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STUMBLING FORWARD WITH FLASHES OF GREATNESS

First off w00t! Notch two more off MN the good guys. A “W” is a “W” is a “W”. For the early going I’ll take them any way they come. Later on in the season however, I would not be too happy with such a performance (say around March). At that point we would all be looking for dominant wins from start to finish. The first half of the season however is when the team gets into high gear and past the All-Star game is when we can become as picky as a vegan in a Steak house. For now let us look at all the positives:

- Another win.

- A proverbial four point win against a Division rival.

- With a loss to the Rangers last night we have closed the gap to the Conference title.

- We remain unbeaten.

- Our transition game which was dismal against the Flyers was spectacular in the first 40 minutes.

- Our PP looks like it will be one of, it not the MOST productive in the league. It’s not moving and working as smooth as a lathered Scarlett Johanson, but the plays are there and the chances are there (Tanguay on the point is working really well). It’s only a matter of time before it goes on a tear.

- We dished out another loss to the Bruins, extending their loosing streak to infinity. This memory will burrow its self in that locker room’s collective noggin, and they will now begin each and every match against us with a doubt. The result of the series should and will be similar to last year.

- Watching Price is extremely confusing. I am hard pressed to believe this kid so well balanced, is so talented, has a great peanut between the shoulders, has a great work ethic, but he’s barely old enough to buy booze south of the boarder. Why we haven’t signed him for a billion year contract yet is something I would question as an armchair GM know-it-all, if it wasn’t in the hands of Gainey. I’m sure Gainey will ensure we have this kid for many many years to come.

Well that’s all I have to say for today. I’ll save some material for tomorrow; mainly the new team strategy (i.e. defensemen jumping up in the play) and the ceremonies from last night (spectacular).

PS Welcome to teh team BGL You have accepted your role with open arms, and served that Epsilon booin Thornton what he deserved. Next time however, make sure to break his face or at least collar bone :P

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STUMBLING FORWARD WITH FLASHES OF GREATNESS

First off w00t! Notch two more off MN the good guys. A “W” is a “W” is a “W”. For the early going I’ll take them any way they come. Later on in the season however, I would not be too happy with such a performance (say around March). At that point we would all be looking for dominant wins from start to finish. The first half of the season however is when the team gets into high gear and past the All-Star game is when we can become as picky as a vegan in a Steak house. For now let us look at all the positives:

- Another win.

- A proverbial four point win against a Division rival.

- With a loss to the Rangers last night we have closed the gap to the Conference title.

- We remain unbeaten.

- Our transition game which was dismal against the Flyers was spectacular in the first 40 minutes.

- Our PP looks like it will be one of, it not the MOST productive in the league. It’s not moving and working as smooth as a lathered Scarlett Johanson, but the plays are there and the chances are there (Tanguay on the point is working really well). It’s only a matter of time before it goes on a tear.

- We dished out another loss to the Bruins, extending their loosing streak to infinity. This memory will burrow its self in that locker room’s collective noggin, and they will now begin each and every match against us with a doubt. The result of the series should and will be similar to last year.

- Watching Price is extremely confusing. I am hard pressed to believe this kid so well balanced, is so talented, has a great peanut between the shoulders, has a great work ethic, but he’s barely old enough to buy booze south of the boarder. Why we haven’t signed him for a billion year contract yet is something I would question as an armchair GM know-it-all, if it wasn’t in the hands of Gainey. I’m sure Gainey will ensure we have this kid for many many years to come.

Well that’s all I have to say for today. I’ll save some material for tomorrow; mainly the new team strategy (i.e. defensemen jumping up in the play) and the ceremonies from last night (spectacular).

PS Welcome to teh team BGL You have accepted your role with open arms, and served that Epsilon booin Thornton what he deserved. Next time however, make sure to break his face or at least collar bone :P

NL STANDINGS OCTOBER 16

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Is the scoreboard correct... it shows 5 points instead of seven and the MN is still 157??? Yes I did refresh.
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"....not moving and working as smooth as a lathered Scarlett Johanson," - HLD

Haha! Classic!

Through rose coloured glasses, I'm happy that by just playing one period of hockey that the Canadiens are able to put away a team so far this season. Just imagine the damage that the CH can do if they play like they should/could if they play hard and skilled for the full 60 minutes!!!

On another note, I was outside today and I noticed a leaf falling from a tree and how it's so symbolic of the laffs season. Fall!! Fall!! Fall!!!

