Michelob - (Paul Della Penna)Member since March 9, 2011
Habs fan since: 1955
Favorite current player: Tomas Plekanec
All-time favorite player: Henri Richard
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens mount comeback, blow lead, lose 5-3
Ohhh, I get it. The Canadiens are only capable of winning when the other team plays like shit. It's just amazing how inept they can look, always on their heels, never with the puck, passes intercepted, etc. What a waste of time this is. And fans booing Spacek. Now, there's class.
- Comment on Liveblog: Playoff hopes flicker
It's not the players, it's the team. All you have to do is watch the Leafs to see the difference. Say what you want about them, and I am not a fan, but year in and year out for as long as I can remember now, win or lose, the Leafs have played like they mean it and have often delivered an entertaining spectacle, even if you are only watching to see them lose. Montreal, on the other hand, year in and year out, deliver ineffectual play, a lack of commitment, no heart. Early this season, there were signs of intensity, even when they lost. This goes back way before Gainey. It's pretty sad.
- Comment on About last night ...
I can understand the disappointment that everyone is feeling at the Habs not winning last night (because winning is everything, they say), but I found it to be a very entertaining game. The Oilers have a great young team and are fun to watch. The Canadiens didn't just run into a hot goaltender, the problem was that they weren't getting the second and third chances, and that is thanks to the Oilers defensive play. I have found the Habs playing aggressive and passionate hockey more often than not, this season, and last night was a good example. I don't get how anyone can say they were flat when they took the play to the Oilers all night and held them to 14 shots. That's not the JM style that we used to see when they were continually outshot. I like what I'm seeing. The results will come. Be patient. And firing everyone is a dumb idea because then it's back to the drawing board. JMO.
- Comment on Canadiens match 73-year-old futility streak
I watched most of the game and I was thrilled with the way the Habs were playing. Yes, they made a couple of mistakes, but only a couple, and sure, it cost them. But what we saw, which we rarely have seen in recent years, is a team that was competing in all three zones in all three periods. You don't win every game when you compete and it's a shame, but that's the way I want to see them play every night. They played like this in the first two games of the Boston series last year. Then in the third game, someone turned out the lights.
- Comment on Hands up, everyone who's surprised
It's true that the NHL is "bush league" in its manner of enforcing the rules of the game, but the effects are felt beyond the NHL. I tuned into a junior game on RDS the other day and couldn't stand to watch for more than five minutes. This is the way hockey is played today, at least in North America and judging from what I see of international play, it has affected the Europeans, too. There was a time when launching yourself from half way across the ice to hit a player, even if he still had the puck, was called "charging". And slamming someone hard into the boards was called "boarding". And it was not ok to muscle another player to the ice just because he had the puck. This is not just an old-timer's rosy recollection of a mythical golden age: all you have to do is look at the old tapes from 35 or 40 years ago to see that this is true. Hockey today resembles tackle football. Why? Is it because players are bigger, stronger, faster, or have better protective equipment? I don't think so. It's because there aren't enough players around to adequately staff a 30 team league, so you bend the rules. And because you are the world's premier hockey league, everyone eventually gets the same idea. It won't change unless the fans turn their backs on it. That's not going to happen, short of an economic collapse. So we just have to live with it.