Go Leafs go! (This is not a typo)

Habs’ playoff express, saving on tire wear.

AUDIO: Jaroslav Spacek

The Canadiens failed to nail down a playoff berth last night on Long Island, falling 4-3 to the postseason-eliminated Islanders. But they can book a date to the dance tonight while they sit in Raleigh, awaiting tomorrow’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Should the New York Rangers lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden tonight, the Rangers having been bombed 5-2 in Buffalo last night, the Habs are in. And John Tortorella’s crew is on an extremely slippery slope toward the postseason, needing at least one point tonight and a weekend sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers to advance.

The Canadiens, meanwhile, remain behind the wheel in their drive to/toward the playoffs. But where they were steering a gas-guzzling luxury sedan a couple of weeks ago, now they’re squeezed into a subcompact. Pat Hickey will check in later today from Raleigh, where the Canadiens have a stiff challenge against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night.

Here’s a capsule look at the still daunting task ahead, from Arpon Basu.

And here are the standings, heading into tonight’s action around the NHL.


  1. sillywalk says:

    Ignore my blindness, I missed those words completely.

  2. SmartDog says:

    Doh!  Yes, I meant Miller in #4.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  3. Bugs says:

    Yeah, I heard your opinion, Mikey: The only reason Yappy was in the shootout is because Jack Marty wanted to appease the Frecnh folks in the Islander crowd.

    Doesn’t sound any less preposterous now either.

    But, I seem to not want to accept the “truth” because I don’t know “have any hockey knowledge” and I “shouldn’t speak” and Our Services “are scrap” and that’s good enough for me as a retort from you because it tells me where you’re comin from.

    Like I said, it’s cool. Let’s leave it at that.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  4. B says:

    In reach of 20? Grabovski only has 10 goals (with 2 games left).

    Half a season? Kessel has only missed 12 of Toronto’s 80 games. Kessel should finish this season with the same number of games played as last season, 70. Kessel is a very good goal scorer, he has the same .44 goals/game stat as Gionta this season.

  5. Jeff says:

    Truly sad summation of all things Habbers!

    Phil is a star, Pleks….hmmmm your only star?

    All but one team will lose this year!

    Leafs are better now than your Habs will ever be over the next 5 years.

    Yup, you get to feed your ulcers for 2 home games where the Russians are not being paid…hmmm?

    Oh and that month of games was soooooo worth it…..death by a 1000 cuts!!!

    My basic package is going to be the Premium package next year when you have Cap problems and cannot pay for the Basic pak you have…

    Stay in Sask, i hear it’s flat and faceless without form or substance….





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