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Brodeur And Jagr Gang Up On Gang

It’s the schedule maker’s fault. He arranged for the New Jersey Devils to come in after figuring Montreal would have a great game a few nights before.

I’m not going to say it was boring, this 4-1 win by the visitors. Because more than enough Habs efforts have been this sort of thing. I guess it was crazy of me to hope for two high-octane games in a row.

The Canadiens jumped into a 1-0 first period lead when Max Pacioretty blew one by Martin Brodeur, and I’m probably not the only who thought, hah, Brodeur should’ve had that and his last game in Montreal is going to be a mediocre one.

Then he became unbeatable for the rest of the night. A fort holder.

And Jaromir Jagr played like he did when he was a newcomer in the league, about eighty-five years ago.

I thought the Canadiens began to make a move in the second period as they were skating better and getting chances, including a dinger off the post from Tomas Plekanec that would have helped considerably if it was different by a half inch.

But I never say a word when other teams hit posts against the Habs, so forget what I just said.

It was 3-1 at that point, and when Brendan Gallagher’s goal was called back because of the decision that it was a kicking motion, the rest of the night became a lost cause, even though Rene Bourque, Lars Eller, and Raphael Diaz all had great chances to get the team back in it.

I didn’t think it was a kicking motion. It seemed on the replay as more of the puck off the skate as he happened to be moving. Does that make sense?

It’s disappointing that the boys couldn’t reproduce the effort they showed on Saturday against the Hawks, but this team is what it is. Whatever that is.

And their netminder was solid.

David Desharnais sat out with the flu, with Alex Galchenyuk and Ryan White gone, you have to think that Louis Leblanc kneels by his bed every night and prays for a trade. They just don’t want to call him up and it has to be as discouraging as can be for the guy who was chosen in the first round by the Habs, 18th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft.

But I really can’t talk because I haven’t seen him play in a Bulldogs uniform. Maybe his heart’s not in it anymore.

I really liked that feeling when the Habs played Chicago. It was a good feeling. But so short-lived.

Now it’s up the road, through Ottawa, and out yonder to Kanata to play the Senators on Thursday. There’s no sense in trying to predict how the boys will play. They’re a riddle wrapped in a box of frustration, inside a giant CH.

Random Notes:

Canadiens outshot the Devils 30-19 on the night, including six shots to two in the third. Talk about a slow final frame. Snailwagon hockey.

A Night To Remember

The 2014 Winter Auction is coming up soon at Classic Auctions, and one of the lots we’re putting up are the three Charlestown Chiefs jerseys worn by the Hanson brothers in the movie Slap Shot.

There should be a fair amount of buzz about this.

And mentioning the auction is a good way of getting to my Hanson brothers story.

The Hansons came to Powell River in the late-1990s to do their schtick before a Powell River Kings/BCHL game, towing along the back of the zamboni, pretending to be unruly, and generally being very amusing for the fans.

Before they went up to the arena, they came into the little sports bar my friend and I owned, all decked out with their taped hands, horn-rimmed glasses, and Charlestown Chiefs jerseys, and ranted about “old time hockey”.

It was prearranged and they did it for free.

After the game, two of the three Hansons (Jeff and Steve Carlson), came back to the pub, I locked the door, and the three us sat at the bar and drank beer and talked hockey until 5 am. They were both tremendously friendly guys, completely down to earth, and I remember them talking a lot about how they thought Jaromir Jagr was such a great player and how Paul Newman was a wonderful guy.

We drank a lot of beer that night, I had to open the bar a few hours later with a hangover, and the Hanson brothers left town for another gig in another town. All in all, a fine night indeed.

I might be talking to them on the phone soon, and if so, I’m going to ask if they remember that night in Powell River. Maybe they won’t.

But I’m hoping they do.

No To Jagr Please

Danno passes along this story about Jaromir Jagr being interested in playing with the Habs because he’s always wanted to play for them and as a bonus he’d get to play with fellow countryman Tomas Plekanec – Jagr Interested.

Gimme a break. He says he’s always wanted to play for the Habs only because he’s a free agent and he’s hoping to earn a couple more million before he rides off into the sunset.

Ain’t it funny how all of a sudden old guys looking for work have always loved the Habs and would so much love to play for them. What a bunch of baloney. And he’s 41 years old.

Please Mr. Bergevin, don’t do this.

