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OUR BEST STEAM ROLLER IMPRESSION

Toronto sucks…Yeah yeah I know. The Leafs game is behind us but there is a serening effect when on strings those words together. And what better way to start Thanksgiving Monday than with a big ol’ LEAFS SUCK.

What a weekend. Brought my baby daughter home on Friday, HABS season opener Friday night, Stingers domination Saturday afternoon, HABS domination over Leafs Saturday night, family over on Sunday for Thanksgiving dinner and now here we are. I have a stomach full of the funky bird (so much so I must have morphed 10% Turkey overnight), shirt full of baby spit up (as gross as that sounds it’s my baby girls spit up so it’s liquid gold for me) and a day of sports to look forward to. The Als kick off at 1:00 p.m. against the Hamilton Tie-turds, who will undoubtedly get blown away by the good guys in a similar fashion to what Concordia and the HABS put forth on Saturday given the context (i.e. revenge match and redemption for a sloppy performance). Just to give an idea to those who may not be following the CFL (it’s OK, we all make mistakes) the Als lost to the Tie-Cats last week. This would have been the equivalent of Montreal loosing to the Maple Leafs on Saturday by a three goal margin, then having a rematch in Montreal the following weekend. Yeah…that’s how pumped up the locals will be.

Following this game, we’ll have the pleasure of watching another CFL game (Calgary vs Saskatchewan). Calgary is most probably the team we will be facing in the final so watching them is always interesting and fun (kind of like the Red Wings in the NHL). Then comes the main event.

Between the three sporting events I’ll barely have time to run up and replenish the beer supply and chips…what am I talking about. Father of two here….let me rephrase. Between the two games I’ll barely have enough time to replenish baby bottles, drop off soiled kids with the murses for a diaper upgrade, feed, burp play with and put to sleep one of or both of the kids, while hanging on to any shred of sanity, patience and all in all will to live I may have left. Thank the Holy Sponge Bob some Star Trek Treky nerd had the good grace to invent a magical device that can pause and re-play live TV. Mental not: Warn all humanity of the perils ensuing from having multiple offspring.

So one way or another I will watch all the events, with my highest expectations held for the game tonight. After the game in Toronto it will be interesting to see how the team reacts to playing the team that eliminated them in last year’s play offs. There are a multitude of possibilities here, however if this team is the team of destiny and wants to prove this firmly to themselves and the rest of the league, we must continue to play at a high level, never slow down, never think “revenge” and always think about the big “W”. Pulling off another win against the Flyers would not only continue our streak of obtaining 5/6 points on the road to open the season, but would also re-emphasize the strength and power of this team. Opponents must fear us and should always feel like the underdogs. The way to accomplish this of course is to continue steam rolling over anyone and everyone we face, regardless of their skill and level. Whether it’s the last place TML or power house of Detroit, this locker room has to prove to the hockey world that the paradigm shift we all claim the team has is real and is here. So tonight, no stupid penalties in trying to “get back” at Philly (which I think is a safe bet) and score score score. All three lines must perform (especially Kovalev’s line …I’m getting killed in my pool!) and the power play.

It’s seems fitting that we’re playing the Flyers on Thanksgiving Monday…let’s go out and carve some birds tonight.

NL STANDINGS OCTOBER 13

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OUR BEST STEAM ROLLER IMPRESSION

Toronto sucks…Yeah yeah I know. The Leafs game is behind us but there is a serening effect when on strings those words together. And what better way to start Thanksgiving Monday than with a big ol’ LEAFS SUCK.

What a weekend. Brought my baby daughter home on Friday, HABS season opener Friday night, Stingers domination Saturday afternoon, HABS domination over Leafs Saturday night, family over on Sunday for Thanksgiving dinner and now here we are. I have a stomach full of the funky bird (so much so I must have morphed 10% Turkey overnight), shirt full of baby spit up (as gross as that sounds it’s my baby girls spit up so it’s liquid gold for me) and a day of sports to look forward to. The Als kick off at 1:00 p.m. against the Hamilton Tie-turds, who will undoubtedly get blown away by the good guys in a similar fashion to what Concordia and the HABS put forth on Saturday given the context (i.e. revenge match and redemption for a sloppy performance). Just to give an idea to those who may not be following the CFL (it’s OK, we all make mistakes) the Als lost to the Tie-Cats last week. This would have been the equivalent of Montreal loosing to the Maple Leafs on Saturday by a three goal margin, then having a rematch in Montreal the following weekend. Yeah…that’s how pumped up the locals will be.

