Habs Win Biggest Game Of Their Year
December 18, 2008 in Bell Centre, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals Tags: Alex Kovalev, Bobby Clarke, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Daniel Briere, Dave Schultz, Hab, hockey, Jim Hughson, Matt D'Agostini, Mike Milbury, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Hartnell, Sergei Kostitsyn, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals
Past and present members of the Philadelphia Flyers pose in this recent photo. From left to right, Dave Schultz (in white dress), Bobby Clarke, Scott Hartnell, and little Beaver Briere (injured), smile for the camera.
And now – About the game!
See what happens when the referee doesn’t call 11 straight penalties and you play some firewagon hockey?
If the Habs would’ve lost in poor fashion tonight (see Tampa Bay and Washington games), their slump would have gone from bad to Ottawa Senators bad. And that’s bad. But instead, the team came out tonight against a strong Philadelphia Flyers club and skated away with a good and tremendously important 5-2 win.
Alex Kovalev scored again for his second in two nights, young Matt D’Agostini notched his fifth, and Sergei Kostitsyn, recently in purgatory, also scored.
So it was a huge game in many ways.
And even though I’m quietly celebrating this big win, I’m also doing a slow burn about commentator Mike Milbury. It’s one thing if he doesn’t like Alex Kovalev. But it’s another to personally slander him, to say he only tries 15% of the time, that he doesn’t work hard, is selfish etc. Milbury just went on and on and finally play-by-play guy Jim Hughson stepped in and started defending the Russian, saying how much he liked his play.
I think Alex Kovalev always works hard. Maybe he hasn’t scored a lot lately but he’s consistently grabbing assists. And if you’re asissting on goals, you can’t be considered selfish, can you?
I also thinks Kovalev cares and that he carries about him a typical stoic Russian manner, that’s all.
Mike Milbury’s always been a mouthpiece. A lot of what he says I like but he shouldn’t get personal like that if he’s not in the dressing room and on the ice with the guy and doesn’t really know how Kovalev is.
Buffalo on Saturday and Carolina on Sunday make the trek to Montreal to take on the new and revived powerhouse Habs. That’s the way it’s gonna be from now on – powerhouse Habs.