Game 49: Canadiens 4 – Kings 3

An Overdue CelebrationThings were looking bad with the Kings leading 3-2 in the last five minutes of the game but Chris Higgins scored his first goal since returning to tie it and Saku Koivu notched one with only 23 seconds remaining to give the Habs a 4-3 victory at home over the Los Angeles Kings. Mightily struggling Tomas Plekanec scored his 10th and Andrei Kostityn continued his hot play with his 17th goal and 29th point.

With all of the drama following Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers and the ensuing line changes, the big question is: who performed and who didn’t?

The line of Koivu/Pax/Dag looked very strong through the night, moving the puck well and getting shots on goal – we’ll likely see the same line together this afternoon versus Boston. Carey Price was very solid, making many key saves on odd-man rushes to keep the Canadiens in it as they trailed by a goal late in the third.

The notable weak links? Kovalev and, to an extent, Markov. Kovi continued to rush alone, turn the puck over and take stupid penalties – anyone else ready to see him hit the road?

A final note on game 49: a brutal hit on Josh Gorges by Denis Gauthier as he left his feet and fed an elbow into Gorges’ face left our young defencemen shaky. He left in the second following the hit, returned in the third to get knocked down roughly again and then left. Gauthier is facing a potential 20 game suspension and Gorges may not be in the lineup tonight.

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