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Hip! Hip! Huet!

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(TORONTO, ON) -- The Montreal Canadiens came into the 2006-07 season with two people more than qualified for the club's starting goaltender position.
Head coach Guy Carbonneau decided to start the campaign by splitting the goaltending duties in half.

David Aebischer and Cristobal Huet have led the Habs to a 13-6-3 record, placing the club fifth in the Eastern Conference and only one point behind the fourth-place Toronto Maple Leafs with three games in hand.

"Most teams would love to have two goalies that are No.1 goalies that have the ability to play a lot of games and be top-flight goalies," said Canadiens winger Mike Johnson.

"The team has confidence in both guys. They get along well and feed off each other in a healthy way."
Even though they won't admit it, Aebischer and Huet have been battling one another for the No.1 spot and it appears one netminder is pulling ahead of the other.

Huet, 31, has posted an 8-2-2 record in 14 games with the Canadiens. He ranks third amongst all NHL goalies in goals-against with a 2.10 average and second in save percentage with a .935 rating.

The native of France is consistently proving last season wasn't a flash in the pan -- but it certainly was impressive.

Last year's winner of the Roger Crozier Trophy (best save percentage - .929) had an 11-3-2 record, a 1.67 GAA and a .946 save percentage in 17 games at the Bell Centre in 2005-06, and he continues to impress the hometown crowd.

Huet, who has won his last five consecutive starts, has quickly become a fan favorite since his first game as a Canadien on December 17, 2005 against the Minnesota Wild. While the soft-spoken goalie likes to share his success with his teammates, there are obvious reasons why Habs fans cheer his name almost every game.

"Right now, he's playing like he's one of the best (goalies in the league) and if he keeps going like that, he's going to be there," Canadiens center Radek Bonk told the Montreal Gazette.

Huet's stellar play has led to recent speculation that the Canadiens are willing to entertain offers for Aebischer, with such teams as Phoenix and Tampa Bay supposedly showing interest
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Great article! Huet is def the best in the league right now. I can't wait to see how far he'll take us (the habs) this season!!

Hip Hip HUET!!
I gotta admit, I didn't think Huet would do this well this year. I thought Aebischer would have gotten a lot more time between the pipes.
The canadiens are doing great this year. I expected them to be doing pretty well cuz they seemed to have a pretty good roster. And all those sports analyst were saying it would be hard for them to make the playoffs. Good thing they are proving them wrong at the moment.
The habs are proving a lot of people wrong. Pierre McGuire near the end of last season said "The book on Huet" was out....does he know anything?
Pierre Macguire has always been a hab hater and he always will be so his commits on the habs don't really make much sense in reality. Huet is not on the all-star ballot which is a rip off. Huet is easily the best goalie so far this year. He got an unlucky bounce in last years playoffs because the winning goal by Stillman went off a stick and in. Huet for Prime Minister (at least hes not a crook) he should be a contender for the vezina at this pace.
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