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Habs Win Thriller Over Capitals; Streak Over

The Washington Capitals oh-so-impressive 14 game winning streak came to a crashing end in overtime last night against none other than our own Montreal Canadiens in a spirited and high-energy game that saw both teams trade goals throughout.

The Habs managed six goals against the league’s hottest team despite the fact that the players responsible for more than 40% of goals scored for Montreal are currently on the sidelines with injury, with players of all stripes stepping up and contributing. Tomas Plekanec, no stranger to the back of the new, scored twice including the game-winner, while Scott Gomez notched a goal and an assist, Tom Pyatt recorded his first ever NHL goal, Maxim Lapierre got his first in 30+ games and Glen Metropolit added another.

Of note was the play also of Sergei Kostitsyn who shows excellent hockey vision in picking up three assists, including a beauty on the game-winner; Carey Price was also noteworthy for his many top-notch saves and the couple of so-so stinkers he let in to tie it. Considering he had not played in 10 days and came in cold against Ovechkin and company, Carey’s performance looked outstanding to me.

The game took a scary turn near the end of the first period when Josh Gorges laid his body down to block a shot and ended up taking it in the head. He lay motionless on the ice for some time, causing an uneasy stillness to settle over the Bell Centre as players and fans watched while doctors attempted to revive him. After the scary shot and a decent bit of blood, Gorges managed to get to his feet and was doing very well by all accounts following the game.

Onto a home-and-home with Philadelphia this weekend to close out the Olympic break.

Game 58: Capitals 4 – Canadiens 3 (SO)

The Amazing OvechkinIt may be yet another loss but between the point the Habs managed to grab and the improved play of much of the roster, I think Habs’ fans can call this one a win. A late goal in the third tied the game for the Caps and forced overtime and they eventually dominated in the shootout with Backstrom and Semin scoring on Price and Markov and Plekanec missing on Theodore.

The highlights:

  • Alexander Ovechkin scored a fantastic goal while bum-sliding in the first period.
  • Carey Price looked much, much improved, stopping 32 of 35 shots before the shootout.
  • All three Canadiens’ goals were powerplay goals.
  • Mathieu Schneider looked solid in his first game with the Habs since 1995, notching three blocked shots and an assist.
  • Pleks seems to have broken out of his funk, notching a goal and firing pucks from all angles. Ditto for Chris Higgins.
  • So, what does this mean? Do we all celebrate the fact that we didn’t get pounded in regulation? I think, given the circumstances, we should. The Caps are a stellar team – we’ll see how the slumping Penguins fate tonight!

Canadiens 5 – Capitals 4

Habs Logo - 150Sergei Kostitsyn won both the game and a place for Guy Carbonneau on the All Star coaching staff for the Eastern Conference when he scored with only 21.2 seconds left in the game to lift the Habs over the red hot Washington Capitals. The Canadiens have now won seven of their last eight and sit at 8-1-1 in their last ten. 

The real test comes on Tuesday when we visit the high-flying Boston Bruins; the results of that match could be a clear indicator as to who will win the Northeast Divison. Here’s hoping Koivu and Price are back, among others – get well soon boys!

Capitals 2 – Canadiens 1

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Another flat start for the Habs leads to a regulation loss despite a strong performance by Jaroslav Halak as they fell 2-1 to the Washington Capitals tonight in a frustrating loss. I’m going to skip the commentary on this one and simply point out a few key points:

  1. Patrice Brisebois scored the lone Habs goal on a nice slapshot from the left circle on a rush. His weak wristshop against the Lightning the other day was nothing to write home about so it was good to see him follow up with a more complete goal.
  2. Kovalev was as bad as ever, dangling against three defenders and turning the puck over again and again, taking bad penalties and, of course, not scoring for the 19th consecutive game.
  3. News broke before the game that Carey Price is suffering from a flu bug and a minor lower body injury. Halak has been pretty solid for the past three games but I’ll be glad to see Price back nonetheless. No word on Dandenault, Higgins or Koivu; Komisarek is expected back next Tuesday or Thursday.
  4. The powerplay was 0-8! 0-8! We now sit at 29th in the league on the powerplay and are 6-77 in our past 17 games. Ouch.

Goodbye Huet, Hello Price

The Montreal Canadiens have traded starting goaltender Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals – for a second round pick in 2009. I love Carey Price and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with the number one spot but I’m a little surprised that the Habs are willing to put this much pressure on his young shoulders.

I’m hoping that this move will lead, in the end, to Montreal acquiring Marian Hossa from the Thrashers but I can’t put the pieces together yet. In the meantime goodbye Cristobal, thanks for all you’ve done for the Habs!

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