…for the moment.
The Canadiens played their best period of the season last night against the Rangers scoring 5 unanswered goals in less than 12 minutes.
Unfortunately, they weren’t that consistent for the whole 60 minutes forcing them to come from behind 2-0 and then stifle a 3rd period Ranger onslaught.
Alex Kovalev…what can you say about him that hasn’t been said? Love him or hate him, this is the time of year that he shines and he is certainly doing so lately for the Habs.
Kovalev thrives on pressure, he doesn’t even wake up until St-Patrick’s day has come and gone. Kovalev has never lost a Game 7 in his career, and with every game these days being like a seventh game – he’s been leading the way.
When a player with his talent cares and is involved in the game, he is a lot for opponents to deal with and a huge asset down the final stretch.
Jaroslav Halak is getting the job done. The 4 goals he allowed yesterday are deceiving, he made crucial saves time and time again and kept the Rangers from running away with it early as well as climbing back in it late. Finally the Canadiens get consistent in nets and 5 consecutive wins follow.
Plekanec, Kostitsyn and Higgins. This dynamic line continues to do damage and looks better each game. Tomas Plekanec is playing with confidence that he lacked in the first half of the season and is proving to be a quality hockey player. Ribeiro who…?
Maxim Lapierre, the official Sean Avery or Darcy Tucker of the Canadiens. He is a pest and he is very effective in that role. He seems to relish in it and enjoys disturbing anyone he can.
In addition to my excellent blogging skills, I’m quite proficient at reading lips and Maxim Lapierre had an exchange at the face off dot that went something like this:
Lapierre to Avery: “What’s your name? …..Oh? I never heard of you….”
It seemed to get under his skin as Avery would soon after prove his toughness by trying to fight Andrei Markov.
Lapierre gets props for going after everyone and anyone and calling out tough guys in his broken English. The type of guy everyone on the other team wants to pound and will sometimes take penalties in doing so.
The Habs finally got a bit of luck and gained 2 points on every team in the race except the Leafs who kept pace with a win of their own.
Next up the Senators and Sabres who are never easy. Considering they are back to back games Cristobal Huet might get a start.