Timmins on Sergei

Trevor Timmins, Canadiens’ director of player recruitment and development, was on his way to Peterborough for an OHL game when I caught up with him on his cell phone yesterday and asked about Sergei Kostitsyn.

Specifically: How did t

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About last night …

A statement game by your Montreal Canadiens.

The statement, loud, clear and totally unambiguous: We are for real.

My favourite part of the statement game was the statement period. Leading

F. no more


Just Martin Brodeur.

What the heck, Canadiens have beaten him three times in a row – the latest in a battle for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Brodeur

About the road trip …

Our would-be Beasts of the East were not at their best in the west.

Canadiens were outshot in every game. They were outplayed for significant stretches –  usually the

Four points on the trip

And for the longest time, it looked like the haul might be five.

Despite a parade to the penalty box, Canadiens stayed in this game at 1-1 for 52

About this afternoon …

A vignette that explains why your Montreal Canadiens are a first-place hockey team:

Trailing 4-2, L.A. pulls their goaltender with two minutes left. Canadiens gain possession and Guillaume Latendresse

At least .500 on the trip

Huge win.

Canadiens withstand an early L.A. onslaught – much as they did in Phoenix Thursday night – and beat the Kings 5-2.

Tom Kostopoulos – playing in the city

Grabovski day-to-day with a hissy fit

Mikhail Grabovski has dramatically enhanced his chances of playing regularly – in Russia next season.

Disappointed by being left out of the lineup in Phoenix last night, Grabovski traveled

About last night …

You don't have to be a professional hockey scout to realize a basic truth about the Montreal Canadiens:

They win on the strength (and lose on the weakness) of

Take the two points and run

Grand larceny in the desert:

Outplayed for most of the game, Canadiens score three unanswered goals to score an unlikely 4-2 win over a fast, aggressive Phoenix team.

Saku Koivu