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- January hasn't been a kind month for Lars Eller. He has just 12 points in 44 games, his lowest PPG average of any month.
Power-play: The Canadiens had only scored 2 goals in their last 27 chances coming into this game. They went 2 for 7, fired 11 shots and had numerous scoring chances.
Four lines: Jacques Martin decided to scratch Georges Laraque to make room for a healthy Glen Metropolit. The result: more speed and better balanced lines. The 4th line played around 10 minutes and 10 players got at least one point.
60 minutes: The whole team gave a great effort from start to finish and never gave their opponent a chance to get back into this one.
Everything went right and nothing went wrong. Iím not saying they were perfect but they outplayed their opponent in every aspect of the game.
Jaroslav Halak A Although his mishandling of the puck led to the only goal against, he still got the job done
Travis Moen A+ He did what is expected of him, killing penalties, being physical as he gave out 5 hits and did not hurt his team.
Scott Gomez A- As itís been the case since the beginning of the season, he was the most dangerous centre but still needs to work on his face offs
Brian Gionta A Didnít score but had 6 shots on goal and created plenty of chances.
Mike Cammalleri A- Seems to be finding his game but tends to hang on too much to the puck at times which can lead to turnovers
Tomas Plekanec B+ Great job on face-offs but was the only forward without a shot on goal.
Andrei Kostitsyn C+ Still needs to shoot more and be more creative in order to become a consistent offensive threat.
Guillaume Latendresse C+ He played a good game but wasnít a factor. Needs to go to the net and stay in front of instead of skating behind it or next to it.
Maxim Lapierre B+ Seemed a little out of place when lined up at the wing in the first period but kept working hard and going to the net eventually scoring a goal
Max Pacioretty A Scored a nice goal and played with more confidence after that.
Matt D'Agostini C- His best asset is his shot and he needs to use it more. Kyle Chipchura C+ Didnít play a bad game but was horrible on face offs. Bonus points for a decent fight.
Glen Metropolit A+ Itís as if he never missed a game. Played 5 on 5, on the PP and Penalty kill. Great job on face-offs and great patience with the puck.
Roman Hamrlik B- Solid, but did give the puck away a few times.
Jaroslav Spacek B- Not a bad game, good effort on the first goal but needs to step up more offensively, especially on the power play.
Hal Gill B- Kept it simple as usual, limiting the mistakes but I was still holding my breath every time a player when around him.
Josh Gorges A As always, never spectacular but always effective and reliable.
Paul Mara B- Picked up another assist tonight but still doesnít use his size nearly enough in his own end.
Marc-Andre Bergeron B- Showed why Bob Gainey signed him with a booming shot that got him his first goal of the season. He also played a good game defensively.
Powerplay A+ They scored 2 goals, 11 shots and plenty of chances.
Penalty Kill A Did not give up a goal but the Isles were never a threat