About last night …

Are the Canadiens that good? Or are the Islanders lousy?

The first question will be answered, to some degree, tomorrow night in Buffalo, where the Canadiens begin a home-and-home.

Prospects are good, if they play as well as they did on the Island. It was a very solid team effort, keyed by excellent work from the defencemen. I thoght Roman Hamrlik and Patrice Brisebois were exceptional.

Cristobal Huet faced 44 shots – a season high – but his night kind of duplicated Martin Gerber’s at the Bell Centre. The Islanders were kept to the perimeter for the most part, while the Canadiens did to the Islanders what Ottawa had done to them – cash scoring opportunities.

Canadiens are 7-3-1 on the road, best in the Eastern Conference. The guys on 110% last night said the team plays with greater focus away from the Bell Centre because there are fewer distractions than in Montreal.

There was also some talk about whether the Canadiens need an enforcer. The 110 crew thought that hits like Mike Sillinger’s on the captain and that dirty, late-game shot Mike Richards gave Alex Kovalev will multiply in February and March if other teams perceive that Canadiens lack toughness.

Chris Simon had tried to goad Mike Komisarek into a fight, which would have been a very bad trade-off for the Canadiens.

I’m still with Guy Carbonneau on this. The coach is adamant he doesn’t want some goon who plays two minutes a game. Carbo likes to roll four lines, and I think that will pay off in stamina down the stretch.

It would be great to have a Chris Neil. But players like that are rare in the league.

 

• Great night for the Bryan Smolinski line. Steve Bégin scored twice. Mathieu Dandenault played as good a forechecking game as we’ve seen this season, and Smolinski bounced back after a few indifferent outings that can be a cause for concern with a player his age.

• What a joy to see Christopher Higgins score a honey of a goal in his hometown. Higgins provided tickets for 66 family members and friends.

• Coming back with Carey Price tomorrow is a bit counter-intuitive after Cristobal Huet stopped 43 of 44. But by laying out his goaltending plans – Price in Buffalo, Huet at the Bell Centre Saturday night – Guy Carbonneau pre-empts the kind of media and fan speculation that leads to a "goaltending controversy."

• We don’t see much of Nick Lidstrom, but there isn’t a better offensive defenceman in the Eastern Conference than Andrei Markov. The skating, the tape-to-tape passing … Marky Mark is somethin’ else.

• What’s with Mark Streit? There are times when he seems nervous, tentaive with the puck. It’s worrisome.

• Here today, goon tomorrow: On 110%, Michel Bergeron pointed out that Jacques Lemaire, arguably the best coach in the NHL, has ALWAYS had a fighter … and sometimes two of ‘em. I think Carbo is more highly evolved. 

76 Comments

  1. ClaytonM says:

    He played a good game.

    But Price would have earned the shutout :)

  2. ClaytonM says:

    That looks like it will stay a hypothetical match-up. The ducks don’t look playoff bound unless Niedermayer and Selanne rejoin the team. I would love to see Selanne playing on Koivu’s wing. I can’t think of anyone else who’s available who would be a better winger for Saku.

  3. Kevin says:

    do you know if the 1993 Cup run is available on DVD?

  4. ebk says:

    There isn’t a team in the league who couldn’t use Wendel Clark. They may have been bigger than Wendel, not to many were stronger.

  5. Naila Jinnah says:

    But Price didn’t play any regular season games… just the playoffs. That’s why I didn’t include him ;)

  6. jody1974 says:

    Or ask Nilan to join the Habs and he can teach our younger players in the AHL how to be like him.

  7. jody1974 says:

    Hello Mr. Teacher

    Can you please tell me when Mr. Ryder will score again??

  8. showey47 says:

    you forgot price who pretty much won the calder cup by himself

  9. the_vipah says:

    The habs lack of toughness will wear them down through injuries. They either need some bigger forwards who can hit or atleast one guy who can make an appearance now and then to make sure everyone plays nice, I would love to see someone try and lay out Alfie with that same hit that Sillinger tried on Koivu.

    Highly evolved? Thats nonsense. If one team is full of fast, skilled, soft players and another team comes in with less fast, less skilled, hardnosed players…Team A is toast. Period.

    Think of a hypothetical Anaheim vs. Montreal in the playoffs. Slaughter.

