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11-02-2006, 08:51 PM
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November 2nd Game thoughts

I've been very impressed the last two games by how the team played.

I think a big part of this success is due to the fact the 2nd line seems to be forming chemistry and every player seems to be in the right place.

Offense:

Koivu: Good game, he showed some nice moves today and worked hard. I like how he's becoming a sound positional player, he doens't have the skill he used to and he's adapting.

Higgins: Him and Kovalev I thought we're the best forwards tonight. He has this great combination of speed, puck handling, strength, work ethic and hand eye coordination that make him a one of a kind player. I've always liked him since his first WJC, but never thought he would become such a smart player.

Ryder: I didn't notice him that much, but he didn't do any bad either. I guess that's what you want from a sniper, he had a few chances.

Perezhogin: His speed, hands and forchecking ability make him very valuable. He also shows a good work ethic during games. With time, the chances will convert.

Samsonov: He's becoming better every game, he's looked dangerous almost every time he has the puck lately. I never saw him as an intense player but he seems to be in that mold. I can understand why he was a fan favorite in Boston.

Kovalev: It seems the center position fits him perfectly. I'm biased towards Kovalev, I don't mind admitting it, I believe he's the most purely skilled player I've ever seen. That said, I thought he played supbar up until lately. He's been very aware in his own zone and he's been carrying the play on his shoulder. He looks like he did last year, which is a good thing. We can only hope he continues like this. There are a lot of similarities between him and Fedorov.

Bonk: He wasn't as good as usual, but he did his job nonetheless. I think if the hurricanes came out stronger, his line might've had problems. Thankfully, that didn't happen.

Johnson: A steal if I ever saw one, this player is an important part of this team. Every line he's on gels immideatly and his goal was a beauty.

Latendresse: He still needs seasonning, but he's steadily improving.

Begin: He's looked better the last two games after a tough start. I think it might have to do with his injury.

Downey: Did not notice him.

Plekanec: He's in a spot where he can succeed and where he's clearly comfortable. His anticipation and stickplay on the pk gives the Canadiens another key player with Higgins.

Defense:

Niinimaa: He's not very good, he's prone to brain camps and he doesn't have much offensive skills. That said, I have a hard time criticizing players who give it their all every game. He has a lot of character and he tries his best, that's good enough for me. Of course, that also means he'll most likely be cut first when everyone's healthy.

Streit: Again, he's not the best, but no one expects him to be. I thought he did a number of mistakes decision wise but you can see he has a skill set to work with. He still gets outmuscled frequently along the boards and down low and I'm skeptic when it comes to defensemen like that.

Markov: Very solid, good passes, especially the one to Koivu. He's been improving since the start of the year.

Komisarek: He's developped his physical game to the point where players are scared of him *looks towards Walker*. He's quickly becoming that big defencemen the Canadiens have been despretly seeking for years now.

Rivet: His best game of the season bar none. He looked like last year, like a legit top 4 defencemen.

Souray: I thought the Hurricanes didn't challenge him much and he always looks good when that happens. The defence in general was solid.


Huet: Good game, 2nd in a row.

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11-02-2006, 08:54 PM
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Begin: He's looked better the last two games after a tough start. I think it might have to do with his injury
he's on the wing now and playing with pleks, you'll notice more of him becuase of that, not to mention as the season goes on and intensity rises he steps up his game.

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But the God damn penalties .. What the hell is going on?

It's scary to think how much better this team can be IF they only played more minutes 5 on 5. :bandhead

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11-02-2006, 08:56 PM
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We're the beasts of the mutha****in east!

Cette equipe serait extrement difficilie a battre.

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But the God damn penalties .. What the hell is going on?

It's scary to think how much better this team can be IF they only played more minutes 5 on 5. :bandhead
yeah they could be a little more disciplined but carolina dove all game, not to mention one of them locked his arm pits over komi's stick and the ref fell right for it... komi was freek'n pissed.

