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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. #1 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Who you talking about Joshtm? All over the Map.

  2. #2 Higgy21 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Maritn BRodeur must hate the habs. First he gets blown out by the Canes on teh weekend and now loses to the Laffs. WHat a joke he is to me. HE continually plays his best against us (like he has not beat us enough) and he started rumours about SOuray wanting out of montreal (probably just so he wouldnt have to face his shot) What a joke, what a joke.

  3. #3 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    We need some ole fashion Canadian players !!! Like the ones we had in the 70′s..

    Boy. The 70′s. What a good decade eh………..

  4. #4 BarrieHabFan says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Not to take anyones side but I think we forget so quickly how good Huet has been in the past for the habs and how a great number of the wins earlier in the season were a direct result of his great play. I would also agree that he may have a difficult time playing the number of games required of a starter but wouldn’t he be a great mentor to all the young goaltenders that Montreal has waiting to come up in the next few years.
    Huet will be back soon but because of the time of year, the play of Halak and, and the nature of Huets injury, Huet shouldn’t be the starter. Halak has proven himself capable and even though the jury is still out on just how good ihe really is, he should play until he falters or is fatigued.

  5. #5 fan4066 says:
    March 21, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN

    I agree, but when we lose drafting rights to the Q-league….2006-07 happens

    Higgy21
    We can think it is a joke all we want, but Brodeur is the real deal, and will more than likely break all of Roy’s records n 2-3 years time, all but the Conne Smythe wins

  6. Anyone who thinks Huet is the Habs savior is not rite in the head,where the fuk is the rock you come from and what, no fuking cable there??He’s a really good backup,so is Abby ,no more than that,…..dreamers …for f%$*&#k sakes. Anyho,the way the Habs are playing rite now makes me very proud to be a life long fan,win or loose their showing a lot of chutzpa ,about time ,eh!We all know there’s going to be changes in the offseason ,so fuken chill out ,geeeze!!!!!And if I hear one more time about UFA’S who won’t play in Montreal for what ever reason ,well I’m going to PUKE !!!WE DON’T WANT THOSE PLAYERS,WE ALLREADY HAVE ANOUGH SAMSONOV’S,SO START CONECTING THE FREEKING DOTS FOR A CHANGE!!!!

  7. #7 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Come on Fyers upset the Rangers tonight. Do us a favor.

    Go Flyers Go !!!!!!!

  8. #8 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Go Flyers Go. beat the Rangers tonight. Help us !!!!!!!!!!

  9. I agree with some of the posts here and I disagree with others. First of all, Huet will be back sometime next week and that should give us a boost. Also, Carey Price should be ready to come up to the NHL next season as reported on Habsinsideout.com. He could be the closest thing to the next Patrick Roy that Montreal will ever see. I am not saying he will be the next Patrick Roy for us but then again, he is a good goalie and you never know how good he will be. He should be a pretty good goalie for us and he will help us win our 25th Stanley Cup. Hopefully in the next year or two we can start our “drive for 25.”

    Go Habs Go!!

    Ziman

  10. #10 BarrieHabFan says:
    March 21, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Change of subject. I just thought I’d see if anyone agrees with this assessment or not.
    Niinimaa actually looks like a good defenceman in the last few games. Nothing stellar, just more what you would expect for a 6th or 7th defenceman. I know he’s not worth the money he’s getting right now, but if nothing else he seems to be playing much better in the last few games. And I also have to give him credit for one thing. On a team that boasts having Sergei Samsonov it is nice to see a player who has gone long stretches of time without playing and doesn’t complain to the media. Say what you will about Niinimaa but he at least is a team player and is putting in a good effort right now.

  11. #11 R habs 4 real says:
    March 21, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    whining to the media cost Samsonov an opportunity to ever play for the habs again. He is finished in this city as a result of his actions. No organization will ever tolerate disrespect, and a player thinking he is above the rest of the team. Shame on Samsonov, and thank god he is gone! I have nothing but contempt for him, and his loose mouth!

