Thursday, April 17, 2008

Time to Clean Up This Mess - Game 5 Preview and Open Thread

Seriously, time to clean up this mess of a series. Let's just end it already. Some very quick notes, I'll let you guys figure out where today's discussion should go:
  • Habs have 4 players tied for the team lead in scoring in the playoffs. Three of them are Greek Lightning, Slowinski, and Breezer. That's just not right;
  • Streit has a sore hip and will not play. Ryder gets his spot;
  • Saku actually skated today, but is not at all ready to play. Franky B is also still on the mend;
  • For the B's, Aaron Ward is questionable and apparently Chara has sore ribs or something. Someone want to pull a Bobby Clarke on Kharlamov?
  • For those of you on the Facebooks, I have discovered this aweseome new group of Habs Girls. Thanks to Stevey for pointing it out;
  • FINALLY, a decent Bruins blog has been created. Meet The Big Bad Bruins. Welcome to Blogtopia kids, too bad your stay may be a short one;
  • Keys to the game: Habs need to put the puck in the fucking net. That is all. Well, and Our Saviour needs to keep it up.

K let's hear your take. I'm tired of the sound of my voice, er, typing.

89 comments:

timmmmmmyyyyyy said...

timmmmmyyyyyy loves Tera Patrick

Araev16 said...

Wardo will play tonight. That man would play through paralysis.

Unfortunately I like you guys more than the whole city of Boston right now because those dumb fucks bumped the Bruins game on Nesn for the Red Sox. At least we can watch on CBC.

The B's don't have as many fans like ya'll to play for, but i'm hoping the small core group that they do have will be enough.

And thanks for the props! Your blog was defintely an inspiration to write down all of our crazy thoughts on the B's. Regardless how tonight goes, we'll be sticking around.

hockeyzombie said...

What is all this talk about Habs getting strange haircuts? First Price then Rhyno?? Are there any pictures?

HabsFan29 said...

@hockeyzombie - yeah, i keep hearing about it too. here's Guimauve

Charles said...

I heard they all got Mohawks courtesy of Guillaume the hair Latendresser

Habsfan10 said...

Good on you, Araev16! Fuck NESN and idiot Red Sox fans. No one cares about baseball until August anyway. Keep that blog going so we can talk shit to each other next season, because I think our internet BFF SLC might be dead if Ray Emery isn't shot out of the National Capital region in a cannon before September.

Here's hoping the Habs end the B's season tonight, so we can concentrate on building firewalls to defend the barricades from the Flyer or Ranger fans that'll be dropping by if we make round 2.

Go hockey. And Go pants. Go hockey pants, for that matter.

HabsFan29 said...

@10 - oh god i hadn't thought about the crackpots that may show up. at least we know some of the Flyers bloggers who are nice (Nadine of flyers femme). But my god, if the Blueshirt Bulletin shows up...

prairiegirlwarriorpoet said...

I heard they all got Mohawks courtesy of Guillaume the hair Latendresser

DOOM said in his interview on RDS the other night that he and Mark (I assume Markov)cut each other's hair.Those crazy kids.

HabsFan29 said...

he and Mark (I assume Markov)cut each other's hair

isn't that just lovely! and then they painted each others toenails

fezworth said...

I can understand the haircutting thing... Have you seen Price's attempt at a playoff beard? You've got to do something.

lawyergirl77 said...

Listen, it was either the crazy buzz cuts or the fu-manchu. And they don't have Souray around to rock the handlebars anymore, so the buzz cut it is!

And Price's playoff beard cracks me up. As does Breezer's - he's got grey in it, people!!! (And I was officially revolted when I thought he looked borderline hot with the buzz cut and the beard. Fucking kill me now, I can't take this shit anymore...)

I'm shocked that Mad Max cut his flowing locks. What would be REALLY impressive would be if Kovy got the buzz cut...

GO HOCKEY PANTS!

Habsfan10 said...

