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Saku Koivu’s 500th Point

  • Tonight may be the night where Saku Koivu reaches the 500 point plateau.

    Koivu is one point shy of the accomplishment. You wonder how many points Koivu would have had he not had so many setbacks in his career. It’ll be nice to see him get it tonight but would be even nicer on home ice.

    The Canadiens are in Washington where they won recently and the Capitals are slumping with 5 straight losses.

    Teams like Ottawa are creeping up on Montreal and these are must win games to keep their position and hopefully gain ground on the Sabres.

    As it was last week, limit the chances of Ovechkin and there’s a strong chance to win.

    As long as the Canadiens keep winning for the most part, not much will change. But you wonder how much longer guys like Samsonov and Ryder will be allowed to underproduce.

    Ryder is in a bit of a slump. He’s been counted on as the main Canadiens goal scorer the past couple years so to see him not scoring as much as expected is noticeable and somewhat troubling. But nowhere near as troubling as Sergei Samsonov’s lack of production.

    It’s become painful to watch him on the ice and should he remain this consistent throughout the remainder of the year it’ll go down as one of the biggest busts in recent Habs history. I think it’s completely realistic that Aaron Downey or Garth Murray may finish with more goals than Samsonov. Playing about 2000 minutes less.

    Remember Sergei Berezin?

    I have visions of Samsonov spending George Gillete’s money on russian caviar while he and Berezin pass the Canadiens 10,000th goal puck back and forth.

64 Comments
  1. #1 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    January 5, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Canada’s up 4 – zip on Russia early in the 2nd…

  2. #2 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    January 5, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    The Gazette is reporting a break ou tof the Flu has hit the Habs:
    “A team spokesman named five players who stayed home – defencemen Sheldon Souray, Craig Rivet and Mike Komisarek and forwards Michael Ryder and Garth Murray – but some players said six of their teammates were sick.” “The Canadiens cancelled practice Friday when five or six players came down with an intestinal flu.”

    Maybe its all the trade rumors they read on this Blog…

    but on a Seriously note this sucks!

  3. #3 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    January 5, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Well, we may get to see some of those young talents:
    “Coach Guy Carbonneau said he would have the players on the ice for a short skate Saturday morning to see which are able to play. He said the team may have to call in help from the minors.”

    I wasn’t hoping to see them all at once!

  4. #4 Jack Tornton says:
    January 5, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Xhabsfan:

    Are you a hab fan?
    I’ve read alot of your comments, and now you got me mixed up. All your comments seem to represent you as a Hab fan!
    * I don’t know why you chose “Xhabsfan” as your Blog Name.
    It is time to reveal weither you’re a Hab fan or not. An if you’re not can you tell us what team you’re counting for?

    All the best Habs

  5. #5 HabsInBlood says:
    January 5, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    As terrible as this sounds, maybe it’s a good thing there’s a flu outbreak – what better way to explain what transpired last night. Apparently some guys were puking on the bench during the game. Too bad Koivu didn’t puke all over the ref after the disallowed goal. Maybe it was the same ref that “thought Koivu dove” when Williams performed a retinal scan with the blade of his stick on Koivu in the playoffs last year – what a f’in joke. Maybe there’s an underlying grudge from hick refs that were brought up in Ontario, jealous of nos glorieux, that make them hard on us all the time.

    Also, the Koivu line was “-3″ last night – I suppose all the pessimists that “just want what’s best for our team” will want to trade the 1st line now.

    I don’t know why everyone rags on Plekanec – he’s a great 2 way player and is improving year after year. He hits a post or misses a goal and he should be traded? Anyone that thinks Pleks should be traded really doesn’t understand the makeup of this team and what Gainey et al are building right now. Also, re: second line, they have been playing well since mid-December IMHO.

    That’s it for now – back to work ;-)

  6. #6 HabsInBlood says:
    January 5, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    On another note – sucks living the US today. NHL Center Ice only aired the US bronze medal game on TV. Second, I went to tsn.ca to watch it in “broadband” but was blocked because I wasn’t in Canada (double %uck).

