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A Painful Loss To The Hurricanes

Man, that stings. Sometimes losses are only depressing. This one, falling 5-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes, stings like a very large and angry bee.

It had the makings of a tremendous night at the Bell Centre. Down 2-0, and storming back with a breakaway goal from Tomas Plekanec and two power play markers from Erik Cole and David Desharnais. Suddenly it’s 3-2 Habs, and I don’t know about you but I went “woo hoo!”

Then it all came crashing down.

First, an Eric Staal shorthanded goal when he easily walked around Tomas Kaberle, who had a mediocre night at best. Then the Canes went ahead on a power play, and finally, another into the empty net.

And we had been feeling so good. So high. So drunk with wins. Now it’s just a big lousy hangover.

Two huge points that could’ve been but wasn’t. Against a team with a worse record than Montreal’s. I gotta find a new sport. My heart can’t stand it. I saw an extreme sport on the news the other day where players play full contact with a giant soccer ball, and they use tasers on each other. Imagine, they zap each other with tasers. Maybe this is what I should be watching.

Down the drain goes the winning streak, halted at four games. What could have been, and now it’s the Bruins on Wednesday. Is this the straw that broke the camel’s back? I hope not, but damn…..

Random Notes:

Carolina outshot the Canadiens 35-33 and controlled much of the play over the night, which is inexplicable.

Jaroslav Spacek, coming back to the Bell, scored on a Carolina power play and sure looked happy doing it.

Ryan White and Ian Schultz didn’t dress, although I wish they had. Things might have been different. Of course, this is hindsight at its finest.

The Canadiens now have to start another four or five-game winning streak, beginning with clobbering the Bruins on Wednesday. If they don’t, maybe like that new extreme sport, there should be some tasering.


Ryan White And Ian Schultz Ready To Rock

Ryan White, finally back this season, with fellow right winger Ian Schultz joining him, both making their way from Hamilton.

Two gritty forwards, ready to help the team continue their roll. How great is that?

White has been out the entire year so far due to a sports hernia, and he’s been missed. This is a feisty guy who doesn’t mind tangling with much bigger opponents, and can cause serious havoc in front of the net. Schultz came from St. Louis with Lars Eller when Jaroslav Halak was sent packing, and is a tough bugger who hopefully can fit in nicely.

Now we need Andrei Markov to make an appearance.

And About That Halak For Eller And Schultz Deal

With Jaroslav Halak and his St. Louis Blues coming to town on Tuesday and our man Lars Eller playing like a man possessed, I thought I’d take a look back to when it all began, on June 17th, 2010.

Here’s my post from that day.  http://dennis-kane.com/halak-now-a-blues-brother-and-price-becomes-the-man/

I’d never heard of Lars Eller at this point.

I also babble on about how I’m not sure about the trade or Carey Price, and I give Travis Moen a bit of a shot for not getting it done because he’s not a heavyweight fighter.

Right now, is my face red. But as they say, hindsight is 20/20.

Habs Fall To Stars

The Montreal Canadiens have yet to win a game this season.

It was a 6-3 win for the visiting Dallas Stars on this, the first night of preseason, and we saw good things and bad from our bleu, blanc et rouge during the 60 minutes. But that’s what this is all about. Seeing what kind of cream rises to the top, finding chemistry amongst new teammates, shaking out cobwebs and nerves, and slowly molding into, hopefully, a bonafide contender.

By the time the last of the eight games are played before the real fun starts, we should see a Habs team ready, polished, and raring to go. Tonight was just step one in a long line of steps.

Carey Price allowed four goals and and that’s fine. We’re chillin’. His replacement midway through, Nathan Lawson, missed the last two but looked fine coming into a tough situation. Lawson basically put a bandaid on the bleeding as the Habs, at the time he arrived on the scene, were showing spurts of fire and control, and Lawson held the fort as the boys closed the gap to one.

But before the game finally ended in a a 6-3 win for the Texans, we saw some nice things from our Habs hopefuls. Raphael Diaz is showing he’s a keeper, at least after one game and apparently much of training camp. He plays with poise, creates chances, and at this point looks as if he belongs. He knows it, and he knows if he keeps the pedal to the medal, he’ll be with the club on October 6th.

It took awhile before Alexei Yemelin cranked it up a notch, and when he finally got his bearings, he too showed poise, along with banging and crashing that is such a welcomed sight.  Even though I think Diaz showed more on this night, I’m also very much rooting for Yemelin because his blend of toughness and skill is an ingredient Montreal has lacked somewhat in these last few years. I have high hopes for both of them.

