Oh, I'm not complaining. Its about the only way they could have at least picked up a point. The number of icings they had is indicative of just how tired the entire team was. MT had the best possible game plan for the situation and got just enough out of the team to win. I'm very impressed.
Prust was great.
Diaz..kudos to Gauthier and kudos to the scout that vouched for him.
Eller has been one of the better players the last 6-7-8 games. Finally getting put on a scoring line and looking good. His play along the boards is exceptional. Some questionable offensive plays here and there, but his defensive game is outstanding and severely underrated. The way he's played the last couple of weeks are why I still believe in his potential.
Thought you guys might like this little tidbit from The Hockey News' "The Best of Hockey History". Tonight's game made me think of it:
"After the New York Americans ice the puck 61 times during a 3-2 win Dec.8 at Boston, Bruins owner Charles Adams demands the NHL introduce a rule calling for a faceoff in the defending team's zone when it elects to shoot the puck the length of the ice to relieve pressure. When his pleas fall on deaf ears, Boston makes a mockery of it's next game against the Americans, icing the puck 87 times in a 0-0 tie Jan.3 at New York. Despite these tactics, the icing rule will not be adopted until 1937-38."
I feel like NYR are going to pull something similar Saturday night
As for the game:
- The Diaz - Gorges pair was awful tonight. Both players were turnovers machines.
- The players looked exhausted. No transition and no forechecking.
- The third line was great tonight. Eller is playing great, and Prust brings a lot of energy. Again, Prust was an awesome signing.
- A better night for the Desharnais line but they still look confused out there. They're all chasing the puck.
- The first and fourth line had an OK game.
well well well... "And the first shall be last, and the last shall be first" kinda sums up whats going on in the nhl this year eh? Man it feels great to see the Habs sitting atop the east.. and what i love most about it is that MT is winning by adapting his game plan and changing things up when he needs to .. tonight was a completely different style than what we've seen and knowing his team was tired and that this was a big game he had the guys play a way that was very much like the 2010 play off style and that won them the game .. i gotta say i was very against MT but he has won me over.. literally. also Price was awesome .. max pacs seems to be rounding into form and GALCHENYUK BABY!