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Dear Montreal Canadiens,
It appear that yesterday, during the game you played at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs, you repeatedly blatantly tried to provoke us.
First, there was this.
It was our understanding that we had previously made it very clear we don’t like those jerseys. Do we have to remind you what happened when you wore those uniforms last season? We thought you got the message. So we were a little surprised to see you using them again yesterday.
We initially thought this was just a halloween prank, and we decided to let it go. But then, some of your fans decided to really anger us. With 5 minutes to go in the third period and the Canadiens up by a pair of goals, they decided it was time to sing. Now we don’t mind singing and cheering. Not at all. But there are some songs that should be used very carefully.
“Na na na na hey hey goodbye” is one of them.
You left us no choice, really.
We eventually decided to let you win in the shootout, mostly because we never miss an occasion to tease Toronto, and we thought it would be funny to let Toskala entertain us. And of course, he didn’t disappoint.
But consider yourself warned. Don’t mess with us. Next time, we won’t be so lenient.
Your Hockey Gods.
I’m sorry. I know I should write much more often these days, because the habs seem to play almost every single night, and those are the most crucial games of the season. But I feel completely lazy, and rather uninspired. I know it’s lame, but I’m just being honest here! I have decided to simply enjoy the ride. The habs are playing good hockey. They have a good chance to make the playoffs. I’m not sure this is the time to overanalyze everything. Or at least, I don’t feel like it.
But let’s speak a bit about this last week of the season. The last 3 days have not been good for the habs. The losses of Schneider AND Markov, at this point of the season really sucks. I was not really expecting a win yesterday, because I felt the team was likely to be a bit shaked by the bad news. It’s sad they couldn’t get at least a point, but that’s okay. This was the game they had in hand on the pens, the rangers and the panthers. With 3 games to go, including one versus the rangers, and one versus the pens, the hab are fully in control of their destiny.
I expect them to make the playofs, hopefully with the 7th seed. I’d rather see the caps than the bruins or the devils in the first round. Not that it would be easier, but I’d just be more excited. I don’t want to face the bruins right now, especially without Markov and Schneider. I never want to face the devils. So a series with Ovie sounds more fun. Also, a series with Theodore returning to Montreal to face the habs has a lot of comedic potential.
One of the Hockey Gods: “Hmmm, what did you just say, Grrrreg?”
IMPORTANT NOTE TO THE HOCKEY GODS:
Dear Hockey Gods,
Please note that I am NOT picking my favorite playoffs opponent here, an attitude that I know very well You frown upon. I am merely expressing my hope to see Montreal play a certain team, because they’re fun to watch, not because I’m a cocky habs fan that needs to be punished for his arrogance. I am therefore praying You not to punish the habs for this. (Well, You have already been pretty harsh with them anyway, but still, please don’t make it even worse!)
PS. If You want to cruelly punish a certain team from NY which hired back a certain agitator whose name rhymes with “Sean Every”, I’m totally fine with that. Just sayin’
Hmmm, yeah… we’ll see. But keep on bowing down.
Oh, and I’m late on this, but our now top 2 defenseman Josh Gorges scored against Toronto, so the pic of Curious Gorges returns!
Now bring on the Rangers!
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.
First things first, there was a game tuesday night in Carolina.
Here’s the recap.
worth a thousand words
I wanted to make a nice summary of the game, but then I found this picture of Plekanec and Ruutu on Habs inside/out, and suddenly there’s not much else I can say that hasn’t already been said. The face of the guy with the blue jacket in the background sums it up nicely.
More importantly, I feel like I have to adress a crucial point today: the curse of Gorges
Josh Gorges may very well be my favorite hab. I tend to like the players that go relatively unnoticed, those who have to fight to keep their spott on the team, the unlikely heroes. Gorges is the perfect example of this. He was one of the feel-good stories of the last season. He arrived in Montreal as a part of the trade that sent Rivet to the sharks in 2007. Last year, he wasn’t supposed to play much but his work and his consistency slowly made him an important part of the team, on and off the ice. Because off the ice, Gorges really seems to be a fun guy. He’s always smiling, often joking, and some of his interviews let appear a slightly self depreciating humor that I really like. I also suspect he’s BFF with Price, which can only reinforce his presumption of awesomeness.
And last but not least, since day one something is very obvious to me:
Josh Gorges is the hockey incarnation of Curious George.
But there is something wrong with Curious Gorges. He doesn’t score. At all. In 86 games with the Canadiens, he has 12 assists, and zero goal. So Tom Kostopoulos and Price had a little discussion about it, and tried to solve the mystery. Kostopoulos came up with the obvious explanation: “He thinks my stick is cursed and that’s why I haven’t been able to put the puck in the net,” Gorges said to the Montreal Gazette.
So they decided it was time for a sacrifice, to appease the Hockey Gods. Yesterday, Price and Kostopoulos actually cut Gorges stick into pieces, and “then placed the pieces at each corner of the rink at the RBC Centre in an attempt to break the curse.”
We’ll see how it goes, and if the Hockey Gods are now satisfied, but I think it was more than time for the players to take things into their hands. Next time, I would just suggest them not to forget to burn Latendresse devil-possessed skates, and to put some garlic into O’Byrne’s jockstrap (he may not be cursed, but hilarity should ensue).