Habitoban - (Marty S.)Member since December 31, 2010
Habs fan since: 1956
Favorite current player: all
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson
- Comment on About last night … (2014-11-24 08:28:54)
We don't seem to have an effective answer to the strong forecheck of teams like NY and Calgary. The long passes-- and interceptions -- continue for three periods. Why is that? I'll take ALN's Theme #6 for $200 Alex.
- Comment on Liveblog: The W streak ends, not with a bang but a whimper (2014-11-18 22:41:00)
Has Subban dominated a game, a period, or even a shift this season? Why are we paying a rushing defenceman millions of dollars to NOT rush the puck?
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Weise strikes first and often against Bruins (2014-11-14 12:36:27)
Hope Hamrlik, Spacek and Tommy Pyatt got to watch last night's game. Revenge is a dish best served cold!!
- Comment on About last night … (2014-11-14 08:36:34)
And yes, Bourque had a goal called back.
- Comment on Canadiens put Rene Bourque on waivers, recall Jarred Tinordi from Hamilton (2014-11-10 10:48:36)
One of a coach’s main responsibilities is identifying a player’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities for growth, and then getting the most out of that player. Not sure that ever happened with Bourque. He saw himself as a scorer so he spent time (too much time) hovering around the blueline waiting for a break out pass. Did the coaches ever tell him to forget about offence and adjust his game and become a 3rd line checker and not worry about the goals? I don’t know. A few years ago Pouliot was run out of town to the delight of most at HIO, who were sure that he would never make it the NHL and would end up languishing in Europe. Well Benny was told by his new coaches to adjust his game which was a lot like Bourque’s, and now is strong on the forecheck, works hard every night (still takes some dumb penalties, mind you), and seems to make his linemates better (e.g., Zuccarello seem to be struggling this year), and is overall a pretty good hockey player. Was RB unable or perhaps unwilling to change his game at this stage in his career, or was that ever an option for him under MT?
- Comment on Ken Dryden writes about his friend, teammate and prankster Guy Lapointe (2014-11-08 15:48:35)
Completely agree. As I mentioned on another occasion, it was telling that I think only one post pointed out that it was Bourque's hard work and net presence that made Sekac's first goal possible. Sekac's dad and GF got all the attention. Also Orpik stopped running our players once Bourque pasted him to the wall.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-22 10:51:48)
In case this bit of Pricean mischief from last night hasn't been posted yet... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Ruwwk0pzM
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 22:04:09)
With the exception of Gallagher, Bourque is one of the only Habs who spends time in and around the crease. As I noted earlier, his net presence was largely responsible for Sekac's goal. He does spend time cruising around the blue line for a breakout pass, which is exactly what he did when he was the muche louded "playoff Bourque."
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 21:45:56)
From what I saw, he didn't have a great camp. Not much fire in his game. maybe still shaking the concussion cobwebs.
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 13:33:44)
When it comes to Bourque people see what they want to. For example, I'm surprised, that there hasn't been much mention today of Sekac's first goal, and how Bourque set the play up and then screened Rask while plowing Seidenberg across the crease. I guess the analysis of Sekac's dad's dance choreography as well as as an evaluation of Sekac's GF proved too distracting.