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The prodigal son   5 comments

Tonight’s game, as previewed in Montreal’s media :

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What do you mean we’re doing too much?

Posted October 17, 2009 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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Superstitions   2 comments

J’ai toujours aimé ces petites histoires de superstition et de routine d’avant match, parce que ça montre finalement bien que les sportifs professionnels sont des gens ordinaires (ou presque) placés dans des situations extraordinaires, où on attend d’eux des choses spéciales. Comme il leur est impossible d’avoir le contrôle sur tout,  alors que la pression est toujours la même, c’est intéressant de voir comment ils se rattachent à ce genre de petits gestes pour évacuer le stress. C’est encore plus intéressant quand la superstition devient un geste collectif et non plus seulement individuel C’est toute l’équipe qui adopte un certain rituel, même si chacun sait bien que tout ça est irrationnel, dans le fond.

Voilà une petite vidéo que j’ai trouvée par hasard sur youtube, à propos justement de ces superstitions des joueurs de hockey. C’est une archive de radio-canada de 1998, qui est assez amusante. J’ai été surpris d’apprendre à quel point Patrick Roy était superstitieux. L’histoire de la rondelle déposée dans un coin du vestiaire avant chaque période est assez fascinante… Ca devient presque du vaudou.

Enfin bien sûr, pour moi le détail le plus intéressant de cette vidéo, c’est ça:

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Le bonhomme lego des Senateurs d’Ottawa

Génial. J’imagine tellement les joueurs tous réunis au centre du vestiaire, chacun en train de rajouter leur petite brique. “Vas-y Alfie, mets le patin gauche!” “Non, moi je veux le casque!” D’ailleurs, je crois pouvoir vous révéler que les Sénateurs ont complètement réaménagé leur vestiaire depuis l’installation de ce bonhomme lego. Voilà en exclusivité un aperçu de ce qui reste normalement caché aux journalistes:

vestiaire Ottawa

Avec de tels équipements, pas étonnant que Kovalev ait choisi Ottawa!

Posted August 8, 2009 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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La vie fascinante des hockeyeurs   1 comment

Encore un exemple des petits plaisirs de la vie dans la NHL:

Au programme pour les Habs ce soir: Soirée concours de flûte avec les Senators à Ottawa!

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Jarkko s’est entraîné très dur pour ce soir!

Habs dodge a bullet   1 comment

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Two good periods, a shitty third, an ugly OT, and a nice shootout. That’s another two points, so I guess I can’t complain too much. Well, I don’t really know what to think of this.

The two first periods were really good. Lang is on fire, and his work with the Tits brothers is unreal. This line is working like a charm. Lang got two great assists, Andrei scored another PP goal. The brothers seem to really enjoy playing together, and it’s a treat to watch.

The Lapierre-Kostopoulos-Latendresse line is also very impressive. Lapierre is having an incredible season. He’s full of confidence right now, and is probably the most improved player of the team. And his two linemates are benefiting a lot from Lapierre’s play. Kostopoulos brings a lot of energy, and Latendresse really clicks with Lapierre.

Finally, it was good to see Greg Stewart contributing, with a nice pass to set up D’agostini’s goal in the second period.

habs-vs-senators-19preview1Lapierre being awesome

But then the third period came, and things began to look bad.

A lack of grit and aggressiveness, some dubious defensive plays, and the momentum shifted right away. The Kostopoulos goal could have killed the game for Montreal. But the habs let the sens to come back quickly. Then it became more and more obvious that Ottawa would tie the game.

In spite of almost 2 minutes of PP, the habs were even worst during the OT. At this point, I was only hoping for the shootout.

The defense was shaky yesterday. Bouillon and Brisebois had a very rough night. I don’t want to be too harsh on Brisebois. He’s a veteran with a lot of experience, he has a great attitude, and is obviously thrilled to play for this team. But he was simply bad yesterday.

This game showed glaringly that what the habs need is first and foremost a defenseman, not a star forward. Obviously, any team could use a Lecavalier, but that’s not the primary need of this team. The difficultes of the habs this season pretty much coincided with the absence of Komisarek. Gorges is playing really great, and everyone who reads this blog knows how much I love this guy, but he’s not an elite defenseman. At least not yet. An injury to Markov or Komisarek would be a huge blow to the habs come playoff time.

Halak played another very good game. He really deserves this W, and can’t be blamed for the third period collapse. I think he deserves a lot of credit for the points the habs are piling up in the absence of a lot of key players. His strong play really allows Montreal to wait until Price is completely healthy. There is clearly no need to rush him back.

I said I did not really know what to do with this game, because there are two ways to see it. On the one hand, the habs found the resources to win a road game where the momentum had completely shifted away from them. And once again, it’s two points for a team missing a lot of key players. But on the other hand, it’s annoying to watch the habs once again play only two good periods of hockey, and barely escape with the two points.

However, given their current record over the last month (11-2-1), it’s hard not to give the habs the benefit of the doubt.

gorges-scores(I forgot to post it after the Nashville game. Gorges, 1A)

Ma prédiction foireuse habituelle   Leave a comment

sensfansBienvenue à Ottawa

Vu que les Sénateurs sont peut-être encore plus mal en point que Montréal, et que Carbonneau commence vraiment à s’énerver, voilà ma prédiction pour ce soir:

5-4 Montréal

Posted November 21, 2008 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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