Habs For Breakfast: First Place Feel Good Edition















What an inspiring display of offensive fireworks night with the Habs thumping Buffalo! It reminded me of the firewagon hockey played by the Flying Frenchman of my youth. These boys, with all their overseas componants, are the French Foreign Legion - and can they fly!

Our goaltending is looking quite solid for the second game in a row, but critics looking for something negative in Carey Price's play will have to settle for the fact that he's fairly lame at catching pucks with the back of his head!

Cristobal Huet did us a favour, in shuting out the Devils last night, setting up a battle for first place in the conference tonight on Habs turf. It should be another big game for the Canadiens and I sense it will be a landmark contest for the boys, just as the last tilt in Jersey was.

It will be interesting to watch how a team like New Jersey approaches playing the Canadiens as the road team. The Habs are showing they are awful hard to contain, and aren't easily pushed around. What tactic will they emply to slow them down? I don't see the Devils as being able to keep up with the Habs in an open game. They'll be counting on Martin Brodeur big time, as the Canadiens of today have the artiliary to test him like never before.

The first goal will be huge tonight!

Habs Take Division Lead - Canadiens.com

"He's playing solid," Carbonneau said about the 20-year-old Price, who was handed the No. 1 goalie duties following Tuesday's trade of Cristobal Huet to Washington. "Not that I see a big difference, but you can see he's more calm and really poised in the net."

Plekanec Lifts Habs To Northeast Peak - The Gazette

"Head coach Guy Carbonneau seemed to be in a playful mood in the third period and he offered a possible glimpse of the future when he used an all-Belarusian line with Mikhail Grabovski between the Kostitsyn brothers. Grabovski picked up his second assist of the night as Sergei Kostitsyn completed the scoring." - Pat Hickey

Huet Trade All About $$ - The Gazette

"This is Bob Gainey's beau risque. He is gambling that his young, very affordable goalies can hold the fort, freeing up money to re-sign RFAs such as Andrei Kostitsyn and allowing the Canadiens to go shopping for a UFA or two this summer." - Mike Boone

Premier de sa division - RDS

"Plus important encore, le Canadien n’est qu’à un point des Devils du New Jersey et du premier rang dans l’Est, les Devils ayant été blanchis 4-0 par Cristobal Huet et les Capitals de Washington. Avec une victoire contre les Devils samedi soir au Centre Bell, le Canadien pourrait encore une fois s’emparer du premier rang dans l’association."
















Vers le sommet de l' Est - RDS

"C'est notre meilleur match à Buffalo depuis longtemps," a déclaré Guy Carbonneau. "C'était important avant d'affronter les Devils du New Jersey et avant d'entreprendre un voyage de quatre matchs dans l'ouest américain."

Kovalev et Plekanec étourdisent les Sabres - La Presse

"Où s'arrêtera la progression de Tomas Plekanec? Difficile à dire. Chose certaine, il n'a pas fini de nous étonner. Plekanec a réussi le premier tour du chapeau de sa carrière dans une victoire de 6-2 du Canadien face aux Sabres de Buffalo, vendredi soir, au HSBC Arena. Le Tchèque a inscrit ses trois buts en supériorité numérique. Il s'agissait de ses 22e, 23e et 24e de la saison. Il a aussi obtenu une aide." - François Lemenu

Kovalev repart la machine - La Presse

"Kovalev, le meilleur joueur du Canadien, le meilleur marqueur de l’équipe, s’est entraîné plus ce matin que les Mathieu Dandenault, Patrice Brisebois et Tom Kostopoulos qui ont fait des minutes supplémentaires parce qu’ils ne joueront pas ce soir. Et lorsque Kirk Muller a chassé de la patinoire les derniers retardataires à l’entraînement, il a laissé Kovalev tranquille, parce que le gros russe avait décidé de prolonger son travail." - François Gagnon

Chapeau Plekanec - La Presse

"Guillaume Latendresse ne casse rien depuis quelques semaines. Toujours en quête d’un premier point cette saison face aux Sabres et limité à deux buts à ses 22 derniers matchs, Latendresse a jeté les gants en fin de deuxième devant Nolan Pratt. Le combat n’a pas été bien long, mais Latendresse a rapidement renversé le défenseur des Sabres après l’avoir atteint sur le nez." - François Gagnon
















Price Looks Rights For Habs - Globe Sports

"Teams seem to think they are able to get us out of our game by hitting us and trying to intimidate us," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "It's not working. Our power plays are really doing the job and we did a good job early in the game, and hopefully we'll keep it going."

2-29-08: Canadiens 6 Sabres 2 - Theory Of Ice

"The best thing about the Canadiens this year is that they don’t stay down for long. Like everyone else, they have their bad games and rough patches, but they rebound amazingly fast. There’s a sense of resilience, determination, and righteous indignation in this team that won’t allow itself the spiral of a true losing streak." - E

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