Veteran Erik Cole absolutely belonged. He netted a goal scorer’s goal when he snapped one home for the Habs first marker, and he’s a welcomed addition. A big, goal-scoring power forward. He, along with our other power guy, Max Pacioretty, spells double trouble in my book.

Good old Andrei Kostitsyn played well, young Ian Schultz handled himself just fine in a punch-up with 6’4″ Francis Wathier, and all in all, the night, even in defeat, wasn’t a disaster. The sky will only fall if we lose all eight games in this preseason and then the first one in Toronto.

But just wait. Wait until the real team slowly takes shape. When preseason is finished and real dance is about to begin, we’re going to see a nice-looking group of Montreal Canadiens. Right now there’s some rough edges to sort out.

Random Notes:

Wednesday night when the Buffalo Sabres arrive on the scene.

Montreal iced just six regulars from last year – Price, Gill, Weber, Plekanec, Cammalleri and Plekanec, and Erik Cole from Carolina. Rounding out the team were 12 guys all searching for the promised land – Engqvist, Tinordi, Trotter, Willsie, Palushaj, Berger, Masse, Blunden, and the aforementioned Yemelin and Diaz.

It’s going to be very interesting to see who rises above.

Could A Dog Or Two Help?

Dustin Boyd, who came over from Nashville in the Sergei Kostitsyn trade, has been put on waivers by the Canadiens and so much for getting anything for Sergei, as the other guy in the deal, Dan Ellis, decided he could make more money elsewhere and currently wears a Tampa Bay jersey.

That’s fine. Alex Auld did the job his first time out and we expect more of the same. Tampa can have Ellis.

So now what, in regards to skaters up front? On the farm, young Ian Schultz, who, along with Lars Eller was part of the Halak deal with St. Louis, has notched o points in 7 games so far in Hamilton.

But David Desharnais has 4 goals and 11 assists and Max Pacioretty has 3 goals and 9 assists, both after 11 games, as the leaders of the Bulldogs so far this year. And Yannick Weber, although a defenceman, is right behind with 7 goals and 4 assists, also after 11 games.

We need scoring. Could one of these help?

Maybe The Worst Game Report In The History Of Game Reports

Habs 4, Sens 2

Didn’t see it, didn’t hear it, didn’t do anything, except check in from time to time to Mike Boone’s live blog at Inside/Out to see how things were going with The Team.

Am I bad?

This could be the lousiest game writeup you’ll ever see.

Ian Schultz fought and apparently looked good while doing it – he’s a feisty bugger. PK Subban blasted one home from the point. Andrei Kostitsyn scored his first of maybe a hundred this year. (This total of a hundred includes both preseason and regular season of course). Mathieu Darche scored his first of maybe several this year. (Ditto to the preseason/regular thing).

Dustin Boyd capped it with the insurance marker.

Nobody cares who scored for Ottawa.

Random Notes:

Alex Auld and Robert Mayer shared the puckstopping for the Canadiens on this night.

Major wind storms happening here and elsewhere on the west coast.

I have my annual runny nose and sneezing attacks happening right now.

First star of the game – 12 hour non-drowsy Claritin.

Pierre McGuire Is Not Dating Lady Gaga

Pierre McGuire, on TSN’s Off The Record, says if the Canadiens are going to win anything this year, they need to have a power play in the top five of the league. He also says the Habs’ inability to create a bidding war for Jaroslav Halak was their biggest mistake of the off-season. (Although he says Lars Eller is a real player and Ian Schultz could be.)

McGuire also mentioned that he thinks Detroit could win it all this year, Toronto probably won’t make the playoffs, Boston’s Tuukko Rask is the best goalie in the league, and if Bruce Boudreau doesn’t rein in Ovechkin and his ice time and Mike Green doesn’t improve as a playoff defenceman, Boudreau could be fired.

McGuire also said Philadelphia is for real, Chicago has the horses to win it again, Pittsburgh and Vancouver will be strong, and he didn’t go to Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood’s wedding.

And in a surprising development, he also mentioned in the interview that he’s not crazy about Snooki and Lady Gaga.

Habs Slowly But Surely Get Down To Business

What does a guy do when he has a Habs blog and is 3000 miles from Montreal with training camp now picking up steam, and he can’t be there to go to the rink and look at the prospects and keep an eye on the regulars and watch carefully as Carey Price stops pucks?

