About last night …

Cole
The Mountain Street Maulers?
Your Montreal Canadiens waited until they were 60 games into the season and out of the playoff race before deciding on a new identity.
Brad Staubitz was claimed off waivers at the end of February, and the Canadiens – for the first time since the halcyon days of Chris Nilan – became a tough hockey team.
They’re like a psychedelic band that’s become heavy metal. Out with the bell-bottoms, in with the leathers
Whether that truculence carries over into training camp – or, indeed, into Saturday’s visit to Philadelphia – remains to be seen.

But for one Friday night in March, the Canadiens refused to be pushed around in the 75th game of this lost season.

Down 3-0 on Erik Cole’s early hat trick and 4-0 shortly thereafter, Ottawa adopted the time-honoured method of climbing back into seemingly lost games.

But the goonery didn’t work.

The post-whistle intimidation tactics of Zenon Konopka and Chris Neil were matched by Staubitz and Ryan White –ably supported, in the physicality department, by P.K. Subban, Mike Blunden, rene Bourque … heck, even Lars Eller got into the pushin’/shovin’/face-washing’/yo-mama chirpin’ act.

The Canadiens stood up for each other. Any time nonsense erupted, five skaters quickly joined the scrum.

After the game, David Desharnais said the addition of Staubitz and White’s return from injury had made things easier for the Canadiens’ skilled players.

Georges Laracque did not have the same salutary effect. But I can see the 2012-’13 Canadiens featuring something this team hasn’t had in a while: a fourth line that opponents don’t like playing against. White, Staubitz and Blunden have size and, unlike Laracque, they can skate, hit effectively and pop the occasional goal.

So we’ve got the DD line and the fourth line set for next season. Now all the Canadiens need is better wingers for Tomas Plekanec and Lars Eller.

And a physical defenceman.

And …

What we can take away from the trouncing of Ottawa and the surprising win in Vancouver – bracketed around less inspiring efforts against the Islanders and Buffalo – is the notion that he Canadiens aren’t as bad as their record suggests.

If the team had held half the leads it has blown this season, if it had better luck in nine shootout losses, if Andrei Markov had been on the power play since opening night …

Ah, you know what?

Those happy hypotheses are a mug’s game.

The Canadiens have had a lousy season that’s been, for the most part, no fun to watch.

What has made it particularly frustrating, however, is they’re not a terrible hockey team.

There are elements in place that offer hope for better days to come. And there have been games – granted, not nearly enough of them – when you can imagine the Canadiens back in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference.

Are they better than the Pittsburgh Penguins?

No. And the rested Flyers could hit Peter Budaj with a tsunami of vulcanized rubber on Saturday night.

But since losing in Calgary, the Canadiens have taken points in seven of the eight games they’ve played.

They have owned Ottawa. The 5-1 win – only the Canadiens’ 14th at home, against 24 losses – offered long-suffering fans a Friday evening of crowd-pleasing hockey.

It was immensely gratifying to see Cole, who hasn’t taken a shift off all season, hit the 30 goal mark, matching the career-best total he achieved with Carolina (in only 60 games) in 2005-’06.

In Cole and fellow Yankee Doodle Dandy Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens have their first pair of 30-goal scorers since Vincent Damphousse and Pierre Turgeom bagged 38 each in 1995-’96.

And had Brian Gionta played a full season …

Well, there are a lot of “what-if?”s to contemplate during the off-season that begins April 8.

The Canadiens can wonder how they managed to dominate Ottawa this year, winning four of six, with the two losses coming in OT and a shootout, while outscoring the Senators 19-11 on the season.

Randy Cunneyworth said his team got up for Ottawa games because the Senators are fast and skilled and the Canadiens were conscious that any thing less than their best effort risked embarrassment.

But that’s the situation the Canadiens face in almost every game. They are not elite team, and the only way they win is by working hard and hoping for some bounces.

They got them against Ottawa. If Eric Condra scores on the breakaway Markov handed him, if Daniel F.’s goal isn’t disallowed, if Carey Price doesn’t make 37 saves.

For one night, the pieces came together.

There have been too few of those nights.

66 Comments

  1. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    well well well…..there hasn’t been a moment worth posting in almost a year, but NOW THERE IS.

    N.A.G.

