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April 1, 2009 @ 07:48

The Florida Panthers defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 last night, officially eliminating the Senators from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The victory also kept the Panthers within one point of the eighth place Montreal Canadiens who just a year ago finished on top of the Eastern Conference, before firing a coach, sending their supposed best player home for week and dealing with other players ties to organized crime.

Zednik, McCabe score in Panthers' 5-2 win.

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March 28, 2009 @ 23:44

Well well well. After having their way with a couple of teams ranked 13th and 14th in the Eastern Conference earlier this week the Montreal Canadiens came crashing back to earth when they ran into a tenth place team in the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo won it 4-3 in a shootout.

Nowadays, a tenth place team is tough goin' for the slumpin' Habs, heck, an eleventh place team is tough for the Habs. All you have to do is look back to last Saturday night when they were smacked pretty good by the Leafers.

This whole Hab thing is a joy to watch. They still might be clinging to eighth place in the east but they're not fooling anyone.

Victories over Atlanta and Tampa Bay may have given the likes of Freeway Frank a stiff one, but any body who knows any thing about the game of hockey knows the Habs are a broken down and gutless waste of time.

And that's being kind.

I've got to be honest with ya, and I know this is going to stun a few of you, but I'm at the point now where I wouldn't mind it if the Habs made the playoffs.

Don't get me wrong, having them miss the playoffs would be sweet loveliness, but having them crushed in the first round wouldn't be bad either.

Habs fans would go ape shit over making the playoffs and start making all kinds of mindless and unrealistic predictions but then they'd have to play a team ranked first or second in the east and it would be a massacre.

Usually you don't associate the word massacre with something nice, but in this case it would be like getting a hummer in the VIP Lounge at Chez Paree.

I can only imagine of course.

Here's the way she stacks up after Saturday's action.

The Florida Panthers beat Dallas 6-3. They remain ninth in the east, but now they're just one point behind Le Habiturds and it sets up a big Tuesday night.

Le Habiskank play the high flyin' Chicago Black Hawks while the Panthers host Montreal's twin brothers, the Ottawa Senators.

With any luck, come Wednesday morning, Le Habistink will finally be on the outside looking "up."

And let's not forget, next Saturday night Le Poo Poo comes into the ACC for what I'm sure will be another humiliating spanking.

Why not? The Leafs are a better team right now.

Les Sabres l'emportent aux tirs de barrage.

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March 27, 2009 @ 08:13

There really hasn't been much to report on Habs watch this week because the Habs were dealt and unbelievably easy schedule down the stretch.

Although I must say, it was fascinating how they almost blew last nights game.

Meanwhile, I thought this would be a good time to re-visit some Hab fan history. Hab fans like to poke fun at Leaf fans for street celebrations after opening round playoff victories, they think it's sucky compared to what they do.

Habs fans burn, vandalize cop cars.

Some French tourists visited Quebec and attended their first hockey game ever.
They loved it so much that they purchased a CH sweater and brought it back to France.
Before they left they had the name of the most popular player printed on the back, or at least the name of the player that they heard the most during the game.

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Habs Watch - Movin' On Up

March 23, 2009 @ 20:52

I realized I've OD'd on the Habs lately, but the story about their rumoured sale has my mind racing with all kinds of wonderful thoughts.

Not only should be the Habs be sold, they should be moved. Yes moved.

Now is the time for Jim Balsillie to do his thing and buy a team and move it to the GTA, or Kitchener or Hamilton or where the hell ever.

The Habs should be moved because they deserve better fans. They deserve fans that will stick with them through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad.

Not a bunch of fickle fair-weather soccer fan wanabees who come in droves when times are good but turn their backs and run when things turn sour.

What kind of a relationship is that? Can you imagine if a family operated this way, can you imagine if soldiers acted this way? It's disgusting, and that's why the imminent sale of the Habs should be used as an opportunity to get them out of Quebec once and for all.

In Ontario, once they were cleansed of their Habitosis, they would be appreciated and supported by true hockey fans. Not a bunch of turncoats who buy tickets for the sole purpose of singing a cheesy song at the end of "some" games.

No doubt this would be a bold move. No doubt that the fight to keep the team in Montreal would reach into Parliament and a court of law, but once cooler heads prevailed and rational minds won out, it would be obvious the Habs should move.

