Game 51: Alexander the GR8 lights it up

Alexander Ovechkin celebrates one his four goals on Thursday night.
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The Canadiens might have stolen a point on Thursday night in Washington, but Alexander Ovechkin stole the show. Ovechkin scored four goals, including the game winner in overtime as the Caps avenged their 4-0 defeat in Montreal two days ago with a 5-4 victory.

The Canadiens were able to overcome deficits of 3-0 and 4-2 to grab a point, but they had no answer for Ovechkin, who also assisted on Viktor Kozlov’s goal in the second period, giving him a five-point night. Ovechkin now has 43 goals on the season, tops in the NHL.

The Canadiens came out flat in this one and Oveckin made them pay. He got things going in the first period when he riffled a one-timer past Cristobal Huet while the teams were playing 4-on-4. Ovechkin was left all alone to Huet’s right and the French goaltender had no chance.

Kozlov made it 2-0 in the second period with a tap-in from in front of the net on a nice feed from Ovechkin, who added his second of the game a few minutes later when Kozlov returned the favour and sent Ovechkin in on Huet, beating him with a quick shot over the shoulder.

That’s when the Canadiens got things going. Sergei Kostitsyn scored his fifth of the season 13 minutes into the second period on a pass from Guillaume Latendresse. Andrei Kostitsyn made it 3-2 with a power-play goal with less than one second to play in the frame. It marked the first time brothers have scored in the same game for the Canadiens since 1974.

Ovechkin appeared to put the game away with his third of the game midway through the third period, but the Canadiens were not done yet.

Latendresse scored with a little more than six minutes to play to make the score 4-3 and he added his 14th of the season to tie the game with 33 seconds to play and force overtime.

Huet faced 38 shots, making 33 saves on the night. Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig had an easier night, but allowed four goals on 21 shots.

With the point for an overtime loss, the Habs moved within five points of the Ottawa Senators, who were 4-1 losers to the Boston Bruins.

The Canadiens return home to play back-to-back matinees on the weekend. The Islanders are in town on Saturday, while the Rangers come to the Bell Centre on Super Bowl Sunday.

488 Comments

  1. showey47 says:

    by bashers you mean the people who disagree with you, then you usually turn around and call them morons or insult their picture.

  2. Bouleau noir says:

    Would Jokinen be for trade the price to get him wouldn’t fall in the lower “rental” type category,… he is not an UFA next summer and the price to get him would be very high,… had it been otherwise I believe he would have generated the same interest to Gainey as Kovalev did back then and for the same reason….. as explained in my previous post.

  3. Scotty90 says:

    Actually, the Laffs shouldn’t even have made the NHL :)

  4. nightmare_49 says:

    Your right on.

  5. nightmare_49 says:

    I’ve heard the rumour also and i’m really surprised cuz when Olie signed his last contract he said he never considered leaving cuz he loved it there and his family adore Florida and they probably won’t talk to him if he left. He also stated he would love to retire a Florida Panther and that was his goal and it didn’t sound like the regular BS when he was interviewed as he was dead serious. Maybe Martin’s system has a lot to do with it.

  6. Bouleau noir says:

    Rental’s type not being Gainey’s bag ? who would have thought otherwise.

    Thats where he stands.

    Gainey would only rent an ” UFA to be marquee player ” if he saw a player that he would want to insert permanently in his club for the next few years,… rent to hire other wise forget it.

    This is how he paved his way with Kovalev.

  7. showey47 says:

    as i said in an earlier post brashear signed an extention over the weekend so it looks like the caps want to keep him or else the would not of gave him the one year extention.

  8. Moey says:

    I only make negative comments to posters (bashers) who are negative about the team, coaching staff and the players. So that does cover a lot of territory. As far as the insults, I’ve seen a lot worse on here.

  9. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    we can get BRASHEAR but we cannot get LAROQ, because LAROQ is protecting that cry baby over there…but what is BRASH doing? nothing? GREEDCHKIN doesn’t need protecting…so BRASH is dead weight over there.

    I’m sure we can get him for some water bottles and 267th pick.

    but he’ll be worth his weight in gold come playoffs…or anytime our talent is threatened.

    ———
    1. DON’T imprison the FLOWER, not even for an HOUR…else we’ll RIOT!
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  10. showey47 says:

    if we were to acquire a bonifide tough guy he would definatly need to be a player who can also play a regular shift and is not a liability. Brashear definatly can do it as can big george out of pittsburg. I doubt we can get either though.

