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The Boston 3

  • The Canadiens take on Boston tonight, the first of three remaining games against the Bruins this year.

    Needless to say, the Canadiens playoff chances rest on their ability to defeat teams like the Bruins.

    Three games remain against Boston and one against the Capitals. The rest are against teams battling for a spot, or Ottawa and Buffalo who are never easy.

    Traditionally at this time of year the Habs have done well against the Bruins. The key perhaps is a win tonight to really damage the hopes of the Bruins who would then fall 7 points behind the Canadiens. A gap that is virtually impossible to overcome this late on.

    A Bruins team with damaged confidence knowing they are out of the race, might then be easier to then beat in the remaining games. That’s purely speculation but after watching the Canadiens confidence collapse this season – we’re familiar with what can happen.

    Jaroslav Halak is the man once again. The Candiens for the first time in many many games, had a solid goaltending performance and took that crucial extra point against the Leafs.

    A no-brainer to go with him again. Halak rebounded well after getting his first NHL beating in Atlanta not long ago, maybe he can keep it up for the remainder of the year.

    If Halak outplays Thomas, the Habs have a good chance of putting the Bruins to bed for good with a win tonight.

142 Comments
  1. That’s the shit boy’s ,ooooh yeah!!!!

  2. #2 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 20, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    I see that New Jersey is not doing us any favours either. But Tampa is so far.

  3. #3 nigelski says:
    March 20, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Kovalev seems to be working hard for a change. Hope I didn’t just jinx us by saying so.

  4. #4 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 20, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Scrap that. NYI tied it up.

  5. #5 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 20, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Why are they slacking off? They have to keep going. Offence, Offence.

    Don’t play defensive. Got to keep going to the net.

  6. I smell a goal

  7. #7 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 20, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Well NYI just went ahead 3-2……..Shit

  8. #8 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 20, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    Good Game Halak. But the Leafs are winning 2-1. The NYI are winning 3-2. We can’t catch a break.

  9. #9 Gui-Unit says:
    March 20, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    3-3 Lightning tied it

  10. How ever this ends ,I’m real happy to note we have a great foundation of young players with fire in their eye’s ,something too build BIG with, the Rocket sleeps well tonite,eh!!!

  11. #11 g-mac says:
    March 20, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Halak will not allow a goal during the rest of the regular season. Fact.

  12. #12 R habs 4 real says:
    March 20, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    TB won in overtime, so habs, leafs, and Carolina all tied for 8th place. Too bad leafs won, and that TB couldn’t have won in regulation. I think what will ultimately happen, is that the teams solidified in the playoffs, aren’t playing as hard as the teams on the cusp. If we don’t gain ground(and we haven’t in 3 nites), then we’ll just run out of games. Remember, NYI have 2 GAMES IN HAND! LEAFS STILL HAVE 1 GAME IN HAND.
    Here’s the problem with the habs: They totally outplayed the bruins, yet have to hang on for dear life, because the habs CAN’T SCORE! Kovalev missed a wide open net, and a breakaway;(he’s totally useless)! I hope we get rid of him, BADLY! Higgins had a breakaway and couldn’t score. We had so many chances to put this game away and couldn’t! And despite being outplayed, the Bruins were just 1 shot away from wining the game. In the 3rd period again,(like Saturday against the leafs) the habs went into a defensive style and stopped skating. You can’t play this style and expect to win on a continuous basis. Good teams will kill you. If we don’t score more on Thursday, we will lose.
    I expect leafs and NYI to keep on winning, which leaves habs out in the cold in 11th place. Say bye bye to the playoffs!

  13. #13 Gui-Unit says:
    March 20, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Islanders lost but the shitty leafs won, habs are tied at the 8th spot along side the shitty leafs and the Hurricanes. No way the leafs are going to make it, the rest of their games are up against tough teams, so the battle is basically going to be between Carolina and the habs.

