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Habs put Power in Powerplay

  • The Canadiens managed their second straight road victory against the Lightning in Tampa last night. The Canadiens scored all three goals on the powerplay in a 3-1 victory.

    Sheldon Souray was responsible for most of the damage with his 7th and 8th goals. All coming in typical Souray fashion, lethal powerplay bombs from the point.

    Is Souray the best PP point man right now? Arguably. Souray leads all NHL defenseman with 7 powerplay goals 6 asssists. 15 points total in 16 games. He is the major reason the Canadiens powerplay is 2nd overall.

    It will be interesting to see if teams key in on him on the powerplay and eliminate his chances. Something we’ve seen so far more from Northeast teams who are familiar with the Habs, then a team like Tampa who they met for the first time.

    Credit is due to Guillaume Latendresse. With the heat on, and Patrick Roy’s remarks last week, he’s scored 4 goals in his last 4 games.

    Last night against the Lightning was a particularly gorgeous goal.

    Gui seems to have found his stride on the first line next to Koivu and Ryder. So what do you do when Chris Higgins returns?

    Latendresse had been ineffective on any other line earlier in the year.

    Mathieu Dandenault returned from injury last night. But not on defense. He played with Steve Begin and Tomas Plekanec on the fourth line.

    Dandenault originally a forward, became a defenseman when joined the Red Wings. Last year he was moved back and forth by then Coach Claude Julien, and never quite got going until late in the season when he stuck to defense.

    Dandenault is one of the best skaters in the league. Put him on a line with Begin and Plekanec and they’re one of the fastest 4th lines around. The Lightning had a lot of problems keeping pace when they were on the ice.

    The Canadiens look to win their 3rd consecutive game for the first time this year tonight in Florida. Back to back games suggest David Abeischer will get the call tonight.

21 Comments
  1. #1 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 16, 2006 at 11:21 am

    Great win last night.It looks like latendresse is getting beter game by game.Souray is once again showing why he is so important to this team.I think gainey still needs to do a little tinkering and this team will be deadly but for now i am really happy from what i have seen this year.Keep it up boys.GO HABS GO

  2. Latendresse and Higgins both have such a great chemistry with Koivu and since Ryder in struggling why not sent him down to the Russian line and have Koivu/Latendresse/Higgins.

    Souray is the Al Macinnis of the ‘New’ NHL. Now if only Ninnamaa could stop taking so many penalties. The reason he takes so many hooking and holding penalties is cause he can’t pivot properly anymore cause one of his ankles is so screwed up. Litteraly. He has 6 screws in one ankle after major surgery last season.

    And for now why not keep Dandenault on the fourth line as a forward and have Souray,Rivet,Markov,Komisarek,Ninnamaa, and Bouillon when he get’s back as your D.

  3. #3 fanatic1 says:
    November 16, 2006 at 11:56 am

    better still, why not demote Ninnimaa to the minors as soon as Bouillon returns. He’s wasn’t worth the price we paid for him!I do agree that Ryder is slumping, and should be on the 2nd line with Kovalev and Johnson. I would move Samsanov back to the 3rd line because he isn’t producing. Carbo tried him on all 4 lines, and he didn’t produce on ANY line, so maybe he is, what Bonk was last year, a BUST!Now I know why no team was eager to sign him in the offseason.Can we maybe trade him? But again, who would want him?

  4. Oh yeah,and I think Perezhogin needs a new pair of skates. Him losing his balance,falling and running over Rivet on the PP in the third was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in hockey for a while although if it wasn’t for Cristobal, Brad Richards would have scored on that.

    And Guillaume’s goal was an absolute beauty.

  5. I thought Dandenault played great last night. He was much more noticeable than the first games of the year when he was on ‘D’. He didn’t just deliver 4 hits … they were all quality hits. Where did that come from? Hopefully he can continue the type of play he displayed last night, no matter what position he’s playing.

    For all the Koivu bashers, Latendresse’s play is just another indicator of how valuable Saku is. Last year, Higgins exploded in the 2nd half of the year after he was put on Saku’s line. If Lantendresse continues to produce, it will be interesting to see what Carbo does when Higgins returns. Guillaume definitely adds an interesting size dimension to the 1st line.

  6. When Bouillon comes back, demote Niinimaa.
    (Use: Souray-Markov-Rivet-Bouillon-Komisarek-Streit)

    As for the lines:

    Latendresse-Koivu-Ryder (Higgins)
    Samsonov-Kovalev-Higgins(Ryder)
    Johnson-Bonk-Perezhogin
    Dandenault-Plekanec-Begin

    If Higgins be on the second line he should play center. If it is Ryder, Kovalev should stay center.

  7. A good solid effort last night! Tonight will be another good test as they are playing a team that has not played for three or four day’s while the Hab’s are playing their third game in four day’s. They must get off to a better start and definitely stay out of the penalty box as Florida does have a decent pp. The line’s look fairly balanced and I am expecting the second line to break out very soon. I still have faith that Samsonov will get it going eventually, and he definitely has played better the last few game’s. He has 10 point’s in 17 games which would give him close to 50 point’s over an 82 game season. No that is not good enough for a player of his calibre or price tag…but I believe Bob Gainey did say that he expect’s Sammy to be much more productive during the second half of the season. Let’s hope they can put in a good effort tonight and get the two point’s.

