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Taking The Russians To A Game

I managed to see the first period of the Habs/Capitals game and it was 2-1 Caps when it was time to leave the Shark Club in Vancouver and take our Russians, Denis and Natasha, to Rogers Arena to see the obnoxious Canucks beat the Calgary Cammalleri’s 3-2 in overtime, thus eliminating the Cammalleri’s.

It was close, though, with the Canucks scoring with about a minute left in overtime. I think I said damn or something to that effect when it happened.

But I know how the Habs made out, a 3-2 shootout loss, although it took me awhile to find out as there’s no out of town scores shown at Rogers Arena except for the few times they showed it on the big screen. It took me halfway through the third period before I knew that the Canadiens had grabbed themselves another of those points we don’t want or need.

Is this the way all rinks do it now? I remember the days when the out of town scores were a fixture on the wall to keep track of. Now you can’t even go for a piss without missing it.

There were also some differences between two weeks ago when I saw the Habs in Vancouver, and tonight with the Flames:

Two weeks ago, the Shark Club, across the street from the rink, was jam-packed with good folks wearing Habs jerseys. Habs jerseys as far as the eye could see. It was magnificent. And not just at the Shark Club but on the street and inside Rogers. Tonight, the Shark Club was jam-packed with people sporting Canucks jerseys, with just the odd sighting of a Flames fan. What, are planes on strike in Calgary? Is there a mountain blockade?

At the rink two weeks ago, Canucks fans seemed respectful and orderly. Saturday with the Flames in town, it was like it was a full moon. People threatening others and jostling about. Maybe it was because the Canucks and Flames are in the same division, but aggression filled the air.

Mike Cammalleri scored a goal to tie the game at two, and was given second star on the night. And another ex-Hab, Maxim Lapierre, was voted third star. The game was interesting and loud, but because I have no emotional attachment, it became a much different night than when the Canadiens were in town. I just wanted to see some good fights, and I wanted an exciting game for Denis and Natasha.

The game was loud and exciting, and the Russians are a happy couple. Denis has been hankering to see an NHL game for the majority of his 33 years, and he wasn’t disappointed. And we sat 14 rows up in the corner so the view was fine.

More and more I find myself disliking the Canucks. I can’t put a handle on it, but this is a team I want to see lose. Even if I do live just up the coast. I can’t wait for the day when they fizzle out in the playoffs.

Random Notes:

The 50/50 draw took in $104,000, so some lucky bastard or bastarette walked out of Rogers with 52,000 clams. Wasn’t me, that’s all I know.

Denis got his picture taken with retired Canuck Stan Smyl.

 

 

Canucks Might Pose A Problem

The Canadiens might want to bring their A game, if they have an A game, when they meet the Vancouver Canucks tonight.

This is a fine squad paying a visit, a team that went to the Cup finals last year, and who could have won the whole thing if they had played like they did during the regular season. But alas, they sort of skidded to a halt and those dastardly Bruins deservedly won. But the Canucks had the team to do it. They just didn’t, that’s all.

So yes, Montreal will have their hands full. This isn’t some lowly team like the Columbus Blue Jackets that they can have their way with. (Oh wait, the Columbus Blue Jackets beat them the other night. Never mind).

The problem for the Canadiens is that the Canucks have only just recently begun to look like the Canucks of last year. It wasn’t that long ago that they had the same amount of points as Montreal, so you know they weren’t playing well for awhile.

The Sedins might pose a problem. Daniel has 33 points and Henrik has 30. Our top point-getter, Tomas Plekanec, has 23. They also have guys like Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler, and a couple who are quite familiar with the Bell Centre – Maxim Lapierre and Chris Higgins. Higgins has 17 points, the same as Kesler, and Max has 8, the same as Lars Eller and twice as many as Scott Gomez.

The Vancouver Canucks also enjoy a true luxury. They have two first-string goalies. If Roberto Luongo isn’t going good, Cory Schneider comes in and stands on his head. Imagine if the Habs had two Carey Prices’? But then again, we don’t need two Carey Prices’. We need guys up front who can score on the power play. And score even strength. And not take dumb penalties. And not trip over the blueline.

These two teams have several differences. Unfortunately for Habs Universe, Vancouver’s are mostly positive.

Canucks Redeem Themselves In Game 5

Roberto Luongo stopped everything  and Maxim Lapierre fired home the game’s only goal, and with that, the Vancouver Canucks are just one win away from their first Stanley Cup. The problem is, the next game is in Boston where Mr. Luongo and company allowed twelve goals in two games.

So once again, it’s never over till it’s over, but at least for now Canucks’ fans can exhale about Luongo. After all, some wondered if he’d even start this big game. No one knew if he’d be good or bad as he’s been quite sieve-like lately. And many worried about Boston’s new found momentum. Now the momentum is back in the hands of Vancouver, and Roberto Luongo is back in everyone’s good books.

If I was a Canucks fan I’d be a little confused about the lack of production from the scorers. The team has managed just six goals in five games. But they lead the series, so what the hell am I talking about?

