Sunday, March 28, 2010

One step forward, two steps back.......

Can't we just get enough wins to clinch a playoff spot? Is that asking too much?  Obviously, yes it is.

The best part about last night was this,

The best smoked meat in town courtesy of Smoked Meat Pete

On the other hand, Pete's logo may have played a part in jinxing the Habs

Whatever.  I'm not going on and on about it, let the chips (or fries) fall where they may; there's not a damn thing we can do about it.  In the meantime I'll just keep stuffing my face with delicious food and leave the hockey up to them.  It won't help my waistline, but at least my sanity will remain intact.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sniffs of spring........

You know, the usual stuff, dog poop and playoffs.  Speaking of dog poop, we lost to the Leafs in overtime last night mainly because of our stinking power play.  I was watching the game with Mr. Moey and at one point while I was in mid yap and not paying attention he tells me one of our guys was hit in the face with a stick and we were on a four minute power play.  The first thing that came out of my mouth was that I hoped it was Maxim Lapierre.  No offense to Lapierre but he is expendable and not exactly an important piece of the puzzle.  A few minutes later there was a closeup of Max's mug and it was evident that his chops were on the receiving end of someone's stick. A couple of stitches with a shot of whiskey and he'll be fine.   What's up with Max this year?  He was the winner of the Jacques Beauchamp Molson trophy for the 2008/9 season (unsung hero award) but so far he's been useless.  Maybe he's saving up all his energy for the playoffs?  What's more concerning is that it's becoming more and more evident that Mr.Moey has chosen the lesser of two evils; watching hockey has become preferable to listening to me yap.

We could have used the two points, but to be honest the fact that Markov emerged unscathed was much more important to me.  I'm waiting for the fallout on the Team 990 tomorrow morning, when we're on a winning streak we've practically won the Stanley Cup; lose one and the sky is falling, we're too small, not tough enough, the power play is terrible, yada yada yada.  Such highs and lows, enough to make you seasick.

In any case, the boys better smarten up for Monday night's meeting with the Sens.  It's a four pointer, so no excuses and hopefully Bambi (MAB) will be back in the lineup and manning the point on the PP.  The return of Cammy can't be too far off either but it may take a couple of games for him to get his timing back.

I guess we'll be seeing Price in nets at some point this week, maybe against the Panthers, it's going to take a few days to clear the cobwebs off of him.  The spiders will be raging, they've all but completed the penthouse on the condominium complex.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's day!

As for my own Irish heritage,  my mother is Scottish but she loves Ireland and all things Irish.  When I was young, I was dying to take ballet lessons, mum wouldn't hear of it and insisted on Irish dancing lessons instead.  I've never forgiven her for it and to this day when I see commercials for Riverdance I cringe. 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

As God intended it to be........

Beating the Bruins that is.  There's nothing more satisfying on a Saturday night on HNIC, well except maybe beating the Leafs, but we'll be taking care of that next weekend.

Chara comforts Lucic after he's hit by AK46

Great game, lots of energy and what about Scott Gomez?  My personal nickname for him is Speedy Gonzales, he justs zigs and zags down the ice leaving the Bruins in his dust, such fun to watch.  Every time that line steps on the ice you just know good things are going to happen.  I can't wait to have the last two missing pieces of the puzzle back, Cammy reunited with AK46 and Pleky and Bambi back on the powerplay are just going to drive this team up another notch.

Bob Gainey must be feeling some satisfaction, his vision for this new team  is finally coming to fruition.  For all the naysayers, whiners and so called experts, how could anyone possibly rate this team when the full roster were only on the ice for two games this season?

I realize there are games left to be played and I'm not counting my chickens, but I can't help but feel a little excited about our team.  The biggest difference from last years' squad is not so much talent, but the character and will to win.  As a fan, as long as they are giving it their best that's all we can really ask.  Well, that and making it through to a third playoff round would be nice too.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A rockin' weekend.......

Well, home sweet empty home.  Mr. Moey has gone to Florida for a week and I have the place to myself.  I suppose I'm a loner at heart, I do enjoy my own company.  Got up this morning, grabbed the newspaper from the front steps, made a cup of tea and went back to bed to read it.  So what should I do for the rest of the day?

There's some laundry to catch up on and a bit of housework, but then I think I'll make another cup of tea and watch the Supernatural and Come Dine With Me episodes that I have recorded on the PVR.  Then a major decision to be made, do I order pizza or a Mike's submarine for the hockey game tonight?  The cats would prefer Mikes, they like the steak in the steak and mushroom sub.  Whatever I decide, I'll order it bigger than usual so it'll do for tomorrow night as well.

Yup, things are really rockin' at Chez Moey's.  Tomorrow I'll clean out some drawers, maybe do some outlet shopping in the afternoon and heat up tonight's leftovers for supper.  Ohhh, and I'll squeeze in a bubble bath with a glass of vino.  Be still, my beating heart!

No predictions for tonight's game, Halak surprisingly is in nets.  I thought Martin would put Price in, he has a good record against Boston.  No worries, just get the two points boys!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

One last look at Malibu....'til next time

Malibu beach

Just a few last notes about my California trip, on Monday my sister and I went to my favorite eating and watering hole; Geoffrey's in Malibu.  It's a beautiful open air restaurant perched on top of Malibu beach on the Pacific Coast Highway.

