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  • Habs put Power in Powerplay

    The Canadiens managed their second straight road victory against the Lightning in Tampa last night. The Canadiens scored all three goals on the powerplay in a 3-1 victory.

    Sheldon Souray was responsible for most of the damage with his 7th and 8th goals. All coming in typical Souray fashion, lethal powerplay bombs from the point.

    Is Souray the best PP point man right now? Arguably. Souray leads all NHL defenseman with 7 powerplay goals 6 asssists. 15 points total in 16 games. He is the major reason the Canadiens powerplay is 2nd overall.

    It will be interesting to see if teams key in on him on the powerplay and eliminate his chances. Something we’ve seen so far more from Northeast teams who are familiar with the Habs, then a team like Tampa who they met for the first time.

    Credit is due to Guillaume Latendresse. With the heat on, and Patrick Roy’s remarks last week, he’s scored 4 goals in his last 4 games.

    Last night against the Lightning was a particularly gorgeous goal.

    Gui seems to have found his stride on the first line next to Koivu and Ryder. So what do you do when Chris Higgins returns?

    Latendresse had been ineffective on any other line earlier in the year.

    Mathieu Dandenault returned from injury last night. But not on defense. He played with Steve Begin and Tomas Plekanec on the fourth line.

    Dandenault originally a forward, became a defenseman when joined the Red Wings. Last year he was moved back and forth by then Coach Claude Julien, and never quite got going until late in the season when he stuck to defense.

    Dandenault is one of the best skaters in the league. Put him on a line with Begin and Plekanec and they’re one of the fastest 4th lines around. The Lightning had a lot of problems keeping pace when they were on the ice.

    The Canadiens look to win their 3rd consecutive game for the first time this year tonight in Florida. Back to back games suggest David Abeischer will get the call tonight.

  • Latendresse lifts Habs

    Guillaume Latendresse scored two powerplay markers to break the game open against the struggling Sens.

    Gui seems to be getting more comfortable on the first line and the powerplay in particular, where he can get his big frame in front of the net and be difficult to move.

    The game can be summed up in one line.

    Cristobal Huet out played Martin Gerber.

    Huet kept the Habs in it in the first where they were badly outshot.

    Gerber has been brutal against the Canadiens dating back to last year’s playoff run. And despite a lot of very bad penalty calls and the Sens turning up the heat in the late third, Gerber folded like a cheap suit and made it that much easier for the Habs.

    The officiating in the game really stood out for all the wrong reasons. Not for the sheer number of penalties or the weak calls. But particularly the ‘get even’ officiating style that creeps into every few games.

    Bryan McGrattan gets knocked into the boards, busting his nose open. No penalty call on the play. It could have been a 2 minute against Komisarek or perhaps the officials thought McGrattan ‘turned’ and launched himself face first.

    Regardless, no penalty was called. McGrattan then made an embarrassing display afterwards while he wrestled officials in attempt to get at Komisarek and found himself gone for 10 minutes.

    Moments later, Dany Heatley falls on his own – 2 minutes to Andrei Markov for tripping. Ridiculous.

    Miss the call on one play, so let’s invent a phantom penalty to get even for it. It’s embarrassing and a mockery. Whether or not it’s on the Habs or Sens. To quote Lindy Ruff, “That’s a joke.”

    After the Canadiens scored two powerplay goals early in the third to take a commanding 4-1 lead. The game should have ended that way. But another 4 penalty calls to the Canadiens allowing the Sens (almost)back into the game.

    Four very questionable penalty calls, to get even for the fact the Canadiens scored on their 2 powerplay chances earlier where they broke the game open.

    The Habs continue their road trip in Sunny Florida where they’ll meet the Lightning and Panthers for the first time this year.