Three stars inch Canadiens closer to the summit

Canadiens moved to within a point of Ottawa in the Eastern Conference standings by edging the Senators 4-3 in a game that got very tense – and occcasionally nasty – in the third period.

When it was over, Christopher Higgins – sporting his new beard and a fat, bloodied lip – talked about the line that stole the show en route to sweeping the post-game three stars.

Alex Kovalev, Higggins said, "leaves a couple guys open-mouthed on the bench."

"It’s really fun to watch that line," he added.

For much of the game, the Senators watched Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostistyn conduct a puck-control clinic. Each member of the line racked up three points in the win.

Kovalev said he and his linemates were happy with the way they’ve been playing, but the Canadiens need "one, two, three, even four good lines.

"You create plays, you try different things," Kovalev added. "Eventually you get to the stage where you pretty much know where everybody is without looking.

"I’m happy with the way our line is going right nnow. We should push ourselves a little bit more to be more successful."

In analyzing Ottawa’s comeback from a three-goal deficit after 40 minutes, Kovalev said Canadiens "stopped skating and putting pressure on their D and the game turned right away."

"We should have done that at the beginning (of the third period). It looks like it takes us a few minutes to wake up in every period."

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It took me the whole game to wake up to a technical goof (commited by me) that wiped out all my live blogging.

I’ve restored it … if anyone cares at this point. 

 

685 Comments

  1. Steiner says:

    and so it begins.

  2. Habs-Kat says:

    What the hell?

  3. the_vipah says:

    Nice give away.

  4. Moey says:

    Dear Breezer,

    Please have good game tonight, score a goal or two whatever it takes. You have no idea how painful it is on HIO when you make a mistake. You’ve got about 4 long suffering fans that are behind you, so please, for God’s sake do it for us.

  5. Keith says:

    Yeah Yeats, he’s kinda like those guys in the Jackass movies, you never know quite what to expect. It could be gross or it could be very painful or dangerous lol!

  6. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Not sure if anyone has already posted this, but this sort of thing is always nice to read:

    http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=352425&page=NewsPage&service=page

    Alex Kovalev ~ “I still have four fingers left”

  7. Yeats says:

    The Breezer’s suiting up tonight? Oh, Bacchus, I can’t wait. Most of you guys look at him as a defenseman. I, on the other hand, consider him to be an entertainer. And, the Habs blue line just got a hell of a lot more exciting. Got to get a Zantak 150, I think I’m gonna need it. You can’t make this stuff up. Hollywood would laugh at you!

  8. tony d says:

    maybe Ryder has part clown in him (laughing on the outside, crying on the inside)
    cause he sure doesn’t look like a player out there…. he had a good ride here (pardon le pun) but it’s time to move
    to a new circus

  9. KeepRyder says:

    Ryder played a team game on Saturday, and he gets the shaft again and again. Of course he isn’t going to say anything. Know why? Cause he knows the team is more important than the individual. Plus, what would whining about it do for him? It wouldn’t be favorable, especially because he wants back in there.

    He wants to play, sure. But he is not a whiner. Good teammate. Lots of GMs and coaches looking for that. Too bad Carbo doesn’t want that in the lineup.

    And hey, when is he going to do the same with Higgins? God knows he needs the kick in the pants too.

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    It can only get better!! Go Ryder, Go Habs!

  10. tony d says:

    chicken soup to the Hamrlik household…STAT!!!
    holy jeezer, we got breezer????
    say your prayers folks it’s gonna be a bumpy ride

  11. Ian G Cobb says:

    Timo–Spezza is the biggest flake in the league, fantastic skill for a chicken. One solid hit and he is done, now if Brisebois can catch him before Komiseric does. Now Fisher, that is another story.

    Got to go and watch this one, ketch up to you after the game, Ian

  12. ganderhab says:

    I don’t think Ryder owes us anything – he has scored 85 goals in the previous 3 years for a total compensation of $4.2 million. This off year is hurting his future more than the Habs present, and not playing is’nt helping anyone

  13. Keith says:

    Good news, the CJAD player is finally working 🙂 It wasn’t working on the weekend.

  14. likehoy says:

    i will make a fearless prediction…ottawa wins 3-1 mcgrattan hits koivu from behind.

  15. moser17 says:

    nicely put.

  16. HabsProf says:

    And if Ryder complained, indicating that he gave a damn, people would be all over him, a la Dandenault, for being a distraction to the team.

