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"We know it's going to be tough to make the playoffs, but we see that as a challenge. We're going to give all we've got."
"If anyone doubts our intensity, our desire to succeed, and our desire to win tomorrow, I'd be disappointed."
"We're going to fight. We're going to fight until the end."
-Michel Therrien, head coach of the Montreal Canadiens via tweets from the Canadiens.
from John Meagher of the Montreal Gazette,
The lowly Sabres won the game 4-2, but the Habs are not the only ones taking a beating these days. So, too, are the ticket resellers.
“I can’t give tickets away right now,” one said. “Half price at best.
“There is something wrong with this team, and it runs deep. Very deep. ”
Signs of the Habs’ train wreck are everywhere. Canadiens jerseys, big and small, occupy several racks at the Canadian Wolf shop near the Simons store on Ste-Catherine St.
Store owner Tamer Amhaz says business in general is the worst he’s seen it since he opened in 2011, and the Habs’ slide only makes things worse.
“Business is down 50 per cent,” Amhaz said. “It’s very bad, very bad.
“I feel it, I see it in the face of the people that have become so angry (at the Canadiens).
“You know why? Because they started (the season) very good and after like a chute incroyable (an incredible fall), why has it become like this?”
Habs jerseys of P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty, retailing for $180 apiece, are not an easy sell these days.
The footage was shocking to see for the Hockey Central panel. Watching Carey Price skating around so gingerly has set off alarm bells for many and has some wondering if the Canadiens may end up having to shut him down for the season.
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
The Bell Centre fans have their chant for Wednesday night:
“Go Habs Go! WE’RE NUMBER 12!!!”
The 4-2 loss in Philadelphia dropped the Canadiens behind the Flyers.
To make the playoffs a Wild Card, the Canadiens have to pass the Philly, Carolina and Pittsburgh.
It might happen.
The Canadiens are still mathematically alive.
Sadly, NHL games aren’t played on calculators … or on Play Station.
On ice, this does not look like a playoff team.
Game highlights are below...
from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
Here’s the problem with sports movies: it’s very rare that it doesn’t work out. The first Rocky was a rare example of this, and it won Sylvester Stallone an Oscar nomination for screenwriting. But the art and arc of the sports film is in the mapping of the journey, the depth of the suffering, the unlikeliness of the rise, and the way the victory is depicted. Sports movies, like a lot of movies, have to trick us into caring. Because the happy ending is coming, and everybody knows.
John Scott was the king of hockey this weekend. It wouldn’t have mattered if Sidney Crosby was in Nashville, or Alexander Ovechkin, or Wayne Gretzky. He scored twice. He was the write-in MVP. He was carried around on the shoulders of far better players. As Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported, Scott’s all-star helmet is headed for the Hall of Fame.
“You can’t write this stuff,” Scott told the members of the media assembled in the city the NHL sold in part to Boots Del Biaggio, the place Jim Balsillie tried to steal back to Canada. The NHL kept Nashville in Nashville, and rewarded it with an all-star game.
added 8:26am, from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Update: And here's his second goal:
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Pick up the phone and bring John Scott to Montreal.
It’ll be like magic. Poof! The PR nightmare vanishes. Poof! Every player in your lineup is three inches taller and twice as strong. Poof! Players stop squeezing their sticks because hey — all the attention is now on the big guy. Poof! Everyone stops ragging on you for that silly Tinordi deal, because you got something in return after all.
Poof! You’ll get a player who is, according to Torrey Mitchell, a great guy to have in the room. Poof! You might change the entire team dynamic and it won’t cost you a cent.
Right now, the Habs are facing a Tuesday night date in Philadelphia. It’s not like the old days, when a game at the Spectrum was like playing the lions in their den, but the Flyers are still big and tough. It’s a game you desperately need to win.
“You see the same thing we’ve seen over the last 10 years, which is no No. 1 centre, no No. 1 right-winger … and that’s not to disrespect the guys that they have there. But we keep talking about this, we keep mentioning it. When you don’t have that and you lose your best player and probably the best player in the NHL (Carey Price) for a long period of time … if they expected Mike Condon to replace Carey Price they were mistaken. I don’t know who made that decision, but there was something wrong.”
-Guy Carbonneau, former head coach and player for the Montreal Canadiens. More on the Canadiens from Stu Cowen of the Montreal Gazette.
from John Scott at The Players' Tribune,
Hey, John, can we talk for a second?”
I guess I should have known.
But I have absolutely no idea what’s coming.
I’m in the weight room, hanging out with the guys, when my GM asks me to take a walk. I’ve been gone for a couple of days — but now I’m back in Phoenix, at the Coyotes practice facility, catching up with the boys. We’re getting some stretches in, and passing around my new gloves.
My All-Star gloves.
I’ve seen my name in the news, on the press release, on the official rosters. But even still: there’s just something about gear, you know? I, John Scott, from Michigan Tech, at 33 years old … have All-Star gloves.
The guys are all genuinely happy for me, and they’re letting me know it. They’re giving me some crap about it, too (of course), but it’s all in good fun. Everyone’s taking their turn, trying my gloves on. We’re laughing. It’s a cool moment.
As this is happening, I see our GM open the door.
He’s not smiling.
Maybe it's only fair to give Therrien an opportunity to turn things around when Price returns, but it might be too late by then. If I'm Bergevin, I see how the team performs after the All-Star breather, and if there's no change in the level of play I'm doing something, anything. A trade or a coaching change or something else.
-Craig Custance of ESPN where you can read more on the Canadiens and the six other Canadian teams in the NHL The other ESPN hockey guys with their opinions too.
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