About last night …

They won’t be sending the game DVD to the Hockey Hall of Fame, but a W is a W. But any time you can hold the home team to 18 shots _ only one in the first period – you’ve played a very solid hockey game.

What did we learn?

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Not easy

A goal by Richard Park turned the third period into a nailbiter until Alex Kovalev scored his 20th, an empty-netter that made it 3-1 and capped the Canadiens'

Bowman bows out … for now

Scotty Bowman, who has coached nine Stanley Cup winners in three cities, seems to have taken himself out of the running for the Toronto Maple Leafs' top job.

Bowman

About last night …

Let's hope the Sunday brunch menu includes Valium.

It was just one game in a long season, right? But man, did your Montreal Canadiens suck or what?

The Rangers dominated

Ignominy avoided

The Brothers Kostitsyn click on the power play – Andrei to Sergei – to deprive Henrik Lundqvist of a shutout.

Canadiens managed all of 19 shots in their 4-1

About last night …

Two entries for Bob Gainey's to-do list:

• Sign Mike Komisarek to a contract extension

• Sign Mark Streit before he becomes an unrestricted free agent

Boston tried to run the

The Boston stranglers

Five games against the Bruins this season.

Five Ws, the latest a 5-2 victory that wasn't the laugher the score suggests.

Fresh from the first healthy scratch of his career,

About last night …

A few short snappers before I dash off to join my mates for the Habs I/O podcast:

• The Flying Frenchman Meets Québécois Quicksand: the Canadiens posterboys, Maxim

Lucky 13th

Maxim Lapierre set up fellow 20something Guillaume Latendressefor the winner with 1:40 left in OT to beat the stubborn Blackhawks 4-3.

That's 12 – on the way to 20?

Report card

Journal de Montréal hockey writer Marc de Foy has issued his first-half grades for the Canadiens.

A+ : Alex Kovalev, Andrei Markov, Roman Hamrlik, Tomas Plekanec, Mike Komisarek

A :