    FINALLY! the Habs have taken the correct path of NAG.
    FINALLY! we will not be pushed around and slapped out.
    FINALLY! our skilled players can perform (ask DD)

    and FINALLY the NORTH AMERICAN GRIT infusion, not seen since our glory days, has by necessity, returned.

    finally…. the have listened to the Professor…

    the North American Grit movement (N.A.G.) will return us to glory…

  2. RetroMikey says:

    Not a good time for our once mighty Habs to to play inspirational hockey and win the remaining useless games to impress the season ticket holders for next season to renew their tickets and lose out in the lottery for a top 3 draft pick this summer.
    Everyone knows we aren’t going far next season and for at least 2 more seasons to come.
    Tank I say! Tank!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  3. downeast hab says:

    I would like to see Randy Cunneyworth kept on for next season and be asked what players to stay and what ones to go. I know you would see a tough team like the Bruins, but with more talent. In my books with the sisuation he was put in, the hockey has been decent, but if he had full attention of players, things would be better.

  4. alwayssunny says:

    Last night proved what so many have been saying here all along – that this season was an aberration. I think it can be boiled down to bad luck, bad officiating, and below average goaltending. For this reason I think we can solve the coaching dilemma right in our own back yard. One of the GMs should pick up the phone, be a man, admit there was a mistake made, and call up Mr. Martin. Frankly I was disgusted by the behaviour of a couple of our players last night and Jacques would never have allowed it. I’d like to see us get back to our brand of good old turn the other cheek hockey.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I suggest you watch the video from the players after the game, and listen to Erik Cole and Carey Price talk specifically about what it means to them to have some players with physicality on the team. And how now as a team they are standing up for themselves.

      This does not mean that Staubitz and White need to be instigators in fighting etc.., but they do step in for their teammates.

      It was the Senators players running around like idiots last night, and the Habs as a team said, ENOUGH!

      Your right JM would have never let that happen because Staubitz, White and Blunden wouldn’t have seen the ice.

    • RockinRey says:

      You forgot lack of talent.

  5. RockinRey says:

    They are essentially a one line team .They have pieces to complete the second and third line but they are far from being a decent team. They need two stay at home defensemen that have size and need some additional size up front and someone who has some finish that can play with Pleks.

  6. Ian Cobb says:

    Right! Roy has as much chance of coaching in the NHL as he does having Mario Trembly with him as his assistant coach!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Interesting that on l’Antichambre last night, Mario Tremblay strongly endorsed Patrick Roy in either the coach or GM position. He stated that he is a strong, intelligent man with passion who will put the Canadiens back on track. There was a half beat during which no one probed this any deeper, and the conversation continued. The unstated question remained there, the proverbial elephant on the set. Mario seemed genuine though, he wasn’t speaking for politeness’ sake, he seemed to believe what he was saying. So people can change, and learn.

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  7. RGM says:

    With the exception of the Senators thuggery, last night was a highly enjoyable hockey game. A lot of things went right and it was a lot of fun to watch. The bounces haven’t gone our way this season but there’s a strong foundation to rebound quickly. The addition of a top ten/five/three pick (never underestimate Toronto’s ability to win a race to the bottom) will help depending on the player and whether he is immediately NHL ready. A couple of off-season roster moves to bolster the 2nd and 3rd lines, perhaps two new faces on the blueline, and of course front office and head coaching changes. Presto! Done.

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  8. BeachHabFan says:

    Enjoyed the WhiteStaubitzBlunden line immensely. It’s about time we make other teams take the WiStaB challenge! (search wasabi challenge on youtube, not after eating tho)

  9. ralphkim says:

    wel, apparently the Leaf brass were in Sarnia last night scouting the best Russian to come along in a long time.. You know that Burke is going to try and save his season with the fans by making a big trade to get the first pick overall… I sure wish Montreal were this aggressive…

  10. Habitant in Surrey says:

    ” They’re like a psychedelic band that’s become heavy metal. Out with the bell-bottoms, in with the leathers”

    …just have to LOVE Boone, at times, for lines like this :)

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  11. LizardKing1967 says:

    Roy and Hartley. What a pair.
    You know what. After a few minutes really thinking about it. Why not?!
    Roy will bring passion and respect back to this team.

    As I see it, barring any MAJOR changes:

    Cole – DD – MaxPac
    Gio – Pleks – Eller
    Bourque – Leblanc – Moen
    Staubitz – White – Blunden

    Not too bad if you think about it.
    A fourth line that will make anyone think twice (unlike the Sens last night – and they learned) (Neil and Konopka are not exactly lightweights)
    A third line of bangers that can score
    A second line with speed, skill, and nice hands
    A first line that I don’t have to say anything about.