    HABS WILL MAKE IT!!!
    THE DRIVE FOR 25
    GO HABS GO!!

  14. #14 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 20, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    If Montreal keeps pace like it is going now and the season ends this way then they are in the playoffs. Montreal has more wins than the other 3 teams.

  15. #15 habs phan says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:48 am

    Did Kovalev need a few more chances to score or what??? Not complaining, just noticed that he could’ve had 2 hatricks. BIG WIN boys, way to go, carry that momentum into Boston and you should have no problem picking up another two points. GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!

  16. #16 nigelski says:
    March 21, 2007 at 6:26 am

    We didn’t crush their spirits going into next game thursday, so let’s hope by not whippin em 7-0 like on the weekend, that they are complacent easy victims come next one. Halak looks like his benching and not dressing as backup for a few games really lit a fire under him. He’s playing great. Too bad this tactic didn’t work with other guys who sat in the pressbox.( they know who they are…)It sucks that the leafs won, but then, it always sucks when the leafs win. I almost hope it comes down to that last game, so we can snuff their hopes again this year. Still, Buffalo could do us a favor by sweepin them in two games this week, cause jersey couldn’t get the job done.

  17. #17 nigelski says:
    March 21, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Also, Carolina plays washington, and San jose, and they have to lose both games too. What kinda sucks right now is that all the teams we are chasing/right there with, seem to win the same nights as we do, and luckily lose the same nights as well. We need to put together a streak that has us winning while thet are all losing. Halak is the go-to guy for now, the shutout has surely cemented abby’s ass to the bench–which is a good thing.

    Go habs!

  18. #18 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 8:05 am

    With the goal posts, open nets they missed and the outstanding saves by Thomas the score could have eassly been 8-0.

    We got the sut out win. That is all that matters.

    Halak seems like a good down to earth Kid.

    GO HALAK, GO HABS.

    Al we have to do is keep the pace that we going. We will be ok.

    Te D-Men got out of Halak’s way and he made the saves. He made some good saves.

  19. #19 fan4066 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 9:30 am

    I’ve been reading about “all the hopefull fans” on getting into the playoffs on this blog. Look guys, I have been a fan for 35 yrs now, this team is best off NOT making the playoffs. All of the fans on TV are clinching to something that is a joke. Its like not pulling the plug on a loved one just for the sake of not wanting them to die. “Just get in, just get in” COME ON, what is that!

    This is not the Edmonton Oilers of last year. 7th or 8th vs the 1st & 2nd place teams in the Conference….Sabres & Devils…they can’t beat those teams in a 7 game series…they will get inialated.

    They do not have the talent to be there, you guys know that! You really do. Goaltending is atrosious, Abby and Halak are not going to be playoff saviours like Penny, Roy and Sevigny or Herron of the past. They are average…at best.

    So if Montreal slots in at 8th spot come the seasons end….be prepared for a Sabres ASS KICKING like you’ve never seen before.

    Remember the 82 playoffs, Montreal plays Buffale on the 1st round, 3 of 5 then, Buffalo beat us 3-0, and shut us out in 2 of those contests….and we had a far better team then. Montreal does not want to meet Buffalo in the 1st round. Its kinda like not wanting to play Jersey in the 1st round either, they will dismantle us even worse…4-0, and yes, you all know I’m right! Montreal record againt Jersey is enuff to make me vomit (2 wins in the last 40 meetings!) You want domination….there you have it.

    So, in closing, no, Montreal is best off not making it. I’de rather they not make it than go through the embarsement of a 1st round kiddy circus.

  20. #20 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Fan4066:

    You said, ” Abby and Halak are not going to be playoff saviours like Penny, Roy and Sevigny or Herron of the past”.

    Abby no. But Halak maybe. What in the hell did Penny, Herron and Sevigny do? How many cups did they bring home?

    You said, “Remember the 82 playoffs, Montreal plays Buffale on the 1st round, 3 of 5 then, Buffalo beat us 3-0, and shut us out in 2 of those contestsThey do not have the talent to be there, you guys know that! You really do”.

