David takes on Goliath.
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That’s it. That’s how I feel this morning. I don’t care the habs almost blew it again. I don’t care they couldn’t win in regulation once again. I’m just happy, because they beat the Bruins, and Price looked really good. That’s a great way to start my weekend. Because yes, this is already my weekend. I’m leaving in 20 minutes to take the train to no-computer land. I’ll be habs deprived until sunday night. So I’m :-) that they left me on a good note.
See you soon!
A dead fish and a kitten! Yummy yummy!
Hey Milan, there’s nothing wrong with eating kittens and fish carcasses, I understand foie gras and truffles are not for everyone. But please, at least don’t forget to brush your teeth after that…
I never thought I’d ever they that, but here it is: Canes, you won my heart. What a playoff run! This is exactly what playoffs are supposed to be about: Hot hot hot goaltending, a miracle game 7 win, hardwork, a crazy crowd, an unlikely hero scoring crucial goals game after game (Jussi was the right Jokinen to go after before the trade deadline, Calgary!), and the now very real possibility of a big upset. And you are on the brink of eliminating THE FREAKING BRUINS! How could I not love you?!
To me, the Bruins/Hurricanes series looks quite similar to the Habs/Flyers series of last season. The Bruins are overall a better team, like the Habs probably were, but they are a little overconfident, like the habs were, they can’t solve a hot goalie, like the habs couldn’t solve Biron, and they are too slow to realize what’s happening to them. The scenario has been the same in those two series: the Bruins won the first one, and then lost 3 in a row. And when I look at the reactions of some Bruins fans on the Internet, it pretty much sounds like what we were saying last season: “This just can’t be. They will turn this around. The Canes are not good enough. We just need to go back to what we did right during the season.” This is disbelief, with a touch of delusion. And I looove it. Muahahahaha!
To stay on the topic of love, I’m leaving you right now to catch a train to go to a friend’s wedding this afternoon. I won’t be back before monday. (I’ll actually be back sunday night, but I’ll probably be exhausted and still half drunk, so I’ll wisely try to stay away from my keyboard.) Anyway, have a great weekend!
Carey Price arrives at the Bell Center for Game 4.
Dear habs, just win tonight’s game. Some say it’s about preserving some pride and dignity. Some simply don’t want to see the Bruins beat you twice at home and sweep the series. Those are very good reasons. But it goes beyond this. This could be the last time some of you play with a habs sweater in Montreal (or at all). Don’t let this once promising team die tonight in front of a booing home crowd. You deserve better than that. You’ve played 85 games together, and it was an awfully rough ride, just don’t quit now.
Forget about the series outcome. Just win this one, and we’ll think about the rest tomorrow. One little win. Do it!
Game 1/ Montreal 2-4 Boston
Game 2 / Montreal 1-5 Boston
So far so good… I just can’t wait for Game 3.
It wasn’t supposed to be easy, but it’s really harder than I thought it would be. I entered the playoffs with a light mood. My attitude was: “nothing can really go wrong. Nobody expects the habs to win this, so they can’t really disappoint anyone, they can just do better than expected. And if they don’t, that shouldn’t hurt too much.”
I was wrong. I underestimated how much I hate the Bruins, and how much it’s enraging to see them beat the habs like that. Especially when the habs don’t play hard, like yesterday. The first game wasn’t completely embarrassing, but Game 2 was much worse. It was really sad to see them start the game well, only to completely fold after the Bruins scored a PP goal. If only they had lost in an encouraging way (like in OT, or after a hard fought battle), we could hope for two really interesting games in Montreal. But Game 2 didn’t give many reasons to hope for that kind of turnaround. It’s still possible, but it looks less and less likely. The habs didn’t achieve what was probably their main goal for those two games in Boston: make the Bruins doubt a little bit. They also failed to gain confidence that they can seriously challenge Boston every night.
Of course, the rivalry between those two teams, and the way the bruins and their fans seem to enjoy finally dominating the habs in a playoffs series doesn’t exactly make it easier to swallow. The whining of some Bruins fans about how the habs are dirty doesn’t really help either. The elbowing attempt by Kostopoulos in Game 1 was shameful. Lapierre shoving Kessel after his empty netter was a stupid display of frustration. But the “controversy” about Komisarek trying to gouge the eyes of Hunwick is a complete joke (I’m sorry about his spleen problems by the way, that’s not something I’d wish to anyone) . I hate how people are bitching about how the habs are cowards, how they can’t stand for themselves, how they are cheap shots artists and how the poor Bruins are their innocent victims. Komisarek is a weasel and Lucic is a hero. Yeah, right, we got it. We saw that yesterday. That nice little cross-check in the face of Lapierre, in the last minutes of a 5-1 game was clearly the epitome of class and fair play. I’m not saying the Habs are angels, I’m saying the Bruins can hardly claim moral high ground here.
Anyway, this series has been a pain in the ass so far. I wish the habs would have busted their little asses in that last game of the season to get that 7th seed and try to play the caps…
I’m aware that was a rather sad post. So here is a completely unrelated stupid video to put a smile back on your face.
