Magic … to the Max

Max Pacioretty called his father this morning to tell him he’d be playing on a line with Robert Lang and Alex Kovalev.

Pacioretty père hung up the phone, jumped in his car and drove seven hours from Connecticut to Montreal, where Max-Pac had left him two tickets for the game.

Was it worth it?

A goal against the Stanley Cup champs. Another goal in the shootout.

First star of the game.

The kid is 19 years old.



Max Pacioretty on what’s becoming a dream camp.

Robert Lang on rounding into shape.

Guy Carbonneau on roster decisions, Max-Pac, Carey Price, etc. … in French and English

Ville Leino: Goal

Max Pacioretty: Goal

Hossa: Save

Robert Lang: Goal

Valtteri Filpulla: Save

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Very entertaining game.

Canadiens started slowly but then held their own.

Shots are 28-26, Detroit.

Kovy finds Pacioretty in full flight.

Exciting stuff.

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Weber gets good shots on the PP, with Gui! parking his big body in front.

Robert Lang knows his way around the offensive zone. Smart  hockey player.

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Chipchura has REALLY helped himself tonight.

Worked his ass off. Skated well for a slow guy. Very heady in the O-zone.

Heroic PK.

Pre-season, regulars missing on both sides but what a game!

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Miraculous arm  save by Price.

But now it’s 5-on-3

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Why are they booing?

O’Byrne clearly hauled down Downey.

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Kovy booed!

OK, by only one guy,  after yet another cross-ice pass was intercepted in the Detroit zone.

But still.


Scrum in the Detroit goalmouth elicits the first "Gui!" chant of the pre-season.

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Great shift for D’Agostini and friends

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Breezer negates a power play.

He’s fadin’ as the game wears on against a skating team

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Blocked shots: Canadiens 16, Wings 4 (I screwed it up after the first period).

Chipchura a respectable 6-6 on faceoffs. And he has three shots.

Pacioretty: a goal, two hits and a blocked shot.

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Bob McKenzie raving about the Wings on TSN.

Max Pacioretty got some face time on national TV.

The guy has can’t miss written all over him.

Chipchura is really good tonight, against a good team.

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Another good shift: Lapierre, Tom the Bomb and D’Agostini.

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What a sequence. Great work by Chipchura, Latendresse, Dandenault. A shot dinged off the post. Rebound nearly in.

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Wings aren’t as bedazzled by Kovalev as some other teams.

I can’t survive 41 car races, plus playoffs.

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First skirmish: Gregory Stewart and Kyle Quincey

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Ugly PP. Detroit had the better chances.

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First PP: Lang conferring with Kovy and Max-Pac. Weber and Breeze on the points.

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Ville Leino walks right in.


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Lovely feed by Sergei. Some posters think he’s not having a good pre-season.

I’m not one of them.

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Some dimwits in the cheap seats chanting "Wings suck!"

Hello. Stanley Cup champs.

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Breezer has been rock solid tonight.

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Odd stat: Canadiens haven’t blocked a shot. Wings have blocked 12. Canadiens have seven giveaways, Detroit one.

Niklas Kronwall and Brian Rafalski each played more than eight minutes, Brett Lebda 7:36.

Mike Komisarek: 9:01

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Review of complimentary press lounge water: Eska is pretty good.


Komisarek jacked up Tomas Holmstrom pretty good.

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Price: 12 stops already, few of them easy.

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Hossa is going to have a huge season in Detroit.

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Canadiens have finally come to life, keyed by the kids.

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What a PK shift by Max-Pac. Spectacular hustle and skating. Crowd loves him.

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This is what, the fourth Detroit PP in less than 12 minutes. Hustle and skill will do that.



Price was very good on Darren Helm, who’s quick as a cat.

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O’Byrne and Komisarek have bounced off Hossa.

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Good PK by a whole lotta guys. And they’re getting plenty of practice.

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First good shift: Chipchura, Stewart, Dandenault

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Man, the Detroit PP passing is a sight to behold.

Presentation of Béliveau Award to Kovy: Place goes predictably nuts,
beginning when the great Jean shows up on the video screen during
Michel Lacroix’s intro.

Red  Wings banging their sticks for Béliveau, not so much for Kovy.


No Pavel Datsyuk.

No Nicklas Lidtsrom.

No Henrik Zetterberg.

Jimmy Howard in nets.


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The last time Detroit played at the Bell Centre was Dec. 4, 2007 – and the aforementioned guys were in uniform.

They won 4-1 – and it wasn’t that close.

Shots were 34-16 – Canadiens’ lowest of the season, despite five power plays.

Detroit went 27-18 on faceoffs.

Trailing 3-1 after 40 minutes, the Canadiens had four shots in the third period.

The Red Wings schooled ’em … and looked very much like a Stanley Cup team.

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Tonight’s lines, per RDS:

Max Pacioretty – Robert Lang – Alex Kovalev

Guillaume Latendresse – Tomas Plekanec – Sergei Kostitsyn

Tom Kostopoulos – Maxim Lapierre – Matt D’Agostini

Gregory Stewart – Kyle Chipchura – Mathieu Dandenault

Carey Price in nets.

On defence: Patrice Brisebois, Josh Gorges, Mike Komisarek, Francis
Bouillon, Ryan O’Byrne and the people’s choice, Yannick Weber.

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We’re Number 1!

The Hockey News rates goaltender confidence.

Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price top the list.

As starter last year, Carey Price proved he’s ready for prime time.
The keeper was pulled in just five percent of his starts as a rookie,
but it was a sick .615 winning percentage that really boosted his
stock. And the Habs lose nothing when Jaroslav Halak is in net; he
actually led the league with an overall score of just 48, courtesy of
his stellar work during spot-duty in 2007-08.

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From Habs I/O’s Kevin Mio:

The Leafs honour Wendel Clark on Nov. 22, the same night the Canadiens
retire Roy’s No. 33.
I wonder which ceremony the CBC will cover this time?

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