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  • Michael Ryder finishes off consecutive road games

    What can you say about a guy like Michael Ryder? If you don’t know how I feel about him refer to my past posts and getting him re-signed in particular. This guy is the real deal. Michael Ryder finished off the Bruins and the Rangers in less then 24 hours.

    The Canadiens left what should have been a put-away game up to the last minute. The Habs leading 3-2 had 2 5-3 powerplay chances and failed to bury the insurance goal they needed to secure the game.

    Rookie Chris Higgins and Alexander Perezhogin both put away the first NHL goal of their careers. Higgins a Long Island native spent $1250 on tickets for family and friends and it’s great to see him score his 1st career goal in front of them.

    Another note, Sheldon Souray. It didn’t take binoculars to see that Sheldon Souray was struggling out there. He was as big and as slow as an elephant. He was on the ice and directly involved in the first two Ranger goals. On the 5-3 Powerplay he had several chances to tee it up from the point and he elected to dish out a pass each time. This leads me to speculate that something isn’t right with #44. Perhaps the pre-season injury he suffered was more severe than lead to believe?

    Mathieu Dandenault also seemed out of place tonight while Andrei Markov can make an early run at the #1 D spot. He was solid once again seeing tons of ice time to start the season.

    Marcel Hossa put a moment of doubt in every hab fan as he scored vs his ex teammates early in the 1st period.
    It seems he may have a real chance to play and develop in New York.

    Did anyone happen to notice Tom Poti’s weak penalties? The new NHL might have no room for a big slow lumberjack like Tom Poti.

    2-0 on the road to start the season, the Habs are in good shape. 1st overall has a great ring to it.

    Next up, the Mats Sundin’less Maple Leafs.

  • Opening Night Victory

    The Montreal Canadiens start their season with a W after defeating the Boston Bruins 2-1 at the “TD Banknorth Garden”.

    This escaped me until now, being the first time I heard the new name of the Fleet Center. TD Banknorth Garden? What the hell is that? Wow it just rolls off the tongue.

    Back to the topic at hand, the Canadiens came out with 2 pts on the road in their opening game. Did they deserve it? Questionable. After what can only be described as a brutal 2nd period the Canadiens came back LATE in the 3rd with a Michael Ryder powerplay goal. Jan Bulis opened the scoring with a brilliant effort fending off a Bruins defender as he drove the net to chip a shot over Andrew Raycroft’s left shoulder.

    Jose Theodore let in what can only be considered a soft goal, and on numerous occasions looked out of place and confused in goal.

    The Canadiens scored the winning goal on a powerplay given in the last minute of the game. The NHL said they will enforce the rules and it appears they are after awarding a powerplay so late in a close score game. I’d like to point out this goal, because the real rookie of the year Michael Ryder put it behind the fraudulent Andrew Raycroft.

    What was really disturbing about the night was the childish bruins fans who hurled the NHL’s gift to opening night fans, mini Stanley Cups. Maybe this is indicative of the respect the Bruins fans show for the Stanley Cup and explains why they are never close to winning it. As someone who respects the Bruins organization, this was just a distasteful disrespective act on the part of Bruins fans.

    In an unrelated story, the First shootout of the season took place between the Senators and the Leafs. Eric Lindros made a surprising strong impact in his first game scoring what looked like the winning goal late in the third. Daniel Alfredsson crushed Lindros’ hopes of being the hero by tying it up late in the 3rd. The Sens went on to win in a shoot out and ended Eric’s debut.

    The Habs travel to New York to face the Rangers tommorow night.