He reads stories from those who are there, from the mainstream guys. And what is he reading? Pretty darn postive stuff, that’s what.

Carey Price is stopping pucks left and right, looking confident and happy in his new role as the go-to-guy, and slowly I’m beginning to feel slightly more relaxed about our number one guy.

Ian Schultz is banging everyone in sight, and although the young fellow probably won’t crack this year’s lineup, he surely will in the near future. And who knows, maybe he’ll force the coaching staff to keep him if he continues to impress. As we all understand, a thumping power forward who can put the puck in the net is a magical and spiritual being.

Ryan O’Byrne scored a goal in scrimmage the other day, and it would be nice if he could pop about eight this season.

The usual suspects, like Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec, show that their hands remain soft and dangerous, like a scorned woman threatening to strangle her husband.

We need to watch or read carefully how things unfold. The Canadiens, by all accounts, are a nice-looking team, but several things need to be tweaked, like toughness and a few select players being all they can be. Players like Benoit Pouliot and Andre Kostitsyn need to pick it up by a country mile, as we all know. Travis Moen and O’Byrne could stand to be much nastier. I’m hoping to read soon that Jeff Halpern, Dustin Boyd, and Lars Eller are making a huge impact.

And I’ll take fights on the ice from young guys lobbying for jobs, any day of the week.

Naturally, of course, as the real season unfolds, Scott Gomez could score a few more goals and Andre Markov must get back soon and never get injured again. Is that asking too much?

Once again, and most importantly, Carey Price needs to be, and will be, a great goaltender this year. I feel it. It’s in the air. Maybe it’s that smile on his face that tells me.

Also, it seems by looking around at the usual prediction stories, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are once again considered the darlings of the east, and that’s fine because we’ve seen how the Habs can shove the darlings off the cliff. Bring ’em on. Bring ’em all on. We’ll just keep pushing them off.

Sept. 22nd, pre-season games open with the Bruins in town and then it’s Ottawa with a home and home, and then Guillaume Latendresse  (if he plays) and his Minnesota Wild come to Montreal, followed by Florida, Buffalo, and ending with what should be an interesting evening in Quebec at the Colisee with the Habs taking on the Islanders.

Let’s go, Habs. Fight, hit, score, stop pucks, laugh, get angry, have fun, sweat, smell, win jobs, and get ready. We’re expecting everything..

“You Know How I Am, Roll As You Go” Says Price

From the Tri-City Herald, the voice of Kennewick, Paco, and Richland Washington. Carey Price played for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League from 2002 to 2007, and he was back for a golf tournament.

Price, Canadiens working on new deal

By Annie Fowler, Herald staff writer

RICHLAND — Carey Price was chatting up former Tri-City Americans teammate Dylan Stanley and watching the long drive competition Monday at the ninth annual Olie and Stu’s Desert Bash at Meadow Springs Country Club.

The Montreal Canadiens goaltender was getting in a couple of rounds of golf after a long season that saw Montreal lose in the Eastern Conference finals to the Philadelphia Flyers.

“It was pretty fun,” Price said of the experience. “When you get in the playoffs and get on a run, everyone is pulling on the same rope. I think what made the difference was everyone was enjoying themselves. When you get on a roll like we did last season, everyone was excited. It’s an electrifying city.”

During the regular season, Price shared time in goal with Jaroslav Halak, but by the time the playoffs rolled around, Halak had established himself as the starter and helped lead Montreal to upsets over the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins before running into the Flyers.

When the season ended, both goaltenders were restricted free agents.

The Canadiens opted to keep Price and on June 17, traded Halak to the St. Louis Blues for forwards Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

“They had to make a decision and they did,” Price said. “I was just riding it out. I’m happy to still be there. Montreal is a great place to play and the fans are great.”

Price, 22, and the Canadiens still were in contract negotiations as of Monday.

“You know how I am, roll as you go,” Price said. “I’m a restricted free agent, it’s pretty much wait and see and come to an agreement that is fair to both sides.”

To fill Halak’s spot, Montreal signed veteran Alex Auld, 29, who split the 2009-10 NHL season with the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers, playing a total of 24 games.

“It’s going to be a bit of a different look,” Price said. “There’s always been another guy to share the load with. Alex is a pretty good goaltender. I don’t really know him, but I’m looking forward to going back and meeting him.”

Price finished the regular season 13-20-5 with a 2.77 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. He saw action in just four playoff games.