3-2 in a shootout … again

Déja vu all over again.

Except this time, Canadiens deserved to win their game against Atlanta. Unlike the 3-2 Thrashers win at the Bell Centre – also decided in a shootout – Canadiens outshot the home team and outplayed them for long stretches of the game.

The shootout, however, was a wipeout. Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov beat Cristobal Huet easily, while Keri Lehtonen stopped Saku Koivu and – a curious choice for the SO – Sergei Kostitsyn.

Goals allowed in shootouts ths season: five on eight shots by Huet, four on 19 by Carey Price. 

But Canadiens get a point. Three of a possible four in two games on the road, and on to Dallas.


  1. The Teacher says:

    That’s what I’m hoping for also Yeats 🙂

  2. zamboni says:

    I wouldn’t go as far as calling it great, but we did play better than the opposition.
    For most games that should translate to a win, but we saw what happened in Washington.
    I’d like to see more scoring chances, and a confident Huet (which he hasn’t been tonight).

  3. sidhu says:

    Smoke and BreezeBy should do the honorable thing and retire due to “chronic injuries” or something like that. They save their dignity, it would free up roster slots, and would free up salary cap room.

  4. sidhu says:

    Even though it’s tied, we played a great period.

  5. Yeats says:

    Why was he down again???

  6. JB_15 says:

    Not in the slightest.

  7. Yeats says:

    OB does move very well.

  8. linp says:

    It seems that Huet is a bit gun shy of Kovalchuk’s shot.

  9. Exit716 says:

    What genius in our pro scouting organization earlier this year said there was no one in Hamilton that could help?
    Does anyone care if we ever see Smolinski, Ryder or Brisebois back in the lineup this century?

  10. Yeats says:

    The younger brother’s play could force the older one to step it up.

  11. sidhu says:

    Much, much better start for us compared to Washington.

    Nice recovery by O’Byrne on the last Atlanta rush – guy can skate for a big man.

  12. zamboni says:

    Huet is looking very shaky tonight.

  13. JB_15 says:

    Mark Recchi can still move pretty quick for an 80 year old.

    PS Huet looks a little shakey.

  14. Keith says:

    YEAH! The younger scores 🙂

  15. zamboni says:

    Fearless prediction, this kid will be better than his older brother.
    He has a knack of being in the right place, I wish i could say the same about the senior K.

  16. Yeats says:

    Go to the net, good things will happen!

  17. DYCSoccer17 says:

    We’re gonna be just fine tonight if we keep this incessant forechecking up.

  18. whitecat says:

    est le but !!! that was beautiful

  19. Yeats says:

    Nice work there!!!

  20. JB_15 says:


  21. Mike says:

    anyone watching game online? sopcast isnt working for me.

  22. Mike says:

    anyone watching game online? sopcast isnt working for me.

  23. The Teacher says:

    I know, the blue makes me think they are a soft team.

  24. JB_15 says:

    Kovalev looks really bored. Sitting on the bench, hands kinda folded over one another, sorta biting the inside of his lip with a far off look on his face.


  25. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Hammer is all over the place out there.

    Quietest crowd in the history of the NHL.

  26. zamboni says:

    That was close for Kosty Senior

  27. Yeats says:

    Why was Huet down? Stand up for God’s sake!

  28. zamboni says:

    What a crap

  29. Naila Jinnah says:

    Atlanta looks weird in Blue. So counter-intuitive!

  30. yathehabsrule says:

    that anthem singer was brutal…both anthems!

  31. Keith says:

    Time to sit back with a few pints and hopefully enjoy two wins in two saturday nights in a row. NO turnovers PLEASE! I’m stuffed already. GO HABS GO!!!

  32. sidhu says:

    Going after Hossa at or before the trade deadline would be a very smart move — not only will he help us for the remainder of the season, but it would also give Hossa a sense of what it would be like to play for the Canadiens and in Montreal. He will be a UFA after the season is over, and I would think we’d have a big advantage on other interested teams if he experiences Montreal. Moreover, we’d have the opportunity to sign him after the season but before free agency starts.

    We can worry about that at another time. For now, Go Habs Go!

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