Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Feelin' Good: Road Trip, Season saved! Habs 3, 'Nucks 2

I'm really not sure who or what the "Holker Family" is, except that it is obviously a cult


Ladies and Gentlemen, I find it tough to talk at a time like this.The emotions, they overwhelm me. A win! In Vancouver! I don't think I can deal with the emotional impact of at all. Man, I'm tired.  But it's a good kind of tired.

Let's step back a minute here. Just yesterday, let's face it, the season was in the tank. Well, at least for those of us on the reactionary side of the ledger. The Habs looked like they could never win a game again. Worse, they looked disinterested in doing so. Nothing gets a Habs fan angrier than a lack of effort or interest. And boy we were angry yesterday.

But then came the first ten minutes of hockey last night. Ten glorious minutes that showed you what the Habs could do if they showed interest. They skated like maniacs. They beat the Canucks to every single loose puck. They seemed to win battles. They made nice passes. They made the Canucks, offensive powerhouse they are, look slow and lost. The ten minutes produced 14 shots, 2 goals, and my heart in my mouth the whole time. I almost couldn't believe it was happening. There's CHicken sending a gorgeous 100-foot pass to DDD who does a masterful job corralling at and going in all alone on Lu to calmly beat him five-hole. There's the Habs buzzing the 'Nucks zone, PK finding a loose puck and firing, Gio getting creamed in the crease while finding the rebound and burying it. It was 2-0, and it easily could have been 4-0 or 5-0 if not for Lu who was spectacular. It was glorious. It got us Feelin' Good.

Cue the System.

Habs get outshot 38-11 the rest of the way and need Carey to bail them out on numerous occasions. But I'm Feelin' Good this morning, so we'll abstain from complaining about anything like the System. We'll abstain from complaining about anything. You know, like the FUCKING REFEREEING THAT IS GETTING EMBARRASSING ALREADY. A couple of ridiculous "hooking" (i.e. a Hab touching a Canuck with his stick and the Canuck falling down) calls against us, two or three non-calls of tackling. Literally, tackling. A bucketful of other non-calls. Refs who seemed to want to put there own little stamp on what was an excellent hockey game without their stupid interference. But I'm Feelin' Good, so I won't complain about anything like that.

Let's let our inner TMS loose to hit some bullets as to what has us Feelin' Good this morning:
  • Andrei "Big Tits" Kostitsyn, ladies and gentlemen! Not only did he score for the first time since the last time the Habs won in Vancouver, he was all over the ice, making plays, even threw his body around a couple of times. Maybe it had something to do with his new centre, Lars Eller. They looked like they actually had CHemistry. Tits was so good, CHokula put him out there in the last 2 minutes to protect the lead! Can you fucking believe that?
  • TFS redeeming himself from the 7-goal disaster the last time he played in front of his friends and family;
  • PFK. Played an excellent game at both ends of the ice. Had an end to end rush on the PP that made us swoon. Swoon!
  • Hal Gill diving to get his giant frame to a puck to get an icing call at a key time late in the game;
  • Meth;
  • The PK. Technically, it allowed both goals, but really, we managed to kill a ton of PP time against the best PP in the league, including a 5-on-3 that straddled the second intermission;
  • The Mexican. Sure, he completely missed a wide open net and was still frustrating as hell at certain points, but at least he looked interested for a change. It got him his 500th career assist. Maybe there's hope;
  • CHokula's line juggling. Credit where credit is due. At least for this one game, it worked. Already mentioned Eller-Tits. MOEmaN looked rejuvenated as a non-top 6 forward. Jeff Halpern didn't embarass himself playing with PleXXXe. Now let's never speak of the fact we spoke well of JM again.
And since this is sort of TMS, we won't let you go without the long-form highlights after a win. They'll have you Feelin' Good.

33 comments:

Dave Cunningham said...

There is no they're their.

Steve said...

@29 I am feeling good, a great TMS

PFK, holy fucking Bobby Orr, a gamebreaker a real gamebreaker wearing the CH. Thank You GSM.

Lego, did Chocula finally read the instruction manual. Lego is a door piece and Chocula has been trying to fit him into a window spot all year.

Good to see Chocula is starting to realize the system is fucked, he only uses it for two periods lately.

Hadulf said...

Cue the System...Exactly!

When will CHocula realize that Lego is A FUCKING CENTRE? You see CHocula...ELLER = CENTRE.

Van Hab said...

I was there and it was awesome. I can't remember a better feeling at a hockey game than when I got out of my seat for DDD's breakaway and HE FUCKING SCORED. High fives for the Habs fans all around. I knew at that moment that this wouldn't be like the other (horrendously disappointing) times the Habs have come to Vancouver.

Kmaxx said...

Man I missed those Long form game highlights! Nice to have them back. Reading the review worries me - particularly the "Cue the system" part. Why don't they keep skating. The best deence is usually an awesome offence and that's what it sounds like they had...for the first 10-15 minutes at least! Oh well - I'll just enjoy this while it lasts!

Steve said...

I watch the Buffalo news all the time and the sports is hilarious, they only show Buffalo goals, even if the Sabers lose. Another note from Buffalo they just got a dream owner.

" The goal of the Buffalo Sabers is to win Stanley cups, if I want to make money I will drill a gas well"

LD said...

