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Canadiens enter Olympic Games break in 8th

  • 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.

  1. #1 ole ole ole says:
    February 12, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    what a night! thanks again Habs Blog for the tickets, the place was just electric. For a 2-1 game you couldn’t ask for anything more, the game was fast paced and both teams showed up to play. cristobal’s game saving stop was definatly a highlight! nice to see zednik and bulis step it up. here we go hab fans, it’s going to be a great playoff run!

  2. #2 SaskHab says:
    February 13, 2006 at 1:37 am

    Nice to be in the hunt going into the break, it didn’t look like that would be the case a few weeks ago. The last several games have shown that we can get it done, even against some tough opponents. My only regret is that there’s a sizeable break that effectively halts our progress and hopefully it doesn’t cool off our rather hot team. At least it gives guys the opportunity to heal up some bumps and bruises that accumulate during the toughest season in professional sports. We’ll need all the juice we can muster for the stretch run. Let’s all us Habs fans direct some positive energy towards this team. It’s a possibility that all of our energy, superstitions, and attitudes can somehow provide a little extra push that the Habs can use on a nightly basis. Enjoy the Olympics everyone.

  3. #3 I am Canadien says:
    February 13, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    Huet is hot! Let’s hope he can continue this after the break. Kovolev is starting to wake up and that’s excellent news for us habbers. We need Koivu, Zednik, Ryder and Souray to Start playing like they can. If they start clickin’ then we should be fine for the stretch run.
    I like the Gainey/Carbonneau tandem behind the bench. If they can’t get these guys going then I don’t think anyone can. My only concern is that they’re both so defensively minded that it could cause our game breakers to not be able to sustain any momentum over the stretch.
    Go Canada Go!!!

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