  10. notbigbird says:

    Maybe this piece (or these pieces) will fall into place down the road somewhere when we are more likely to be contenders. Maybe someone will want to trade for some of the smaller and faster players that we have coming up. Of course, I’m not really up on the size of these up-and-comers, so perhaps there is more there than I am aware of.

    Not to worry about the spelling.

  11. kevin m says:

    Before you go any further I want to remind you that I’m a Habs fan “InsideOut”. But…

    What the Habs need is a player like this:
    Wendel Clark
    5’11” 195 lbs
    330 Goals
    564 Points
    1690 Pims

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALS4xTf42m4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHLHVhRqFY8&feature=related

    If there was ever a prototypical hockey player, this was it.
    Almost every fight he had in the NHL was against bigger & stronger men. The only thing that they all forgot to consider is “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog”.

    For those of you who think that you can teach fighting to someone who doesn’t really have the stomach for it… forget it.

    Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Grabs says:

    Habs vs Islanders 1993 on NHLNET.

  13. yukonhab says:

    Good team effort lastnight, have to agree Streit is kinda out of his element. Maybe he wants to play forward also now that Dandy has been rejuvenated…hee.hee…Alot of postives to take from the game, WE have 4 pretty deadly lines, atleast working as a unit and supporting and working off each others shift. I don’t want to have a goon on our bench, just 23 guys willing to back each other up in any circumstance….Ryder to his credit is SLOWLY becoming more than a goal scorer, playing tough and creating chances…i love this team and where it is going….GO HABS GO!!!!

  14. The Teacher says:

    P.S. sorry for mis-typing your name :)

  15. The Teacher says:

    That’s pretty much what I mean nothingbird, I don’t agree with getting someone like Boogard or Ben Eager.

    I would much prefer a big, tough RW or LW to play on the first line with Koivu-Rtyder or Koivu-Higgins. Someone who can drop the gloves if need be, but that would just be a by-product of his character, sticking up for his teamates.

    Looking around the league, I don’t see too many guys like that who would be available. Is Gui that guy? I dunno, but he REALLY needs to work on his skating.

    – Ryder and Higgins both like to handle the puck
    – Ryder isn’t good at cycling the puck down low, which is what higgins and Koivu like to do
    – Higgins, although I love him, seems relunctant to pass after he turns his afterburners on and prefers to get a shot away, which is fine

    Do we NEED to make a change, no not necessarily, but in order to become contenders, that role needs to be filled.

  16. Alirio says:

    Leave the gun, grab the canoles


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  17. Naila Jinnah says:

    Chipchura was a big part of the team, and Ajay Baines, one of the leaders in the locker room and on the ice is still sidelined with a knee injury sustained at camp. You can be sure that if those guys were there the ‘Dogs would be in much better shape.

  18. nightmare_49 says:

    It’s sad to hear of the passing of Tom Johnson and he was quiet a player in the shadow of the great Doug Harvey and it’s not easy to win the Norris Trophy as he did. It would be nice to see our coaching staff wearing black bow ties for Saturday’s game at the Bell Center in memory of the Hall of Famer. Tom Johnson trademark was the bow tie and was a sharp dresser besides being a great athlete.

  19. notbigbird says:

    Put me down as one who does not think we need a goon. But about two more big bodies who could handle themselves would be nice, perhaps a big defenceman like O’Byrne and a good-size forward. First and foremost, we want hockey players, but just a little more size and toughness would probably be beneficial. Mind you, I imagine that most clubs would like to add two big talented players, and trades are no longer easy to make.

  20. Yeats says:

    It’s time to go to the mattresses!

  21. likehoy says:

    if we have such good young talent, how come the bulldogs are playing so poorly?? could it be a coaching thing?

    they’ve only lost chipper and grabs and kostitsyn (kostitsyn only played half the year anyways), off years for everyone??

  22. Kevin says:

    With regard to adding a tough guy on the second line, I was thinking the exact same thing earlier this season. It would be a good thing to try when the second line starts slumping, if they ever do. (Not trying to jinx anything here!) Sean Avery has worked wonders in New York.

    I think having a bigger and tougher defense would help. Once O’Byrne fills out his 6’5 frame and learns how to fight (which I hope is soon), we’ll be 1 defenceman short of having a big man on the ice for every shift. Although neither Komisarek nor O’byrne is an enforcer, they are big, tough and intimidating enough.

  23. Plek-Andrew says:

    I’m Christian. I believe in peace.

    But dammit do I love a good fight.

