The Day After The Night Before

If you don’t think the Habs doing well is good for hockey, then you’re not a hockey fan. Heck, I’ll even go as far as saying that the Leafs doing well is good for hockey. As an example, after Montreal won game seven, I received emails and phone calls from people telling me where they were and how they were dealing with it. Excitement is through the roof.

But I read a comment in a CBC online writeup which I found very disturbing and if it would have come to my site, I would’ve spammed it within seconds. It went something like, “I hate the Habs. I want all 29 teams to beat them. I despise everything they represent and I despise the culture they stand for.”

I wonder what that means? “I despise the culture they stand for.” Is it the culture of success he relates to, or smug Habs fans that people complain about, or is it, and I hope not, about the French/English thing? Because if this is what this person meant, then I, as an Englishman who has never met this piece of shit, am apologizing for him. There’s boors in every language and I wish the CBC would have deleted this nasty comment.

However, if he means “a winning culture, a culture of success and a truckload of Stanley Cups, then great. Bring it on. Keep the jealousy coming. 

In the last two minutes of the game, when Ryan O’Byrne took his penalty, my wife couldn’t bear to watch. She went out on the deck and listened for me to make some kind of happy or sad sound. She peeked in once and all I said was “24 seconds left” and she went back out again. And when I finally told her it was over and they won, she came back in and watched it on recording.

New Habs fan (and up until recently, Bruins fan) Bostonian Diane and her sister were on pins and needles as the game wore down. This is sister Nancy’s email:

“WOW!  I was out climbing last night and at the pub could not get the “game” on the TV as the bar had all 12 TVs trained on the Red Sox.  One TV way out of my eyes was on the game and the waiter kept me abreast of the score 1 – 0 for the longest time.  I was in my car and finally found the game on only to hear 2 -0 through the static of the poor reception. Then stuck in traffic it was 2- 1 with 3 minutes 30 seconds left. I was in a tizzy!  A panic if you will. Praying the longest 3 minutes of my life would go quickly with no more scoring on the capitals part (note no capital on their name).  Then the bloody radio got really fuzzy and I frantically searched for the game elsewhere.  Finally l found through the snow a muffled Montréal and I called up sis who I knew would have the game on.  Imagine the joy to my ears when I heard the team won!  I could have been stuck in traffic for the rest of the night and I would not be in a bad mood, unreal! 

Now the Boston radios are all saying good for Boston and the Canadiens don’t stand a chance etc…. Time to pray some more to the Forum Gods.”

A couple of years ago a friend of mine was in Montreal and brought me back a Habs car flag which I promptly put in a trunk. After the game I dug it out and it’s going where it should be going – on my car.

I really have changed my tune about Alex Ovechkin. I realize he’s not a complete player, just very dangerous as he storms up the ice. Sidney Crosby has more bullets in his holster and is more of a shifty, smart team player.

JW in Ottawa, who is a big Senators fan, says the Sens only lost to Pittsburgh because they didn’t have a full squad (Kovalev, Michalek, Alfredsson playing hurt etc.) He says the Habs can win this series, something Habs fans already know. But I’m sure Montreal will continue to get absolutely no respect from the media and won’t be given much of a chance. I’ve already heard a prediction of Pittsburgh four straight.

We really need Jaroslav Spacek back. And I’ve got great faith that Jaro Halak is in such a zone now that he and his team (and ours) can go extremely deep into these playoffs.

The Penguins have had a nice little rest and watched the Canadiens on TV. The Canadiens have had no rest and are filled with adrenaline and momentum. I kind of like the adrenaline and momentum better than the little rest.

2010 EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
SERIES I  

#4 vs. #8
Network
Friday, April 30 at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Sunday, May 2 at Pittsburgh, 2:00 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 4 at Montreal, 7:00 p.m. CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Thursday, May 6 at Montreal, 7:00 p.m. CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Saturday, May 8 at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Monday, May 10 at Montreal, 7:00 p.m. CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Wednesday, May 12 at Pittsburgh, TBD CBC, RDS, VERSUS

8 thoughts on “The Day After The Night Before”

  1. Diane, after the Habs take care of the Pens, I hope the Bruins get by the Flyers so we can have a rock ‘em sock ‘em rematch with your former team in the conference final. I know this one will be different than the last time we met up in the playoffs.
    And those last two minutes were the longest two minutes ever. I think everyone was thinking the same thing, “Oh no. Here we go again!”
    It’s been a long time since I’ve ever gotten so worked up over a hockey game.

  2. Hey Dennis, Well got back to Mackenzie yesterday an hour before gametime, was I impressed with the whole team effort, a very great effort by the whole team,not just one Ovechkin skating around shooting at everything.If it was a gun Ovechkin was shooting there would be 50 dead fans in the stands.The Habs shut him down for the third time in seven games,awesome.I’m sure glad I can bank victory celebrations cause my account is one celebration smaller.I hope everybody is happy,flag is up in my bedroom window,lets go Habs.

  3. Hi Danno: Yes Sir! A Bruins-Habs rematch would be so intense. I’m hoping they both advance and bring honor and hope back to both cities.

    Nice to see Chicago and Detroit in the mix too. Nothing like the Original 6.

    Naturally, I’ll give a shout out to Vancouver.

    Just thrilled to watch great, passionate hockey unfold.

  4. Diane, I’m just glad you stayed with the Habs even though thick and thin.

    Especially that last game of the year which was against an original six team that did not make the playoffs.

  5. You bet, Diane. You’re a good Habs fan. I also feel you’ve got just a little piece of your heart still with the Bruins, and that’s fine. Great hockey fan.

  6. I’m jealous, Nancy in Boston could listen to the game on the radio, while here in Ottawa, barely 1½ hours from Montreal, nothing.

    But no matter, I spent the day with a big grin on my face. It didn’t diminish even when I was told we got really lucky with the aid of horseshoes up our butts. After all, we needed a lot of luck to earn the lead in 6 of the 7 games and as Number31 wrote, it was horseshoes that prevented us from winning the series in five games.

  7. Ah Dennis, you found me out! Yes, any team that had Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Cam Neely cannot totally be kicked to the curb. With Mr. Jacobs as owner, come on, they need a little TLC. :)

    But I love Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy, The Rocket and Howie Morenz! I really am cheering for Carey Price to become the puckstopper he can become. Mr. Halak has me falling in love!

    I love the passion, tradition and glory that is Montreal. So truth be told, should the Bruins play Montreal, I want Montreal to win it all and bring a Cup home where it belongs.

    Absolutely the BEST sport of all time. It’s nice that you let me join your merry band. Hockey is but a whisper in the U.S. and that breaks my heart.

    I CANNOT cheer for the Leafs ever!!!!

  8. I agree with you Dennis on the adrenaline and momentum thing but I’m infuriated with something I saw last night. I was channel surfing and came across a sports break panel discussing the Habs’ next series. All they could talk about was how much work our guys had ahead of them. I know it won’t be easy but those Pens have some work to do too. Or did they already overwork themselves and are owed some overtime payment? Well our Habs can take care of that. 3-2 Habs win in O.T.

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