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Is the scoreboard correct... it shows 5 points instead of seven and the MN is still 157??? Yes I did refresh.

PHOTOBUCKET ERROR TYPE 1 :blink:

If I don't delete the old images before I upload the new ones, photobucket automatically inserts a "1" at the end of the image title since so as not to have two images with the same title. This of course ruins everything like a drunk clown at a birthday party (wait...those are fun) and I apologize. refresh and you'll see the new one :D

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"....not moving and working as smooth as a lathered Scarlett Johanson," - HLD

Haha! Classic!

Through rose coloured glasses, I'm happy that by just playing one period of hockey that the Canadiens are able to put away a team so far this season. Just imagine the damage that the CH can do if they play like they should/could if they play hard and skilled for the full 60 minutes!!!

On another note, I was outside today and I noticed a leaf falling from a tree and how it's so symbolic of the laffs season. Fall!! Fall!! Fall!!!

You've made some great point "Y" (can I call you that?) especially about the leaves. But I saw a man burning a pile of leaves the other day and that might be more symbolic of what I would like to see happen to the TML :P

As for your previous points about the team not playing anywhere it's full potential yet and being balanced with depth across the board, I whole heartedly agree an dinf fact I will be taking the later topic a step further in today's update...coming up shortly.

Have a superfluous day everyone :D

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AS REFRESHING AS A GLASS OF WATER

We all agree that this team is well balanced, and has no gaping holes in the line-up. This is a direct result of Bob Gainey’s understanding of the game and foresight given new “post-lockout” rules and limitations for the NHL. Wednesday night’s home opener was a pleasant reminder that this culture is also present behind the bench and around the locker room. As the staff members were being introduced prior to the skaters She who must be obeyed , being the new found hockey fan she is, was asking me who they were and if they were any good. As I went through the list of names I knew, and others I pretended to know, the words “he’s good”, “he’s great” and “he’s one of the best in the league” kept repeating them selves.

At this point I realised just how extensively Bob Gainey worked over the past year to ensure not only a well balanced line-up, but a well balanced staff to back them up. Most people will immediately and almost exclusively think of the head and assistant coach when we talk about staff members. However having solid core of associates with specialties in goaltending, special teams and defence is just as important (we excelled and/or were the best in many of these aspects last year). And so is having competent medical staff and strength training directors. These guys are key in helping minimising injuries (something else we were great at last year). The scouting staff of course ensures continuity and I don’t have to mention too much about Trevor Timmins and his team (obviously they have done a stupendous job over the past few years, and continue to do so). Finally what about the guys whop are pegged at the bottom of the locker room staff member totem pole? Equipment managers are pivotal to a team and many of us tend to forget this. Let me repeat that…equipment managers are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to a team’s performance, especially on the road. Those of you who have competed professionally and travelled will agree that at home keeping your gear organised is fairly less complicated. Having all your gear present on the road in the same mannor as your own locker room is a nightmare. Hockey players, like many other athletes, are extremely superstitious when it comes to getting ready for a game. Almost everyone has a routine, some more stringent than others, and NOTHING throws off a player like breaking the pre-game routine. With that in mind I have always believed that this team’s repetitive success on the road had more than some to do with Pierre Gervais and his team. They must be doing a great job in ensuring the players feel at home in any locker room they sit in.

So the next time we speak of a balanced team, let’s not forget all the staff members behind the bench, in the infirmary and around the locker room. They are the pit crew that fuels the team, recharges it, and ensures it’s running on the best gear and at its fullest potential. They deserve as much as the credit as any other team member on the ice and we should always remember that and be thankful we have such a competent team back there.

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You've made some great point "Y" (can I call you that?) especially about the leaves. But I saw a man burning a pile of leaves the other day and that might be more symbolic of what I would like to see happen to the TML :P

As for your previous points about the team not playing anywhere it's full potential yet and being balanced with depth across the board, I whole heartedly agree an dinf fact I will be taking the later topic a step further in today's update...coming up shortly.

Have a superfluous day everyone :D

If you call me by "Y" then you'll be addressing me by my first name. :lol: Yes, my parents had a cruel sense of humour. Imagine growing up with "Y" as a name:

"Hi there, what's your name?"

"Y"

"Umm.. because I want to know?"

"Y"

"Because I want to know."

Was like one bad Abbott and Costello dialogue over and over.

As for the laffs, "Fall", "Burn",.... "Rot", "Die", yes, these are all good adjectives in referring to the laffs and they season and future seasons to come!!!

