Habs Get A Point With A Good And Bad Mixed Bag

Yes, they lost 4-3 to the New Yorkers. And yes, this isn’t good. But at least they got a point. And there were a few good things to focus on. Like Alex Kovalev playing quite well except for those times when he was a puck hog.

Then there was that move by Maxim Lapierre to tie the game at two. He looked like Jean Beliveau the way he swooped in, made a nice little deke on the defenceman, got the goalie going the wrong way, and fired it home. 

Andrei Markov played as good a game as I’ve seen him play this year. And young guys Max Pacioretty and Matt D’Agostini worked hard and drove to the net.

These were all good things. And there were only a couple of bad things. The problem is, these couple of bad things were pretty important. Montreal again allowed a lot of shots on net. Thirty nine’s way too many, but it’s a normal night for the Canadiens.

And the only other bad thing about the Habs tonight was that Carey Price, although looking good during the game, couldn’t stop a beach ball in the shootout.

Random Notes:

Thursday night, the Habs are in Ottawa. They’ll win that one, then they’ll beat Toronto, then whip Atlanta, then destroy Tampa, then paste Buffalo, then kill Chicago, and so on. 

Last but not least, there’s something I have to say. I feel I’m being a man about this, mature, when I say – Sean Avery played well, looked absolutely like a well-adjusted human being, and I didn’t see one smirk from him all night. There, I’ve said it. That took balls.

This is the new Sean Avery. We’ll see how long this lasts.

5 thoughts on “Habs Get A Point With A Good And Bad Mixed Bag”

  1. One thing I’d like to add in the bad bag. Saku Koivu played what has to be his worst game of the season. I don’t recall seeing him play that badly, so consistently for an entire game.
    I can’t find anywhere on the net a precise turnover statistic for last night’s game but he had at the very least 10 that I counted. On top of that he was a -2, had 0 shot on goal, 0 points and had a 39% ‘success’ rate on faceoffs.
    Not to bash on Koivu, because he’s one of the (if not the) most consistent forwards on the team, but last night he really wasn’t feeling it. Maybe he has the flu as well?

    I personally didn’t really like Kovalev’s overall play, but I’m highly critical of him (high expectations and all…). He’s the only other forward who I noticed had a very high amount of turnovers, at least 10 as well. But, to his credit, he didn’t take any retarded penalties and was, at times, creative on offense.

    Anyways, the rest is pretty well covered by Dennis. Overall I liked the 65 minutes effort, at no point during the game did it appear that they had given up – that’s a hell of a positive change if you compare to the last 10-15 games!

    So let’s just grab this point and go on a roll that takes us to 4th in the east just in time for the playoffs!

  2. I didn’t think it was much of a game at all, but it could be the ending that left a bitter taste in my mouth.

    Habs outshot 16-1 at one point in the third period. Outshot the whole game by a wide margin (again). Price never made one save in the shootout. Couldn’t score on the powerplay, and negated several of their chances by taking penalties of their own while on the PP.

    Koivu wasn’t good. He looked horrible out there. I wonder how many players have too much pressure because they feel like they’re playing for their jobs because they’re not signed. Maybe some of them are trying too hard because of it.

    I think Maxim Laperriere has been our best and most consistent forward all year. Has there been a game where he hasn’t worked hard?

  3. Sandy don’t get me re-started on the Carbo firing… I’m still mad at this situation!
    Bob can’t change what can’t be changed. This team needs to be cleansed from the inside out – not starting with the coach. Greedy owner decided to bypass the correct way to do things.
    But now, because Bob won’t be able to turn it around, he’ll lose his job during the summer (or he’ll quit, whichever). Pierre Boivin being the monumental moron that he is, we can say welcome to our next Houle era.

  4. I’m sure glad Bob took over as coach, what a great turn-around in play we’ve had. Oh well it still must be Carbo’s fault !
    From the East !!!

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