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Game 8: Canadiens 2 – Thrashers 1 (SO)

Halak stops a puck from a Thrashers shooterJaroslav Halak was stellar in regulation and overtime and even better in the shootout to help lead the Habs to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers, ending the five-game losing skid that had Canadiens fans everywhere in a panic.

Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez each notched a pretty goal in the shootout to clinch the victory.

Jaroslav Halak was solid in nets for the Canadiens on Tuesday night, but as has been the case often so far this season, the netminder at the other end of the ice was just a little better. Only this game had a happy ending for once as the Canadiens pulled out a 2-1 shootout win, with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta sealing the deal to snap a five-game losing streak. They were able to beat Ondrej Pavelec, who played his junior hockey in the QMJHL, in the shootout after the young goaltender was stellar for 65 minutes, stopping 34 of 35 shots. Halak stopped 22 shots in only his second start of the season for the Canadiens. Gionta opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season – only the third time this season the Canadiens have scored the first goal of the game. Colby Armstrong, wallpapered Marc-AndrĂ© Bergeron behind the Canadiens net in the second period, tied the game early in the third period.

Game 73: Canadiens 6 – Thrashers 3

Alex Tanguay: 2 goals, 3 assistsThe sleeping Habs came awake for a night with Alex Tanguay grabbing two goals and three assists and his line with Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev combing for 11 points. Carey Price played a fairly solid game, making 22 saves. Metropolit also had his second goal as a Hab.

While it’s nice to see a win and even nicer to see the big guns coming alive, let’s stay calm. It’s our first win in six games and it was against Atlanta. The boys need to string a few of those together if they hope to stay ahead of Florida and Buffalo for that eighth playoff spot!

Game 65: Thrashers 2 – Canadiens 0

Price is back...?Price played solid but his mates were unable to snag him a goal and the game ended in a 2-0 loss to Atlanta. I was much too disheartened to post my thoughts following this one – Dallas recap on the way, and how!

Mathieu Schneider Returns to Habs

Mathieu SchneiderThe Habs have acquired a solid defenceman in Mathieu Schneider in a trade that saw the Atlanta Thrashers get a second round pick in 2009 (part of last year’s Huet deal) and a third round pick in 2010.

A great move by Bob Gainey! Schneider is another UFA to worry about this summer but, at 39, it may not matter. For those too young to recall, Mathieu played for Montreal from 1989 until he was traded in 1995, winning the Cup with us during the fabled ’93 playoff run.

Canadiens 5 – Thrashers 1

The Habs hosted the Atlanta Thrashers on the day of the NHL trade deadline with new number one goalie Carey Price between the pipes and the Thrashers lacking superstar Marian Hossa as he makes his way to Pittsburgh. The first period opened at a fast pace and Price quickly began to prove himself with a few early key saves. Each team killed off a penalty before Maxim Lapierre put the Canadiens up 1-0 with an even strength goal around the midway point of the period.

The Thrashers tied the game early in the second period on the powerplay following a bad play by Roman Hamrlik as Ilya Kovalchuk put a wrist shot past a screened Price. The Habs took a couple of questionable penalties for goaltender interference (Plekanec) and obstruction (Gorges) but they followed up with top-notch penalty killing in order to keep the game tied at one goal apiece. Mike Komisarek came close as he ripped a snapshot off the post late in the second but the puck took a lucky bounce off the skate of Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen and it squirted wide of the net after hitting the post.

Chris Higgins gave Montreal a 2-1 lead early in the third off of a beautiful pass from Michael Ryder on the powerplay; the assist marked the 200th career NHL point for Ryder. Only a couple of minutes later Higgins scored his second of the game at even strength to put the Habs up 3-1. Another Atlanta penalty gave the Habs their third powerplay of the third period and this time it was Markov scoring with Higgins and Koivu assisting, giving the Canadiens a commanding 4-1 lead; the goal marked Markov’s 50th point of the season. Seconds later Sergei Kostitsyn walked in at even strength and increased the lead to 5-1 with a perfect wrist shot. The Thrashers managed a couple more shots on Carey Price but the Habs easily held on to finish the game with a 5-1 win.

NOTES: New Jersey lost to Carolina 2-1 in overtime, Ottawa lost 4-0 to Boston and Pittsburgh beat the Islanders 4-2. The Habs remain in 5th position in the East three points behind New Jersey, two behind Pittsburgh and one behind Ottawa for the division lead.

Hossa Heads to the ‘Burgh

With all of the speculation that either Ottawa or Montreal would pick him up it was actually the Pittsburgh Penguins who picked up Marian Hossa with only seconds remaining before the NHL trade deadline today. Hossa will join the like of Sidney Crosby and Evengi Malkin and suddenly the Pens look like potential Cup contenders.

The Pens did send Colby Armstrong (among others) to Atlanta and that is going to have a major effect on team chemistry; Armstrong and Crosby are long time friends. I’m guessing Hossa’s playmaking abilities are going to offset that loss though.

Atlanta Thrashers – February 26

The trade deadline has come and gone and it’s time to get back to business. Carey Price and the Canadiens will host the Marian Hossa-less Atlanta Thrashers tonight as they attempt to snap a two game skid to stay in the thick of the action in the Eastern Conference.

This is the final meeting between the teams and all three previous matches have ended in shootouts; Atlanta won the first two, Montreal won the last in January. The Thrashers have lost three straight and are struggling to get into playoff position so expect a hard game tonight.

Canadiens Looking at Hossa?

With the recent rumours swirling around suggesting that the Montreal Canadiens might be interested in picking up Marian Hossa of the Atlanta Thrashers, Habs fans all over have been holding their breath to see what, if anything, comes of it all. Still no confirmation either way but Atlanta scouts have apparently been all over Canadiens games.

Names like Chris Higgins and Michael Ryder have been coming up over and over and even captain Koivu gets thrown around a bit. I’d say Ryder and Koivu straight across for Hossa; Higgins is an excellent player having an excellent year and a bad month and it’s much too soon to give up on him.