  24. The Ian Cobb says:

    Yeats I got the picture, and that is what is so much fun for me now, everything is first time for me now, i could not read comics until the last few years.

  25. Yeats says:

    I’m not a fan of fighting, but I really did enjoy “Chris Nilan’s Night of Fun” on Youtube.

  26. Yeats says:

    Ian: The boys could use a few Charles Atlas classes. Remember those ads in comic books? Don’t get sand kicked in your face anymore at the beach!

  27. The Teacher says:

    Habs Kat,

    I like your idea of having a hard hitting guy on each line to create room, but I don’t know if we have the guys to play on those lines. Gui is just too slow to play with Kovalev and anyone, and hard pressed to imagine him keeping up with a Koivu/Ryder Koivu-Higgins line.

    We can always try them out and see if they work, but Gui REALLY needs to work on his skating in the summertime.

    On another note, do you think that John Ferguson and Chris Nilan have made our organization any less classy?

    It is my opinion that eliminating fighting is a bad thing for hockey.

    What are the three (OK, 4) things a fan gets out of their seat for?

    1. A goal
    2. A fight
    3. A REALLY big save
    4. The shootout (but I hate it)

  28. JasonM says:

    That is an cut pic Kat!

    GO HABS GO! :)

  29. Yeats says:

    The two best examples of the type of line that you are talking about that come to mind immediately were Beliveau-Cournoyer-Ferguson and Bossy-Gilles-Trottier.

  30. The Ian Cobb says:

    Gee by the sounds of you guys maybe i better start heavyer wind sprints to get ready. If anyones fist were to hit me now they would loose it in my tenderness. LARD

  31. Ed says:

    I thought at the beginning of the year that he would be brought up sooner rather than later. He had 6 points in his first 2 games & was +6, & 8 points after 3 games. However, he has not done so well offensively since then, but I also think that he could help the team. Rugger has a good point about how much he might play. Just look at Gorges & Grabovski. I am sure he will be up before the year is over. Here are Hamilton’s current stats.

    http://stats.theahl.com/stats/statdisplay.php?type=skaters&subType=5&season_id=12&&leagueId=4&lastActive=&singleSeason=

  32. CH1909-2009 says:

    I think he must be playing hurt because he never shied away from the heavy gong in the first 15 games of the season, only recently. I hope everything’s alright with him becasue his puck-moving skills and ice-vision are a great compliment to our big 3 on D.

    GO HABS GO

  33. habfan53 says:

    I agree he’s playing with heart but with Begin, Bouillon and Brisebois doing the same that’s 3 defenceman and a defensive forward doing the same.
    I was just saying earlier that a the start of the year he seemed a lot more confident. Carbonneau has shown (Gorges, Huet) that you can make mistakes or have an off game and he is going to come back to you.

  34. JasonM says:

    Any chance to get Chris Nilan to come out of retirement?

  35. Habs-Kat says:

    I’d like to see Gorges suit up on the blueline more often. He’s not yet a veteran player, but he has plenty of NHL experience. He can still develop into something great with the kind of speed and potential he has. Perhaps taking Streit’s place on the blueline for a night might wake him (Streit) up.

    As for the goon issue, all that getting an enforcer will do is diminish the team’s reputation around the league. It might make the team “tougher” in the eyes of other players, but other players will also see the team as having less integrity. I liked the idea of Kostopoulos on the first line. In fact, I like the idea of having one hard-hitting and intimidating forward on each line to create room and security for two other more skilled players. Kovalev, Plekanec, and Kostitsyn are great, but I think that they’d do even better if they had more room to work with. Kovalev can be strong, but he’s still a finesse-style player. Who’s gonna stop a Steve Downie running a muck against Plekanec, Kovalev (who has already been a victim of cheap shots this season), or Kostitsyn? Keep Gui on the second line, or even Kostopoulos. Playing with two very talented linemates will make a Chris Neil out of any tough guy.

  36. Rugger says:

    I would think it is most likely that it is just that they do not need to bring him up and sit 3 out of every 4 games. Better to play every day.

  37. Will Longlade says:

    Mark Streit has been playing a very tentative game lately. IMO, he’s better suited to playing forward on a day-to-day basis. As a forward he would be able to better utilize his offensive skills; take less punishment; and the Habs could continue to utilize him on the right point for the power play. He plays with a lot of heart, so it’s easy to overlook his defensive deficiencies and the lack of a physical dimension to his game.