  8. Habs 5 Markov 3 assists
    Panthers 2 Nieuwendyk 18 mins of ice time

  9. The Habs traditionally don’t do well in Florida, however they seem to be turning that around over the past few years and Florida is absolutly terrible. Auld is no Luongo and Bertuzzi is on the shelf. Jokinen can’t do it all himself.Nieuwendyk and Roberts are showing their age. The Panthers(Weiss,Horton,Boumestter,Van Ryn,Auld) are a few years away.

    I agree with Snake, 5-2 for the Habs. Ninnamaa is in the press box tonight and Dandenault is moving back to D. Abby is getting the start.

    Anyone else think Souray or Latendresse will score on the PP.

  10. #10 johnnyhab says:
    November 16, 2006 at 7:20 pm

    Move Higgins to the 2nd line center (a position he can play) and since Samsonov seems to be happy to just pass the puck let Kovalev and Higgins take the shots this could work out well for the 2nd line. as for Ryder I dont know what his problem is i’m sure he will come around

  11. #11 joshtm says:
    November 16, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    I say trade Ninny and Streit for Alexeev or Kuba….or Richardson….definitely Montreal needs to stop sending out its young Quebecois-borne stars, look at how its come back to haunt them….Lecavalier, etc…

    Keep Kostysisin for sure…honestly, what was Gainey and Carbo thinking sending Kosty down?

  12. #12 Habs#1 says:
    November 16, 2006 at 8:19 pm

    joshtm, I’m not sure I understand you. What do you mean the Habs ‘needs to stop sending out its young Quebecois-borne stars, look at how its come back to haunt them….Lecavalier, etc…’

    He went 1st overall to the Lightning, Montreal never had a chance to draft him and the Quebec draft rule(the territorial exemption) dosen’t exist anymore. It’s not that they’re sending them out it’s that they don’t have the same monopoly on them that they used to.

  13. #13 Habs suk says:
    November 16, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    For more information, contact: “PACTRUM SPECTRUM”

  14. Some people are just weird…

  15. #15 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 16, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    lol

  16. #16 Habs suk says:
    November 16, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    “PACTUM SERVA” sorry for the mistake

  17. #17 joshtm says:
    November 16, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    The habs are not playing well, too many one man rushes on the Florida net, while Florida at least tries to put the puck in the net.

    It’s time the Habs play as a team I think….

  18. #18 fanatic1 says:
    November 16, 2006 at 10:17 pm

    Well if Aebischer(aka Martin Gerber), could learn to stop routine shots, then maybe we could have a chance. Remember how poorly Aebischer played against the leafs. We need a 2nd goaltender we can rely on. Aebischer isn’t that!!!!!!!!!!Also, after Florida went up 2-0, Montreal QUIT! I don’t mind when we lose, but when are players quit, stop playing, and don’t give 100%, that really really really bugs me!I don’t want someone to say we lost, because we’re tired. We are playing a team BELOW 500, a lousy team, and we couldn’t manage to skate with them? This is just like the game against the leafs! We are just not competitive in every game. Ah, the panthers scored again, against our shoddy defence. we’re making Florida look like world beaters, and they’re not.We should be close in all our games. I don’t like to turn off a game after 40 minutes. 2nd time in 10 days I had to turn off the tv, because the game is over and we stunk up the joint!These are the type of games we should win, and Carbo knows it. We gave away 2 points because Aebischer couldn’t keep us in the game.

  19. #19 fanatic1 says:
    November 16, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    2nd game in a row Aebischer was yanked.looked real shaky. What goaltnders out there are available? Maybe bring up Danis from Hamilton. I wouldn’t let Aebischer in nets again unless we have a death wish! Maybe he could call Martin Gerber; they have alot in common.

  20. Hey Habs Suk, If you didn’t notice your beloved Laffs losed tonight as well so why don’t you get out of here and go cuddle up and spoon with Leafs Fan and a picture of Darryl Sittler and have that dream of the Laffs actually winning a cup.

    Man, second straight bad game by Aebischer. That first Jokinen goal was one of the worst I’ve seen all season. Oh well, looks like Huet is back to being the undisputed #1. Aebischer just needs some time to ride the pine. He did this in Colorado every season. He’d look like the second coming of Patrick roy for 7 games than he’d look like Dan Cloutier for the next 5 before he sat for a while, then he came back and repeated the cycle. It’s why he’ll never be a true #1.

    And the first line was atrocious(Koivu:-4,Latendresse and Ryder:-3)That’s not good enough from your top line.Ryder has basically disappeared lately.

    Oh well, it’s always one of the hardest things to do, go into Florida, play back-to-back, and win both games. Now they need to get back home and prepare for the Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovulchuk buzzsaw.(but don’t forget Lehtenon and Kozlov).

    And this is the second time I’ve predicted a Habs win, and the second time they’ve been blown out. No more predictions from me.

  21. Hey habs sux:

    Q: What is the gayest team ever in the history of the NHL.
    A: The 1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs

    Wendal Clark, Peter Zezel, Gay Glenn Anderson and Dougie Gilmour(although he was bisexual) and wait Dave Ellett as well. They have a float in the gay parade for that team. Nowonder they were such a CLOSE team in the dressing room. Whenever a player pur up new wallpaper in their locker they get towel spanks from everyone. NOw thats gay!

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