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DrHerb
02-05-2008, 07:24 PM
Any Habs fans out there? and waddya think of their chances in the NHL playoffs?

Tab_Flettner
02-05-2008, 07:41 PM
Yes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqU4fFujCqk

luftluuver
02-05-2008, 07:57 PM
Much better chance than the Maple Laffs. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

dtk419
02-05-2008, 08:03 PM
Been a fan since the 60s, watch all the games on
Direct TV and CBC. They've done better than expected, maybe second round but I don't see the
25th Coupe this year. Bon Chance

Go Habs

Pooka

jarink
02-05-2008, 08:28 PM
I'm more of a Western Conference fan (Blues), but it seems that there really isn't a 'favorite' this year in the East. Up until the past couple of weeks the Senators looked like the team to beat, but who knows now?

I don't see anyone from the SouthLeast getting past the second round. You can't count out NJ in the Atlantic. Even considering Philly's great comeback this year, I don't see them making the conference finals. Pittsburgh might, but it's dicey.

An Ottawa/Montreal series would be cool to watch. 6 or 7 games between those two teams? Ohhh, baby!
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

The bug question in my mind, though, is will Detroit have anything left in the tank for the Finals?

DrHerb
02-05-2008, 08:29 PM
We had a close game against the no.1 Ottawa Senators and were now within 1 point of the northeast division standings, it was a hard fought game too

The habs better keep the Kostitsin brothers, them and Kovelev are an awesome force

DrHerb
02-05-2008, 08:39 PM
Detroit is a very strong team this year, i wouldnt be surprised if they run away with the Stanley Cup this year

saipan1972
02-06-2008, 09:11 AM
Habs will do well in playoffs. Doubt they will win the Cup. THey have speed for sure, grit could be called into question though. Just hope you enjoy the "run" cause as a Leaf fan, I am in the gutter.

DrHerb
02-06-2008, 09:32 AM
8-0 loss against Florida must have been brutal http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

MOH_MADMAN
02-06-2008, 10:45 AM
any chance i can get some nosebleed seats for the coyotcheese?

jadger
02-06-2008, 11:01 AM
Yes, I think Hewitt/Huet/whatever-his-wife-wants-to-call-his-name-now and the Habs will make the playoffs, or at least have a better chance than the make-me-laughs.

and for the record, I'm a NY Rangers fans from about 2 hours west of Toronto.

turnipkiller
02-06-2008, 05:12 PM
I hope they make it, and they play Florida Panthers or Tampa Bay sometime, then I can see them play. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Unfortunately I haven't followed much hockey since I moved down here, watching it on a TV station that isn't the CBC just isn't the same. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

heywooood
02-06-2008, 09:55 PM
Alexander Ovechkin plays old time hockey...to bad he is in Washington and not Toronto.

the Habs have a shot - gotta love the original six

DrHerb
02-06-2008, 09:57 PM
Ovetchkin is like Chewbacca on skates, mind you Washington has no more cash to further build the team

Haigotron
02-06-2008, 10:17 PM
check out the sig.... all habs here baby http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

i believe carbo can get us to the cup like he did in 93 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

oh and is it just me or I feel like hockey fever hasen't been this crazy in a looooooooooong time


if only our first line did better....

Haigotron
02-06-2008, 10:19 PM
Originally posted by saipan1972:
Habs will do well in playoffs. Doubt they will win the Cup. THey have speed for sure, grit could be called into question though. Just hope you enjoy the "run" cause as a Leaf fan, I am in the gutter.

I remember last year the crazy game when the leafs bumped the habs from the playoffs...my cousins from T.O. were hear and it kept going side to side...what a game http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

DrHerb
02-07-2008, 02:51 PM
I was working as a soundguy in a bar downtown, the mood was totally down after the laffs won

jarink
02-07-2008, 06:21 PM
Originally posted by DrHerb:
Ovetchkin is like Chewbacca on skates, mind you Washington has no more cash to further build the team

Hart Trophy, be sure.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

A co-worker and I came up with some interesting ideas about the whys of his massive contract. One, Ovie just wants to play and doesn't want the distraction of contract issues every second or third year or so for the next 10 years. (He made the deal without an agent, which gives more credence to the idea that he really doesn't care about the money.) Another idea is that Ted Leonsis is counting on the NHL raising the cap limit every year. It's a bit of a gamble, but it seems to be his style. One last idea is that with one of the most dynamic players in the last 5 years on the roster, Gary Bettman and the NHL offices will bend over backwards to help keep the Caps afloat if need be.

