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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Pouliot was acquired from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Michel Ouellet and their fifth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 23.
Pouliot, 25, played in 74 games with the Boston Bruins last season, collecting 16 goals and 32 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. The Alfred, Ontario native set career highs in goals and points last season. Pouliot ranked third on Boston in game-winning goals with five and eighth in goals and plus/minus (+16). He also skated in seven playoff games with the Bruins, posting a goal and two points
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forward Benoit Pouliot from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Michel Ouellet and their fifth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Pouliot, 25, played in 74 games with the Boston Bruins last season, collecting 16 goals and 32 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. The Alfred, Ontario native set career highs in goals and points last season. Pouliot ranked third on Boston in game winning goals with five and eighth in goals and plus/minus (+16). He also skated in seven playoff games with the Bruins, posting a goal and two points
The Montreal Canadiens have suddenly won 3 of 4, after a poor slate of games that had people wondering whether their first half was a fluke. A solid performance against Pittsburgh, followed by a come from behind thriller against Boston, means Montreal is again within striking distance of the Northeast lead, and has some much needed momentum as they embark on the second half of their season.
Of late, a few players have performed brilliantly. Benoit Pouliot scored the shootout winner against Pittsburgh, and he, Mathieu Darche and recent callup David Desharnais have formed a poor man’s French Connection, playing solid, two way hockey while chipping in offensively. Scott Gomez appears to be back, after about 25 games in the wilderness, and Carey Price is again performing like the star the Canadiens need him to be.
A 9 pm puck drop tonight as the Canadiens take on Dallas. Word is that Andrei Kostitsyn and Yanick Weber will be healthy scratches, though you never know anything with Jacques Martin until his lineup card is handed in.
It appears Lars Eller will get a further look on one of the top two lines. I hope to see Pouliot get a bit more ice time as well. It stands to reason that after a solid year thus far, and a lack of production from the top two lines, that Benny deserves a shot. Yet Benny was on the fourth line and the extra man at practice yesterday, so who knows.
As for the defence, PK Subban skated with Hal Gill towards the end of Sunday night’s loss to Colorado. An interesting tandem and perhaps a more natural fit for Subban, as Gill stays back and covers for the young Torontonian. Subban hasn’t looked as confident since his healthy scratch streak two weeks ago. Which Subban will show up tonight?
It’s been a busy day and week, and I’ve *just* gotten my computer back, but a quick summary before tonight’s game:
Dustin Boyd has been sent down to the AHL. He won’t be back - the Habs don’t want to end up paying half of his salary for the rest of the year.
Jaroslav Spacek is extremely slow. Will Jacques Martin scratch him tonight? He can use the excuse that Spacek is still hurting from the Clarke MacArthur beatdown of Saturday. We shall see.
A great effort Friday night by the newly christened PhD line (Mathieu Darche and Jeff Halpern both have university degrees) resulted in two goals for Benoit Pouliot and a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, who still have yet to win a game in Buffalo this season.
Saturday night, however, an expectedly tired Canadiens club put in a shoddy effort for two periods, and lost 3-2 to the visiting Ottawa Senators. Brian Elliott was good in net for Ottawa, but Alex Kovalev was better up the ice, scoring two goals and tallying an assist against his former club. L’Artiste was, of course, first star on the night.
Two positives from this weekend: a goal by Brian Gionta, who had not scored in eight games, and the play of Pouliot-Halpern-Darche, which has helped keep the Canadiens competitive as their second line and power play has struggled.
While the Habs have looked fairly good in this young season, a few problems are obvious. Firstly, the defence: it’s far too slow.
Gotta play catch-up again first, as yesterday’s minor league update took longer than expected and robbed from some of my otherwise-set-aside-for-writing time. Alas, it’s Saturday morning’s edition of JJ’s Three Cheers.
From Thursday’s games first:
***Cheers to Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, who put up a goal and four points in total, factoring in on all of his club’s offense as the Senators downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Losers of six straight (and outscored 20-5 in their last five contests), consider that quality start to the season officially neutralized and then some for the Isles.
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It’s a pretty quiet week in Montreal, given that the Canadiens don’t play until Thursday night. The most notable move today in practice was the insertion of Tom Pyatt on the wing with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, as Jacques Martin searches for reliable scoring from his second line. As you may recall, the Habs have already had Benoit Pouliot and Travis Moen in that spot over the Canadiens first five games. While the line hasn’t been particularly effective, as a fan I question Martin’s line juggling this early in the year - and one thing in particular concerns me. More than anything, I am worried by Martin’s use of Benoit Pouliot.
The Montreal Canadiens had a productive weekend, taking four points from two divisional rivals in wins over the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators. On Friday night, Carey Price was the hero, making a number of good saves against a Buffalo team that often seems to have Montreal’s number when playing South of the border. On Saturday, it was the team’s turn to bail Price out from a couple of unfortunate goals, as the Tomas Plekanec line put on a show, recording 15 shots in coming back from a 3-1 deficit. Andrei Kostitsyn, who has looked like a different player sans Sergei, scored the winner with minutes to go.
Where did Lars go?
One negative to come out of the weekend was the play of Lars Eller, who has seen himself go from a potential top line winger to fourth line scrub.
The Canadiens head into Buffalo tonight to take on their Northeast Division rivals. While the lineup is relatively the same, the Canadiens have made a couple of tweaks. One involves their first line.
Carey Price deserved much, much better last night as the Montreal Canadiens fell 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Habs were up 4-3 with about a minute to go when PK Subban went to the penalty box. Tampa Bay then scored a controversial power play goal, as Dustin Boyd was tripped by Ryan Malone in front of the referee and no call was made. The goal was scored in the moment following the trip.
Carey Price is back. If there was any doubt that he would be up to the challenge – and there was – he put his critics on notice last night, with a remarkable 36 save performance against Pittsburgh in a 3-2 victory. Save after save, Price demonstrated poise and athleticism, rebounding after each Pittsburgh goal to shut down the impressive Penguins offence. Indeed, after the game coach Jacques Martin commented that Price was the reason Montreal won.
In the end, I think the Wild made the safer investment here. Size doesn’t grow on trees. I think Latendresse will become a solid, second-line, power-winger type for years to come. The Canadiens got the guy that can still possibly become a first-line offensive threat, but they also took on more risk if he’s unable to figure out what it takes to apply his talent at this level.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the Benoit Pouliot - Guillaume Latendresse trade. More from Pierre on the trade…
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Wild center Benoit Pouliot has lost his driver’s license for a year after being found guilty of drunken driving Monday in an Ontario court room.
Pouliot, 22, was also fined $1,828 for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level over the legal limit and refusing to provide police with a second breath sample.