    As for the D:

    Markov – Emelin
    Subban – Gorges
    Diaz – Kaberle

    Well, aside from Kraperle, I don’t really see a problem. And, you know what, as a 6-7 D-Man, he won’t be messing the bed too much. Less ice time might also spark him for the PP, as our 3-4 point man.

    You never know chaps.

    You always gotta believe!

    Drive for 25. 2012-2013. Max-Pac for Conn Smyth.

    I BELIEVE!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Diaz is a pleasant surprise, but does not provide enough insulation if he is to be paired with Kaberle. That 5th dman must be a physical presence, a stay at home Paul Mara type (hopefully more talented).

      Otherwise that pairing spends its entire shift in their own end watching other teams 4th lines cycle the puck endlessly.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      wrong page

  12. The Cat says:

    I dont know why people have such a problem with Hartley. I watched the Montreal-Quebec series on TVA and hes a very good people person, and probably a much better psychologist than Roy or RC or JM.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      If I am to be honest with you Cat, I think I have reservations similar for both. BUT, because of who Patrick is, he has earned a chance from me. I realize there is not alot rational in that thought process, but it’s how I feel.

      I think the last couple years Patrick seems to have become more even keeled in how he runs the Remparts. If indeed one of these two does coach the team next year, there will be a complete different personality behind the bench, as both could remind me of seeing a yelling Mario Tremblay behind the bench.

      • The Cat says:

        I wouldnt mind Roy either HIB. I dont see the habs doing it though, they seem to want to shy away from anything that might be potentially explosive. I know the RC nomination was explosive but they didnt figure that it would go to that level.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  13. Captain aHab says:

    On the AC after the game, they seemed to be saying there was a rumour that it might be Roy as GM and Hartley as coach. If that’s what happens, then shoot me. Please.

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    • Psycho29 says:

      Save me a bullet too please.
      I might be able to handle Hartley as coach; but I don’t want Roy anywhere near this team. If people think it’s a circus now………just wait…..

      I loved St.Patrick the goalie…….one of my all time favourites. But I have little respect for Patrick as a person. Just my take….

      • smiler2729 says:

        Yep and yep.

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      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …for Me, it’s the other way round :)
        …don’t want Hartley ANYWHERE near Our Team :(

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      • HabinBurlington says:

        I have not been a proponent of Roy returning to this team in any mgmt or coaching capacity. Having said that, if this organization is adamant about reaching back to the past once more in order to try and relight the torch, I think I could accept Roy as coach. While I recognize he has done a very good job as Owner, GM and coach of his Remparts, I am not sure that is a resume worthy of becoming the GM or Caretaker of this franchise. Again, while not my first or second choice, if he is going to come back to this franchise lets just start with him coaching.

        Just as one of our past players panicked as a new GM and traded St. Patrick away, I wonder if Roy himself would allow his temper to take over and make a similar mistake.

        I guess time will tell, but I certainly have no idea what Geoff Molson is currently planning on doing as we approach another pivotal off season in this franchise’s future.

    • Cal says:

      That gun’s going to need a lot of bullets. Count me in- Roy as GM- if Molson does that he’s a clown with too much money.

  14. HabFab says:

    Junior prospects had 8 players with 7 teams starting their play-offs last night. Only Darren Dietz’s team lost and he had one assist in that loss. Nathan Beaulieu had 1G + 2A, Morgan Ellis had 2G + 1A, Brendan Gallagher had 3 A while Holland and Bournival had 2 A’s each. Grand total was 3 goals and 11 assists for the first game. Tinordi’s team won but he had no points. Interesting side note is that just about all these guys wear a C or A on their sweater.

  15. HabFab says:

    NCAA Prospects Josiah Didier, Mac Bennett and Greg Pateryn all lost in their semi-final Championship games.Denver beat by Ferris and Michigan losing to Cornell. Mac Bennett had 1 assist.

  16. Un Canadien errant says:

    Catching up to the Sea Dogs-Screaming Eagles game on the PVR, 12-4 for St. John so far, and a 3 point night so far for Nathan Beaulieu, who just scored on a rocket from the top of the circle. The hapless goalie is named Racicot…

    It’s amazing how much Nathan has changed in less than a year. Just in his face and his voice, he looks so much more like an adult than he did last year at the draft. Good to see he’s still growing and filling out.

