Thursday, December 13, 2007

Montreal Canadiens 5-Game Review (#6)

[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: Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The last 5

Opponents: Nashville, Detroit, Boston, Carolina, Tampa Bay

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

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

Goals for: 12
Goals against: 17

Conference ranking (Season): 7
Conference ranking (5 games - i.e., 12/1 to 12/12): T9

Stack of pucks

Alex Kovalev (8)

Cristobal Huet, Chris Higgins (4)

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

Rather predictably from the only game we won. I liked the passes as much as Tobalev did on the night:

The fourth goal was our nicest and gave us a little bit of breathing room after a stressful 2nd period. O'Byrne put the puck up the wing, there Higgins and Dandenault exchanged a few very nice passes between themselves before Dandenault floated a back-hand over the one time Leaf prospect. The passing on this goal was spectacular, the finish was just icing on the cake.

See the play (within the game highlights).

5-game domers

F: Koivu (4/5); Kostitsyn (4/5); Kovalev(4/5)

D: Markov (3/5); Hamrlik (2/5)

G: Price (3/5)

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

Still struggling to see the guys as he circles much higher than anyone else. Has enough fuel to keep up, but has been heard radioing the tower for some help in finding the guys.

Scoring and statistics (Top 5 over 5):

Goalscorers: Plekanec, Higgins (3); Latendresse (2); Kovalev, Kostitsyn, Dandenault, Chipchura (1)

Point-getters: Plekanec, Higgins (5); Kovalev (4); Hamrlik, Kostitsyn (3)

Shooters: Kovalev, Koivu (13); Higgins (12); Plekanec (10); Markov, Kostitsyn (7)

+/-: Higgins, Komisarek (+3); Hamrlik, Kovalev, Plekanec (+1)

GAA: Halak (3.00); Price (3.20); Huet (3.69)
Save %: Huet (.909); Price (.901); Halak (.833)

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