BataviaHabsFan - (Alan Barcmb)Member since November 11, 2007
Habs fan since: 1966
Favorite current player: Mike Komisarek
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson
- Comment on O'Byrne's stay in Hamilton a short one
I was watching the game on MSG and it was unbelievable the amount of blood on the ice...I suspect it was a jugular vein that was cut. He looked like he was close to passing out as they got him to the bench, while putting pressure on his cut. The last word I heard was that he was stable in a local hospital. The total silence in the arena with a sell-out crowd was spooky...it lasted for at least 10 minutes.
- Comment on Winter Classic 2008
I was at the game...froze my #$@!% off. Mike, the intro was impressive to many of us there. I feel it is never inappropriate to salute those that allow us the privilege to enjoy our way of life. However, I agree it could have been achieved in a less dramatic fashion. But alas, this game was all about spectacle...and that it was. The conditions were perfect for TV, down to the scripted NHL FRONT OFFICE ending. Less perfect for those of us out there...maybe I'm too old, and can't drink enough beer to ignore the conditions. I grew up playing pond hockey, and I agree that it brought back fond memories. But playing and watching this type of hockey are two TOTALLY different entities. The game was slow, with alot of attempted dump-in-and-chase downs. The puck often slid only 10 ft with a snow tail behind it. Get me back to an arena with predictable ice and NHL skills that are on display. I think these "classic games" are good for once every 3-5 years. I can say that I've attended one, but doubt I will attend another. Give me a baseball park on a warm sunny day or an indoor arena. The frozen feet and fingers of my youth are fond memories and should stay as such.
- Comment on About last night ...
Mike, I agree with you on O'Byrne. He looked very good. I like the size and the skating skills. He looked very comfortable out there. I was surprised by the hits! It's what we need more of from the D. I disagree about Lapierre. I think he needed to make an impression on his coach and teammates by dropping his gloves, at least early on in his career. Even if he got his behind whipped, at least he is showing everyone in the dressing room that he will do what it takes. (Now dropping them with Chara would be just plain stupid, so we at least know he is not that). I'm not saying he has to drop them every time, just at least once to get the respect of your teamates (I think he should take some tips from Bouillon who did well for himself).
- Comment on About last night ...
Time to bring up O'Byrne and jettison some folks who are not paying their way (please stand up M. Ryder). If playing for the contract of your career can't motivate you, not sure what will! Huet kept them in this game to the point where they ONCE AGAIN tried to sit on a lead. Unfortunately, they are not a team that can totally slam the door once they have the lead. I agree Huet has to be more consitent for 60 minutes of hockey (see M. Brodeur), but the whole team has to be more consistent for a full game as well. Carbonneau can seeth, but somehow he either has to get the players he has to play the way he wants, or they have have to get him the players he needs, or they have to play with what they have under a more suited system or coach. What'll it be Mr. Gainey?
- Comment on Game turns on brutal call
I'll be at the game tonight...can't wait! It will be my first chance to see our boys LIVE. I root for Buffalo at most of their home games, UNLESS the Habs are in town. Then of course, my boyhood loyalties take over and I can hoot and holler for MY TEAM. Unfortunately, my wife insists on wearing her Sabres jersey (and she is the one from Montreal!). I agree that they bunch the games up too much against each team. Seems like they could spread them out a little bit over the season. I am also looking forward to seeing Chicago when they come to Buffalo. My wife and I got a chance to see a game between Chicago and Detroit (in Chicago) in early October. If anyone gets a chance to catch this exciting young team...DO IT. The line of Kane, Toews and Ruutu is as much fun to watch as any out their! Unfortunately, they only come to town once a year! So I understand how the people out West feel about not getting to see Pittsburgh. Hopefully, the Habs can avenge last weeks' loss! Looking forward to everyone's comments when I get back! GO HABS!!!
- Comment on 4-3 in OT
The whole RDS experience was annoying! From the name pronunciations to the infantile "jokes". You really have to love a team enough to sit through that...but I made it, only screaming a few times.