  12. #12 nigelski says:
    March 21, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Ninnimma took it stoically enough for a while, but by pointing to the fact he had kept his mouth shut, and was trying to do the best for the team, he was expressing a beef. Roundabout like. Still, it’s true, he has played ok the last few he’s been in there. I thought his glove pass in last night’s game (after he’d broken his stick) was the best play I have seen him make all year.

    Sad that I have to pick a glove pass as a player’s best play, but there it is. He also cleared the puck, and didn’t get caught up ice. Kept it simple. Still no re-signing him–he will want too much, which is to say more than a minimum salary–on a 2 way contract. No 6th or 7th defenceman should have either the security of a one-way contract, or a pay base of more than league minimum. The salary cap doesn’t really account for a 7 or 8 guy making 2 mil/season.

    It’s pretty much a league wide problem, and will continue to be. There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of GMs who will overpay a guy, sometimes just to keep him off of another team’s roster. I think if the NHL had said,”Fine, no salary cap. But no guaranteed contracts has to be in there then,” you’d see a different world.

    Being able to cut a guy who’s underachieving would save a team more in the long run than a salary cap. The NFL seems to work well with this system. Players would then have to be accountable if they want to keep their cash. Wouldn’t see guys like Fedorov, Samsonov, Kovalev and others start to coast as soon as they got the paper signed then: not when the other years of the deal, and thus the cash, could be taken away at any time, for no better reason than”I felt like it.”

    That’s for the next CBA, with luck. If you think about it, it’s the same axe we all live under: I could get fired/laid off @ any time, with no notice, if I wasn’t doing my job to expected standards or was a workplace cancer. A lot of pro athletes, in hockey, basketball, and baseball could certainly benefit from this kind of added motivation.

  13. #13 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Hey nigelski that was a 2 million dollar pass. Wouldn’t you like to get paid 2 million bucks to make a glove pass?

    I still think Gainey has a payola scheme going, what else explains the fact that Sammy went to speak to Gainey and Carbo and they all came out as best friends…honestly. I wonder how rich Gainey is getting, getting kickbacks from his underachieving millionaires. They must have a deal going, what else explains why there are so many underachievers, or as the media calls them “underated”…hmm…and hey FAN4066, you really do sound like a typical Laffs fan, right down to being happy with the status quo, wouldn’t that do the Laffs a lot of good now eh? Eh? You are so busted, good try though trying to sound like a habs fan, you know what I mean by taking out your old folgies outta retirement homes and playing black and white photos now, didn’t that bring a tear to your eye, seeing a pic of Bauer and all those other art deco hockey players..art deco, talk about a bygone age, real dinosaurs, oh wait, since you don’t know what a dinosaur means, maybe they haven’t taught Laffs fans the basics of modern life, a dinosaur fan4066 is you!

  14. #14 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Now we know why Gainey loves the chemistry of the team….hey Bob you are so busted, imagine if Bettman and the Governors found out your payola scheme eh Bob? Imagine if little Sammy spoke some more…how Bob gets kickbacks from his gang of underachieving millionaires and why he doesn’t wanna trade them away, why trade away your golden parachute eh Bob? How much are they paying you Bob? what is the price of the Habs for you? Why don’t you care about the fans Bob Gainey why?

  15. #15 R habs 4 real says:
    March 21, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    NYR are leading 3-0 against Philly. We’ll be 3 points behind NYR. Every time we win a game, they win the next night and go back up by 3 points. FRUSTRATING!
    Tho we’re tied with Carolina, they have 1 game in hand, and their next 2 games are at home(easy ones), vs Washington and SJ. Doesn’t look good.

