Habs For Breakfast - April 4, 2008























You have to appreciate how these bunch of Habs have the ability to win games in different ways, with a varying cast of heroes changing on a nightly basis. We looking one gelled team right now!

There are four intangible that I've always maintained a team needs to go deep into the playoffs and win a Cup with. They are goaltending, faith, harmony, and line depth.

Right now, the Smolinski, Begin, Kostopoulos line are playing about as good as one can expect of a fourth line.

This team gets along and there is no turmoil whatsoever this season.

They believe in themselves. How could they not.

Their goalie is a zone, mentally. Carey Price is not surrendering the type of goals he was earlier in the season, when concentration and puck tracking seemed his biggest woes.

Add it all up!

Ryan O'Byrne had this to say about Carey Price last night after the game:

"He’s just so relaxed. Nothing fazes him," shrugged O’Byrne. "He’s the first guy to be chatting it up with someone in the room before a game, and you never see that in a goalie."

Do I like our chances? I Love our chances!




















Habs Keep Conference Dream Alive - Gazette

"The Canadiens can put the pressure on the Penguins with a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night. The Penguins would then have to win their final game Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers." - Pat Hickey

Price Can Lead Canadiens To Promised Land - Gazette

Admit it: you knew all along that with only one game remaining in the season, the Canadiens would have the Northeast Division championship locked up and still be in the race for No. 1 overall in the Eastern Conference. Yeah, sure you did. - Red Fisher

Canadiens Eliminate Sabres With Win - TSN

"It gives us a chance to finish first," said Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau. "We don't know what will happen on Sunday, but if we win on Saturday, it will force Pittsburgh to play their best players."

How Sweet it Is - Except If You're A Sabres Fan - Dennis Kane's Excellent Montreal Canadiens Blog

"The Habs aren’t being stopped, eliminating the Buffalo Sabres tonight in a completely convincing, except for some brief moments in the third period, 3-1 win. And they won it in style, even with injuries, even with the northeast sewn up, because, like Alex Kovalev says, "a team starts the playoffs the way they end the season." - Dennis Kane

1st In The East Still Up For Grabs - Lions In Winter

Our first goal on the Power-Play was our nicest tonight. The Habs PP is so effective these days that I have come to take goals like this one for granted. Kovalev fed it back to the point to Hamrlik. Hammer then sent the puck straight back to the right side to Streit who released a very good slapshot. In front of the net Higgins was providing the screen and had just the right touch to tip it up over Miller. - Tobalev

Gorgeous Gorges - The H Does Not Stand For Habs

"I wonder if Bob Gainey has allowed himself a small, secret smile at the way Josh Gorges is playing these days? Or whether Doug Wilson has stopped kicking himself yet. I wasn't sure how things would work out when Craig Rivet got traded to the Sharks for Gorges and the Sharks' first-round pick last year. I wasn't even sure how I felt about it. On one hand, Rivet was a lifetime Hab who'd given a lot of himself to the team. On the other, he was having a pretty rotten season and had betrayed the "A" on his sweater by getting angry and dividing loyalty in the room." - J.T.

Q & A With Mikhail Grabovski - McKeen's Hockey

"McKeen's recently had the opportunity to chat with Grabovski before he was recalled by the Canadiens at the trading deadline. The talented forward talked about his AHL exploits, splitting time between Hamilton and Montreal, coming back from injury, playing in Russia, representing Belarus, and his overall game." - Kevin Wey

4-3-08: Canadiens 3 Sabres 1 - Theory Of Ice

"It’s a little scary how irrelevant our injury ‘woes’ are starting to seem. No Koivu, Komisarek, Bouillon, Ryder, or (incidentally) Grabovski, and yet no obvious deterioration in the Habs’ overall game. Not to say that I don’t want those guys healthy again for the playoffs, but there is clearly more to the team’s success than just good luck with bones and muscles." -E















Eyeing The Calder Trophy - Montreal Canadiens.com

"You often hear about a goalie being in the zone for a period of time. Carey certainly was at the World Juniors, in Hamilton, and even with his junior team," explained head coach Guy Carbonneau. "And now since the trade deadline, Carey has been in that zone."

