Subban in Sochi - (K. Scott Hinckley)Member since November 10, 2007
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Habs fan since: 1971
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov
All-time favorite player: Ken Dryden
- Comment on Liveblog: Conference Final Game 2 – 3-1 loss drops Canadiens into 0-2 hole (2014-05-19 17:11:37)
It will be difficult for Alain Vigneault to claim that the Canadiens are the Series "favorite" now. AV will have to work a little harder to come up with viable gamesmanship quotes...now that the Rangers lead the Series 1-0 and have the advantage in healthy world class goalies by the same margin. Habs don't need Tokarski to perform to the level of Ken Dryden or Patrick Roy. I'll settle for the level of Steve Penney (and his 9 wins in his first Playoff). "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Habs’ Price out for rest of Rangers series; Tokarski reported to start Game 2 (Video) (2014-05-19 12:41:31)
Perhaps Tokarski can be the is year's Steve Penney. Penney won 9 Playoff games for the Canadiens in 1984 after playing-and losing-4 regular season games. Tokarski "only" has to win 8 games. Penney's name was incorrectly left off the Stanley Cup in 1986 (i.e., injury exemption). Let's hope we see "Tokarski," "Budaj," AND "Price" inscribed on the Cup THIS season... "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Game 1 of Habs vs. Rangers Saturday afternoon at Bell Centre (2014-05-15 13:41:57)
I adore the Habs' beat writers at the Gazette. But if you want to fully appreciate the pain the Bruins, their management, fans, and sportswriters are experiencing it is a must to go to boston.com and read last night's post from "Obnoxious Boston Fan," AKA long-time sports journalist Bill Speros. OBF doesn't spare the rod-his column is almost as good as Game 8 in the Summit Series. An ode to Pernell Karl written long ago by "someone" from my 'hood, Maine: "My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But, ah my foes, and oh, my friends- It gives a lovely light." Luckily, P.K.'s "poetry" did not have to last "the night." But it did last the 26:17 minutes of his ToI. And it gave of a rocket's red glare that should silence Rene Rancourt for several months!! Maybe RR can brush up on his French in the interim, eh...? Legal names change filed early this morning in Charlestown court: Zdeno Chara alters his last name to "Charcoal." Meanwhile, Winnipeg court sources put down rumors that Dale Kenton Weise will change his middle name to "F." There was speculation that he might change his middle name to match the Pope's. Unconfirmed. Though the "F" would be popular in Tampa & Boston... "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on About last night … (2014-05-15 01:27:49)
Plekenec played 23:50. Has he ever played more in a 60 minute NHL game...? W-O-W. Desharnais & Weaver played 16 minutes each and barely showed up on the stat sheet. But their impact was gigantic. They SEEMED to play 26 minutes each. What efforts!!! If there was a statistic that correlated giant goals & huge assists to minimal ToI Daniel Briere would own that category. His focus through an incredibly trying season has been astounding. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Liveblog: Eastern semifinal Game 7 – Bye-bye Bruins! Canadiens win 3-1, advance to Conference final (2014-05-15 01:06:23)
Based on the steaming pile the 'Ruins left on the ice they answered the age-old question about ursine bathroom preferences...I guess they didn't have time to make it to the "woods" due to the Habs' forecheck. The Canadiens displayed 60 minutes of all-in intensity & intellect mixed with just a dash of impudence. Great to see the Canadiens impose THEIR style of play on the Bad Guys. A couple days to refocus and then devote attention to win # 9... "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Liveblog: Eastern semifinal Game 7 – Bye-bye Bruins! Canadiens win 3-1, advance to Conference final (2014-05-15 00:33:18)
I'm still in the Decompression Chamber. Before I forget it, though, "Merci, M. Thornton..." Thank you very much for poking the Habs. When it was most needed. That 1/2 day's pay would have paid for a lot of tee times...Maybe you should try water sports-or beach activities. Kick some sand in people's faces. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Liveblog: Eastern semifinal Game 7 – Bye-bye Bruins! Canadiens win 3-1, advance to Conference final (2014-05-14 18:21:54)
