Good, Bad and Ugly - Laviolette might get canned for Holmgren's mess
By Mitch Melnick
TSN690 and MitchMelnick.com
This one would have been over a lot sooner had the Montreal Canadiens' power play not taken so long to kick in. The Philadelphia Flyers can't help themselves. Holding, boarding, hooking, tripping, diving, slashing, cross checking, high sticking, face-off violation and fighting. Coach Peter Laviolette, who might be unfairly fired for the mess created by Paul Holmgren.
Montreal - October 6, 2013 - This one would have been over a lot sooner had the Canadiens' power play not taken so long to kick in.
The Flyers can't help themselves. Holding, boarding, hooking, tripping, diving, slashing, cross checking, high sticking, face-off violation and fighting. Is there a penalty they didn't take? They were chasing Montreal all night. Their best player - Claude Giroux - is playing with a bad hand and managed just one shot on goal. Their GM has traded away a couple of Stanley Cup winners and a Vezina Trophy winner. His replacement-in-waiting spent the night taking notes in the press box. Ron Hextall was no doubt trying to figure out how to dump salary, especially from the NHL's most expensive blue line. Coach Peter Laviolette, who might be unfairly fired for the mess created by Paul Holmgren, is seemingly in no position to crunch numbers himself, after filing a lawsuit against Bank of America for fraud, claiming at least three million dollars in damages. And Ilya Bryzgalov will soon be headlining in Vegas.
What's that old saying about having the last laugh?
- Lars Eller. Best player on the ice. Again.
- Brendan Gallagher & Alex Gachenyuk. Eller's line mates kept pace with their centerman. The trio accounted for two goals, six points and 11 shots on goal.
- Carey Price. Made some big saves very early before Habs hit the back of the net.
- P.K. Subban. Played a game high 28:31.
- Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta - Rene Bourque. Bourque picked up where he left off in the season opener but his older line mates were back in form looking like themselves. Gionta opened the scoring while Bourque closed it. 600th career game for Plekanec.
- Michel Therrien. This time he didn't hesitate to reward the Eller line with additional ice time. Eller played 18:43. Plekanec 18:02. David Desharnais 13:54. Plus, Subban got nearly 2:30 on the PK unit, And while he was on the ice when Vinny Lecavalier scored Philadelphia's only goal on the power play, it had little to do with Subban's side of the ice. Therrien also made an adjustment on the PP to start the third period when he switched Subban and Andrei Markov around, allowing P.K. the opportunity to tee up several one timers.
- Habs defense corps. Solid. All six of them.
- Michael Bournival. First NHL game was mostly mistake free.
- Travis Moen. Dropped the gloves with Luke Schenn. Moen's early season W-L record against strong, young opposing dfensemen is 2-0.
- Daniel Briere. Probably very happy to get this one out of the way early. Briere was actually quite bad. He didn't register a single shot on goal, took two bad penalties and won just 3 of 10 face offs.
- David Desharnais. Tick...tick...
- Who knew Ryan White was related to Walter White?
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