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10-25-2003, 05:28 PM
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Figured I'd post this. I like to keep some logs of the Habs' games; specifically the matchups used and scoring chances for and against. I find this gives a clear indication of breakdowns in the system if you see what the causes of each scoring chance against is. Also gives a good indication of who's pulling their weight offensively.

Senators at Canadiens
Oct 25th, 2003

Neil-Van Allen-Vermette





Ribeiro line vs Spezza (HABS initiated) -> (midway through second, changed to match up against Van Allen line)
Perreault line vs Smolinski
Juneau line vs Bonk (HABS initiated)
Begin line line vs Van Allen (HABS initiated) -> (Ribeiro takes this matchup, Begin moves to Spezza matchup)

Souray pairing vs Bonk (HABS initiated)

Scoring chances
First period:
1- Dackell drove the net immediately after a faceoff, Redden failed to tie him up. Dackell got the rebound off a Quintal point shot, Lalime makes pad save

2- PP, Brisebois shot from point, Audette and Ryder in crease, hit crossbar

3(goal) - Begin with a fantastic faceoff win straight back to Souray, Sundstrom did a great job in blocking Hossa to get to the point, Souray gets the chance to skate over to the faceoff circle, and blast the puck over Lalime's glove

Second period:
4- Zednik set up a streaking Ryder in the slot, weak backhand, good blocker save -- Chara weak on this play

5- Hossa forechecks well on Rachunek who gives puck up to Zednik, Zednik sets up Ribeiro in front, passes to Hossa who's in the slot and onetimes the shot on Lalime

6+7(PP)- series of scoring chances, Lalime unshaken makes it look easy

8(PP)- Ryder wins battle along the boards, sets up Perreault with the one timer in the crease

Third period:
9(PP goal)- Ryder drills Redden on the forecheck, puck deflects out to Souray who hammers it by Lalime again. Excellent shot, great job by Ryder on the forecheck for forcing Redden to make a bad play. Ryder also screened Lalime on the shot.

First period:
1 (goal) - Hossa deked out Dackell and Bulis at the redline, went outside on Quintal, set it up in front of the net, Juneau did a poor job stopping Varada from crashing the net, puck goes in

2- Ribeiro giveaway at the blueline, leads to Alfredsson setting up Schaefer at the crease; Rivet failed to tie up his man

3 (goal) - Rivet simply backed up way too much, leaving Schaefer too much room and allowing him to get in too deep.

4- Another Ottawa point shot, Spezza sitting at the crease and AGAIN Rivet failed to tie up his man

5- PP, collection of bounces (bad ice again!) in the crease
Second period:

6- Alfredsson outskated Souray to the outside, went behind the net, set up Spezza in the high slot (Quintal didn't tie his man), Quintal goes down and luckily blocks the shot

7- Martin wins the matchup game on this shift: gets the Hossa line out against Ribeiro. Bonk and Hossa eat up Ribeiro and Brisebois down low, set up a couple chances in the crease, puck cleared luckily.

8(PP goal)- Havlat sitting at slot, Bulis misses his man altogether. Easy goal for Havlat. (announcers claimed it was Quintal's man. Disagree on this. There was an Ottawa forward right next to the net. Had Quintal committed to Havlat, the Ottawa forward behind the net could have easily walked out to the crease and been completely untouched. Bulis had seen Havlat and should have covered that side. This has been a common goal scored on the Habs when they're penalty killing, and it looks like opposing teams are starting to employ this setup of one man along the sideboards with the puck, one man down low, one man at the far post, which exposes a weakness in the Hab PK)

9- Smolinski on breakaway, doesn't capitalize on being all alone with Theodore; Theodore makes it look easy

10-Hossa circles the net, gets Theodore overcommited, sets up Bonk in the slot. Glove save by Theodore. Bad change by the Habs caused this

Third period:
11(goal)- Spezza beats Perreault off the draw, wins it back to Pothier. Pothier takes the shot, Spezza drives the net, Perreault fails to tie up Spezza off the draw or even follow Spezza to attempt to cover his man. Spezza, left wide open, gets the rebound from the Pothier shot and scores. Terrible play by Perreault.

12(goal)- Markov with a tough giveaway at center ice, Alfredsson pounces on the puck. Not much chance in stopping Alfredsson and a decent goal. Great shot.

13(SH)- Rivet tries to be fancy and do it all himself when on the PP, gives it up for a close to 2 on 1 chance; decent shot on net.

14-Dackell gives up the puck to Spezza, sets up Schastlivy across ice with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle

15-Havlat behind the net to Hossa, driving the net. Theodore makes the save, Markov and Rivet gave Hossa too much room and let him off without any physical repercussions.

16(PPgoal)- three sens on the left side for Markov to cover. Simply too much with no support, which is becoming the common theme for Montreal plays in this third period. Bonk puts it home.


-Martin is good at the matchup game. On many occasions he got the Hossa line on the ice while the Begin line is at the end of their shift, and tries to get them hemmed in deep. The Begin line did well in getting a whistle shortly thereafter on each occasion. This is the experience and intelligence of Sundstrom and Begin shining through.

-Marian Hossa is dominant. Just a phenominal talent. Surprises me every time I see him how scary his all-around talent is.

-I'd like to see Begin given some more responsibilities on the PK. He's great on the faceoff, Montreal's only willing shotblocker, and has good quickness which is a must for forwards on the PK.

-More good coaching from Julien. Ribeiro's line was being completely outplayed by Spezza's line, and rendered ineffective while being hemmed in its own zone, so Julien starts tossing the Ribeiro line whenever Ottawa sticks their fourth line on the ice. Ribeiro hadn't gotten a significant scoring chance prior to this switch, but started to get some breathing room and thus set up more offense after the move.

-Begin is precisely what this club needed, folks. Great agitator, good on the draw, good defensively to be matched up against opponents' scoring lines.

-How many consecutive games can the Canadiens go while receiving a "too many men" penalty?

What killed the Habs tonight:

-Some weak defensive play from Rivet and Markov cost the Habs. Quintal had a less than stellar performance. Perreault, Audette did not show up, and Ribeiro was outplayed severely by Spezza and company (which is to be expected). Ottawa controlled the pace of the play, especially after jumping up to an early lead.

-Souray was a monster this game. Excellent game. Hossa, Ryder, Begin and Sundstrom were others that looked strong tonight.

-The Canadiens started to revert back to their old ways after the midway mark of the second. The forwards didn't stick to the game plan and play the trap properly; Ottawa fowards were left untouched while streaking down the wings, leaving the Hab defensemen no chance in preventing scoring chances. The team simply couldn't keep up with Ottawa's transition game.

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