Mats NaslundMember since August 2, 2009
Habs fan since: '81
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov
All-time favorite player: Wayne Gretzky
- Comment on Game 1 of Habs vs. Rangers Saturday afternoon at Bell Centre (2014-05-15 16:28:46)
So many pundits gave Montreal no credit after the series with Tampa. It was all about how Tampa blew it after. Fair enough 4-0 looks bad especially when you only look at the goal and not the play that led to it. But seriously - the winning formula for Montreal was exactly the same in both series: skate the pants off of the other team causing turnovers in the neutral zone and odd-man rushes. When the puck is in your end, be the first to the loose puck and clear it. (Also: Have Carey Price). Simple and effective if you can manage it. Now everyone is giving Montreal a bit more credit, though I am seeing a whole lot more about the failure of the Bruins than we normally would. A lot of hockey people are still struggling to see how Montreal could knock off not only the #2 seed, but the big bad Bruins who were the consensus pick to represent the East. I just hope the Habs can stick to their game plan because there are very few teams in the NHL who can withstand the kind of pressure that Montreal puts opposition defensemen under with their fore-check. That is how you score easy goals when you don't play a half-court crash and bang style.
- Comment on About last night …. (2014-05-07 09:20:51)
How in the world did Carey Price "sell" the call on Soderberg. Last I checked any time you hit a goalie with both of your hands to his head, knocking his helmet off you're likely to be called for some sort of infraction. I love playoff hockey, but it gets to a point where people lose sight of the rules of the game. That was as blatant a goalie interference call as can be.
- Comment on Hockey Afternoon in Boston: Bournival back in Habs lineup (2014-05-03 10:50:35)
Bostonians over in the Herald comment section defend themselves as not racist by continuing to be incredibly racist.
- Comment on Bruins denounce racist comments about Habs’ Subban (2014-05-02 15:48:22)
Kevin Weeks with some real talk on Racism in hockey today on Tim & Sid on Sportsnet. He always comes out in defense of Subban, and today he laid it out clear as to why people think about Drew Doughty in one way and PK in another even though they are so similar as players. I loved that T&S also tried to steer the discussion towards the culpability of the media in feeding the quieter and yet still omni-present racism towards a player like Subban. The whole thing was bang on if a bit meandering. The guy won the Norris and people are still trying to take pot shots at his character. The loony-toon tweets are one thing. We can all see how dumb those people are. The more dangerous racism is the type that tries to masquerade as some other sentiment.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-05-02 09:41:39)
This is what I was thinking too. Vanek didn't look disinterested. He looked like he was hurting. He wouldn't really physically engage - and his skating was very upright. Lowest TOI outside of Briere, Weiss, and Moen. I would be shocked if it turned out to be some issue of benching him. Especially since he was moved off of the top line so quickly. You don't break up your top line (the one who carried you through the final 10+ games of the season) unless there is something wrong. Even if it was a smaller injury - you've got to try to get him away from Chara.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-05-02 09:29:50)
1 - so true. Its so dangerous too. Its a great strategy to employ because MTL tends to crash down low. Its one of my biggest complaints about the MTL offense which at times seems to entirely consist of perimeter play. If you cut into the middle off of the rush you cause traffic and space. Every once in a while you get plunked on your butt, but that's the chance you take to create scoring chances.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 73 – Budaj brilliant, Galchenyuk’s Shootout goal beats Bruins (2014-03-24 16:56:47)
Bruins could be an opponent at some point in the playoffs - with Price still getting back to shape maybe MT figures its best not to let them get in his head. If Price needs a couple days to heal - better to do that now than to bring bumps and bruises into the playoffs.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-19 10:12:18)
Mr. Boone you said it right there: "Finally, 70 games into the season, the Canadiens have a bona-fide Number 1 line." Not to take away anything from the incredible play of the other members of the squad last night (wasn't that Moen goal a thing of beauty?), but Montreal's top line is dangerous and the effect that this will have is to open up room for the other lines as teams try to shut down 67-51-20. Last night we saw a guerrilla come off of Vanek's back and you can see the chemistry forming with his linemates. They were already getting chances but now that a few have gone in, I can't wait to see how they play together going towards the playoffs. They won't pot 3 every night, but teams will have to focus on them defensively and I love what that might mean for the rest of the team.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-06 09:47:16)
I have no real beef with the team you posted - but did you really just add ANOTHER 5'9" player to this team (Andrighetto)? That's the type of thing that would get you canned as a GM around these parts lol.
- Comment on Habs hit the road on a hot streak; Drewiske clears waivers (2014-03-03 09:33:30)
I wonder if MB is moved to try to add Chris Stewart now that Buffalo is in possession of him and would likely move him for picks or prospects. Not a typical rental in that he's still relatively young and under contract for one more season. MTL could get a lot bigger up front pretty quick with one move.