  16. #16 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    You see that is part of the reason why Gainey has a payola scheme going, for those of you who are not fast enough, and are missing a few cans of beer short of a six pack like Fan4066….a payola scheme is a kickback scheme, illegal in some parts of the world because of when and where it is used I guess, in the case it would be Bob Gainey receiving some type of renumeration from his own players for agreeing to sign them even though they might be like: guess who: and who get and don’t even show up in the top two hundred amongst the NHL hockey players as far as stats but hey guess what, appear in the top fifty or so league for highest paid underachievers, Montreal must have per capita the highest paid underachievers….

    That is the also frustrating part in all of this, where the hell is the 47 million that is spent on hockey players in Montreal. Forget all the old excuses of no one wants to play in Montreal or the taxes are too high, or hey the media is tough…forget all of that, the question I ask is this:

    Where the hell did that 47 million go and how come it doesn’t give us a secure fifth place spot after Pittsburgh? HUH??????

  17. #17 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 21, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    It is obvious that we are not going to get any help from any other team. We have to work our ass off. This stretch will show what we are made of. We have to hope to match win for win with the other 3 teams. If we can do this we are in. We have more wins than Car., NYI & Tor.

  18. #18 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    That is the funny part in all of this, you would think for the money we pay people like Johnson and Kovalev and Koivu, that they would at least work for it. And the sad part in all of this, Koivu who leads the team in points is not exactly the highest scorer, Souray leads him, what is more pathetic? To be the highest paid hockey player and not make the top 50 in the league as far as scoring, or being responsible for getting the most hooking penalties in the entire NHL? Little Saku would receive some type of award for that if that type of skill was recognized…so again what is more pathetic? To be a fan and say little Saku plays his heart out, or that little Saku plays his heart out working so hard to make sure Montreal doesn’t win?

    If we could get all those games back that Saku lost for us, we wouldn’t be swearing and cussing and so pissed that Montreal is fighting for a spot…..so again I ask what is more pathetic? Us for saying Saku is great? Or recognizing that Saku lost us the season because of his hooking penalties?

    So why did we hire the likes of Sammy and Kovalev to begin with? They have not exactly contributed, okay maybe Alexei when he wanted to, but hey for what we paid for him and what we got back, hey we should demand a refund.

    Oh wait, Bob Gainey is getting a kickback already….honestly, if the NHL had its own secret police and if it was illegal for a GM to get kickbacks from his own players, Montreal Canadians are so corrupt it shows…

  19. #19 Saku Koivu says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    I cost the Habs the season? Are you drunk Joshtm? The crappy defence and terrible goaltending cost us more games than a few hooking penalties. I bet if my name was Saku Latendresse you’d be gobbling my knob.

  20. #20 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Oh no, now we are really in for it, RDS was showing old black and white clips of the Rocket …. now we know we are no better than the laffs! We are now clinching to little old ladies who remember when the habs won!

    Thank you Bob Gainey for selling out the Habs!

  21. #21 Joshtm says:
    March 21, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Hey Saku, you little Phoqued up Fin! Phoque off won’t you? What you don’t remember that Houdini trick of yours? Turning a Habs 5 on three to a short handed loss, turning a lead to a loss? What Saku, you don’t remember all those hooks you pulled from January through to April? Some fifty odd penalties, most of them when the habs were leading, only to have you pull hooks, sometimes two or three in a game and then have the habs seeing a loss, slipping from fourth down to fifth, down to 12 place in a short period of time? Geezuz Christ Saku that is some record!

  22. #22 nigelski says:
    March 22, 2007 at 6:16 am

    A $2 mil glove pass? good one…though ninnimma HAS played better, he seriously blew all year. Don’t quite get the hatred for Koivu, though. He’s done his best most of the time. It’s not his fault that he isn’t #1 center material. He will never be a Muller type captain. Muller wasn’t true #1 center material either, but he played like a champ every night.

    Euro captains are the bane of the entire NHL. I don’t say this as a racist, I say it as an impartial observer. 100% of said captains grow up thinking of Olympic gold, not the Stanley Cup. That, and all the cash they will earn in North America, only to later hold the threat of playing in Europe over their new team’s head. How many have cried that they want their kids to grow up in the homeland, and gotten xtra cash to stay in NA?