Following this game, we’ll have the pleasure of watching another CFL game (Calgary vs Saskatchewan). Calgary is most probably the team we will be facing in the final so watching them is always interesting and fun (kind of like the Red Wings in the NHL). Then comes the main event.

Between the three sporting events I’ll barely have time to run up and replenish the beer supply and chips…what am I talking about. Father of two here….let me rephrase. Between the two games I’ll barely have enough time to replenish baby bottles, drop off soiled kids with the murses for a diaper upgrade, feed, burp play with and put to sleep one of or both of the kids, while hanging on to any shred of sanity, patience and all in all will to live I may have left. Thank the Holy Sponge Bob some Star Trek Treky nerd had the good grace to invent a magical device that can pause and re-play live TV. Mental not: Warn all humanity of the perils ensuing from having multiple offspring.

So one way or another I will watch all the events, with my highest expectations held for the game tonight. After the game in Toronto it will be interesting to see how the team reacts to playing the team that eliminated them in last year’s play offs. There are a multitude of possibilities here, however if this team is the team of destiny and wants to prove this firmly to themselves and the rest of the league, we must continue to play at a high level, never slow down, never think “revenge” and always think about the big “W”. Pulling off another win against the Flyers would not only continue our streak of obtaining 5/6 points on the road to open the season, but would also re-emphasize the strength and power of this team. Opponents must fear us and should always feel like the underdogs. The way to accomplish this of course is to continue steam rolling over anyone and everyone we face, regardless of their skill and level. Whether it’s the last place TML or power house of Detroit, this locker room has to prove to the hockey world that the paradigm shift we all claim the team has is real and is here. So tonight, no stupid penalties in trying to “get back” at Philly (which I think is a safe bet) and score score score. All three lines must perform (especially Kovalev’s line …I’m getting killed in my pool!) and the power play.

It’s seems fitting that we’re playing the Flyers on Thanksgiving Monday…let’s go out and carve some birds tonight.

NL STANDINGS OCTOBER 13

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ya dags man loosing to the tiger cats last week was just soooo unacceptable

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Woot!

GO MN GO!!! :D

MN Bonus available for 2008.10.13:

Last time we got maximum possible points for s night off the NL chart - 4 overall, including 2 bonuses. Today the bonuses are unlikely. Though there is a slim chance for a single bonus.

...1 bonus - unlikely - if all 4 of the following happen:

...... Philadelphia loses to Montreal

...... Toronto loses to St Louis

...... Islanders lose to Buffalo

...... Washington loses to Vancouver

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MN Bonus available for 2008.10.13:

Last time we got maximum possible points for s night off the NL chart - 4 overall, including 2 bonuses. Today the bonuses are unlikely. Though there is a slim chance for a single bonus.

...1 bonus - unlikely - if all 4 of the following happen:

...... Philadelphia loses to Montreal

...... Toronto loses to St Louis

...... Islanders lose to Buffalo

...... Washington loses to Vancouver

I dont know if i would call that a SLIM chance Choc. I think all of those outcomes are better then 50/50 to happen. ;)

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I dont know if i would call that a SLIM chance Choc. I think all of those outcomes are better then 50/50 to happen. ;)

I know. I actually started from "very slim" grade, cause "all 4" of 4 odds. But then I realized, that each of them individually has better or much better than 50/50 chance to happen. Still, the chance for all of them to happen is less than 1/2 IMO, though certainly better than 1/16.

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I know. I actually started from "very slim" grade, cause "all 4" of 4 odds. But then I realized, that each of them individually has better or much better than 50/50 chance to happen. Still, the chance for all of them to happen is less than 1/2 IMO, though certainly better than 1/16.

Leafs lost in shootout, so now only 3 more right?

