Carey Price And Mike Komisarek Help Habs Win

It was everything you might expect from a Habs-Leafs game – classic hockey atmosphere, lots of scoring chances, great goaltending at both ends, hard hitting.

And another surprisingly bad pass from Leaf Mike Komisarek who put the puck directly onto the stick of Mike Cammalleri in front of the net which sealed the 2-0 victory for the Habs and which caused Leaf goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to scream an f-bomb for all to see.

It was a beautiful pass from Komisarek. Right on the tape. Just the wrong team, that’s all.

Thanks a lot. Please do it again.

Leafs GM Brian Burke was heralded as the one guy who could turn this sorry Leaf franchise around. He’d won a Cup with Anaheim, and managed to secure not one but two Sedins while boss in Vancouver.

But one thing has always puzzled me. He went out and got free agent Komisarek, fresh from a mediocre career in Montreal, gave him solid money (five years, $22.5 million) and it was announced far and wide that the Leafs’ defence problems were a thing of the past with Komisarek on board.

The first few days after signing Komisarek you would think the Leafs had somehow invented a knee-healing time machine and now had Bobby Orr in the lineup. 

The question lingers – How come schmucks like you and me have seen mistakes in Komisarek’s game for years, and Burke and the gang have somehow missed it? What Komisarek does is lay on a few punishing bodychecks, take ill-advised penalties, and make sorry decisions with the puck as he did tonight when he gave Cammalleri an early Christmas present.

Habs fans at the Bell shouldn’t be booing Komisarek, they should be applauding him.

But enough about number eight for the enemy.

Carey Price grabbed another shutout, his fourth of the season, Jeff Halpern scored a shorthanded goal in the second period, and Cammalleri via Komisarek notched a power play marker with four seconds left in the Leafs penalty.

Just a lively, great shutout win for the Canadiens and a night where the paying customers got their money’s worth. The Canadiens definitely played better than in their prior outing, against Nashville, but scorers remain scoreless, which has been going on far too often this year. That 7-2 trouncing of Carolina seems about a year ago, not four games back.

Random Notes:

Shots on goal 38-30 Habs.

Next up – Montreal travels to Philadelphia Monday for a game where PK Subban might not show respect to Mike Richards.

13 thoughts on “Carey Price And Mike Komisarek Help Habs Win”

  1. Carey Price’s amazing stats:
    4 shutouts (Tied for 1st with Tim Thomas)
    12 wins (1st place)
    GAA 2.00 (4th)
    Save % .932(6th)

    Also Cammalleri’s goal was a beauty, I love how he goes on one knee when he takes a shot! Thank you Komisarek!

  2. Komisarek will be Burke’s albatross for as long he’s there. Komi owes Markov 10% of his salary for basically being his agent to get him that deal. So glad we let him go, Markov has proved again and again, give him a traffic cone and he’ll make it work.

    And on that, best wishes Andrei, hope your knee isn’t as bad as they say it is.

  3. Dennis, I cannot blame Goalie Gus for the F-bomb against Komi what with doing it myself time and again when he was still a Hab. I’d like to take a moment to thank Burke from the bottom of my heart. And Komi finds himself in my good graces this morning, which I’m pretty sure is as rare as a Dodo bird wandering around in downtown Montreal.

    In comparison to Burke/Komi, it’s now to the point where Halpern is making Pierre Gauthier look like some kind of mad genius. Who IS this guy? Last year with the Kings/Thrashers he got 9 goals in 71 games. Thus far as a Hab he’s got 5 in 20. I hope we can afford the raise he’s working hard for, assuming PG doesn’t want to let him walk like Moore.

    The scorers lack of scoring at this point can be blamed on 2 things – Gomez and a hole in the top 2 lines. Constant line shuffling to get Gomez going is not working, and it’s negatively impacting Pleky, Cammy, AK and Gio. Also, a grinder is not capable of finishing plays even from Pleky let alone Gomez, and that makes the line easy to shut down.

    I’m hearing now that Markov’s injury is not only likely season-ending, but potentially career ending. Habs D has proved it will suffice even without Markov. I hope PG goes out and buys a winger once the final diagnosis about Markov comes on Tuesday.

  4. Tyg, I agree wholeheartedly that this constant shuffling and using a grinder to complement offensive guys doesn’t work. Even with Eller, a true offensive smoothy, is going to do very little, playing with grinders. Somehow the coaches have to figure this out fast. This non-scoring would drive me to drink if I wasn’t working so much.

  5. burke is not the only one who has not recognized komi for his real talent, giving the puck away at choice times, the rest of the so called leaf nation and media are still waiting and believing it will be money well spent……………..good luck!

  6. Dennis,

    Robert is bang on about Markov. I’ve scratched my head over that signing too. Markove made Komi look good, now that he doesn’t have Marky to cover his ass and bail him out, we see him for what he really is. He hits and blocks a few shots, that is it.

    Don’t get me started on Gomez. It bugs me that he’s wearing 11, imagine if we had kept Saku instead, he would finally have had decent wingers and we’d still have a nice bit of cap space to play with. Grrrrr.

  7. Well Dick that was a most spectacular pass by big Komisarek, your right Danny tape to tape. Ha Ha to all in the Laugh Nation!!!
    Les Canadiens Sont La!!!!

  8. And Hobo, he’s on US Olympic teams too which means he must be in the top six or seven defencemen in the US. What are we missing here?

  9. Moey, you’re right. Saku would have been a much better fit than this 8 million dollar man. My hands tremble when I type “8 million.”

  10. Watched the game last night. As a johnny come lately blow-in, other than recognising the name Pat Byrne and knowing something of his achievements it would be wrong to claim any great emotion other than to feel for his family and admire the way he carried himself recently. But if your passing can create the sort of emotion that came over from the Bell Centre, then you were doing something right. It was impressive. And that you can move to teams who have long standing emnity and retain that kind of respect and affection from them all, well if it ended too soon, it seemed a life well lived.

    Enjoyed the game very much. Low scoring but fast and furious at times without the sort of nonsense that threatened to ruin the Flyers game.

    Is it me or does Kostitsyn always seem more involved and able to find space when playing with Plekanec? Halpern is starting to become a favourite. He’ll never be a star but in a team game that sort of unspectacular contribution can make a huge difference over a season.

    Can anyone point me to where you can get info on what lines played when during a game?

    What’s the thinking behind Webber playing instead of Darche? As a defencemen he was on an offensive line, I think?

  11. Blue Bayou, you’re right that Halpern will never be a superstar but as in soccer too, every team needs a mixture of everything. He’s been a real good addition to be sure. And as far as Weber playing, he didn’t see much ice time against Toronto and Darche is part of our new line, the Phd line, so we need him. Weber’s a guy who might help on the power play but the other night there weren’t a lot of PP’s for the Habs so we didn’t see him a lot. Your observations are always astute, BB, and I think you should move here as soon as possible.

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