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Taking notice of the Habs

  • The Canadiens are on the front page of TSN and there is a feature article on Cristobal Huet and the Habs success this season.

    The hockey world is all over the Canadiens right now.

    So the secret is out. The Canadiens are a good team.

    How good?

    No one expected much out of them at the beginning of the year and now they are catching the eyes of everyone with their strong start.

    Can they keep it up after moving from under the radar to an Eastern Conference threat?

    Is Cristobal Huet ready for the pressure of being the league’s best goaltender?

    The Habs return to Carolina for their second game this month, the first a blowout 4-0 win.

    Carolina are playing more like Candycanes than Hurricanes and seem to be suffering from the typical Stanley Cup hangover. But every team is a threat as Philadelphia recently proved.

    Carolina still possess great speed and it should be a fast paced game which the Canadiens excel at.

27 Comments
  1. Although I would like to admit they are a contender, they are not there yet. Still one or two years away! However, they are a dangerous team and will be tough to beat if they make the playoffs. They are still 1 or 2 players away. What do you guys think?

    Z-man

  2. #2 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 30, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    yes 1 or 2 players away and this team will be deadly i agree

  3. 1 or 2 guys away if we don’t lose any guy in the off-season.

    I know playoff is far far away. (I won’t even be able to watch any games, leaving 8 for intership in Neatherland) But if they get a long run in playoff, the guys might want to stay in Montreal. They know that the chemistry is good, everything is good and there might be a bigger chance to win the Stanley Cup. At the same time, some free agency (Good one that play and score not like Samsonov right now) might want to come to montreal.

    Hope everything goes well :)

    BTW : Anyone know a place in Delft or Amsterdam where it would be possible to watch a Hockey Game ? :D !?

  4. Probably via NASN (American Sport Cable Company – http://www.nasn.com/content/nasn/portal.nsf/systemcontent/howtogeteu – check here)

    Thats the only way i can think seeing as how it does wonders for me in the little old UK.

  5. Yeah, J-Nic, it might be tough in Holland. I got NASN in the UK (during the strike it was a total waste of money LOL) — you might be able to find it. Otherwise, call the Embassy.

    As for the ingredients for a Cup, I agree they’re 1-2 players away, and also that they might lose other key ingredients before next year. So… get the 1-2 players now, but preserve the chemistry and the key members of the team.

    In that vein, I heard about a report coming out of Boston that a deal involving Samsonov and Chicago was in the works. Though we all know the futility of rumours, especially in Montreal, there’s no question Sammy’s having a tough time and his early comments regarding the demotion that never really happened surely ruffled feathers.

    Whatever happens, the team is going far this year as long as the second period lapses don’t become a trend and a few players (who know who they are) find their scoring touches (we know they got it). I can’t wait for Higgins to be back!!

  6. I have watched most of the games thusfar, and I believe all of the November games. I have also, because of my job, had a chance to see most of the other teams, though not as closely. The Canadiens ARE one of the Top5 teams in the league for sure. They are moving together nicely, with and without the puck,have a strong presence (finally) and have a determination (team game)that has been lacking from years prior. This team started to take shape late last year, and with Guy behind the bench, and a lack of injuries (knock on wood) I do think they have a chance to win it all.

  7. I was listening to the team 990 today during the Pierre McGuire segment and he STILL isn’t sold on Huet, He wants to see Huet go through 60 games with the same numbers. This guy has the top save%, GAA, he held Buffalo to one goal and he dosen’t boast about himself and he takes the blame and dosen’t blame his team mates if he has a bad game(Aebischer!).

    The Habs need to take advantage of these games. The Canes’ are realing having lost 3 of 4. Like every game if they come out fast and get 1-2 quick goals the Hurricanes might fold like a cheap suit.

    And the Habs are only a 2nd line centre away from being a perennial cup contendre.

  8. #8 HabsInBlood says:
    November 30, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    I believe most would agree that the Habs are a better team than they were last year. I think many would also agree that we would have eliminated Carolina had Justin “ice pick” Williams not taken out our captain with an “accidental” high stick. I would say we are definitely a contender, barring injuries.

  9. Can you believe it. There isn’t anythong to complain about or analyze or criticize..just enjoy!!

    MM

  10. #10 joshtm says:
    November 30, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    Part of the Habs success has been when the rookies have come up to replace the injured players, like Kosty, or the rookie that stuck around Gui…..hmmm…I wonder how well the team will be when Price is finally up? Or some of the prospects if Gainey doesn’t trade them away like some well know prospects that went on to be superstars.

    I have to agree the Habs are worth watching this year for sure.

  11. First period in the bank. Habs are looking good. Huet in particular has been sharp. No chance for him on the Cole goal, very nice move on the rebound to score.
    The Ryder goal was sweet, perfect pass from Latendresse.
    Go habs!

  12. #12 Habs#1 says:
    November 30, 2006 at 9:20 pm

    COLE! That guy has been a Habs killer for years! Eer since they lost to Carolina five years ago in the playoffs. What does he have against the Habs? Did he grow up a Leafs or Bruins fan or something?

  13. Cole is a HAB BUSTER. I’ve aways felt he should play for montreal,its as if he elevates his game to impress hab managment.