 

New Hab Davis Drewiske

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I wrote this last night and for some reason, probably because I’m losing my mind, I didn’t post it. So it’s a little late.

The Canadiens have sent a 2013 fifth-round draft pick to the L.A. Kings in exchange for 28-year old defenceman Davis Drewiske, and I know so little about this guy, I’m not even sure the picture of him here is actually him.

Marc Bergevin and the gang have been looking for a veteran defenceman to add depth to the blueline corp. Someone who might be a good reliable team player, which is all-important. Someone who fits in nicely and doesn’t cost much. So they got Drewiske, whom I’ve never heard of, but who seems to be a tough-yet-likeable fellow who may or may not play a lot for the team this year. I have no idea.

On paper this isn’t Bobby Orr. Last year with the Kings, he played in just nine games and none in the Kings’ Cup run, and apparently he was a healthy scratch lately with the Kings. But if Marc Bergevin feels good about this, then so do I. And really, I was never all that excited about the prospects of well-known players such as Jaromir Jagr and Ryane Clowe coming to Montreal.

So getting Drewiske is fine with me. I’m not whooping and hollering, but I’m fine. And in looking at him, I see that he’s got good hair.

It’s late at night, time to rest my back, and maybe wonder if Bergevin does anything else in the hours coming up. I wouldn’t be disappointed if all stayed quiet on the Habs front. The team has a good thing going now, the chemistry seems right, and we don’t want anything or anybody to screw with that. Maybe that’s why I didn’t want Jagr.

Whether or not the Habs are tough enough for the heavy going remains to be seen, and I wouldn’t mind seeing some tweaking in this area. It’s all in the capable hands of Marc Bergevin.

Random Note:

I don’t know of a lot of people with the first name Davis. Pro golfer Davis Love 111 was the only one until Davis Drewishe came on the radar. According to one site, Davis is the 395th most popular name in the United States. One in 2059 men are named Davis.

Dennis is the 72nd most popular name in the U.S. (1 in 300).

 

 

 

Still Lookin’ Good

Everyone goes on and on about some of the beautiful wives and girlfriends of younger NHLers, and that’s nice. These women are all very lovely. Montreal’s Brandon Prust, for example, has a terrific lady.

But what about the wives of some of the older guys? The senior citizens of the league are Teemu Selanne at 42, and Martin Brodeur, Daniel Alfredsson, Ray Whitney, and Jaromir Jagr, all at 40, and just because they’re old doesn’t mean they don’t have gorgeous spouses.

So it makes me very happy to show you a few pictures of the women in these fine players’ lives.

Mrs. Teemu Selanne

Selanne

Mrs. Ray Whitney, Mrs. Daniel Alfredsson, and Mrs. Jaromir Jagr

Jagr, Whitney, Alfredsson

And Mrs. Martin Brodeur and Mrs Chris Chelios posing at the All-Star Game festivities a few years ago. (Mrs. Chelios’ husband retired in 2010 at 48 years old).

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Oh, and about Brandon Prust’s woman? This is Marie-Pier Morin.

Brandon-Prusts-girlfriend-Marie-Pier-Mornin

Shooting From The Lip

A fellow at work brought in a book for me to read called “Shooting From The Lip” (2004), which is a compilation of hockey quotes. Here’s a few of them…..

My brother Dash hit me on the head with five textbooks in a gym bag. Tie Domi, asked about the hardest hit he’s ever received

Man, is that guy ripped. I mean, I’ve got the washboard stomach, too. It’s just that mine has about two months of laundry on top of it. Shawn Burr on Eric Lindros

Every time I see you naked, I feel sorry for your wife. Jaromir Jagr to teammate Matthew Barnaby

They always try to play with our minds. But that won’t work with our club. We’ve got 20 guys without brains. Bobby Clarke in 1976 when Red Army played Philadelphia

I was young and stupid then. Now I’m not young anymore. Jyrki Lumme on his early years with Montreal

You can always get someone to do your thinking for you. Gordie Howe, during a 1970’s appearance on the Dick Cavett Show, on why hockey players always wear a protective cup but rarely a helmet

It’s about 40% technique and about 75% strength. 6’1″ Canadien Patrice Brisebois, on why he lost a fight to Theo Fleury

Everything was set for us to play a real good game. Then we left the dressing room and everything went to hell. Thrashers coach Curt Fraser

