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Tinordi And Dumont Did Their Part

The Canadiens have sent Jarred Tinordi and Gabriel Dumont back to Hamilton after what I feel was a nice showing by both guys. The huge Tinordi played a conservative game, which was to be expected and certainly how he would have been asked to play, and seemed reasonably comfortable in his role. Dumont showed that he has some fire, skated like mad, and didn’t seemed to mind getting his nose a bit dirty in scrums and in corners.

If you were 5’10″ and trying to make an impression, the smartest thing you could do is skate like mad and get your nose dirty. Imagine if you didn’t? You’d be just another Scott Gomez.

I’ll miss Tinordi’s size (6’6, 218) on the blueline. I liked seeing that. It’s always nice to have a giant among a group that is a bit shy in this department, but Tinordi really could have impressed if he’d scrapped with a few big guys on other teams. Did some damage. Had everyone talking about him. But it might not be in his makeup and I think if I were him, I’d take some boxing lessons and reinvent myself as a terror on ice.

And if he’s not already married, hook up with a nasty bitch who makes life miserable at home, and at the rink he’ll want to pulverize scalpers and parking lot attendants before he even gets inside.

A happy home can be good, and an unhappy one might be good too.

The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs says that Brandon Prust is finally ready to go and should be in the lineup Saturday when the Rangers come to town. Yannick Weber also seems ready, and maybe he should reinvent himself too. Add an edge to his game whether he’s comfortable with it or not. We’re talking about a job that pays millions of dollars, so c’mon Weber, stick your nose in and bruise someone’s knuckles from time to time. The coach will love it.

And anyway, those two-week paychecks have to be better than aspirin.

 

 

 

 

Habs Sliced By Sabres

Ryan Miller stopped 38 of the 39 shots the Habs sent his way, with the end result being a 2-1 Sabres win at the Bell Centre, and I suppose if the boys are going to lose, they might as well do it before they play the Penguins on Tuesday and Bruins on Wednesday.

I’m sure P.K. Subban would just as soon not see the Buffalo Sabres again this year, although he’ll have to once more, on April 11th. Again tonight he was in the box when the Sabres scored an important goal, this time after the puck had found its way over the glass for a delay of game penalty and which was the goal that broke the ice after a scoreless first frame.

P.K. was also sitting in the sin bin when the Sabres won it last Tuesday, and I think the best thing our guy can do now is offer to wash Michel Therrien’s car and maybe send Madam Therrien a nice flower arrangement.

But please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not blaming P.K. for anything. He’s The Man. He having a terrific season. I’m just saying that going for a few brownie points can often be a good thing.

P.K. reminds me of me. We both have a knack for getting into trouble without even trying. Oh, the stories I could tell about the times I’d sneak into the drive-in theater.

On Vanek’s goal, which came with just 38 seconds left in the second frame, Brendan Gallagher broke his stick outside the blueline which opened things up for the dangerous forward. Just one of those things. Buffalo took advantage of a couple of breaks, one literally, and Montreal – not so much.

All in all, the sky isn’t falling, and I know you might be getting sick of hearing this from me, but we really need our injured guys back. Imagine the difference with Brandon Prust shaking things up, the revitalized Rene Bourque being the power forward he’s proven he can be, and Raphael Diaz doing the job in a big way from the back end, especially in power play situations. But we’ve been an absolutely fine team through this adversity, and it’s positive vibrations all round, even with a low-scoring loss to dwell on.

Random Notes:

Montreal’s lone marker came from Michael Ryder when he converted an Andrei Markov shot, and if you’re interested in petty comparisons, Ryder has four goals and seven assists in 11 games with the Habs, while his trade counterpart Erik Cole in Dallas has managed just two goals and zero assists in ten games. Most everyone in hockey universe agreed at the time it went down that Montreal won this trade, and it’s appearing that everyone was right.

Canadiens outshot Buffalo 39-18.

Toronto beat the Bruins 3-2 tonight and are just a hair from being in a position to play Montreal in the opening round if the season ended now. I’m torn about this. I’d hate to see the Leafs make the playoffs, but I’d love to see the Habs kick their ass. It’s a real dilemma.