Hooray for Big Tits! And for Kostitsyn too! Maybe if other GM's only see that game, he's a very valuable ASSet on the trade market! Stars could use a new winger. I'd take a risk on Richards. Texas would be the perfect place for the Belarussian Scarecrow. PG - add the necessary pieces and make it happen (and if you can manage to throw Gomez in...)

Hadulf said...

Ok, i'm out of resources. I've searched the interwebs but could not find it.

I read, somewhere, a rumor that Gomez would be flipped to Phoenix for Jovo...

1. Anyone else read that?
2. Do you have a source?

It's just bothering the hell out of me not being able to find it...

HabsFan29 said...

@Haduff - http://www.rumeursdetransactions.com/1345-gomez-a-phoenix-en-retour-de-jovanovski

Took 2 seconds. I just Googled Gomez, Phoenix, Jovanovski. Were you using a card catalogue?

Steve said...

Not the only people who are social meth users, the people writing that Mex rumor likely party with Charlie.

moeman said...

Nice family pic 29. Wondering how many FHFers had those same satin shorts and striped socks. I miss being fashionable at the family jog.

Speaking of fashion, PFK! looked like Larry Robinson on that end to ender. Big Bird had a better perm though.

HabsFan29 said...

@moe no joke, the kid in the #32 jersey might as well be me in the 70's. thin, messy hair, high striped tube socks, generic numbered t-shirt. FFS, the kid even looks like me at that age. now i'm frightened

Hadulf said...

@29 - nope, I googled Gomez, Phoenix, trade.

Thanks

Hadulf said...

@29 - This is where I read the damn rumor...Don't know why it just clicked in my head.

Chenny13 said...

Curious to what you guys think about this:

Zherdev on waivers today. Another enigmatic russian might not be what we need, but he's a bigger (6'2", 200+) scoring winger who's a UFA at the end of the year with only a 2M contract for the remainder of this one.

Thoughts?

Hadulf said...

@Chenny13 - If we can unload some salary, it would be interesting. We need a stable Dman and I hope PG will use the remaining cap space for that. Yes, we also need scoring but I think the priority is D.

However, if we grab him on re-entry, it's half the salary...and that's a big IF.

kevincrumbs said...

@Chenny: I don't know... I think dude just came back from an injury and also a quick Google search comes up with this:

"Zherdev, 26, scored 15 goals in 47 games for the Flyers, yet had troubles remaining in the lineup, nonetheless because his sloppy work ethic.

He last played Feb. 10 when the Flyers hosted the Carolina Hurricanes, but spent just 7:59 on the ice, registering only one shot on goal.

His was a healthy scratch for six consecutive games under coach Peter Laviolette who makes just one demand of his players: effort.

That Zherdev was scratched for games in Carolina, the Rangers and Phoenix when the Flyers could have used another skill forward but instead chose Jody Shelley, says all you need to know."

I vaguely recall him being a dickwad when he was with Columbus. I say we pass on him.

Steve said...

I love reclaim stories, they warm my heart, I cant remember one that worked out, but that is why we should take a chance on this Russky, play the odds Goat.

Chenny13 said...

Fair enough. I just thought it'd be a curious option to maybe give the team a shot in the arm (or ass) without needing to give up any assets for it.

Steve said...

@Chenny, seriously I would take a look at him, he takes Pyatts place on the roster, a guy who plays with his stick might get more goals.

kevincrumbs said...

Too me, he's like Grabovski with more natural talent and upside. Still a whiny little shit, though.

moeman said...

Anyone one want Craig 'Fucking Loser' Rivet?

Anonymous said...

Meth;

Damn, you crack me up!!! I SO want to meet you and sit all over your face...yowsie! :)))))

Steve said...

It looks like someone was looking for Meth and Google sent them here. I tried it for strippers and yep its FHF first choice

HabsFan29 said...

I took anonymous' comment to mean that she (blonde, 5'9", 125, 36) enjoyed the blog author's sense of humour and wished to have him in a sexual position

Steve said...

@29 so your the guy who wrote all those penthouse fourm letters.

I blog about the Montreal Canadians, one day a girl so hot she could only be named Sun dropped by. Sun said "I know you have a troubled relationship with TiTs, but like Big Tits better than little Tits, well what do you think of these tits." Then we did meth and I tried to guess how much she weighed by having her sit on my face.

moeman said...

fourm = best tyop in a while

lawyergirl77 said...

OMG you guys.

I'm going to the game tomorrow night in *law firm name redacted*'s loge at the Bell Centre.

Totally excited but vaguely worried that I have to keep the swearing down to a minimum if I want to schmooze with the clients.

Ruh-roh.

the Maritimer said...

LG77, nobody swears better than you. Nobody.

HabsFan29 said...

LG, I look forward to reading about your exploits in those last couple of pages of the Journal du Barreau.

moeman said...

BR101 goes off the rails;

http://www.rds.ca/hockey/chroniques/315510.html

Number31 said...

No, please, stay away from Zherdev. He's all kinds of useless and a shitty attitude. He'll be off to the KHL in a week. Andrei Kostitsyn is 10-times the player he is.

The waiver wire is full of poop. There's no Glen Metropolit this time...

Le Douze said...

This thing on? Tap, tap.


Heard something about smoking the leaf 2nite, that true?