Thursday, January 31, 2008

Montreal Canadiens 5-Game Review (#9 & 10)

[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: Saturday, January 31st, 2008

The last 10

Opponents: Washington, Chicago, Boston, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Boston, New Jersey, Washington

Record: 7-2-1
Home record: 3-1-1
Away record: 4-1-0

How it happened: OTL, W, L, W, W, W, L, W, W, W
Goals for: 35
Goals against: 24

Conference ranking (Season): 4
Conference ranking (5 games - i.e., 01/05 to 01/30): 2

Stack of pucks

Alex Kovalev (9), Cristobal Huet (9)

Saku Koivu (7)

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

Andrei the Second, clearly. Love this player. Loved this goal:

Go and see this goal - it will not be hard to find. Simply turn on your TV today or tomorrow, find a sports show and you will see one of the Habs' (and NHL's) top goals of the season.

Andrei Kostitsyn took a nice pass from Plekanec in the neutral zone and then went to work. He quickly made a meal of one Thrasher at the blue line and headed into their zone. There he split 2 veteran defencemen (Zhitnik and Klee) with a superb move. Then, alone with Lehtonen, he made a fantastic move left to right, dropped the goalie and roofed a backhand - what a fabulous goal.

See the play (within the game highlights).

10-game domers

F: Koivu (5/10); A Kostitsyn (5/10); Kovalev (5/10)

D: Komisarek (6/10); Markov (4/10)

G: Huet (9/10)

Kovalev's 10-game Assessment - Good to Very Good

A couple of excellent patches and one average(!?!) one. More of what we've come to expect from the Russian aviator. Rumour has it his flight charts weren't that worse last year, just no detailed record to look back on...

Scoring and statistics (Top 5 over 10):

Goalscorers: Kovalev (5); Plekanec, A Kostitsyn (4); Koivu, Smolinski (3)

Point-getters: Plekanec (11); Kovalev (10); Streit (9); Markov, A Kostitsyn (8)

Shooters: Kovalev (33); Higgins (26); Koivu (25); A Kostitsyn (24); Plekanec (22)

+/-: Kovalev, Plekanec (+7); Smolinski (+6); Markov, Komisarek (+5)

GAA: Halak (0.00); Huet (2.05); Price (4.94)
Save %: Halak (1.000); Huet (.921); Price (.828)

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