  38. ebk says:

    Does anyone out there have any clue as to what Max Lapierre has done to be buried so deep in Carbo’s doghouse. They have a roster spot open and they are yet to call someone up. Lapierre showed last year that he is quite capable of playing on the fourth line and being a Begin-like pain in the ass. So why no call up?

  39. Ed says:

    I am sure that the Gazette and HIO will have something on Tom Johnson tomorrow. He was a good one to play all those years with a team as strong as the HABS were in that era.

  40. habfan53 says:

    I just saw that Tom Johnson passed away this morning.

  41. Plek-Andrew says:

    I’m just gonna go on record and say two words.

    Cristobal. Huet.

  42. Yeats says:

    The three stars on the official score sheet were: 1.) Huet, 2.) Begin and 3.) Dandy. Streit has been looking pretty tender out there lately.

  43. habfan53 says:

    Is anybody else concerned with Mark Streits play of late.

    I have’nt seen to many comments on Begin’s game last night
    I assume he was the 1st star (I had to go with 8 minutes left) . I liked that he was after Charra 3 times on Saturday.

  44. likehoy says:

    every thing’s going well so far…but we gotta beat the sens first before we start tooting our horns…

  45. HabsProf says:

    I watched the game on the US Centre Ice package, so I got the Islanders feed. One of the game keys that the Islanders commentators mentioned was the “Rangers hangover” phenomenon. Apparently, the Isles tend to have poor games after their emotional contests with their cross-town (or cross-isle) rivals. That may have been part of the problem with the team last night, since they just played the Rangers on Monday.

    One game is only one game – no team plays in top form all games (witness Montreal against Buffalo last Friday). Habs are good, but so are the Islanders. We were just better last night (and oh, it felt good).

    Side note – it is nice to see Nolan back in the league, and with what he is doing with his team, I think some GMs and owners are starting to wonder why they honoured the blackballing he received.

  46. CH1909-2009 says:

    By fearlessly I just meant even putting himself in that monster’s path… actually fighting him would have been quite dumb, I grant you that.

    GO HABS GO

  47. CH1909-2009 says:

    Those are telling stats, Ian, and also the top-notch PP. Also, on an individual level, you have Komisarek 2nd in hits and blocked shots, Markov regarded best in the East, and the PK must be getting up there after last night’s 7/7. Things are definitely falling into place! A little fine tuning and look out!

    GO HABS GO

  48. The Ian Cobb says:

    I disagree, He turtled, doing the right thing and put us on the power play instead of exchangeing blows with that goon. Team players do that. and anyway it was large man against a large boy. Smart always wins!!

  49. P St. Pierre says:

    A Chris Neil would definantly be an asset to have on this team. I also wouldn’t mind Gorges Laraque in a Habs uniform either. He’s maybe not as talented as Neil, but he brings more of a presence and can still take a fairly regular shift. Laraque is very intimidating as well.

    I loved the game last night, Montreal played well and they looked solid, especially in their own zone. A much better effort than the one against Ottawa. They may have been caught up too much in the Boston game to remember how to play defense.

    By the way Mike, I love these “About last night…” blogs. They provide a nice recap and make it easier to focus on what needs to be changed and what the team did well.

  50. CH1909-2009 says:

    Latendresse could be Chris Neil type influence if he did two things: work, and fight. With his size and hitting ability (he does have a mean streak, too) he could be and intimidating fator for anyone who wants to run around on the star players. He’s good enough as a third liner that he’s not wasting a roster spot like some WWE wrestler in skates, but on the other hand if you lose him for 5 you’re not down one of your big stars. We saw a flash of guts displayed by Guy the other night in Boston, when he rather fearlessly (and futile-ly[?]) went after Chara. Do it more often, Guy!

    GO HABS GO

  51. The Ian Cobb says:

    Every week i like to check out the three stats that tells me how the team is doing compared to the rest of the league. The first and most important one is goals against. Well we sit 6th out of 30 teams, we have to tighten this up a little with 55.

    Second, goals for, we now have 67 third best in the league behind Carolina and Detroit, this is very good.

    Third, total points 27 again 3rd in the league behind Ottawa and Detroit. Can’t ask for much better than that for a team that was not picked by many to not make the playoffs.

    This is a very good franchise now, soon to be #1 again!!!

