Notes on OT:
-Happy birthday, coach.
Notes on the third:
-The Franchise is earning his money. That was a very, very nice first start for him.
-Max Pac: Not ready for first-line duties.
-If this game was a drinking game, and one of the rules was "drink when the Habs complete a pass" we'd be totally sober now.
-Is it a good sign that the fourth line was the Habs' most impressive tonight?
-How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. I hate thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, you douche. You know who you are.
-The fourth line rocks my world.
-Good night Habs. Markov looks badly hurt. And we know what happens when that happens.
-Well, it was an okay start for a bunch of guys who never met until last month, but I'm hoping for more for the rest of the year.
-I hate the leafs.
Notes on the second:
-I'd like to humbly apologize to Alex Kovalev. It wasn't him that messed up Pleks last year. It was Andrei Kostitsyn, and he's doing it again.
-Among the things not different from last season: The Habs still can't win the puck on the boards. Also, long, crappy, low-percentage passes that turn into giveaways.
-It kills me to say it, but the Stalberg kid's good. He'll be a pain in our collective asses for years to come.
-You know what this reminds me of? When everyone in the office goes on a course, about, say, how to answer the phone. For the first week after, everyone is extremely polite every time there's a call. But after a month, it's all "Yeah? Just a second." Sooner or later, one of these teams is going to revert to its natural instincts, which can only be good for us.
-Travis...still Moening in delight...just an assist away from the Howe Trick
-Now that I think about it, Jacques the Knife isn't ALL mobster in his appearance. He actually looks like the lovechild of Tony Soprano and Napoleon.
-Can someone tell Mara it's 2009? The pre-lockout rules were four years ago.
-I really don't like the way Hal Gill allowed Lee Stempniak to ride him off the puck. Who's the giant here, man?
-Paging Scott Gomez! You're needed on the Habs' first line.
-O'Byrne's busy during the second intermission, getting fitted for a large truck licence plate.
-Can I hate the traitor more? Yeah, it grows every time he unnecessarily bangs a harmless opponent like Pleks or Metro...just to prove he fits in on Burkie's team.
-I hope the Knife is ripping them all a new one for the third, because the one they had is suspiciously like last year's.
Notes on the first:
-I really hate to overuse the word "douche," but looking at Kessel's grinning mug during the player intros made me say it three times.
-Gio's doing the ceremonial faceoffs? Way to hide your choice of captain, Jacques.
-Speaking of which, Jacques the Knife, the birthday boy, is looking very mobsteriffic tonight. And I thought no one would top Carbo's sartorial excellence.
-The "puck posession" game so far looks like the Habs have mixed up "puck" with "demonic" and are doing their damnedest to get rid of it.
-Laraque looks like his back is not long for the NHL. Hope there are no carnivores around, or they'll soon separate him from the herd.
-Gionta is like a fart in a skillet...insubstantial, yet bouncing everywhere.
-Travis! I'm Moening in ecstasy. (Yeah, yeah, I know it was a draw at best, but I've been waiting to say that for two months now.)
-Lats hit someone AFTER the preseason. Twice. It's a season-opening miracle.
-Not loving the Mara/Gill combo on D. Scarily reminiscent of Dandoullion.
-Price must be asking himself what the hell the difference is from last year? All the BS about reducing shots on goal results in a 14-7 differential for the leafs. Perfect.
-If Judaserek has thirty pieces of silver on the table to buy a win tonight, I hope he hangs himself before it's over. He actually said the phrase "leaf nation" on TSN. Nothing like embracing the Culture of Delusion, is there, you traitor?
-So, Burke's handing out 8-page pamphlets to explain the history of the leafs to the new players. In an effort to show off his law-school education, he's borrowed the title from T.S.Eliot: The Wasteland. Also interesting that you can tell the leaf history in 8 pages, while the Habs' is recounted in actual books.