Fantasy Habs blanket Ovi



Suffering Canadiens withdrawal? The Gazette has the answer with the ultimate fantasy experience as beat writer Pat Hickey and Gazette techie Eric Tobon employ EA Sports NHL 13 to produce The Season That Isn’t. Here’s how things might have looked in Saturday night’s game between the Canadiens and Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre.


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Andrei Markov and Alexander Ovechkin are good friends off the ice but it’s a different matter when they face each other in a game.

Markov played a key role in keeping Ovechkin off the scoresheet Saturday night as the Canadiens defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 at the Bell Centre. The Capitals kept Montreal goaltender Carey Price busy as they outshot the Canadiens 36-28 but Ovechkin accounted for only two of those shots.

“Andrei and Ovi know each other pretty well and Andrei was able to push him to the outside where he isn’t as effective,” said Price. “I saw a lot of pucks but most of them were long shots and I saw the puck.”

One exception was the lone Washington goal by defenceman Karl Alzner, who gave the Capitals a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at 4:21 of the first period. Price was screened  when Alzner scored with a slapshot from the point.

Tomas Plekanec opened the scoring at 2:16 when he found the five hole against Braden Holtby.

The Canadiens went ahead for good at 10:25 of the first period when Travis Moen redirected Louis Leblanc’s shot from the side boards.

The Capitals had a chance to tie the game when Josh Gorges was sent off with a rare major penalty for hooking at 4:28 of the third period. The Capitals had three shots on goal during the five-minute advantage but Price said he wasn’t tested.

“We gave up the power-play goal but our PK came up big when we had to kill the major,” said Price. “(Gorges) is one of our best defencemen on the PK but Markov and P.K,. (Subban)  came up big. I think they were on for four of the five minutes.”

Markov did have enough energy in reserve to  put the game out of reach when he scored the game’s final goal at 12:09 of the third period.

It was the third consecutive win for the fantasy Habs, who are 3-2 on the season.

The Canadiens are on the road Tuesday to face the Minnesota Wild but return to the Bell Centre  for games Thursday against Philadelphia and Saturday against Saku Koivu  and the Anaheim Ducks.   

Sign of the Apocalypse? The Season That Isn’t has caught the eye of Sports Illustrated. In the Oct. 22 edition, the magazine has this item: “Sign of the Apocalypse:  During the NHL lockout the Montreal Gazette is playing out the Canadiens’ season on EA Sports’s NHL 13, game by game, and publishing news stories off the results of the simulated games.”


  1. oc38 says:

    too bad no one supported junior hockey in this city. Ottawa is a better hockey city then Montreal.

  2. oc38 says:

    This is insulting to real fans. Hickey get a life and stop telling us about your video game sims.

  3. danimal72 says:

    Is anyone keeping fantasy season stats?! May as well go all in!

  4. Josh says:

    How about you cover real hockey like the Bulldogs instead of this fantasy garbage?

  5. ezzeloharr says:

    Can I just ask… how the heck do you get a major penalty for hooking?

  6. JF says:

    Agreed. And a game like this early in the season can actually be useful in that it will provide the coaching staff with lots of video footage for teaching purposes. We should look at this season as a development year for the Bulldogs and measure success by how much improvement we see over the course of it.

    Still, it’s disappointing that the first televised Bulldogs game should be such a stinker!

  7. commandant says:

    I see people are over re-acting to the Bulldogs game tonight.

    This is a young team with a ton of rookies. Even though these rookies are talented, they are still that… rookies in a professional league.

    Even in a regular year, the current team would be in tough to make the playoffs. In this season with a lot of NHL talent in the AHL (and the Dogs not having any of that). The team will probably not make it.

    They are gonna have some good games, but a lot of inconsistent performances.

    The important thing is that guys like Tinordi, Beaulieu, Lebalnc, Gallagher, Bournival, Ellis, etc…. are better in March than they are today.

    Go Habs Go!
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