The kids just aren’t the same anymore. Canadien Doug Gilmour after asking a rookie to sneak a case of 24 beers onto the team bus and finding out he only got six cans

Only problem is I was going high on the glove side. Senator Lance Pitlick on scoring his first goal of the season with a low shot to the stick side

Guys, I don’t want to tell you half-truths unless they’re completely accurate. Canadiens coach Alain Vigneault after a loss in 1999

It’s not so much maturity as it is growing up. Bruin Jay Miller, asked if his improved play was due to maturity

Jason Arnott will be here as long as I’m here, for the time being. Oilers GM Glen Sather on Arnott trade rumours

He could rile up the Montreal fans in a hurry. God, sometimes I felt sorry for the man. He must have got a standing ovation when he went shopping. Gordie Howe on Maurice Richard

It’s always good to have the building filled, even if it’s with low-IQ Rangers fans. Islander GM Mike Milbury before a home game against the Rangers

I’m the luckiest man alive. I don’t even like the game and I’m successful at it. Brett Hull

I’d rather fight than score. Dave Schultz

Rocket had that mean look on, every game we played. He could hate with the best of them. Gordie Howe on Maurice Richard

Life is just a place where we spend time between games. Flyers coach Fred Shero

Hockey is like a religion in Montreal. You’re either a saint or a sinner., there’s no in-between. Patrick Roy

Hmmm, 600 games? What does it mean? It means I’m that much closer to getting fired. Jacques Lemaire after coaching his 600th game

Playing with Steve Guolla is like playing with myself. Shark Jeff Friesen on his teammate

What I’ve learned so far is that to win the Stanley Cup, you have to make the playoffs. Caps owner Ted Leonsis

Every time I get injured, my wife ends up getting pregnant. Blackhawk Doug Wilson

I don’t care if we lose every game for the next five years and the team goes broke and moves to Moose Jaw. I will not trade Pavel Bure. Canucks GM Brian Burke several weeks before trading Bure to to the Panthers

Brian Sutter said I looked liked Charles Manson. He called me Charlie, then it became Killer. Canadien Doug Gilmour on the source of his “Killer” nickname

 

Price Named No. 1 For The Week

The NHL has named it’s three stars for the week, and our Mr. Price is number one. Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is number 2 and Philadelphia’s Jaromir Jagr is number 3.

Congratulations Carey. My wife is extra thrilled.

Here’s what NHL.com released:

Price, the First Star, allowed only 4 goals on 80 shots as he beat the Flyers on Wednesday and led the Canadiens to a home-and-home sweep of the rival Bruins on Thursday and Saturday.

Khabibulin, the Second Star, improved his record to 5-0-2 this season and helped the Oilers extend their winning streak to five games by recording wins over the Canucks, Capitals and Blues.

Jagr, the Third Star, busted out offensively after failing to score a goal in his first seven games back in the League. He has 5 goals in his last four games for the Flyers. That includes a pair of two-goal efforts, including Saturday against the Hurricanes, when he also had the game-winner.

Semi-Live – Period By Period – Habs-Flyers

It’s the end of the first period at the Bell Centre, and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The Habs stunk for most of this frame, looked lost and confused, and provided abolutely no offence whatsoever.

That is, until there was 3 seconds left when Yannick Weber blasted it home from the point with the man-advantage, and the teams go to their dressing rooms tied at one. Surprisingly enough.

Jaromir Jagr, back after three years in the KHL with Omsk Avangard, opened it for the Flyers. Blow a kiss to your own crowd, Yammy. Forget about it at the Bell Centre.

Can this late goal inspire the Canadiens? Can they improve over the lacklustre and dismal display they showed in this period? Who knows. All I know is, after my big pep talk a couple of posts ago, they came out flatter than a pancake. And maybe “flatter than a pancake” is too tame. Maybe I should say they absolutely sucked and don’t deserve to be tied.

Now let’s see what they can do from here on in. Shots on goal in this first period – Flyers 8, Habs 5.

Second Period:

Who are those new guys wearing the Montreal sweater and what did they do with the old guys? It’s a new team out there and it was the Weber goal with 2.6 seconds left in the first that woke them up. Either that or Jacques Martin is the second coming of Knute Rockne.

