Archive for the ‘Cheer up!’ Tag

La vie en rose

Okay, let me put my rosy glasses on.

lunettes-roses2Wooo, yeah, it feels great!

What a nice game yesterday! Finally, a good, clean, injury-free win. And it was against a good team the Pens!

I only watched the first period, and even if the score was just 1-1 at that time, I went to bed satisfied.  Once again, the game against Boston was not a bad one, but it’s the injuries suffered by Lang and Latendresse, and the Kovalev situation that really caused a lot of worries for the fans. And it was really relieving to see the Habs play with energy and skating hard during that first period. Montreal had a good reaction after the not-so-pretty-but-it-still-counts goal scored early by Luca Caputi on his very first shift in the nhl (great name, and great start, kid…).

The 3 first lines worked great, each getting at least a goal. The Lapierre-Pacioretty-S. Kostitsyn line was really exciting. I think those 3 should stay together. Lapierre is playing out of his mind this season. Sure, he doesn’t have Malkin-like numbers, but the energy level he brings is almost unmatched in this team (I say almost because Kostopoulos is having the same kind of effect, even if he is totally unable to score a freaking goal). He seems to make his linemates perform a lot better. Case in point: Sergei Kost, who played his best game in a while yesterday.

Higgins has fresh legs, and is finally scoring some goals. And his last two goals were huge. The first one, saturday against LA, tied the game with about one minute to go in the third, and the one he scored yesterday was a shorthanded tie-breaker that really hurt the Pens.

And finally, the Pleks-Kovy-A. Kost line showed signs that the chemistry they had last year may not be lost forever. This would be great news.

On defense, the habs shut down Crosby, and limited Malkin to one point. Of course, this is one big reason for the win, given how good those two are.

So overall, this is a great rebound performance for Montreal, and a very important one. Now, the next game is gonna be really important too. The habs have to play as hard as they did yesterday, to get over with this win-loss-win-loss rythm, and get out of their slump.

rosy-habs

Wow, those rosy glasses are really working, I’m all optimistic!

~~~

And look, it seems I’m not the only one seeing la vie en rose: Gary Bettman met “some of the top leaders in the Canadian business community” in Toronto yesterday, and here is what he said:

“The champion’s panel on the Cup will make no mention of the state of the economy in the relevant season. That panel on the Cup will pay no attention to whether the salary cap went up or down, whether the Union re-opened the Collective Bargaining Agreement or it decided not to, whether one team sold all its tickets while another team did not, whether television ratings rose or fell, whether banks failed, whether people lost their jobs or their savings or their homes.

“Our Cup talks hockey and nothing else. Our Cup is 116 years old. It has seen worldwide crises before and it will see them again. It has endured them all. It is tougher than time. It is resilient. It is the symbol of all things strong and good in our sport.

“It is our job as a League to maintain the standards for our game that are symbolized by the Cup, and I can assure you that everyone at the National Hockey League directs every possible bit of energy, every minute of every day, to that pursuit.”

He also said this:

“Despite the fact the economy has dramatically slowed down and will continue to slow down and that unemployment will reach levels that none of us have seen in our lifetime, some people are still spending money,” Bettman said. “(Some) businesses still continue to advertise and our demographic, as far as sponsor reach, is as strong as any brand can deliver.”

And finally, he concluded that “the NHL is a vibrant business”. (I can only assume that by “vibrant”, he really meant “shaky”)

Wow. What a speech. What a great way to cheer people up! Hey, listen up! Yes, the economy is so bad we may soon travel by horse and carry swords to protect ourselves. Yes, global warming is turning the Earth into an hostile planet and endangering mankind. Yes, fanatic terrorists are trying to acquire nuclear weapons all around the world. And worse of all, yes, the Bruins are on top of the nhl standings, a clear sign of the upcoming apocalypse…

But who cares? The Stanley Cup is tougher than time! It is RESILIENT!

Advertisements

Cheer up, Dallas!

BE046842

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.

Posted November 22, 2008 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

Tagged with , , ,