Game 53: Rangers overpower Canadiens

Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet flat on his back. Puck in his net. Say no more.
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It started well this afternoon for the Canadiens as they grabbed a 3-0 lead on the New York Rangers with a little less than six minutes gone in the second period. But then it all fell apart.

New York scored five unanswered goals and took control of the Bell Centre game after Montreal’s third goal, beating their hosts 5-3 and denying the Canadiens a chance to close to within one point of the Ottawa Senators atop the Northeast Division.

The Canadiens got first period power-play goals from Andrei Markov and Alex Kovalev, and Sergei Kostistyn scored with a quick shot on a oenalty shot as the Habs looked to be in complete control with a 3-0 lead 5:40 into the second period.

But the Rangers weren’t about to go quietly. The scored three goals in a span of seven minutes to tie the game 3-3 before the end of the second period.

Michal Rozsival, Brandon Dubinsky and Scott Gomez were the goal scorers for the Rangers, who outshot the Habs 12-9 in the second frame. They outshot the Canadiens 30-28 on the afternoon.

Chris Drury scored the eventual game winner midway through the third period and Martin Straka added the insurance goals with 90 seconds remaining.

The Canadiens were 3-for-4 on the power play and the Rangers went 1-for-4 with the man advantage. But the Canadiens were completely dominated at even strength as the Rangers scored four goals at 5-on-5, while the Canadiens couldn’t get anything past Henrik Lundqvist at even strength.

The Senators are the next visitors to the Bell Centre as they face the Canadiens on Tuesday night.


  1. linp says:

    Huet is not as sharp as it should be

  2. Sulemaan says:

    Check out they’re streaming it live there.
    But if you are in the US you might have a problem seeing it.

  3. The Teacher says:


  4. The Teacher says:



  5. The Teacher says:

    Wow what a pass and what a way to get open Sergei K!

  6. HKisses says:

    damn thanks ne wayz guys…always got CJAD

  7. The Teacher says:


    but he said yesterday was his last.

  8. Sulemaan says:

    thought it was brandy but it looks like they changed it…

  9. HKisses says:

    wat is the password to this site i NEED to watch this ganme at work…

  10. Sulemaan says:

    Agree that Millen is awful. Wasn’t very good as a goaltender either. I loved it when he played for the Nordiques and we shelled him out game after game. Him and that other fella Mylnikov.

  11. Shiloh says:

    I would bench Latenderness. Millen is horrible – just went on a long spiel about the Rangers going over the edge – only thing is, Montreal was getting the penalty. He is a brutal announcer – he always know everything even when he’s dead wrong.

  12. gfunkdoc says:

    Quite off topic, but…
    This week is gonna be huge. 2 games against Ottawa and one against the Leafs. With the way Ottawa has been playing things could look good at the end of the week.

  13. Sulemaan says:

    The announcers on NBC are awful. Thank God the game is on CBC. Even if they are all vigourously pro-Leaf.

    With regards to Ryder, it’s too bad as I thought he actually played a good game yesterday. He stood up for Higgins and played weel but I guess who else would you bench from the forwards?

  14. jimstr says:

    guys do you listen radio? Danny Dubé from CKAC just told that Michael Ryder left the Bell Centre with ALL his GEARS!! omg.. whasapin?

  15. Da Hema says:

    You are right. I just checked that myself.
    “The worst day of fishing beats the best day of working.”
    –Martin Crane, “Frasier”

  16. The Teacher says:

    Kelly Hrudey is MILES ahead of Glen Healy and 80% of CBC on-air personnel. Everyone who watches the late games knows this. Please let him be working our game.

  17. The Teacher says:

    Wow, I had thought the Laughs spent 1500 hours encased, but I digress 🙂

  18. showey47 says:

    i think that pick was in last years draft, buts its too bad it wasn’t this seasons. It just would of added to the miserable existence known as the maple laffs

  19. Da Hema says:

    Good question. I thought they traded away their first-round for Toskala….
    “The worst day of fishing beats the best day of working.”
    –Martin Crane, “Frasier”

  20. 46_14_27 says:

    If the Habs have to give up anyone of the current line up save Brisbois, Dandenault, or Smolinski, it would be a horrible trade. Sundin would be the big scoring centre they’ve been looking for but not worth a costly trade. Gainey probably won’t pull the trigger on that one.


