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  • Canadiens Comeback

    After losing the first game of the year to the Senators, The Montreal Canadiens cameback with a 2-0 shutout victory in Atlanta vs the highest production offense to date of the Thrashers. Atlanta scored 15 goals in its previous 3 games and was held to 0 by the Habs. Russian sniper Ilya Kovalchuk also made his debut and was held pointless.

    Yann Danis got the surprise start in goal and played a fantastic game. He looked more like a seasoned vet out there, very composed, very calm between the pipes. Thinking about it, it wasn’t that much of a surprise start considering Jose Theodore has seemed shaky to start the season and it was a back to back game.

    Yann Danis became one of only 16 goalies of all time to record a shutout victory in his first NHL start.

    Although it was only a single game, it felt good to see him play well and give the team a little confidence. Habs fans can breathe a sigh of relief should Theodore go down or miss a game, or perhaps they will now celebrate such events.

    Strong efforts again by Jan Bulis and Saku Koivu. Saku Koivu seems like a man possessed out there. If he can play 80 games this season, the Canadiens have a chance to win in all of them.

    The Canadiens go 4-1 in their first 5 games. 4-0 on the road. Only loss a close on against an elite team. It couldn’t have gone much better than that.

    Habs look to move up 2-0 vs the visiting Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

  • Habs suffer first loss

    The Habs suffered their first loss of the season in their home opener vs the Ottawa Senators.

    The crowd was bositerous and loud during the pre-game introductions. Large ovations in particular for Alex Kovalev and Mike Ribeiro but nothing compared to Captain Saku Koivu.

    The crowd lost some steam with Ottawa scoring an early goal. The Habs rebounded and played only what can be considered a strong 2 periods. Going into the third, it was 2 -2. Coming out it was 4-2. Ottawa proved what it is to be a world class team with world class athletes. Love him or hate him Daniel Alfredsson is a fantastic hockey player, a clutch guy who comes through when needed. That’s exactly what he did tonight, tying the game up shorthanded on a solid 1 on 1 play.

    Raitis Ivanans had his first official tilt of the season, if you can call it that. Taking on 6’9 monster Zdeno Chara, he took little time whipping him to the ground only to suffer a cheap shot late punch from Chara that connected well enough to excuse Ivanans from the penalty box in order to seek attention in the dressing room. Watching it on tape after the game, it seems to be a clear cheap shot.

    The Canadiens can take some positives out of this game, they played a respectable game against one of the best teams in the league. Tonight you could see the difference between a divisional winner and a runner up.

    Next up is the very dangerous offense of the Atlanta Thrashers.