Habs For Breakfast - 2008-03-03















The dreaded annual western road trip is upon the Canadiens, and at a very interesting time in the team's evolution. They will need to come down to earth after a weekend beyong all expectations that have left them atop of the Eastern Conference.

Good pieces in todays paper include articles on Price, Gainey, and the concept of team.

All Eyes Focused On Price - The Gazette

"Price's luggage would be tagged "heavy" if it included the weight of expectation, something the goalie has hauled since his junior days with the Tri-City Americans, Canada's victorious 2007 world junior championship squad and the American Hockey League's Calder Cup-winning Hamilton Bulldogs of last spring." - Dave Stubbs

Price Has Been On A Meteoric Rise - The Gazette

"Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had more highlights in the past 14 months than many hockey players have in a lifetime." - Dave Stubbs

Gainey Shows He's In Total Control - The Gazette

"There was a moment during his post-deadline presser last week when Bob Gainey was explaining his decision to anoint Carey Price as the goaltender of today (rather than the goalie of the future) and to jettison Cristobal Huet for a second-round draft pick. "We ...," Gainey started to say. Then he corrected himself: "I ... decided." - Jack Todd

Captain On The Rise - The H Does Not Stand For Habs

"CBC interviewed the captain after the game and asked him how it felt to be in first place. His quickly-smothered grin amidst the careful platitudes one mouths in such situations, to avoid incurring the wrath of opponents and the hockey gods, was a little flash of the old Koivu." - J.T.

Habs Prospect Update - Habs Prospects.com

"Max Pacioretty is having a great year with 32 points in 30 games but it’s the way he’s playing that’s so impressive, as he is already a physical force that gives opposing defensemen fits trying to contain him or move him from the crease. He recently came up big for his team by scoring 5 goals in 4 games in what were some of the biggest games of the season, helping his team beat the top rated school in the NCAA as Michigan has now moved back into that spot. He’s currently on a four game goals streak and has picked up 9 goals in his last 11 games."




















"Ils ont du plaisir à jouer ensemble": Carbo - le Journal

"Tout le monde est renversé. "Craig (Rivet) est surpris de nous voir en première place", a raconté Saku Koivu après la victoire du Tricolore aux dépens des Devils, samedi soir au Centre Bell. Koivu doit l'être aussi." - Marc De Foy

Le voyage de l' année pour le Canadien - Le Journal

"Il faudra vous coucher tard pour voir le Canadien lors de ses deux premiers matchs dans l'Ouest américain. Qu'à cela ne tienne, ça ne devrait pas trop refroidir la ferveur des amateurs en ces temps festifs." - Marc de Foy

Tous ensemble, pour le premier rang - La Presse

"Pour les partisans, c'est l'imagination des joueurs utilisés en avantage numérique qui saute aux yeux. Comment ne pas s'émerveiller devant les passes savantes du quintette d'Alex Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Kostitsyn, Andrei Markov et Mark Streit? De plus, sur la deuxième vague, Roman Hamrlik, Sergei Kostitsyn, Chris Higgins, Saku Koivu et Michael Ryder apportent également leur contribution." - Pierre Ladouceur

Un production record de jeunes talents chez le CH - La Presse

"Trevor Timmins peut être fier. Avec le rappel de Mikhail Grabovski et de Jaroslav Halak, mardi dernier, et l'échange avorté avec les Thrashers d'Atlanta, le Canadien comptait dans sa formation, samedi, neuf joueurs recrutés par Timmins depuis son premier repêchage en 2003." - Mathias Brunet

Koivu admet qu'il est surpris - RDS

"J'ai eu le malheur d'avancer qu'on avait une équipe capable de lutter pour une place en séries, mais qu'on ne pouvait pas aspirer à la coupe Stanley" - Koivu

Le voyage tombe pile - RDS

"A l'étranger, la pression sera moins forte et on pourra recentrer tous les efforts sur ce qu'on doit faire." - Saku Koivu

Saku retrouvera son ami Craig - RDS

"Je parle souvent à Craig au téléphone, a confié Koivu, samedi soir. La dernière fois, c'était il y a quelques jours à peine. Ca va être la première fois qu'on va se voir depuis qu'il a été échangé. Malheureusement, on n'aura pas beaucoup de temps pour renouer. On arrive en début de soirée, dimanche, et on repart immédiatement après le match, lundi." - Koivu

Comme en 1993 - La Presse
"Allez! Dites le que vous en rêvez. C’est correct. C’est même parfait. C’est très noble de prendre pour une équipe, de l’encourager, de la vénérer en autant que vous respectiez les idées des autres." François Gagnon

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