The Canadiens Game in Review
Date: Saturday October 6th, 2007
Opponent: Toronto Maple Leafs
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Final Score: 3-4 (OT) - Loss
Habs starting goalie: Cristobal Huet (OT)
Opposition starting goalie: Vesa Toskala (W)
Habs goalscorers: Mathieu Dandenault, Andrei Markov, Andrei Kostitsyn
Opposition goalscorers: Ian White, Alexei Ponikarovsky (2), Tomas Kaberle
There's a first time for everything, so they say. What they didn't tell you is that every game, something happens for the first time, you just have to look harder in March...
1st Habs Loss
1st Overtime Loss
1st Goals for Dandenault, Markov, Kostitsyn
1st Points for Dandenault, Kostitsyn, Begin, Brisebois, Smolinski
1st Loss for Huet
1st Game in Toronto since we let them eliminate us
1st SH Goal For
1st Even-Strength Goal For
Play of the game
The play you're straining to see on the press catwalk monitor...
It is always hard to think of great plays after a tough loss like that, a game that should have been won. The Habs did show a few great moments tonight and we did have some really good plays.
Since I still have a very bad taste in my mouth I won't elaborate too much, I will simply just choose one play.
Tonight is has to be Kostitsyn's goal, thanks to the hard work of Kovalev. He showed incredible strength and puck control to keep the puck and eventually slid it no look into the slot where Kostitsyn was waiting. AK was even able to make Ian White look worse than he already looks.
Trophies are for the end of the year, play well in the game, you get a lovely puck...
A beautiful play to set up Markov's goal showed again what a force he can be on the PK. He was incredible in both ends tonight and can really make a chance out of nothing, as he did a few times tonight.
Dome hockey team
We're going into the last minute with these 6 (and they're attached to the ice, so they're not coming off)...
- He seems to be fitting in very well. From what I have seen he has no interest in being the next Dackell (Bonk, Sundstrom, Bulis...). Good effort in both ends, great grit
- A great play on goal #3 as well as great play in the offensive zone. A blistering slapper off the crossbar was how close he got to ending it
- Until our defence and goaltending let us down tonight he was on pace for hero of the game (both teams)
- One error cost us huge, a shame though because other than that he was having a fantastic game
- A strong presence on the blueline tonight, a great shot and throws his weight around. He also has to compensate for a certain someone on every shift
- It looked like Huet was destined for another solid outing, but tonight, not being Huet grants you access to the Dome
Eyes on Kovalev
Did he flit and float? Someone ought to keep track...
A second good performance from Kovy in a row. He makes good defences around the league look bad each game, he made Toronto's defence look pitiful. Unfortunately tonight he didn't get the support behind him. He made his linemates better tonight and brought them into the play more. Grabovsky especially looked better this game, hopefully he's feeling his way around a little better day by day.
Kovalev's Assessment - Good
The good news is we got a point. The bad news is that the team we will be battling with all season got one more than us. Tonight things were going well, but our defence and goaltending really let us down. Huet's pass to Sundin was his best pass all night, making me wonder why a goalie so useless at handling the puck even does it. Over the course of a season it will cost us quite a few goals. I would argue that him handling it will cost us more than if he were to never leave his net at all. Huet, however, was hung out to dry quite a few times and did bail us out most of the time tonight, but on a couple of occasions it was just too easy for Toronto.
The refs tonight proved again that they really have no clue what is going on. What are the Habs supposed to do when there are 4 fouls on them in the first minute of overtime? Should they decline the penalty? (Wish we could). Because we all know that when that first one is called against the other team it's over for us. Yes, we get a chance on the PP, but if we don't score the refs will make sure the other team gets their fair chance on the PP and with our PK...well we know what generally happens. I guess Toronto has it right though, knowing that the refs will even out the calls anyway, you may as well be the dirtier team, that way they get the best of both worlds.
We did get 3 of 4 points this week which is good, but we all know we should have gotten 4. It's over, let's move on.