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02-10-2009, 03:35 PM
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Give Kovalev 90 seconds of powerplay!

Why Carbo doesn't give Kovy double dips on PP time has been a mystery to me. Kovy did it more often last year and it paid off.

Carbo has the nasty habit of punishing players in ways to hurt the whole team (i.e. benching them when the team is losing, cutting their ice time in favor of overachieving 4th liners). I still havent forgiven him for benching Kovalev 2 years ago against Toronto, in the last game of the year.

We have a damn PP specialist in Kovalev, time to reconignise it as a flippin asset. Either throw him off the team or GIVE him the PP time he needs to generate scoring chances.

When a player like Kovy has 50 seconds to generate a scoring chance, that puts undue pressure on him, he doesn't have time to think and slow the game down. "Il precipite ses gestes" - as we see all too often with the turnovers at the blueline.

The players are freaking lost out there. Stop changing the lines. USE players where they are best.

Stop using KOVY on the shorthanded unit, and give him 3/4 of the man advantage!!!

Constantly swapping his lines, trying to get things to work - why not TRY something for a week at a time, rather than for a 3rd period of 1 game

What's worse is that they are always minor adjustments. (e.g. gorges on the powerplay, kostopolous taking a shift on the 1st line) enough to confuse the hell out of everyone, but not enough to change anything valuable

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02-10-2009, 03:38 PM
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Because he doesn't deserve that much ice time.

90 seconds of game time maybe.

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Everytime I see him on the PP he seems to be double shifting except for the last couple games. I guess Carbo got tired of him not producing and getting penalties when we're on the PP.

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I still havent forgiven him for benching Kovalev 2 years ago against Toronto, in the last game of the year.
WOW! There's actually a person who is so blindly in love with Kovalev that despite Kovalev going MIA when the season is on the line, he blames the coach for not giving him even more chances to screw up and play like ****...Man, I could not be bothered to read the rest of your post after that. Carbonneau's not the greatest coach, but that's just lunacy.

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02-10-2009, 04:26 PM
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There must be more than one #27 on the Habs because from what I have seen, Kovalev already spends approximately 90 seconds on the pp. I've missed a few games lately, and haven't really noticed his PP time in the last 2, but that's been my observation.

What Carbo should do is stop using him of the PK. He's absolutely horrible at it. Can't get the puck out when no one's around him.

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02-10-2009, 04:54 PM
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Because he doesn't deserve that much ice time.

90 seconds of game time maybe.

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lol mitch

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Because he doesn't deserve that much ice time.

90 seconds of game time maybe.

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I hope the OP is kidding.

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02-10-2009, 04:57 PM
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i agree mad habber, pk is wearing him out and he doesn't lay down to block shots

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Maybe make Eddie Kreitchman his Manager the guy turned Abdullah the butcher's carreer around

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maybe if carbo did this in the beginning of the year instead of rolling out 4 pp lines we wouldn't be in this mess. doesn't take a genius to realize kovy is your most lethal pp guy, plant him on the right-side wall and let him sit there since he doesn't want to skate 5 on 5.

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02-10-2009, 05:18 PM
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Maybe make Eddie Kreitchman his Manager the guy turned Abdullah the butcher's carreer around
Sadly, Eddie the Brain Creachman passed away a few years ago.

I hated him when I was a kid.

Saw him in a relaxed interview, long after he had retired (so I don't know if you could call it breaking kafabe), but he had some real good stories, and seemed to be a real nice guy.

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02-10-2009, 05:24 PM
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I think Kovy takes to much blame on here. As bad as he's been, everybody else has been worse and the stats don't lie!

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There must be more than one #27 on the Habs because from what I have seen, Kovalev already spends approximately 90 seconds on the pp. I've missed a few games lately, and haven't really noticed his PP time in the last 2, but that's been my observation.

What Carbo should do is stop using him of the PK. He's absolutely horrible at it. Can't get the puck out when no one's around him.
thats what i was thinking. Kovalev already spends around 1 minute 15 to 1 minute on the PP. Or at least it seems that way.

heck even if he doesn't, whats another 15 seconds he can waste trying a cross ice pass through sticks and bodies.

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lol its funny you guys all thrown your towel with Kovalev.

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02-11-2009, 07:49 AM
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lol its funny you guys all thrown your towel with Kovalev.
Its funny that Kovalev has thrown the towel.

What was that on Saturday where he gets knocked down in the corner and takes about 10 seconds to get up. He doesn't get off the ice because he's hurt. He stays in the play because he doesn't want to miss his ice time. BTW, he wasn't hurt, and everyone knew this. It's just frustration coupled with lazyness.

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02-11-2009, 07:52 AM
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Kovy definately doesn't deserve more powerplay time, he needs to get his ass out there are work harder. Make a hit, grind the boards, block shots. He really doesn't bring enough intangibles to this team

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02-11-2009, 07:52 AM
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Cause he doesn't deserve the pp time,We should see more of Pacioretty,D'agostini,Higgins,Koivu and Lapierre out there right now.When he decides to step it up he could have the pp time back

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02-11-2009, 08:01 AM
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Its not about deserving PP time. Power play time is not a privilege, it is when you send out your most skilled players to try and take advantage of the 5 on 4.

Kovalev is our most skilled player, he would do well even if he had 120 seconds on the power play.

Montreal's problem has to do with finishing and shooting. If Kovalev and Koivu shot 3-4 times a game, I think there would be more scoring.

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Give Andrei Kostitsyn 90 seconds of powerplay.

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I've seen Kovalev completely scrath 90 seconds of the power play too.
Bad pass to Markov, the puck go out of the zone. Markov to Kovy, he tries to deke 4 opponents, loose the puck and they clear the puck. Markov go get it deep in our zone, try the long pass to Kovy, missed it and an Icing call. That's 90 seconds of bull****.
I prefer to see Pac man doing big hit on the power play and give space to Koivu and D'ago.

Can't wait to see the Habs roster without Kovalev

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02-11-2009, 08:52 AM
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What does everyone think of the experiment of using Kovy on the point on the PP lately. I hate it personally. Wouldnt mind seeing him play the left point on a 5 on 3 to feed markov for one timers but I think he's most effective on the side boards on the 5 on 4 advantage. ( hasnt worked out great for long stretches this year but i still think hes our most dangerous weapon there along with Koivu) When he was with Pittsburgh though, I remember him being pretty lethal from the point. Doesn't seem to have the same kind of shot these days and certainly has been less accurate. I guess our big problem comes back to not finding that consistent option to play with Markov back there on the PP all year. Its been a revolving door- Sk, Tanguay, Georges, Hammer A kost, Pleks even had a few chances back there. Missing that big shot allows teams to focus even on Kovy and take away those cross seem passes that worked so well last year b/c they had to overplay the point men which opened up seems in the middle of the box. I'd like us to start using the down-low play a bit more and having people move around and switch postions to hopefully create some confusion. Ie. Kovy on the half boards passes to Saku on the goal line and they proceed to swtich positons as koivu moves toward the point with the puck. Just a thought might open a few more lanes and at the very least make the other teams Pk'ers move and think a bit more instead of just waiting for a cross box pass from Kovy or shot from the point.
Saying all of that the PP has been improved ( forget last game ) over the last month production wise. Still nothing to write home about but we are manageing to chip in a few goals here and there on it. I do think even as frustrating as Kovy can be we need him to get going if we are going to be successful down the stretch. He can still be one of the most dangerous PP players in the league, we just have to find a way to get him going and his confidence level back up

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