The Canadiens will remain in the 8th and final playoff position as the league breaks for the 2006 Olympic games.
The Canadiens and Thrashers played a highly entertaining game which resulted in a 2-1 shoot out win for the Thrashers. The Canadiens made it that far only due to the heroics of goaltender Cristobal Huet. Huet kicked out his leg while sprawled out and seemingly out of position to deny Thrashers sniper Marian Hossa the game winning goal in the extra frame. It was a spectacular save which even got Jose Theodore off his seat and banging on the glass.
Those who deny that Huet can be a #1 starter need only to look at his last 5 starts and ask why not?
Unfortunately no Hab could put one by Lehtonen in the shoot out and the Thrashers gained a valuable point that may prove costly down the stretch. The Canadiens have been doing a lot of good things however. Richard Zednik partially woke up out of his slumber delivering a perfect backhand pass to a streaking Jan Bulis who put it by Lehtonen.
Has anyone else noticed Alex Kovalev lately? Kovalev is starting to play like he is expected too on a nightly basis. Maybe he came back from his surgery too early as he was very unnoticeable for several games. Kovalev is skating and controlling the puck like no one else can, and is creating plays each time he steps on the ice. If Kovalev is peaking then it’s the perfect time. All cylinders have to be firing for the Habs to reach the post-season, Kovalev on his game could be the tipping point.
The Canadian men’s Olympic team doesn’t get started until Wednesday against Italy. We’ll see if the men can match the Canadian women’s success vs Italy with another 16-0 win. The women’s team is dismantling Russia 9-0 as I write this. It must be all that Hamburger Helper Hayley Wickenheiser’s been eating.