  14. Cole is an animal out there tonight. Shooting, hitting, scoring…he’s doing it all.
    MTL is lucky Huet is on his game. They are getting vastly outshot by the Canes.

  15. #15 fanatic1 says:
    November 30, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    When you snooze, you lose! and guess what? we lost! AGAIN WE DIDN’T SHOW UP FOR THE THIRD PERIOD!!!!!!!!! WHY CAN”T WE PLAY 60 MINUTES OF HOCKEY???????Those penalties, AGAIN! Huet wasn’t sharp on the 4th goal! So, until we decide to play 60 MINUTES, we’re on thin ice. Oh, by the way, Ottawa scored 6 times against Florida; This is the Florida we couldn’t score a goal against!

  16. And here comes the fanatic.

    Yes we lost. At least we score. Yes, the third was bad, but apart from that – where are the faults? Not everyteam can play 60 mins. everygame as players are not made of stamina and endurance. Just be glad that we did not get shut out.

    What annoyed me the most about the game was the attendance. It disgusts me that the Stanley Cup champions have such a pitiful attendance. Shameful.

  17. #17 fanatic1 says:
    November 30, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    I could care less about the attendance. Those SOURAY penalties!does that guy have a brain or what? he hurts the team more than he helps us. I would rather have good defence from him, and no offence, than lousy defence and penalties that cost his team. I say trade him before his stock goes down.(taking penalties and giving away the puck won’t help his cause!

  18. WTF! Why is it that we allow over 35 shots a game?
    We are out shot every single game.
    Samsonov sucks! He has done nothing for this team, nothing.
    Time to start fixing the little things Bobby to put this team over the top.

    This team really needs a pure sniper, a real goalscorer
    (please don’t say Ryder, you have to be able to hit the net to score)

  19. #19 Habs4life says:
    November 30, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    Well I didn’t watch the whole game, just the 3rd peroid lol good timing..anywaysit seems to me that souray his either a habs hero, or a habs zero. Hes either scoring important powerplay goals, or scoring with 1 sec left in OT, or hes taking brainless penalties or bad turnovers, iam not to sure about souray right now. Even though huet had one of his worest performance of the year you really cant play this guy, 48 shot against is not acceptable. Also i think were turing into the flames from last year a bit. We dont score as many goals as other teams in the league, but we have a great goalie who doesn’t allow a lot. Plus samsonov got a point so i dont think this the game to blame him either.

    P.S. that save by koviu in the 3rd was nuts, you can tell why he wears the “C”

  20. stevejur’s got the Ryder thing right.

    Haven’t Cole and Williams done enough to the Habs already? Did Cole really have to dominate the Habs tonight? Did Williams have to scroe the winning goal?I mean, shouldn’t he have made it up to Saku by giving him the puck to go in on a breakaway and score in the third? Oh if only we lived in a perfect world.

    But you just don’t give up 48 shots and expect to win. Huet was really good again till the Belanger goal, but I’m guessing that may have been fatigue from all the shots he faced. The Habs will need to put up a way better defensive effort to beat the Leafs which seams almost impossible for them to do for some reason. But the game wasn’t all bad, they can take positives out of the first 2 periods. But once again taking way to many penalties cost’s them a game.If there’s one critizisim I have of Souray it’s that his temper can get the best of him at times or he just takes some bad penalties. He’s gooten way better at it compared to last season though which is good.

    But fanatic, why are you bringing up a game that already happened. And why are you comparing them to Ottawa? They beat Florida which is what counts. Would you prefer it if the Habs had gone on an all out offensive blitz, scored 4 goals but given up 6? The Habs don’t have the same offensive horses the Sens do. That’s why they play more of a defensive game.

    And the Samsonov singing is looking worse and worse with each passing game. If Gainey can unload this guy on someone AND get something back for him at the deadline then he’ll have corrected his major mistake.(Hey if we somehow are in a perfect world, and since Rutherford was dumb enough to trade Jack Johnson, maybe he’ll trade Cole for Samsonov. Ah what a dream that would be.)

    And to show just how dominent Cole was he registered 11 SHOTS ON GOAL! WHO DOES THAT?

    Just please don’t lose to the Leafs again, I’m not I’d survive it.

  21. #21 fanatic1 says:
    December 1, 2006 at 12:29 am

    hey guys,all I want for Xmas, IS TO BEAT THE LEAFS,PLEASE!!!They’re playing crappy, so maybe, for once, we’re going to beat them. We need to shut up their commentators, and moronic fans. A shutout would be nice. You know, I think I would rather have Zednik than Samsonov. Agree?

  22. Sorry fanatic1 their both SHIT, I’ll take the zamboni

  23. I’d rather have a player who cares than either Sammy or Zednik.

  24. #24 HabsInBlood says:
    December 1, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    fanatic1: I don’t mean to personally attack you, but can you use effective english instead of capitalized letters when you are trying to make a point. It is an eyesore.

  25. #25 Snake says:
    December 1, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    I really think Justin Willaims is a faget.

  26. #26 Snake says:
    December 1, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    OH and Habs 1 I went to a game in 2002 and Zednik registered 14 shotsin that game and had 2 goals. SO it does happen. Especially when you have teams like Carolina who just throw the puck at the net from every which angle and distance. 48 shots but only about 20 decent shots.

  27. No matter at what angel shots = goals.

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