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From the CP via TSN:
The reason for the rivalry remains unknown, however team mates on both sides believe it has something to do with sharing the same nationality. Older brother Andrei [Kostitsyn] would not discuss the feud but did state that [Mikhail] Grabovski “…talks too much in the Russian newspapers about me and my brother.”
While both players were born in Belarussia, Grabovski believes that Kostitsyn’s heritage should be questioned. “I think he is not Belarussian now, he is French because I never fight with Belarussian guys.”
Canadiens heavyweight Georges Laraque thought the prospect of the two flyweights throwing down would be hilarious.
“I think it would look really funny,” Laraque said of the potential tilt between the pair who are both generously listed at 5’11”.
read on for the full story
via Pat Hickey at Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens confirm that left winger Guillaume Latendresse will be out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury. He was injured Sunday when he lost his balance while chasing a puck into the corner and slammed into the boards.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Alex Kovalev admits he has to start playing better hockey, especially with injuries mounting on the Montreal Canadiens.
The big winger, who led the team with 84 points last season, was benched for most of the third period of a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday for his listless play.
He then met with coach Guy Carbonneau to clear the air.
“He’s the coach, I’m a player, he does his job, I do mine,” Kovalev said Tuesday. “He’s not going to come on the ice and do my job, and when I do it better, everybody’s happy. So the important thing for me is to play better.”
MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that forward Robert Lang underwent successful surgery to repair a severed Achilles tendon on his left leg. The 38-year old forward is presently recovering from surgery and will be out indefinitely.
Lang suffered the injury during the third period of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Boston Bruins, at the Bell Centre. He was transferred to the Montreal General Hospital where surgery was performed on Sunday night.
from CBC Sports,
Carbonneau said the Russian has to step up his game if Montreal has any hope of catching Boston….
“Alex is a professional. He’s not a rookie,” Carbonneau said. “Right now, he’s struggling, but we need him [if we’re going to] go far.”
It’s been suggested in the Montreal media that Kovalev’s play tapers off when captain Saku Koivu is in the lineup. Koivu returned to action for the Habs on Jan. 21 after missing 17 games with an ankle injury, and Kovalev has struggled since then.
“I hope that’s not the truth or we’re in trouble, because I’m not taking the C off Saku — that’s the bottom line,” Carbonneau said. “If anyone needs a letter to perform on the ice, I have trouble with that.”
from the CP via TSN,
Montreal also lost its goal-scoring leader, centre Robert Lang, likely for a long time as he had a tendon in his left heel sliced by a skate after a harmless looking hit into the boards on Stephane Yelle 8:33 into the third period.
And then winger Guillaume Latendresse left at 17:28 with what appeared to be a shoulder injury after he slid hard into the boards while checking Chuck Kobasew.
more on the Bruins 3-1 over Montreal today.
If you have access to the Bruins/Canadiens game that started at 2:00pm today, make sure to check out the the jerseys the Canadiens are wearing.
They were referred to as the ‘Barber Shop’ sweater almost a 100 years ago.
Denis Gauthier of the Kings lands and elbow to the head of Josh Gorges today. Gauthier received a major, a 10 and game misconduct while Gorges was
finished for the game
sorry, he did return.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
If the Canadiens are to snap a season-long four-game losing streak tomorrow afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings, their effort must start between the goalposts of Price, who gets the start. The NHL sophomore is a better goaltender than he’s shown in the two games since last weekend’s all-star break, and in the game before that.
He knows it. His coach knows it. His teammates know it.
Fourteen goals allowed for an .849 save percentage is not the goalkeeping the Canadiens need, or that Price expects of himself.
“Carbo just told me not to put it (all) squarely on my own shoulders,” he said of their masque-à-tête. “He told me I need to be better. And I know that. It’s the truth. He said, ‘You can’t put all the pressure on yourself because everybody has to be better.’ “
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