@29:

Oh, I'm ready for the Blueshirt Bulletin, believe you me. I've got a nice little summary of their summertime predictions of Ranger glory versus Habs cellar dwelling to bring up. I just don't want to lose to those asshats. Fuckin Sean Avery.

offspace said...

i hope they put da broons out of their misery tonight, and my god, do something about Don Cherry. can't take it any more, can't we send him to jeff in hong kong?

go mohawk-buzz cut habs go!

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CVennasty said...

re: lawyergirl

The Hair Latendresser said he's trying to convince the Russian Mafia to go along with it. There's reportedly some strong resistance on the parts of Kovy and Kostitsyn Bros. I guess the mullets will have to do, although they're not that playoff specific...

As for a Rangers-Habs series, I'd love for Elisha to get into the stands and fuck with Avery a little bit. Maybe with a Komisarek jersey on. I'll send her my tickets if she agrees...

fezworth said...

@LG : Shame on you, Delilah! I'm certain that Kovy cutting his hair would be disaster. It would end the playoffs for the Habs.

Don't you see? His hair is what gives him his magic powers!

fezworth said...

It appears as though Chips, D'Agostini, Trotter, Carle, Valentenko & Danis have been called up from Hamilton.

I wonder if Danis will get to back up Carey? And more importantly, how will Halak feel about that?

Montréaliste1 said...

Faking Danees ! At leest ken I go play for Mather Slovakia? Fakin habs. Fakin Cari.

(tm HF10)

HabsFan29 said...

@Mtliste - tm HF4. he's already pissed it's been co-opted

Montréaliste1 said...

sorry HF4... I owe you a beer.

I just walk by the phone booth. The habs "fan jam" was going on. It all seemed pretty fake to me. It not a real tailgate party like in the NFL...

HabsFan29 said...

@Mtliste - it's totally fake. i went for Game 1 and I was embarassed. it's so not tailgating

Sonia said...

1. I'm going to the game. Life is good.

2. My-boy-Saku-the-son-I-never-had has resumed skating. Music to my ears, even if he isn't in the lineup tonight.

3. If TurtlePlek comes out of his scoring funk, we should all serenade him with Maurice Chevalier's "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" (with the accent & everything).

Enjoy the game everyone.
Go Habs/Hockey/Pants Go!

Jaybird said...

GO PRICE GO!

HabsFan29 said...

alright let's do this thing!

what a loud ovation for TFS

msevigny said...

Guys, I don't think the crowd likes Chara.

HabsFan29 said...

booing can be a sign of respect! er, uh, yeah...

moeman said...

Best hockey atmosphere in the world.

HabsFan29 said...

my god Kovy, you finally find some room and you can't hit a (shout out to SLC here) 24 square foot target

HabsFan29 said...

AGAIN the same stupid obstruction / diving combo. how can it be both dammit??

HabsFan29 said...

No helmet Kovy!!!! woooo!!!!

moeman said...

Kovy!

moeman said...

Almost too cool for words.

msevigny said...

The helmet was suppressing his powers! I think I just got a Guy Lafleur flashback.

fezworth said...

You see? Its the hair!

HabsFan29 said...

@msevigny - i didn't want to say it (write it) but i thought the exact same thing. the skill, the flowing blonde locks...

HabsFan29 said...

rewound the PVR, and Kovy's helmet was knocked off by Chara, and the helmet went straight into the B's bench. classic!!

msevigny said...

@hf29: I like to imagine Guy sitting at home (or in jail, wherever he is) all Professor X-style, using his mental powers to inhabit Kovalev's mind once his protective helmet was removed. No wonder Kovalev doesn't want to shave his head, it maintains his psychic link.

HabsFan29 said...

Kovy needs to "accidentally" lose his helmet on the PP

msevigny said...

I wouldn't call it great, but that was a considerably better power play than the last three games. They got a few shots and at least one really good chance.

HabsFan29 said...

my god how did that stay out

Anonymous said...

I think the Hockey Gods love us tonight... Let's go, Jesus Price!

HabsFan29 said...

quality period of hockey

moeman said...

You gotta be lucky sometimes. Two more periods like that please.

