The extra point would have been nice. However, the shootout is a coin-toss. The Habs had one three straight going into it, so they were due to lose one.
There was a lot of good things I saw in this game:
- Schneider was effective. Hopefully he keeps playing like that.
- Price was excellent tonight.
- Koivu, Higgins, Pacioretty, AKost and Pleks all gave solid efforts and played well.
- The grinders did their jobs. Tip of the hat to Greg Stewart for playing a solid game in his first game back up.
- When the Habs adopted a defensive posture in the third period, they forced turnovers and countered effectively rather than sit back and watch the other team, hoping they don't score. The late goal was unfortunate, but that's what happens when you lose key draws against a talented team late in the game.
- The powerplay was excellent and efficient.
- Markov was excellent for the first time in awhile.
There were some negative things I noticed, but I'm not going to complain about them tonight. There was more good than bad tonight for the first time in awhile, so I'm not going to be Captain Bringdown.
Best of all, the team got the message Gainey sent. Even if the effort didn't result in two points, they got much closer than they've been in awhile. This was all against a ridiculously talented team that was firing on all cylinders going into tonight.
According to what Dreger said Kovalev is responding to the benching the way I hoped he would (and I'm sure that Gainey thought he would). I honestly think that we will see an inspired Kovy in the line-up Saturday. If this is the case, the Habs have essentially acquired a good player (inspired Kovalev) for a terrible player (uninspired Kovalev). With Tanguay's scoring punch being added in the next little while, this team can get back to being dangerous in the near future.
I know that tonight was just one game, but if the Habs build on what they did tonight they will reverse the recent tailspin. It's been a tough month and a bit, but I finally feel like there's some hope again.
Plekanec had a great game, I see no problem with him getting an opportunity on the shootout. It was both a reward and a calculated risk that didn't pan out.
So if Brisebois has a great game does he get to shoot first? How was his game so great that one should ignore talent, history and common sense? His goal trickled through on a bad angle shot, he didn't deke the goalie out of his jock or anything.
This isn't a player that should be chosen over pure goal scorers like D'ago or A.kost. Hell even Markov was a retarded choice, he looked very uncaring out there all game.
Every game Carbo does questionable things and makes rookie mistakes.
A lot of people seem to be debating about who's at fault of the Ovechkin goal. I think it was a bad pass from Komisarek, Hamrlik tried to go for it. Ovechkin came from the bench with speed and pulled out an effective move with the board.
Komi is having trouble with the only offensive asset he has : His first pass.
He's way too nervous to give it away, and his decision making is slower than ever. It'd be nice to have a defense coach in Montreal. We wouldn't see 10 game stretches of horrible defensive play that's for sure.
It seems to me like his shoulder is not 100% healed. The guy is as nervous as a 10 year old boy.