Game 17: Habs calm Hurricanes, Markov hurt

Canadiens’ Andrei Markov is crumpled against the boards late in Saturday’s game.
John Kenney, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: The Canadiens capped off what was billed as a tough week with their third-straight victory on Saturday night, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 7-2 on Saturday night. Carey Price made 28 saves for his 10th win of the season, already closing in on the total of 13 he won all of last season. The Canadiens jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals by Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri. The Hurricanes tied the game 2-2 in the second period when Anton Babchuk scored a power-play goal 9:08 into the period. Former Hab Tom Kostopoulos scored two minutes later with a wrist shot over Price’s shoulder. But the Canadiens stormed right back, scoring three times before the period with Brian Gionta scoring his fourth of the season with a wrist shot over Cam Ward’s shoulder. Maxim Lapierre made it 4-2 when he went it alone, spun in front of Ward and slid the puck into the open side of the net. That goal marked the end of Ward’s night, replaced by Justin Peters, who was promptly beaten by Benoit Pouliot made it 5-2 with a power-play goal with less than two minutes to play. With about five minutes to go in the third period, Andrei Markov crumpled to the ice after what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit by Eric Staal. Markov was unable to put any weight on his right knee walking off the ice, and he was seen punching the boards while lying on the ice, which could be a sign Markov knew something was wrong. Andrei Kostitsyn scored his seventh of the season while the Canadiens enjoyed a two-man advantage late in the game, making it 6-2, while Mathieu Darche made it 7-2 while Carolina was still killing off the second penalty. Montreal finished 3-for-6 on the power play and the Hurricanes have allowed 15 goals in their last two games.

• Key Moments: MIdway through the third period, Price made what could be his best save of the season when he moved across his crease to absolutely rob Chad Larose of a sure goal with a great glove save.

• What It Means: The third-straight win improves Montreal’s record to 11-5-1 for 23 points and first place in the Northeast Division.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens continue their four-game homestand with visits from the Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs with games on Tuesday, Thursday and next Saturday.


  1. Say Ash says:

    Hearing that made me Spacek a little.

  2. N.B.habs fan says:

    Dosen’t make the Sutter familly look to good right now.

  3. HabFab says:

    Ian, old bud! Better ease up on that pain medication. That is definitely not a horse’s ass…just saying!

  4. TomNickle says:

    You think he signed that contract with the intention of playing the full term?

  5. TomNickle says:

    Yeah.  I’ve read that section of the CBA and there, to my knowledge is no clause saying a player who signed his contract after the age of 35 cannot be place on LTIR.  In Pronger’s case, the Flyers would be granted the salary differential of Prongers’ against the the remaining cap room they have.

    So his replacement could earn up to $3.5 million annually I believe.

  6. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t think Pronger would play ball with that, he’s a douche and I hate him, but he has way too much pride to do something like that.

  7. observer says:

    conboy one of the habs top draft picks was barred from ncaa college hockey because of an incident so he sighned with hamilton and immediately went to play and played for them.-  i think he was on mich. or mich. st.?

  8. TomNickle says:

    Players over 35 years old can’t be put on LTIR?

    I think you’re mistaken.

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Over-35 means salaries can’t go off the cap regardless of where or if the player is playing going by the CBA.  They’re stuck with Pronger no matter what.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  10. TomNickle says:

    Paul Maurice teams cheat offensively.  They rarely have the discipline to keep a high man in the offensive zone and like to apply a two man forecheck in transition.

    If our defensemen are sharp and are forwards have good timing, we should pot a couple off the rush tonight.

    Look for Gionta and Plekanec, maybe even a guy like Pyatt or Pouliot to get some gifts.

  11. TomNickle says:

    That won’t happen Robert.

    Rathje and Hatcher played ball(LTIR), Pronger may suffer that fate too.

    Still burns my ass that the Flyers can get away with it but the Devils can’t.

    Then again, people can walk into the Capitals dressing room and hand out steroids like skittles without consequence, shouldn’t expect much.


  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Eff Justin Williams for putting a stick in Koivu’s eye, we would have won that series with him.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  13. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    wow. The taxi industry and the NHL don’t seem to mix very well! 

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