It must really burn Bruins’ asses to have Maxim Lapierre score the winner. He drives enemy players crazy with his big smile, big mouth, and reluctance to drop the gloves. But he was a force in the third period, and annoying as he is, he’s also a good hockey player.

I don’t know who the Bruins despise more, Lapierre or Alex Burrows, but I’m sure it’s a toss up. And both have been Bruin killers which is funny stuff indeed.

The Cup will be polished and sitting in wait in the bowels of Boston’s TD Garden. Gary Bettman will be there with his speech ready to go. Rioters in Vancouver will be double-checking their smoke bomb inventory. And we can finally get on with building a Cup-winner in Montreal without all this other stuff going on.

Yes, it would be exciting if the Canucks could win it at home, but think of how upset and depressed Bruins’ fans would be to see Vancouver win it in Boston’s barn.

And imagining their disappointment makes me want the Canucks to finish it on Monday even more.

Canucks Blow Series Lead

For Vancouver Canucks fans, it wasn’t supposed to be like this. Because as sure as
death and taxes, the Stanley Cup was coming to Canada’s west coast this year.

It still might happen. But it’s not as sure as death and taxes. Not after losing their
last two games by scores of 8-1 and tonight 4-0.

The Canucks are in a slight bit of trouble. All year long they’ve been a team of strength and consistency, never really slumping, never really looking bad. But they’re a group out of whack right now, who can’t solve Tim Thomas, who can’t get a huge night from the Sedin boys, and Roberto Luongo has allowed 12 goals in two games. The Green Men are looking greener.

It’s just not good right now for the Canucks and their fans. Maybe the team needs a talk with Dr. Phil, or listen to Winston Churchill speeches.

But never fret, it’s not over. The series is tied at two with game five back in Vancouver. The Canucks have got them right where they want them. Sort of.

Oscar-winning acting on the ice was mentioned by the HNIC crew several times, and I’d like to add my two cents.

Enough already with this over-reacting to situations, hoping to draw a penalty. Alex Burrows, Andrew Ference, Maxim Lapierre, Kevin Bieksa and others all at one time or another have tried to pull the wool over the referee’s eyes by trying to make a hit appear worse than it is.

Performances worthy of a Hollywood audition involving getting shot in the knee-cap and acting it out.

I hate this stuff. It reminds me of what we see during soccer matches. A player gets kicked in the shin, cries out like he was shot by a cannon before being carried out on a stretcher, and five minutes later he’s back out running about and looking like a million bucks.

This series is becoming what a series should be. Close, with lots of nastiness and disagreeing. It’d be a bummer if a game is decided after a player pulls his best Robert de Niro impersonation and draws an unwarranted penalty.

Game five is Friday night. It’ll be very interesting how the Canucks react after these excruciating bombings in Beantown.

I hate seeing the Bruins and their fans so happy.

Canucks Win Big First Game

I didn’t see the come-from-behind, third period drama from the Vancouver Canucks, with Henrik Sedin scoring the winner in the opening game of the Western Conference final.

I didn’t see it because I was at work, keeping the country rolling while you relaxed on the couch.

On this night, a big night, the Canucks conquer the Sharks 3-2 at Rogers Arena to take that all-important first game, and folks throughout British Columbia are feeling might good right now. At least I’m assuming they are. They should be if they’re not.

Ex-Hab Maxim Lapierre continues to play well since coming to the Canucks February 28th after a brief two months as an Anaheim Duck, and is making me sort of wishing I hadn’t said the Canucks made a mistake in grabbing him because he takes too many bad penalties and doesn’t score enough.

Maybe the west coast has matured him. And although he’s still not a point-getter, Max potted Vancouver’s first goal tonight to endear himself even more to all those fans who used to hate him when he was a Hab.

Anyway, I was at work but I knew something good had happened late in the game because I heard people cheer in the ferry parking lot. Turned out it was Sedin scoring the winner.

That’s all I know.

You’ll see the highlights on the sports news anyway.

 

 

Montreal Sits Almost Pat

Trade Deadline Day saw Montreal grab Brad Richards, Jason Arnott, Dustin Penner, and Ales Hemsky, which is quite exciting, don’t you think?

No they didn’t.

It was more exciting than that, as the team sent defenceman Brett Festerling to Atlanta for goalie Drew MacIntyre. Festerling had come to the Habs from Anaheim in the Maxim Lapierre deal, who, by the way, was shipped off to Vancouver. Now, all those Canucks fans who professed their hatred for Lapierre when he was a Hab must now learn to love him to pieces.

Canucks also traded for ex-Hab Chris Higgins from Florida, which means one thing. Vancouver has just screwed themselves. Higgins is a non-achiever and a cocky soul and Vancouver fans might want to be aware that their fine chemistry isn’t so fine anymore. Of course, I don’t know Higgins personally but as a tried and true Habs fan, I know what Higgins brought to the table as a Montreal Canadien and it wasn’t much except for maybe when the team was partying and needed someone to wear a lampshade on his head.

