 Jack Tornton says:
    December 2, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    Samsonov sucks with Habs (period)! We should trade him for a good d-man, so that if never souray argues for a fat contract we can leave him the doors open. By the way, I want propose some new lines to Carbonneau. I hope he comes and sees them, ’cause logically they make sense.

    1: Samsonov-Koivu-Ryder
    2: Kovalev-Higgins-Latnedresse
    3: johnson-bonk-prezoghin
    4: Kostsisyn-Pleckanek-Begin

    Trust me folks, these lineups are the best lineups you can form

  7. #7 fanatic1 says:
    December 2, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    here we go again! habs left their skates at home!

  8. #8 stevejur says:
    December 2, 2006 at 9:06 pm

    You know what I love it. I can’t wait to read the posts later on how great Rivet is,
    how talented our Russians are, stop the european bashing blah, blah, blah, blah
    Look at little Boullion, love that guy. Tucker right in the mouth, how the f#@* do you not get FIRED UP?

    I’m F#@*’n pissed off!

    Let’s get more Samsonov’s, more Kovalev’s, more Smomolov’s, more Karpolovs

    Rivet you pilon get off the off, BENCH!

  9. Gagne or Cole on this habs team and we get the cup.

  10. #10 fanatic1 says:
    December 2, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    Kovalev off the habs, and we win the cup!!! What a selfish, bonehead piece of
    crap!I really dislike him intensely!! he has ABSOLUTELY NO RESPECT FOR HIS TEAM, and he could CARELESS if his team wins or loses! as long as he gets paid! and this is the 2ND TIME he has taken 2 BRAINLESS penalties in a row to hurt his team! Please trade him. he makes my stomach turn! What a useless piece of SH@#$%T !

  11. Kovalev looks like he’s playing on bad knee’s,get him off the ice and fix him.
    Get that Murray and Downey &Niniima & Abesher out of town and bring up the prospects. Sooner the better!

  12. Oh yeah, make Souray a foward.

  13. #13 fanatic1 says:
    December 2, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    Put Souray up front, and put Downey and Murray on the first plane out of town!

  14. #14 johnnyhab says:
    December 2, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    Happy birthday to me the Habs in the shootout!!!!

  15. #15 Hab-a-dab-a-do says:
    December 2, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    Souray in a shootout? Wow what a move,

  16. After watching the latter part of the third and watching the many giveaways…mmm did they want to give the game away!!!

    I didn’t see the first two periods but being down 2-0 and coming back means something. I just can’t figure these guys out. They are supposed to want to win yet, everything they are doing is going against the grain…it’s like chasing your tale. Knock it off already…play for 60 min and finish plays…stop giving the other team extra chances. It’s like a double play ball and you bobble the ball and then throw the ball away and everyone safe and you’re standing there in disbelief. That’s the kind of season so far. We are up in the standings and we should be happy but the performances make you scratch your head…are we that good….can this keep happening or are we going to have more of this jekyl & hyde routine. Huet is gaining more and more of a Roy mystique…hang in there and hopefully some of these freeloaders get to change their tune. I should be happy with beating the Leafs but I can’t because it’s another one of those games that they should have put them away….I don’t recall the name but they had a breakaway (couldn’t finish), they had a two/three on one and didn’t even get a shot off. What gives!!! The defense can’t get the puck out of their zone and continually fool around with the puck only to lose it or give back to the other team. Is this for real!!! I am thinking we need to have the coaching staff dawn boxing gloves and for every stupid play, they should reward the moron with a shot to the head. Wake up…how many times can we say this. Let’s not be critical…they’re pros afterall. Sure as hell are not making an impressive picture for the fans. just the same…thanks for the two points. Onward to the next game. Go Habs Go!

  17. #17 Habs4life says:
    December 3, 2006 at 12:10 am

    yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh habs win, what a win. Great to see koviu set up in the big games, now we all know why he were the “C” :)…when your team is losing 3-1 just pray it works:)

  18. #18 fanatic1 says:
    December 3, 2006 at 12:24 am

    What’s going on with Ryder? 3 great chances in the 1st period(including a breakaway), and nothing! not enough close. he just can’t buy a goal. wow, has he fallen on tough times.When’s Higgins coming back? I think Ryder depends on him more than we think.I don’t want to go on a tirade, again, (about penalties and not playing 60 minutes), but the first period was one of the worst periods the habs have ever played. I’m starting to think that hab players are playing Mise au jeu, and betting on the leafs to win! that’s the only plausable explaination for their play. Do the habs just think that they’re so good, that playing 10 minutes is enough to win? I have no answers. You already know what I think about Kovalev. When he’s off the team, we will play 60 minutes,because he’s a bad influence, and bad example.Samsonov hogs the puck just like him, without any production. Too bad we don’t have more players with heart, like Koivu!wish we had 10 players like him, because he never quits!

  19. #19 stevejur says:
    December 3, 2006 at 4:41 am

    I can’tbelieve it, we f$@%’n WON! WE WON!!!!
    I was at a house party with 40 Leaf fans and man did I stick it to them.
    Saku, Saku, Saku, Saku
    If I ever hear anyone shit on him again you are not a fan get off this site.
    What a leader! What a F@#*k’n Leader.

    I hope Rivet is gone for good!