Today, I'm still alive and the sun is shining so it is a superfluos day. Hope everyone is having the same!

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great post HLD!

and awesome to have you on board Y!

i gotta agree that the whole management of teams and personnel working in this organization at this precise time is absolutely astounding!

truly something that is keeping me in awe...i still think ive been dreaming since october of 07!

GO HABS GO!!!

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AS REFRESHING AS A GLASS OF WATER

We all agree that this team is well balanced, and has no gaping holes in the line-up. This is a direct result of Bob Gainey’s understanding of the game and foresight given new “post-lockout” rules and limitations for the NHL. Wednesday night’s home opener was a pleasant reminder that this culture is also present behind the bench and around the locker room. As the staff members were being introduced prior to the skaters She who must be obeyed , being the new found hockey fan she is, was asking me who they were and if they were any good. As I went through the list of names I knew, and others I pretended to know, the words “he’s good”, “he’s great” and “he’s one of the best in the league” kept repeating them selves.

At this point I realised just how extensively Bob Gainey worked over the past year to ensure not only a well balanced line-up, but a well balanced staff to back them up. Most people will immediately and almost exclusively think of the head and assistant coach when we talk about staff members. However having solid core of associates with specialties in goaltending, special teams and defence is just as important (we excelled and/or were the best in many of these aspects last year). And so is having competent medical staff and strength training directors. These guys are key in helping minimising injuries (something else we were great at last year). The scouting staff of course ensures continuity and I don’t have to mention too much about Trevor Timmins and his team (obviously they have done a stupendous job over the past few years, and continue to do so). Finally what about the guys whop are pegged at the bottom of the locker room staff member totem pole? Equipment managers are pivotal to a team and many of us tend to forget this. Let me repeat that…equipment managers are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to a team’s performance, especially on the road. Those of you who have competed professionally and travelled will agree that at home keeping your gear organised is fairly less complicated. Having all your gear present on the road in the same mannor as your own locker room is a nightmare. Hockey players, like many other athletes, are extremely superstitious when it comes to getting ready for a game. Almost everyone has a routine, some more stringent than others, and NOTHING throws off a player like breaking the pre-game routine. With that in mind I have always believed that this team’s repetitive success on the road had more than some to do with Pierre Gervais and his team. They must be doing a great job in ensuring the players feel at home in any locker room they sit in.

So the next time we speak of a balanced team, let’s not forget all the staff members behind the bench, in the infirmary and around the locker room. They are the pit crew that fuels the team, recharges it, and ensures it’s running on the best gear and at its fullest potential. They deserve as much as the credit as any other team member on the ice and we should always remember that and be thankful we have such a competent team back there.

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SABRES ARE GOOD…NOT THAT GOOD

I’ve heard rumblings around the forum and elsewhere (believe it or not there is an elsewhere) that there is some worries with respect to the 4-0 start the Sabres have had. I’ll agree that many analysts have underestimated this team (IMO at least) since I had them fighting for second in the Division with Boston and Ottawa, and not dwindling away in the depths of the Eastern Conference, dancing with the likes of Toronto and Atlanta. I do NOT however se them as contenders for the Division title. This title firmly belongs to us, and despite having dropped our first game of the season to the Lindy and his crew, I don’t believe they have yet proven to be a consistent contender.

Mind you stranger things have happened, and the start to the season they have had with a solid offensive core and one of the better goalies protecting “le fillet” they could and will exceed many expectations. Division title however is out of reach. I don’t se them upholding this tempo and record for a whole season. They don’t have the depth or raw talent or size to get them through an 82 game season without hitting a couple of slumps along the way.

On another note I am totally impressed with the third period the Coyotes mounted against the Sens last night. They are a young team and so fatigue may not play an advantageous role for us even though they played last night. They have an offensive punch, but not too much defensively. This very well (and hopefully) turn out to be a fun and exciting “shoot em’ up” type of game with a total over 10. Make sure you got your seatbelts on for this one.

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MN Bonus available for 2008.10.18:

It looks like bonuses would not come as easy as the last season, because East playing better against West. Only 1 bonus is availlable for today.

...1 bonus - if BOTH of the following 2 happen:

...... Toronto loses to Pittsburgh

...... Ottawa vs Boston game ends in regulation

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Thanks for the warm Welcome, Mateus. Yes, I'm pretty sure Carcillo is suspended as well and also read in HIO that Laraque will probably not be dressed because it's not expected that Phoenix will have any goons on for the night.

Higgins will most likely play tonight along side Lang and SK74. TK will play with Lapierre and Begin.

