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Missed Habs/Sens Game

Couldn’t see the game, I’ve been incapacitated. I know that the Canadiens lost 4-3 in overtime but Lucy and I are in Kingston with my brother and his wife Kelly, painting the town red.

Maybe not painting the town red. But as red as you can get it when you’re an old bastard like me, dragging the other three down.

Also went to the OHL Major Junior A game between the hometown Frontenacs and visiting Belleville Bulls which saw Jordan Subban and the Bulls skate off with a convincing 4-2 win.

We sat right behind the Bulls bench, which was a fascinating experience for sure, and after Subban took a late-game penalty, his coach sent him to the dressing room like a kid to his room..

So I’ve been incapacitated. What a word. Sounds a bit like decapitated and constipated. Whatever way – incapacitated, decapitated, constipated – it’s tough to watch a game when you’re one of them.

In the meantime, because I’m incapacitated, here’s what I think is a cool photo.

It came up on eBay awhile back and I bid on it but didn’t win. Originally from the Richard family, it’s a picture of Maurice Richard at a Christmas party, looking like he’s having a fine time.

Boom Boom Geoffrion is on the far right, and although I don’t recognize the fellow in the middle, you can be assured that if he actually went through with the pouring of his drink on Rocket’s head, somebody in the house would be quickly calling for an ambulance.

Rocket and Boomer

 

Galchenyuk Rockin’ And Rollin’

Our future star Alex Galchenyuk is on fire. Yes Habs fans, we’ve got a beauty on our hands, and we might even get to see him spin his magic someday when he’s about 25, the lockout has finally ended, and Gary Bettman is back doing what he does best – wanking.

This, from the Sarnia Observer:

In the wake of being named OHL Player of the Week on Monday, Sarnia Sting captain Alex Galchenyuk was named the CHL Player of the Week Tuesday on the strength of his eight points over two games this weekend.

Galchenyuk started with a three-point performance on Friday against Guelph, and followed that with a dominant three-goal, two-assists night Saturday against Kingston. Sarnia won both games to head into the Christmas break with a seven-point cushion atop the OHL West Division.

The scoring flurry has moved Galchenyuk to second place in the OHL scoring race with 61 points, just one back of Niagara’s Ryan Strome for top spot. The 18-year-old will spend the holidays with the American world junior squad.

He is the first member of the Sting to win the player of the week honours this year. Goaltender J.P. Anderson was CHL goalie of the week last week.

Also considered were QMJHL nominee Josh Currie of the P.E.I. Rocket and WHL honouree Josh Nicholls of the Saskatoon Blades. Currie had nine points in three games, while Nicholls had eight in four.

Prince George Cougars netminder Brett Zarowny was named the CHL Goaltender of the Week following a three game stretch where he went 2-1-0-0 with a 1.00 goal-against average, a .968 save percentage and a shutout.

Pouliot Really Didn’t Deserve A Place On The Team

Tom Pyatt and Alexandre Picard will be moving on from the Habs, and it’s the nature of the beast when you’re a journeyman-type player who can be easily replaced by other journemen-type players who are spread throughout the league in handfuls.

Pyatt was a gritty, hard-working, penalty-killing forward, and to him I say thanks for the good job. Picard gave his all but at the end of the day, he was too slow and didn’t possess the necessary skills to be an impact defenceman, but I also say thanks.

And then there’s Benoit Pouliot, another who has played his last game for the Canadiens.

Pouliot, originally a Wild first-round draft pick in 2005 (4th overall), still hasn’t proven that he’s an NHLer, might never prove he’s one, and his time in Montreal was a dismal failure. He played 118 games for the Habs, scored 28 goals and added 16 assists, and took ill-timed penalties that would see him relegated at times to the press box or the end of the bench. More often than not he seemed to be coasting or was invisible, and when the team needed all hands on deck, Pouliot played like he was going for a leisurely skate.

Many times I swore at him from the comfort of my couch.

Pouliot is a poster boy for those who are touted by most as a can’t-miss, sure-fire prospect, and who fizzles out like a damp firecracker. He was star for the Sudbury Wolves, won top rookie honours in junior, and was a member of Canada’s World Junior team. These are the things he can someday tell his grandchildren. The NHL part he might want to leave out.

It just seemed he would sometimes go forever without scoring a goal – 20 games, 25 games, 30, and this was absolutely unacceptable to his team and to Habs fans who desperately needed him to contribute, which he rarely did. 

Maybe Pouliot will find his game in the future. Presently it doesn’t seem like it but who knows? For the Habs and us though, we couldn’t wait any longer.