It’s next year

I can hardly wait. Lucic, stay classy.

Plekanec is a clear and standout candidate for the “C”

After last night’s win I’ve decided that Plekanec is truly the one in the “Leadership Group” that deserves to wear the “C”.
His drive is what FINALLY motivated and energized the team in the third period in Philadelphia.

What was happening earlier in the match is beyond me. There seemed to be a complete lack of defensive support in the first and a complete inability to work in any coordinated way.

Glad to see that third win, but I’d sure like the next one to be more decisive. The best thing about this win is that they showed that they can stay determined and turn a game around.

Go Habs Go!
Jim

Game On!

Looking forward to tonight and this season!
Go Habs Go!

Leadership Team

Hi Everyone,
We’re back at it after a season of not much action. The lack of action was on my part, but this year will be different. We already have a sense of how different this year could be with the naming of four assistant captains. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but if this “leadership group” can help bring consistency, focus, and direction this season, I’m fine with it.

Now with Budaj gone to Winnipeg, we have clarity in our goaltending. However, Tokarski has starter ambitions. Hopefully he won’t be too impatient, and will be able to play second to a player who clearly wants the lion’s share of starts.

Best!
Jim(as Admin)

Breaking a Bad run

Tonight’s the night! Calgary’s going down, in flames. heh

Happy Belated New Season

Hi Everyone,

I wish I had been on top things enough to get a post in before the puck dropped last week, but if wishes were horses…
I’m looking forward to a great, fast, intense season. The first week was quite fighty. I expect more of the same.
Best wishes to our tough guy, George Parros Fighting is going nowhere.

Jim

Toronto, Feb. 9

Going to try to comment as things progress tonight.
Early goal on a shaky looking Habs line.
… and now Bozak scored as I typed this.
This is got to turn around now.

that Boston game and Subban

Well that started off great. I didn’t really get to watch much of it but I did hear most of it. Seemed like our Habs had tons of great chances but Rask was just shutting everything down, and seemingly has a clover up an orifice. Loved that beautiful goal Subby got, to bad he had to take that penalty at such a crucial moment. They do seem to be playing well together.
Jim

Budaj and Ottawa, January 30th/Feb.3rd

After watching the matchup you have to wonder at the mindset of the team and the fans.
We saw Budaj, in his first appearance, hold up well in the first but the team melted in front of him in the second. White’s foolish double minor made that downward road smooth and fast. The Sens took full advantage with great play and brilliant goaltending by Anderson.

After the game, Price’s FB status update was met by a number of “fans” berating Budaj and pleading Price to return. It was a team loss, and it’s a serious demonstration of idiocy to simply lay the blame on Budaj.

We saw a brilliant rebound from that on Saturday afternoon, and sadly for Pricenistas it will only serve as proof that Price should NEVER get a night off.

Looking forward to the match this afternoon, should be great!
Go Habs!
Jim

Passing a torch

What a great opening ceremony we had for our season opener.  I loved seeing the old guard come out in support of our current Hab generation.  At one point I was genuinely concerned for Henri Richard as he seemed a little unsteady coming down the stairs. (The ceremony video on HabsTV mercifully edits this moment down) So the torch made it’s way from captain to captain, only two having not lead the team to championships.  However, all championship winners, of course.  In the desire to get the fans pumped up for the season, it could be that an already stressed and pressured squad felt additional historical weight.

Et pourquoi pas fair les announces en Anglais pour les supporters qui ne parle pas le Français?  Peut-etres à cause de l’ancien entraîneur intérime?
[And why not make announcements in English for fans that don't speak French?
Maybe because of the old interim coach?]
I am happy to have posts on this blog that stand alone without translation, and it’s
been my hope to have writers submit posts or respond in French.  So far it’s been quite limited.  Perhaps with our new start, we’ll be able to change that and encourage
discussion in at least two languages, if not more.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Saturday
Saturday’s opener was abysmal.  It was boring and it seemed like last year all over again.  Perhaps the wrong torch was passed.  It truly seemed as though after one hardship, goalie interference, they got flustered and had no focus.  They were only able to get together and bring some semblance of a challenge until the end of the third.  So familiar.  Ah well, warm up game, can’t do everything right.

Florida Panthers – Tuesday
Last night’s game was great!  Not only because they took the game, but because the effort was there throughout.  More of this please!  Plekanec’s beautiful opener, off a perfect pass from our Captain Gionta, set the stage for an entertaining and co-ordinated team effort.  Markov got two power play goals, and how about that Galchenyuk kid!?  Congrats on your first goal, boyo! Sadly I had to watch the Fox stream from Florida, and apart from finding out about a Jimmy Buffet show, there was little commentary worth paying attention to.  Except for the amazement and consternation at White’s response to Fleishman’s hit on Gorges.  Perhaps White should have telegraphed the response a bit better, but he was reacting to a hit from behind that was potentially very dangerous.  The replay clearly showed Gorges going in to the boards head first, which could have easily been quite nasty.  White deserved the instigator penalty as well was the misconduct, but his response was not out of line as the commentators were suggesting.

If we have more hockey like this then it’s going to be a fine season.  I think a rivalry might be starting up with Florida.  They played well but were getting very frustrated.  I think our D was working well and Price made some amazing saves, as usual.
I can safely say that I am on the Price train.  He fits right in with all the other Canadien elite goalies we’ve enjoyed.

I’m really looking forward to the Capitals matchup on Thursday.  They’ll be hungry for a win after their loss to the Jets.  They’ll have something to prove after a terrible home opener, a familiar situation and the Capitals have a bit more depth to draw on.  It could a dandy!

Go Habs Go!
Jim