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StockwellDay
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posted 13 March 2006 05:21 PM      Profile for StockwellDay     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I thought maybe I'd start a new thread for every Montréal game until the end of the season, for good luck.

I wonder who's in nets tonight? I hope it's Huet. Who knew the French could play nets?

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Tommy Shanks
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posted 13 March 2006 05:28 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So when the season ends in early April....?
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StockwellDay
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posted 13 March 2006 06:29 PM      Profile for StockwellDay     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's nice to see there are Habs fans even in Toronto, Mr Shanks. I think the Canadiens season might end in the quarter finals, but it does drive me crazy that they haven't won the league since the 90's.

I think all but one of the Canadian teams have a shot at the playoffs this year. Cool.

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posted 13 March 2006 07:29 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I haven't followed the game all that much since the original expansion, so maybe someone here can help me out with this - why hasn't Toronto won the Stanley since 1967? Holy cow. That's the year I went to Expo in Montreal, and I was 16 going on 17. This year I turn 57. Has it really been almost 40 years???
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posted 13 March 2006 07:46 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by StockwellDay:
It's nice to see there are Habs fans even in Toronto, Mr Shanks. I think the Canadiéns season might end in the quarter finals, but it does drive me crazy that they haven't won the league since the 90's.

They've put up some decent teams since 1993, although not true cup contenders since. Their last playoff run was remarkable as le club came from a three games to one deficit against les Bruins to win the series. Everybody was down on Kovalev for turning over the puck at the blue line in game four?, a bad play that resulted in Boston winning a crucial game in the series. Alexi bounced back though and was instrumental in the Habs winning the series. They lost in the next round to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, Tampa Bay.

They're nosing up in the standings since playing Huet and could be spoilers again against any team not ready. Let's hope spirits of les glorieux past are with them this year eh. Go Habs Go!


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posted 13 March 2006 08:56 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well I certainly support giving nos glorieux all the luck we can, if you really want to deliver karma unto us, you better take that terrible spelling mistake out of the title. There 's no accent in "Canadiens." You may, of course, leave in the typo for "Lightning."

I know spelling flames are the worst, but please don't consider this a flame. Consider it an investment in our playoff chances (PLEASE, can we finish 6th? New York we can handle, but Ottawa and Carolina are SCARY.)


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StockwellDay
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posted 13 March 2006 08:59 PM      Profile for StockwellDay     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If only Boston was playing really well, the Habs could hope to face them in them in the first round. I love that match-up. I'll settle for the Rangers in the first round this year.

0-0 halfway through the first. Tampa just knocked their net off as Koivu got open. Huet's in nets.

I wonder when the babble hockey pool starts?


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posted 13 March 2006 09:01 PM      Profile for StockwellDay     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Catchfire:
Well I certainly support giving nos glorieux all the luck we can, if you really want to deliver karma unto us, you better take that terrible spelling mistake out of the title. There 's no accent in "Canadiens." You may, of course, leave in the typo for "Lightning."

I know spelling flames are the worst, but please don't consider this a flame. Consider it an investment in our playoff chances (PLEASE, can we finish 6th? New York we can handle, but Ottawa and Carolina are SCARY.)


I love spelling flames.

I guess what with that massive Québec thread going on, I liked the look of the accent. From now on, can we spell all other team names wrong?

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posted 14 March 2006 04:18 AM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, they lost a close one, no shame in losing to last year's Stanley Cup winner.

I think Montreal has a reasonable chance to get past the first playoff series, even if their play during the season is not that spectacular.

Defence, which will win you a series where you face the same opponent game after game (which doesn't happen during the season), is much harder to play than offense.

It takes a system, and a coach who understands how to make it work. Last playoff year Monteal ended up looking pretty good for a team with a lot of kids, and a mediocre season performance.

I believe Bob Gainey is a very good analyst of the game, and his brains and experience works best in the playoffs, when brains and experience count for a great deal.

In a salary capped NHL, and having just created a big space under that cap, they can only get better as time goes on.

At the same time, winning a Stanley Cup these days is almost as much a lottery as anything. Any one of ten different teams have a realistic shot at it.

However, as an old, and long time, Habs fan:

Go Habs!


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posted 14 March 2006 04:50 AM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by StockwellDay:
It's nice to see there are Habs fans even in Toronto, Mr Shanks.

There are Habs fans everywheres... even down here in the US (*points to self ). I was the only kid walking around suburban Detroit wearing a jacket that carried the big 'C'... and caught no small amount of abuse for it, too. (Sigh. I miss that jacket.)

Of course, in those days the Wings couldn't play their way out of a damp paper sack-- a guy hadda root for somebody.

quote:
If only Boston was playing really well, the Habs could hope to face them in them in the first round. I love that match-up.

I was thinking that very thing when Huet & Co. all but ended Boston's season the other night.


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