    Too many, that’s the #. Look at the twin sisters in Vancouver. They said publicly that unless they were drafted by the same team, they’d stay in Sweden. Does anyone actually think that Euros care about winning the cup? I’m sure a few of them do, but they care far more about their individual records and salary #s, by and large.

    That’s why having so many euros on our team is bad. Sure, the talent is there, on paper if not the ice, but the heart comes from the canadian contingent, and, to a lesser extent, the americans. For every euro like Vaclav Varada, who plays hard, there are 20 samsonvs who don’t.

  23. #23 nigelski says:
    March 22, 2007 at 6:40 am

    We got the despised Bruins again tonite, and let’s just hope Halak keeps playing the way he has the last two. As others have pointed out, he hasn’t had to be spectacular, but he has been steady. We tied the season series @3 games each Tuesday, and I’d like to see us win this series 5-3, with wins tonight and in the last matchup. It would grieve me to have the bruins be the reason we miss the playoffs.

    Yeah, every other team seems to be winning right now, save the Islanders, who look lost without their $60 mil goalie. Maybe Snow should unretire for a couple of games to make certain that they fall out of the playoff race. Luckily, the other teams have been losing when we have for the last little while, so we’re not as far behind as we could be.

    I really hate the must-win game analogy players seem to use like a password–shouldn’t that be their attittude about every game? There is truth even in stupidity, however, as we can’t afford to lose vs league bottom-feeders like Boston and Washington this week. Here’s hopin’ we extend the winning streak by crushing both of them this week.

    Go Habs!

  24. #24 fan4066 says:
    March 22, 2007 at 7:47 am

    I hope Halak is this….I hope Halak is that. Halak is no better than an average tender at best….at best, we should have went for a more experienced goalie. You look at the history of goalies that have come out of the Canadiens farm system, there have been very few that have panned out in the NHL, despite having sensational AHL careers…Kuntar, Racicot, Chabot just to name a few, all great tenders in the junoir circuit

  25. #25 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 22, 2007 at 8:08 am

    Experience don’t mean shit. If you got it, you got it. Roy & Dryden did not have any experience and they went on to stardome. Dryden was/is the best goalie of all time. And he retired at the peak of his game as well….. Give Halak a chance. Abbyshit has the experience, where did it take Montreal?

    Boston will not be the reason for Montreal not making the post season. Next week is Montreal’s hardest test. They play the NYR’s, Ottawa & Buffalo.

    What pisses me off is all of the self-proclaimed “Know it alls” in here shooting off thier mouthes while they are lying on thier couches, stuffing thier faces with potatoe chips and what ever else they can fit in thier pie-holes. All of the smack they talk all come from shit head brodcasters on TSN, CBC etc. They are probally getting the info. from that shit for brains Harry Neal.

  26. #26 fan4066 says:
    March 22, 2007 at 8:43 am

    I read alot of what the Habs fans say in here, myself inclusive, and you just get a sence of frustration, playoff uneasiness, and condidence about the team in general. Add to this, Gainey really did nothing to improve to playoff standing for us this year…Gainey being the operative word here.

    As fans we have always expected excellence….thats what Canadiens hockey has always been to us….we have not experienced this excellence since 1993…..everybody is frustrated in either earlier bow-outs or missing the playoffs all together, and it show with opinions written in this blog

  27. #27 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 22, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Montreal proved this year that they can beat the best and they did just that. The players have to pick up were they left off before X-mas. I for one know that they can keep up with the top teams because they have done it before this year.

    Montreal will need to step up their game tonight. They will have to score more goals. This game tonight will be no shut out for the habs. Boston will come out with all guns a blazing tonight. The Bruins are not going to roll over a play dead. (I hope that they will, but they won’t).

    Lets bring it boys to “Bean Town”. We can add some of dem beans to our “Bear Soup”.

