Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Three Solid Periods

Well, if you count OT as a full period anyway...

The Habs managed a 4-3 victory over the visiting Oilers last night despite playing one of the worst second periods in recent (and distant...) memory. Fortunately, other than that aberration the team actually looked quite impressive in the first game under the Bob Gainey regime, carrying the rest of the play and getting solid contributions from virtually the entire lineup. Carey Price continued his renaissance, and Saku Koivu scored late to tie the game and again in OT to seal the victory. The one obvious blemish was that the performance of Alex Kovalev was somewhat lacking (his only "contributions" came in the form of minor penalties), but given his strong relationship with Bob Gainey and his solid linemates, it is unlikely to be a prolonged slump.

The Habs continue their extended home stand on Thursday night, when they welcome the New York Islanders. Although recent games against Eastern bottom-feeders like Atlanta have been far from inspiring performances, you can be sure that Gainey will have the team prepared and focused for this one at a key point in the season.


  1. The Habs looked to be on the road to nowhere up until the last few games. Tanguay returning is akin to a trade deadline deal and I think he'll be one of the main reasons the Habs solidify 5th or 6th place. That said, a 1st round date with Philly or Washington will be very tough. I'd get a poll going on this one - who is the more 'desireable' opponent. Philly steps up their game in the Playoffs and Carter will have a break-out performance; Washington just have so much firepower. I'd choose Washington as my opponent if choosing opponents were an option.

  2. A great idea for a poll. Consider it done!