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Habs romp Wings, break comes at worst time

Who saw that one coming? 7-2 over the Detroit Red Wings, definitely the crown jewel in Randy Cunneyworth’s short head-coaching career. Sure, the Wings looked awful, but they are a very good team, and in first place for a reason. The Habs have now scored 6 or more three times in Cunneyworth’s short reign. Guess how many times that happened with Martin in charge - I will give you a clue - not very many.

Alex Emelin may have had his best game as a Hab, the Cole-Desharnais-Pacioretty line dominated, and Carey Price, while largely untested, was solid.

Can the Habs still make the playoffs? Keep it in single digits, and yes, they can. Currently 8 points back, the Habs need to win 3 of 4 coming out of the all star weekend to make the playoffs a real possibility. They can do it, and if last night was any evidence, they will. However, if the all star break came at the wrong time for any team, it’s Montreal. Finally firing on all cylinders, they now get a five day break. Kind of makes you wonder when things will start going right for this team? Hopefully, last night’s performance was the first step towards the post season.

So now, a few boring days of all star blah. The most wasteful weekend in sports. Let’s get the real action going again.

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Last night is the best thing that has happened all year for this ill-starred bunch.  Pretty likely to remain that way though.  Habs smiling and Montrealers cheering is pretty rare this year and, though I was hoping to see 2008-style Wings clinic, it was exhilarating.  Pat Roy’s big night in reverse.  Worst excuse for checking that I have ever seen from the Wings…..

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/26/12 at 04:33 PM ET

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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