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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The player who has made a career out of scoring goals says it’s time the Canadiens started winning a few 1-0 games.
“We know we can score,” Canadiens sniper Alex Kovalev said Saturday, if not speaking specifically of his team’s punchless 3-0 Bell Centre loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“We just have to focus on playing defence more. Lately, we’ve been giving up too many goals. The last three games, we made a couple of bad mistakes and they cost us. It’s important for us to go back to basics….”
from an Q & A interview Kevin Mio of the Montreal Gazette did with Mathieu Dandenault of the Montreal Canadiens,
If there was one figure from history you would like to meet, who would it be and why?
“Probably Jesus, have a glass of wine with him.”
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
With his son, Stephen, and daughters Anna and Colleen at his side, along with members of his family, dear friends and many former teammates, Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey watched a banner bearing his name and his No. 23 pulled to the rafters of the Bell Centre at 6:53 p.m. tonight, an emotional and fitting tribute for the giant-hearted Hall of Famer.
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Per Pierre McGuire speaking on FSN during the Pens/Sens game, a potential landing place for Brad Richards is Montreal.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
How would Gainey, the general manager, describe Gainey, the player?
“I was strong-willed,” he said. “I was extremely difficult to play against. Determined to carry my part of the team’s game to improve our chances to win the game. I enjoyed the harder parts of the games and the harder parts of the season.”
What he didn’t say was that no player before him, or since, delivered those qualities game in, game out for the length of his 16 seasons with the team, which included 1,160 regular-season games - eight as captain - and 182 playoff games, which brought home five Stanley Cups and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1979.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Gainey is also believed not to be adverse to trading team captain Saku Koivu, who has only 12 goals this season, is a minus player and could probably use a change of scenery. But Koivu is four years older than Jokinen and far less productive, so Gainey would have to enhance the offer.
Perhaps a package of Koivu, Jaroslav Halak, a first-round pick and a prospect would be enough. Gainey could also include Alexander Perezhogin, who is having a fine season in Russia this year, but whose contract rights are still owned by the Canadiens.
more and some Richards talk too…
from RDS (translated),
Tom Kostopoulos can breathe a bit easier since he has learned that there will be no charges against him in Florida in the wake of his arrest last week.
Kostopoulos aurait pu être accusé d’entrave au travail des policiers. Kostopoulos would have been accused of obstructing the work of police.
Le joueur du Canadien a présenté une lettre d’excuse aux policiers pour être intervenu lors de l’arrestation de son coéquipier Ryan O’Byrne. The Canadian player submitted a letter of apology to police to be intervened with the arrest of his teammate Ryan O’Byrne.
from Jay Onrait of TSN,
Now Gainey is faced with a truly difficult decision and less than a week to make it.
If Ryder was the cog that would lead Montreal to land a world-class talent like Marian Hossa, it would be difficult for Gainey not to pull the trigger.
However, if a Ryder-for-Alex Tanguay deal was on the table, would it really make sense for Gainey to pull off such a deal with Flames GM Darryl Sutter? It’s hard to believe that whatever added offense Tanguay would provide, if any, would offset Ryder’s locker room presence. Not to mention the fact that the Newfoundland native appears to have re-discovered his scoring touch.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
When the season is over, when the final tallies are counted and the standings are established, no one will differentiate between good points and bad points.
Know this, however - the term, “loser’s point” was made for last night’s Rangers hockey team that conspired to blow a 5-0 second-period lead on their way to an astonishing 6-5 shootout defeat to the Canadiens.
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Incredible. Impossible. Unbelievable.
The Canadiens scored five straight goals tonight to rally from a 5-0 deficit, then got a goal from Saku Koivu in the shootout and Cristobal Huet stopped all three himself, giving Montreal a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers.
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The first time in the Canadiens history that they have had a comeback win after being down by five goals.
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