Kukla's Korner Hockey
by The Upper Canadien on 10/27/10 at 11:25 PM ET
Carey Price started his ninth game straight in style, making a number of big saves early in leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders. The Habs managed to hang on in a dramatic third period in which the teams traded goals back and forth, and Benoit Pouliot missed on a penalty shot. Andrei Kostitsyn capped the scoring with an empty net goal, his fifth in the past five games.
Tomas Plekanec and PK Subban led the way for the Montreal offence, also benefitting from the strong bottom-six play of Jeff Halpern, Mathieu Darche and Benoit Pouliot. Halpern recorded a goal and an assist while Darche also tallied a goal, as Montreal’s checkers brought energy and presence against a gritty Isles offence. Montreal’s power play continued to struggle, lacking presence on the point and a big body down low. The good news: ranked 30th, it literally can’t get any worse.
In any event, the Habs will be back at it against the Islanders on Friday night, this time in New York. Alex Auld is likely to see his first start in net, handing back to Carey Price for a Saturday night tilt in Montreal against the Florida Panthers.
The return of #79
Of significance to Montreal fans and poolies everywhere, Andrei Markov is due back this weekend, with many pundits speculating on a Friday return. This is big news for the Canadiens, who will immediately benefit from Markov’s calm presence in his own zone, as well as a much more threatening power play.
The Hockey Sweater
So I’ve purchased a brand new Canadiens home sweater, but I can’t decide who to put on the back. I’ve narrowed it down to PK Subban, Mike Cammalleri, Max Lapierre and Josh Gorges, the former two for talent and importance to the team, and the latter pair for the grit and guts they show game in game out. I have been burned many-a-time by putting a player on the back who was traded, or left as a free agent, almost immediately (I still miss ya Kovalev), so naturally I’m having a tough time with this one. Well Kukla’s Korner world, whaddya think?
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