Because they deserve faithful fans and Southern Ontario is full of them.

Habs owner looks to selling assets.


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March 22, 2009 @ 10:28

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 Montreal Canadiens 2

Ok, this has gone too far.

For the past couple of weeks leading up to this, it's been fun to write Habs Watch and poke fun at the Montreal Canadiens and their nauseating fans.

But now it's getting out of hand.

I actually feel bit sorry for Hab fans. It must be difficult to be so loud and aggravating and bombastic and then have it all come crumbling down around you. It must feel awkward to say so much and then have your team deliver so little.

Talk about a free fall. Any rational hockey fan knows that last year was a major fluke and the Habs weren't nearly as good as their record indicated, but Hab fans couldn't see it.

They got caught up in the hollow fantasy that Alex Kovalev could actually lead this team and that the Kostitsyn brothers actually give a shit, and that Carey Price could actually stop something smaller than a beach ball.

Putting modesty aside for a second, I wrote on this blog many times over the past several months that the Habs would not make the playoffs, and although they still could, it really doesn't matter at this point because the over-all point has been made.

The Habs aren't very good. In fact they're bad, and I think it's clear beyond any shadow of doubt now that they aren't as good as the Toronto Maple Leafs and next year the gap will become even wider as the Leafs wheel and deal and spend millions in cap space.

Bob Gainey meanwhile, if he still has a job, will have no other choice than to blow-up the Habs and start all over. That's what happens when you have a large collection of strokers and only 350 thousand dollars in cap space.

Yes, the Habs will be different this year but the pressing question is, will their fans be any different?

We can only hope so. Will they come back to reality and show at least a little hockey knowledge?

Will they accept their place in the league as an also ran and adjust to life without a Stanley Cup that will stretch beyond 20 years?

We can only hope so, because as vile as the Habs are as a team, their fans make it even worse.

That's the peculiar twist in all of this.

Hab fans love to laugh and point and ridicule Leaf fans for loving their team, yet the average Leaf fan has way more class than the average Hab fan and that was played out at the Bell Centre last night.

What a perfect opportunity for Leaf fans to twist the knife a little last night by singing that imbecilic and cheesy "na na na" song. There were thousands of Leaf fans at the game, so they could have done it and been heard loud and clear, especially after so many Hab fans had given up on their team with several minutes to play and left the building.

But no, Leaf fans didn't do it. They just stood there and applauded yet another fine performance from their feisty and quickly improving hockey team and then left the building.

The Leafs and Habs have played five times this season and Toronto has now won three times.

As for the standings, the Habs cling to a playoff spot by one point this morning only because the Florida Panthers were beaten by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Habs are all alone in eighth place.

We have to find a way to win.

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March 21, 2009 @ 09:51

Today could be the day, and it couldn't have lined up any better.

If the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal, Les Crapahola will drop out of a playoff spot.

Do the hockey gods love us Leaf fans are what?

It's sweet enough that the Habs could drop to ninth tonight, but to have the Leafers play a part is enough to give any man a warm one.

It's going to make for an exciting night. Leaf fans have been pretty bold on this website lately, including myself who has declared that right now the Leafs are a better team than Les Arsaholis.

I'm sure the likes of Freeway Frank and other aggravating Hab fans who hold on to that Stanley Cup crap, that's pushing 20 years ago, will be on the edge of their seats tonight for a game that will feature the loosy goosy Leafs against the dazed and confused Canadiens.

Funny ain't it? The Habs were supposed to be so wonderful so marvelous so fabulous so beautiful this year, but they've won only seven more games than the sad sack Leafs, and most of those came before the new year.

Point wise, the Leafs are only ten back. Can you say "catchable?"

Make sure you visit this site tomorrow for the all the details, analysis and trash talk.

(on that note, here's a shout out to Freeway - phone me after the game tonight and I'll record then post the conversation on this website!)

Go Leafs Go... and the Panthers too.

Habs have to play their best to win.


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March 20, 2009 @ 08:31

Ottawa 5 Montreal 4 - nuff said.

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March 18, 2009 @ 00:57

This just won't do.

If the Habs are going to sink, we need other teams to ascend but the Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres just won't co-operate.