Yannick Weber and Ryan White are presently on the shelf too, and I feel bad for not including them with Bourque, Prust, and Diaz as guys we need back soon. Yes, we need everyone healthy. And I’m sure even Weber and White would freely admit that the above-mentioned trio are the most important in the scheme of things.

 

 

 

 

Pateryn Joins The Big Club

Pateryn

With Raphael Diaz nursing a concussion, Yannick Weber getting injured during the Carolina game, and Tomas Kaberle being Tomas Kaberle, the Canadiens have called up Greg Pateryn from the Hamilton Bulldogs to help shore up the blueline.

Good luck to the new guy, and hopefully he can impress.

Here’s the announcement from the Bulldog’s website.

MONTREAL CANADIENS RECALL GREG PATERYN

By: Hamilton Bulldogs

03/07/2013 9:54 PMMONTREAL, QUE – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Canadiens have recalled defenceman Greg Pateryn from the Bulldogs.

Pateryn, 22, has played 22 games for the Bulldogs this season recording eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) and 15 penalty minutes.  The native of Sterling Heights, Michigan played four seasons for the University of Michigan Wolverines of the Central Colligate Hockey Association registering 43 points (6 goals, 37 assists) a +44 rating and 143 penalty minutes in 142 regular season games.  In 2009-2010, Pateryn helped lead the Wolverines to a National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship.  The 6’2”, 219-pound defenceman played for the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets of the United States Hockey League in 2007-2008 notching 27 points (3 goals, 24 assists) and 145 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games.  Pateryn was acquired by the Canadiens in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs with a second round pick in 2010 in exchange for Mikhail Grabovski.   Pateryn was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the 5th round, 128th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Habs Withstand Hurricanes

A decent first period, an extremely lousy second, and then a decent third allows the Canadiens to skate away with a 4-2 win in Raleigh, and when all was said and done, it was Carey Price coming through when needed.

Price was solid throughout, it’s two big points for his team to remain in the penthouse, and although the boy were outshot 21-5 in the second period and 44-28 overall, they won the game, which is why they went there in the first place.

Montreal found themselves up 2-0 in the first when Brandon Prust converted an Alexei Emelin blast from the point, and and then Josh Gorges of all people finished off a nice play from Prust. Gorges, with two goals so far, is now on pace for a four-goal season!

In the second frame it was all Canes as the Habs sat back and enjoyed a coffee and smoke, and suddenly the game was tied at two. But in the third, the Canadiens woke up, Lars Eller finished off a nice play from that Gorges fellow, and P.K.Subban scored the insurance marker on the power play.

Now it’s on to Florida for a Saturday meeting with the Lightning, and Sunday in Sunrise to face the Panthers. Can either of the Florida teams contain Fire-wagon Gorges?

Random Notes:

Alexei Emelin enjoyed a fine night, thumping and blasting away and looking like a young and healthy Chris Pronger out there, and in my book, the big Russian is a much more-rounded player this season. He can be an offensive threat from time to time and I think fellow countryman Andrei Markov has helped him in a big way.

Lars Eller notched a goal and two assists, Prust got his goal and two helpers, and did Subban, and Josh Gorges finished with a goal and an assist. I hope this doesn’t go to Gorges’ head.

Yannick Weber suited up for just his second game of the season, in place of Raphael Diaz via Tomas Kaberle, but seemed to have suffered an injury in the second period and didn’t return. Just not the greatest of times for Weber this year..

The main thing is, aside from the win, Carey Price enjoyed a fine night, and life is good when we see this.

 

After Twelve

Our top guy, Tomas Plekanec, comes in at 36th overall in the league, with 11 points. Buffalo’s Tomas Vanek sits at number one with 23 points.

And as you can see, there’s not much happening with both Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber, who continue to twirl their thumbs on the sidelines. Ryan White, as you know, simply shot himself in the foot a few times too many.

Maybe one of these years, when the stars and planets are lined up a certain way, we might see a Hab in the top three. I hope I’m still alive when this happens.

