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Game 3: Flames 4 – Canadiens 3

Gui! slides a puck past Kipper in the first periodDespite a valiant effort, some great goals and a better shot total, the Habs came up short against the Flames last night, losing 4-3 in regulation.

Of note is the fact that the “valiant effort” I speak of took place in the first and third periods only; the boys couldn’t seem to get it together in the second period and likely lost the game because of it. Halak was decent but not exceptional – I’ll be glad to see Price in nets tonight against the Canucks, assuming he’s maintained his hotness since Buffalo.

Awesome

Scott Gomez and Gui! scored only 73 seconds apart at the end of the first period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead going into the second. Gomez wired a one-timer from Mike Cammelleri while Gui! ground his way to the net and slid a nice backhander in.

Tomas Plekanec scored the Canadiens third goal late in the second and played very, very well throughout the game. He even appeared to give Andrei Kostitsyn a spark, and that’s saying something.

Awful

There were no major standouts in the “awful” department tonight.

Calgary Flames Acquire Olli Jokinen

Olli JokinenThe Phoenix Coyotes have traded star centre Olli Jokinen to the Calgary Flames for Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust along with a first round pick in 2009 or 2010, making the biggest trade on an otherwise quiet deadline day. Jokinen brings a strong presence to the Flames and I would expect that Mike Keenan would be a good candidate to challenge Olli and get him going.

The Flames continue to be the leaders in today’s trade action. More info as it happens!

Game 54: Flames 6 – Canadiens 2

Halak looks on with tears in his eyes...We’ve lost five straight on the road. Our franchise goalie has been shaky since returning from injury. Our defence is breaking down. Our power forwards aren’t scoring. Kovalev sucks.

It’s true; things couldn’t be looking much worse for Habs fans at the moment and this west coast road swing will set the tone for the remainder of the season and could very well dictate whether or not we clinch a playoff spot. With Halak in net the Habs face the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome tonight, the Flames themselves on a four game skid.

Energy in the first period was the key and the Habs were able to gain the upperhand on the Flames with strong play in the Flames zone, good defending and Halak making saves when necessary. It all lead to a beautiful one-timer by Matt D’Agostini from Chris Higgins to open the scoring, giving the Habs (Halak in particular) a much-needed shot of confidence. Mike Cammalarri evened the score after bouncing a puck through some skates in front of Halak but the Habs took the lead back when Alex Kovalev fed Tomas Plekanec a beautiful pass in an example of exactly how to play a two-on-one; the first period just ended after a scrum with the Habs up 2-1 and I know hope again :)

Bring on the second period meltdown! Habs were outshot 20-4, Calgary scored three goals, two shorthanded, and we sucked in general. Down 4-2 heading into the third period.

Montreal did manage to get a few more shots on goal in the third period but couldn’t get one by Mikka Kiprasoff. Meanwhile the Flames did bury two more on Halak for a final score of 6-2 with the shot count at 41-24.

We need help for Price, Kovalev gone, some help on defense and a big center. Make it happen Bob.

Canadiens 4 – Flames 1

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The Habs on are a hot streak and have now gone 4-0-1 in the first five of this seven-game home stand – looks like things are picking up!

Robert Lang had a pair of goals, Andrei Markkov had a goal and an assist and Matt D’Agnosti scored the game winner to extend his goal scoring streak to four games – he’s played only five in the NHL! Jaroslav Halak also got his first start in seven games, making 32 saves in his best performance of the season.

More detailed recaps starting again following Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay!

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