THE HABS WEEK THAT WAS by GOHABS.com (week ending October 27th)
GOHABS.com Habs week in review.
Overall: W:6 L:5 OTL:0. PTS:12
5th in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference.
Record for week ending October 27, 2013: GP: 3 // W: 1 // L: 2 // OTL: 0 // PTS: 2
Tuesday October 22, 2013
L: Edmonton Oilers 4 at Montreal Canadiens 3
After the Canadiens opened the first period with two goals, the Canadiens were probably thinking they were in cruise control. After first intermission, the Oilers had second thoughts. Their coach Dallas Eakins had to motivate his team and remind themthem what Lars Eller thought of Oilers as a team (Eller was quoted as saying the Oilers remind him of a junior team running around with no structure). The Oilers went on the score four straight goals. The Canadiens scored their third goal with two seconds left in the game with an extra attacker. After the game Coach Therrien was asked what he thought of Eller’s pre-game comments. Therrien’s response: Those were “inappropriate”.
Milestones: Patrick Holland, who was called up from Hamilton last week, played in his first NHL game.
Thursday October 24, 2013
W: Anaheim Ducks 1 at Montreal Canadiens 4
The Anaheim Ducks visiting in Montreal can only mean one thing; the return of Saku Koivu to Montreal and the never ending debate of whether the Canadiens should retire Saku Koivu’s number (oh how the standards have fallen, but I digress). The game also marked the last appearance of Teemu Selanne’s as Selanne is retiring after this season. The Canadiens It appeared had a simple game plan for this game; play a full 60 minutes and never let the foot off the pedal. Anaheim made it extremely easy for the Canadiens because the Ducks were a complete no-show. Although the Ducks out-shot the Canadiens 32-25, the Canadiens were never threatened by Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry, two players sure to make Team Canada at the upcoming Sochi Olympics. The Canadiens got fire power by the Plekanec-Gionta-Bournival line which combined for 7 points in the game.
Saturday October 26, 2013
L: San Jose Sharks 2 at Montreal Canadiens 0
San Jose Sharks showed Montreal hockey fans why the Sharks only lost 1 game in their first 10 games of the season. The Sharks dominated on all stats. And only gave up 1 power play opportunity. The Sharks’ Logan Couture benefited from an odd bounce during a dump in around the board, with the puck bouncing to the front of the net while Carey Price waited behind the net trying to intercept the puck thinking it would stick along the boards. This made the game 2-0 and San Jose never looked back. Unfortunately the Canadiens continue to make use of the infirmary as Travis Moen got a puck in the face and had to leave the game. (It was later revealed Moen suffered a fractured orbital bone and will be out one week). The game verses San Jose capped off a 5 game home stand where the Canadiens went 2-3.
Fun fact: Josh Gorges was acquired from San Jose back in 2007 when the Canadiens traded Craig Rivet to San Jose. Draft picks also changed hands with Habs receiving a 2007 first round pick (Max Pacioretty) and San Jose received a 2007 fifth round (Jean Demers). Jean who????? Safe to say who won that deal.
Player Movement for the week:
October 23, 2013 The Montreal Canadiens return defenceman Jarred Tinordi to Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
October 23, 2013 The Montreal Canadiens recall defenceman Greg Pateryn from Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
October 26, 2013 The Montreal Canadiens return forward Patrick Holland and defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
October 27, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens recall forwards Patrick Holland and Louis Leblanc from Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
NOTE: any player called up after 5pm only counts against the cap the following day.
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