Date: Saturday, December 1st, 2007
The last 5
Opponents: New York Islanders, Buffalo, Buffalo, Toronto, New Jersey
Home record: 0-1-0
Away record: 2-2-0
How it happened: W - L - L - W - L
Goals for: 9
Goals against: 15
Conference ranking (Season): 5
Conference ranking (5 games - i.e., 11/19 to 11/30): T9
Stack of pucks
Alex Kovalev (7)
Cristobal Huet (4)
Play of the set
Contender for play of the year...
A simple demonstration of how to score from somewhere other than the point on the PP (The 2006/07 may have used this to better effect and made the playoffs had they not forgotten they were allowed to pass elsewhere):
Kovalev was in good control of the puck on the PP at his usual right-wing, half-board position. He saucered a pass to Markov at the left point. Markov faked the shot and slid it right back to the un-marked Kovalev. Having the whole Toronto defence as well as Toskala committed to Markov's shot bought Alex some time. He, however, used none of the extra time given to him as he unloaded a top-corner, far-side, one-timer to put us on the scoreboard.
See the play (within the game highlights).
F: Begin (1/5); Kostitsyn (2/5); Kovalev(4/5)
D: Hamrlik (3/5); Markov (3/5)
G: Huet (3/5)
Kovalev's 5-game Assessment - Good
Was starting to lose sight of the rest of his team, so he's come down a few hundred feet. Would be happier with a copilot. Anyone?
Scoring and statistics (Top 5 over 5):
Goalscorers: Kovalev, Plekanec, Higgins, Begin (2); Latendresse (1)
Point-getters: Kovalev, Higgins, Smolinski (3); Plekanec, Koivu, Markov, Streit, Dandenault, Brisebois (2)
Shooters: Kovalev (18); Ryder (17); Higgins (16); Streit (13); Hamrlik, Begin (12)
+/-: Brisebois, Begin, Bouillon (+1); Hamrlik, Latendresse, Kostitsyn, Grabovski, Gorges (0)
GAA: Huet (1.52); Price (3.26)
Save %: Huet (.962); Price (.906)