Pouliot, Price, And Halpern Clip Buffalo Wings

It was a nice big two points in Buffalo Friday night for the Habs, and although 3-2 isn’t a lopsided and convincing win, it’s an important one on several fronts.

First, it would have sucked to have lost a third straight, especially against a struggling Buffalo team with all kinds of problems within.

It was also great to see Jeff Halpern continue to earn his salary with a goal and two assists, and Carey Price looked just as good as anybody playing for the St. Louis Blues.

It was really nice to see Benoit Pouliot score the tying goal and then the winner, and I don’t mind eating my words at all after saying recently that he had his few good games and I didn’t expect much more. I hope I have to eat my words time and time again. It’s better than brussel sprouts anyway.

And although Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Scott Gomez once again failed to put up points, they all had several dandy chances, which means very shortly pucks will start to go in for them. You can see the slumps as plain as day. These guys are trying to make the perfect play to each other and getting way too fancy. It’s not working. And their shots are aimed at finding the perfect little hole and missing the net, which is another tell-tale sign of a slump.

If the net was seven feet wide instead of six, these four would have racked up the points tonight like the Halpern/Pouliot/Darche line, which had a lovely seven between them.

The answer to working out of a slump has been around for a century. Just close your eyes and shoot. Forget the holes, just blast away. Pucks will start to go in at some point and the slump will become just a distant and painful memory.

But regardless. It’s a win on the road. Beautiful. Now go home and smash the Ottawa Senators to smithereens.

Random Notes;

Shots on goal – 32-31 Montreal. And I’ll mention once again, Carey Price was really, really good on this night.

Tomas Plekanec was out with the flu. One game’s enough, Tomas. Up and at ’em.

9 thoughts on “Pouliot, Price, And Halpern Clip Buffalo Wings”

  1. Hey Dennis,I watched that game last nite,nice to see Puliot score a couple of nice goals,he has a hell of a shot,I geuss he has to start using it a little more.Cammaleri,Gionta,Gomez ,like you say and I noticed the past five or six games as well,have to quit being fancy.Just blast the frigging puck ,dont be treating it like your mother’s last tea cup.Lucky things happen when you put the puck on goal.I’m looking forward to tonites game.

  2. Hey Dennis,Here’s one for the gallery.
    A guy goes into a bar and there is a robot bartender.

    The robot says, “What will you have?”

    The guy says “Martini.”

    The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man,

    “What’s your IQ?”

    The guy says, “168.”

    The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.

    The guy leaves, but he is curious, so he goes back into the bar.

    The robot bartender says, “What will you have?”

    The guy says, “Martini”.

    Again, the robot makes a great martini, gives it to the man and says,

    “What’s your IQ?”

    The guy says, “100.”

    The robot then starts to talk about Nascar, Budweiser and John Deere tractors.

    The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time.

    He goes back into the bar.

    The robot says, “What will you have?”

    The guy says, “Martini”, and the robot brings him another great martini.

    The robot then says, “What’s your IQ?”

    The guy says, “Uh, about 50.”

    The robot leans in real close and says, “So… you gonna cheer for the Leafs again this year?”

  3. lol, funny Derry. Totally unexpected answer. But some of my leaf friends are like that.

    Can you all believe Halpern is our leading point getter? What a pick up! And if Pouliot shows these skills every night? He could be a major acquisition. Will be fun tonight. Price was pretty damn good too, as was Darche. AK46, Cammi and Gionta have to make smarter shot decisions. They’re shooting from everywhere and mostly too far out. It will be nice to see this team gel and go on a nice win streak. We aren’t an 8th place team this year. 🙂

  4. Derry, tonight I’m feeling the love. Tonight will be breakout time for a few guys. Howie Morenz told me.

  5. Dennis, you know a line is doing well when they get a cute nickname. The one currently making the rounds is the PhD line of Poulliot, Halpern and Darche.

    Those two goals from Pouliot along with the one from Halpern, are what made this win possible (Darche got two assists). The trio’s combined salary amounts to a paltry $1.45 million. And you don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to see that they are providing great value for the money.

    Gomez is making five times as much as the PhD line’s combined salary and he has only three points to show for it, compared to the PhD line’s total of 22 points. That’s no bargain and it has to change.

    Last night was a good solid road win without the presence of Plekanec. It will be a big help when he returns and the sooner the better. It will also be a big help whenever Gomez, Gionta and Cammelleri decide to return.

    Gomez gave up the puck on both occasions that resulted in Buffalo’s goals. Cammalleri keeps on taking really stupid penalties while missing many scoring opportunities. And lately, Gionta couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. Come on guys snap out of it!

    We’re going to need them soon because we are coming up against some tough teams next week and throughout the month — like the Canucks, Bruins, Flyers, Predators and those annoying Leafs. But I am sure this drought will not last forever.

    We have won a total of five games this season by a one-goal margin. We are also the only team in the NHL to have kept the opposing team to three goals or less (in regulation time) for every game.

    That tells me that our goaltending has been steady and consistent even when the defence was sometimes iffy. It also tells me that while the goal production is lacking, this team has the ability to grind it out and hold on to a slim lead, unlike last season where many games were lost in the dying minutes of the third period, in spite of good performances by Price. And last season we couldn’t score when we were at even strength and had to rely mostly on the power play for goals. This year it’s just the opposite. But that’s bound to change soon.

    The fact we are winning even while some of our top scorers remain dormant is actually a very positive sign. It means we still have a core of underpaid fixers who can grind out wins without them. When the floodgates finally burst open for Cammerilli, Gionta and Gomez we will be in for a treat.

    Finally, the real reason we won is because I bought a pile of Habs merchandise (hats and stuff) to give out as CHristmas presents. This is further proof of how our success is directly linked to the amount of Habs crap we buy.

    There you have it. There’s no need for over-analysis or for any radical changes. Just keep buying Habs stuff.

  6. Danno, I just feel they’re on the brink of ending this ridiculous slump. Usually one or maybe two go into one at the same time but with Montreal, it’s about five of our top offensive guys. But we can see signs. They’re just trying to be too cute. The Rocket said often that he’d just shoot as often as he could without choosing much of a target. Just shoot, shoot, shoot. If it worked for the Rocket one would think it would work for these guys. And I can’t think of better Christmas presents to buy than Habs stuff. The perfect present. It just makes for a magical Christmas morning.

  7. Hey Dennis,A good Christmas present to Brian Gionta may be a net target to practise on during this recent slowing of aiming talent.

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