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  17. Un Canadien errant says:

    Repost from Boone’s Liveblog:

    Bruce Arthur on Twitter: “Concuss a rival team’s star player with an indefensibly dirty revenge hit? Hey, whoa. That’ll cost 6.25% of your season, pal.” — The NHL

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    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …fighting in the NHL to defend Oneself from intimidation and abusive/dangerous play not being called by the referees, is to Me, an essential part of the visceral-appeal of hockey
      …but intent to injure and reckless, irresponsible play HAS to be called without quibble consistently by the League
      …it starts at the top, like everything else, and filters down
      …I am certain if the NHL’s Commissioner were Roger Goodell, rather ‘the Lizard’ Bettman, this would be firmly addressed and dramatically eliminated or reduced
      …it’s as simple as that …one MAN, at the top, that would dictate via a moral compass

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  18. Un Canadien errant says:

    Wouldn’t it be great to see Jared Tinordi bring his London Knights to the Memorial Cup tournament, and for Patrick Holland and his Tri-City Americans be the WHL representatives, to face off against Nathan Beaulieu’s Sea Dogs and Michaël Bournival and Morgan Ellis’ Cataractes? It would be nice to temper these five guys in the fire of intense playoff competition.

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  19. Un Canadien errant says:

    As the season draws to a close, there is nothing left for Canadiens fans but to enjoy the games, and Erik Cole took charge of our entertainment value in the first period. He potted 3 goals in the first five minutes of the game, and could easily have had three more throughout the remaining fifty-five minutes, as well as Max. Both big wingers were dangerous all game, generating scoring chances every time they were on the ice.

    Again, I tip my hat to Erik Cole for the ensemble of his oeuvre this season, characterized by a fiery will to win, great leadership and camaraderie with his teammates, and a spectacular bull-in-the-china-shop style, crashing the crease as relentlessly as do waves upon a beach. He has persevered all season, during winning and losing streaks, in close games or during blowouts, against physical or finesse teams, through injuries and aches and pains caused by innumerable crosschecks and collisions with the boards or posts. He fought on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields and the streets, he never surrendered. My only regret is that we won’t see his playoff beard this season.

    The second period’s entertainment, however, was ‘orchestrated’ by putrid refereeing, with the culprits wallowing contentedly in the mire provided by the evil triumvirate of Jeremy Jacobs, Colin Campbell and Don Cherry. The Senators came out slashing, crosschecking and generally gooning from the opening faceoff, and the refs were attentively ineffective. You could see them, with furrowed brows, all eagle-eyed, watching everything and seeing nothing. They allowed the Senators to perpetrate their anti-hockey relatively unencumbered. After every stoppage in front of the Canadiens net, the facewashes and rabbit punches and crosschecks came out, and somehow the refs would think these infractions cancelled out on both sides. Which is completely ridiculous.

    In rugby, scrums and mauls are sometimes intentionally collapsed by the defending team if they feel they are losing too much ground or are about to be pushed backward over their own goalline. That is, they used to be brought to the ground, because the International Rugby Board, the sports governing body, outlawed these tactics, which above all were extremely dangerous for players, in that these collapses will sometimes result in a serious, paralyzing neck injury. This was also seen as anti-rugby, it evened the odds for the less talented teams and killed the flow and spectacle.

    A problem might have existed to determine who actually caused the collapse with certainty, since in this roiling mass of humanity it’s difficult to see who stopped pushing and standing and decided to drag down his opponents. In theory. In practice, the very easy solution was to automatically ascribe the fault (and penalty) to the defending team, since they have everything to gain by fouling the play, as opposed to the team on the attack. So now, when a maul or scrum is collapsed, the attacking team gets the ball on a penalty. It’s automatic. There is no attempt to decide if it was intentional. Or if the team on the attack had it coming. Or whether the game is too close and it’s too close a score to award a penalty. Or whether this late in the game we should ‘let them play’.

    In a game like tonight’s game, it’s obvious who’s starting the scrums, “le niaisage” as Marc Denis of RDS put it. It’s the team that’s behind in the score, with Chris Neil and Zenon Konopka and Nick Foligno and Zack Smith on the ice instead of Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza. It’s pretty flipping obvious who should be marching to the penalty box after every one of these whistles.

