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  • Jagr’s Rangers Visit Habs

    Jaromir Jagr is the 2nd leading scorer in the league. The New York Rangers are leading the Atlantic Division.
    If someone told you that at the beginning of the season you might find it hard to believe., but it’s true.

    Jagr seems like the Jagr of old, the winner of 5 scoring titles. He is playing with purpose now, and actually trying. The talent he has in undeniable and the new rules seem to give him more space and time than he ever had. The Habs will have to pay close attention to him the way they did Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg last week, if they hope to win.

    The Rangers only have 1 road victory to date and the Habs are 3-0 in their last 3 home starts. Look for another close scoring game. If the Habs can keep Jagr in check they should find their 4th consecutive home win.

  • Spezza’s Sens sink Habs

    Wow. What a goal by Jason Spezza. Probably the highlight goal of the year so far. If you didn’t see it, I’m sure it will be shown over and over again. Spezza undressed Sheldon Souray and Jose Theodore and tucked the puck under the crossbar to give the Sens an overtime win.

    The Canadiens played the Senators hard and but again got into penalty trouble. Sloppy turnovers let the Sens back into the game. It was quite evident that Richard Zednik was not 100%. You could argue both 3rd and 4th Ottawa goals were his fault. He had the puck on his stick in the slot and failed to get rid of it turning it over which lead to Ottawa banging in the tying goal. In overtime he once again had the puck in the offensize zone and made a weak play coughing it up which sent Spezza in on his break. Earlier in the 1st period, Zednik had a chance to come in with speed off the wing, the typical Zednik move would be to protect the puck with his body while driving the net – instead he opted for a weak wrist shot from well out. It’s obvious he isn’t ready to play yet.

    Ryder and Ribeiro continue to find the back of the net. They are playing well with each other and will only get better once they get a steady linemate.

    The Canadiens cannot afford to go down 5-3, especially to a team like the Senators. The Ottawa powerplay made short work with the chances they got.

    Jose Theodore deserves some breathing room. Theodore had an outstanding game and kept the Canadiens in it early on. 38 saves including a spectacular save late in the 3rd. Definitely his best effort of the year.

    Overall, getting a point on the road against the best team in the league isn’t all that bad. The Canadiens head home to take on the Rangers Saturday night.