I had my usual, Eggs Benedict with prosciutto on a toasted croissant.  Heavenly, washed down of course with a mighty fine Californian Pinot Noir.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, it was a nice break from that far too long stretch between Christmas and Easter.  The hockey game in Anaheim was the icing on the cake, it's funny during the game when the Habs were down 3-0 I turned to my sister and remarked that just because the Habs are down doesn't mean they're out.  The Ducks on the other hand have no shortage of talent, they had nine players participating in the Olympics, the most of any NHL team, but so far their season has been sub par.  It's a bit of a mystery.

Ducks/Habs game programme

Doggone it Aunt Moey, do you have to leave?


Monday, March 8, 2010

On location at Laguna Beach and Honda Center.....

Had a great day yesterday, we headed out to Laguna Beach around noon.  The weather cooperated and we only had a little sprinkling of rain.  Quaint little artist's town, with lots of galleries, boutique hotels and  a large selection of restaurants to choose from.  We had settled on "230 Forest Avenue" and weren't disappointed.  Some lunch items sampled were a rare Ahi tuna burger, Kobe burgers, deep fried squid and a deep fried oyster sandwich.  We then took a leisurely stroll around town to walk off our meal.

Laguna Beach

Next up, Habs versus Ducks at Honda Center.  I proudly put on my Koivu Duck's jersey and by the time the score was 3-0 decided that as much as I love Saku, I was jinxing les boys.  Off with the jersey, my seven year old nephew, who is a Ducks fan was more than happy to wear it, even though it went down to his knees.  The Honda Center is a  nice venue, you can get close to the rink before the puck drops and snap a few pics.

Check out all the Habs jerseys! 

Pre-game skate

Price in action during warm-up

My beloved Captain K

Perry BEFORE he punched Markov

Olympic medal jerseys, for some strange reason, Team USA jerseys are not on display....

Great game, we certainly got our money's worth, Habs comeback, overtime and a shoot out.

All good things must come to an end, I'm leaving early tomorrow morning, but not before a visit to my favorite restaurant in Malibu.  Pics and post to follow in the next day or two.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

On location from sunny California...

Well I finally made it.  Just a quick tip for anyone traveling to the U.S., you really do need to be at the airport 2 hours before departure.  I only gave myself an hour and a half and ended up being plucked out of the security lineup to go through customs, it was the final boarding call for my flight.  No duty free, crap.

One thing I didn't miss about CA was the traffic, it's rush hour 24/7.  It rained all day on Saturday, which is unusual for this time of year, but it gave us an excuse to go shopping.  I have a thing about shoes, so the first stop was Nordstrom Rack and I didn't leave empty handed, a good start.  We dropped into a liquor store called "Bevmo", where they hold wine tasting on the weekend.  We sampled six different wines for $2.00 along with some cheese, crackers and olives.  I picked up a couple of bottles of California wine to take home, some great deals to be had, I chose a Hidden Cellars Petite Sirah at $16.00 and got the second bottle for 5 cents.  I kid you not. 

And check out this pic of a daily visitor to my sister's house, it ain't no sparrow!  He's been dropping by for a few years now.

Peter the peacock

We spent the balance of the afternoon sipping Sangria and watching the latest Disney movie Up!  Highly recommended, Moey gives it a big two thumbs up, it's suitable for all ages. My sister and I are both foodies, so last night we feasted on cream of shrimp bisque and for the main course, shrimp and smoked mushroom quesadillas.  Delicious.  Oh, and we managed to catch the Habs/Kings game on TV.  The boys played a pretty good game last night, I was waiting for them to blow their lead in the third, but they managed an insurance goal and got the two points.

It's lovely and sunny out as I write this, we're off to Laguna Beach for a late lunch this afternoon, and then on to Anaheim and my beloved Captain Koivu.  I also will be meeting up with a fellow commenter from the Four Habs Fans site, it's a small world eh?

Pics and recap of the game will be posted tomorrow morning, along with a restaurant review.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Shark bait?

I hope not.  Historically, the California road trip hasn't been a huge success for our boys.  Perhaps with the presence of "moi" maybe the Hab's fortunes will take a turn for the better this time around.  If that's the case, I'll have to make it an annual event.  It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.

Yesterday on the Four Habs Fans site, somehow the discussion turned to Tweetie Bird and Sylvester.  Warner Brothers had some great cartoon characters, probably two of the most popular were Wiley E. Coyote and the Roadrunner, or  a.k.a Crosby versus Ovechkin.  Bear with me here, but doesn't it always seem that whenever there's a much hyped clash of the titans match between the two, Ovie goes down in flames, while Sid comes out on top smelling like a rose.  Just think about last year's playoff run between the Caps and Pens.  The Pens destroyed them in game seven, and most recently, Russia versus Canada in the Olympics.  It's quite amusing if you really think about it, the hockey gods love Sid, he was born with a silver puck in his mouth.  I'm sure when Sid scored that winning goal in overtime, Ovie was busy making phone calls to ACME.

Off to finish the packing, my Koivu Duck's jersey was the first thing that went in.  Enjoy the weekend, I know I will!

Monday, March 1, 2010

My kid Sid.......

The son I never had.  I dream of seeing him in a Hab's uniform one day, it's not totally beyond the realm of possibility, he was a Hab's fan growing up.  If that day ever happens,  he'll need a new place to live so I'll adopt him and he can move in with Mr. Moey and I.  He can permanently move into my guest room and hang out with Mr. Moey in the room down the hall with the man TV and surround sound.  He'll even have his own bathroom.  I'll do his laundry and cook him delicious meals when he's in town.  I won't  charge him room and board, a few free hockey tickets would suffice; and he and his buddy Stanley are welcome to use the pool anytime.

I just hope he likes cats.