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its good to be reading this again! :D

sorry for not being around as much, i promise to pay more attention as the season goes on :)

oh and i almost forgot...UPDATE!!! WHERE IS IT!?!

I'm with you on that one, mon General.

Having had a bit of a weekend (smallest one not being in the best of health in the lower regions - btw, hereditary diseases can be passed up the generations, too, so I spent yesterday examining this phenomenon), I have only just read through this thread properly to discover that our illustrious leader is, yet again, increasing the phalanx of Habs fans.

That deserves a big

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...and the MN descent towards zero is a welcome sight amongst all these other numbers heading the same way :rolleyes:

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KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’

That was so far the best pathetic performance of the year. We’ll have more games where we fall far short of our capabilities, but will come away with the win based on raw talent. This is yet another encouraging sign that even on mediocre and poor nights we have a chance to win against most NHL teams. What will it mean when (if?) this team begins to fire on all proverbial cylinders?

Our power play was 0 for 7 and the PK allowed two goals. This was not a “gold medal” night for our special teams. However, with the hockey minds behind the bench who have provided the league with the top power play two year running, special teams are not a worry as of yet. It is more difficult to get a team to score 5 on 5 and we’ve fallen short on this category a few times in recent history. With that in mind, another encouraging news from this season so far is our scoring capabilities on even strength (five last night, albeit on was an empty netter).

That, however, is where the praise stops. The transition game was garbage, our neutral zone play was pathetic, and as a result we were seldom able to penetrate the offensive zone with speed. This lead to less scoring chances and less shots (we were of course out shot again 32-27).

Now I know this might seem a tad picky on my end to critisize our weaknesses after a win and obtaining 5/6 points on the road to begin the season, but just as we were realistic in not expecting too much in the past, I remain realistic in not settling for too little this year. With the roster we have and the hype that surrounds the Bell Center and this team, the HABS are poised to take a shot at the cup. Anything less than an appearance at the Stanley Cup finals will be a gross let down, and in the eyes of some not bringing the cup home will be a disappointment. I expected this team to obtain 5-6/6 on the road. Not hoped, but expected, so the given results are not great by our current standards.

This of course is my opinion and it stems from the fact that I truly believe this team is the real deal, as they say. We can see glimpses of greatness, when the three lines roll and create chances after chances, when the goalies perform spectacular saves to keep their teams in the game and/or ahead (2 highlight reel saves from Carey in two games) But we are yet to see this team’s full potential (yes, including the Maple turds game), and I will be eagerly waiting till we go on a tear of the NHL. For now, a “W” is a “W” and let’s keep bringin’ em’ home any way we can. But by the time this team is ready, we won’t even need to think about the two points…it will be a given.

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One of the many enjoyable aspects of the Habs from last year was that it was not uncommon to see quite a few Habs on the scoresheet (and with multiple point nights) on a given game. So far in the first three games, the chances of this occuring again seems very promising once again. This just goes to show the fantastic level of depth that this team possess. The team does not have a "bonafide" superstar yet the goals will surely continue to light up the scoreboard.

Also, at the beginning of the season, everyone pretty much agrees that Montreal has three potent offensive lines... well, if Markov, Hamrlik, and Komi continues to chip in then the Habs will have FOUR offensive lines! :) I know it's only 3 games in but wouldn't that be a treat? Soon the Habs can expect our goaltenders to chip in a goal here and there as well!

Lastly, despite grabbing 5 of 6 of the possible road points, I'm pretty sure everyone who follows the Canadiens on a regular basis can agree that the team has not even yet played to their full potential. Any sane team in the NHL should be terrified that if the Habs can play so-so for 40 minutes or so and then decides to turn it up a notch or two, to go on a score a bunch of goals within a few minutes.... well, just safe to say that many opposing teams will have the CH on the top of their nightmares list.

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Leafs Quotes

Hooray for another meltdown!

Looks like the Hollweg deal is paying off, one game played, one game he cost you

hey..it's early but it looks like the Leafs are heading in the right direction for Tavares.

HOLLWEGS A CLOWN, he belongs in the circus..try some dirty hits against the habs and youll taste a recipe called Laraque son!