  11. showey47 says:

    i think he just agreed to a one year extention with the caps last weekend, but agreed he skates well and decent hands for a big guy who plays an enforcer type role. I really think we missed the boat on recchi though, he has 21 points in 24 games with the thrashers, he is really good friends with saku.

  12. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    we should move for BRASHEAR immediately.

    did you notice how he didn’t want to hurt anybody on our team the other day…he is of French extraction and he respects the HABS highly (played here)…I say move for him ASAP BG.

    He has good hands and can be put on Koivus wing.

    ———
    1. DON’T imprison the FLOWER, not even for an HOUR…else we’ll RIOT!
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  13. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    and thats the core of the problem…chasing money.

    thats what ripped ‘dynasty potential’ teams apart (colorado comes to mind)

    but this group is “homegrown”…their name is being made HERE.
    that should count for something..loyalty, and the captain has been here since the start…that matters also…its an example.

    so if they evolve as we hope, into elite…then I can see a good 3 or 4 year run with this group, which should net minimum 3 Stanleys in a ROW!!!!!!

    ———
    1. DON’T imprison the FLOWER, not even for an HOUR…else we’ll RIOT!
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  14. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    for this initial signing we have his brother and Kovalev to influence him….so the price should be reasonable….
    ———
    1. DON’T imprison the FLOWER, not even for an HOUR…else we’ll RIOT!
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  15. Bill H says:

    Yes, I agree with you that BG is going in the right direction, but depending on how you define dynasty, I don’t believe we will have one or that it is possible any more. The days of 3 or 4 consecutive Cups are gone in my opinion. The last time a Stanley Cup champion repeated was Scotty Bowman with the Wings in ’97-’98. I think 2 consecutive Cup wins is do-able, but to call it a dynasty, you need at least 3. The best we can hope for is to put together a perennial contender like Detroit, and with luck you win your share of silverware. In my opinion, with the salary cap and the way the CBA is structured with RFA and UFA status, a club that wins a Cup is subjected to so much pressure they can not hold onto the core of their team for long. Anyway, time will tell.

  16. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Well spoken, Great post and GREAT POINT.

    that is exactly the philosphy of BG…are you really BG?

    how do you build dynasty teams?…most think its not possible anymore – WRONG.

    you build them by keeping the team together…SMALL TWEAKING ONLY…you do the OPPOSITE OF THE LAFFS to put it simply!

    so looking at the numbers you brought up (jokes early #’s)…over the next 4-5 years we will have about 10-12 players with 30-40 goals and 80-100 pts each…wonder what that would do to our standings and CUP potential?

    YES!! glory years are coming…if we can just keep it together.
    ———
    1. DON’T imprison the FLOWER, not even for an HOUR…else we’ll RIOT!
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  17. Ed says:

    It is amazing how they can play so well on weekdays, and so poorly on the weekends. It was smart of you to point out how many games they have left on weekends and weekdays. Those numbers do not favour our Habs, but fortunately trends can be changed. If trends continue, they should win tonight as they are 9-1-0 on the first game on the road, plus it is a weekday.

    http://forecaster.canada.com/faceoff/hockey/tott.cgi?Mtl

  18. Bill H says:

    I’d hate to lose O’Byrne as I think he will develop quickly and we need his size and physical play. I’d rather offer Emelin, Valentenko, Fischer or PK Subban if we are talking defensemen. On the other hand, if my coaches and scouts told me that Valentenko would soon be ready, I might part with O’Byrne if that is what it takes. I believe we lose the rights to Perezhogin and Emelin on July 1 and given their questionable status, I’d gladly let either go in a trade, but doubt they have much value.

    The goalie situation is another big question mark. I was in favour of trading Huet earlier, but with Price in Hamilton and Halak untested this year, trading Huet is a gamble. I still think we will probably lose Huet at the end of the season due to where he is on his career path. Halak is an RFA at end of season. BG has to do something.

  19. Shiloh says:

    You are wise in the ways of hockey, Retro Mikey. I keep waiting for the rest of the Habs fans to break out of whatever spell has bewitched them into seeing Latendresse as a player.

  20. Sbah Reverof says:

    Well put, thank you.


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