Saturday, February 23, 2008

Wait, the NHL has a team in Columbus??? Game Preview and Open Thread

There are very few events that warrant the absence of a stripper photo on a Saturday night. The retirement of Bob Gainey's #23 is certainly one of them. We would give you a long, detailed story about how great a player and leader Bob was, but we have the feeling Bob wouldn't like that. He's a low key, team-first guy. He probably will be embarassed tonight for the attention he gets. So we'll just say this - he was one of the best captains the Habs ever had, and he redefined forward play so much they had to invent a trophy to give to him. Here's his Legends of Hockey bio, and Red Fisher's memories. That'll do. Let's hear your Bob memories in the comments. Some quick notes about the game:
  • 7 PM start, Bell Centre. The Bob ceremony should start around 6 PM. The game is on CBC, but I'm sure they won't show the Bob ceremony because they'll be having a 60-minute roundtable discussion on whether Mats should be traded;
  • Habs are only 5-5 in their last 10. Columbus is 3-4-3, and coming off a shootout win in Ottawa;
  • Your cover charge goes to Bethany's Hockey Rants. One of Hockey's Ladies of Greatness, Bethany knows way too much about hockey to be stuck in Kentucky;
  • Kovy is always hot it seems, with 7 points in his last 3 games. Markov has 6 points in 3 games;
  • Rick Nash is the only Blue Jacket that matters, though Fedorov and Peca may argue;
  • Gui! now pointless in 11 games. The Christo-Wall is a bit off lately too;
  • Welcome back, Ron Hainsey!
  • Carey Price faces Pascal Leclaire. Fuck, Québecois goalies always do well in Montreal, especially ones with 2.17 GAA, .922 save % and 8 shutouts;
  • Looks like Bégin will play, after sitting out Thursday with the dreaded groin injury. No other word on the line-up.

K let's rock 'n roll! In Bob We Trust.

24 comments:

Loser Domi said...

can we make lots of BJ jokes? That's about the only thing that makes playing them interesting

Bethany said...

Hey now...we're interesting...you never know how we're going to play. But, I can't wait until tonight!

Sonia said...

Well, I'm off to the game & to watch one of my all-time heroes get honoured. Enjoy the evening folks!

HabsFan29 said...

LD im ready for some hot BJ action tonight.

welcome bethany! i'd have some smack talk, but it's, uh, Columbus.

should be a fun game.

Loser Domi said...

@bethany: didn't mean to sound bad, but as I'm sure th guys here will agree, nothing beats a BJ (or lady eqivalent)

habslove said...

Can someone please tell me what state Columbus is in? Because I still have no idea.

Anonymous said...

Ohio.

HabsFan29 said...

ahh, the raising of the banner. now, we fucked up Larry Robinson night, can we not fuck up this one please?

Bryan said...

oh bobbo

nice ceremony. had me teary eyed

HabsFan29 said...

alright that 7 pm start time was fucking bullshit. call me a liar

HabsFan29 said...

the highlight so far for me is the nice big 23 behind the net. too bad the team on the ice isn't living up to that legacy

HabsFan29 said...

alright it's official, we have goaltending issues

Baroque said...

Yipes. Does Montreal always play sleepy when they have a pre-game ceremony?

Baroque said...

Typo - I meant "sloppy."

(Although I guess sleepy works, too.)

HabsFan29 said...

well that was a pathetic display of a period

HabsFan33 said...

Playing like shit against the the forgotten city of OHIO. It's like losing to a team from a village near Kinshasa.

HabsFan33 said...

Great. Another Lecl(air) haunting the Habs.

matt - fear the collapse said...

The fucking collapse is still upon us. I hate this French Canadian goalie excuse. A good team wouldn't let that happen.......fuck. Score a fucking GOAL!!!!!!!!

Bethany said...

@domi...you are correct...haha

@everyone else...at least it's not the Leafs...right? (I'm really bad at smack talk and can't help but be be disappointed in the Habs for the lack of effort)

mat - fear the collapse said...

Fuck this............this team is teasing us again.....look good for awhile, then SHIT!!! I am hammered.

matt - fear the collapse said...

Make a fuckin trade. This team will do nothing in the playoffs

HabsFan29 said...

well thank god that's over with

ok, so who wants to discuss our long list of issues??

Bethany, congrats. im sorry we couldnt even give you a decent game

Bethany said...

Ya know, I'll take a Pazzy shutout any day. Sorry your boys came out flat. You'd think they'd play for their freakin GM though...

fezworth said...

Wow, that sucked. I hate how TFS(tm) comes up from Hamilton, plays n number of great games, then starts to act like he's in the ECHL. Boo.