  28. #28 fan4066 says:
    March 22, 2007 at 9:20 am

    I totally agree with you. They were beating all the big teams before Christmas, they were one of those best teams in the whole NHL, 3rd or 4th in the entire league.

    I just look at the trend these past 2 seasons:

    Last year they got off to a franchise best start ever of 12-3-2, then started to fizzle out about mid November.

    This year they started amazingly strong again…this time till the new year….fade out

    So, is the natural progression to finish large for the complete 07-08 season …then win the cup, or is that the 08-09 season?

  29. #29 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 22, 2007 at 9:36 am

    I agree with you Fan4o66

  30. #30 fan4066 says:
    March 22, 2007 at 9:56 am

    What would be swweet is, if they pulled off a record that the swordsmen have accomplished this year….then blow the arse out of everyone in the playoffs…just like 1993. Thats would absolutely ROCK for 2007-08. Unfortunately, I think next year belong to the Penguins.

  31. #31 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 22, 2007 at 10:06 am

    You never know.

  32. #32 fan4066 says:
    March 22, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Do you agree that Carey Price “is” the next big thing to come to Montreal. Is he the next coming of Roy…is that what I hear going around the circuit?

  33. #33 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 22, 2007 at 10:17 am

    I heard some good things about Price as well. We will have to see when he makes it up. I hope he is as good as the reports says he is.

  34. #34 Joshtm says:
    March 22, 2007 at 10:18 am

    fan4066 seems to not include the ingredients that led to the fizzing out. Largely Gainey playing yoyo with the rookies. Isn’t it interesting that when Gainey sent a good chunk of the rookies who were responsible for the winning spree before christmas down to the dogs, that all of a sudden the habs went into a slump?

  35. #35 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 22, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Good Morning Joshtm. How are you?

    What is your prediction for tonight’s game?

  36. #36 fan4066 says:
    March 22, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Joshtm
    Last season, the the start they had, you can’t keep on winning 1 goal games, or OT games on a constant basis, it will come back to bite you in the ass…as it did to them in the end, Riberio said that himself, and true to form it started to happen. The luck ran out, and they started to lose the comeback games, the goal in the last second of the game – games and the 1 goal games. I do not believe it can be blamed all on the rookies, you have to have your experienced players step up and show their leadership, basically teach the youngsters how to do it

  37. #37 Joshtm says:
    March 22, 2007 at 10:31 am

    I think the Bruins will have figured out the Dandy Bouilly weakness and like any other team take advantage of it. It’ll take Latendresse to rescue us once more and if Lapierre can stay outta the box enough but be tough enough, we may squeek past the Bruins.

  38. #38 DIE_HARD_HABS_FAN says:
    March 22, 2007 at 10:54 am

    My Newfie boy Ryder will be the Hero tonight.

  39. #39 Joshtm says:
    March 22, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Hey Fan4066 our experienced vets folded, Johnson literally crumpled under the enormous weight of expectation, that is why he spent the bulk of the season getting up off the ice every time he played. Koivu answered by basically spending almost the entire second half in the penalty box. Kovalev responded with his funny bone and flu, basically everyone blamed the flu.

  40. #40 Don Carnage says:
    March 22, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    I am waiting to see our good old #27 put on another great show … GO HABS GO!

  41. #41 Don Carnage says:
    March 22, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    YAYAYA and another win!!!

  42. #42 Lockard says:
    April 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    The only way Montreal team can win hockey games is by playing with a man or two advantage all night long. Every time they can’t get a goal, the linesman calls a penelty on the other team even when its not for real. Montreal is the dirtiest bunch of players in the world. Then when they do win, they give ALL the credit to one or two players and NO praise at all for the rest of the team… I am so sick of them… I just can’t wait for them to be put out for the year. They always lets Montreal Canadians play with the worst teams in NHL so they can end up in 1st place… who does they pay off to get that to work? I am from Canada but if montreal was playing against Russia…. I would cheer for Russia all the way.

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