Friday, December 3, 2010
I can't blog if I can't watch. Instead, I'm listening to the terrible play-by-play calls of CJAD's Rick Moffat and the even terrible-er monochromatic commentary of ex-Hab and 1986 ring bearer (though he DNP in the playoffs) Sergio Monotone Momesso (above) on my MacBook. If I buy the second half NHL TV package, I'll resume blogging.
My take on the season so far (I've only watched four games)? Price, amazingly solid, O, adequate, D, surprisingly pretty good—but without Markov or somebody else significant by trade, not good enough for the playoffs. Tomas Plekanec has become a superb two-way player—which frankly shocks me (I was an early, heavy detractor.). The Habs impressive record to this point is mostly due to The East being even weaker than usual. My girlfriend looks at me listening to a hockey team on a laptop, and just smiles at how stupid that is. GO HABS GO!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Those first two games? Flesh wounds! And Flyer goalie Michael Leighton's shutout streak, formally 172:05, is now :31. GO HABS GO! (seriously, I think Philly is still in charge in this series, and that Montreal's probable only chance is if Leighton falls apart.)
Monday, May 10, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
...I didn't watch game 5 Friday, because I was at my parents' Versus-less house. I didn't watch last night's amazing 53-save stoning of the Caps by the Bratislavanator because I was too afraid /busy. I also didn't watch the game 1 win. Washington has won all three games I have watched in this series. So. FUCK. I can't watch.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Three of Montreal's midget forwards scored, including big-mouth Tomas Plekanec in OT. He's now firmly in Cap goalie Jose Theodore's ex-Hab head. And, if they can continue to hold Ovechkin to ZERO shots on goal the rest of the way, well they might just win this series. See you Saturday, Jose!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I can't think of a good nickname for Jaroslav Halak, The Only Reason The Habs Are Most Likely Making The Playoffs This Year. (There, how bout that one? It's a little lengthy.) 24 hours. 120 minutes. 0 goals. 2 huge wins. Friday at Philly, he was Epic. Five shutouts on the season, now. Carey Price, you sit there and sulk on the bench all you want, pretty boy. Jaro's flopping, ugly, Dominator Dominik Hasek style is hard to watch, and hard to put a puck past. Next game: Tuesday @ the Islanders.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
He stone cold stole two points from Montreal last night. He's now, like, 10-3 against them lifetime. They're two points ahead of ninth place Atlanta. And the Habs have to face him again next week on the road. Tomorrow at Philly, Saturday at the Bell Centre vs. the Sabres.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
DOES A BEAR SHIT IN THE WOODS? Five wins in a row after last night's—let's face it—lucky win. Thank you, Tuukka Rask. Habs are 6-1 since the break, but frankly ain't playing all that hot. Still, make the playoffs, get steamrolled by Washington or Pittsburgh, call it a season. About the best a realistic Montreal fan can hope for with this mediocre bunch. Except if Halak is unconscious. Next game: Tuesday, here in NYC vs. the Rangers.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I stopped checking in during Oscar® commercials in the third period; this game was fucking over. After a good win over the Kings the night before, the Habs looked dead tired and, well, dead. Brian Gionta had a goal in each game of the 2-1 Cali-swing. Despite having a pathetic -7 goal differential, Montreal somehow sits in 7th in the Eastern conference. Three reasons for that: Halak; PP; and shootouts. The Habs are dead last, 30th, in 5-on-5 play. Next game: tonight vs. Tampa Bay.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I mean, the Bruins looked helpless. Skating. Forechecking. Backchecking. GOING TO THE NET. All three of their non-empty net goals were the result of someone driving hard and purposely to the net. SHIT (here's the highlights). Well. Tonight, in San Jose, starts a three-game Cali swing which will put an end to this false hope that resides in my pummeled hockey heart. But. The Habs are almost completely healthy again (Only real missing cog is Cammalleri), and in 7th place with 18 games left. Maybe?
Monday, February 8, 2010
Really, I was. As a player, Bob Gainey was invaluable. As a GM, he has been, uh, let me be kind—inconsistent. He resigned today, which maybe saved Jaro Halak. Sorry, Bobo, but the Scott Gomez trade will haunt and hinder this team for the next four years (unless Montreal can find a bigger sap). Now if only the clueless Jacques Martin would follow him out the door.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Jaro Halak AGAIN stole a game for Montreal, and AGAIN stopped a shitload of vulcanized rubber (48 saves, including 3 straight in the shootout); He's now 7-0 when facing 40+ shots this season. More importantly, the stupid asshole Bruins are two losses away from the longest streak in their history. The Habs are a playoff team! Next games, two at home: today vs. the Penguins, tomorrow again vs. Boston. So, probably two losses.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
If Bob Gainey unloads Jaroslav Halak at the trading deadline, I'll mail him a baggie of turds via Zippy The Pinhead (my cat).
In you case you missed it, he stopped 45 shots Tuesday against the Canucks (stopping their 7-game winning streak) and absolutely stole another win for the Habs. Next game: tonight @ Boston.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
My bad feelings about the Florida swing weren't nearly bad enough. God, it was a two-game orgy of shit-ass hockey by the Habs. No offense, giveaways, mediocre goaltending (at least by Price against Tampa Bay). I hate fucking Florida, stupidest state in the union, well except for maybe Texas. Montreal sure as shit ain't a playoff team now. They definitely miss Andrei Kostitsyn. Next game: today, Hockey Day in Canada, against the hot-as-fuck Senators. Loss? Loss.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
That's was fun Saturday night, wasn't it Ranger fans? Your "King" Henrik can't seem to stop a beach ball at the Bell Centre, eh? I just stopped laughing about that game. AnyClown, tonight vs. the Panthers begins the ol two-game swing through the Sunshine State, continuing tomorrow eve in Tampa Bay. Got a bad feeling about this trip, so gotta get the buffoonery in now.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
First, Saturday night at home, Carey Price let in two SHIT goals, and got completely outplayed by Ottawa rookie netminder Mike Brodeur. Then, Sunday here in NYC, the Habs, despite playing like SHIT, found themselves with a 2-0 lead after a period. They responded by getting outshot 15 to fucking 2 in the second stanza on the way to a blowout loss. With ten minutes left in the game, Montreal had a total of 12 SHITTY shots on goal. Two teams they needed to beat, two SHIT games. Nice big pile of SHIT of a weekend, brun, blanc, and rouge. Next game: tomorrow vs. the Blues. (pic: "Complex Shit," a big inflatable shitpile sculpture by Paul McCarthy via)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Gui Latendresse may someday play big for somebody, but right now, I'm liking this trade with the Wild. The 6-3 Pouliot has 4G in his last six games, while showing good hands (see above) and a good playmaking head. Did the Habs finally get the better of a deal (remember and bleed with me: Langway, LeClair, Lemieux, Roy, Chelios, Gomez [jury's still out, but the contract alone is unforgivable])? Hopefully, he's not another Pacioretty or D'Agostini who both showed flashes last year, and who've both been wastes of ice space this season.
Meanwhile the team is beating all the teams they're supposed to beat, and losing to all the teams they're supposed to lose to. Which, if the trend doesn't change, means they'll be fighting for the 7th or 8th spot right to the wire. Without their PP and G Halak, they'd be 69-ing the Leafs (sic) in the cellar.
Two big games, today vs. the Sens and tomorrow at the Garden vs the Rangers (not going this year. here's pics from last January).