Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Montreal Canadiens 5 Game Review (#4)

[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: Wednesday, November 21st, 2007


The last 5

Opponents: Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo, Boston, Ottawa

Record: 2-3-0
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).



5-game domers

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)

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