All Kovy all the time

Rick Stewart, Getty Images

The pundits weigh in:

Pat Hickey in The Gazette

Red Fisher in The Gazette

Sean Gordon in the Globe and Mail

La Presse’s Richard Labbé, who says the Canadiens have spent two weeks trying to trade Kovalev

Jean-François Bégin in La Presse

François Gagnon in La Presse

Ronald King in La Presse

Jacques Demers for RDS

Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports

• Plenty of reading from our locked-out friends with Le Journal de Montréal, at ruefrontenac.com


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

All Kovy, all the time

On the night he made a pre-taped appearance on Tout le monde en parle, Radio-Canada’s popular celebrity talkshow, Alex Kovalev beat Tomas Vokoun in a shootout to give Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

"He wanted to end it there," said Guy Carbonneau, "so he could go watch himself on TV."

And had Mr. Excitement been stopped, P.K. Subban was going to be next.

• The coach on many subjects, in English and French.

Alex Kovalev says he’s not in top gear just yet.

P.K. Subban, the Quote Machine. This kid should skip an NHL career and go right into hosting a late-night talkshow.

Yannick Weber (he uses the English pronunciation)  on playing against Peter DeBoer, his coach in Kitchener.

Horton: Save (again)

Desharnais: Save

Frolik: Save

AK46: Poke check

Peltonen: Save

Kovy: Backhand. Goal. Totally sick

•  •  •

 

Great game!

•  •  •

Nice move by Beauregard to draw Welch into a penalty.

•  •  •

Price: 33 saves … and counting

•  •  •

GLOVE SAVE!!!

to preserve the tie.

Ignore previously posted doubts.

•  •  •

Great PK

•  •  •

A double-minor to Markov? Hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct

I didn’t see it.

•  •  •

Big night for Weber.

He doesn’t look out of place on the PP.

•  •  •

Shots are 31-30 Canadiens.

Wide-open, entertaining game.

•  •  •

Subban has some after-burners, and the crowd loves him.

•  •  •

Round III: Max Lapierre, who was criticized for not dropping ‘em last season, outwrestles Keith Ballard and calls it a night.

•  •  •

You know it’s pre-season when Tom the Bomb is on the PP.

•  •  •

Scary: Someone named Mike Duco got a big hit on Markov.

•  •  •

Big cheers for Impact and Alouettes wins on the big screen.

•  •  •

This DeBoer dude coaches a more entertaining style of play than Jacques Martin did.

•  •  •

Mike Komisarek makes it very clear to one Kendal McArdle that Price is off limits.

Then Ryan O’Byrne goes with Horton.

What’s with him and the Panthers?

•  •  •

The new, thinner Price looks quicker and more agile.

•  •  •

YANNICK WEBER!!!

This kid is going to be very good.

•  •  •

Round I: Frankie the Bull, a spirited draw with Anthony Stewart, who gets the extra two minutes, and a misconduct.

•  •  •

Ooh, that first-wave PP is as sweet as your first kiss!

AK46.

•  •  •

Gregory Stewart, who’s been good tonight, pasted Ville Peltonen.

•  •  •

Desharnais makes a lovely goalmouth feed to Aubin, but Vokoun is a wall tonight.

•  •  •

Penalty shot: Horton, save.

Crowd comes alive.

•  •  •

 

Kovy puts a sick move on Horton and the Canadiens get another PP.

•  •  •

AK46 on the PK?

Not a good idea.

Anyone else nervous about Price’s glove side?

•  •  •

 

Another sellout, but many empty seats in the Reds.

•  •  •

I love Thomas Beauregard.

And if there’s anyone I love more than Thomas Beauregard, it’s Mathieu Aubin.

Together, they enhance my appreciation of Ryan Flinn.

When does real hockey start?

•  •  •

Anyone else nervous about Price’s glove side?

•  •  •

Entertaining first period. Shots were 12-11. Canadiens had better chances.

 

•  •  •

Love that Weber kid on the point. His shot is always on net.

•  •  •

Ian’s boy Shawn Matthias goes for hooking.

More first-line magic on the PP.

Kovy has lost weight and looks quicker.

Some vintage Kovy magic on their last shift.

•  •  •

That first-wave PP was brutal for a while, starting with a faceoff loss, then P.K. Subban and the kids brought it to life.

•  •  •

Alex Kovalev OWNS this crowd.

•  •  •

R.J.F. Umberger?

No, Anthony Stewart.

•  •  •

 

 

If only he were bigger: David Desharnais. Terrific skater, always around the puck.

•  •  •

Carey Price vs. Tomas Vokoun

And Jassen Cullimore, who’s still counting $640,000 against the
Canadiens’ cap in the So-Long-Sergei deal that unloaded Samsonov to
Chicago, is starting on D for Florida.

•  •  •

New pump-the-crowd music: Baba O’Reilly.

 

Guy Carbonneau indicated today we won’t be seeing Georges Laraque make
his CH debut any time soon – and certainly not Wednesday night, when
the Boston Bruins and dastardly Shawn Thornton come to town.

Laraque’s groin tweak, sustained even before the intra-squad game in
Pierrefonds, may be more troublesome than initially thought.

Because of injuries, the Canadiens will keep 30 players around for games against Detroit and the Bruins.

This could be last hot dogs at the Bell Centre for most of the kids.
François Gagnon predicts Max-Pac, B-Max, Yannick Weber and Gregory
Stewart will stick around for a while.

Stewart would seem to be competing for a roster spot against Mathieu
Dandenault and Kyle Chipchura. But a prolonged Laraque absence perhaps
favours Stewart sticking around.

•  •  •

MIA: Brock Trotter

•  •  •

Wish me luck spelling this guy’s name:

Florida is dressing centre Janis Sprukts

 

For tonight and for the remaining games of the exhibition season:

One game post, which I’ll update through the course of the evening and top with room audio after the game.

This will be the one-stop shopping place to post Comments on the game. I won’t do confusing multiple posts.

And then once the puck drops for real in Buffalo on the 10th, live game blogging begins.

Ça va, mes chers partisans?


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.