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Habs Hurt Leafs

Canadiens top the Leafs 4-3 at the ACC that should have fans leaving the building feeling they got their money’s worth, and which keeps the Habs train rolling and the Leaf apple cart tottering on the edge of the cliff.

It was a back and forth affair, a bunch of posts behind Carey Price were hit, just two penalties were called for each team on the night, and it was tense going in the final minutes when the Leafs pulled James Reimer and the Habs were holding on.

Montreal looked like they were going to burst it wide open in the first when Max and Rene Bourque both beat Reimer on his glove hand, and maybe a third goal would have really got the ball rolling considering Reimer’s fragile confidence.

But credit to Reimer. He came up with some great saves after those two goals, the game never got out of hand, and the Leafs battled back to tie it until a late first period goal by Brian Gionta made it 3-2 Habs.

Scoreless in the second, and then the obnoxious Nazem Kadri was left open at the side of the net and banged it home to tie things at three.

It was nerve wracking to be sure, and heart-stopping when sniper Phil Kessel waltzed in on Carey Price. But Price would stop Kessel, and soon after Tomas Plekanec converted some nice passing from Markov and P.K. and the boys held on and got it done.

Rene Bourque contributed a goal and assist on this night after being a healthy scratch for the last five games, and he played with rare passion. So much so that HNIC named him the game’s first star.

Imagine that. Rene Bourque. Can he do it again two nights from now?

Speaking of HNIC, the intermissions were all Leafs, all the time. Leafs, Leafs, Leafs. This is one of the main reasons I grew up hating the white and blue. Rarely a mention of the Canadiens.

And at the end of the game, Glenn Healy proclaimed that the Leafs were the much better team on the night, even though Montreal outshot Toronto in the first two periods, the shots overall were even at 36 each, and the Habs won the game.

What the Leafs did win was in the hits department, with 37 to Montreal’s 18.

Dion Phaneuf tried to get rough with little David Desharnais, and considering the way Phaneuf fights, this was a fair matchup.

A great win, the screws are tightening on the Leafs, and the Canadiens are jockeying for a nice playoff seeding. It’s also Toronto’s fourth straight loss which adds to the festivities!

Now it’s Monday in Boston for Les Glorieux when they meet a Bruins team that’s racked up 12 straight wins. But all streaks must eventually come to an end. Like on Monday.

 

Saturday Night Fever

Leafs

It the Habs and Leafs at the Toronto barn, and of course the Habs need to clean the Buds’ clocks.

I shouldn’t even have to mention it.

As it stands, just six points separate the Canadiens from playoffs and no playoffs, and for the Leafs, it’s three points between them and being gone.

But it’s not about the Leafs, it’s about the Canadiens. The Leafs losing is only a bonus.

The Leafs are having goaltending issues. Their best guy, Jonathan Bernier, is on the sidelines with a groin injury, and backup James Reimer, who feels he isn’t a backup but is (just ask coach Randy Carlyle), will probably be between the pipes and the Habs have to pound away.

Toronto’s also lost their last three – to Tampa Bay, Detroit, and Washington, so hopefully they’re in the midst of a big time implosion. It’s up to the Habs to keep this Leafs free fall going.

You just never know with this Leafs team, especially when they play the Canadiens.

The bottom line is, it’s a game the Habs must win.

At Friday’s practice, Alex Galchenyuk centered a line with Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque.

Brandon Prust is gone for the remaining 11 games with an upper body injury.

A Night To Forget

Montreal, on goals by Frick, Frack, Friggin, Freakin, and Sprague Cleghorn, lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-0 at home, which reinforces my theory that players shouldn’t have any kind of home life during hockey season.

They should live at the Y.M.C.A. all winter and eat Jello and liver, surrounded by guys who hack their lungs up and sometimes ride the rails. Not this lovey-dovey pampering from wives, kids, friends and fans that they’re so used to.

The game started so poorly for the Habs that I was hoping Michel Therrien would call a time-out after the opening three minutes. But he didn’t, pretty well everything smelled from start to finish, and when I look at this with 20/20 hindsight, I see that the Canadiens allowed Boston to score two in the third period in their 2-1 loss, then in Buffalo the two-seconds-to-go goal and a 5-4 shootout loss the next night, and now this, a 6-0 trouncing at the hands of the Maple Buds.

So I blame it on Boston and Buffalo’s Tomas Vanek. They got the Montreal slump going. Those bastards.

6-0. That sure throws a wrench into Montreal’s goals-for and goals-against, Carey Price’s average, the power play average, a bunch of plus/minus stuff, and the general mood of Habs fans everywhere. Not to mention the Leafs catapulting over the Habs in the standings, and seeing Montreal begin to make their way down the wretched ladder.

Toronto’s now in the fifth place in the east. Montreal’s in seventh. In fact, the Canadiens aren’t that far from about 13th, but I don’t want to talk about that.

Also not to mention the lost faceoffs, lost fights, lousy passing, and shots that James Reimer never had to move on. Montreal had 37 pucks on this guy, most of them aimed at his stomach. Toronto had just 28 shots.

All in all, a night to forget.

Random Notes:

The Canadiens make their way to Florida for games in Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Sunrise on Thursday. What a punishment. The boys should be sent to Mongolia, not Florida.