    That was then. This is now. Look what Monreal did to first place Boston. Upsat them did we not. The playoffs are a whole differnt season my friend.

    We have seen upsets before and we will see them again.

    The 93 Habs had no better tean than we have now. There were no superstars on that team.

  21. #21 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I disagree with fan4066….for a number of reasons, but in a way he is right.

    The veterans don’t have it anymore. The game against Boston showed the vets are good at hitting goal posts…and falling down. I think Johnson and Kovalev had a beer bet going on as to who would fall down the most during the game….one more game with Johnson flat on his butt!

    But on the plus side, If we had nothing but largely rookies, bring up Chipchura, Grabby, Milroy, D’Agostini, Locke, the core of the rookies that gave us such a spark at the beginning of the season and prompted many in the media to say, is Montreal finally a cup contender again?

    Well, if we rely on Dandy, Bouilly, Johnson, Ninnima, Samsonov and Koivu and worst of all Kovalev, we are in for a first round kiddy circus of being embarrased.

    But if we bring up the rookies we could end up with an exciting finish, like the exciting start we had….my two cents.

  22. #22 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:13 am

    SERIOUSLY some one tell me “What in the hell did Penny, Herron and Sevigny do? How many cups did they bring home?

    Please tell me why these Goalies were so great the so called “Playoff Saviours”

  23. #23 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:43 am

    My point exactly !!!

  24. #24 fan4066 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:49 am

    DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN

    Your totally missing my point here. These tenders at least got us deep into the playoffs, and created some seroius damage in the process. No, Penny did not win a cup….I’m not stupid,I lived that playoff year, and watched Penny stand on his head, and also watch the Habs put the Islanders down 2-0 in the conference finals that year. The others solid tenders in the playoffs as well. Abby and Halak are not going to get us anywhere….unless you know something I don’t about them! Halak is 21, pretty young, granted, but just not the good to “blow anybody away”

    As far as the 93 team not having a better team than we have now…..they had heart, heart, heart…this team has non…Jacques Demers said that himself. That’s why the 93 team wan the Stanley Cup. Before Christmas, they were playing like the 93 team…..I lived, ate and slept that season as well….what more do you want to know??

  25. #25 Habs#1 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Corey Locke is a bust. He won’t see the NHL with the Habs.

  26. #26 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:59 am

    How old was Roy when he played his first NHL game? What team was it against?

    Why is Halak not the “blow anybody away Goalie? So he is young. Roy was great. Ken Dryden he was not. I’ve seen nights when Roy would not stop a beach ball.

    Don’t be too quick to jump on Halak………………

  27. #27 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:00 am

    As opposed to another year of great rookies? Like Ken Dryden? Hey we have had great rookies that have pulled off playoff miracles!

  28. #28 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:07 am

    That’s my point Joshtm. It can happen again…………..

  29. #29 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Fan4066, you said this “Montreal is best off not making it. I’de rather they not make it than go through the embarsement of a 1st round kiddy circus”.

    So what if Montreal had finnished this season with 82 wins & no losses for 164 points And got their asses kicked 4 straight in the first round buy a shitty team that just barely made the playoffs by 7 to 8 goal shut-outs?

    What then?????????? It does not matter if you just make the playoffs or finnish 1st over all. It is a new season & anything can happen……..

  30. #30 fan4066 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Roy was 20, a year younger…February 23, 1985 he replaced starter Doug Soetaert in a game againt, against the Jets. He started the 3rd period. They beat the jets 6-4. Dryden was just a plain phenominon.

    just to add to the 93 team…not as good? How about Muller, Bellows, Roy,
    Damphousse, Schneider,Keane,Dionne,Carbonneau,Desjardins,Brunet, Daigneault, your right… not as good as this Habs team for sure…..geees!

  31. #31 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Fan4066, Answer my question in Post#79.