Should be a good game tonight. Phoenix is a young team that plays hard and doesn't give up. Montreal will have to keep them on their heels and not give them any breathing room. As the Sens almost found out too late in the game last night.

13 other Eastern teams are playing tonight. Will be interesting.

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Thanks for the warm Welcome, Mateus. Yes, I'm pretty sure Carcillo is suspended as well and also read in HIO that Laraque will probably not be dressed because it's not expected that Phoenix will have any goons on for the night.

Higgins will most likely play tonight along side Lang and SK74. TK will play with Lapierre and Begin.

Should be a good game tonight. Phoenix is a young team that plays hard and doesn't give up. Montreal will have to keep them on their heels and not give them any breathing room. As the Sens almost found out too late in the game last night.

13 other Eastern teams are playing tonight. Will be interesting.

higgins will not be returning tonight, he didnt get the go ahead from the doctor

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MN Bonus available for 2008.10.18:

It looks like bonuses would not come as easy as the last season, because East playing better against West. Only 1 bonus is availlable for today.

...1 bonus - if BOTH of the following 2 happen:

...... Toronto loses to Pittsburgh

...... Ottawa vs Boston game ends in regulation

Looks like a 3 point night to me. :DUPDATE :lol:

Laraque has officially served notice that we are no longer the leagues punching bag. ;) Special kudos to Kosto for taking on you know who. I was screaming at those refs to get out of the way and let Laraque get at that guy and he certainly made a strong effort to get to him. I loved how Laraque gave Kosto the pat on the back and the big smile when he joined him in the penalty box after taking out his frustrations. Anybody who thought he was a bad pickup by BG, has to be rethinking their position after tonight. :D

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THE MULTI TALENTED HABS

Now we’re on a roll. Now we seem unstop able. Now we’ve proven we can aply and win tough games. Another great game…another two points off the MN…another proud day to be a HAB.

Now to deal with the 500 lbs elephant in the room. Sauer’s hit on Kostitsyn was a close hit. Let me come out and say it: “I don’t think it was intentional”. Sauer definitely wanted to “ring Kostitsyn’s bell” as they say, but he is NOT the type of guy to go head hunting. The hit was high however and did deserve a 2 minute beyond a shadow of a doubt…but no major or suspension…at least IMO. What was more cowardly and disgusting than the hit was Sauers response after the hit. If one wants to play tough..fine. It’s the NHL for frigs sake and that’s the way it should be played. However, if you’re going to go hit someone like that, have the jewels to stand up for your actions. Sauer kept skating away from Laraque and hiding behind reffs (yes…literally hiding). Then one shift later he drags Kostopolous, someone who he has 40-60 pounds over, in to a fight as a whipping boy. I had no problem with Sauer for the hit, but after that move, he is now enemy number one on the Phoenix team who has not learnt (or learnt too much) of game behaviour and honour from the great one behind the bench. This shameful display of cowardness deserves a curse, and I hope you all join hands and repeat the following with me 12 times:

“May his crotch be infected with the fleas of a thousand camels, and may his arms be too short to scratch it”

Now with that out of the way, that whole incident is behind us and is neither here nor there. It’s done, it’s in the past, let look at the future. There are two very important points that resulted from hit that affects our next games:

1) As was the case several times last year, when a team fell behind, or lost the momentum, they tried to gain it back via physical play and intimidation. We valiantly tried to hold our own last year by pushing back (albeit a smaller push than what we usually received) and by scoring on the power play. Unfortunately there were games (especially in the playoffs), such as last night, where the whistles pull a Houdini act and disappear, except for holding and hooking calls. When it counts, such as an OT period or a playoff game, the refs always revert back to the old adage of “Let em’ play”. Last year when they “let us play” we lost the exchange more often than not and the playoff series against the Flyers was the final proof that convinced even the most animated supporters of NOT needing Enforcers.

Last night, Phoenix pushed (hard) and we pushed back harder. We won the exchange, and the momentum, the scoreboard, and Phoenix’s reluctance to play rough in the third was proof positive beyond an elephant’s shadow of a doubt. This team just proved we are ready for the cup. We are ready to play in the trenches because Laraque will break your face! OK too much…

2) The most important thing from last night’s incident of course is the health and well being of Andrei Kostitsyn. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back to his USUAL self soon. I have seen too many careers ruined at stifled at a young age as a result of concussions fro hits just like this, and I sure hope for his and his family’s sake this is not nearly as serious as those. Let us all pray to the Holy Sponge Bob for Kostitsyn’s speedy and FULL recovery.

