About last night …

Any shrinks or dream interpreters out there?

I had a dream last night in which Alex Kovalev is standing on a downtown street and I’m looking up at him. Overhead, the clear blue sky is filled with exotic kites.

I’m mesmerized. But a certain point, Kovalev, quite annoyed, demands to  know: "What are you staring at?"

Then the focus shifts to Guy Carbonneau’s press scrum. In shirtsleeves and sweating profusely, Carbonneau is asked if his greatest coaching achievement has been successfully motivating Kovalev. Carbo starts to answer, but I woke up.


I have no clue … unless the kites represent the lofty aspirations of Canadiens fans eight days ago. 


That’s when the team easily beat the New York Islanders to move within three points of Ottawa in the Eastern Conference standings.

But a week ago Canadiens lost to the Rangers.

Tuesday they beat the Senators, who were playing without Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley but still mounted a third-period comeback.

Thursday night at the Bell Centre, Canadiens lost ignominiously to one of  the worst team in the NHL.

And then they went to Ottawa.

I’ll not dwell on last night’s  game. It was on RDS and the CBC, so most everyone saw it.

In the wilds of Kanata where no one could hear the screams, Heatley, Alfredsson and Jason Spezza bent our first-place aspirants over a log.

And if you think that metaphor is ugly or inappropriate, you didn’t see the game.

I don’t know why Carbo broke up his best defence pairing. But Mike Komisarek and Francis Bouillon started the game, and ach of them was minus-two before the game was two minutes old.

The Tomas Plekanec line started against Spezza et al –  and that was a mismatch. Ottawa pressured Plekanec all through the game, forcing him to make hasty decisions and errant passes. You can bet that technique will be employed by other teams.

The power play scored once in seven opportunities. The best player on the ice when Canadiens had the man advtantage was Chris Kelly, who plays for Ottawa.

Adding inury to insult,  Wade Redden, pissed-off by all the trade speculation in Ottawa, took itout on Sergei Kostitsyn. 

Glimmers of hope? Not many.

Carey Price was OK. The reunited Saku Koivu line had its moments – but Christopher Higgins is having less luck scoring than I used to on Crescent St. Canadiens hit the goalposts five times. Roman Hamrlik will be back soon.

No need to panic – yet. Teams and their fans survive the long NHL season by not getting too high or too low.

All that talk about first place was too high.

We’ll find out in Florida just how low Canadiens are about to go. 


  1. Chuck says:

    Hi Ian! I would be glad to help out in any way that I can. I’ll give you a shout this evening.

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  2. Chuck says:

    You’re correct in that he should not be exempt from criticizm… but his fair share of criticizm, though.

    I don’t see anyone asking why Komisarek only played 7 shifts in the second period, and 6 in the third… for a total of 4 minutes of ice time, and only 16 minutes for the entire game. Was he injured? Ill? Benched for poor play earlier in the game? Given that Komi was MIA for most of the night, someone had to eat up those minutes.

    The way that some folks bash him, you’d think that he was making Markov/Hamrlik-type money and was expected to be of the same calibre. He’s getting paid $700,000 and that’s the return of value that we should expect from him.

    In a weird, twisted way I kind of hope that he finds his way out of the lineup. It would then be interesting to see who the Brisebois bashers spew their venom on after a poor defensive effort when they realize that their favourite whipping boy wasn’t even on the ice.

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  3. BigHabsFan says:

    what a shock when i turned the game on and it was 3-0 five minutes in. and then another shock when i saw the Habs more or less outplay the sens for the rest of the period!

    5 posts hit during the game! youve got to be kidding me.

    now im not trying to say that the habs just had some bad luck and they should have won and they lost because of hamrlik’s absence and, etc, etc, etc…

    last night ottawa had three cold-blooded scorers; the canadiens had none. pointe finale.

    5 goal posts, a guillame latendresse breakaway, and how many power plays in addition to that? 1 goal?

    and although alot of guys didnt have great games, brisebois had a particularly bad one. lets get hamr and o’bryrne in there asap…

  4. Ian G Cobb says:

    Chuck–Are you able to help Mike in Hamilton with the Bull Dog Summit a little if possible.? Please call me (613) 968-9807 please.

  5. Ian G Cobb says:

    How about a person that is somewhat challenged instead. Your word has a different flavor, that was used on me at one point of my life.!

  6. Ed says:

    Yes, but he was a gentle giant. We need someone who is the opposite of gentle.

  7. Chuck says:

    Mr. Wonderful, I think that the problem that folks had with that word was in the derogatory manner in which it was being used.

    As this site is an extension of the Gazette, Dave and company have full right to police it in a manner that they see fit.

    Perhaps a question that we should all ask ourselves before posting should be, “Would I or anyone else reading this find it offensive if it was published in the Gazatte?”

    We should also keep in mind that, just as with a newspaper, young eyes are able to read our posts.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

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