Canadiens aim for fourth straight win

POSTGAME PANTHERS (audio delayed in the email): Jacques Martin | Sniper Hal Gill 1 and 2 |
Carey Price | Travis Moen | David Desharnais

FRIDAY PRACTICE: Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta | Carey Price

The Canadiens fly to Tampa this afternoon for tomorrow night’s game against the Lightning, the Habs aiming for their fourth straight win.

Pat Hickey reports nothing earth-shattering out of today’s practice at the Bank Atlantik Center, site of last night’s 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers. Centre Scott Gomez missed his second consecutive practice today, in the clinic for therapy. Gomez has his critics for his lack of production this season, but currently he is dealing with legitimate injury issues.


  1. Bill J says:

    I cringe every time someone says Savard was awesome.

    You’ve been a fan for a long time, and yes Savard put together the ’86 & ’93 Cup.

    However, the ’93 Cup came at serious expense (many young prospects with enormous talent)

    a few years later he started talking to Colorado to trade Roy, just as he’s about to trade Roy to Colorado for Fiset & Nolan.  He gets fired, 3-4 months later Roy still goes to Colorado for a bag of pucks in return. AND Keane somehow had to go to Colorado TOO.

    You want to talk about long time droughts ?  I blame Savard for starting the last one.  And I would have been OK with no mortgaging the future if it meant no cup in 1993 (likely would have had another not too long thereafter)


  2. punkster says:

    Two good points there. Though the Detroit model often gets discounted here because it is thought to be an anomaly, as in, “Oh, but it’s Detroit and they don’t count because…(fill in the blanks)”. Thing is their model does count as should be pointed to and highlighted just as much as the so-called tank model. Your second point about Toronto is applicable to so many other teams who underperform or have meagre assets. Toronto doesn’t conciously tank, they’re just haven’t had that many good teams.

    I say to hell with tanking. Do the best you can in all aspects of the organization and let the chips fall where they may.


  3. Curtis O Habs says:

    Cathy Boyle

  4. HardHabits says:

    Tell me about it. My biggest complaint with the Habs over all these years. In fact in all my life as a Habs fan I never embraced the idea of tanking until I mentioned it here on HIO and only after all these years of frustration watching the Habs chase the final play-off spot for a quick exit or not even participating. That and watching awful teams like the Penguins, Black Hawks and Capitals become powerhouses practically over night.

    The truth is a team has a 33% percent chance of winning a cup if the tank properly. Mind you, as SF09 points out, tanking is not enough. Coaching is still important. Late picks are very, very important to round out a team’s roster.

    Nevertheless teams that tank successfully will have an edge and an advantage over teams that don’t.

    Look at Toronto. Next draft they have 12 picks.

    Philly managed to build a powerhouse around their 2 1st round 2003 draft picks. Anaheim won a Cup upon the success of 2 1st round draft picks in the same year.

    That’s still the way to go. Not necessarily tanking but certainly being a seller with a weak team and opting for multiple 1st rounders.

    I would so like to be proven wrong as far as the Habs are concerned but if by 2015 this organization is still spinning it’s wheels fighting for 8th over-all they better start seeing the light and stop with just being content to make the play-offs.

  5. db says:

    Lucic is the type of player the NHL is pushing in the USA.  Have you seen the commercials??  They dont pitch hockey, they pitch burtality and blood.  It’s unfortunate the owners aren’t really that interested in protecting their (temporary) assets. 

    The only thing I agree on with Bruins fans is how much we hate the Flyers.

  6. SmartDog says:

    Man, did you see Kim painted in silver?  Whoever thought of that is a GENIUS. That’s an AWESOME PLOY!   Next I want to see Scarlett Johansson “painted in silver” (giggle)… and then Keira Nightley… and then….

  7. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Thanks Andrew, but I always thought comparisons were made between two similar subjects. Those are not.

    Obviously Tanguay was not fit to wear the CH, what is he wearing now?

    And the poster asked a question about why a player was playing so many minutes while injured, not cursing him because of it.

  8. HotHabs says:

    He has grit and decent skills, but he’s a dirty son-of-a… gun!  Wouldn’t want him in bleu-blanc-rouge.

    That entire B’s team is underhanded.  Watch highlights from so many of their games and you see over and over the crude cheap-shot tactics.  I really hope they are ousted in the first round – they deserve nothing more!

  9. Danno says:

    Gill’s a good player. I’d love to see him send that message too.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

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