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THE MULTI TALENTED HABS

Now we’re on a roll. Now we seem unstop able. Now we’ve proven we can aply and win tough games. Another great game…another two points off the MN…another proud day to be a HAB.

Now to deal with the 500 lbs elephant in the room. Sauer’s hit on Kostitsyn was a close hit. Let me come out and say it: “I don’t think it was intentional”. Sauer definitely wanted to “ring Kostitsyn’s bell” as they say, but he is NOT the type of guy to go head hunting. The hit was high however and did deserve a 2 minute beyond a shadow of a doubt…but no major or suspension…at least IMO. What was more cowardly and disgusting than the hit was Sauers response after the hit. If one wants to play tough..fine. It’s the NHL for frigs sake and that’s the way it should be played. However, if you’re going to go hit someone like that, have the jewels to stand up for your actions. Sauer kept skating away from Laraque and hiding behind reffs (yes…literally hiding). Then one shift later he drags Kostopolous, someone who he has 40-60 pounds over, in to a fight as a whipping boy. I had no problem with Sauer for the hit, but after that move, he is now enemy number one on the Phoenix team who has not learnt (or learnt too much) of game behaviour and honour from the great one behind the bench. This shameful display of cowardness deserves a curse, and I hope you all join hands and repeat the following with me 12 times:

“May his crotch be infected with the fleas of a thousand camels, and may his arms be too short to scratch it”

Now with that out of the way, that whole incident is behind us and is neither here nor there. It’s done, it’s in the past, let look at the future. There are two very important points that resulted from hit that affects our next games:

1) As was the case several times last year, when a team fell behind, or lost the momentum, they tried to gain it back via physical play and intimidation. We valiantly tried to hold our own last year by pushing back (albeit a smaller push than what we usually received) and by scoring on the power play. Unfortunately there were games (especially in the playoffs), such as last night, where the whistles pull a Houdini act and disappear, except for holding and hooking calls. When it counts, such as an OT period or a playoff game, the refs always revert back to the old adage of “Let em’ play”. Last year when they “let us play” we lost the exchange more often than not and the playoff series against the Flyers was the final proof that convinced even the most animated supporters of NOT needing Enforcers.

Last night, Phoenix pushed (hard) and we pushed back harder. We won the exchange, and the momentum, the scoreboard, and Phoenix’s reluctance to play rough in the third was proof positive beyond an elephant’s shadow of a doubt. This team just proved we are ready for the cup. We are ready to play in the trenches because Laraque will break your face! OK too much…

2) The most important thing from last night’s incident of course is the health and well being of Andrei Kostitsyn. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back to his USUAL self soon. I have seen too many careers ruined at stifled at a young age as a result of concussions fro hits just like this, and I sure hope for his and his family’s sake this is not nearly as serious as those. Let us all pray to the Holy Sponge Bob for Kostitsyn’s speedy and FULL recovery.

Excellent points HLD... and I would add I will gladly embrace the Canadiens victory in spite of the game itself.

I say this because to me it was in some ways a hard game to watch at times... sloppy play on both sides... probably as a result of the hit by Sauer (fitting name for the taste he leaves in one's mouth I'd say) and the resulting presence of Laraque plus the general hate that prevailed for the rest of the game. Nerves were on edge for both sides to say the least.

I too wish A.Kos a very speedy recovery and that the seriousness of what happened not be forgotten... but in my opinion (intent to injure or not) a judgement is necessary (NO CONTEST)... it was a "head-shot" plain an simple and should not be excused or condoned in any way period.

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I am mostly agree with both of you. And I repeated after you, HLD, “May his crotch be infected with the fleas of a thousand camels, and may his arms be too short to scratch it” 12 times. I think, it was "head-shot" and it should not have a plce in the game. Though, it appears, that main damage to Andrej was done by his falling to the ice.

On the positive note, do you notice that don't consider it as a crucial blow to the habs, when one of their leading offensive man is down. Definitely we have great deal of depth to sustain for a quite long time loss of even guys of the A.Kos stature. The loss of any one of 3 top defensmen (Markov, Hamrlik, Komisarek), though, would be much more worrisome for the team, IMO.

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didnt get to watch the game last night :(

but overall the update and the posts on here clear me of any doubt that it was awesome!

andrei is a tough kid, he'll be back before we know it, and if anything sergei will be steaming at a chance to blow a team away next game!

w00t for another drop! lets keep rolling!

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