Habs For Breakfast: 16 for 25 Begins


















Two quick thoughts.

When considering overwhelming favorites, don't forget who won the last Super Bowl?

Add the jersey numbers of the last two Cup winning Canadiens goalies to Carey Price's number. It equals the last year a Cup appreared in Montreal. It's just coincidence. Keep believing that.

Five days off from hockey games feels like an eternity. Enough talk.

The Wait Is Over - Gazette

"It's about what they're going to do," Carbonneau said before the Canadiens' final pre-playoff practice yesterday. "We beat them 11 times in a row, so I don't think they're going to play the same way. They're going to change some things. I haven't got an email from (Boston coach Claude Julien) that says: 'This is what we're going to do.' So we're gonna have to find out and then react and we have to do it quick. Maybe between periods or between games or after the second game."

Honk Twice If You Love The Habs - Gazette

"Guy Carbonneau says it takes him 45 minutes to make the commute from his West Island home to the Bell Centre, "and I get honked at about 150 times a day." This doesn't necessarily make the Canadiens head coach special; he is driving a Quebec highway, after all." - Dave Stubbs

'71 Proved Upsets Happen - Gazette

"If I'm reading and hearing it correctly, the Montreal Canadiens tonight embark on their journey to a 25th Stanley Cup. Whoa! I admit the numbers say the No. 1 seed Canadiens should be able to handle the No. 8 Boston Bruins, but don't the games have to be played before they move on to the second round?" - Red Fisher

Canadiens Avoid Putting Too Much Stock In Recent And Past Success Against Bruins - International Herald Tribune

""You know, the playoffs are a grind," Gorges said. "You ask anybody that's been through any type of playoffs, it's never easy. It's a battle of attrition and I think the team that wants it the most and the team that prepares the hardest and does what it takes is the team that ultimately is successful."

Habs Koivu Unlikely For Series Opener - TSN

"Barring a last-minute recovery by Saku Koivu, it will be Alex Kovalev wearing the captain's C when the Montreal Canadiens begin the playoffs against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night."

Price, Canadiens Out To Slay Bruins Masters - The Sporting News

"Once the postseason starts there are no favorites," Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek said. "Our record against Boston or our record in the regular season is not going to help us win in the postseason. Montreal Canadiens teams aren't defined on what they do in the regular season, they're defined on the success they have in the postseason."

Is Bob Gainey A Clairvoyant? - Bleacher Report

"Bob Gainey took a lot of heat from Montreal Canadien fans when he sent Huet packing. I was one of the critics. I thought for sure Carey Price was too young and inexperienced to carry the Habs to the playoffs. I was wrong. I owe Bob Gainey an apology. How did he know?" - Phillip Houghton

Round One Preview: Goaltending - Four Habs Fans

"Undoubtedly the most important position in all of sports (not that I'm biased), FHF turns it's in-depth "analysis" to the teams' respective goaltenders, Carey Price - aka The Franchise Saviour (tm), and Tim Thomas - aka Tiny Tim." - Panger76

Hold Onto Your Hats, Habs Fans Are In For A Joyous Ride - Dennis Kane's Excellent Montreal Canadiens Blog

"Montreal is so much more than what people, other than Habs fans, are giving them credit for. It’s a young team, faster than lightening, with a system that allows for quick breakouts, and with a steady defence that includes the duo that some oppposing players have said recently is the best defence partnership in the league - Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek."

Le CH prêt pour un très long printemps - RDS

"Durant nos réunions, j'ai dit aux joueurs qu'on se préparait à jouer 28 matchs. Aucune équipe n'a jamais remporté la coupe en gagnant 16 matchs d'affilée. Je ne m'attends pas à ça." - Guy Carbonneau

Kovalev peut compter sur son père - RDS

"Il ne voulait pas. Il se disait trop âgé (68 ans), que les voyages le fatiguaient beaucoup. J'ai dû mettre cinq mois à le convaincre", racontait Kovalev mercredi à la veille du premier affrontement de cette série quart de finale de l'Association Est. "Aujourd'hui, il est très très heureux d'être venu."

Carbonneau a hâte d'aller à Roberval - RDS

"Guy Carbonneau s'est dit très heureux que la ville de Roberval, au Lac-Saint-Jean, ait été sacrée "hockey town" au Canada à la suite d'un concours organisé par la CBC. Le Canadien va ainsi disputer un match préparatoire aux Sabres de Buffalo durant le camp d'entraînement en septembre prochain."

Le CH est trop jeune pour avoir peur - RDS

"D’entrée de jeu, je tiens à vous parler de la jeunesse du Canadien. Certains experts ou amateurs pensent que le manque d’expérience pourrait nuire au Tricolore. Mais je ne suis pas du tout de cet avis, en fait je crois que leur jeunesse sera leur force." - Bob Hartley

Carbonneau: "Je n'ai pas l'intention de perdre" - La Presse

"Comment je réagirais? Je ne sais pas. Mais je n’ai pas l’intention de perdre." C’est avec cette remarque que Guy Carbonneau a complété son point de presse à la veille du premier match de la série Canadien-Bruins qui s’amorcera demain au Centre Bell." - François Gagnon

Julien: "Chara ne sera pas dérangé du tout" - La Presse

"Notre seule chance d'être compétitifs, c'est de demeurer disciplinés, a reconnu Julien. C'est assez évident puisque le Canadien est la meilleure équipe en avantage numérique." - Marc Antoine Godin

Le piège : l'excès de confiance - Le Journal

"Si j'étais dans les souliers de Carbonneau, je serais quelque peu inquiet. Surtout inquiet de la façon dont mes nombreux jeunes joueurs peuvent se laisser endormir par ces statistiques ronflantes. À vrai dire, si j'étais Carbonneau, je m'organiserais pour que toutes ces statistiques prennent le bord de la poubelle." - Jacques Demers

L'équipe du Canada, le CH? - Le Journal

"Le Canadien, qui a gagné sept de ses huit derniers matchs du calendrier, qui a dominé la ligue avec 267 buts et qui compte sept marqueurs de 50 points, s'en remet au gardien de l'avenir dans la Ligue nationale pour aller loin. Même si les trois derniers finalistes de la coupe Stanley ont été Calgary, Edmonton et Ottawa, aucune formation canadienne n'a gagné la coupe depuis le Canadien en 1993, la seule organisation à avoir réussi l'exploit en 18 ans." - Bertrand Raymond

Le Canadien enflamme les casernes de Montréal - Le Journal

"Décidément, même la participation du Canadien aux séries ne peut calmer la tension entre les pompiers et le Services des incendies de Montréal (SIM). La direction a demandé hier soir aux sapeurs de la caserne 5 d'enlever les logos de la Sainte- Flanelle des fenêtres de l'édifice." - Charles Poulin
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