Comme un con, j’ai complètement manqué le match d’hier, alors que pour une fois il était programmé à une heure acceptable pour moi… Je ne ferai pas la même erreur deux fois, et je serai devant mon ordinateur pour le match contre Boston. Mais je dois dire que je suis extrêmement satisfait de constater que ma suggestion pour remotiver le vestiaire du Canadien a apparemment porté ses fruits. La victoire d’hier a été un peu tirée par les cheveux, mais bon, dans la situation actuelle, elle fait beaucoup de bien, et c’est le principal. Le match de tout à l’heure contre les Bruins sera tout un défi pour Montréal. C’est l’occasion de faire une grosse performance, et de se remettre vraiment en selle.
Jusqu’ici, comme toutes les équipes, les Canadiens ont eu beaucoup de difficultés pour battre les Bruins cette saison. Mais les Habs sont imaginatifs. Bob Gainey, jamais à court de solutions originales pour faire avancer son équipe, a convoqué une réunion dans la fameuse Bobcave, dissimulée sous le centre Bell.
A l’issue de cette réunion ultra secrète, les Montréalais ont décidé de mettre en œuvre une approche plutôt innovante pour tenter de battre enfin leur ennemi juré:
Pour ne pas éveiller l’attention de leurs adversaires, les Habs ont habilement utilisé le prétexte des célébrations de leur centenaire pour développer et utiliser un équipement qui plongera inévitablement les joueurs des Bruins dans un état de transe hypnotique. Pendant que les pauvres joueurs de Boston ne pourront que patiner en cercles désordonnés, sous l’emprise de cette arme secrète, les Canadiens marqueront but sur but, et obtiendront une victoire facile sous le regard impuissant de Claude Julien.
Voici en avant première le résultat de plusieurs mois de travail des meilleurs spécialistes québécois de l’hypnose et de la manipulation mentale (ATTENTION, si vous êtes sujet à l’épilepsie, il vous est recommandé de ne pas fixer l’image ci-dessous)
Grâce à un habile travail de manipulation d’images d’archives, le département communication du Tricolore est parvenu à faire croire à tout le monde que ce chandail n’est qu’une reproduction innocente du chandail porté par le club lors de la saison 1912-13.
The awful truth is, Boston is good. And they deserved their win yesterday.
I think the Habs played pretty well. This was not a mismatch. But Tim Thomas was outstanding, and the turning point, of course, was this 5 on 3 in the second period. Andrei Kostitsyn checked Aaron Ward from behind, and as soon as the referee signaled a penalty, Tim Thomas punched an unsuspecting Kost in the face with both gloves. Kostitsyn got a boarding major, and Thomas a roughing minor. Then Hamrlik was rightfully penalized a few minutes later, as Kost was still in the box. The Bruins scored on the ensuing 5 on 3. I’m a bit pissed off by the Kost call, I don’t think he deserved 5 minutes.
But I’m not blaming the referees for the loss. Even if such a bad call has always more impact in a tight game like this, that’s hockey. Bad breaks like this happen. The Habs still had more than 20 minutes to tie the game, and they didn’t. That’s the real story here. Thomas blocked everything, and Boston played a smart third period. Their forecheck was very efficient, and the Habs were rarely menacing until the very last minutes of the game. The third Boston goal just sealed the deal.
Now, Boston is 12 points ahead of Montreal. That’s a lot, and it’s gonna be really hard to catch them. But that’s ok. The Habs should focus on their game. Chasing a team ahead of you is always a good motivation. In the end, what really matters is to get into the playoffs with a decent seed.
Some quick observations about last night:
It looks like the PP is heating up, and that’s good news for Montreal. // The Pleks-Kovy-Pacioretty line had a night off apparently. // The Tits are really good since they play together with Lang. // Halak plyed a good game, he can’t be blamed for the loss. The Bruins scored two times on the PP, and Jaro made a lot of good saves. // Chipchura did not look like the greatest fighter of the team. // Lots of habs fans in Boston, as usual. I loved how it pissed off the entire arena everytime they chanted the infamous ole ole ole song. // I had to watch the game with Bruins announcers, and it’s REALLY annoying.
I may post something about all those Lecavalier rumours, once I have decided how I feel about it. Right now, I’m completely torn. Good thing I’m not GM.
I just finished watching last night’s game. What a bummer. For once, habs really seemed to care. They probably played their best game since the 4-0 win on Ottawa. But that wasn’t enough. Sure, they got a point out of it, but on Saint Patrick’s night, everyone was hoping for more. After a great ceremony (more on that later), habs came out really strong, hitting and crashing the bruins. Laraque was following Lucic like his shadow, and trying to lure him into the fight that the entire province of Quebec was waiting for. It didn’t happen though. Lucic is a young player, but he’s smart, and he knew he had no business fighting with Laraque early on the game. Instead of fighting, Lucic scored a goal in the second period, pretty much shutting up the crowd. Kudos to him, but I think he’ll eventually find Laraque back on his road later in the season.
