The Montreal Canadiens seemed inspired by their “heritage” jerseys and pounced on the Red Wings from the opening faceoff, but Hasek resisted the initial onslaught. The home team pressed on, and built up a 2 goal lead. The pace later slowed after the Habs were scored on during a man-advantage, but they focused on defense and managed to stave off a
– It’s amazing how momentum can change during a game. The Habs were all over the Red Wings for the first 8 minutes. Then
– The Habs, with only 1 shot in the last period tonight, have now combined for 3 shots in their last two 3rd periods… not exactly what you’d call finishing strong. I know that this time they were hanging on to a lead, but still there’s no excuse for having only one shot in a period.
– Only 2 penalties, and thank god. Speaking of penalties Ward came back strong tonight, again the 4th line looked very good and even scored the 1st goal.
– I have some good news, and some bad news. The good news is the Habs held
Habs’ hero: Garon got the first star, but yet again I think they give starts to the goalies to often. He played very well, especially given the fact he hadn’t played in a while, but he’s not my choice tonight. Bulis has been re-born since joining the 3rd line, and again was the unsung hero tonight. He brings offense to that line, forechecks well, covers his man well in the defensive zone.
He broke up Lidstrom’s pass along the blue line in the dying minutes when the Red Wings were pressing, and he was a presence all night long. Honourable mention to the 4th line, and
Habs’ zero: Ok zero is too strong a word. But the one who made the most mistakes was Garon himself. He miss-played the puck a few times, thankfully it didn’t cost us. He also put the puck back into play at times his team desperately needed a whistle, which gave
Some rebound control problems, and last but not least let himself wander out of the net so far Brett Hull had time to go around the net and deposit the puck in the open net while Garon was still hadn’t started making his way back to the crease he should never have left. Thankfully,
Garon can stop pucks, no question, but he needs to polish his game… although we do have to understand that he hadn’t played since pre-season and that has something to do with it.
8 minutes of offense is all it took, and thank goodness because that’s all the Habs had tonight. They took advantage of an awful change by
But again we have to remind ourselves that the Habs just beat
Next ahead, a rematch with last year’s nemesis the