It’s time to focus on defence: Kovalev

Canadiens sniper Alex Kovalev says the Canadiens must tighten up defensively and stop coughing up so many goals. And defenceman Mike Komisarek, used sparingly Saturday against Columbus, knows he’s a better player than he’s shown in recent games.


  1. carmine007 says:

    Dave, who do you believe will be in the best interest for the Habs to trade for?

    Or do we make a trade for future stars?

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!

  2. carmine007 says:

    Thats why I say trade for Brian Campbell!!!

    We dont need a big gun.

    We always have the option to resign Ryder or go for another FREE AGENT!

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!

  3. Dave Stubbs says:

    Bill, I made that up. But the rest of the piece wasn’t fabricated!

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  4. Chuck says:

    Or conversley, the team in front of them could do their jobs and play a responsible defensive game so that the goalies would have to stand on their heads and bail out their constant missed assingnments.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  5. HotHabs says:

    We’ve heard the cliche for many years, and it still rings true:

    “You don’t win the cup without excellent goaltending”

    Our keepers need to come alive and get hot quickly. They need to steal a couple of games. They have to “stand on their heads” and make the big stops and the little ones. Otherwise, forget a good run in the playoffs!

    enjoying the high’s & enduring the lows of being a Habs fan

  6. Bill H says:

    LOL “interrogatus interruptus” That’s a good one. Did you coin that Dave? Or is it commonly used by the writers who are chasing down players for quotes?

  7. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    good article and great comments from the leaders, Koivu and Kovy.

    get back to the basics and secure our playoff spot!..stop the slide NOW!

    The loss, Kovalev said, was easily explained.

    “It’s really hard to play if you’re afraid of the puck, if you don’t have confidence moving it around and make the wrong plays,” he said. “We’ve been playing pretty good lately, but the last three games, we’ve made bad mistakes and they’ve cost us.

    thats why sometimes you see KOVY bouncing the puck around on his stick, or drawing 3 defenders towards himself as he goes into “deke in phoneboth mode”…he is showing his team, LOOK, SLOW DOWN and make a GOOD PASS…don’t treat the PUCK LIKE A HOT POTATO!

    1. Feb 19, 2008 – History was made.
    2. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    3. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    4. We will win the CUP

  8. habitual says:

    Don’t you just love reading comments like this from Kovalev? Not only has his play been so good, his attitude and leadership are so good. And you can bet that when he speaks the dressing room is all ears.

    Carbo and BG must be thrilled with this.

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