Price played a very solid game, as usual. I don’t think he can be blamed for the goals that were scored on him. The SO winning goal was also a bit lucky, as Wheeler lost control of the puck, which just went trough Carey’s five hole. Anyway. It was really a downer to lose that one, because as I said, it was the best team effort we’ve seen from the habs in a while. But as much as I hate to admit it, the Bruins are a very solid team this season. They’re faster than last year, they clearly got rid of the inferiority complex they had towards Montreal (I even think they have had a bit of an psychological edge on the habs since last year’s playoffs), they work hard, and Thomas is really good. But if the habs keep on working like that, I’m confident they can get out of their current funk.
As I said, this loss is a downer. But the game was clearly ot the main event in Montreal last night. The retirement of #33 was a very important event for the franchise. This is a move that is hopefully symbolically definitively turning the page on one of the most difficult era of the Canadiens history. Everybody knows what the canadiens went trough since Roy left. And his symbolic homecoming, last night, is a good way to heal the wound.
Now I have never seen Roy playing with Montreal, except on highlights of past games. He left before I was a real hockey fan, and I don’t live in Montreal. So I can just imagine what #33 meant to the franchise and the city. I love history, so I’ve read a lot about the canadiens past, and I think I know fairly well what Roy accomplished in Montreal. But watching the 5 minutes long standing ovation Roy got when he entered the Bell Center yesterday really gave me a good perspective on what he represents for the fans in Quebec. This was a moment I won’t forget.
As usual, the ceremony was very classy, and touching. Bringing in little goalies wearing the jerseys of Quebecers NHL goalies as a very nice touch. Beyond the cups and the records, this could very well be the best symbol of what Roy brought to Montreal and the province of Quebec: a new generation of fans and little hockey goalies hoping to walk on the footsteps of their idol.
If you want to read something from fans who actually saw Roy play for Montreal, and see what last night meant to them, I strongly suggest you to check this superb post by FHF. And for 33 cool facts on Roy, go read this one, written by Robert L., one of the most knowledgeable habs fans on the web.
That is all.
Dallas, this is for you
One year ago, I wouldn’t have cared at all about the Stars’ woes. Because you see, Dallas was never one of my favourite teams, to say the least. I clearly remember cheering against them during their two trips to the stanley cup finals (and that was before I even chose my own favourite nhl team)
But two things changed my mind. Firstly, I really like them during the playoffs last year. Then, I (virtually) met some really cool Dallas fans via Interchangeable Parts. Now I suspect someone in Dallas seriously messed up, and did something terribly wrong that must have really pissed off the Hockey Gods. Because the pain Stars fans have been inflicted since the beginning of the season is pretty unreal.
First, since last july, this is the poor fanbase which has to suffer the ignominy of cheering for Avery. Then, Turco decided hockey was much more fun in the 80s, when teams scored 7 goals a game. And he’s done everything he could to help us feeling like we’re back to the great times of Europe, Commodore 64 and shoulder pads. The Stars are dead last in the West, with a 6-9-3 record, on pace for a craptastic 68pts season. They traded away Boucher, a fan favourite, lost Brandon Combeen for nothing (picked by the Blues after he was waived), and now, Brenden Morrow, their best scorer last season, is out for six months. Well, well, well…
I feel bad for the Stars fans, and this message is for them: hang in there, and don’t forget, there’s always a bright side. So, here are five reasons to rejoice, Dallas fans:
1. Avery won’t get his name engraved on the cup this season.
2. You could be a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
3. You could be a fan of the Seattle Supersonics.
4. Be proud of your city, it gave the frozen margarita and the chicken fajita to the world.
5. Sing with me:
In habs related news, Komisarek is out for a month, because of the beating up Lucic inflicted him a week ago. As if losing badly 6 to 1 against Boston had not been enough. Speaking of the Bruins, Oh! they’re coming to Montreal tonight! Patrick Roy will also have his number retired tonight, so there should be a lot of emotion in the air. I really hope the habs will be able to rise to the occasion. They have to beat the bruins, to show them last week’s game was an aberration, and to get back on tracks. I would hate the to see the Bruins ruining Saint Patrick’s night.
Montreal didn’t play a pretty game in Ottawa, but they got two points out of it. They’re clearly not out of their funk yet. To me, the discussion about Carbonneau’s future with the habs is pure nonsense. The habs need to find back the hunger they had last year, when every expert had them finishing the season around the 13th row in the East. This season, virtually everyone had them fighting for the top spot. And they’re playing with a complacency that will not allow those predictions to happen. I think it’s a question of attitude at this point. And I think Carbonneau still has the tools to change this attitude.
I expect a very physical game tonight, as there’s already a lot of bad blood between those two teams. Laraque will most certainly be involved in at least a fight tonight, as he’s been criticised because he didn’t drop the gloves against Lucic last time.
Prediciton: I certainly can’t predict the bruins to win this one, because this would be a sacrilège. So I’ll go with a good 5-2 win for the bleu-blanc-rouge.