The Canadiens were all over the Flyers in this period, and how surprising is that? A goal off Andrei Kostitsyn’s foot and suddenly it was 2-1 Montreal. Then Max Pacioretty added another. 3-1 Habs. I like the sound of that.

They’ve awaken from a deep slumber. Erik Cole had a couple of excellent chances and has played really well. Eller had a couple too. Mike Cammalleri and PK Subban came close. Price is looking good. I’ve missed this feeling.

Now they have to keep it going in the third. Stay out of the penalty box. A fourth goal would be sweeter than sweet.

But these crazy Habs still make me nervous. And it’s not over till Mississauga Street Sugar sings the song.

Shots on goal in this second period – Montreal 11, Philly 10.

Third Period coming up. (And what a glorious period it was)

They didn’t let up, or back up, or let it slip away. They continue to skate, storm the net, and fire from all angles. Carey Price finally got his 100th win, he played great on this night, and the gang that couldn’t shoot straight tallied twice more in this final frame and skated away with a HUGE 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Max Pacioretty, with his second of the game, made it 4-1 and allowed us to breath easier. Mike Cammalleri iced it, and it was a happy and relieved team that went to their dressing room and me to the fridge.

Now take this game and build on it. Yannick Weber’s last-second goal in the first may turn out to be one of the most important Habs goals of the year.

So many positives on a night that began so poorly. But they got the late goal, dusted off the cobwebs, gave themselves a kick in the ass, and came out and played the way they can.

I’m very proud of the team tonight. 

Random Notes:

Now it’s Thursday in Boston. The Habs know what they can do now, it’s all about confidence and the sweet smell of success, and I’m expecting more of the same in the unfriendly confines of the Boston barn.

Talk about turning it around. The Habs outshot the Flyers 12-4 in the third, and ended with a 28-22 advantage overall.

And it had started so poorly.

Price Quote:

In talking about Pacioretty playing hurt, Price said it shows he’s got some big nuts.

 

The Gomez List

NHL leader lists are an excellent thing. We get to see various groups of players, usually with Wayne Gretzky at the top, leading a pack of players in a variety of categories. 

Although Gretzky’s not in all them of course. He’s not up there in Playoff Penalty Minutes for example. That belongs to Dale Hunter and Chris Nilan with 729 and 541 respectively, with Claude Lemieux third with 529.

Tons of lists. Lots of players with lots of goals and points and such. If you print it off Wikipedia you get about 46 pages worth.

But we’ve got a guy on a list too.

I’d like to mention our very own Scott Gomez.

He’s on this list – Guys Who Have Gone Longer Than 40 Games Without A Goal.

Right freaking now – 44 games – Scott Gomez
2005-06 47 games Cameron Janssen (NJ)
2003-04 51 games Matthew Spiller (Phx)
2002-03 46 games Robert Ray (Buf/Ott)
2002-03 42 games Kryzysztof Oliwa (NYR/Bos)
2002-03 41 games Alexander Henry (Edm/Wsh)
1998-99 61 games Tyler Wright (Pit)
1998-99 46 games Trent McCleary (Mtl)
1998-99 45 games Steven Webb (NYI)
1998-99 44 games Darren Langdon (NYR)
1991-92 50 games Jay Caufield (Pit)
1979-80 43 games Jay Wells (LA)
1974-75 40 games Gary Doak (Bos)
1957-58 45 games Gordon Strate (Det)
1932-33 48 games Vernon Ayres (NYA)
1932-33 46 games Harold Starr (Ott/Mtl)
1931-32 48 games John ‘Jack'; McVicar (Mtl)
1930-31 43 games Francis Peters (NYR)
1928-29 44 games Percival Traub (Det)
1928-29 40 games Gerald Carson (Met/NYR)
1927-28 40 games Charles Langlois (Mtl C/Pit Pirates)

Updates You Already Know – Halpern And Jagr

Jeff Halpern has signed for $825,000 with Washington, thus ending his one-year stay in Montreal where he was a valued contributor, especially on faceoffs.

I seem to recall when Halpern was booted out of the faceoff circle in game seven against Boston, Tomas Plekanec came in and lost the draw, and Nathan Horton put an end to the Habs season. Although I’m trying to forget it.

Thanks for your good work, Jeff. Good luck in Washington.

Plus….Jaromir Jagr signs with Philadelphia and I’m relieved it wasn’t Montreal. It would’ve been weird seeing him in a Habs uniform.