Well, I was pleasantly surprised last night. Not that I didn’t think the habs could win or could match up to the wings…. but I was surprised that it went so well. In this string of games where it seems so much went wrong it was surprising to see so much go right against one of the league’s powerhouses..
Carey Price, in my opinion, has been very solid for quite a stretch. Even through the tough losses, while the team in front of him wasn’t playing the best, he’s given them a chance to get in those games.
Last night there was a nice pace to the game… Kovalev showed some jump and some desire to make some stuff happen…. at times, he is really “magical” with the puck.
The 4th line showed up… as they have in pretty much every game this year. Lapierre played very well.
I thought the stint that Tom Kostopoulos played with Koivu and Higgins went well… I just love the way Tom K plays hard and goes to the net…. man, if he had a scoring touch…. look out.
O’Byrne played a good game other then a mistake that resulted in a goal… but you know, it’s this guy’s first full season and his first stint playing major minutes… the guy is learning. And I liked last night’s effort.
There are a few minor injuries pilling up…. Tanguay was hit hard (clean hit) and suffered a bit of a neck injury… which I believe has him day to day… Latendress is still nursing a minor injury… George Laraque is also nursing a minor injury…. Komisarek is still out for a few weeks… Gorges may be day to day after seeming to hurt himself a couple of times last night….
I’m hoping the injury bug doesn’t hit much harder. If Gorges happens to miss some games… I’m wondering if that couldn’t bring a Shawn Belle or Yannick Weber up…. Belle has been playing some solid D in Hamilton. +15 when I checked last….
I guess we’ll see who is in and who is out for Friday’s game.
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