  20. #20 stevejur says:
    December 3, 2006 at 4:44 am

    Ryder and Samsonov for Rick Nash
    Ryder, Abby and Samsonov for Vinny

  21. #21 Snake says:
    December 3, 2006 at 9:14 am

    Big win. Koivu shows again why he is our leader. Souray double shifts in the third and plays remarkable at the back end. SOuray helped control the tempo of the third and extinguished any pressure the LEafs attempted to create in the third. Great job. Sign him immediately! Even Kovy stepped it up in the third. Markov and Komi played better as teh game went on and BOullion played big and cranked the fag tucker for all of us. It felt so good it was like I threw the punch.

    As for the negatives the play in the first was ridiculous and definetely and continuation of the Carolina game. Rivet got hurt but played AWFUL before the. SUndin showed just how slow and clumbsy he is. RIvet was 0-9 on my count in the 1st to clear the zone and probably let to about 8 good scoring chances. After his injury the de really picked up in the third aND ALL FIVE PLAYED TREMENDOUS. IF he is out for awhile it may surprise alot of people what the results in our own end will be. I know we will have less penalties. Get well Rivet, just not too fast, for the team.

  22. #22 smiler2729 says:
    December 3, 2006 at 9:51 am

    I’m starting to see why Samsonov is the subject of all your trade rumours. I started thinking last night as I watched in horror again as the lowly Leafs rise up against the Habs, that there was a reason the Bruins traded him AND if Samsonov played better last spring, the Oilers would be Stanley Cup champs… now we have him. Oh well. Hopefully he comes around or he gets shipped out for somebody who is productive. As for Kovalev, the frustration continues, for him as a player but mostly for us as fans. As for Souray, sign him up long term for the big bucks, same with Markov and I guess that would leave Rivet the odd man out. Another ‘oh well’ to that. As for Koivu, simply amazing, there’s so much more to the little captain than his stats, I’d love to see him hoist the Cup. As for Ryder, come back Higgy, come back, the Newfie’s struggling without your spark. I had the displeasure and later pleasure of watching this game with two obnoxious Leaf fans who started their verbal bullshit early in the 1st but hey, we had the last laugh, just wish we could smoke them one of these games in an embarrassing way (8-0 or something).

  23. #23 Habs#1 says:
    December 3, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    stevejur, Rick Nash, Vinny Lecavelier? Those are some of the untouchables in this league. Nash is the future of the Jackets and is never going anywhere unless by FA, and Vinny is one of the best players in the NHL right now. Feaster isn’t as dumb as O’Connel(Joe Thornton)

    Koivu once again showed why he wears the ‘C’ on his chest. He’s the heart and soul of this team and always seems to come through in the clutch. What happened to all those people saying that he wasn’t good enough?

    Ryder though is looking less and less confident with each passing game. I wonder what’s going on upstairs with him. And once again the Russians were absolutly invisible.

    Bouillion seems to be rounding back into form, a couple of huge hits, not many mistakes and him belting Darcy Tucker with that right was just awesome. Then Jeff O’Neil complained about how ‘dirty’ that was to basically sucker punch Tucker, yeah well Tuckers hit on Bouillion wasn’t all that clean either.(I wonder what Don thought of a frenchman who wears a visor beating up his boy Tucker.)

    Markov played a lot better last night and he is this teams best defenceman, not Souray.

    And the Habs have yet to lose 2 in a row all season. Now that’s impressive.

  24. Toronto coach Paul Maurice accused the Bell Centre Zamboni driver of leaving rough ice in the end the Leafs shot from in the shootout. He said they did the same when Toronto visited on Oct. 28, although the Leafs won that time.

  25. #25 Snake says:
    December 3, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    THe habs are shopping for a scoring center. Goainey will be patient but it will happen.

  26. #26 Habs#1 says:
    December 3, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    Problem is Snake, that about all the teams are asking for your boy Souray in return. A trade probably won’t happen till Higgins comes back and it will probably be in late January-to the trade deadline in Febuary. And hopefully Gainey can gid rid of one of the Russians in the deal. Those Sammy to Chicago rumors just won’t go away. Same with Detroit cause he live there during the offseason.

    And Maurice was just looking for an excuse for their collapse.

    Darcy Tucker wouldn’t talk to the media last night. I guess he takes getting floored by a visor wearing frenchman personnaly. But you can bet that Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators were lauphing and high-fiveing each other after they saw that.

  27. #27 HabsInBlood says:
    December 3, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    Tucker’s hit on Bouillon was cheap. He ran him when he was on his knees 3 feet from the boards. Bouillon’s hit on Wellwood was a clean hard take out along the boards – trademark Bouillon. Sucker punch my ass. Tucker was pushing and swinging at Bouillon by this time – just because Bouillon feeds Tucker his right fist for dinner does not make it a sucker punch. They were face to face and Tucker got knocked down … period … poor Darcy. Then again, maybe he wasn’t knocked down … maybe he tripped over the bad ice intentionally placed there before the 1st period by the zamboni driver :-).

  28. #28 Keenan says:
    December 3, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    Jack Tornton,

    Why would you break up Higgins Koivu and Ryder they’re playing amazing together. And Kovalev should always be with Samsonov because they probably know eachother the best on the whole team.

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