The Habs lost another one last night, this time 4-3 to the New York Rangers in a shoot-out.

Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty good because the Habs plunged to seventh place in the east thanks to this loss to the Rangers and a 6-2 win by the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Atlanta Thrashers.

But those damn Panthers were beaten 3-0 by Washington and Buffalo was knocked off 4-2 by Ottawa.

So here's the latest. The Habs sink to seventh, just two points ahead of the eighth place Carolina Hurricanes and just three points up on the Panthers. They're five ahead of the tenth place Sabres.

What a king-sized drag it will be if the Habs continue to crap out but still make the playoffs because other teams are even crapier.

Too bad for Hab humpers that the Leafs and Canadiens couldn't trade teams right now, then maybe the Montrealers could put this thing away.

'Cause don't forget, the Leafs are a better team right now.

Habs salvage a point.

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March 15, 2009 @ 11:25

The Habs hold on a playoff spot got a little weaker last night which is a wonderful thing, but they still had some horseshoes crammed up their dirt holes.

While the Habs went through the motions in a 3-1 loss to the Jersey Devils, none of their playoff chasin' rivals could manage to win.

While the Habs handed Martin Brodeur his 551st career regular season victory without much of an argument, Pittsburgh, Carolina, the Rangers, Florida and Buffalo all lost in overtime.

Shitty they lost, but at least they all grabbed a point.

So here's the deal. The Habs remain tied with Pittsburgh for fifth place in the east, both have 80 poiints. But the Cans have 79, while the Rangers and Florida have 78.

Buffalo is tenth in the east, but just four insignificant points behind Le Miserable.

It's going to be a fun time down the stretch and the Habs will have no excuses because eight of their last thirteen games are at home and eleven of the 13 games are against teams lower than them in the standings.

But that doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot because several teams below the Habs in the standings, are actually better teams than Montreal right now, and that includes the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Something crazy is going on in Hogtown. The Leafs have traded away three of their best players this season, their defense corp is depleted with injuries and their goaltending is patchwork at best.

But they continue to win more games than they lose lately and Ron Wilson has them playing great as a "team."

That's right Hab humpers, whether you like it or not, the Leafs are actually a better "team" than the Habs right now and I hope to hell they rub it in during their final two meetings of the year.

Prediction - next year the Leafs will finish with more points than the Canadiens. (remember, the Leafs have tons of trade bait and lots of cap space. The Habs meanwhile are crippled with no cap room which means they can't trade-up for better players.)

Laugh all you want, but you might remember that after the Habs were ousted from the playoffs last year I predicted they wouldn't make the post-season this year.

Right now I'm lookin' pretty good.

Brodeur ties Roy's record in victory over Habs.

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The Future Of Habs Watch

March 13, 2009 @ 20:59

I'm surprised. If there's anything on this earth that we can poke fun at, it's sports.

Sports rivalries are neat and it's fun to slam something without having to worry about being politically correct or hurting someone's feelings.

A little trash talk can be fun. But apparently I've missed the mark with something.

If you've been reading this blog over the past few weeks you've noticed I've included a new feature called Habs Watch.

It answers to all those Hab fans who like to trash the Toronto Maple Leafs. All those Hab fans that were convinced their club was a Stanley Cup contender this year.

As the Habs started to drop in the standings and a playoff spot became precarious, I developed Habs Watch to poke a little fun at the team and fans I so truly despise.

But I've received several complaints over the past few days about Habs Watch with people suggesting I should give it a rest. Put it away. Write about something else.

Even from people who hate the Habs.

Personally I enjoyed it because I only post Habs Watch when the Canadiens lose, so it was fun to watch their games or look for their scores every night wondering whether I would post or not.

I thought it was harmless but in reality, I may actually be harming my readership.

I thought Hab fans would flock here because of that old love/hate thing, but it turns out for every Hab fan that was coming here because they were pissed off at me, I may have been losing Hab haters who really can't be bothered with it all.

Very peculiar.

But hey, I listen to the people so are going to ask all of your straight up, should I continue Habs Watch, or should I dump it before it really began?

It would have been fun to follow it through the next couple of weeks until the Habs fate is known, but I'll leave it up to you the readers.

Hit the discuss button and let me know.

Should I continue Habs Watch?

Ya buggers.

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