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Habs Beat Rangers, Win Sixth Straight

The suddenly surging Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 3-1 last night to notch their sixth straight and move into an almost comfortable sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Glen Metropolit scored his career-high 16th goal, Sergei Kostitsyn got the second and Tomas Plekanec snagged an empty-netter to seal the win late in the game following the successful killing of a 6-4 Rangers advantage; Sean Avery potted the lone goal against Jaraoslav Halak. New York was limited to only 20 shots on net, due in large part to the 18-5 shot advantage the Canadiens held in the second period alone.

The Habs have now moved above the Flyers in the standings and sit only a single point behind the Ottawa Senators for fifth. After taking on the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday the Habs will face the Senators, Sabres, Panthers and Devils next week.

Canadiens Pound Rangers 6-0

After taking a 6-2 beating at the hands of the New York Rangers last week, the Habs rebounded to lay a 6-0 whooping on the blue shirts last night.

The game was highlighted by Mike Cammalleri’s two goals and two assists along with Jaroslav Halak’s 32 save performance for his third shutout of the year. Jaroslav Spacek and Marc-Andre Bergeron contributed another two assists each and Scott Gomez scored against his former team, the first of the game.

The Habs are onto Florida for games this week against the Panthers and Lightning. Watch Ryan O’Byrne put the fists to Aaron Voros in the meantime:

Game 10: Canadiens 5 – Rangers 4 (OT)

Cammalleri celebrates his first Habs hat trickMike Cammalleri snagged a hat trick and the Habs overcame a 4-2 deficit to defeat the hot New York Rangers in overtime 5-4. Cammalleri had a four point night and Jaroslav Halak managed his third straight win, further fueling the goalie “controversy” that has had Habs fans gossiping for the past couple years.

The Canadiens brought their six game home stand record to 3-2 and move on to face a couple of tough teams on the road this week after hosting the New York Islanders again on Monday.

Higgins, McDonagh to Rangers For Scott Gomez

Scott GomezIn a move that has Habs fans everywhere abuzz, Bob Gainey has closed a deal that sees Chris Higgins, Doug Janik, Pavel Valentenko and 2007 first round draft pick Ryan McDonagh go to the New York Rangers in return for Scott Gomez and three minor league players.

Unless this deal is a part of something much bigger, it is absolutely horrific for the Canadiens for many reasons:

  • Gomez is signed through 2013-14 at a cap hit of $7.35 million.
  • His high price tag is made worse by the fact that he is a second line centreman, not a first.
  • He is 5’11” and 200 lbs – not exactly the size up the middle we’d all like to see, especially for that money.
  • We gave up arguably the best prospect in our farm system in McDonagh.
  • Shouldn’t the Rangers have been the ones sweetening the deal in order to dump that huge cap hit? Where is the young talent coming back?
  • I could go on. Let’s hope that Bob has something up his sleeve that will have that empty-gutted heart burn dissipate by the time we all go to bed tonight. Sedin twins, anyone?

Game 70: Rangers 4 – Canadiens 3 (SO)

Going to the net...?It’s a good thing there are only 12 potential losses left this season because I’m not sure I can take many more gloomy game recaps! A decent effort in the first and second periods went to waste when the Habs allowed the Rangers to outshoot them 16-5 in the third, forcing Carey Price to carry the team through the last frame in order to make it to overtime. After being outshot again in overtime Price had finally had enough, letting in all three shootout attempts with Les Habitants scoring only twice. Alex Kovalev and Maxim Lapierre did have highlight reel goals, apparently enough to keep the Bell Centre crowd to a hiss following the game as opposed to the all-out boos that the team has been leaving the ice to lately.

Another loss and another notch down in the standings – we currently sit at 7th position, three points ahead of the also-slumping Florida Panthers.

Trade Day Waiver Wire

Sean AveryDallas Stars’ bad boy Sean Avery was the first waiver claim as he makes his way back to the New York Rangers and the waiver activity picked up this morning with the following claims:

– Toronto has picked up Martin Gerber from the Ottawa Senators, making room for speculation on the future of Vesa Toskala with the Leafs

Rangers Fire Tom Renney, Hire John Tortorella

Fired: Tom RenneyAfter losing ten of their last twelve games and generally playing below par hockey for the past few months, the New York Rangers fired head coach Tom Renney today. There wasn’t much downtime before reports started to surface that former Tampa Bay Lightning Coach and current NHL on TSN analyst John Tortorella will take over the Rangers as soon as the next game. This is dependent on the NHL working out the difficulty of a Tampa “no”; the Lightning still have Tororella under contract for the remainder of the season and will need to give their go-ahead before the Rangers’ organization can claim him.

In a related story, TSN’s Quiz segment just lost much of its luster!

Canadiens 6 – Rangers 5 (SO)

The Montreal Canadiens pulled off the biggest comeback of the franchise’s 99 year history by defeating the New York Rangers last night 6-5 after trailing 5-0 midway through the second period. The Rangers chased Carey Price out of the net after scoring three goals on eleven shots and Huet allowed another two goals in the early part of the second period to give them a commanding 5-0 lead.

And than Michael Ryder scored a goal. And than Michael Ryder scored again, cutting the lead to 5-2 at the end of the second period. The Habs came out at full speed in the third, waiting only 6:43 for Alex Kovalev to cut the score to 5-3. Nine seconds later (9 seconds!), Michael Ryder threw a wrist shot at the net, bouncing the puck off of Mark Streit and bring the Canadiens to within one goal. Ten tense minutes passed with the Canadiens killing a few penalties before going on the powerplay and seeing Alex Kovalev score his second goal to tie the game 5-5, establishing the biggest comeback in Canadiens history.

A shootout followed an overtime period that saw Montreal continue to pressure the Rangers at every moment and Saku Koivu was the lone scorer to give the Habs the most astounding victory in the recent memory of any hockey fan.

February 19 – New York Rangers

With only one day off in between, the Montreal Canadiens jump from finalizing a season sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers to trying to avoid a sweep by the New York Rangers. The New York team is 3-0 against the Habs this season.

No confirmation yet but I’m guessing Carey Price, with a 3-1-0 record and 2.03 GAA since his recall from Hamilton, will get the start. The last game these two teams played together saw the Rangers come back from a 3-0 deficit to topple the Canadiens 5-3 so you can bet goaltending will play a major role in this game.

The Habs are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils; Ottawa plays Philly tomorrow night as the Flyers try to end their seven game skid. Let’s hope they’re hungry!