  32. #32 fan4066 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:44 am

    So what if Montreal had finnished this season with 82 wins & no losses for 164 points And got their asses kicked 4 straight in the first round buy a shitty team that just barely made the playoffs by 7 to 8 goal shut-outs?

    I think your losing it…..the 76-77 team was as close as to perfect as it will ever get 62-8-12- 132. They went 12-2 in the playoofs that year only losing to the Islanders. If your that good that does not happen.

    New season or not, Montreal will be hard pressed to beat Buffalo or Jersey…thats the bottom line

  33. #33 BarrieHabFan says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Absolutely ridiculous slam against the ’93 team. They were totally underrated and did have a great line-up. How any hab fan can compare this team to the ’93 team is unthinkable.

  34. #34 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Ok Fan4006. If it makes you Happy then you are right.

    “Thats the bottom line cause Fan4066 says so”!!!!!!!!!

  35. #35 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Hey is that you Bob Gainey? So What So WHat? Like you give a shit eh?

  36. #36 fan4066 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:52 am

    BarrieHabFan

    Thank you, Thats my point they all had huge hearts, thus the cup win

  37. #37 R habs 4 real says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:59 am

    In 1993, we had 4, 30 goal scorers! On our current team, we have but 2, 20 goal scorers! And 1 of those is a defenceman! The team in 1993, was much better, and far more talented, by a long shot! There is no comparison!
    Having said that, there is a strong probability that Huet will be back by next week, and that will certainly bolster our goalie situation. Don’t worry. Abbyshit has played his last game for the habs, ever!
    But instead of worrying about what will happen in the 1st round of the playoffs, we need to make the playoffs first, and that won’t be an easy task!
    So all you people who are now critical of their playoff chances,who cares. We all know this team won’t go far in the playoffs, but we don’t care. We just want to be able to say we made the playoffs. Otherwise, it’s going to be an extra long summer. Because the habs screwed up so many games, by not showing up,it would be a really bitter pill to swallow if we don’t make it into the playoffs. December 1st, everything was rosy, and we were firmly deposited in 4th place, and we were an absolute shoe in for the playoffs. Let’s not take away that dream. No matter what happens, we are in a rebuilding mode, and the useless deadwood(Kovalev, Samsonov, Bonk, Johnson, Ninnimaa, Dandenault, Murray, Downey, Abbyshit) will have to be removed.
    I expect much better efforts next year and hope more players from Hamilton to be on this team. We will get better, because we can’t be any worse!
    And BTW, Kovalev should NOT be playing now! He only hurts the team! If the net was the size of a football field, he still would miss! I’d rather see Milroy or Grabovski in his place!

  38. #38 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 11:59 am

    I disagree with Fan4066, he is so wrong! These rookies have what it takes, Latendresse and Lapierre showed heart. The only downers are the rest of the old vets are not there, look at the two post hits by Begin and Kovalev. It is time to retire the old and come in with the new!

  39. #39 fan4066 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN

    Look I’de love to see the Habs win the cup just like you…they are my team, always will be. But you have to understand, Gainy did nothing to improve this teams chances in the second season…Souray is our best player, thats it!! How will we do any damage in the playoffs with just him?

    The rest of them just skate around doing parawetts and playing heartless hockey

  40. #40 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Some people in here can not understand what they read. I did not slam the 93 Habs.

    Anyway you people see it like this “YOUR WAY OR THE WRONG WAY”

  41. #41 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    I’m not in here to argue but to debate.

    fan4066: What can Gainey do if no one wants to play in Montreal. He can’t get blood from a stone. We do not know what went on behind closed doors right.

    R habs 4 real: As for Huet. He is not our “Playoff Saviour”. He was Ok this year for a while but he was steadly going down hill just before his injury.

    R habs 4 real: Question ????????? If Halak is playing oustanding hockey upon return of Huet, if it be regular season or playoffs. Should Halak be back up or sholud Huet play?