The Numbers Game - April 3, 2008 - Montreal Canadiens.com

"7 Canadiens players, now including Chris Higgins, to have reached the 50-point mark this season, the most since seven Habs also turned the trick in 1988-89."

Le trio de Smolinski a donné le ton - RDS

"Ce trio va très bien depuis le retour de Steve, a indiqué Guy Carbonneau. Chaque joueur comprend bien son rôle. On parle ici de vétérans qui font le travail défensivement et qui obtiennent ainsi des occasions de marquer."

Desharnais brûle le ECHL - RDS

"Le centre natif de Québec occupe le premier rang des compteurs (28-74-102) de la ECHL en plus de présenter un différentiel de plus-35 dans l'uniforme des Cyclones de Cincinnati."

Canadiens 3 Sabres 1: "Ramenez la Coupe" - La Presse

"Le message était on ne peut plus clair: ramenez la Coupe à Montréal. Coiffant, en grosses lettres, les noms de tous les joueurs du Canadien, ce message occupait chaque centimètre d'une longue bannière blanche que des partisans ont plusieurs fois déployée d'un bout à l'autre d'une rangée de la section 107, hier soir, au Centre Bell." - François Gagnon

Viacheslav Fetisov, compatriote et fan de l'Artiste - La Presse

"Je n'aime pas classer les joueurs. Mais Alexei Kovalev, du point de vue des habiletés, a toujours été en haut de la liste, autant aujourd'hui qu'à l'époque où les Rangers de New York ont gagné la Coupe Stanley, quand il était encore tout jeune. Dans la centaine d'années d'histoire du hockey, il y a peu de joueurs qui ont été capables de faire ce qu'il accomplit avec une rondelle." - Viacheslav Fetisov

Carey Price entre dans sa bulle - La Presse

"Carey est dans sa zone depuis la date limite des transactions, a estimé Guy Carbonneau. On a vu dans le passé, aux Championnats du monde junior et l'an dernier à Hamilton, que plus les matchs sont importants, plus il est capable de garder son calme et de faire les arrêts."

D' Agnostini et Srewart int cru à on poisson d'avril à retardement - La Presse

"J'ai été surpris et je suis excité. J'arrive dans une équipe solide qui a gagné le championnat de sa division. Je vais donc travailler fort si je suis appelé à jouer", a déclaré D'Agostini, hier matin, quelques instants avant que l'entraîneur-chef Guy Carbonneau ne confirme sa présence au sein d'un trio avec Chris Higgins et Sergei Kostitsyn." - Pierre Lacouceur

Comme l'année de la dernière coupe - Le Journal

"Le Tricolore a anéanti les der niers espoirs des Sabres de Buffalo de prendre part aux séries éliminatoires en l'emportant 3 à 1, hier soir, au grand plaisir de ses partisans avec qui il renouait après une série de trois matchs sur les patinoires adverses." - Marc de Foy

L'increvable Steve Bégin - Le Journal

"Steve Bégin nous étonnera toujours. À chaque fois qu'on le pense au bout du rouleau, il revient plus fort. Il est increvable! Le vétéran attaquant a joué comme s'il avait 20 ans hier soir. Il a secoué les puces de ses adversaires en appliquant huit mises en échec toutes plus percutantes les unes que les autres. Il lui reste du jus, le vieux! " - Marc De Foy

"Carbonneau a fait du très bon travail": Lindy Ruff - Le Journal

"C'était un pari risqué, a raconté le pilote des Sabres, Lindy Ruff, après la rencontre. On aurait pu se sortir du match, mais ça nous a remis dedans." Ce dernier a tenu à lever son chapeau au Canadien, qui n'a pas donné beaucoup de marge de manoeuvre à ses jeunes joueurs. "Nous ne voulions pas accuser un déficit. Le Canadien joue un système difficile et il a fait un bon travail à nous fer mer la porte", a expliqué l'entraîneur." - Charles Rooke

"Price ne connait pas ce qu'est la pression": Bryan Smolinski - Le Journal

"Ça fait du bien de contribuer à l'attaque, même si la mission de notre trio est surtout défensive, a raconté Smolinski. Des joueurs clés manquent à l'appel et il faut que d'autres en fassent davantage pour combler ces pertes."
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