The positives to take from this game are that the defensive play was very strong at even strength, the power play scored a couple of goals and the opposition was held to two goals or less (at least while there was a goalie between the pipes).
The negatives are that the penalty kill was awful again and the power play hardly looked good despite the goals.
I really feel like a lot of things are in place for this team to go on a bit of a winning streak right now. They're losing games they should be winning which often happens before a winning streak. Similar to how they were winning games they should have been losing before the recent losing streak.
The one concern I have about the defensive play at even strength is how often the first forward on the back check let's their man go straight to the net without being covered adequately. It didn't burn them tonight, but it will if they don't fix it soon.
Excuse me? Kovalev pulled his damn weight around. When was the last time you saw him planted in front of the net trying once, twice and three time to put the puck in? One of his better "non-scoring" games he played all season.
I agree Kov was all over the place tonight creating chances for you guys. He seemed most noticable especially towards the end. Kinda surprised to see anyone mention negatives on him.
I think what we have here is an opportunity. The QE2 isn't gong to be sailing anywhere for a while by the sounds of it, so maybe we can rent the horn off its new owners. We can then strap it to Andrei Kostitsyn so he can use it as a method of alerting his linemates to his presence on the ice. It'll slow him down a bit, but in the long run, I think it could pay off. Just think, he may get as many as 3, maybe 4 passes a game then!
I feel sorry for O'B. Can bet he will get his head up next time he needs to make a pass near his own net. He hasn't been great this year but he doesn't deserve that, poor kid.
Credit to Gorges for the goal. Great to see him finally score
Roll on Detroit. I predict we beat 'em. Go Habs Go
All the fans here are awful, we can't beat an aweful team like the Islanders because players like Kovalev and other high priced a-holes aren't pulling their weight...but one guy who is learning the trade on a very bad defense gets the blame?
Habs fans are pathetic and awful!
Get real. The fans have every right to ***** and moan about O'byrne's garbage tonight.
I've played hockey for 14 years, and none of my teams have managed to do this.. house hockey for christ sake.. and i've never seen this before.
It's a mistake that should NEVER be made, this is professional hockey, nothing wrong with a little accountability.
Unbelievable picking on a guy like O'Byrne. You guys are nuts sometimes. In my opinion this game is nothing more than a shadow of the last few games the habs have had and there inability to put teams away on the power play which is horrible. Lately the habs have either been winning games or loosing games by one point and the more that goes on the more bad brakes like this will happen. Its a bad habit of getting into.
I think it is totally useless blaming this on one guy. It will just take away the attention of the collective inconsistency this team has been having this year.
When it is all said and done a play like this will have the effect of regrouping the guys and have them realize they need to play better hockey. Short term its a hard pill to swallow, long term it has is benefits.
Why blame it all on O'Byrne? Yes, it was a huge mistake but we STILL CAN"T FREAKING DAMN SCORE. Face it, we can't score. The isles aren't that good of a team, we played good but we have to finish and we didn't.