I don't know why people are ragging on Kovalev... He was much better tonight than he has been recently. Yeah there were some bad turnovers but I also thought he was playing much more of a team game tonight instead of the usual individual one.
I thought it was Kovy's bets game since his game against the Islanders at New York.
Well in the other PGT vs the isl I mention how an incident like o byrnes the other day could have a positif effect on the team in the long run. When the incident happen I told my self that it would the turning point of the season. Its safe to say that the body language was very positifs for the habs and that is all ways a good indication to see were the team is going. That incident seem to have regroup the guys. It also had its positifs for o byrnes as the worse of the struggles are over. There no were to go but up. now that he experience a major mistake he can learn from it and concentrate on building his confidence which is a step by step process for young players playing D.
One other thing.... Markov was a beast tonite. Thank god Holmstrom was out. I think Bouillon would have taken 4 more penalties trying to clear the net. Kopecky was the only wing willing to stand in front of the net all night as they really played a perimeter game only charging the net to go for rebounds (which price kept to an absolute minimum).
Great game for MTL hopefully they can turn the corner now!