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by The Upper Canadien on 11/25/10 at 12:49 AM ET
Or, at the very least, they like playing the LA Kings. The Montreal Canadiens looked determined on Tuesday, putting in an impressive night’s work in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Habs were led by a goal and an assist from first star Andrei Kostitsyn, and 24 saves from Carey Price.
A milestone goal late in the second period was Lars Eller’s first as a Hab, 22 games into his tenure as a Montreal Canadien. While Eller has been a disappointment thus far, he has worked hard in his meagre eight or nine minutes of ice time each game. It was nice to see him, finally, rewarded.
As for Price, what more can I say that hasn’t already been said? He stopped 24 of 25 shots, made some fantastic saves, and the sun came up this morning. His consistency this year is remarkable.
One interesting change in the lineup: Mathieu Darche was back in, and Yanick Weber was out. It stands to reason this would hurt the power play and help the Canadiens backcheck, correct? You’d be mistaken. Darche made a great play to help set up Kostitsyn’s first goal, on the power play nonetheless, and continued to be a key contributor in his limited minutes. He’s unheralded, but he’s a key piece of the puzzle. It’s a shame he doesn’t get more recognition.
Kneed an update?
Sorry Habs, and fantasy hockey, fans. Still no official news on Andrei Markov, although Tony Marinaro of the Team 990 posted a diagnosis on Twitter, and it was not good. Marinaro is generally very accurate with his exclusives and clearly has solid sources, so here it is: “Markov partial tear acl graft right knee, large radial tear lateral meniscus, bone contusions, mod knee joint effusion.” I’m no doctor, but that sounds pretty bad.
It’s not confirmed by anyone else at this time, but it’s very specific, and Marinaro is a good journalist. My bet: he’s 100% on the money, and Markov is gone for a while.
The Habs play Atlanta Friday and Buffalo Saturday. A restful Thursday, but a busy weekend ahead. Will we see the second coming of Alex Auld?
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