Looking at what is going on out west and how those teams are all fairing well when playing East conference teams, it looks like only three teams in my opinion have a chance at this point to compete for the cup. Pittsburg, Boston, Montreal.
Montreal is in this group only because they are one "big" trade away to being as talented as Boston and Pittsburg. Tampa Bay is not in this list because the Steven Stamkos effect , lasting into March, will soon be evident. They will be playing West coast teams soon and will not fair as well as the above mentioned teams.
Well, further to my previous post, The Philadelphia Flyers must have received a phone call Bob G to Bobby C. take care of that S.O.B. Torterella for us will ya?
They manhandled the Rangers and Cirillo went after Gaborik, New York's star forward. Imagine that. Going after star forwards. Crying out foul in front of the NY press that it was a gutless, shamefull move by the Flyers.
seems like only a few days before he had his guys do the same to the star Players of the Montreal Canadiens (Markov, Georges, Gionta, Halak) and laughed and smiled.
Seems like the rat can give it but can't take it......Boo hoo hoo.He's got the Masisosn Blues.
Make no mistake, Georges Laracque will not be missed. On Sunday, January 17th, 2010, The Montreal Canadiens were visiting the New York Rangers. After a strong 1st period, they came out of it up 2-0. John Torterella, Coach of the Rangers, was fuming with the lacklustre performance provided by his team.
The Rangers came out forechecking and swinging in the 2nd. Using his last line change advantage, he was putting out his goons and trouble makers out on the ice whenever he could. several fights broke out and a lot of cheap shots happened. This tactic was used but Torterella as a reply rather than challenging his skilled players. Let's be clear, Torterella is a sewer rat, has no coaching abilities and is worthy of an American league team , not an NHL club.
The problem is that whenever Laraque went onto the ice, the goons were called of and replaced by his skilled players. Laracque has class and is THE best fighter in the NHL. He did not stoop down to the level of going after the Rangers star players. Problem was, the Rangers would not play there tough guys when he was on the ice.
Laracque obviously did not follow direction to reply in favor to the Rangers and get things shaking on the Canadiens side by challenging the Rangers top guys. Mistake. When called upon, you must execute. result 3-2 Rangers after 2 periods.
More of the same in the 3rd, with the Habs players confused and angry, fell off there game plan and lost 6-2. Mr. Laracque played his last game as a Montreal Canadien. Good ridance. Unfortunately I liked him but no one want to fight him and he is not a scorer.
I was at the game between the Montreal Canadiens and the NY Islanders last night in Montreal. The Bell centre was packed, great enthusiasm and the atmosphere was electric for a Monday night game.
The Canadiens looked in fine form all night. Defensively, very little mistakes, the puck movement was good and efficient and clearing the front of the net was acceptable.
The goaltending performance provided by Jaroslav Halak was very steady. No rebounds, well positioned and provided good puck support behind the net.
The forwards were strong. Better game from Latendresse, finally. The top line was average, which is still good. Particularly, I found the forecheck to be better than average and the intensity was there.
The Officiating of this game was brutal. 9 calls against Montreal, 4 or 5 of them were very questionable.
The Canadiens prevailed in overtime, letting the fans leave singing and chanting. Game review: 7/10
Well, the season is in full swing and the Leafs are in trouble. An identity crisis is what I believe is the problem. I see this team going 3-14-2 or something horrid like it to start the first quarter.
They are heading out west, so it does not get any easier. Any ways, it's good for the Habs...