nn1Member since December 4, 2007
Habs fan since: 1990
Favorite current player: Saku Koivu
All-time favorite player: Guy Carbonneau
- Comment on About this afternoon … (2010-05-02 19:12:05)
Think back a couple years, to when the Habs lost 4 straight in a 5 game second-round dumping at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers. Although Kovalev maintained, and will probably continue to maintain for the rest of this lifetime at least, that the Canadiens played the better series, it was a difficult position to defend. Philly shut down the Habs power-play, Biron was lights out, and the Flyers were off to be themselves unceremoniously disposed of by the mighty Penguins.
And yet, it's easy to see what Kovy was talking about, because the Habs got chance after chance in that series, but the Flyers always had the timely goals and found a way to win. Doesn't that make them the better team? Now, I'm not saying that the Habs are a better team than the Caps - but they found a way to win the series. And this afternoon, the Penguins got a taste of the same frustration that sent Ovi and Boudreau moping back to DC, and apparently has Brooks Laich considering a job with AAA roadside assistance. Halak has played the best hockey of his career, the defense has been frustratingly effective despite the regular flurries of opposition offence, and the Habs have capitalized on the chances they've gotten. It's the formula that took Philly past the Habs in '08 - though, mind you, not past the Penguins.
Still, this Habs team has given us more to be excited about than we've had in a while. A sixth playoff win would make it the most wins the CH have registered in a Playoffs since 2002. Other than that, they've only reached the six-win mark one other time in the last twenty years. See if you can guess when that was.
I, for one, am enjoying the ride.
- Comment on Lafleur vs. Brodeur in all-star skills? (2008-10-30 08:56:14)
All-star-game-related question: does Chara get booed at the Bell Centre?
- Comment on Price will face Maple Leafs (2008-02-06 16:36:17)
- Comment on About last night … (2008-02-06 10:57:40)
The win last night was not the habs' strongest 60-minute performance - agreed. But they found a way to win, against Ottawa. True, the Sens were without two of their best, but they're a very strong, deep, well-coached team, who needed a win badly and we were able to stop them. Were there things to work on? Of course. And there's no doubt that Saku is not playing his sharpest hockey. But hey, there's 28 games left and we're winning hockey games. There is time before the playoffs to improve. This team has increasingly showed great character. It seems like they're learning from every loss now, and that is of tremendous importance. Go habs go.
- Comment on Not easy (2008-01-15 16:14:26)
Remember what made the Canadiens successful on the road in November and December while they were stinking it up at home. They stuck to the game plan and didn't start playing panicky hockey if they got scored on, whereas at home they would start with a flurry of energy, but then get just completely deflated when beat in their own end and never recover mentally. No doubt, their performance on Saturday was dismal wire-to-wire, but the key tonight will be to maintain focus and keep doing the little things for at least 50 minutes. 60 would be nice, but has anyone seen that once this year? Go habs go.
- Comment on Road warriors do it again (2007-12-13 22:26:04)
Habs definitely looked better tonight than they have of late, though I think they were already starting to turn it around against TB: getting to pucks first, moving into the attacking zone, creating chances. But let's not anybody be fooled - the Flyers' performance tonight was not what it was against Pittsburgh two nights ago. This is not yet the caliber of play from the Canadiens that is going to give us a chance against some of the tougher teams we've floundered against. Definitely encouraging though. go habs go! PS: too bad Kovy didn't score on that spin-o-rama. That would have been pretty sweet.
- Comment on About last night … (2007-12-05 19:09:47)
A stat that may mean nothing: The Habs have 7 points in their last 10 games. The two other teams for which this is true are the Eastern Conference-best Ottawa Senators, and the League-worst Washington Capitals. There is one team with a worse record in its last ten: Western conference bottom-feeder L.A. Kings. Analysis?
- Comment on Hockey 101 (2007-12-05 01:20:02)
I like what you say a lot, but isn't there also an issue of confidence here? We have seen what players like Koivu, Kovalev, even Higgins and Ryder are capable of when they're playing well, and we also know all-too-well what it looks like when Kovalev loses the puck on every possession and Ryder can't put the puck in the net to save his life. The point is, though there may not be anything approaching a Modano or a Hull in Montreal, this team, when playing up to its potential, is *certainly* capable of being a playoff team, even under Carbo. But the way they've been playing lately, not a chance. There's a problem here that is not simply lack of talent, though there is no doubt that poor coaching exacerbates the problem.
- Comment on Hockey 101 (2007-12-05 00:47:35)
I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you, I'm just saying that it is harder to play in Montreal than in, say, the Southern U.S. I mean, am I crazy, or do many players in the NHL *not* want to play in Montreal precisely because it means being under the microscope at all times? Management troubles aside, I think the "fragile between the ears" syndrome might not be so pronounced if this same team had the luxury of playing where nobody cared. PS: pink glasses?
- Comment on Hockey 101 (2007-12-04 23:43:12)
New York has had silly amounts of money, and had one of the best teams in baseball history in the late 90's and early 2000's, and still they haven't won it since 2001 (Marlins won in 2003). Boston also: $ and an unbelievable team. I'm not saying it's ONLY the city, but the fact that, as everyone is very quick to point out, we lack some depth makes the pressure of playing in Montreal a bigger factor. (England is football crazy across the board.)