Sabres Stab Habs

It’s three losses in the Canadiens’ last four games after falling 3-2 in overtime to the visiting Buffalo Sabres.  Or four losses in six if you’re interested.

Yep, the boys are far from smokin’.

They held on to a thin 2-1 lead going into the third period, they were playing well and were on their way to two big points, but they couldn’t nail down the all-important insurance marker.

They couldn’t muster any killer instinct, Buffalo would tie it at 8:07 of the third, and then the Canadiens simply decided to give about 50% instead of the required 110%. It makes my blood boil, considering I always gave at least 160% wherever I worked.

Sometimes 170%. But I digress.

Well, I’m kinda mad. But not at Carey Price, who was terrific throughout and came up with two astonishing saves in the last 20 seconds of the third period to get the boys into overtime and of course that important single point.

Price got them the point, not the guys in front of him. The Sabres were allowed to fire clear shots and move in close far too many times. It’s soft hockey. Doug Harvey would be rolling in his grave. And if Larry Robinson was dead, he would be too.

Sprague Cleghorn would’ve punched Lehner, a ref, Brian Gionta, and most of his own teammates for losing a game they should’ve won, against a much-inferior squad. Toe Blake would’ve torn a strip off them and taken away the beer on the next train trip. John Ferguson would’ve punched a hole in a cement block. But that was a different time of course.

Today’s players check their investments, go to dinner with friends from the other teams, and say “obviously” a lot when interviewed.

Full marks to Sabres goalie Robin Lehner, who absolutely robbed Alex Galchenyuk in overtime with a glove save on a hard shot while being screened. It’s marked for the highlight reels. His save, and Price’s glove on Rasmus Ristalainen, are two for the ages.

But alas, after Lehner’s big stop, Zach Bogosian would light the lamp and win the game and not that I’m the pessimistic type, but I’d say the Canadiens are in a bit of a mid-winter funk right now.

I’ll also say it again, it’s the wives fault and they should be rounded up and sent to Powell River until the season and playoffs come to a close. I’ll find something for them to do.

Random Notes:

Artturi Lehkonen and Philip Danault scored for Montreal, with both goals coming the middle frame.

Next up – Tuesday, when the Calgary Flames come a callin’.

 

 

7 thoughts on “Sabres Stab Habs”

  1. Dennis I love what you said above

    ‘Price got them the point, not the guys in front of him. The Sabres were allowed to fire clear shots and move in close far too many times.”
    Price even when he rarely goes slumpy is always the best player on this team.

    “It’s soft hockey. Doug Harvey would be rolling in his grave. And if Larry Robinson was dead, he would be too.”

    It’s the granola and cookies, and all the usual shit called cash too much way too much cause the average human gets off on scratch and the soft way. it’s human all too human and athletes are not exceptional, except of course, the Prices and Crosbies and others. And the Radulovs and a handful of others. We can all name a few.

    “Sprague Cleghorn would’ve punched Lehner, a ref, Brian Gionta, and most of his own teammates for losing a game they should’ve won, against a much-inferior squad.”
    I wish someone would have punched Gionta right in the mouth but instead some areshole interviewd and it was nicey nice. Fuck him, and fuck his goal, and I hope the Sabres all go right to the bottom where they belong.

    “Toe Blake would’ve torn a strip off them and taken away the beer on the next train trip. ” Ye s yes and yes, but noawadays all the pc’rs and apologists would be go apeshit and demontrate until they got their own Way and had Therrien fired were to dare to do that!
    Millonaire players and so on one does not offend. After, it’s a democracy right? and when you lose you win you really ac tually win you see, becuase after all, there a point! O wow! ! hahah I am sure you appreciate the reference
    “John Ferguson would’ve punched a hole in a cement brick. But that was a different time of course.”

    Here’s hoping one day that would happen again and whena player played for glory and not bucks and high flying plane rides!

    “Today’s players check their investments, go to dinner with friends from the other teams, and say “obviously” a lot when interviewed.” __ yes they sure like say that, and it’s not all on them , but they play their part don’t they!

    O ghost of the Rocket and others come and kick their wimpy little poliically correct asses and give us back some hockey, some blood curdling games!

    Price and most of the goalies I exclude from my rant as they are a breed apart!

    The habs are clearly habs been. I sure hope it changes as it’s all become boring, predictable and pathetic.

  2. Bill, what a tremendous comment from you. Thanks for that. And yes, the game, for the most part, is boring, predictable and pathetic, like you said. Again, thanks.

  3. Dennis….well although the team didn’t secure two points I thought the game was more enjoyable than the night before with the Wings. There was flow to the game last night. The team looked as if they were ready to take the two points but it never happened obviously. I too thought Price was really good as was Lehner.

    Also thought Bill’s post was exceptional. He sounds like a true fan with some maturity but still is able to get nasty with his criticism of the game and it’s players in general. Most often the people who criticize are way too emotional and over do it but Bill captures this thing well for me.

    Dennis I enjoy your site very much and am still amazed at the experiences you write about preceding the comment section. You are an amazing pool of knowledge and experience combined.

    On a positive note the team will make the playoffs almost a certainty now and Dennis are you noticing the Leafs as I predicted they will be very close to making the playoffs…actually I think they will make it. To just confirm I am not a Leafs fan and when I was young and had the blinders on to how silly it is to get overly passionate for a hockey team I hated these ( Leafs ) guys. How I loved the game in the era Bill was speaking to….60’s, 70′, 80’s and even 90’s. The 70’s were my favorite by a long shot. I finished the season more often than not high that we had won it all and started the season with the most positive feeling on our Glorious Habs. We had it all as fans in the 70’s . As the saying goes we could beat them on the ice and in the alleys.

  4. Thanks Cliff. Yes, it was certainly better to watch than the Detroit game which was unbelievably boring. But this is a team that needs to tighten up. Sometimes they part like Moses and the Red Sea. But having said that, it’s still only January and there’s still time, I think, to tweak a few things before the real season begins. You’ve been absolutely right about the Leafs. They’re a good young team making serious headway, and although I can’t stand them, I know a fairly successful team in Toronto is good for hockey. It especially makes a time-honoured rivalry between them and us real again. Really appreciate your great comments and also the nice things you said about me. This is the sort of thing that keeps me going, although I have slacked off considerably lately. Sometimes it’s just a nice break to watch the game and not think about writing a recap. Thanks again, Cliff.

  5. Bill I want to again say thanks for your comments. I wish I was still in Montreal so I could have a beer with you.

  6. Thanks Dennis, I was ripping as they say when I wrote that the other night! I was reacting to what you wrote… Imagining punching someone in the nose.. easy to say, eh! hahaha Yes, it would have been fun to meet up and maybe one of these days we will…. And thanks also Cliff. It’s game night tonight and I am hoping the team does the job for the whole 60 minutes. Two games left before the all Star break. Big bad winter storm in Quebec and Montreal! Till later. BY the way do you like Captain Beefheart’s music. I am a fan of his, and I don’t run across a lot of people who do. He eventually became a painter, Don Van Vliet. Check in later

  7. Bill, I’ve known about Captain Beefheart for years, but not once over those years did I ever hear his music. I’ve no idea what he sounds like. But now I’m going to make a point of listening.

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