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Brodeur beats Habs

  • You can’t win them all.

    The Canadiens played a pretty solid game but still couldn’t manage to beat the Devils and Martin Brodeur. Same old story.

    That makes it the fifth consecutive loss to NJ. Brodeur always shines when returning to Montreal and last night was no different. However, after Montreal’s last two games it looked like they were maybe ready to break that streak.

    Cristobal Huet seems to have found his confidence again after putting in another great performance.

    The most concerning thing about this game is both Alex Kovalev and Christopher Higgins left periodically with injuries. Both seemed to be somewhere around the ankle or lower leg. It’s not yet known how serious they may be.

    As well as the Canadiens are playing, remove those guys from the lineup and you can see how frail the team really is.

12 Comments
  1. #1 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 5, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    I agree huet looking very good in the last 2 starts.I think abby might get the call next game though.Higgens ankle seemed to get jammed into the boards hopefully he will be ok.Kovalev looked to have shook it off in the third.Bonk really turning it on lately with another solid effort.Ryder being a little snake bitten as of late but i expect for him to break out of it real real soon.GO HABS GO

  2. This was a good game by both teams. It was almost like a playoff game – great goaltending – very closely contested with the winner getting 1 more break.

    The 1st goal, 4 on 4, for the Devils was the bad one. Samsonov was out of position on the left point and Ninimaa didn’t interecept the feed to Pandolfo. These lapses of coverage are ultimately what made the play look so pretty. Very few mistakes in the game, with unfortunately this being the one that beat them. Other than that, 1 “lucky bounce” goal netted by both teams. How about that breakaway save on Langenbrunner in the 3rd by Huet – wow!

    Bonk was great last night – one of, if not the best 2 way player on the team. You could argue that he (along with Higgins) have been the best players for the Habs since last March.

    I had a hard time following the lines last night. At 1 point Plekanec was back on the 2nd line with Begin playing with Bonk/Johnson. Don’t know if this was an actual change in lines, or just somebody being put on the ice for a faceoff. In either case, Begin on the 3rd line looked pretty good. I always feel somewhat sorry for the opposing players along the boards when I see the Begin missile coming in for the kill – what a pleasure to watch – hardnosed hockey at its best.

    Definitely concerning when Kovalev and Higgins limped off the ice. I would think that if anything was seriously wrong with either of them, the trainer wouldn’t have let them back on the ice … fingers crossed.

    Latendresse got a shot on goal last night I believe – I guess he’ll now be a shoe-in for the all-star game ;-)

  3. #3 Habs#1 says:
    November 5, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Wow, usually the angry one who complains is me. But this time I’m going to have to say that Montreal outplayed New Jersey, but I hate MARTIN BRODEUR. Why does he pick on the Habs? He’ll let in 6 goals to the Laffs but he holds the Canadiens to 1. Man does that suck. French Canadian goalies and playing well in front of their families.

    Oh well.

    This week we’ve got a struggling Oilers team on Tuesday(Though I’d be worried about them, I live in Edmonton and they’re pretty pissed and ready to go on tuesday because of the McGough call), then they rest up for the Saturday game against the Leafs.

    Bring on the Leafs fans at this blog, we’ll see who’s got more skill at trashing the other’s team.

    Let’s go Habs, dun, dun, dun,dun dun, Let’s go Habs! Yah!!!!!!!!

    P.S. four game road trip starting on Saturday(Toronto, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Florida)

  4. What a BOOORRRRIIINNNGGGG gameplan from teh Devils. I want Claude Julien to refund my money. They have they intention from teh start to go for a 1-0 victory. THen they got that weird 2nd goal and it was over. I feel sorry for NJ season ticket holders. How do they watch that style of play every game? BORING! NO wonder they cant sell out in the playoffs.

    ANyways Brodeur stole the game! It will happen a few times. Im sure its not the last time we play that well and lose. Brodeur looks extra fat this year. I am shocked he can move around like he does, although there is alot of flopping these days from him. WHat was him throwing his stick in the air like he was shot? HE also faked DOwney running into him! DOwney never touched him. How embarrassing coming home and playing like a cheat. Oh well it’s his conscious. HE is soo big with his padding all he has to do is stand there and you would not be able to score. ONly when he moves will there be room to score. What a fatty but still a hab killer.

  5. #5 smiler2729 says:
    November 6, 2006 at 10:19 am

    Looking back if somehow it were possible to draft him… would you rather have had Martin Brodeur as Habs goalie or Patrick Roy thru the ’90s? (Put aside that Roy got himself traded out of town in ’95)

  6. Cmon, and give up drafting Turner Stevenson?

  7. Turner Stevenson, Brent Bilodeau, Brad Brown, Terry Ryan!!!

    We drafted alot of bad western meat in the 90′s.

  8. #8 smiler2729 says:
    November 6, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    Also drafted some useful NHLers: Craig Conroy… Arrom Asham… Francois Beauchemin… Ron Hainsey… Tomas Vokoun… Darcy Tucker…

  9. #9 johnnyhab says:
    November 6, 2006 at 2:56 pm

    Higgins not playing when the oilers are in town and Guillaume is taking his spot on the #1 line

  10. Latendresse on number 1 line? sure he can handle that?

  11. #11 joshtm says:
    November 6, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    The Habs would have gone to overtime tied if it hadn’t been for Sheldon basically helping the Devils score by dumping one of the players into Huet. What is with Sheldon anyway, why does he hate the Habs so much that he becomes dr. jekyl and mr. hyde, he reverts to playing against his own team every now and then…..hmmm still makes me wonder if Sheldon wants to get traded so badly that he sacrifices the Habs…..

  12. #12 bauld says:
    November 7, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    joshtm – it was rivet that sticked/fisted gionta in the side of the head … causing him to sprawl helplessly to the ice all over huet and the crease … minutes from death … only to jump up and celebrate with his teammatets after the puck crossed the goal line.

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