Goal by Goal: Habs win 4-1

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The Canadiens try to get back on track tonight with a win tonight in New York against the Rangers. The Canadiens have lost 5 of their past 6 games , and turn to Jose Theodore to lead them to victory tonight. Darren Langdon and Jason Ward are back in the lineup for the Habs, while Yanic Perreault and Chad Kilger will be watching this one from the sidelines. Tonight’s game is the final meeting between the teams this season , the Canadiens hold a 2-1-1 edge in the season series.


Canadiens Lineup

Bulis – Koivu – Zednik
Dagenais – Ribeiro – Ryder
Sundstrom – Juneau – Dackell
Langdon – Begin – Ward

Bouillon – Brisebois
Rivet – Komisarek
Dykhuis – Quintal



1st Period

1-0 HABS: Habs putting all sorts of pressure on the Rangers early in the game. Bulis finds Koivu streaking down the right side all alone after some poor defensive zone coverage by the Rangers, and Koivu beats Dunham 5 hole with a wrist shot. Quintal and Bulis get the assists on the even strength goal.

2-0 HABS: With 9 seconds left Ribeiro scores. Play started out with a Habs 2 on 1, where Ryder kept the puck and shot. The leading rookie scorer in the NHL whiffed on the shot and the puck went behind the net. Dagenais later retrieved the puck and from behind the net fed an open Ribeiro in the slot , Ribeiro scores glove side on Dunham. A nice pass from Dagenais.

Notes: Habs had the only powerplay of the period thanks to an Ortmeyer interference penalty. They had two good scoring chances but did not manage to get a goal. When Ortmeyer left the box he found himself on a breakaway, and he got off a weak shot that Theodore easily deflected into the corner. Habs outshot the Rangers 9-5 in the period.


2nd Period

2-1 HABS: Rangers score on their 2nd 5 on 3 advantage of the period. Dackell and Begin take consecutive questionable penalties. Rangers finally get a puck by Theodore as Holik’s pass deflects to a wide open Jagr across the crease,  which sees Jagr score into open net.

3-1 HABS: Montreal finally gets their own 5 on 3, and they make no mistake. Brisebois with a bullet shot from the left point that trickles through Dunham and into the net. Koivu and Ribeiro with the helpers on the PP goal.

Notes: The Rangers outshot the Habs 17-5 in the period , which can be blamed on the fact that the Rangers spent much of the period with the man advantage (or 2 man advantage). The 2nd period featured a fight between 5’8 Francis Bouillon and 6’3 Tom Poti , depite the size difference Bouillon got himself a draw.


3rd Period

4-1 HABS: Jason Ward finally breaks his goal-less drought. Habs with good hard work to keep the puck in the Rangers zone , Bouillon with the shot , bounces around and finds its way to Koivu’s stick , Koivu takes the shot , Ward deflects it past Dunham while screening him. 4-1 Habs.

Notes: Rangers outshot habs 9-7 in the period.  


Final Score: 4-1 Habs

Final Shots: 31-21 Rangers

Habs Hero: The captain Saku Koivu. On a night when most of the Habs played a strong game, you have to give it to the guy who finished with the most points.  Koivu had 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points, and finished a +2. Ribeiro, Quintal and Theodore also deserve a mention for their performances.

Habs Zero: Karl Dykhuis, who played a below average game. His legs and mind are still going at the AHL speed. The Habs surely cannot wait until Markov returns from Russia and makes his way back into the lineup.


Injury Update: Jan Bulis left the game in the first period with a knee injury after checking a Rangers player into the boards , he did not return.

Goal-by-Goal: Habs win 4-1

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The season-high 4 game losing streak of the Montreal Canadiens meets the 4 game winning streak of the Calgary Flames, who have been on fire this season (excuse the pun) with Miikka Kiprusoff between the pipes. The outcome of this game will be huge for both teams. A loss to Montreal means that their lead in the playoff race dimishes, and their slide continues. A win for the Flames would give them their first 5 game winning streak in seven years, and also put them into stronger playoff contention.


Good action so far in the first 6 minutes. Gauthier drilled Ward in to the boards, and on the next faceoff Komisarek timed a great hit on a Flames player trying to cut to the outside. Fight early on from Langdon and Oliwa. 