HabsFan29 said...

haha even Luc Gelinas mentioned lafleur

another totally non-sensical Luc interview btw

HabsFan29 said...

@anonymous - "Jesus Price." im not sure if ive seen that written. nice

though Hockey Jesus (tm MYFO) might think it was sacrilegious

fezworth said...

Holy Mother of Dog...

Is Carey Price even human?

HabsFan29 said...

*sacreligious? sacriligious? Blogger comments need spell check

HabsFan29 said...

this game seems to be settling in

HabsFan29 said...

yup. could see that one comin'

HabsFan29 said...

ooh good work by this Mad Max, Gui and El Dandy line. we got a name for them yet?

HabsFan29 said...

alright im starting to freak out a bit. not able to finish, Bs could streal something here, theyre getting chances. meth, meth!

fezworth said...

I think Bob Cole is on meth.

Rips it, scores! said...

If we survive this period, I will be slightly happier than I am right now....

HabsFan29 said...

@Rips it - "survived", that's about right

matt - ftc said...

Come on PP.......you were our saving grace all season. Give us something to start the third!!!!

HabsFan29 said...

well that was Pleks' best shift of the series

Rips it, scores! said...

......fudge.

moeman said...

... and Jesus Price sinned for all us sinners.

HabsFan29 said...

my god that's the type of mistake that may haunt a 20 year old forever

HabsFan29 said...

going from bad to worse

Rips it, scores! said...

Right, it's time to show the Bruins that you're a first place team and put Boston to the sword in your own building........and as I type that, Little Tits gets a penalty called on him.

matt - fear the collapse said...

Holy fuck..........
That is a series changer...Habs cannot score one fucking goal....highest scoring team in the league this year...wow, bunch of non-playoff performers eh??

HabsFan29 said...

now im in hell

Rips it, scores! said...

Game over.

HabsFan29 said...

FEAR THE COLLAPSE is back baby!

nice, matt. i fear. the collapse. big time.

matt - fear the collapse said...

This team just looks brutal. And they have since game 1.

There are no impact players on the Habs, except Price who unfortunately can't score goals as well as stop them.

Too bad he made a MASSIVE fuck up tonight. he may have been able to keep them in another one.

Cue the Bruins comeback from down 3-1.

HabsFan29 said...

you know, looking back on the thread, we compared Kovy to The Flower and Price to Jesus. it's our own fault for such blasphemy

Rips it, scores! said...

Never fear! Our league-leading power play will save us!

HabsFan29 said...

@rips it - [spits out beverage on keyboard]

well done

matt - fear the collapse said...

Haha, what a PP!
For fuck sakes, this will be one very embarassing first round exit!

Even if they somehow squeak by, there should be NO illusions about the cup. Boston has exposed a weak team in round 1.

moeman said...

The Boston Beelzebubs will not win this series. This game maybe yes but the next two. Um. Non.

Rips it, scores! said...

Perhaps I should change my name to "Rips it wide of the net and here's Boston on a 2 on 1 break...."


@matt: Agreed re: cup illusions. They will struggle to beat the Rangers/Flyers in the next round IF they somehow manage to beat Boston.

HabsFan29 said...

got the feeling the fans are close to booing

and as i type that, oh god

moeman said...

Time to go to CHurCH.

HabsFan29 said...

Ha-lak! Ha-lak!

moeman said...

hf29 needs a Heimlich!

moeman said...

hf29 needs a Heimlich!

Habs need Saku.

Rips it, scores! said...

The parallels to the 2004 series against Boston are eerie. Every game in this series so far has had the exact same margin of victory as those same games in the 2004 series, except in reverse (swap Boston wins for Montreal wins and vice versa).

Now Boston are winning by four goals, just like the Habs did in Boston in 2004. I'm spooked.

2004:
G1: Boston won 3 – 0
G2: Boston won 2 – 1
G3: Montreal won 3 – 2
G4: Boston won 4 – 3
G5: Montreal won 5 – 1

2008:
G1: Montreal won 4 – 1
G2: Montreal won 3 – 2
G3: Boston won 2 – 1
G4: Montreal won 1 – 0
G5: Boston winning 5 – 1

moeman said...