  21. Da Hema says:

    “The worst day of fishing beats the best day of working.”
    –Martin Crane, “Frasier”

  22. Hoegarden says:

    Speaking of Sundin, along with Hossa, Marleau and other potential trades for the Habs;

    I know that Vinny and Ovechkin are/were at the top of most wish lists to become Habs in the near future but a well known hockey analyst (Dany Dubé) brings the following arguing points on why Peter Forsberg would be a “big help” for the Habs. After reading his comments, I too agree. No need to explain his talent, leadership and dedication.
    1. His spouse is from Montréal,
    2. His agent is Don Baizley, who happens to be Koivu’s agent.
    3. His special Bauer skates, are made here in St-Jerome.
    4. He would not cost us any player(s).

    So, the link to Montreal (1) does exist, if that is a requirement, and as we painfully witnessed in the past, he played many great games against our Habs with the Nordiques\Avalanche.

    He has business deals in Philly, which is important, but many sports fans have read or heard a player, mostly in MLB or the NFL, mention that “Family\Home” were a deciding factor in signing a contract towards the end of their careers.

    Assuming his ankle is up to it, I would welcome this great NHL Star to the Habs lineup.

  23. Habs_008 says:

    Too much Maple Leaf Talk, but i did pick up the Toronto Sun today and there was an article about Sundin being Traded to Montreal for Higgins, Ryan McDonald and a First Rounder…….NO way is that gonna happen. Keep on Dreaming T.O.

  24. Jim M says:

    I thought everyone should know that a world record was broken in New York last week by a tantric master named Wim Hof when he stood engulfed in ice for 72 minutes. He broke the previous record of 60 minutes held by the 2006-07 maple leafs defence.

  25. Will Longlade says:

    Took them long enough to jump on the bandwagon. I guess when Fletcher stepped in they realized that the Leafs were ready to throw in the towel and start rebuilding a winner the old fashioned way.

  26. gumper says:

    Do the Leafs even have a first round pick next year?

  27. Mike says:

    9th place in the conferance would be nice 🙂

  28. Mr Wonderful says:

    I am hoping the Maple Laffs win just enough to finish out of the top 3 draft picks.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  29. Hoegarden says:

    One interesting stat I just read in La Presse;
    Habs were perfect against the Isles on the PK. 5 out of 5.
    They also have a perfect record in 8 of their last 10 games.
    They gave up only 3 goals on 32 opposing PP.

    Opposing teams really have to pay attention when both Kovy and Pleks are on our PK.

  30. WestHab says:

    Please, Carbo, get Begin in the lineup.

  31. WestHab says:

    Kelly is my favourite CBC guy. He lives in Calgary so he’s miles away from the TO enviroment. Far more intelligent than Don.

  32. moser17 says:

    Kelly Hrudey said that, didn’t he? He seems to me less pro-Leafs than the rest of the CBC crew.

  33. HKisses says:

    Yea uur right ,because when i was watching the Laffs and Sens game. They had mentioned HABS alotttt. I hate CBC ,but hey its about time someone is realizing in other then Quebec that the HABS are no joke. Watch out laffs ,HAB are gonna put you back in the hole your in right now and even deeper . Maybe they will get the first round pick(or did they get rid of that) and sign him to a 25 year contract and no trade clause….Oops forgot no JFJ 🙁

  34. Moey says:

    I was pinching myself to make sure I was really hearing that, mind you I was pinching myself after we came back against the Devils too! i’m confident now that we are for real and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

  35. RH says:

    I can’t believe someone tracks puck-passing ability.

  36. TommyB says:

    …and speaking of the Toronto-obsessed media…

    It was a surprise to hear during a CBC telecast yesterday afternoon, that Montreal is second only to Detroit in their puck-passing ability……It’s a sure sign that the laffs are officially dead in the water when these guys start noticing and praising the Habs.

  37. Puck Bard says:

    The Habs will end this run in one week being 4 points behind the Sens.

  38. habfan53 says:

    I can see it now Montreal beats Rangers 4-2 . TSN list Montreal 2nd (behind Detroit)in their power rankings and NO playrs in their top 25, WHAT A TEAM

  39. 24 Cups says:

    idle – that brought a smile to my face. Even though everyone knows he would never come here it sure would change the dynamic of that line and our chances of going all the way this year. The reality is that we could offer him the 20% max for salary (pro-rated)and he wouldn’t cost us any assets and we wouldn’t have to pay him next year. Win-win-win. I sure hope we don’t land up playing Philly in the first round because there’s a good chance he will be there.

    The Original 24 Cups

  40. RH says:

    Can you verify that he’s 100% healthy and not suffering any ill effects from his foot injury?

