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Habs look to avoid Cane-ing as they host Carolina

Maybe I'm being being a little bit over-dramatic, but tonight may just be the biggest game of Carey Price's young career. At least so far. Price will be in goal as the Canadiens host the Carolina Hurricanes. Based on how he performs - or rather the end result of the game, regardless of his performance - this may be the last time he sees the ice as the starting goaltender for the Canadiens in the 2009-10 season. It's clear as day that the Canadiens have decided to go with Jaroslav Halak as their number one goaltender heading into the playoffs, and I believe that most Habs fans have accepted this as a fact, despite some fairly heated Price vs. Halak debates from earlier in the seas...

TCL 10 Questions for your Monday

Seeing as an extensive blog at this point would just be a rehash of anything and everything we've said over the last few weeks, or even months, I figured we'd leave the breakdowns and tidbits to the other blogs for today. Instead, it's tonight for you guys to sound off. With six games left in the regular season for the Montreal Canadiens, there are many questions left to be answered. Today, we will take a look at 10 of them, in today's edition of ''TCL 10 Questions''! 1. What did you think of the Habs and how they played Saturday night against the Devils? 2. The top 3 goalscorers for the Habs are Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, and Tomas Plekanec, respectively. How many goals wi...

I would have paid attention but...

The Habs were so pre-occupied with the fact that they were up 2-0 on the Sabres with fewer than 5 minutes left that most of them lost focus on the game and started dealing with other endeavours. The result of course led to Sabres comeback and to another frustrating Habs loss. We asked the Habs players to finish this sentence: ‘I would have paid attention to the last 5 minutes, overtime, and shootout of tonight’s game, but I was too busy....’ Jacques Martin: .....looking at the vein on Lindy Ruff’s forehead...it was mesmerizing. Jaroslav Halak: .....trying to get the lighter that I was holding under my Carey Price voodoo doll to work. Ryan O’Byrne: ....sitting in the ...

Epic Fail: Habs Blow two-goal lead against Sabres

As I awoke this morning, with the sour taste of last night's loss still in my mouth, I was ready to come on here today and basically tear the Canadiens apart. Save Carey Price, the ''team'', if you can call them that, that dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Buffalo Sabres last night, certainly deserves every bit of criticism. But as I made my daily rounds around the net, around facebook and twitter and all the Habs-related blogs, it seemed as if there was another subject that was taking precedent over the piss-pour performance of the team. It seems as if a lot of the negative sentiment that followed the Canadiens Epic Failure, blowing a two-goal lead in the last three minutes of a...

Missed Opportunity - Habs Fall Flat Against Sens

It's not like me to post game reviews, seeing as I'm more the ''game preview'' type. Add that to the fact that I was frantically flipping channels between the game and an all-new episode of ''24'' last night, and it kind of makes this blog a little more odd. But there is much to be said concerning last night's game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. In a game that could have seen the Canadiens gain a fair amount of ground over most of the teams in the Eastern conference playoff game, the Habs fell flat on their faces. No drive, no intensity, almost no will to win the game at all. It was almost like watching the Canadiens we regrettably got u...

Habs / Sens Preview UPDATE: Halak in, No Cammy or Bergy

Just like last week and the week before, tonight is the beginning of the most important week of the season for the Montreal Canadiens. This time I mean it. Really. After having their impressive six game win streak snapped by the Leafs, of all teams, the Canadiens will look to make it up tonight against the Ottawa Senators. They will then travel to Buffalo for a road game on Wednesday night against the Northeast Division leading Sabres. They return home the next night for a game against the Florida Panthers, a game that may or may not be the final nail in the coffin for the Panthers and their playoff hopes. Finally, they host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night in what could be a ...

Please Believe!

After the Olympics, I made a joke about Gionta, Cammalleri and Gomez going to a recording studio with Nikki Yanofski to record a Habs playoff push song called Please Believe’. A few people asked me to write lyrics...and yes I always listen to what people on twitter tell me to do. So here’s a behind the scenes look at the recording between the 3 superstars, and Scott Gomez. Please don’t sue me Nikki. It works if you listen to the song at the same time as you read it. Link to real song- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrCA0HK-yO0 --- Please Believe! We cut in to the recording studio in which Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, and Nikki Yanofski have just fin...

Habs / Rangers Gameday. Update: Plekanec Negotiations dead

Update from Prax: Check out the comments for the Plekanec contract story. It's an interesting week for Habs fans. For the first time in as long as most of us can remember, the Canadiens have a light schedule on the ice. After facing the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden, they will get 3 days off before heading to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs. Despite this light schedule, it couldn't be a more important week for the Canadiens. Tonight's game against the Rangers might be the most important game of the season. The way things currently stand, the Rangers sit 5 points behind the Canadiens with only a single game in hand, thanks to an 2-2-2 record over their last 6 games. While...

Habs make it 4 in a row against Oilers; look to make it 5 tomorrow

Ever watched a hockey game and got the feeling that the ice was tilted in one direction of the rink? Like one of those labyrinth table mazes we all had when we were kids? Well that's what last night's 5-4 shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers felt like. Maybe it was the fact that I was sitting at one side of the rink when it felt like all the action was taking place on the complete other side of the rink. Maybe it was just the natural progression of the game. Nevertheless, it was an odd one to watch. For nearly the entire game, the play seemed stuck on either one side of the ice or the other. It was a back and forth game that didn't really seem to go anywhere, despite all the goals....

Habs Laughs!

Habs Laughs Hey TCL, The name is Mike O, a few months ago I started a Habs Blog that dealt with the lighter side of being a Habs fan. Rather than pour over every detail from every game I decided to take a lighter approach and take the funny route. I was approached by TCL to post my blogs here in hopes if giving the Habs and Hockey fans who are regulars a taste of some Habs Laughs. I'll be posting all of my blogs here from now on, but if you want to catch up go ahead and visit the site at www.habslaughs.blogspot.com Here is my latest entry, I hope you like it. ---- A few weeks ago the world was watching the best of the best compete at the Olympic Games in Vancouver. As usua...