Forwards & Defensemen
# Pos Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
14 C Tomas Plekanec 12 6 5 11 -3 8 3 0 1 38 15.8
79 D Andrei Markov 12 4 6 10 -2 6 4 0 3 16 25.0
61 D Raphael Diaz 12 0 9 9 0 4 0 0 0 20 0.0
17 R Rene Bourque 12 3 4 7 -1 22 2 0 0 34 8.8
27 C Alex Galchenyuk 12 1 6 7 6 4 0 0 0 18 5.6
21 R Brian Gionta 12 3 3 6 -1 2 2 0 0 31 9.7
76 D P.K. Subban 6 3 3 6 0 6 2 0 0 13 23.1
67 L Max Pacioretty 8 0 6 6 -2 12 0 0 0 25 0.0
73 R Brendan Gallagher 11 4 2 6 5 15 0 0 1 24 16.7
51 C David Desharnais 12 3 2 5 -6 12 1 0 0 13 23.1
81 C Lars Eller 10 1 4 5 0 6 0 0 0 22 4.5
55 D Francis Bouillon 12 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 0 12 0.0
72 L Erik Cole 12 2 2 4 -1 10 0 0 1 28 7.1
8 L Brandon Prust 12 1 2 3 4 69 0 0 0 11 9.1
32 L Travis Moen 11 1 1 2 0 14 0 0 0 8 12.5
74 D Alexei Emelin 12 0 2 2 0 6 0 0 0 6 0.0
22 D Tomas Kaberle 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 7 0.0
20 R Colby Armstrong 12 0 1 1 0 6 0 0 0 12 0.0
26 D Josh Gorges 12 1 0 1 -2 9 0 0 0 8 12.5
53 C Ryan White 7 1 0 1 1 46 0 0 0 9 11.1
68 D Yannick Weber 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0

Naming Names

Dishonest John in Kenora was recently given a signed Habs t-shirt from his niece Megan, who is a friend of Ryan White, and DJ sat down to decipher the tough signatures. He got most of them, and I’ve added a couple after comparing players’ autographs on eBay. But we’re stuck on two.

I’ve broken it down into sections, and you can also double click the large photo to see more clearly. But the bottom line is, I wish these guys wouldn’t scribble.

In the first square below, DJ has it as Ryan White #53 at the top left, Lars Eller #81 below White, PK Subban #76 above and to the right of Eller, and Travis Moen #32 above Subban. Rene Bourque # 27 is below Eller, and I think it’s Michael Blunden #45 between White and Bourque. The one beside Bourque, which looks like “Hefir” is a puzzle.

Below, I think it’s Tomas Plekanec at the top, although there’s no number. Dishonest John has #30 Peter Budaj below that, Yannick Weber #68 to the right of Budaj, and Erik Cole #72 at the bottom.

From comparing on eBay, I believe the square below sees #51 David Desharnais, and Brian Gionta under him with the big swooping letters.

The bottom pic has Alexei Emelin #74 (you can also tell by the Russian signature), Carey Price #31 below Emelin, Max Pacioretty #67 to the right of Price, Josh Gorges below Max, and Scott Gomez at the very bottom. But the guy above Gomez is a mystery. It looks like #51, but it’s not Desharnais.

So I think it’s down to two we can’t figure out - the guy above Gomez at the bottom, and the name that looks like Hefir. If anyone has any ideas, both Dishonest John and myself would really like to know.

Desharnais Saves The Day

It was wild and wacky, this Habs-Wild clash, with bodies flying and infirmaries busy and nastiness reigning supreme. And in the end, when the ice chips settled, the Canadiens earned their two points. The freakin’ hard way!

5-4 Habs. It should have been 4-1.

Was it a full moon on this night?

It was a Ryan White fight to kick things off, followed by an Aaron Palushaj stick in the eye, and hopefully the young buck is okay. We saw PK Subban blast one home on a 5 on 3 power play, and we saw Lars Eller convert a Scott Gomez pass during the same power play.

Then we saw Alexei Emelin take out teammate Erik Cole after mostly missing his Wild target, and Emelin also took an errant Yannick Weber stick in the face before Ryan White got two, a five, and a ten for pummelling a Wild player who was jabbing away at Carey Price.

Have you got all this so far?

Things got vicious every few minutes it seemed. Cal Clutterbuck, who seems to be missing a few screws, took out Rene Bourque’s knee in what could have been an unhealthy situation but wasn’t, and Alexei Emelin was driven dangerously into the glass by this Peters dude. Emelin was hurt on this play, and it seems players around the league have decided to go after our stud defenceman.

Which brings me to my new rant.

