Habs For Breakfast - 2008-03-13

First the Habs had to tackle Jersey to climb back into first overall in the conference, now they have to full it off against Ottawa tonight.

My prediction?

If Montreal scores the first goal, the game is theirs!

Here's the links for today. For the benefit of the English only readers, I'll relate the funny Carey Price anecdote, recounted by Josh Gorges.

Last week, during the game against the Coyotes, the Habs were pinned in their end for a good stretch. During a commercial break, the players were over at the bench taking a breather when Price says, "Hey guys, why don't we go play in their end for awhile!"

My nickname for Carey Price?

The Iceman!

Maxim Lapierre was being interviewed on the subject of Price after practice yesterday. Max knows full well, from having Price as a team mate in Hamilton last season when they won the Calder Cup, what effects stress and pressure have on him.

Price was but a few feet away, completely oblivious to comments, as Max spoke to reporters. The goalie was quietly getting undressed, his thoughts elsewhere.

Lapierre motioned the reporter to glance over at Price, who never looked up.

"There, that's about as stressed as he gets!"

Bulldogs Provide Bite For Canadiens - Gazette

"While 12 of the current Canadiens have logged time with the American Hockey League's Bulldogs en route to the National Hockey League, there are six players who have been with Hamilton this season. In addition to Lapierre and Sergei Kostitsyn, the group includes Ryan O'Byrne, Mikhail Grabovski and the goaltending duo of Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak." - Pat Hickey

Sens Game A Reality Check For Canadiens - Gazette

"Head coach Guy Carbonneau was aware of the significance of that game when he talked yesterday about teams that serve as measuring sticks." - Pat Hickey

Ceasefire! - The H Does Not Stand For Habs

"I thought it was a lousy choice by Gainey because I believed Breezer was too soft when he last played in Montreal, and age and injury would have been unlikely to improve the situation." - J.T.

Desharnais Packs A Complete Game In A Small Package - NHL.com

"Not only does the 5-foot-6 Desharnais lead the ECHL in scoring with 78 points (20 goals, 58 assists) in 53 games, but his defensive prowess had guided him to a remarkable plus-32 rating. His play helped the Cyclones win a league-record 17 consecutive games, a stretch that finally came to an end in Stockton on March 1." - Brian Compton

Who's this guy?

Take away the hair!

He was once traded for Jacques Demers!

A Trade For The History Books - Ottawa Sun

"He'd been traded for Jacques Demers, head coach of the Nordiques' AHL farm team, the Fredericton Express, who'd head-coached the Nords their first two seasons a few years earlier, and will now take over coaching the Blues." - Earl McRae

"Price peut être meilleur": Lapierre - RDS

"Carey est très talentueux, c'est un gars de défis, a-t-il repris. Il veut qu'on lui donne le filet et quand on le fait, il saisit l'occasion. Il montre actuellement qu'il veut aider l'équipe à aller loin en séries éliminatoires." - Maxim Lapierre

Le CH peut rivaliser avec tout le monde - RDS

"Lors d'une éventuelle finale, le Canadien n'a pas à s'inquiéter de la robustesse des formations de l'ouest parce qu'il mise sur la rapidité. Je pense que la vitesse du Tricolore forcera les autres équipes à mettre la pédale douce sur l'aspect physique. Au début du voyage, les Sabres ont voulu jouer physiquement avec comme résultat que le Canadien a compté trois buts en avantage numérique pour se sauver avec la victoire." - Benoit Brunet

Ottawa - Montreal: Une guerre à finir - La Presse

"Bon! Les Sénateurs peuvent encore atteindre le premier rang de la division, voire celui de l'Association. Mais pour y parvenir, les Sénateurs devront balayer d'un revers de main le Canadien, qu'il affrontera ce soir au Centre Bell, et deux autres fois d'ici la fin de la saison régulière." - François Gagnon

Etre numéro un, ça ne change pas le monde, mais... - La Presse

"Carey n'a pas à se battre pour son poste. Il a la même confiance et le même style qu'avant. Mais il sait maintenant qu'il est le numéro un." - Guy Carbonneau

Sergei Kostitsyn au centre? - Le Journal

"On parle de cette possibilité depuis plusieurs semaines et on sait qu'il peut jouer à cette position, a-t-il raconté. On possède toutefois quatre bonnes lignes d'attaque et ça va rester comme ça. Sergei joue bien avec Saku et Chris." - Guy Carbonneau

"Les Sénateurs demeure la référence dans l'Est": Guy Carbonneau - Le Journal

"Il y a belle lurette qu'on n'a pas vu le Canadien accueillir les Sénateurs tout en les devançant au classement. L'écart n'est toutefois que de deux points entre les deux clubs qui présentent le meilleur rendement offensif dans la LNH avec une production de 227 buts chacun." - Pierre Durocher

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