  52. Ed says:

    The Canadiens are doing well, and there will be the occasional loss which causes distress for many fans. How many of us expected them to win by 3 goals last night? That was a beauty goal by Higgins, beautiful passing on the Plekanec goal, and a couple of nice goals by Begin. Also, Huet played great.

    Ryder has yet to break out of his slump, but he did get 7 shots in a little over 12 minutes of ice time. Also, he is 5th on the team in +/- with a +2. Hamrlik leads at +8, and just imagine, he was signed to replace Souray. I think Souray affected a few +/-‘s last year. It is surprising that there are 9 players with minuses, with one -5, and four -4’s.

    http://www.nhl.com/nhlstats/app?fetchKey=20082MONSASAll&page=Stats&service=page&sort=plusMinus&viewName=summary

    Also, Ryder is tied for third in hits with 42. Komisarek is way ahead with 76, Begin has 49, and Kostopoulos has 42.

  53. Ed says:

    Mike Boone – congratulations. The “Most Commented” listing to the right shows you with the top 4 in the last 7 days. If you were a Division, you would have the top 4 positions. Not sure where you would stand in the Conference, but I think you are a safe bet for the playoffs.

  54. Mike Boone says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Ed, but my “ratings” have a lot more to do with excitement the team is generating than with anything brilliant on my part. Hey, I’m being paid to watch hockey and spout off. Pinch me, I’m dreamin’.

  55. JF says:

    Ian, I love your comments and your enthusiasm. I didn’t make it to the Summit this year, but hopefully I will next.

    I agree with you about the goon issue. The Boston game showed that the whole team is willing to stand up for each other, dropping the gloves whenever necessary even if they don’t win fights. This attitude builds team chemistry, work ethic and toughness. It will pay off down the stretch.

    Mike, I don’t know what’s with Mark Streit. He seems all of a sudden to lack confidence, hesitating even on obvious plays when no one is getting to him. Perhaps he should play a few games as a forward. A couple of goals might help him get his confidence back.

  56. The Ian Cobb says:

    Good morning Nightmare, freezing rain here, school buses canceled, Ill stay home this morning and enjoy my new hobbie, this site!

    To read and write now is such a blessing for me, and i owe this site and every one here a great dept of thanks. Oh i do go on!!

  57. The Ian Cobb says:

    JF- There is talk of some of us going to a Hamilton game inthe new year, stay tuned. I had a fantastic time in Mtl. with some of these new found friends. Meet you down the road!

  58. tleblanc says:

    I’ve always been torn on the policeman issue (Fergy and Nilan weren’t goons) because guys like the aforementioned always added a lot to the Canadiens in years past. The alternative to bringing in a policeman would be to actually practice the tough stuff at least so your not getting your clocks cleaned. And make no mistake they are getting their clocks cleaned when it comes to fighting. The fact is they do need to be much tougher for preparation of the Feb Mar and Apr games if they want a May and possibly a June.

  59. Grabs says:

    As Mike pointed out, and everyone understands, guys who can fight while contributing offensively are a very rare breed, rarer in fact than 40 goal scorers. A possible solution to the Habs dilemna in this department would be to build up their defenseman into a fighting corps a la the late 70s Canadiens, the two best fighters on those teams were Larry Robinson and Pierre Bouchard. The Habs need to get bigger on D to pull this off, O’Byrne could help out in this area in the near future, till then the only bonafide heavyweight we’ve got is Komi. I’d like to see the Habs bring in a fighting tutor to help out guys like Komisarek and Latendresse. K-Rex is starting to learn the art of fighting on skates, but still needs much polish. At least we can say we have few middleweights like Kostopoulos, Bouillon, and Begin, but when you run into some of the monsters out there, it’s unfair to ask these guys to take one on the chin night after night.

  60. CH1909-2009 says:

    Great Idea. O’Byrne will be great to have in the near future. Streit can be a grea passer and rusher but he can also not be, and plays so soft. Boullion tries hard and is insanely tough but is 5’8″. I could also see Hamrlik getting nasty at times, he’s already got a good mean streak going.

    GO HABS GO

  61. Nicolas St-Henri says:

    “A possible solution to the Habs dilemna in this department would be to build up their defenseman into a fighting corps a la the late 70s Canadiens, the two best fighters on those teams were Larry Robinson and Pierre Bouchard.”

    I vaguely remember from reading Ken Dryden’s The Game that Robinson didn’t actually fight that often. Rather, it was his mere presence and thundering hits that kept the opposing goons in check.