PriK
02-07-2008, 08:46 PM
I think the Habs have a great chance if they could learn not to suck. Don't get me wrong there's some good players with them but there's no reason to hold that against them.

The main problem is that the Habs have this choke factor that runs through the whole organization stemming mostly from it's fan base that stakes so much of it's personal pride on comparing themselves to the biggest hockey nation in the world, The Toronto Maple Leafs. If they could get past that and just allow their team to play hockey they might have a chance to use their skill this year to maybe make it to the second round.

It's much the same with Ottawa. When the playoffs come don't expect them to be able to dig down deep and deliver without a bit more heart and grind. I think the game tonight pretty much underlined that because if they can't beat a depleted Leafs lineup consisting of only a few choice players, a bunch of sucky ones, and the rest farm club callups, then it's only going to get worse in the playoffs for ya.

It's nice to have a fast team with a great powerplay but the playoffs is where it's time to man up and it might be tough for the Habs to do that.

PriK
02-07-2008, 08:50 PM
Originally posted by jarink:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DrHerb:
Ovetchkin is like Chewbacca on skates, mind you Washington has no more cash to further build the team

Hart Trophy, be sure.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

A co-worker and I came up with some interesting ideas about the whys of his massive contract. One, Ovie just wants to play and doesn't want the distraction of contract issues every second or third year or so for the next 10 years. (He made the deal without an agent, which gives more credence to the idea that he really doesn't care about the money.) Another idea is that Ted Leonsis is counting on the NHL raising the cap limit every year. It's a bit of a gamble, but it seems to be his style. One last idea is that with one of the most dynamic players in the last 5 years on the roster, Gary Bettman and the NHL offices will bend over backwards to help keep the Caps afloat if need be. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm pretty sure Vechie has an agent. And that's his mom. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Also, it may be a 10yr contract but the team can trade him after a few years as long as it's to a short list that Vechy provides them of teams he wants to go to.

That kid does love to play.

jarink
02-07-2008, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by PriK:
I'm pretty sure Vechie has an agent. And that's his mom. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I heard that he did all the negotiations himself in 5 meetings with Ted L. He said he had the option to bring in an agent, but decided he didn't need to.


Originally posted by PriK:
That kid does love to play.

That's what makes him so fun to watch. When he scored his 4th goal the other night, you'd think he won the Stanley Cup rather than a single game.

DrHerb
02-07-2008, 09:49 PM
Wow we got beat by the Leafs, its gonna be a media coup tomorrow here in montreal lol

PriK
02-07-2008, 09:55 PM
I gotta give you credit for not taking the bait. Usually Habs fans are easier to rile up than...well, Leaf fans. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

It's a fun rivalry for sure, better than any other two teams in North American professional sports. I know this for a fact because I'd rather languish at the bottom of suckville in the standings than lose a game against Montreal.

If the Habs media is anything close to TO media (and I'll bet it's worse sometimes) you'll be eating your dead tomorrow.

DrHerb
02-07-2008, 10:01 PM
oh man the media picks to the marrow here, i have hopes, but the reality for me is the season isnt over and in the eastern conference a 3 or 4 game slide is close to a apocalypse

PriK
02-07-2008, 10:03 PM
Dude, just go on a couple eight game skids and the media won't even bat a brow over 3 or 4 anymore. That'll cure 'em. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

DrHerb
02-07-2008, 10:06 PM
yeah especially when the local sports radio is crying "Hart trophy for Kovelev"

roybaty
02-09-2008, 06:00 PM
What is this "hockey"? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

luftluuver
02-09-2008, 06:05 PM
3-0 Sens at the end of 1st. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Leafs beat the Wings in OT 3-2. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

What a blow out, 6-1. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Sens

DrHerb
02-10-2008, 08:39 AM
Yep its choke time for the habs http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif. I saw it coming watchin the game vs the leafs.

DrHerb
02-19-2008, 08:43 PM
OK Tied in 1st place in the eastern conference with Ottawa

Just won a MAJOR game against the New York Rangers. We came back from a 5-0 deficit and beat the rangers in a shootout. WHAT A GAME! who watched it?

Sillius_Sodus
02-19-2008, 11:17 PM
GO HABS GO!!!

Good hunting,
Sillius_Sodus

P.S. The NHL started going down the tubes when they expanded to twelve teams...

