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Who can stop the Canadiens?

  • The Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa to win their 8th consecutive game and tying the New Jersey Devils for 6th place in the Eastern Conference.

    The last time the Canadiens won 8 games in a row was in the fall of 1992. A long long time ago.
    Do you recall what happend in the spring of 1993? The Canadiens hoisted their 24th Stanley Cup.
    Although it might be too early to be making Stanley Cup predictions, the fact is the Canadiens are on an absolute tear and at the perfect time. It has been nearly 14 years since the Canadiens had a streak like this. Let that sink in. 14 years.

    The Habs are 99% guaranteed a playoff spot and more than likely it won’t be 8th. If the Canadiens continue winning they have a shot at going as high as 5th in the East. If you were an opposing team right now would you be wanting a 1st round date with the Habs? Of course not. No one wants to play a blazing hot team. The Tampa Bay Lightning in the last NHL season finished the season super hot and that success and confidence propelled them to the Cup final and their first Stanley Cup.

    The Senators were definitely not at their best. Injuries have hammered them and maybe where it hurts most is in nets. I’ve sait it before, the Senators won’t win the cup and may not win a single playoff round with Ray Emery as their starting goalie. The Habs were dominated in the 1st period of the game but managed to leave tied 1-1 after scoring on less than 5 shots. Emery was beat easily more than once.

    David Aebischer got a road win against a team who very seldom gives them up. It should be good for his confidence and calm down the bloodthirsty fans after his slow start. Wise move by Gainey.

    Huet and Aebischer look like the best goaltending combo of any team heading into the playoffs.

    Everything’s going very well right now. How long can it continue?

  1. Was it just me, or was the commentating from Sportsnet for the game last night horribly biased against Montreal?

    When Ottawa had the puck in the Habs’ end in the first period, the Canadiens’ defensemen were chasing them around; Ottawa didn’t get a shot on goal the whole time because they couldn’t get near the net, but the commentators talked about how Ottawa had them chasing them, and how much they were outplaying them.

    When the Habs scored that first goal, they talked about how lucky it was, since Ottawa was outplaying them. Right from the beginning, they claimed Montreal wouldn’t win the game since the previous 7 wins had been against soft teams. Until the end of the game, they kept talking about how strong Ottawa was and how they were outplaying them.

    They even kept referring to Ottawa’s inexperienced defense team – every time they played well, they talked up how well the new guys were doing, but if they slipped up, it was glossed over and blamed on their inexperience. It was like they wanted to use it as an excuse, but then kept praising them.

    Just a thought….

  2. That’s usually the way it goes. Except replace Ottawa with Toronto. The majority of the time at least. For some reason Ontario doesn’t wanna give much love to the Canadiens.

    In the funniest thing I’ve heard in awhile, the Maple Leafs playoff tickets were made available for sale yesterday.

    Ha ha ha!

    I also find it hilarious that instead of showing the Canadiens who are on an 8 game tear that the first piece of news is about “Toronto Bluejays baseball”.


  3. #3 theo sucks says:
    April 7, 2006 at 9:22 am

    ya its true when sports center starts they begin with the leafs (not in playoffs)over teams who are. IT would make sense to show teams going to the playoffs first and even now they show western teams first. highlites in order this morning. 1.bluejays 2.edmonton game 3.leaf game and finally the hab game. GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE MORONS

  4. #4 Manitoban says:
    April 7, 2006 at 12:22 pm

    Kill me, but I think that, for the first while at least, the Habs were outplayed. WHich is what made it a great character win–turning the game around to Habs-style play, even after a fist 30 minutes that looked very Sens. THAT is why the Habs are hot right now–not because they dominate, but because they are learning to rework their game on a dime.

  5. I agree, the Habs did get outplayed – the shot count says it all. But they managed to find a way to win anyways, which is important. You’re not going to play better than everyone all the time, but if you can find a way to win regardless, you have a shot of doing well in the playoffs.

    By the way, the game was broadcast on A-channel, which is an Ottawa station. Besides, those commentators are the Sens’ commentators, so it doesn’t surprise me that they were biased towards the Sens. It’s the same bias the RDS commentators display towards the Canadiens. When the Habs are broadcast on CBC, though, that’s another story.

    As for all these Stanley Cup predictions, I agree that it’s fun to get excited about the Habs’ chances in the playoffs this year, especially considering the remarkable similarities to the 1992-’93 squad. However, we should be careful to say that they’re going to win the Cup this year — just a few weeks ago they were a fragile team sitting in 9th. True, they’ve come together since then, but it could all fall apart in a flash. In any case, GO HABS GO!

  6. #6 liability says:
    March 3, 2007 at 1:31 pm

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