  42. #42 R habs 4 real says:
    March 21, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Huet will play, only because he has more experience.
    I’m not saying Huet’s play was great the last 2 months, but it certainly was much better than Abbyshit. But I guess any goalie was better than Abbyshit, maybe even red light Raccicot. This team is mediocre at best, but even tho we all agree we wouldn’t go far in the playoffs, it would still be nice to get in. And wouldn’t it be sweet if be beat out the leafs to get in? I’d love to hang that over their heads!

  43. #43 fan4066 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN

    I totally agree with you on the Gainy front…nobody wants to play in that city. you are so right there.

    On the Huet front, I really can’t see him playing after groin surgery, I’de sit him out till next season, he’s not ready for playoffs

  44. #44 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    fan4066: I agree with you About Huet.

    R habs 4 real: I disagree. You ride your hot goalie. Huet’s experience has brought us “Nothing”.

    Huet will not be back this year. He will need the summer to rest that groin.

  45. #45 nigelski says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Wow, fan4066, your spelling is brutal. And sure, it looks pretty bad for us, even if we make the playoffs. But to quasi-quote Dennis Green,” You want to crown the Sabres, then crown ‘em!!” Anything can happen in the playoffs, 4066. Time has shown that. For everyone talking about 93, what would’ve happened if the Peguins beat the Isles that year? Who knows, and I prefer to think of 93 as a team of destiny (and in 85 for that matter, when Calgary took out the oilers)
    That’s why they play the games, 4066. Anyone like Jersey’s chances of beating another team if Brodeur goes down? Scott Clemenson doesn’t fill my mind with fear, and I can assure you, my boots don’t quake at the idea of facing Ty Conklin in the playoffs either.

  46. #46 R habs 4 real says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    DIE HARD: Do you live in Montreal? If you lived here, you would know that Huet been practicing with the team, and it’s been reported on the local sports channel, that in fact, he WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK!
    I disagree with you on which goalie to play. Even tho Halak won the last 2 games, he didn’t face alot of difficult shots. In fact, against the Bruins, he didn’t have 1 difficult save to make. There was no offence from the Bruins, And against the leafs, it was the same story.
    Even tho Huet has not played that great in his last 15 starts, the fact is, he does have more experience, and he did play in the playoffs last year. I think fatigue caused his poor play, but now he will be fresh, and ready to go!

  47. #47 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    I guess Fan4066 would wish the habs went the way of the dinosaur Expos, yes we should ask Bob Gainey to go and retire same with Carbo, maybe they can go along with Kovalev, Koivu and Johnson, to the Molson Habs Almuni home for retired Habs, then we can like the Laffs, parade them along with their wrinkles and play black and white photos of the last time the Habs won, oh wait, it wasn’t that long ago…maybe Fan4066 has the wrong site, hey Fan4066 this is a habs blog, you want the Laffs blog I think…HAHAHAA!!!!

  48. #48 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Well R habs 4 real I strongly disagree with you on this one.

    You said it “I think fatigue caused his poor play”. There you go and if he did not get hurt he would have been just as bad as Abbyshit. Huet cannot play a 60 game season !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I reside in Toronto.

  49. #49 fan4066 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Joshtm

    I’m not sure what this statement even said…your all over the map….Gainy Laffs, laffs blog dinosaurs, Expos????? What does this even mean?

  50. #50 R habs 4 real says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    I’m only talking about the playoffs, a handful of games. I didn’t say he was a great goalie, but for about 40 games he’s ok. He’s not our future, that’s for sure. Oh, BTW, it’s been reported, that PRICE could be NHL ready by the start of next season. I think he could take a run at making the habs for fall 2007. Wouldn’t that be something positive to look forward to?
    I really do believe that HUET would be a BACKUP next year if PRICE is the starter. They say PRICE has the maturity and a great positional goalie, and is ready for the challenge. I hope that’s true, because we need him desperately!

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