Two nights in a row, opposing players have taken exception to Emelin’s hard but clean hits, and they’ve come after him like he’s done something so terrible it defies description. No, he didn’t give their brother a wedgie, or danced with their mother’s brassiere on his head. What he does is throw bodychecks, and these panty-wearing sucks behave like an act of war has been committed.

Is this what hockey has evolved into? Players taking exception to being hit cleanly? Get used to it boys. Emelin will hit you hard the next time you play against him. And he’ll hit you hard after that too. I really hadn’t realized there are such babies in the league until now.

Aside from all the commotion that usually involved the penalty box, there was also a hockey game, and when it’s the Habs playing, you know it means blowing a lead. Which they did of course.

They had the Wild in the palm of their hands. It was going to be wrapped up clean as a whistle. But it wasn’t. It became 4-2. Then, with 1:43 left on the clock and the Wild goalie pulled, it was narrowed to 4-3.

And of course, with just 10 seconds to go and the goalie still on the bench, it became 4-4. A three-goal lead down the drain. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Those crazy Hab bastards.

To make the story short because it’s two in the morning and I want my bed, the overtime drew to a close, and on to the shootout they went where David Desharnais got the job done and Devin Setoguchi did a Broadway number on his way in and lost the puck to end this long and weird affair.

Random Notes:

Montreal scored three power play goals, which is rarer than a duck-billed platypus.

Minnesota remains 6 points out of a playoff spot and it’s their own fault.

This snaps the Canadiens five game losing streak, and with 17 games remaining, I’m thinking they need to win 16.

Saturday night Toronto pays a visit. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Habs could hammer another nail in the Leafs coffin?

Here’s the Setoguchi shootout attempt.

Canadiens Outduel Pens

Whew! That had to be one of the most stressful shootouts in recent memory.

Two big points for the Canadiens as they snuck by the Pens 3-2 in a game which provided thrills and spills, and of course, most importantly, another successful must-win as they attempt the death-defying stunt of coming back from the dead and making a season of it.

It would be nice of the Montrealers would quit blowing leads, as they did twice on this night, but they managed to get it done regardless, as overtime came and went, and then the extended shootout where I just entered the Guinness Book of Records for longest time without breathing.

Eight Habs went in on Marc-Andre Fleury – Rene Bourque, Lars Eller, and Tomas Plekanec lit the lamp, and all in all, it was a satisfying win, the team’s second straight, and without getting carried away here, the Habs played with enthusiasm and spirit, and looked good. They just need to keep it going on Thursday when they make their way to Long Island.

It was a team effort, led by Carey Price, who was once again sensational, and I liked what PK Subban brought to the table. PK looked alive, in a zone, and withstood a Kris Letang tackle after the lad had messed with Evgeny Malkin along the boards. Tomas Plekanec showed spark and had several chances, Louis Leblanc showed confidence in himself and scored his team’s first goal, and Lars Eller pounded one off the post which deflected off Fleury’s back and into the net. A rare break, it seems, for our beleaguered ones.

I’m happy, and no, I don’t want them to tank so they can grab a great draft pick. Just keep working hard and playing well, and let’s see what happens. Staying positive feels much better than the alternative.

Random Notes:

Travis Moen was back after missing five games and Yannick Weber was helped off the ice late in the game. So it’s get one back, lose one.

Shots on goal, Pittsburgh 34, Montreal 30.

Thursday in Long Island, Saturday in Toronto. Of course we need both. It would mark just the second time this season the Canadiens won four straight if they can pull it off, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I’m just greedy, that’s all.

 

 

 

 

Habs Lose While Cammy Goes

The Canadiens lose again, this time to the Boston Bruins by a score of 2-1, and added to all that’s gone on recently in this three-ring circus, Mike Cammalleri was sent packing to the Calgary Flames for tough and talented northern Albertan, Rene Bourque.

Cammalleri had done absolutely nothing in the first two periods, and he can try again in Calgary to sort things out. Imagine, after all that went on with the guy in the past 24 hours, you’d think he would come out flying. But it was just another soft night for the $6 million dollar man, another night when he didn’t help his struggling team. Maybe he knew the jig was up.

