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via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Kaberle traded to Mtl for Spacek. Done deal.
Deserving for this hit on Jaroslav Spacek 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.
Tuesday evening was not kind to the Montreal Canadiens, who were outplayed and outhustled by an enthusiastic Blue Jackets team. Carey Price was the difference for the Habs – he made too many outstanding saves to count. Benoit Pouliot was probably the closest to scoring for the Habs, with a good chance halfway through the third. The Montreal power play continued to falter despite the return of Andrei Markov, and it is very quickly becoming a significant issue. Mathieu Garon was great, scoring the shutout for Columbus in their 3-0 win.
The biggest surprise of the evening? The play of Jaroslav Spacek, or rather the fact that he played at all. Coach Jacques Martin had hinted that Spacek would be out, a rumour considered confirmed by Alex Picard, who spoke to reporters about how excited he was to be playing with Andrei Markov (a player he’d never been paired with before, as Markov had been out with a knee injury). However, coach Martin apparently had a change of heart and dressed Spaced, who promptly took a penalty early on
that resulted in a Columbus power play goal
and gave Columbus an unnecessary power play (Columbus scored about five minutes later, on a power play due to a Benoit Pouliot penalty. Credit to dwgs for noticing the error). Spacek also did his best to score on Carey Price early in the game, in a painful miscue, but Price managed to make a toe save involving reflexes beyond the imagination of most, this author definitely included.
Definite problems on defence
The Montreal Canadiens wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. The Habs were playing their third game in four nights and looked the part, wearing down fairly early and fading as the third period went on.
However, more important than the outcome for most Habs fans was the return of Andrei Markov. The best defenceman in Montreal returned Saturday to record five shots but was unable to get on the scoresheet as he was eased back into the lineup. Markov was paired with PK Subban, playing an impressive 23:03 in his return.
Second line blues
Montreal has had a good start to the year, but their major challenge continues to be a lack of secondary scoring. Namely, second line scoring, in that Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta have been virtually invisible when it comes to offence. Gionta is perhaps the most snake bitten player in the NHL this year, having scored only once on forty-four shots.
The Canadiens may have lost to the Maple Leafs last night, but there were a lot of things to like about Montreal’s game. Carey Price looked good, if not very good, making a key save early on Phil Kessel and a highlight reel save late. Yes, he let in three goals, and yes, perhaps he went down a tad early on a few shots, but his lateral movement was excellent. I am buoyed by Price’s performance, and I urge people to be patient.
The Canadiens had a good first and it went south from there during Saturday night’s game against Ottawa. However, any worries are likely unnecessary, given that the Senators dressed a fairly NHL heavy lineup, while the Canadiens were a bit lighter on the talent side. Regardless, one would have hoped for a better showing from Carey Price after his game against the Bruins on Wednesday. Against Ottawa, Price again proved off, surrendering six goals on 30 shots. While some of these goals were not his fault (Jaroslav Spacek gets a nod here), and there were clearly defensive errors, Price still needs to stop the puck - you can’t win giving up six goals. But it is the pre-season, and many a team have come up empty in September only to blaze out of the gates in October.
Who’s impressed so far, and who’s a step behind?
From the CP via TSN,
Jaroslav Spacek could miss the rest of the regular season and Dmitri Kalinin will be out for weeks, leaving the Buffalo Sabres without two veteran defencemen for their final playoff push.
Spacek has a chest injury and will require more tests to determine when he could return, but coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday, “It’s going to be a good period of time.”
As for Kalinin, Ruff said the player will miss up to two weeks with a shoulder injury.