  62. steeeve says:

    You still look pretty young by your photo and I see you still have your senses if you cheer for the Canadiens.

  63. The Ian Cobb says:

    steeeve- as a young buck in the 60s, I worked north of Ft. Mc murray, N Of lac la biche, pipeline camp job. 50 60 below F. No problem freezing pucks there. Hope this hot team radiates some warm feelings for you.

  64. nightmare_49 says:

    Ian – Thanks for that weather you sent our way. I spent an hour chopping the ice on the path and my backs killing me now and had to phone the pharmacy for some medication, Labatt Blue. It’s our holiday isn’t it.

  65. Keith says:

    Concerning Mark Streit, I heard it from someone, I’m not sure who said it but they said that if you are aggressive on the forecheck against Streit then he tends to get nervous and either coughs up the puck or makes a bad play. He has to stop worrying about getting hit and sacrifice his body to make a play. Yeah easy for me to say that but I’m not being paid the big bucks to play hockey.

  66. steeeve says:

    Out west all we hear about is the Leafs prolific offense-the recent TSN broadcast Habs vs Sabres, Maguire and Glenn Healy villifed the Canadiens for lack of scoring when it was painfully obvious to all that the Canadiens were flat and a good Sabres team finally found their legs winning 4-1.This morning I look in the paper to see the Leafs have 68 goals and the Habs 67 with one game in hand.Wow–I wish there was some way to give those guys a blast.I guess Healy never got over the 93 playoff loss and Maquire for fear of being called a former CJAD homer bends over backwards to make sure the truth never gets in the way of a good story.Pretty cold out here in Ft Mcmurray.

  67. Nicolas St-Henri says:

    As for the goon issue, I think someone needs to step up for smaller guys like Koivu and Plekanec, like they did in the Boston game. I have a sneaking suspicion that Kovalev can handle himself if push comes to punch.

    (first post)

    Hmm, I tend to wonder if we want to see Kovalev dropping the gloves. I mean, his biggest talent resides in his hands, they are what make him a hockey artist. It would be awful to see him get a hand injury and lose some of that finesse.

  68. J.T. says:

    To answer your questions, yes, the Habs CAN be that good. The issue is consistency. It’s hard to be that good every night because it’s intense and exhausting. The Isles aren’t lousy…they’re just not as good a team as Montreal when the Habs play their best.

    I’m delighted to see the PK so improved. That and faceoffs were two of the issues with which I was most concerned early on. It looks like they take every five-on-three deficit as a personal challenge, and what a boost it gives them when they kill one off!

    As for the goon issue, I think someone needs to step up for smaller guys like Koivu and Plekanec, like they did in the Boston game. I have a sneaking suspicion that Kovalev can handle himself if push comes to punch.

    Anyway, there’s no time to bask in this win. The revitalized Sabres are going to be tough on the weekend, so the Habs will have to remember to play solid defence first. I enjoyed the “Sens-ing” of the Islanders a lot, but onward and upward.

  69. the_vipah says:

    Another stellar game from Gerber tonight in nets for the Sens. Saved 20 of 25 shots against the Pens.

    Thank god we don’t have that kind of “elite” goaltending.

  70. ClaytonM says:

    It’s too bad the pens waited for 2 goals by the sans before putting Sabourin in or they’d have won without the 1 point going to Ottawa

  71. The Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks Mike, I saw it as elbow to the head, maybe Im a little to predgeidis. Gee, that,s a new word for me and my dictionary is downstairs.

  72. ClaytonM says:

    Let’s hope the injury to eaves keeps him out of the sans lineup for a month or more, and that alfredson’s groin pull is more serious than they’re saying. Somehow we don’t play the sans until February. We’ll see how well they’ll be playing then after injuries and game fatigue start kicking in.

    Maybe they’ll even stop with the post-game exercise bike interviews.

  73. The Ian Cobb says:

    I am with carbo on this one, speed, talent and disaplene in todays game will win the day. After the cheap shot on Koivu the whole team got fired up and skated the hell out of the Islanders, they were never in it after that.Unless we come up with a 20 goal scorer like John Ferguson or a Chris Neil we will have to play team shoulder and hip hitting hockey just like one of the all time greats, Bob Gainey

  74. Mike Boone says:

    To be fair, Ian, Mike Sillinger’s check on Koivu was absolutely clean.

  75. nightmare_49 says:

    To our U.S. members have a Happy Thanksgiving and Enjoy.


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