    Ryder has been our premier goal scorer for the previous three years. Through it all he has represented the Habs with class. We may be unhappy with his startling decline in output, but I refuse to pile on the guy; he has given me too many fond memories. I just keep hoping for a turnaround before the season ends. If he should depart either via trade or free agency, I’ll feel nothing but joy for the guy should he rediscover his form.

  17. moser17 says:

    No worries. Limitless hope for Breezer, and limitless patience … of course, the coaching staff shouldn’t have limitless patience, just us fans. Otherwise we’d all have serious heart trouble. 🙂

  18. moser17 says:

    No offense, Timo, I’m picking on everyone today: I think the quotation is “hope springs eternal”, like from a limitless source.

    It’s sure true of us Habs fans.

  19. Keith says:

    Ryder is either dying on the inside as you say Boone, which I hope , or he just doesn’t give a damn.

  20. Chuck says:

    You bring up a good point. Huet (and the entire team, for that matter) have bounced back well all season. I hope that trend continues!
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  21. TheCharles says:

    As scary as the D looks on paper, I’m expecting big things from Huet. I think having after the game against the Rangers, and now with Price back Huet will have a big game tonight.

  22. Chuck V. says:

    Dude he was on the Koivu line and didn’t find the net too much with all of that time either. Straight up Ryder is finished in MTL

  23. HabsFanInUSA says:

    “Adventures in the D-zone” is putting it mildly. (Anyone else think that sounds like a really bad B-movie?) I don’t even want to think about what this game could look like with Alfredsson and/or Heatley in the lineup.

  24. HabsFanInUSA says:

    From your lips to God’s ears!

  25. Chuck says:

    I like the way that you think, Ian!

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  26. Ian G Cobb says:

    Brisebois is getting a point on the winning goal to-night. Koivu will not take a bad penalty, and Huet only lets two by him. TWO POINTS

  27. Ian G Cobb says:

    EBK- sorry that I did not see your great story until just now. I also missed seeing what words you were referring to. But that is not as important to me as your expression of love for your son. He maybe a little challenged but to have you is a God send for him. A lot of teams that I have been affiliated with over many years have challenged young people working for them in a variety of ways. Most of them bond with the players and the players with them in a very magical way. Most of the young people with Downs that I have had the honor to know are just special people. They bring out the best in the rest of us and they can make grown men weep with there innocence.

  28. Chuck says:

    It may be politically incorrect to say so, but the Habs can be as addictive as crack.
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  29. Chuck says:

    Now tht you mention it, he has looke a little off for the past week or so… his passes haven’t been as crisp, skatink a little slower than we’re used to seeing from him. I hope he’s feeling better soon. The flu sucks.
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  30. NLhabsfan says:

    When Ryder is played he is given very little ice time.The stats will bear me out.My hope he will be traded….He deserves better.

  31. Ed says:

    Hamrlik was -3 in the last game against the Rangers, and -4 in the last 4 games, with no points. I have a suspicion that he has not been feeling well for a while.

  32. Erik says:

    Its a game ripe for the picking or should I say a game to win. Once again I look forward to watching the Kovy Pleks A.Kost line what speed what creativity. I expect three wins this week vs the sens and maple leafs.

  33. Les-Habitants says:

    Man, it’ll be interesting to see how the defensemen not named Komisarek and Markov step up tonight without the Hammer there to provide some big-time stability.

    That said, thank the hockey gods that Heatley and Alfie are out…heard phillips might be questionable too.

    Big statement game, regardless.
    Oh, just to brag, got tickets to the game :D. Hope everyone enjoys it tho!

  34. yukonhab says:

    What a shame for Ryder…. If he could only f4#%^& score!!!!
    Thing that sucks the most he will eventually break out of the slump next year on another team.

    But appreciate his good ole’ Newfoundland up bringing…respectful!

  35. The Teacher says:

    Booly with Brisebois? Poor Booly.

  36. yukonhab says:

    I have faith in the Team tonight….also we need some adversity now then later to prove to each Hab that we can still do the do, even if we lose a key player, let alone to the rest of the league.

    We will be in the ‘Big Show’ this year and we will only get better game by game.

    Shoot , pass kick there a**!

    Go Habs GO!

  37. ebk says:

    Biggest game of the year for the Hab. Win and they are a point back breathing down the Senators neck. Lose and they are five back, on a two game losing skid and more importantly didn’t be Ottawa with their two best players out.

  38. Chuck says:

    Let me be the first to hope the Brisebois has a great game tonight.

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