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Game 11: Canadiens 3 – Islanders 2 (OT)

Hal Gill can hit?The overtime success and winning streak continue as the Habs got goals from sources other than the top line to defeat the New York Islanders for the second time this week. Jaroslav Spacek notched his first as a Hab, Glen Metropolit continued his hard work to earn two assists (did you know that we’re 5-0 with Metro in the lineup?) and Tomas Plekanec made a huge effort during the overtime period to saucer a perfect pass onto the tape of Roman Hamrlik, allowing him to notch the winner.

The Habs have now won four straight games to improve to 6-5-0 on the season and the continued winning of Jaroslav Halak leaves me wondering who will get the start against the tough teams we’re facing this week; a short two-game road trip takes us to Pittsburgh on Wednesday and Chicago on Friday before we return home to host Komisarek and the Leafs on Saturday.

Eight wins in a row to end the weekend? Yes we can!

Game 9: Canadiens 5 – Islanders 1

The Habs had their first moment to really shine tonight against the (admittedly weak) New York Islanders with a great cast of characters making the scoresheet in a 5-1 victory. Jaroslav Halak got the start and was very solid (yeah, except that), presenting a clear challenge to Carey Price and the potentially available starting position.

A thought on the Halak misplay: Halak played an excellent game, clearly showing both the team, Carey Price in particular, that he has what it takes. The gaff, from Price’s point of view, allows him to recognize the challenge and step up his game while not feeling completely outdone by his “backup.”

Game 68: Islanders 3 – Canadiens 2 (OT)

Carey Price's patented "over the shoulder" lookThe NHL-worst New York Islanders strolled into Montreal last night and took a point away from us in an embarrassing game that saw Les Boys booed off the ice by the Bell Centre crowd following the Islanders goal 26 seconds into overtime on their 38th shot against Carey Price. The play of our tender was the only highlight of the game though I bet he’d like to take that OT goal back. Regardless, Price was solid again in front of a lackluster defence that lost the majority of puck battles.

So the Habs continue their poor play, losing a critical point to the worst team in the league. Bob Gainey is full of excuses but I think the time has come to clean house. By clean house I mean, of course, getting rid of the useless players – Mark Streit reminded Bob last night with a goal and an assist what happens when you allow valuable players to slip away to other teams.

Canadiens 5 – Islanders 4

I’m a couple of days late with the recap so I’ll keep it brief but can you believe that comeback? After sleeping on their skates for the first 40 minutes and finding themselves down 4-1 going into the third period the Habs pulled it together and scored four unanswered goals in the final period to take the win from New York.

Carey Price was solid after a couple of softies in the first and Alex Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec get most of the credit for the comeback. Next game is on Friday in Columbus!

Canadiens 3 – Islanders 0

No disrespect to Jaroslav Halak intended with my lateness as far as this recap in concerned; his outstanding performance in the Habs 3-0 shutout of the New York Islanders on Saturday deserves to be talked about.

Montreal completed a season sweep of the Islanders as Roman Hamrlik, Alex Kovalev and Guillaume Latendresse scored and Halak made 30 saves to nab his second shutout in his last eight starts at home; all eight of those starts are wins.

The win gave the Habs the lead over Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division but they still trailed New Jersey by one point at the end of the day.

March 15 – New York Islanders

The Habs host the floundering New York Islanders tonight with the goal of staying in the midst of the pack searching for first place in the Eastern Conference. With a win today by New Jersey over the Colorado Avalanche the Canadiens need to win to reclaim first place in the Northeast Division, remaining one point behind the Devils.

Montreal has dominated the Islanders this season and will sweep the season series 4-0 with a win tonight.  Jaraoslav Halak will start tonight, giving Carey Price a break following his 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators earlier in the week.

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