Date: Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
The last 5
Opponents: Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo, Boston, Ottawa
Home record: 1-1-0
Away record: 1-2-0
How it happened: L - W - L - W - L
Goals for: 15
Goals against: 18
Conference ranking (Season): 3
Conference ranking (5 games - i.e., 11/10 to 11/18): T10
Stack of pucks
Alex Kovalev (5)
Christopher Higgins, Cristobal Huet (3)
Play of the set
Contender for play of the year...
Plekanec's tour de force against the Leafs:
The play of the game was our third of the night, Kovalev's 9th. Just when everyone thought that the Leafs had found a way to best us yet again, along came our 2nd (1st) line. With just over 6 minutes to go in the third every Habs fan out there who had vowed that we needed an OT-free win was hoping to just get one more, to at least get into OT. Plekanec rounded the net and picked up the puck behind Price from Streit. With incredible speed (a la Modano) he flew up the left wing. He beat 3 Toronto players to the outside and then rounded the net. The whole building was thinking wraparound when at the last minute the puck came into the slot from the short side, there Kovalev didn't waste anytime unloading a one-timer upstairs.
See the play (within the game highlights).
F: Koivu (4/5); Ryder (3/5); Higgins(2/5)
D: Hamrlik (3/5); Komisarek (3/5)
G: Huet (3/5)
Kovalev's 5-game Assessment - Good to very good
Tried soaring to new heights, but couldn't maintain the altitude after a stall on Friday. Steadied the craft to cruise to 20.
Scoring and statistics (Top 5 over 5):
Goalscorers: Kovalev, Markov, Kostitsyn, Latendresse, Komisarek (2)
Point-getters: Kovalev (5); Streit, Markov, Koivu, Ryder (4)
Shooters: Ryder (24); Hamrlik (19); Higgins (16); Markov, Streit (13)
+/-: Hamrlik, Chipchura, Kostopoulos (+1); Ryder (0); Latendresse, Grabovski, Gorges (-1)
GAA: Huet (3.36); Price (3.50)
Save %: Price (.908); Huet (.892)