It didn’t take long for Pierre Gauthier to show his distaste for Cammalleri’s “we play like losers” comments, and this overpaid and underachieving forward was sent back to the hotel as his former teammates scraped and scrapped and gave it a fine shot as they carried on. He didn’t help tonight, or the other night, and on many nights before, and he’ll never get a chance to help again.

Close the chapter on Mike Cammalleri and open a new one on the guy coming in – Bourque, who was a major force in last season’s outdoor Heritage Classic, scoring the winning goal and looking dangerous throughout, and I remember thinking at that time that Bourque might look mighty fine in a Habs uniform.

Boston had taken the lead in the opening minute when the puck came out unexpectantly with Price out of position, and of course it had to be that way. That’s the way things have gone, so why be surprised by a weird puck carom? And why be surprised when another Bruins’ goal went off the stick of a Hab – Josh Gorges in this case.

But we certainly could be surprised that Montreal actually scored a power play goal. Yes, it’s true, by Yannick Weber, and the team had chances to tie it as they pressed while Cammalleri possibly raided the hotel mini-bar blocks away.

And as the soap opera continued, the boys weren’t able to get it done, another loss is on the books, and when I pull out my fabulous team-tracking page with the yellow lines, I count ‘em up and see that Montreal has won 6 of their last 21 games.

Random Notes:

The team just learned a good lesson. Call your teammates out, take a shot at the coach, act selfishly and play uneffectively, and your days are numbered in Montreal. The Cammy thing has been the only good piece of news we’ve had lately.

Bourque, a left winger, is 6’2, 213 pounds, which is a nice size. So we just got bigger, which is what I’ve been yearning for. He has 13 goals so far this year, but managed 27 in each of his last two seasons, which is very respectable.

Canadiens also sent along goalie Karri Ramo, now playing in the KHL, plus a 5th round pick, and received, along with Bourque, prospect Patrick Holland, a six foot right winger who spent the past three years with Carey Price’s old alma mater, the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. Montreal also landed a 2nd round draft pick in the deal.

A Blanking Of The Canes

So many good things on a night when the Habs win a convincing 4-0 game over the Carolina Hurricanes. I just need to list them while the giddiness lingers.

Montreal took advantage of a flat and disoriented Carolina team and scored four big ones.

Carey Price notched his first shutout of the season, and Montreal scored a rare power play goal as Yannick Weber fired one home.

Frederic St-Denis, in his very first NHL game, played well and even managed to get himself on the stats sheet, albeit for two penalties. He carried himself well and his family must be very proud.

PK Subban scored his first of the year and came through as a blueline leader, just when we needed him to.

Travis Moen added his sixth of the season, and if he keeps this up, I’m going to start saying I told you so.

And finally, and I want you to take a deep breath – Scott Gomez had an assist. And you know what that means? It means Gomez manages to stay ahead of Carey Price in the points department. Gomez has two points, Price, with an assist on Mike Cammalleri’s goal which opened the scoring, remains one behind Gomez.

What a race. Can Price catch Gomez? Or can Gomez continue this torrid pace and leave Price in the dust?

Yes, Carolina is out-of-sorts presently, but we don’t care. Imagine if this out-of-sorts team had won the game? It could have been as low as Montreal could sink. But instead, the Canadiens were solid, and they were so without backenders Jaraslav Spacek, Hal Gill, Chris Campoli, and of course Andrei Markov.

TSN colour guy Ray Ferraro called PK a veteran, and I suppose on this night he was, even though he was a fresh-faced rookie just a year ago. It was PK and Josh Gorges as the mainstays on defence, with St-Denis and Raphael Diaz, Yannick Weber, and especially Alexei Emelin, who bumped and thumped and definitely adds a nice, new dimension to the Canadiens. Old-time bodychecks. A Russian Bobby Baun. And like Baun, he hurts people in mostly a clean way.

If Jacques Martin sees fit to give this Russian regular minutes on a regular basis, I see an important guy in the lineup. Because there’s nothing like a heavy hitter on a smallish team.

Now it’s off to Long Island for a Thursday night tilt against the Islanders. Such a roller coaster ride we’re on with this Habs team. And such drama with the Price/Gomez points race.

Random notes:

Habs outshot the visitors 36-25.

The boys are a hair from a playoff spot, tied with New Jersey who hold down 8th, but Montreal has played one more game so they sit in 9th. For a few minutes at least, they owned that 8th spot.