Montreal 1-0: The 3rd line enters the zone with Dackell leading the charge. Puck goes to Sundstrom, who takes it to the outside and, at just past the half-boards, tries to find Andreas Dackell with a pass. He misses, and the pass is about 4 feet away from Kiprusoff. Begin charges the net for the loose puck, but Kiprusoff decides to lunge for it. Begin gets a stick on it, but Sundstrom picks it up before the Flames’ netminder has a chance, and backhands it in to the empty half of the yawning cage as Begin creates a screen and draws the defender in front of the net to him. Little bit of luck, little bit of talent, lots of smart hockey. Good momentum goal. Sundstrom (7th), assisted by Begin and Dackell at the 7:00 mark of the 1st period.


On a side note, Steve Begin is doing his thing on the PK. He wrapped the puck up in the Flames’ corner and wasted a good 20 seconds while fighting off two of Calgary’s big defenceman. Classic Begin. Gotta love it.


Calgary 1-1: Bad giveaway in the neutral zone by Brisebois during the 4on4 which lead to an odd-man rush with Iginla leading it. Iginla buried his head and ripped a laserbeam from the high slot and beat Garon on the glove side. Iginla (30th). Unassisted at the 18:23 mark of the 1st period.


Kiprusoff robbed Montreal twice on the same powerplay. The biggest of the two was when Jan Bulis took the puck from the corner to all the way in front of the net. Kiprusoff stacked the pads and snatched the puck out of the air with a well-placed glove.


Montreal 2-1: Ryder gets the puck in the slot and lets a low, hard shot go. It hits a leg or two and Kiprusoff gets a pad on it, but big Dagenais is all over the rebound. Dagenais (11th) from Ryder and Markov at the 12:28 mark of the 2nd period.


Montreal 3-1: HUGE powerplay goal near the end of the second for Montreal. Great puck movement. Ryder makes the pass to Markov on the point, who quickly moves it to Patrice Brisebois. Breezey lets go the boom and it finds the rippling mesh. Brisebois (3rd) from Markov and Ryder at the 18:10 mark of the 2nd period. Powerplay goal.


Second period’s at a close, and I have to say, the puck didn’t see a whole lot of Mr. Garon during the past 20. 3 shots for Calgary in the 2nd period, 12 for Montreal including two massive goals. This is the kind of effort we’ve all been waiting for. It’s getting pretty physical too. This is Canadian hockey at it’s finest. Put the tape in the VCR and press record!


Montreal 4-1: Empty net goal. Dagenais and Ward on the 2on1. Dagenais looked for the pass, flames defender went down to block the shot, Dags put it over him. Nothing spectacular, but it’s another goal for the big guy. Dagenais (12th) assisted by Ribeiro at 19:47 of the 3rd period.


Great game. First period was a little rocky, but les boys game back with nothing short of a complete domination in the 2nd period, and a strong 3rd. Komisarek played quite possibly the best game of his NHL career, with two great chances and a lot of big-time hits to compliment his fine defensive play. The losing streak ends at 4, and the winning streak will hopefully begin against the Leafs tomorrow.

Three Stars:

  1. Steve Begin
  2. Andrei Markov
  3. Mathieu Garon

Powerplays: MTL 1-5, CGY 0-4

Shots on goal: MTL 31, CGY 20


Calgary Flames Montreal Canadiens
# Per Temps   Player MIN Penalty # Per Temps   Player MIN Penalty
1 1 2:18 33 K. OLIWA 5:00 Fighting (maj) 1 1 2:18 15 D. LANGDON 5:00 Fighting (maj)
2 1 15:01 17 C. CLARK 2:00 Holding – Obstruction 2 1 9:37 15 D. LANGDON 2:00 Holding stick
3 1 17:46 16 S. DONOVAN 2:00 Hooking 3 1 17:02 94 Y. PERREAULT 2:00 Interference – Goaltender
4 2 7:03 26 J. GREEN 2:00 Hooking 4 2 3:19 79 A. MARKOV 2:00 Hooking
5 2 16:43 23 M. GELINAS 2:00 Roughing 5 2 18:56 38 J. BULIS 2:00 Interference
6 3 8:36 7 C. KOBASEW 2:00 Hooking – Obstruction              

Pool Summary:

Ryder – 2a
Markov – 2a
Dagenais – 2g
Sundstrom – 1g
Iginla – 1g
Begin – 1a
Dackell – 1a
Ribeiro – 1a
Gauthier – 1a

Game Notes:

Perreault – 6 SOG, 84.6% faceoffs
Markov – 2 Assists, 3 SOG, 23:54 Ice-time, +3
Boullion – 21:23 Ice-tme, 3 SOG, -1