Sunday, October 28, 2007

Montreal Canadiens 5 Game Review (#2)

[Montreal Canadiens 5 Game Review takes a look at the last 5 games from an objective standpoint, with tabulations from Tobalev's game reports]

Date: Sunday, October 28th, 2007

The last 5

Opponents: Ottawa, Buffalo, Boston, Carolina, Pittsburgh

Record: 4-1-0
Home record: 2-0-0
Away record: 2-1-0

How it happened: L - W - W - W - W

Goals for: 23
Goals against: 14

Conference ranking (Season): 4
Conference ranking (5 games - i.e., 10/17 to 10/27): T1

Stack of pucks

Alex Kovalev, Christopher Higgins (2)

Saku Koivu, Andrei Markov, Roman Hamrlik, Cristobal Huet, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price (1)

Play of the set
Contender for play of the year...

It was always gonna be a PP goal this week, wasn't it. And in Kovalev's big week (halfway mark of his career...), it's fitting he's in on it. For the pick of the week, I am opting forWe have to go back to Game 9 vs. the now second-place (yhanks to us) Canes:

The goal of the game was Kovalev's. What a player, what a special night. Tonight he netted his 338th goal, which was his 800th point in his 1000th game. The goal was a great collaborative effort culminating in a low, quick one-timer from Kovy. During one of our many 1st period power-plays the puck looked like it was on it's way down to Huet as 2 'Canes converged on it in their own slot. In came Plekanec with a diving effort to push it back to the left point to Markov. Markov then threw it right across to the right side where Alex was waiting impatiently.

See the play (within the game highlights).

5-game domers

F: Kovalev (3/5); Plekanec (2/5); Ryder (2/5)

D: Markov (4/5); Hamrlik (2/5)

G: Huet (3/5)

Kovalev's 5-game Assessment - Good to Very good

One patch of turbulence that couldn't really overshadow a smooth flight. A couple of loops and rolls kept us well entertained.

Scoring and statistics (Top 5 over 5):

Goalscorers: Kovalev (3); Plekanec, Markov, Higgins, Dandenault, Ryder, Chipchura (2)

Point-getters: Plekanec (8); Koivu, Hamrlik (6); Higgins (5); markov, Kovalev, Streit (4)

Shooters: Kovalev, Plekanec (14); Smolinski (11); Streit (10); Markov, Ryder (9)

+/-: Markov, Komisarek, Chipchura, Begin (+3); Dandenault (+2)

GAA: Huet (2.34); Price (3.39)
Save %: Huet (.926); Price (.875)

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