Every team can blow a lead, but the Leafs are going to be doing that an awful lot

No lead is safe with us ... sounds like a great motto for the Leafs 2008-2009 season.

jack layton will be prime minister before toronto wins the cup

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hey now!

lets not insult jack layton! he could be a good prime minister. :lol:;)

And JFJ good be a good GM. :P

we picked up that bonus tonight, thrashers fell 4-2

BONUS....WOOT WOOT :D:D:D

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BOOIN’S MIGHT BE WHAT WE NEED

After Monday’s performance where the team didn’t feel like playing till the third period, with the exception of a hand full of solid performances in the offensive zone, perhaps the hated evil Booins is what this locker room needs to ignite the fires. On one hand one would think if the team that eliminated us in the playoffs isn’t enough to get the blood boiling, no team will. On the other hand, the Booins have been one of these teams that always got us going. We always show up for those games and this has been apparent by our post-season record of eliminating them three times in a row, and winning the regular season exchanges over the past few seasons hands down.

The Booins are out for revenge and are desperate for a win against the CH. This is our best weapon against this overzealous team that took a preseason game of playing vets against our Hamilton Bulldogs waaaaay to seriously and rejoiced over it for far too long. A little shallow and sad if you ask me, but all that matters now is racking up the “W”s. A win tonight would go along way in re-iterating our dominance over the Booins and will place a doubt in the back of their minds that will follow them for the rest of the season when the play the Bleu Blanc et Rouge.

Over and above the reasons stated above, this win is important for a few other reasons. Here are some I could think of:

1) It would be great to get the first home win under our belts and out of the way.

2) I like watching the HABS win

3) Buffalo is ahead of us in NL standings and with a loss to them it would be great to regain the Division title on the MN leaderboard and the points leaderboard.

4) It’s fun to watch the HABS win

5) We must stay in close range with the Rangers. We don’t want them going off to a 10-15 point lead on the rest of the Conference. With their current confidence level, they need someone biting on their heals and keeping them worried and down to earth and second guessing. The HABS are the most likely team to accomplish this right now.

6) I want to see the HABS win

I will be watching our PP very closely and will hope for a 50% success rate tonight to get things rolling again.

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BOOIN’S MIGHT BE WHAT WE NEED

After Monday’s performance where the team didn’t feel like playing till the third period, with the exception of a hand full of solid performances in the offensive zone, perhaps the hated evil Booins is what this locker room needs to ignite the fires. On one hand one would think if the team that eliminated us in the playoffs isn’t enough to get the blood boiling, no team will. On the other hand, the Booins have been one of these teams that always got us going. We always show up for those games and this has been apparent by our post-season record of eliminating them three times in a row, and winning the regular season exchanges over the past few seasons hands down.

The Booins are out for revenge and are desperate for a win against the CH. This is our best weapon against this overzealous team that took a preseason game of playing vets against our Hamilton Bulldogs waaaaay to seriously and rejoiced over it for far too long. A little shallow and sad if you ask me, but all that matters now is racking up the “W”s. A win tonight would go along way in re-iterating our dominance over the Booins and will place a doubt in the back of their minds that will follow them for the rest of the season when the play the Bleu Blanc et Rouge.

Over and above the reasons stated above, this win is important for a few other reasons. Here are some I could think of:

1) It would be great to get the first home win under our belts and out of the way.

2) I like watching the HABS win

3) Buffalo is ahead of us in NL standings and with a loss to them it would be great to regain the Division title on the MN leaderboard and the points leaderboard.

4) It’s fun to watch the HABS win

5) We must stay in close range with the Rangers. We don’t want them going off to a 10-15 point lead on the rest of the Conference. With their current confidence level, they need someone biting on their heals and keeping them worried and down to earth and second guessing. The HABS are the most likely team to accomplish this right now.

6) I want to see the HABS win

I will be watching our PP very closely and will hope for a 50% success rate tonight to get things rolling again.

As always you peak the senses of us MN'ers Number One... good show :D I've been so busy around the house these days that I haven't been "on board" too much (I've been a land-lubber" on Kitchen Island ;) ). Suffice to say I will be participating even more as the days go by.
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