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Game 17: Habs/Lightning

  • How badly does Montreal need a regulation win? The Lightning are in town and there may not be a team MORE likely to get up for the big lights of Saturday night in Montreal than Tampa. Vinny and Marty always find a way to elevate their games when they come home. The bolts trail the Canadiens by one point in the standings although they have played one two less games. Watch out for Stamkos who has been fantastic to start the year. This much is for sure – Montreal better not play the way they did against Boston. They absolutely need to get some pucks on the net (preferably passed the netminder) in order to give Price the chance to pick up a win without having to give a all-star performance.

    Go Habs Go!

  1. #1 Joseph says:
    November 7, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    First, a small rant:

    The league really needs to do away with this overtime loss point. The fact that a team earns a point by losing (who cares if they forced the game to go continue for an additional five minutes) is both stupid and illogical. The fact that the Leafs, for example, are 2-7-5 thus far this season is merely a trick of the light. They’re 2-12 and should have four points for their efforts thus far this season.

    That being said, Lecavalier appears to have come out of his early season shell as of late and will no doubt be as inspired as ever tonight, so I agree that the Habs will need to find the back of the Tampa net more than once or twice tonight to earn a win.

    Also, regardless of the Habs’s offensive efforts tonight, Prince might just have to put in another All-Star performance in goal to get the win. But I think he will.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    November 7, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    well I agree we are going to have to skate better at home but then again we always seem to skate better at home. Now lets score some goals too.

  3. #3 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Wake me up when lattendresse is traded

  4. #4 Mats Naslund says:
    November 8, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Halak’s agent trashed Price last night on twitter giving an ‘interesting stat’ that Price had a record of 10W, 32L in last 42 starts. Pretty low considering his intent is obviously aimed at cutting Price down to the benefit of his own client. Especially low considering that during a recent stretch where Halak played a string of consecutive games over Price, Carey publicly supported the decision to play the hot hand in Halak. Furthermore, Price was fresh off of an incredible performance against the Bruins in which he might have been the ONLY reason for the win. Finally the comments came after a loss in which almost no-one could blame Price where the team missed on offensive chance-after-chance.

    I’m not a Carey-over-Jaro guy. In fact I am fully in support of keeping BOTH goaltenders in an equal (or close to it) situation. The comments of Jaro’s agent are stupid at best, and incredibly underhanded at worst. Unfortunately for Jaro he is the one who ends up looking bad in this. He doesn’t need the bad press, and neither does Carey. The reality is that Jaro was poised to get LOADS of games this year anyways. I suspect the tweet had more to do with Jaro’s agent wanting a bigger cut of a contract next season than any feelings that Halak may have. The circus continues.

  5. Well if we do trade Latendresse, I sure hope we are right in dealing him because the management of the day had no idea Leclair would turn out to be a 30-50 goal scorer when they traded him. LeClair left when he was 26 and up until that time only scored 46 goals, never 20 in a season. Latendresse has scored 46 goals in his first three years and now at age 22 he is struggling and being put on several different line combinations and is has also be on a struggling team for the last two years. Will he a ever be the power forward we are looking for probably but as long as my good friend pactum gets his way we may never find out at least as a hab.

  6. #6 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 10, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Ok then lets just hold on to lattendresse for the next 4 years and hope he turns out to be the next john leclair lol. Intill then he will be taking up a roster spot from someone who deserves it. If by some miracle he does turn out to be the next john leclair,trust me i will me the first one to admit i was wrong but i dont think i am wrong on this one.

  7. #7 Mats Naslund says:
    November 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Lets not forget that Lats makes just about the league minimum. Right now we’re looking for him to produce as a guy who makes much more. What is Latendresse right now? A league min player who has loads of potential, and lots of problems. While I’ve been fairly good to Andri Kost. He is one guy who absolutely needs to produce now that he’s back on the top lines.

  8. If PK played as hard as he should and gets him mind in the game he would be the answer to our prayers, maybe he was only as good as Kovalev let him be????

  9. not PK AK sorry

  10. #10 Joseph says:
    November 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    It may also be possible that Leclair needed to get out of Montreal to realise his true potential.

    Some players falter in high-pressue environments and thrive in less-pressure environments. Maybe Latendresse is one of those players? Maybe not.

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