Kostitsyn said he'd score tonight but he did everything but. He came oh so close so many times, I couldn't believe it... Loved the line up tonight though, definitely should be kept until Higgins return. Then it will get complicated again. Kostitsyn, Latendresse and Perezhogin all deserve to play and all deserve top 6 positions but they aren't going to unseat Higgins, Ryder or Sammy any time soon so that leaves two on the outside looking in unfortunately. A nice problem to have I guess though
- Kosty played great. Hopefully he stays on the 2nd line all year!
Bah! He only made the team because of the pressure from the Belarussian media.
- Gui with 2 PP goals
Great stuff. This guy went from the messiah of the Habs before he set foot on the Bell Centre ice to the scapegoat for all the world's problems in under 10 games. Glad to see he's showing people why he made the team.
Furthermore, if we could clone Koivu we'd solve our depth at centre problem pretty quickly. This guy makes everyone around him better.
- Perezhogin played great
Time to stick it to my friends who told me he was no good. God knows I hear it whenever I'm wrong.
- SIGN JOHNSON TO A 2 or 3 YEAR EXTENSION!
- Huet played great
God it's great to have two reliable goalies... I love going into a game not worrying about these things.
- Kovalev is obviously playing hurt
- Sammy played good tonight I thought
Sammy seemed to be buzzing around but these guys are going to have to start scoring at even strength (or at all for that matter).
- Komo is a beast
As always. Remember the days when Komisarek's main flaw was that he was considered too passive? Well somebody must have pissed in his cornflakes.
- Ryder was sorta invisible
- Niinimaa scares me
These two definitely have to step it up. If Janne doesn't he's gonna be wearing a suit to the games when Dandenault gets back.
As for the unsportsmanlike he took, it always angers me when a ref hands those out for mouthing off because it gives them way too much say in a match. What is crossing the line exactly because I've seen many guys mouth words to refs that would make sailors blush and not get a thing.
That being said, Janne should know by now that the refs are very trigger happy especially against us. Just keep your mouth shut or mumble something about his mother in Finnish.
And on an overall note, it's nice to be able to come to the board after a win because the pessimism after Saturday night was ridiculous. I was pissed that they gave such a god awful performance too, but I really didn't expect half the board to be throwing themselves in front of a bus. It's a real downer.
Ryder's just being his usual streaky self...he'll come around. Then vanish again. And so on.
Ryder hasn't been bad. He just hasn't been able to cash in on his chances, but he's working hard.
But Gerber, geez. A lot of people predicted that Ottawa would be vulnerable this year. Muckler has made some strange decisions. Losing Havlat for so-so prospects and an average top 4 D, and then signing Gerber as UFA. I don't think Muckler has made Ottawa a better organization in his time there.
Agree with pretty much everything posted. Lats is surprising me, Kosts was awesome as anticipated, Perezhogin was solid and has brought the 3rd line back. Downsides were Kovalev who needs to use his teammates more and Ninamma who is terrible. Can't wait till Boulian and Dandenault are back.
seriously, can you believe Kosty is still a minor leaguer?
I don't think he looked out of place at all, especially considering he has only had one practice with the team and that he is playing with Kovalev and Samsonov who, although they both have game-breaking abilities, are hardly consistent.
I just hope Kostitsyn gets his 10-15 games to find a niche with the team. He should be given the same opportunity that Latendress was given if he keeps up his level of play.
Kovalev plays well when he has the puck, but, alot of times when he doesn't have the puck he seems to stop playing. I was watching Sportsnet after the game and they were talking about that. If he would come out and play every game to the best of his ability with or without the puck I think we would have won a couple more games so far. Hopefully someone gives him a kick in the seat of the pants and smartens him up a little. His line would be deadly if only he would play all the time he's on the ice. More then once in this game an Ottawa forward skated by him in the neutral zone within a few feet and he didn't even try for the puck.
Huet stood on his head. He's getting back in the form he was in at the end of last season. Way to go HUET!!
hi, I'm a longtime reader of these boards and tonight i figured i'd give it a shot at posting
first of all the play of the habs on saturday night was attrocious, and i felt that carried in to the first period or so of this game. this was a much needed win, but i feel that if this game was vs. any team besides the senators we would have been very far behind the 8 ball after the first period. i'm not coming to bring negativity, i just believe the habs are capable of much more than they showed tonight, they are at their best when they are constantly moving their feet, and in the last few games i've noticed that it hasn't been happening as much.
anyways, good win for the habs, the 3rd was a little more exciting than i wished after that brutal display of reffing by ian walsh
Hey guys, just came back from the game. My thoughts;
- Latendresse was great, he could've done more physically, but positionally he was at the right place at all the right times. He should've had 3 pts tonight if Ryder could've just scored on the pass he made near the begining of the game.
- Kostitsyn was good; however, I guess after not seeing him in a while, I forgot that he wasn't THAT fast. Played a good game had 3 decent scoring chances from what I remember.
- Huet was very good. There was one questionable goal, but other than that he was very solid.
- Perezhogin...The guy is so much better with Johnson and Bonk. Very happy that Guy switched him back there.
- Niinimaa, the guy scares the **** out of me when he's behind the net with the puck. Other than that he looked fairly solid...though not top 6.
- Ryder to me looked fairly invisible. He had one scoring chance that I'm not sure how he missed (Gerber is so bad), from a pass by Gui from behind the net.
- Penalties.... Is it just me or every time we pick up a little momentum, we get penalized?
Overall we played a very good road game I thought, but penalties could have cost us the game. I found it funny that once again Habs fans made more noise at the game than the Sens' fans.
I agree that Gui on the 4th isn't that bad an idea.
Higgins - Koivu - Ryder
Kostitsyn - Kovalev - Samsonov
Perezhogin - Bonk - Johnson
Begin - Plekanec - Latendresse
Give Lats some PP time to stand in front of the net, I think that would be the most solid line up we've iced yet this year personally if Gui can play solid defence along with Plekanec and Begin.
Putting him on the fourth isn't necessarily a punishment, he's playing great but, it's a matter of making room for the others as well. If Kosty struggles, there's always the option to sned him back to Hamilton as well.