For most of the 2007-2008 season, the Habs had one problem with the team: DID NOT HAVE AN IDENTITY…
1. Were they simply a skilled team with little toughness?
2. One dimensional (depend heavily on their powerplay)?
3. Defensive experts?
4. Etc.

Some will argue all of the above… I think that they finally found their I.D.: SPEED! I think the call up of Gravboski cemented that identity with the Habs. If you are a coach on the opposite team these days, it is somewhat overwhelming to see these names:
-Sergei & Andrei Kostitsyn
Even Lapierre is finally showing some speed the past few games.

I think that the coaching staff finally realized that they won’t beat teams with their touhness or their skill and cannot depend on the PP to win every game or have the starting goalie be the first star of each game. Effectively using the team speed is creating numerous scoring chances and they are finally seeing the fruits of their labour! In the past few weeks, Ryder got a 3 points game (vs Rangers); Higgins 3 points game (vs Atlanta); Plekanec 3 goals game & Kovalev 4 assists (vs Buffalo).

Granted, Pleky scored his goals on the PP. However, Streit scored an awsome goal against Buffalo on a great back-handed feed by Grabovski, whom had outskated his defender(s) to make the play.

I must admit, earlier in the season (Oct.-Nov) I was a Grabovski basher… I stated that he reminded me of Perezhogin! However, Grabs seems to be an even faster skater (sometimes too fast) and a much better passer.

If the Habs stay healthy the rest of the season, not only will they make the playoffs, I strongly believe they can make some serious damage and go all the way! As most “experts” have concluded, the East is wide open. Ottawa’s play has gone south the past few weeks (1 goal in 3 games!); NJ is an enigma; Pittsburgh gave up too much for Hossa (which should hurt them in the long run); etc. Montreal can very well be the hottest, most consistent team heading into the playoffs and have an excellent chance of facing off against Boston in the first round, a team we haven’t lost to all year (not to mention we have their # in the playoffs).

Here are my bold predictions for the playoffs:





Since the East is wide open, I think that Big-Name teams such as NJ, Pittsburgh, Ottawa will all fall in the first two rounds. Consequently, Montreal will have a relatively easy ride into the finals, similar to 1993. As for Dallas, they are in a much tougher conference, defending against powerhouse teams like Anaheim, Detroit, San Jose, Calgary. By the time they reach the finals against the Habs, they won’t have much juice left in the tank.

Who do you think will be the final four teams? Does Montreal have a chance this year?

Thanks for reading,


164 Responses to BUILT FOR SPEED

  1. habs_punk says:

    I wasn't quiet because Conklin was playing bad, in all honesty, the Pens get so little of my attention, I didn't even know that Conklin had two bad games. I thought he was still on a roll. The thing you have to remember is IT'S TY FREAKIN' CONKLIN! You don't have Brodeur or Luongo between the pipes. Even Jocelyn Thibault went on hot streaks from time to time, doesn't mean he's going to take you anywhere in the playoffs.

  2. morrissey says:

    Are you seriously using come from behind wins as an argument against the Habs when they just recently came back and won a game from being down 5-0? How *****ed in the head are you, you stupid little retard??? Go troll elsewhere.

  3. vesa29 says:

    why do all you habs fans spend so much time and energy on being sarcastic and hatefull….i mean is there a real reason to have "(Leafswillneverwincup@thetruth.com)" in your address….cant you jsut be happy with the play of your own team instead of trying to make leafs fans feel worse. thats pretty low my friend.

  4. BruMagnus says:

    This is exactly true.

    It was the Habs fans who first started saying the Pens lacked experience and proven goaltenders, and I just wanted to flip that around and show how it is equally, if not moreso, true of the Habs!

  5. BruMagnus says:

    That's a very fair point.

    Here's to hoping Price doesn't choke in the real NHL (unless it's against the Pens).

  6. BruMagnus says:

    Yes I am. I'm showing that despite your miraculous come from behind wins, the Pens still managed to do the same and come from behind despite having a big lead. We didn't get downcast and throw in the towel, instead we came back harder and took the win, in regulation. That's heart. That's what the Pens are all about. The Rangers lack these things.

  7. BruMagnus says:

    That's a very good question…

  8. BruMagnus says:

    It is indeed a bad sign. But we have to consider the old stapple of good teams win bad games. Really though, if anything, it shows that even if the team plays bad, they can rely on their goaltender to steal one for them, which is precisely what Fleury did in that game, saving 35 shots.

    As for last year… that's a good question. We aren't as offensive as last year, that's for sure, but we are more deep, and well-rounded and a MUCH better defensive team (3rd or 4th in the East for Goals Against, seriously, who'd have funked that!). Don't forget the Penguins had a brutal start in 2006-07 also, and then had that disgusting winning streak where they took off. They virtually matched that this year again, having an atrocious start, but going like 11-1-2 during a period. And even with Crosby out the Pens did well enough. With him in the lineup, we'd likely have won 2 or 3 more of those games.

    Also, don't forget the East is a much better Conference this year, and the competition is much tougher. Also, the Pens won't be taking 16 points off of just one team – the Flyers. After dropping 4 straight, the Pens will need to win their remaining 3 games against them just to go 500 this year. The Pens will still break 100 points, and that may even be enough for 1st in the Conference!

  9. Radio says:

    Where have you been since November?

    Same Leaf story as last year. Lost too many games in the early season.

  10. BruMagnus says:

    The book is being revisited and a new chapter has begun….

  11. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Why don't u and vesa get a room already.

  12. Habroller says:

    Actually, I think Habs fans have been pretty keen with Leafs fans in the past months, with the downfall and all.

    Don't forget that Leafs fans have been very *****y towards Habs fans in the past. Our rivalry won't end just because you're having an off-year (and as I've previously stated, on a general basis, I think we're pretty easy on you guys).

  13. LeafsNation91 says:

    I would get a room with Vesa, better then getting one with Fairy Price

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