Montreal Canadiens: Giving Jacques Martin A Piece Of The Cake

Miah D.Senior Writer INovember 25, 2009

QUEBEC CITY- SEPTEMBER 20:  Montreal Canadiens Head Coach Jacques Martin watches play during the NHL Preseason game against the Boston Bruins on September 20, 2009 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 2-1.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday, Ken Hitchcock was praising the Montreal Canadiens coaching staff for the fine work it was doing with the team.

I think I have just been too caught up into everything that is negative around our Habs, that I did not realize that Jacques Martin and his assistants were doing a fine work, indeed. Very fine.

I mean, take a look at this team.

Let’s say Brian Gionta is the engine of the car, Scott Gomez is the wheel, and Andrei Markov represents one of the front tires.

So now we basically have a car, without an engine, a wheel, and a tire. The car is slowly leaning to the front and it seems all hopes are quickly fading out, with 20 passengers on board.

But coach Martin found a way: He decided to "Flinstone" it. He got everyone to get their feet out through the bottom and start walking. And here we are still moving.

Call it the energy of despair, or pure luck; they are actually doing okay.

It must have taken a great deal of inspirational speeches and game plans to get this team going with a 4-1-1 record since Gionta’s injury.

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We as fans watch the team quickly loosing parts like a tree during the fall, but the management seems to find whatever way they can to keep pushing through the pain.

Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock was right—they do deserve lots of credit for the recent success of the team.

By the way, I found it interesting how the coach cites some of his players during his post game interviews. It is like he is taking notes so he could brag about what he got his third and fourth liners to do! On a more serious note though, it must be quite a reward for those guys.

On a more team oriented matter, the general urgency brought by so many injuries forces the players to give more. After all, they are all on the same boat!

Adding to that, there are of course the Hamilton kids coming up who are bringing the extra-sparkle thanks to their show off performances.

They might be here just to fill in some spots; but the idea of leaving a mark remains the same.

Now that the flowers have been thrown, and the pats on the back have been given; it will take the coach another deal of speeches to warn his squad about the dangers of overconfidence.

Just as Babe Didrikson Zaharias once said, “Luck? Sure. But only after a long practice and the ability to think under pressure.”

So here’s to our “Flinstoned” version of the Habs; and may they keep running through the traffic!

Go Habs!

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