    As a boy I used to watch a lot of wrestling, and would feel anxiety and panic in response to the incompetence of the referees. It would literally play with my mind, I would verge on tears, I was so outraged at the unfairness of it all, and how the refs had to be blind or crooked. On tag team matches, I would often see two refs push back Jacques Rougeau who had entered the ring without being tagged, and direct him back to his corner outside the ropes. He was only trying to come to the assistance of Denis Gauthier or his cousin Raymond, the other team was cheating, but it didn’t matter to the refs, they would escort him back, with their backs turned to the action. Meanwhile, Michel ‘Justice’ Dubois and Abdullah the Butcher would have hapless Raymond trussed up in the other corner, with a rope around his neck. Justice Dubois would be working his midsection with something he pulled out of his sock, and Abdullah the Butcher might be digging at his scalp with Eddie Creatchman’s false teeth. And I would lose my marbles. I’d point at the screen and yell at the refs, point to what they were missing, and to the cheating. “Non, non,” my father would say, “ils trichent pas, c’est de la stratégie!” He’d then raise his arms and proclaim in unison with his favourite wrestler: “Justice!!!!” In hindsight, that was probably child abuse on my father’s part.

    During this game, and during many others, notably against the Bruins, I sense the same impotent rage rising. I see Nick Foligno elbowing Josh Gorges in the head, then later punching Andrei Markov in the back of the head, with Paul MacLean smirking behind the bench, the same week that the NFL suspended coach Payton for an entire year in the name of player safety. I see Mark Stuart buffoonishly chasing after Andrei Kostistyn in a circle around the Jets’ zone, slashing him ten times by my count in the process, with no whistle. As I’ve stated before, the two minutes should have been ringing up like in a pinball game, ping ping ping, until the guy spent the whole next period in the box. I see Brad Marchand punching Daniel Sedin five times in the face, with no call. I see him diving at Alexei Emelin’s knees mere weeks after being suspended for the very same offence, with no call.

    At least at the end of the wrestling match I’d get my retribution, I’d get justice, real justice, not Dubois ‘Justice’. The Rougeaus would get a surge of righteous energy and pull it out in the end, they’d fly at the villains from the third rope with acrobatics and somersaults and ‘scientific’ wrestling, as taught by the chief proponent Edouard Carpentier. I don’t get a cathartic apotheosis with hockey like I used to with La Lutte du Samedi, just more of Nick Kypreos, Mike Milbury, Gary Bettman and, increasingly, Brendan Shanahan.

    Can I state again my distaste for Chris Neil and all he stands for? He’s a downright bully, always cruising around the ice with a scowl on his face and thuggery on his mind. How he gets to stay in this game after shoving a referee aside, to start a meaningless, unprovoked fight against Ryan White after the first period siren, I don’t understand.

    And as I write this, I’m watching the St. John Sea Dogs playing the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and three or four fights just happened, to the cackles of the announcers who speak of players ‘standing up for themselves’ and ‘sending a message’, fully cognizant of the fact that some of these players are not even adults.

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    • Gilbert Perreault says:

      Nice post! Brought back my childhood(with wrestling) and my adulthood(with games like tonight’s). (I don’t even know why they even let that evil Abdullah the Butcher wrestle.) And there is something about the fighting and dirty stuff, the injustice of it, when the injustices are condoned, that infantilizes us ‘adults’ as much as wrestling used to when we were kids. I find it a little embarrassing.

      • The Cat says:

        Abdullah the Butcher -Best heel ever! So effective he was, he never needed a long term contract nor needed to kiss anyone’s ass.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          Yeah The Butcher never signed a long term with any major or minor wrestling ass. Basicly came and went when he wanted to and there were allways promoters who wanted him. Loved to see him work when I was younger but as I havemany friends in the Wrestling Game the other wrestlers were none to happy to “work “with him.

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    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      re Cole: …”…crashing the crease as relentlessly as do waves upon a beach…” …that was My favorite phrase You used in Your piece Normand
      …Cole ‘saved’ this season for Me

