The closers

After twice blowing two goal leads, the Canadiens get three unanswered in the third period and rack up a rarity: a home-ice win.


Third period goals by Andrei K, Kyle Chipchura and MICHAEL RYDER (two tonight!)

They’re undefeated at the Bell Centre in 2008.

Facing an unaccustomed scrum of cameras and microphones in the winning room, Ryder modestly talked about "just hanging around, looking to find room" in front of the Tampa Bay net for the second-period laser that brifly made it 3-1.

"We all want (Ryder) to go well," said Alex Kovalev. "I’m happy to see him get his confidence back. Everybody’s been in his shoes before, going a long time without a goal. Then you get the feeling and touch back."

Four of Canadiens’ six goals – including all three in the third period – were scored at even-strngth.

"We can’t wait for power plays," Kovalev said. "We have to work hard 5-on-5 and get our confidence.

"After the second period in the llockerroom everybody knew we didn’t work in that period. They scored good goals, but we mostly gave them the goals. We knew if we played the third period like he first, we’d score goals." 


  1. Habs-Kat says:

    Ryder with tons of patience. Very niiice.

  2. Naila Jinnah says:

    Oh yeah! Rydes gets a point! And Kovy is now officially in the game!

  3. The Teacher says:

    yeah, that was can’t score here!



    Funyy how it happens when ryder finally gets quality PP time

  4. Shawn S says:

    Bobby who!!

  5. sidhu says:

    Wow, the crowd is still buzzing after that move by Kovy. He broke that guy’s ankles.

    Give Kovy the “C” to keep. Yes, I said it.

  6. The Teacher says:

    Wow, is this like only the second 5 on 3 we’ve had all year?

  7. sidhu says:

    Mark Orr going coast to coast!

  8. CHiggins says:

    it’s definitely not the same at home, is it?

    come on guys…pretend ur in florida

  9. The Teacher says:

    ouch…nuff said.

  10. Habs-Kat says:

    The Detroit Debacle.
    You can tell I wasn’t having a lot of fun.

  11. Shawn S says:

    Imagine Komisarek with a point shot?!? :O :O :O


  12. sidhu says:

    Great D by Hamrlik in front of the net

  13. The Teacher says:


  14. Shawn S says:

    With that being said, Lapierre wins a faceoff during the TB powerplay, then makes a nice steal in the TB. But definenlty agree with you.

  15. The Teacher says:

    One is a guy I absolutely hate..Dave Jackson.

  16. The Teacher says:

    Well, Lappy’s bigger, and I’m sure Vinny would win a lot of faceoffs against most players.

    Nice new pic btw, what game was that at?

  17. sidhu says:

    Come on Captain K, a dinky holding call

  18. yathehabsrule says:

    Who are the Refs tonight?

  19. Habs-Kat says:

    I’m not a fan of playing Max against Lecavalier. Lapierre is not too strong in the faceoff circle and the key against the big line is to maintain puck control.

  20. The Teacher says:

    aww, man..Dave Jackson, I hate that son of a ….

  21. bsharp says:

    Both Kostitsyn’s have great talent. I can’t wait to see how they’re playing 20 games from now!

  22. Keith says:

    Great pace to the game though 😉

  23. Shawn S says:

    I really hope Koivu comes out with a big game. I love the fact Sergei K is on a line with him too. e

  24. Keith says:

    Being too fancy again. Gotta shoot that puck!

  25. Habs-Kat says:

    Oh how I wish he would just shoot more often.

  26. CHiggins says:

    uh-oh…lightning came to play today..and max did NOT look good on that shift…

  27. Keith says:

    That was too close for comfort.

  28. linp says:

    Ryder just gave the puck away. That leads to that scoring chance

  29. yathehabsrule says:

    Too much treme-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-lo from the anthem singer!

  30. Shawn S says:

    WElcome to the wonderful world of RDS HD. Don’t speak a lick of french, but let them take you on a ride with the emotion the guys put on calling the game. You’ll never go back to Bob and Harry.

  31. PattyBoy31 says:

    This is my first game I get to watch on RDS, and HD, I’m pumped, to bad I’m not bilingual.

  32. bsharp says:

    The Habs offense (and chances of winning) goes as Kovalev goes. Here’s hoping he takes the Molson Cup every month!

  33. Habs-Kat says:

    Yay! RDS is back!

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