In other news and for what it’s worth, TSN’s Craig MacTavish lists these five teams who have the best shot at winning the Stanley Cup –  Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago. Boston might be in there too but I’d just come off a graveyard shift when I heard this and things were fuzzy so I’m not sure.

Hell, Chicago might not even make the playoffs. And Pittsburgh’s two best players are on the shelf. It’s also amazing how so many TV folk are saying nice things about Alex Kovalev now. How come?

Mara Comes Back

The Habs acquire Paul Mara from Anaheim

Thursday, 17.02.2011 / 1:05 AM / moves
Montreal Canadiens
PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced late this evening that the team acquired defenseman Paul Mara from the Anaheim Ducks in return for a fifth round pick in 2012, previously acquired from the Ducks in the trade that sent Maxim Lapierre to Anaheim on December 31, 2010.
      
Mara, who turned 31 on September 7, first joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 10, 2009 and played 42 games with the team in 2009-10, recording eight assists. This season as a member of the Anaheim Ducks, Mara scored once and added an assist for a total of two points in 33 games, while serving 40 penalty minutes. The 6’4’’ and 207 lbs defenseman has recorded 64 goals and 185 helpers for a total of 249 NHL career points, and was assessed 728 penalty minutes.

Mara is scheduled to join the Canadiens in Edmonton for the game against the Oilers on February 17.

Habs Blast Struggling Sens

It’s not a time to gloat.

Although beating the Ottawa Senators 7-1 is indeed a lovely thing.

But the Habs were playing a team in trouble, with a coach (Cory Clouston) on the cusp of becoming unemployed, with a captain (Daniel Alfredsson) barely noticeable, and with two goaltenders (Mike Brodeur and Brian Elliot) not exactly having a stellar night. Not to mention Alex Kovalev.

It’s a team in turmoil, these Ottawa Senators, which the Habs took advantage of. Now, if the Canadiens can score more than a few on Saturday against a better outfit, the Anaheim Ducks, and then next Tuesday against Philadelphia, maybe I’ll gloat then.

However, it’s a night to be enjoyed for Montreal players and fans. Seven goals is a nice round figure, although I was hoping for eight or nine.

We’ll take it. It doesn’t happen often, the last time being November 13th when the team surprised the Carolina Hurricanes 7-2, so these blowouts are few and far between. We’re used to two or three goals at best.

But I’m not gloating. I prefer to say I just really, really enjoyed what happened tonight. 

Random Notes:

Tomas Plekanec was flying, scoring two goals – one on a big shot, and the other on a breakaway where he, a Flying Czech, looked like a Flying Frenchman of days gone by.

Many played well, which is usually the case when a team scores seven times, and it was nice to see Max Pacioretty with a goal and an assist considering the last time we saw him he was being wheeled out of the Buffalo rink strapped in a stretcher with an intravenous tube attached to him.

Saturday with Saku Koivu, Maxim Lapierre, and their Ducks visiting. I won’t feel bad if the Canadiens only score five this time. I’ve said it many times – when it comes to Montreal scoring, I’m a greedy bastard.

Nice Design, Terrible Timing

Blue Bayou in London, England was looking for a way to personalize his Firefox browser and came across these nice Habs designs.

He did point out, however, that the guy who designed the one at the bottom right might be feeling a little sad, considering his subject was traded just a couple of days after his artwork was created.

Lots of hard work down the drain after just a few days, and if there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s never create a design of a player who underachieves when his team is doing poorly, because he just might be on the move.

Here’s the link – Bad Timing. Notice the date it was made. He was traded on December 31st.

Official Press Release Regarding Max

Maxim Lapierre traded to Anaheim

in return of Brett Festerling and a fifth round pick in 2012

Friday, 31.12.2010 / 4:53 PM / News
Montreal Canadiens
PRESS RELEASE

SUNRISE – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Friday that the team acquired defenseman Brett Festerling and a fifth round pick in 2012 from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for Maxim Lapierre. Festerling is scheduled to join the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

Festerling, 24, was held pointless in one game with the Ducks this season. The 6’01” and 210 lbs defenseman registered eight assists in 83 games since he first joined the NHL back in 2008-09. In 32 games with the AHL Syracuse Crunch this season, Festerling has amassed 12 points (three goals, nine assists), with 41 penalty minutes and 48 shots on goal. Two of his tallies were on the power play.

Festerling played his junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans and the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League between 2001 and 2007. He registered 69 points (15 goals, 54 helpers) in 314 games, leading the Giants to the President Cup and to the Memorial Cup in 2006, as their team captain.

A native of Prince George, BC, Festerling signed with the Ducks as a free agent on September 14, 2005.

Maxim Lapierre registered eight points (five goals, three assists) in 38 games with the Canadiens this season. He served 63 penalty minutes and was credited with 104 hits, with an average time on ice of 11 minutes and 41 seconds.

Since he first joined the NHL, Lapierre has amassed 80 points (40 goals and 40 helpers) and served 284 penalty minutes in 293 NHL regular season games with the Canadiens.