      re wrestling: …You and My Dad would have had wonderful affinity for wrestling …My Dad was one of 17 children, born in Newfoundland …went to sea to fish the Grand Banks and the Caribbean at 10 years of age, with his hands built a general store, a hotel and a lumber company before fighting Germans in WWII …He was a man’s man in every sense of the term
      …He lived to watch wrestling, which as a city-boy, born in Montreal, I could NEVER relate or take seriously
      …He was completely, absolutely oblivious to hockey, as hockey had been just not, in anyway, a part of His childhood
      …I though, being born and raised in Montreal, lived and breathed every nuance of hockey until I Myself left home to join the USMC in the States, and was not reintroduced until I returned to Canada
      …My Dad and I, sadly to Me, had zero mutual affinity for Our favoured sports (though He was ‘the bestest’ :) in every other way)
      …on Ridgewood, off of Cote des Neiges, in Montreal, Our neighbor in the next apartment building, lived Edouard Carpentier
      …Edouard was the sole wrestler I ever related too, and took seriously his athleticism, when I occasionally joined My Dad to watch wrestling …We, Mr. Carpentier and I, also used to walk our respective dogs (I think His was a Russian Wolfhound, mine a little mutt black & white fox terrier) together in the forest between Ridgewood and the mansions of Westmount
      …got to ride in His huge white Caddy convertible several times, and I used to be amused remembering how when viewing Carpentier from the rear of the Caddy, as He was driving away with his wolfhound sitting next to him in the car, how You would swear it looked exactly like His spectacularly bodacious long blond-haired girlfriend I met occasionally, sitting beside him rather than a dog :)
      …anyhow, what I am getting to is My Dad was one of those apoplectic wrestling fans that took those violent ballets seriously …whatever emotions I had on the edge of our couch channeling My Jacques Plante rapier-like moves watching My beloved Habs, My Dad was x 1000 watching His wrestling :)
      …one summer’s day I came home to tell Him Mr. Carpentier had just introduced Me to Yukon Eric (Eric Holmback), Gene Kiniski and Whipper Billy Watson (Bill Potts) …My Dad looked at Me as if I was lying …I said “Dad, it’s true !!!” …He did not talk to Me again for days :)
      …I later found out ‘someone’ had bitten this Yukon Eric’s ear off during a recent match at the Montreal Forum
      …I tried to explain to My Dad they all seemed like buddies, but it was at least a week before He spoke to Me again :)

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      • HabinBurlington says:

        Okay since we are taking a trip down memory lane as it relates to wrestling, I will throw in my 2 cents. As a kid growing up in the prairies, my Grandfather was a giant of a man who I watched throw hay bails with ease up to the loft of the barn. Every summer the kids in our family worked on the family farm and every Saturday night we watched the wrestling at 6pm followed of course my Hockey Night in Canada. Well I grew up convinced my Grandpa was The Crusher, until one night we were watching the wrestling and there was Gramps sitting in the room watching with me? I said Grampa how can you be in the room here and on TV wrestling. He just rolled with laughter exclaiming he wasn’t the Crusher, but that he would be able to handle him just fine.

      • Psycho29 says:

        Great memories from yourself an UCe!! I used to love watching Grand Prix Wrestling…back when it was real!!! ;-)
        With Jack Curran calling the action….

        I never knew Carpentier (RIP) lived on Ridgewood. My uncle lived on Ridgewood and we used to visit him back in the 60’s and early 70’s…

        BTW….You Tube has some old Grand Prix videos….

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …what address on Ridgewood Perry ?
          …there were many well-known people living on Ridgewood back in those days …half the Alouettes, Norman McLaren the great Canadian animator, Johnny ‘Superstar’ Rogers next door to Me, actors, former Governor General, world famous surgeons, foreign-business ex-pats, and on and on :)
          …it was a very cosmopolitan and eclectic mix …a very interesting street to live on growing up …lots of eclectic stimulation for many interests

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          HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song: Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjObvIQtsLk&feature=related

          Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
          http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    • Bouleau noir says:

      Great post CE, brilliant blogger MB, tought season though, having summer in spring this year is a good thing too.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Nice enjoyable read this morning Normand, thanks. If I am reading this right, I have no choice but to believe that Claude Julien is indeed Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

      Erik Cole truly is an inspiring player, I hope Rene Bourque takes a look at how Cole handles himself and perhaps fits in a little better next year. There is potential in Bourque, unfortunately he is already approaching an age where Hard Habits are hard to break. I will remain hopeful until we have him for a full season with a training camp and hopefully a sound Mgmt and Coaching Staff.

  20. McKanadiens says:

    At the beginning of the season, I wouldn’t have picked those two to be our 30 goal pair! Cammy and Gio maybe.

  21. HardHabits says:

    Taken from the NHL.COM recap.

    Eric Cole and Max Pacioretty become the first pair of Canadiens players to hit the 30-goal plateau in the same season since 1995-96, when Vincent Damphousse and Pierre Turgeon scored 38 goals apiece.

    The Canadiens never had an American-born player score 30 goals in a season in their 102-year history before Pacioretty – a native of New Canaan, Conn.– hit the milestone March 8 in Edmonton. Less than two weeks later, the Canadiens have two with Oswego, N.Y., native Cole joining the club.

    Across the League, this marks the first time since 2005-06 that two American-born teammates have reached the 30-goal mark — the last ones were current Canadiens Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, then with the New Jersey Devils.


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