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Shut Out By Lightning, Habs Flee Florida

If you watched Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers (and you’re a Habs fan) then you likely spent much of the night cursing the slow-moving, no-effort Canadiens as they blew a slim 1-0 lead heading into the third period to lose 2-1 in regulation.

With the hopes that that lain egg would inspire the Canadiens of last week (a win in Jersey and a 6-0 drubbing of the Rangers) to show up in Tampa last night, I tuned into TSN. Instead of a strong effort, I was greeted with TSN analysts harping about Montreal’s “goalie controversy” throughout the pre-game and intermissions with the sight of my Habs getting shut down 3-0 by the Lightning.

While I do reside in the camp that would like to see Halak get a few straight starts, in no way can the loss last night be blamed on Carey Price. The defense (Markov especially) was porous, the offense was non-existent and the giveaways were never-ending.

With the loss the Habs drop to ninth in the packed Eastern Conference; next game in Saturday afternoon in Ottawa for Hockey Day in Canada.

Tanguay, Schneider Find New Homes

Alex TanguayAlex Tanguay will complete a new French connection with the Tampa Bay Lightning as he skates alongside Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis this coming season and Mathieu Schneider will be playing for the only team he wanted to join as he heads to Vancouver. Both Montreal UFAs spent a long summer without a deal before coming to agreements this past week.

While I’m a bit bummed by the fact that we traded two draft picks, including a first rounder, to nab Tanguay in the first place only to have him miss half of last season and produce only 16 goals before signing for half the money in Tampa, I didn’t want him back. So good luck to Tanguay in Tampa, I look forward to seeing what this new French connection can cook up!

Schneider is a solid defenseman but better, in my opinion, to fill out our open defense spots with some of the young up-and-comers in the system. He’ll do well in Vancouver – and he’s one of the few UFAs to leave us this season without going to a close rival, so that’s a bonus.

Wake me up when it’s October!

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!

Latest on Lecavalier

vincent-lecavalier-150For those of your who missed (accidentally or deliberately) CBC’s rare attempt to placate Habs’ fans tonight, the commentators stated strongly that, no matter what Lightning management was saying, Lecavalier was definitely being shopped. The entire cast bantered for a few minutes about how the Habs had it locked save for one catch: Tampa wants Markov and Gainey says no.

More updates as they come!

P.K. Subban to Tampa Bay?

pk-subban-150Rampant rumours have been swirling around the NHL that the Montreal Canadiens are in talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning with regards to the acquisition of Vincent Lecavalier and one of the many names being tossed around has been that of Habs’ prospect P.K. Subban. Subban is a very talented offensive defenseman currently playing for the Belleville Bulls of the OHL.

Everyone, including Lecavalier and his agent, is denying that the teams are even talking so no need to put much weight into this until we hear something new.

Rumour: Lacavalier to Montreal

Strong rumours have been floating around today suggesting that, despite talk to the contrary from Vinny Lecavalier and his agent, Bob Gainey is currently in talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning in an attempt to acquire the Quebec native. Names in the mix from the Canadiens side are Chris Higgins, Tomas Plekanec and prospect P.K. Subban along with at least one first round draft pick.

While I’m a big fan of Lecavalier and have no doubt that he would add a huge amount of skill to our top line, I cringe to think of P.K. Subban being mentioned. He’s an offensive defenseman like the NHL hasn’t seen in years and I think that he also will have a big impact on the Habs in years to come…luckily it’s a pleasant dilemma to have!

I’ll update the second I hear anything more firm one way or the other!

Canadiens 2 – Lightning 1 (OT)

Habs Logo - 150A beautiful wrist shot by Lapierre in the shootout and both goaltenders standing on their heads for much of the game – one of the best end-to-enders I’ve seen this season. Now if only the Bruins would lose one…

The Habs will visit New Jersey tonight as they try to continue their points streak to seven games (5-0-1 in the last 6). No official confirmation yet but I’m guessing the lines will stay the same and Price will get the start.

Martin St. Louis Cut By Skate

martin-st-louis-150Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning took a linesman’s skate in the face in the dying minutes of his team’s 2-0 loss in Ottawa after the linesman tripped and lifted his leg behind, connecting the blade with St. Louis. He left the ice immediately, bleeding heavily, and I haven’t heard anything since.

Here’s hoping he’s got a few stitches in the forehead as opposed something more serious. And here’s hoping we don’t see another one of these for a while; they’re hard to watch.

Lightning 3 – Canadiens 1

recap-121108-150The boys rolled into last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning having gone 4-0-1 in the first five games of this long seven-game homestand and I think it’s safe to say that they expected to win. Thus my excuse for the fact that the Habs seemed to fall asleep after getting the first goal, allowing the Lightning to end a nine game losing skid by beating us 3-1 at home.

There was some emotion, shown in great part by the seemingly angry Vinne Lecavilier as he poked Plekanec in the chest with his stick while waiting for the puck to drop on a face off and ended up taking an unsportsmanlike late in the third. Olaf Kolzig, after allowing a softie to open things up, shut the attempts that the Canadiens did generate down. Halak started again with Price out with the flu – he was decent but the first goal by Martin St. Louis was a bit of a soft one.

Here’s to better things when we host Washington on Saturday – they shut us out 3-0 last time we saw them.

February 12 – Tampa Bay Lightning

The Habs are coming off of their worst game of the season, a 6-1 loss to the Senators on Saturday that saw them down by three goals less than 5 minutes into the game. Christobal Huet arguably had his personal worst game of the year as well, and the rest of the Canadiens’ lineup didn’t look much better.

Montreal will be looking for a stronger effort as they begin back-to-back games in the state of Florida today against Tampa Bay with a stop against the Panthers tomorrow. Vincent Lecavilier and the Lightning hold the worst record in the Eastern Conference but are only seven points behind the Washington Capitals for the lead in the Southeast Division; they are not out of contention yet and this will not be an easy win for the visiting team.

With the back-to-back games it is likely that Carey Price will get at least one of the starts but there has been no announcement yet as to who will start this evening in Tampa.