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The Good, Bad and Ugly - Jacques Martin's kind of game
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The Good, Bad and Ugly - Jacques Martin
Jacques Martin's favorite kind of hockey game. His goalie is superb. His offense jumps on turnovers. His defense protects (sits on) a lead most of the night. Two points in the bank for the Montreal Canadiens. But he's playing with fire.
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Montreal - Nov. 4, 2011 - Jacques Martin's favorite kind of hockey game. His goalie is superb. His offense jumps on turnovers. His defense protects (sits on) a lead most of the night. Two points in the bank.

But he's playing with fire.

THE GOOD

  • Carey Price. He stopped every non - backhand shot directed at him.

  • Eric Cole's third goal of the season. A work of beauty thanks to linemates David Desharnais & Mike Cammalleri.

  • The 4th line of Petteri Nokelainen - Mike Blunden - Mathieu Darche. Again. Have they had a single bad shift since being put together?

  • 20 more blocked shots.

  • Lars Eller's perfect feed to Andrei Kostitsyn after embarrassing Erik Karlsson.

  • The huge smile on Kostitsyn's face on the bench while waiting for the third period to start. Imagine if he got a few seconds on the power play.

  • Habs record without Scott Gomez now 4-1-1.

  • Habs record with Randy Ladouceur behind the bench is 4-0.

    THE BAD

  • Kostitsyn (4G 4A 8 PTS) still not on the power play. Another 1:00 of PP time for Darche (1G 0A 1 PT). Ridiculous.

  • The disturbing lack of finish by Mike Cammalleri & Brian Gionta. A matter of time, I believe, for Cammalleri (5 SOG tonight). Don't know about Gionta.

  • Max Pacioretty. Looked a little out of it, especially after taking a clean hit from Chris Phillips. Maybe his head was already home in the NYC area.

    THE UGLY

  • The Habs in the face off circle. Everybody (36%) was rotten. They got lucky, especially late in the game with Jason Spezza winning every important draw.

  • PK Subban's early penalty for tripping. PK is going to have to learn, quickly, that he cannot stick his leg out to upend an opponent who's beaten him, whether it's a teammate during practice or an opposing forward. He's going to seriously injure somebody. And then himself.

  • The pool started by Mitch Gallo this week on "Melnick in the Afternoon". Who ends the season with more goals - Scott Gomez or Ryan McDonagh? (McDonagh leads 3-0).


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