  41. 24 Cups says:

    Everyone talks about re-signing Huet (and I agree) but it will be interesting to see how negotiations go with Streit. He’s 30 years old so you could say he’s in the prime of his career. I love how he helps the club in a variety of roles. I’m sure that Gainey will work something out although both Huet and Streit are UFA’s so their will be other suitors. Both these guys can be signed now if Gainey had the inkling to do so. Ryder is the third UFA on the team.

    Our RFA’s are Halak, Gorges, O’Byrne, Lapierre, Andrei K, and Grabovski. It will be interesting to see if Halak and Grabovski want to stay or return back home to Europe. It will also be interesting to see if any other team tries to pull a ‘Kevin Lowe’ and give an offer sheet to Andrei K. I would hope he would want to re-sign with us and play with his brother (not to mention Pleks and Kovalev)

    There is a lot of talk about re-signing Komi, Pleks, and Higgins but I’m under the impression that the club can’t negotiate with them until July when they enter the final year of their contracts. I think it’s a rule of the CBA.

    All these new contracts will set the tone for who will be here for the Cup run in the next few years. It all begins with Huet.

    The Original 24 Cups

  42. idle says:

    hmm, you could try dropping Forsberg into that line…

  43. 24 Cups says:

    Carbo was quoted as saying that Huet will start against the Rangers. If he honestly feels he can go back to back then why not. A nice winning streak right now takes a lot of pressure off the team come late March.

    Once again, I say this with no vendetta or malice but is it wise to have Brisebois play back to back games? Why not insert Begin on the checking line and drop Streit back with Hamrlik? Brisebois is too experienced to be making all these lousy passes out of the defensive zone. Personlly, I feel he’s afraid of being hit so he gets rid of the puck as fast as he can with no regard for where the offensive players might be situated. Yet he continues to see icetime. I fear that O’Byrne might get sent back to Hamilton when he is ready to return.

    Both Higgins and Ryder continue to be snakebitten although they are getting their chances. I thought Koivu played great yesterday but his linemates have to finish off their scoring chances. This has to be strictly a head game at this point in time. What other option is there but to play through it?

    The Original 24 Cups

  44. yehaken says:

    Huet gets hurt too easily. Any goalie will tell you they want to play whenever possible, so I think Carbo needs to sit him.

  45. Morency says:

    It’ll likely be the same lineup this afternoon.

  46. HKisses says:

    To be honest, i wanna see Huet play today and aginst Ottawa and aginst Toronto(even though he has had bad luck with T.O games).Huet has alot of confidence now , maybe it will be a well deserved rest. I don’t think so , he had the all star to rest and he still is sharp i say go with Huet till he demands to take a rest. These points are very crucial and could be since the east is so close . Go Huet and GO HABS GO …..BTW Give Breezer a break ,yes he makes stupid mistakes but either way he is a HAB. Why don’t you tell him to get out of town when he scores a goal or makes nice passes…. Stop the Bashing and just enjoy watching the Habs…… Enjoy another afternoon game fellow Inside/Outers

  47. coutNY says:

    Is today the day Breezer goes back to press box and Streit back on D?

    Note worthy: O’Byrne gets his cast off this week…

  48. Morency says:

    Is today the day we see the debut of Halak and rest Huet for Tuesday. I say play Huet today and let him go up against Ottawa red hot!

  49. downeast hab says:

    Its wonderful to see the habs playing well. They seem to have shaken off the playing at home jitters. Now if they can keep up the pace with a back to back win in two days would be smashing.Seems like confidence and emotion is everything in hockey.Also if a team can stay away from injuries they seem to prosper. Would be tickled pink if the habs won the next three games,especially against somedumb and the maple laffs.

  50. Infanteer says:

    Danny Dubious? Probably nothing.

  51. Shiloh says:

    Yesterday Al Strachan said Forsberg’s girlfriend was from Philly.

  52. originalsix says:

    This is from the CKAC site:

    “Contrairement à la rumeur qui circulait au Centre Bell dimanche matin, l’attaquant du Canadien Michael Ryder n’a pas été échangé. L’histoire voulait que Ryder avait été vu quittant l’édifice avec ses bâtons et sa poche d’équipement.”
    Ryder a été laissé de côté pour le match de dimanche face aux Rangers. L’entraîneur Guy Carbonneau l’a informé de sa décision seulement quelques minutes avant le début du match.

    It says contrary to the rumor, Ryder hasn’t been traded. He was a very last minute decision to sit out the game by Guy Carbonneau.

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