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Postgame 15 – This poops

November 4, 2009

Warning: we are not in an especially forgiving or gracious mood this evening.

Can somebody tell me why, even when they play well for a few minutes, periods or games, or especially when they play well for a few minutes, periods or games, these guys always end up coming up short (without making the obvious joke)?

Can somebody tell me why Anderson, Pavelec, Leclaire, Kiprusoff, etc can stone the Smurfs endlessly but Halak and Price fall victim to third and fourth liners and rookies who have never scored in the NHL before?

Is every one of the sucky-to-middle-of-the-pack teams (the Oilers, FFS) better than the Habs?

They couldn’t beat the Kovaless Thrashers, even though they scored 4 goals.

They have won one game in regulation. One game.

The PP is fluctuating between abysmal and atrocious. My friend may or may not have broken his TV today.

I have this recurring nightmare where I’m dressed in a Habs uniform and I’m being chased around by a giant apple cinnamon turnover.

We’re 15 games in. We were supposed to wait 25 to see what this team’s going to look like, right?

I don’t know if I want to know.

The coach is not the problem, per se. The coaching could use a sense of urgency. And also maybe they can outfit the team with shock collars (wow, typo) and give the players electric shocks every time they give the puck away or lose a faceoff.

The goaltending is not really the problem, but I would like to see some more thievery from those two.

The offense is only part of the problem. The first line is an excellent line. The Plekanec is an excellent Plekanec. Metro and Moen are playing beyond their capabilities.


The defense… is porous. Like, they might as well not even be there. In fact, I’d like it if they weren’t there and some other people were there instead. With the exception of Josh Gorges and Hamrlik, the current D can all go join Markov on the IR (stupidity is a disease, right?) and we’ll pick five nice grannies from the Montreal area to suit up. They’d fit under the cap, and be a better D-corps. Win-win.

This team is not awesome.

None of the teams they play in November are easier to play than the Thrashers. Don’t even think about saying “But… Tampa…” you know better than that.

November is an ugly, ugly month.

Game 15 Gionta love: Everything!

Goalie Guessing Game: Old Gremlin Ears is going to pick Halak but I’d rather throw Carey in. He needs to find his game. That involves playing until he wins and then playing some more.

Andrei Markov: Is right on schedule for a February return, according to Jacques Martin, according to HabsInsideOut. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Chris Higgins Career Watch: Much like when he was in Montreal, the trade rumour mill is abuzz with Higgy talk. Unfortunately,  now it’s for the exact opposite reason. I wonder if I will still be a mess if he gets traded again. Still, he JUST SCORED HIS FIRST OF THE SEASON!!!!! so maybe he’ll stay within stalkable driveable distance from me.

Booing Kostitsyn: was pretty retarded, given that he played better this game than he has in a long while.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2009 1:52 am

    The defence sucks… sucks badly….

    Its pretty sad that I really think Hal Gill would have been useful tonight.

    How do we constantly leave the same play open…. anyone who cruises into the high slot, and is a little behind the play, gets set up for the wide open one-timer every time.

    MAB – play him at forward…. he’s awful.

    Carle – not a good first night.

    The other four…. they sucked too tonight.

  2. November 4, 2009 2:07 am

    Higgins redeemed himself with the goal. He was awful up to that point. The rest of the Rangers were pretty awful the whole evening. Bitter, party of two.

    • theactivestick permalink*
      November 4, 2009 10:51 am

      I hope it means the curse has been lifted from Higgins. Maybe it will inspire him to get a haircut.

      And yeah, I woke up this morning still a little pissed.

  3. November 4, 2009 2:31 am

    About a period or so before the goal Higgins was robbed by Raycroft. I’m sure he was starting to think it might never come. That can be a problem when your not scoring.

  4. James permalink
    November 4, 2009 3:00 am

    Is this beaker guy a stalker? It seems he just can’t wait for each new post so he can leave a comment.

    • Phil permalink
      November 4, 2009 3:02 am

      I only come to this blog to read Beaker’s insightful comments.

  5. Mark permalink
    November 4, 2009 3:00 am

    Did Higgins grow his hair? Just caught a glimpse of him on tonight’s telecast.

    For the coaching, welcome to a Senators fan’s world for way too many years. Don’t get me wrong, I think that Jacques is a great coach when he has the horses to run his system. He can implement it and then sit back and stare at the scoreboard when the team gets down by a goal.

    Maybe the Habs can look into seeing if Lalime is available. He could be the French goalie saviour.

    • theactivestick permalink*
      November 4, 2009 10:52 am

      Yes, yes he did. And it looks ridiculous. But I still love him.

      The problem with JM is that the horses are not in the system. And I really don’t think the goaltending is the problem.
      You can’t steal 82 games. You need a functioning D.

  6. Unfinished Business permalink
    November 4, 2009 1:11 pm

    Sorry, did the Habs play last night? All I heard in Toronto was Kessel, Kessel, Kessel, Kessel, Kessel, Kessel. You would think this Kessel player was Gretzky, Ovechkin and Crosby all mixed into one.

    Oh what was that, he didn’t score last night? And the Leafs lost again? To TAMPA BAY? Brilliant!

    • theactivestick permalink*
      November 4, 2009 1:54 pm

      To be fair, he is ten times better than the entire rest of their roster combined.

      Wonder if he can play D for the Habs…

      • Unfinished Business permalink
        November 4, 2009 5:27 pm

        I completely acknowledge that he played as well as one can play without scoring.

        Checkout Down Goes Brown’s piece on him. He’s both impressed and depressed all at once.

  7. November 4, 2009 3:21 pm

    Just a hiccup on the way to building a strong club where every forward is asked to play responsibly, and every player is asked to keep their feet moving.

    We all knew there would be days like this.

  8. November 4, 2009 10:59 pm

    When Price is hesitant to give the puck to a defenceman to his face and instead flips it to center ice for the forwards, you know the D is poop.

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