Tonight, after the barberpole jerseys, after the christmas jerseys, the Habs will wear yet another uniform reminding everyone that, yeah, they are the oldest in the league.
This time, they’ll wear the first jersey the club ever sported:
I like this one a lot
Unfortunately for the Habs, the opponents will wear a scary jersey: the winged wheel. Not easy.
Montreal played very well yesterday, and deservedly won against the Caps. That was a great game to watch, and I loved to see the Habs fighting for their lives in the last few minutes of the game. It was heroic. O’Byrne showed why the habs missed him when he was injured. Hammer and Spacek played well, once again. They even shut down Ovie, which is pretty impressive. Price was very good once again. That’s 3 dominant performances in a row. He’s back! Another player coming back: AK46. I also liked Plekanec, as usual.
But that win came at a price: Gomez is inured and won’t play tonight. I know he hasn’t a lot of points this season, but with the absence of Gionta, it means the habs are now missing the 2/3 of their top line. This provokes another round of lines juggling from Martin.
Tonight, on the first line, they’ll have Moen, Metro and Cammie. I’m no sure this can eally be called the first line anymore. Pleks will center AK and Pacioretty on the second line. It worked last night, why not continue? Lapierre will be with Pyatt and White on the third line. Finally, Latendresse is sent down to the fourth, with Chipchura and BGL.
I’m a little afraid of a letdown performance tonight. The habs are probably a little tired after the game thay played yesterday. Emotionnaly, they’re probably still a little on a high, and I’m ot sure this is the best way to approach a game against Detroit. Especially since Detroit lost on Friday. They’ll be pissed.
Remember last week, when I spoke about the 3rd division French team from Nantes, les Corsaires? Well I’m in Nantes with my family this weekend, and I just went to see them play tonight. Yesterday, purely by coincience, my brother asked me if I wanted to go, so I jumped on the opportunity. The game ended in a 3-3 tie, with the opposing team (Clermont) scoring the tying goal with just 57 seconds to go. But it was really fun.
Of course it’s totally pointless to compare what I saw to the nhl. The players are MUCH slower, the game isn’t nearly as physical, and the passes and shots are not as precise as what I’m used to watch. But there was still a lot of intensity. The game was a little scrappy (there were tons of penalties), and a brawl involving both teams (and the 2 complete benches) almost erupted as the game ended in a wild scramble around Clermont’s net. Apparently, the goalie took exception to the forwards trying to score just as the siren was buzzing, and a few punches and shoves were quickly exchanged. Right after that, the two teams lined up in center ice to shake hands (it happens after every game here, and not only after the end of a playoffs series), and all was forgotten. I was also pretty impressed with the crowd. The arena is relatively small (only a few hundred seats), but it was full, and the crowd was really into it.
All things considered, it was a pretty cool evening, and I’m now seriously considering to follow French hockey a little more closely soon!
3 – 1
And yet, Pittsburgh gets the cup.
Congrats to the Penguins. They are the new rulers of the league.
All hail the Penguin!
Uh oh, it looks like the Octopus is giving the Penguins a hard time
Another outdoor game in Chicago
This post is a little homage to the blackhawks. As I said in the moi, moi, moi page, for various reasons, I have a soft spot for the hawks.
Firstly, there’s this wonderful red jersey. It’s simply magnificent. I love the colors of the Indian head, and the classiness of the design. The peaceful and wise look of the character is perfect.
Then, there’s Wayne’s world, one of my favourite movies as a teenager. I know it’s stupid, but it still makes me laugh. So, seeing Wayne and Garth sporting this jersey was bound to have an impact on me.
And finally, this is a very lovable franchise. This is an original 6, with all the great tradition that comes with it, but arguably the least successful of them. This was an awful team when I began to really follow the nhl (without a favourite team at the time). And even better, they hate the red wings. To me, those features are incredibly likable. (The Rangers are the other not-so successful original 6 team, but they suck in a much less likable way I must say!)
What a place…
I can not fall in love with the best team in the league. When I began to follow hockey, the red wings were a juggernaut (yeah, they still are, I know…). It made it almost impossible for me to like them. Today, I feel much much less attracted to the pens than a year or so ago, when they were just an upcoming team. It’s just not satisfying enough to like a winning team. I know it sounds a bit masochistic, but I’ve always felt that as a fan (even as a casual fan), you have to suffer a bit to really feel sentimentally involved with a team.
Loving a losing team is somehow a good feeling. I’m only a casual fan of the hawks, so it was not too difficult to follow them through hard times. And it was even satisfying, because you knew it could just get better. I think it has to do with the satisfaction of feeling you’re not a bandwagon fan. And of course, it’s also great to see a team you’ve liked when it was bad finally developing into a good team.
So it’s a pleasure to see the hawks perform so well this season, and I’ll be thrilled to watch them play in the winter classic this afternoon. The fact that Christobl Huet, the only French player in the league, and one of my favourite player when he was in Montreal, now plays for Chicago only makes it better.
Happy new year everyone!
(for great pics of the Chicago stadium, and many other old stadiums, go there)
Habs win in Detroit! The Octopus is defeated, the world is safe! People everywhere rejoice.
Great game last night. Or so it seems (I haven’t actually seen it). From what I read, and from the highlights I saw, habs played a great game in Detroit. They did not try to forecheck the red wings, instead, they waited for them at the blue line to slow them down, and battled fiercely for the puck along the boards. That pretty much sounds like a defensive trap, but hey, it worked. The red wings were just coming home after a 3 games trip to western Canada, so it was probably a good time to play them. But Detroit is nevertheless a power house in the league, and they had lost only two games in regulation so far. The Canadiens can be proud.
O’Byrne is once again featured in the game highlights, once again for the wrong reasons. Franzen undressed him to score a pretty goal in the third. That’s too bad, because he otherwise had a good game. Higgins and Pleks scored, Kovy got a point, and they even scored a superb goal on the PP, thanks to a great pass by Markov. Gorges had once again a good game. So overall, this really looks like the game everyone was waiting to see from the habs. And it confirms that the team is slowly coming back after a difficult november.
Next game is tomorrow in Washington, where Ovechkin is red hot. After a great defensive performance yesterday versus Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Hossa and Cie, it’ll be interesting to see how the habs fare against Ovie.
Prediction: 4-3 Detroit, in OT. It pains me, but so far, I’ve only “predicted” Montreal wins, and I really sucked. So a little bit of reverse jinxing can’t hurt, can it?