Thursday, January 5, 2012

Habs/Jets post-game, New Song, Eller, Leblanc, Suspensions and More

Well, after many dismal performances at home, the Bell Centre faithful certainly heard a different tune to start 2012.

See, get the pun? Retired after the 2004-05 lockout, the Canadiens brought back the goal song which animated celebrations at the turn of the millennium.

Clearly, Lars Eller enjoyed the song, as he made it play four times in the evening, capping off his performance with an otherworldly move in the shootout.

In spite of this healthy win, however, the Canadiens are still miles away from being in the playoff discussion, let alone a playoff spot. Sitting seven points out of 8th place and having played more games than most of their rivals,  their work is cut out for them.

At this point, it is not unreasonable to suggest a playoff spot is almost completely out of reach.

But, if the Canadiens are to pull off the improbable feat of qualifying for the post-season, they will have to make sure to play that new song a lot.


HW/HA Forum - Winnipeg vs Montreal, 7:30 PM, Jan. 4

Habs News - Press Release - Habs Assign Louis Leblanc to Hamilton - He Said / She Said: The Canadiens' New Conference - A cup of coffee with your Danish?

Louis' Note: I am so proud of my pun. That is all.

Hockey Inside / Out - The year begins with a W

Hockey Inside / Out - About last night...

La Presse - Jets-Canadien: le bulletin de Pierre Ladouceur

Hockey News

IIHF - Another candidate for Sochi?

Sports Illustrated - Time to move the Winter Classic out west

Louis' Note: No kidding. It would be wonderful if, as a whole, the league put a bit more focus on the Western based teams. Especially for us out east, perhaps we would not always be forced to stay up way past our bedtimes just to catch up on the happenings of the left coast.

TSN - Beyak: Quick momentum shift put Jets behind for good

TSN - Blackhawks' Carcillo suspended seven games for Gilbert hit

TSN - Flames' Bourque suspended five games for elbow on Backstrom

TSN - Tortorella fined $30,000 for post-Winter Classic comments


Watching Eller last night made me realize how young these guys are. He was absolutely mesmerized last night by the crowd, the fans and the moment.

It's the first game I have watched since before the Christmas in it's entirety and am glad I tuned in.

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