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Carey Price still playing for keeps

The Habs eked out a point last night. That was solely due to the play of Carey Price, who kept the Senators at bay for 50-odd minutes before they tied the game and went on to win 2-1. The Habs were without Andrei Markov (it’s not the knee, it’s upper body, we swear…yeah, sure), Tomas Kaberle, and the regulars who have been out all season. I give Randy Cunneyworth credit, he still has much of this team working, and he’s still emotional as ever on the bench. It would be very easy for someone in his position to simply throw in the towel - after all, the chances of him being back as head coach are slim to done. However, he’s still tearing strips of players, telling referees (such as favourite Chris Lee) where to go, and urging his players on to victory. It’s inspiring in one sense, and depressing in another.

So the Habs fight on, ready to go again tonight. No word yet on whether Mr. Markov will be back patrolling the blue line. Alexei Emelin went down last night with an injury, blocking a shot with his back, but was back late in the game, so he’ll probably go. Kudos to Josh Gorges, who last night blocked 10 shots, threw 6 hits, and was selected first star - in a game that meant little to nothing for Montreal.

Perhaps now, the race for Habs fans is versus Toronto. Who finishing ahead? Who gets the better draft pick? Will it come down to the final game of the season?

Hopefully, that will keep things interesting. But for now, the team is still working. In an age where countless professional athletes shirk responsibility, that’s at least refreshing to see.

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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