Theodore finally has his 100th NHL win.
Perreault had Taylor earlier in the play but had let him go as he assumed Komisarek would switch over with him in front of the net. Trouble is Mike never looked at the front of the net, he was completely focused at a man in the corner… rookie mistake or bad communication between the two, call it want you want.
The same Perreault line says on with Rivet playing forward to start the power-play, but they can’t anything going… then the Koivu line gets on the ice and Zednik scores from the slot when fed by Saku from behind the net. So technically it won’t count as a PP goal since the penalty had just expired, but this is in effect a PP goal… the Koivu line had really been productive on the PP since that line was put together.
Montreal 3-2: Just when it looked like the Canadiens blew another one against a Florida team, Bulis speeds down the wing on his off side and manages to slip a backhander in with practically no angle… completely surprising Khabibulin. I’ve been saying for a while now that Bulis can do more offensively than he’s been doing, the Habs need him to produce.
– Claude Julien first told Ribeiro that he would only play if
– Speaking of playing a defenseman as a forward… Rivet was chosen for that honour. And he did well, provided an added physical dimension to the 4th line that Kilger, Dagenais or Sundstrom simply can’t deliver. He was also used as a D man on the PK, and as a forward on the PP… so he was Mr. Versatility tonight. I wouldn’t mind seeing that again, only sit someone else than Ribeiro ok?
– Speaking of Rivet, he was booed every time he touched the puck. It was stupid when it was done to Brisebois in the past and it’s just as stupid now. If the player makes a mistake fine, but attacking a player all night is just wrong… especially when he’s having a good night! Those fans make me just as sick as they do Gainey.
– The benching of Ribeiro create such a stir, the fans started chanting “Ribeiro” when the Habs were faltering on the power-play. Later in that same PP, Zednik scored from Koivu.
– Julien might be making some questionable decisions with who he decides to bench, but the Habs win when he does it. The won the first game Perreault was benched, won the game Quintal was benched, and now beat
– On the statistical side, it was the first time this year the Habs won a game in which they did not score the first goal. Also the Habs are now 9-0-1 when they lead after 2 periods, but on the other side they’re a perfect 0-10 when they are behind after two. Does this mean we can stop watching the games after 2 periods? Just asking.
Habs’ hero: Koivu got the first star and he did have a very good game, but I’d give the edge to Zednik. He was really on tonight, playing with passion… did all the work on the Koivu goal, then scored on the PP again, them hit the crossbar.
Julien pointed out Bégin’s good play, a guy who works hard in the trenches but doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. He was his usual pest on the ice, hitting everything that moved, blocking shots, working hard.
There’s also Theodore who make the big stops all night, again a few breakaways. And finally, kudos to Rivet for doing a good job wherever the coach used him… despite suffering an undeserved avalanche of boos all night long.
Habs’ zero: The whole team played well, so I’ll give it to Claude Julien… and no, not for benching Ribeiro or using a defenseman at forward. It’s about how he continually places his players incorrectly on important faceoffs. Quintal was placed near the boards on a faceoff and it cost them the
Other fast fact about those two plays, Koivu losing the draw was what allowed the opposition to take advantage of Julien’s mistakes.
One night you want to kill them, they next they come out with a performance like tonight… and we ask, why can’t they play like this every time? I’d even settle for “most” of the time, hell even “half” at this point.
Well despite all the controversy of the Ribeiro benching, the Habs won… and isn’t that what is important?
Let’s just enjoy the win, and more importantly how they played, because we never know how long it might be until the next performance like this.