Monday, February 18, 2008

Montreal Canadiens 5-Game Review (#11 & 12)

[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: Sunday, April 6th, 2008

The last 10

Opponents: Washington, Islanders, Rangers, Ottawa, Toronto, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Florida, Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Record: 5-4-1
Home record: 3-2-0
Away record: 2-2-1

How it happened: OTL, W, L, W, L, L, L, W, W, W
Goals for: 28
Goals against: 31

Conference ranking (Season): 1
Conference ranking (5 games - i.e., 01/05 to 01/30): T5

Stack of pucks

Alex Kovalev (12)

Cristobal Huet (10)

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

Our own Russian wonder:

Have you seen Ovechkin's unbelievable goal that he scored while on his back? Want to see it again?

On a PP (1 of our 7) Kovalev took a great pass from Markov. Alex then broke into the zone and deked out a couple of Flyers before losing the puck. At that moment Kostitsyn came flying in to pick up the loose puck and work his magic. He cut in front of the net from left to right and tried to stuff it in, but Niitty got the leg out. Then, as he was falling Kostitsyn reached back behind himself and slid the puck in while falling to his back. It was absolutely fantastic.

10-game domers

F: Koivu (6/10); Kovalev (5/10); Plekanec (4/10)

D: Streit (5/10); Markov (5/10)

G: Huet (4/10)

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

More excellent patches and a couple of average ones. Navigated the turbulent patches well to emerge in excellent form coming out the end of this period. No emergency landings required yet (just stay off the motorcycles)...

Scoring and statistics (Top 5 over 10):

Goalscorers: Kovalev, Plekanec (5); A Kostitsyn (4); Higgins, Latendresse, Streit, S Kostitsyn (2)

Point-getters: Kovalev (13); Plekanec, Markov (10); A Kostitsyn (8); Streit (6)

Shooters: Plekanec (37); Higgins (33); Kovalev, Markov (27); Streit (23)

+/-: Lapierre, S Kostitsyn (+1); 8 players (Even)

GAA: Price (2.03); Huet (3.92)
Save %: Price (.937); Huet (.880)

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