DrHerb
04-06-2008, 08:14 AM
Well, the Habs are currently in 1st place in the eastern conference.

Looks like were meeting Boston for the 1st round of the playoffs.

ALSO we have the most goals scored in the NHL so far.

Here is how last nights game went against Toronto, its written by Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette.


3P 00:00:

Ridiculous ending. Dangerous stick jabbing between Stewart
3P 1:10:

The ovation begins
3P 1:48:

Another Leaf penalty. Ending their season in glory.
3P 3:44:

Dominic Moore for an extra shove on Markov. Hey, just because your brother was a vvictim of violence ...
3P Break:

Good night, Tucker. We won't miss him in the final minutes. I think that was Gorges' first fight this season.
3P 5:00:

Stewart got a shift with Kovy and Pleks
3P 6:38:

Stewart feeds Gorges for a good chance.
3P 7:09:

Welcome Al Gore on the scoreboard. Stubbs explains to me that if Canadiens win, it's Boston regardless of what happens in Philadelphia.
3P 8:00:

A bit of nastiness. Andrei K. and Stajan
3P 9:00:

Canadiens are so much faster and more skillful than these guys. It's almost sad.
3P Break:

McCabe for holding. If this were a fight, the ring doctor would stop it.
3P 10:54:

Nan-na-na-na-goodbye makes its debut. Charles Prévost Linton could have sung it in lieu of O Canada.
3P 11:50:

I was wrong about 4-on-3. Sorry. I'll be better in the playoffs.
3P 12:31:

Magic on the PP. Markov to Smolinski into the slot to Higgins.

3-1


3P 13:08:

Hmm: some 4-on-3 PP.
3P 14:07:

Leafs D reeling from Canadiens' speed. Ian White goes for hooking.
3P 15:30:

Canadiens spending too much time in their own end.
3P 16:00:

Good Leaf pressure against Lapierre line
3P 18:21:

What are they booing? Ian White caught Andrei K with a good old-fashioned hip check.
3P 19:39:

A new Kovy move: re-directing a Pleks pass with his skate just inside he blueline .. and Racroft had to stop it.
3P 20:00:

If Canadiens lose and Bruins lose and Philly wins, I think Canadiens play Ottawa. I think. I don't know. This is giving me a headache.
Between periods:

Gregory Stewart looks like he's been here all season ... Hits are 27-14. If Boston goes down, as seems likely, Canadiens won't have that first-round Senaators matchup we were looking forward to. It will bbe either the Bruins or the Flyers, neither of whom will be a walkover.
2P 00:00:

Lively period
2P 1:42:

Didn't Leafs get a late second period goal a year ago?
2P 1:58:

Not so fast.

Mark Bell uses O'Byrne as a screen.

2-1
2P 2:44:

New chant: "Sixty-seven!"
2P 4:00:

Someone in Section 106 has a tin-foil Stanley Cup. Leafs bench has no idea what it is.
2P Break:

First goalmouth scrum. Stewart whispers sweet nothings to Steen.
2P 5:57:

What a goal! Seeing-eye pass hits Higgins at the blueline and his wrister to the short side beats Raycroft. Toronto takes a timeout to finalize tee times and discuss buyout options.

2-0
2P 7:42:

Buffalo up 2-0 on Boston, which would move Ottawa up to sixth. Meanwhile, big applause for Al Gore and more good chances for Pleks line.
2P Break:

Writer from Toronto marvels at Canadiens' offensive imagination ... watching the Smolinski line.
2P 9:00:

A Leaf flurry, but Price stands tall.
2P 11:00:

Kovy works his magic, feeds Streit and Raycroft looks like Raycroft

1-0
Al Gore:

in the house
2P Break:

PP is 0-for-3. But every one has had chances.
2P 13:58:

I was wrong, it was a D-zone trip. Price forced into a big pad save on Devereaux. Canadiens are being too cute on the PP.
2P 15:57:

Newbury: O-zone trip.
2P 17:30:

One of the best shifts of the season, by Sergei, Higgins and Gui
2P 18:38:

Fourth line gets a good chance. They just play one great shift after another.
2P 20:00:

So far, there was more intensity in the between-periods TimBits game.
Cherry:

Nice jacket. From the Michel Therrien fashion collection.
Between periods:

Ryan O'Byrne has five hits already ... Kovalev has three shots ... Gregory Stewart played thre shots and had a shot ... 141st consecutive sellout at he Bell Centre
1P 3:00:

