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The Good, Bad and Ugly - The Habs look reborn
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The Good, Bad and Ugly - The Habs look reborn
Last Saturday night featured a comedy of errors behind the Montreal Canadiens bench which led, in large part, to a home ice overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. One week later, following the firing of one of those guys behind the bench, the Habs look reborn.
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Montreal - Oct. 30, 2011 - Last Saturday night featured a comedy of errors behind the bench which led, in large part, to a home ice overtime loss to the Maple Leafs. One week later, following the firing of one of those guys behind the bench, the Habs look reborn.

Mission accomplished. For now.

THE GOOD

  • Thomas Plekanic playing a team high 21:45 and dominating at both ends of the ice. And looking just fine on the point on the power play, isn't he? Just thought it would be an appropriate time to ask what took so long for Jacques Martin to realize that it was not a bad idea to utilize perhaps his smartest player - a forward - on the point? Hallelujah.

  • Erik Cole. Impressive big body presence up front all night refusing to back down from any and all physical confrontations with Zdeno Chara. And could this be the same guy who was not being used at all on the power play? His 7:59 on the PP led all Montreal skaters.

  • Carey Price. Another strong game against the Bruins. Ho Hum. Finally getting his save percentage to .900.

  • Travis Moen. Continues to be a factor in almost every game. His hit on Milan Lucic led directly to Lars Eller's first goal of the season. And he responded well to Shawn Thornton's challenge to scrap.

  • Montreal special teams. Two power play goals while killing off nearly a minute of a Botson two man advantage.

  • Josh Gorges' sprawling save to rob Lucic of a PP goal.

  • Jaroslav Spacek. Seems to be getting better and better. Led all skaters with seven blocked shots.

  • Habs team total of blocked shots was a playoff - like 29.

  • David Desharnais. Crafty and creative offensively and had his best night on face offs (63%), the third consecutive game he's won more draws than lost.

  • Habs record without Scott Gomez is 3-1-1.

  • The 4th line - again - of Nokelainen - Blunden - Darche. Each played double digit minutes and performed well, especially Blunden who joined Eric Cole in physically attacking Chara. A shame the line was caught on the ice after the late icing call against the Habs (see below) which lead to Boston's second goal. Not their fault.

  • Darche payed NHL career game # 200.

  • Carey Price's throwing arm. Managed to heave one puck all the way to the top of section 115 when he skated onto the ice as game's first star.

  • Bell Centre Halloween soundtrack which included a snippet of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London".

  • Jacques Martin doing an in-game interview with Marc Denis of RDS.

    THE BAD

  • Jacques Martin's post game press conference. Seemed sullen until Mitch Gallo asked him about the number of Boston penalties.

  • Lars Eller trying to be too cute when he was beyond shift time and instead of dumping the puck out of the zone decided to try to carry it out. He was stripped by Nathan Horton who fed it to Lucic for Boston's second goal.

  • PK Subban needlessly icing the puck with 1:12 left setting up a Boston face off deep in Montreal territory which resulted in Boston's second goal.

  • Do Habs, riding a three game winning streak, really need five days off before playing again (in Ottawa)?

    THE UGLY

  • Boston officially becoming the team with the worst start to a season of a defending stanley cup champion.

  • Bruins ridiculous dumb ass penalties, to Lucic, Andrew Ferrence and Nathan Horton.

  • Claude Julien whining about his team's stupid penalties to referees Dave Jackson & Justin St. Pierre while they skated off the ice at the end of the second period.

  • Benoit Pouliot staying in Boston because he apparently wasn't feeling well. Further damaging his already heavily damaged reputation.


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