P.K. Subban poked countless bears after the Habs' game 6 win by hoping for a loud 'n' nasty environment in TD Gahden. P.K. assumed the role of Pied Piper to Bruins' fans. Let's hope the Bruins players-and especially rats like Marchand-heard his tune too. And if any hibernating bears needed additional "poking," Chris Nilan rounded them ALL up yesterday on TSN690 radio with his bear baiting "The Bruins ARE the Bad Guys" crusade. Which, of course, is factual. As for old saws and bon mot about bears-to include their toiletry habits-let's hope that we discover that bears do not defecate in the woods. Rather we'll let's hope we have video documentation that they do their # 2's on the ice... I adore the "Poke the Bear" strategy, but it is just verbal jousting. Tonight's game will be won by the team who imposes its will; plays its game. Let's hope that what is "willed" tonight is solid forechecking, speed, quickness, and opportunism. If so, the Canadiens will be on the winning side of the post-game handshakes... "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Habs, Bruins meet for ninth time in a Game 7 (with videos) (2014-05-14 15:53:15)
Having watched countless Habs-'Ruins Playoff games since I became a Canadiens fan in the 1971 Series vs. Boston, history suggests 3 scenarios in which Montreal wins tonight: 1. Great team defense, superior goaltending, the desire and capability to play "as long as it takes," and the winning goal scored from 2 feet away in a 2-1 or 1-0 game. 2. Bourque, Eller, Desharnais and/or Pacioretty (maybe Bournival)draw a couple timely interference penalties by passing to themselves behind Boston's d-men. And then someone who's "been there" before scores a giant PP goal, e.g., Markov. 3. The greybeards re-discover their Playoff scoring touch: Briere, Gionta, or the aforementioned Andrei Markov. Marky has matched his career Playoff scoring high with 5 assists this season. But he hasn't scored a Playoff goal in 6 years... It would be nice if the Habs could win the game by deploying a Bruin tactic...rolling all 4 lines; letting Briere & Weise feel the puck a little more. Because if this game goes in to overtime that team balance will be clé. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Liveblog: Semifinal Game 6 – Canadiens are alive! Beat Boston 4-0 to force game 7 (2014-05-12 17:14:59)
I am exceptionally pleased to see that Nathan Beaulieu is playing tonight. Quite a challenge as he has never played 1 second of professional Playoff hockey. He will bring some much needed speed to the defense. And quickness. In his limited time in Montreal he has piled up plus-minus stats that are rare for 21-year-old d-man; + 11 in 23 games. I am also glad to see Daniel Briere return to the lineup. He has played little in the Playoffs but has used his scant playing time to create some giant plays. The Habs looked good in games 1-3 of the Bruins series because they exploited their team speed. Beaulieu & Briere bring the speed element; Murray & Moen do not. Montreal can not "out-Bruin" the Bruins. Speed kills. Let's hope it 'Ruins Boston tonight.. Like the vast majority of the posters here I have been "down" since Saturday's game. However, a look at history shows the Habs have won all 4 previous games in Montreal vs. the B's when trailing 3-2 in the Series. And the first time the Canadiens did that was in 1971, the year I became a hockey fan and a Canadiens fan. That Bruins team was loaded. There's no Bobby Orr on this year's team. Orr scored 12 points in those 7 games!! Nor Phil Esposito, either. Before puck drop the Canadiens team needs to look in the mirror and decide if they have the physical, mental, and emotional capacity to play 14 more games this spring. If they pass that "check" they will win tonight. All the talk about how "fun" the Playoffs are tends to be meaningless at this point because the physical pounding makes cowards out of most. The "price" of beating good teams in the Playoffs is a lot of pain...Enduring pain earns the Stanley Cup. And winning tonight starts by playing 1 solid shift at a time...Restoring the forecheck would be a great start. Can't win 2 games in 1 night. Can't score 2 goals on 1 shot. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Habs will dress seven defencemen against Hurricanes (2014-02-08 14:48:01)
A Habs' win in Carolina tonight puts them on pace for 97 points; right where all sensible fans had them pegged. When considering the massive amount of early season injuries that forced the Canadiens to recall tons of Bulldogs this is actually an impressive year-to-date effort. I look forward to the return of Alex Galchenyuk after The Break. The Habs only have 1 player older than 31 at the Olympics (Markov). They only have 1 player in Sochi under 6'0" (Captian Plekanec). So all the older & smaller players get to repair & recuperate during The Break. And then there's only 23 regular season games to focus on until the Playoffs. Carey Price is white hot right now but whereas Budaj has virtually equivalent stats I am troubled that Price gets this start. I have made my "rode hard, put away wet" analogy before about Price's heavy workload. C'est la vie. Hopefully "Champagne" Markov will find plenty of ice available in Sochi. His knees will need it. Hopefully MT will use The Break to reconfigure the Habs' hapless Power Play. And maybe MB can continue to tinker before the trade deadline and find more sandpaper and grit at Gionta's Hardware store... "Cannonading drive!!"