Stewart looks better than D'Agostini
1P 5:00:

Pre-faceoff amiable chat: Hamrlik and Blake
1P Break:

Fun PP. About 25 successful passes. Including a couple beauts by Sergei on second wave. Shots are 12-6. Raycroft has been sharp.
1P Break:

Another PP. Poor McCabe trying to control Kovy.
1P 8:00:

Hey, that Stewart can skate. First PP. Pleks wave is magic, as usual. Then Toronto PK does a prettty good job. Second wave is Sergei, Higgins and Gui1
1P 10:37:

Price very sharp on a Blake feed into the goalmouth, where Tucker was cruising.
1P 12:00:

Gui! Higgins and Sergei
1P 12:30:

Stajan and Steen can play
1P Break:

Streit coughs it up but Markov is right there. Fairly obvious which of these teams is going to the playoffs. Washington up 1-0
1P 14:26:

Price makes big save as Dandy dashes out of the box.
1P 15:57:

Ann early 5-on-3
1P 17:00:

Tonight's favourite chant: "Leafs suck!"
1P 17:21:

Gregory Stewart sent in alone on his first shift
1P 18:00:

Two dominant shifts
1P 19:00:

Pleks line: it was like a PP to start the game
Standing O:

for Kovy. Nice. His father is here. First time in Canada.
But first ...:

the awards, to Kovy and Mark Streit
1P 20:00:

Quiet tune-up, and bring on Ottawa ...
No healthy scratches for Leafs:

They have only 18 skaters on their roster.
Best line in the posts, so far:

From Ed the Sock, via Chorske: Ripping the Leafs is like booing at the Special Olympics.
Gregory Stewart:

makes history tonight. Canadiens have never dressed a number 70.
2009 draft:

It will be in Montreal as part of Canadiens' centennial celebrations, which also will include the All-Star game on Jan. 25. The draft was held annually in Montreal from its inception in 1963 (first choice overall: Gary Monahan by the Canadiens) through 1984 (Mario Lemieux's draft year). Last time it was held here, in 1992, the first overall pick, by Tampa Bay, was Roman Hamrlik.
Prospects:

For one of the teams playing here tonnight, the future looks bright. Mathias Brunet has an interesting La Presse piece on the Canadiens' 2007 draft choices. LW Max Pacioretty, obtained with the pick Canadiens got, along with Josh Gorges, in the Craig Rivet trade, will be in the Frozen Four championship tournament – but that may be his swan song after one season at Michigan. Canadiens director of player recruitment and development Trevor Timmins told Brunet that Pacioretty is physically ready and plays a rugged, pro-style game. No decision has been made, however, on whether to sign Pacioretty, who had 38 points in 36 games and was named to the NCAA's All-Rookie team. D Ryan McDonagh, chosen with Canadiens' own pick, also won all-rookie honours but almost certainly will return to the University of Wisconsin for his sophomore season. Second-round pick D P.K. Subban has five goals (including an OT winner) and five assists in seven OHL playoff games with the Belleville Bulls. D Yannick Weber, chosen inn the third round, has four goals in six playoff games and had 55 points in 59 regular-season games with the powerhouse Kitchener Rangers. Third-round pick C Olivier Fortier of the Q's Rimouski Océanic was profiled by Brunet earlier this week. Fortier won the Guy Carbonneau trophy as the league's best defensive forward.

MalaKa911
04-06-2008, 08:37 AM
Go habs go!
A nous la coupe
Ca va etre aussi beau qu'en 93 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

DrHerb
04-06-2008, 09:32 AM
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DrHerb
04-06-2008, 03:43 PM
Pittsburgh loses to Philly 2-0, that makes the Habs finishing 1st in the eastern conference http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

time to grab a celebration beer

jarink
04-06-2008, 05:24 PM
The Habs get Boston in the first round. they went 8-0 against them during the reg. season. That's got to bode well for their chances of making it to the second round!

It's too bad that the Blackhawks didn't make the playoffs. Not only would it mean that Nashville would not have made it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif , but a series between the Hawks and Detroit would have been great.

I think the caps making it in gives Ovechkin a lock on the Hart.

jadger
04-07-2008, 01:14 AM
I'm a Rangers fan myself, and have $20 on them in a pool at work. Curiously enough, no one picked the Habs. Someone did pick Boston though, but she's fat and dumb. lol