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It was a game the Canadiens should’ve won. But they didn’t

One of those bad bounces off the glass that we see from time to time killed the mood, the tie, and the legs Montreal had finally found after being off all week. Halted quicker than a Brian Gionta head into an Alexei Emelin shoulder pad.

There was just 1:18 left in the third period, with the score tied 1-1, when a puck shot in from outside the blueline took one of those crazy caroms off the glass and headed out front where Matt Moulson was.

That was it. Buffaloed by a bad bounce. All Carey Price could do was look from afar, having left the premises to corral what should’ve been a puck around the back.

The breaks of the game, a game which had come alive only in the third, and which ended 2-1 for a team fighting it out with Edmonton and Columbus for best basement dweller.

Random Notes:

Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis opened the scoring with a beauty of a goal, a second effort that he’d eventually backhand behind Price, and which you’ll probably see on the highlights any second now.

I thought Eric Tangradi, playing his first game as a Hab, was impressive. He’s a huge 6’4″, 221 lb. left winger with 136 previous games in the NHL with Pittsburgh and Winnipeg, is a good skater for a big man, seems like he could create serious havoc when riled, and he seemed to fit in nicely on the fourth line.

Love the big guys who can play. Love the idea of what he might add as a bonafide power forward. But we’ll see. It’s just one game. I thought Rene Bourque was going to be a good power forward too.

Emelin clocked Gionta near the boards with a shoulder to the head and was given two minutes for it, at which time shortly after, Moulson scored the winner.

Gionta was pissed, but if he was a few inches taller, it would’ve been a great check. Gionta’s just a tiny bugger who collided with a hard shoulder pad. All’s fair in love and war.

Brandon Prust said something out there that got him a minor, a misconduct, and a game. We may or may not hear what he said, and if it comes out, I hope his mother doesn’t see it.

Jiri Sekac continues to look great.

P.A. Parenteau scored his team’s lone goal from a mad scramble in the crease.

Shots on goal – Montreal 31, Buffalo 25.

Next up – Buffalo at the Bell in a few hours.


PK Subban Should Rack Up The Points, Says LeBrun

Pierre LeBrun, writing for ESPN.com, has listed who he thinks will be the rookies making the biggest impact in this 2010/11 season. Of course, PK Subban is there.

John Carlson, 20, Washington Capitals: The world junior hero for Team USA looked right at home after the Caps called him up last season, collecting six points (1-5) and a plus-11 rating in 22 regular-season games. The defenseman has the potential to be this season’s Tyler Myers, a complete player at both ends of the ice. 

P.K. Subban, 21, Montreal Canadiens: If there’s an award for exuberance, then it’s not even close. Subban would win in a landslide. The infectious young blueliner won over Habs fans last spring by stepping into the frying pan and putting up eight points (1-7) in 14 postseason games following his late-season call-up. He didn’t fold at all under the immense pressure. He’ll see serious power-play time this season and could rack up the points.  

Jonathan Bernier, 22, Los Angeles Kings: It’s hard to believe Bernier could contend for the Calder three years after his NHL debut in London, England. But the goalie’s short, four-game stint in October 2007 was followed up by more time in junior and then the AHL as he developed his craft. He went 3-0-0 in a late-season call-up last season, sending a message to the Kings that he is ready. Jonathan Quick, look over your shoulder; you’ve got serious company in the Kings’ net.  

Jordan Eberle, 20, Edmonton Oilers: The Canadian world junior phenom got a taste of AHL postseason hockey two seasons in a row and in between dominated the Western Hockey League. He’s ready. The forward may also rack up the most points of any first-year NHL player.  

Magnus Paajarvi, 19, Edmonton Oilers: This kid won’t be intimidated, having played pro hockey in his native Sweden for three years before coming over. The forward has serious offensive skill, and it will be fun to watch him compete with teammates Hall and Eberle. The only concern is whether Paajarvi will hit the wall since the NHL season is longer compared to what he is used to in Sweden.  

Tyler Seguin, 18, Boston Bruins: The alter ego to Hall from the June draft, Seguin may begin the season playing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. Talk about two linemates a rookie forward can learn from. The Bruins have no reason to rush Seguin along, so they won’t put too much on his plate.

 Tyler Ennis, 20 (turns 21 on Oct. 6), Buffalo Sabres: You might be looking at a dark-horse candidate here. The forward put up nine points (3-6) in 10 NHL games with the Sabres last season. Dynamite skills. Could put up some real nice numbers this season.

Mikael Backlund, 21, Calgary Flames: With the injuries to centers Matt Stajan and Daymond Langkow, the Swedish prospect has a real chance to establish himself early this fall. He put up 10 points (1-9) in 22 games in a late-season look in 2009-10.  

Jamie McBain, 22, Carolina Hurricanes: Subban and Carlson are getting most of the hype among rookie blueliners, but this kid put up 10 points (3-7) in 14 games with the Hurricanes last season and 40 points (7-33) in 68 AHL contests. That’s 50 points at the AHL/NHL level combined. Remember the name.  

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, 19, Phoenix Coyotes: There are two jobs available on the Coyotes’ blue line, and the Swedish prospect is trying to nail one down. He’s going to be a big-time offensive blueliner for the Coyotes, no one’s denying that, but the question is whether it happens this season or next. He had 33 points (11-22) in 52 games for his Swedish second-division club Leksands last season.  

Jeff Skinner, 18, Carolina Hurricanes: Last June’s seventh overall pick has turned heads in the preseason and it’s no wonder why. He scored 20 goals in 20 playoff games last spring in the Ontario Hockey League, giving him 70 in 74 games combined. He’s only 18, but he could be a keeper this year.  

There are three more goalies we want to leave you with:  

Michal Neuvirth, 22, Washington Capitals: The Czech product put up some dazzling performances in the last two AHL playoff runs for Hershey. It’s telling that the Caps aren’t just handing over the No. 1 job to Semyon Varlamov. They are seriously high on Neuvirth.

 Robin Lehner, 19, Ottawa Senators: The Swedish goalie is destined to begin the season in the AHL, but don’t forget his name. The Sens’ front office is drooling over this kid, and if Pascal Leclaire or Brian Elliott falters at the NHL level, you could see Lehner back in Canada’s capital before the season is over.

Jacob Markstrom, 20, Florida Panthers: Like Lehner, it would appear the Swedish netminder will begin the season in the AHL since star Tomas Vokoun and veteran backup Scott Clemmensen are ahead of him. But Vokoun will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and you can bet if the Panthers fall out of it, they’ll look to move him before the trade deadline to get assets in return. Once Vokoun is gone, this is Markstrom’s team.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.