Well, Kovy's goal was fun.

HabsFan29 said...

Rips it, my meth habit is bad enough, stop doing research to really FREAK ME OUT

Rips it, scores! said...

Good thing my seppuku sword came in the post today! I fear that I may need it.

moeman said...

Habs have a pretty decent series record v. da Bs in da playoffs. Habs don't lose too many back 2 back. Onward to Beantown for a nice clinching win.

Araev16 said...

Yikes, I think you guys offended the big guy with that Jesus Price comment...

HabsFan29 said...

i dont know araev, i think comparing Kovy to Guy was worse

thanks for not gloating

matt - fear the collapse said...

What really pisses me off is that they did this whole mohawk thing before game 5. I mean they have played like absolute grabage for 3 games in a row and now it is time to get mohawks??

And who leads this mohawk charge?? Well one of the great spectators in this series, latendresse. How useless has he been (oh he threw one hit in game 5, big shit)? I am pretty sure he has a big fat 0 points this playoff. You may want to go on the ice and work on your shot, or your skating, or something that can make you useful rather than worrying about giving everyone mohawks.

Araev16 said...

this thing is far from over...gloating would be a tad premature

matt - we are witnessing the collapse said...

I heard a lot of quotes from Habs players today saying "this thing isn't over" or "We still have one more game to win" or "We know they are going to come out hard".

What a bunch of bull shit. So much talk with so little follow through. They played 10 minutes in the first period and then sat back and 'expected' to win with a 1-0 lead.

Anonymous said...

Newsflash: This team fucking sucks. I am a Habs fan, but I don't cheer for assholes who make completely stupid decisions every time they touch the puck. If that's tha Habs' game, then count me fucking out.

lawyergirl77 said...

Fuck.

Wanna know what the real problem is? The shitty defensive system Carbo is having us play.

Caution: long rant ahead. Take a meth hit/shot/whatever floats your boat now.

Carbo stood up for the players in a press conference either yesterday or today, saying that the press should lay off because the Habs aren't playing badly, and that they're executing the system properly.

Therein lies the problem: the system.

See, it's a lot like Buffalo under Lindy Ruff, back when they almost stole the Cup. It was that shitty, boring-ass, "wait until the other team makes mistakes" hockey, and then you rely on your goalie to cart your ass through to the next round.

You can tell that the Habs are playing that system right now - the tight box around Price, even when they aren't on the PP, the one man forechecking while the others mind the zone. If you break it down, you can see it.

Here's the problem: not only is Julien a good coach who can see through that shit and exploit it for the crap ass system that it is, but WE'RE THE FASTER AND MORE TALENTED FUCKING TEAM FOR CHRISSAKES!!!!

The Habs play their best and most exciting hockey when it's a North-South, up-and-down game. Not when we're playing a collapsing D.

Note that most of the Habs' big losing streaks this year were because we were playing this shitty defensive system.

The problem is that Carbo is (or at least he used to be) so quick to bust out his shit list, that players don't dare break what he asks them to do. Plus, most of the time the man has been right, and it's INCREDIBLY important to avoid mutiny during the playoffs.

The biggest problem with this system? Julien's team is playing excellent hockey now. We cannot wait for them to make mistakes anymore. If we do, we have games where we play an excellent first period, and then we're flat footed and fucked the moment they start capitalizing on OUR mistakes.

The other problem with the system - it assumes we're playing perfect hockey. As we can see tonight, from the Tits to TFS, we didn't exactly bring our A game. More like our McGill Intramural D game. (Go Chico Resch!) And as a person who went to a lot of those games, it ain't pretty.

Bottom line: Carbo, for the love of FUCK let the kids play HOCKEY!! The moment they do, all of a sudden the life will be back in this team. Don't stifle them with an unnatural system that doesn't play to our strengths and that only allows the Broons to capitalize on our weaknesses. Please.

'Cause I can't take this shit anymore.