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he's on the wing now and playing with pleks, you'll notice more of him becuase of that, not to mention as the season goes on and intensity rises he steps up his game.
Begin's first season he was mostly centering the third and fourth line and he didn't seem out of place in that position. This was in the old NHL mind you and the defensive abilities of players weren't as flagrant as they are now. That said, I do recall Juneau getting injured and Begin replacing him for 2 games in which he looked like a definite upgrade. I do agree though, with how the NHL is played these days, a player that can't have too much responsibility like Begin looks good on the wing. It was a wise move to put Plekanec on the fourth line.

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I also have another comment about the coaching staff. Ever since Gainey and Carbonneau got behind the bench, I've been noticing every player become smarter and more mature on the ice. Julien was a great system coach, he did a lot of things team wise, but Gainey and Carbonneau seem to belong to the old tradition of the Habs. In other words, they're good teachers of Hockey. I always enjoy hearing Chelios talk about how the Canadiens we're the "Harvard" of hockey. This makes me an optimist for the future.

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are there any sites to find how the special teams were doing at this time last season?

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But the God damn penalties .. What the hell is going on?

It's scary to think how much better this team can be IF they only played more minutes 5 on 5. :bandhead
Actualy I persoaly think the habs play better on the pk. They dont seem to do much on offense when there 5 on 5. Hell the way there scoring goals on the pk I would say to them, keep your sticks in the air and keep tripping

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But the God damn penalties .. What the hell is going on?

It's scary to think how much better this team can be IF they only played more minutes 5 on 5. :bandhead
Are you sure ?

We're 13 GF - 1 GA on the PP, 6-6 on PK...and 23-28 even strength.

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Actualy I persoaly think the habs play better on the pk. They dont seem to do much on offense when there 5 on 5. Hell the way there scoring goals on the pk I would say to them, keep your sticks in the air and keep tripping
Forget the tripping punch your opponents in the mouth. After Montreal scores shorthanded it will hurt twice as much.

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Actualy I persoaly think the habs play better on the pk. They dont seem to do much on offense when there 5 on 5. Hell the way there scoring goals on the pk I would say to them, keep your sticks in the air and keep tripping
I was going to say, maybe when we are 5 on 5 we could play like we are on the PK and keep one man up at the opponents' blueline. This could change the face of hockey as we know it!

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We're the beasts of the mutha****in east!

Cette equipe serait extrement difficilie a battre.
Although I agree we will be hard to beat...were not the best in the east. Have you forgotten that BUFFALO is an eastern conferance teams?

Im not saying we aint good, but we dont match up to Buffalo yet.

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Actualy I persoaly think the habs play better on the pk. They dont seem to do much on offense when there 5 on 5. Hell the way there scoring goals on the pk I would say to them, keep your sticks in the air and keep tripping
I agree, keep the penalties coming!

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Poor Ray Whitney was on the ice for at least 3 of those goals, including the 2 short handed.

Though this is not directly about the Habs, it still feels good

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How bad are the Bruins? Sheesh.

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Huet is good.

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I think we are forgetting one important fact;
it WAS Carolina's second game in two nights; they were exhausted after fighting the Thrashers the night before.
I wouldn't read much into this game; we decidively destroyed a very tired team.

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Are you sure ?

We're 13 GF - 1 GA on the PP, 6-6 on PK...and 23-28 even strength.
If I'm reading that right, that's an amazing stat.

I gotta say, putting 5 forwards (nevermind 4) on the PP is a very risky move. Komisarek (!) made Whitney look like a fool. If I were a coach, I'd sacrifice the little bit of extra offence.

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Good:

-Huet was sharp
-Koivu was flying
-2nd line working great
-Special units doing wonders again
-Markov playing like last year, Markov-Komi will be the best duo we had in over a decade this season.
-Good transition game
-Rivet with a good game, that hit was a delight

Bad:

-Stupid hooking and grabbing penaltys must stop

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All these penalties are too much for my baboon heart!

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I think this is a sweet headline, from Sportsnet.ca:

Huet Helps Habs Hammer Hurricanes.

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