  7. Hi jack, hell ya I’M A HABS FAN, just not happy since 1992 bout the derection the habs been going,it’s allways the same freeeking results,year after year and it seems to be never ending.So I use the blog name to protest my displeasure plus to get the blog juices flowing,I think it helps our blog team,and I’m a team player. Congrats to jr team canada,looks like we got a goalie boys.!!!

  8. #8 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    January 5, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    HabsInBlood
    I was able to see it on tsn.ca to watch it in “broadband� in NY?

  9. #9 HabsInBlood says:
    January 5, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    countNY_HabsFan – Lucky you, didn’t work for me here in Denver.

  10. #10 joshtm says:
    January 5, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Hello, Doug Jarvis as the A/Coach was supposed to fix the ailing defense, what kind of Habs fans are you? Shame on you….

    I say kick Dougie, stick him in the dam P-box, or better yet bench him and bring up the A/Coach of the Dogs and maybe we can fix the invisible defense….and move Souray to offense, where he belongs. Maybe Sheldon can knock down the other teams goalie instead of always going after Abby or Huet, what gives, hey Sheldon why do you hate your own goalies? And what is with this giving away the game winning goal and helping the other team by knocking Abby down or Huet, heck Sheldon, just get it over with, shoot on your damn net won’t you?

    Finally, get Sakku what he needs, trade anyone everyone, heck since Bob Gainey doesn’t know what rookies are for, or the value of a buck…hey Bob medicare is not for hockey, you can’t be having your scouts look for broken down players….get rid of the medical staff, get rid of the Habs Hospital and get with the times, let’s have a hockey team, not a friggen Medicare NHL team that it has become…get Sakku his brother, the Koivu brothers could bring back the sensationalism that was the Mahovalichs….

    Get rid of Dougie and Kirk, those damn A/Coaches who can’t do crap. At least Melanson helps the goal tenders…and what do we have a coach for? Carbo, you can’t be changing lines every few seconds, give those boys a chance to actually shoot the puck….and Gainey, stop trading your prospects only to have them come back at you on the other team….

  11. #11 joshtm says:
    January 5, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    I wonder what it would take to get Sakku’s brother on, who would we have to trade for?

    What is scary is knowing that Gainey doesn’t know or can’t notice how well rookies play. Especially when you have Price drafted, it is sad that Montreal wastes its money on crappy veterans instead of doing like the Penguins, save it for exciting young rookies.

    Imagine someone who can do better than both Huet and Abby? Heck we could put four forwards on the ice all the time and just get rid of the defensemen altogether since they don’t do any good anyway. You have Kovalev and Koivu basically playing defense cause Souray and Ninnima and the others just don’t bother to shut down the shooters, and basically give the puck away or set up the puck for the other team to shoot.

    Just imagine giving Sakku some more great wingers to play with…

  12. #12 Jack Tornton says:
    January 5, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Joshtm:
    point 1: you mispelled Saku’s name.

    Point 2: It’ s hard to say, but I admit you’re kind of right. When Richard Zednik used to pkay with Koivu, he used to have season’s of 30 goals, then came Ryder, and then Higgins.

    * What if we trade for a proven or even a star winger? Do yuo guys remember Koivu in the olympics? Along with teemu selanne and the Anti Miettinen.
    Hell yes!

  13. #13 habs phan says:
    January 5, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    in response to #60, i called it!!!! and truly beleive it would be amazing. check out #13 from carey price shutout section on this blog. the brothers could definetly create a real scare in other teams. just a thought. good luck on the weekend boys, go habs go!!!

  14. #14 HabFaninCalgary says:
    January 6, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Ryder needs to go! He’s defenive play is pathetic at -10, plus his slump. No vision, can’t pass and 090% of his shots are blocked. Rid the habs of him like we did Ribeiro.

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