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Habs fan since: 1981
Favorite current player: Subban
All-time favorite player: Naslund
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 10:38:17)
Galchenyuk - sick goal. PK's was a beauty obviously, but I was so impressed by a few things on the Galchenyuk goal. 1 - Breaking up the play as soon as he stepped out of the box. The timing was fortuitous, but stopping Mackinnon in the neutral zone required a very quick stick and good awareness about where the play was as he jumped on the ice. 2 - Staying onside, when it was a very quick and close play. He kept himself on the line while Prust made that beauty little play back to him. Very easy for that play to have ended up offside. 3 - Head up the whole way in. He even took a quick look at where Prust was as he stickhandled into the slot, which can unsettle the goalie by making him unsure of where the play is going. That is a very hard thing to do at that speed and in such tight quarters, and is the sort of confidence with the puck that only the truly elite players have. 4 - Quick stick and shot. Lots of back and forth with the puck, and then roof. So fast. I've said it before, but the guy is like viper with the puck, and has amazing quick strike ability.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 10:21:14)
As good as Plekanec has been to start the year, I think that Galcheyuk's opening at centre will be a result of them trading or letting Plekanec walk. This year is an opportunity for Galchenyuk to grow his game alongside #14, but with both Eller and Desharnais signed up at a lesser amount ($3.5M vs. $5M), and Plekanec being a UFA after 2015-16, logic dictates that he will be the contract that comes off the books to let Galchenyuk assume the role of #1 centre. Of course, if Eller fails to improve or if Desharnais starts to break down, it could be one of them. But I see the most likely scenario as an aging Plekanec getting a better opportunity or a bigger contract from another NHL team. If he were willing to play his next contract at $3.5M, maybe they keep him over one of the other two, but I don't see him taking less when he is likely to still be an effective top-six player.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Bruins’ Lucic fined $5,000 by NHL (2014-10-17 19:31:27)
Subban's reputation is deserved. I love the guy, and I am not convinced that what Marchand did didn't hurt, but he put a hard sell on that call. No question about it. And he does it pretty consistently. Emelin is not above it, nor it Markov. But neither are Bergeron, Marchand, Chara, and many other NHLers. If you get yourself a reputation by overselling (e.g. Plekanec and the high stick), the league gets to know about it....
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Bruins’ Lucic fined $5,000 by NHL (2014-10-17 13:52:49)
The 'Lucic Hates the Habs Edition' linked to in the main article (above) includes the following statement: "The Bruins gave up a lot of odd-man rushes against the small, speedy Canadiens". Nitpicking I guess, but I think they need to brush up a bit on the Habs size quotient. MTL added about 9" on the RW, a couple on the 4th line, and a few on the defence as well. Should probably read something like: "The Bruins gave up a lot of odd-man rushes against the noticeably bigger but equally speedy Canadiens".....
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Bruins’ Lucic fined $5,000 by NHL (2014-10-17 13:27:23)
I actually wasn't expecting the 'are those my underwear?' line, which added to the effect. Pretty well done, and decent acting by both parties.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Bruins’ Lucic fined $5,000 by NHL (2014-10-17 13:11:00)
Probably posted earlier, but good for at least a half-chuckle..... http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/habs-carey-price-stars-in-creepy-commercial-1.2802132
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Bruins’ Lucic fined $5,000 by NHL (2014-10-17 12:48:54)
lol! True that. Everytime I see Marchand's dull, back-of-the-class mug I want to drive him. Starley Cup indeed.....
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Bruins’ Lucic fined $5,000 by NHL (2014-10-17 12:42:54)
That is some cool trivia. I think the fact that we have seen a solid but unspectacular start from Sekac bodes well. He should continue to improve as the season wears on and he gets used to the pace and physicality of the N.A. game. He himself has shown the ability to play a somewhat physical brand, and on his goal last night he showed the hands needed to score goals at or around the net.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-17 11:22:15)
Completely agree. Time to grow a beard and get a tattoo. Crank some black metal. Maybe he needs a brother in arms, 'cause I don't think Bourque is the plundering type.... That whole forward core is still lacking a real physical instigator. If they could find a way to work one into the mix on a permanent basis, it would really help them turn up the tempo.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-17 11:05:09)
Well, this team is certainly showing that it can win by coming from behind. Be nice to see them get after it a little harder to start games though. Once the season settles in and teams get their ish together, comeback victories are going to be a rarer species. Thought Gallagher played his best game of the year by far. Desharnais was more engaged, and Plekanec was pretty darn good as well. The Eller line looked more coherent, although I still don't get some of 'ol Larry's moves. I'd like to see him get a few more offensive opportunities/starts, but I guess he isn't gonna get those until he plays a more consistent game. Emelin was absolutely dynamite last night. Stood guys up and had a very active and effective stick. And his early hit on Lucic really sent a message I thought. IMO the Bruins were a bit lucky to get the leads they did. The penalty drawn by Bergeron was ticky-tack, and I'm pretty sure the goal by Eriksson will ultimately go to Krug since it basically bounced off Emelin's(?) skate and into the net. I think.... Rest of the Habs defence was okay. Tinordi played another solid game, and Weaver was a little more steady. Gilbert played a typical game for him. Made some smart moves with the puck and moved it up ice, but also made a few errors and coughed it up. This is what they signed up for with him. Be interesting to see if they get Beaulieu back in against Colorado. Hard to take Tinordi out now, but unless they want to play someone on their off-side and sit one of Weaver or Gilbert, there is no other place to slot him in. Regardless of how they are getting them, these early season points will prove valuable down the home-stretch. Go Habs!