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Washington @ Montreal | Jan. 5 2008 | Final: 5-4 Washington (OT)


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  1. 1. What will the outcome be?

    • Habs ride the hot streak with a win in regulation
      40
    • Habs steal one in OT or shootout
      4
    • Caps do to the Habs what they did to Ottawa - win in regulation
      1
    • Caps need OT or shootout to get two points
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Bell Centre
Jan 5, 2008, 12:30 PM ET

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Carey Price | Olaf Kolzig….
2,79 GAA ~ .911 Sv%--2,99 GAA~ .891 Sv%

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Possible line-up

A.Kostitsyn - Plekanec – Kovalev
Latendresse - Koivu - S.Kostitsyn
Higgins - Lapierre – Ryder
Kostopoulos - Chipchura - Dandenault

Markov - Komisarek
Hamrlik – Streit
Bouillon - Gorges

Healthy scratch

Brisebois

The leaders

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.Alex Kovalev | Alex Ovechkin
17 goals, 19 assists = 36 points----30 goals, 20 assists = 50 points

. Tomas Plekanec | Michael Nylander.
12 goals, 21 assists = 33 points---- 10 goals, 23 assists = 33 points

.. .....Saku Koivu | Niklas Backstrom
7 goals, 24 assists = 31 points--- 7 goals, 22 assists = 29 points

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Special teams

PP: 1st ~ 24,2% | PP: 20th ~ 16,5%

SH: 23rd ~ 80,4% | SH: 19th ~ 81,1%

Injuries

Brian Smolinski | Brian Pothier.....

Steve Bégin | Tom Poti.....

Ryan O’Byrne | Alex Semin....

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Keeping an eye on...

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Few teams feature as balanced an offense as the Montreal Canadiens. They could be getting even stronger in that department if Michael Ryder's recent play is a sign of things to come.


The Canadiens seek their fourth straight win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday as the teams face off for the second time this season.


Even with minimal contributions from Ryder - a 30-goal scorer each of the last two seasons - Montreal (20-13-7) owns one of the best records in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens have played surprisingly poor at home (7-7-4), but that has been offset by one of the league's best road records (13-6-3).


While Montreal lacks a star forward such as Washington's Alex Ovechkin, it does have a group of players all capable of scoring at least 20 goals. Alex Kovalev (17) is one of six Canadiens with 10 or more goals, tying Detroit for most in the NHL.


Ryder had his first two-goal game of the season and Montreal scored three times in the third period in a 6-3 victory Thursday over visiting Tampa Bay.


Chris Higgins had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who returned from a 3-1-2 road trip and won for just the second time in their last nine games at the Bell Centre.


"We knew that we had to come out in the third and push and if we did that we had a good chance of winning, and that's what we did," said Ryder, who has nine goals in 12 career games against Washington (16-20-6).


Three of Ryder's six goals this season have come in the last three games. He was a healthy scratch for three straight contests in December.


"When we kept him out the lineup for a few games, we told him what he needed to do," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau told the team's official Web site. "We kept on him that he had to work harder and shoot more and that's exactly what he's doing."


Left wing Andrei Kostitsyn also scored Thursday, giving him seven goals and seven assists in his last 13 games. Kovalev has five goals and eight assists in his past 12 contests.


Cristobal Huet had another strong game with 30 saves on Thursday. Montreal has earned at least one point in each of his last seven starts (4-0-3).


Washington had a five-game point streak snapped with a 2-0 loss Thursday at Boston.


The shutout loss was surprising because the Capitals were coming off a home-and-home sweep of East-leading Ottawa during which they scored 14 goals.


Ovechkin, third in the NHL with 30 goals, had a seven-game point streak snapped. He has gone two straight games without a goal, matching a season high.


"Most terrible game of the season for us. We don't move. We don't shoot the puck. We were sleeping tonight - everybody," Ovechkin said. "Only Olie (Kolzig) played well. I don't know what happened to us."


The Capitals were without right wing Alex Semin (tailbone) and defenseman Tom Poti (upper body), who were both injured in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Senators. Neither is expected to play Saturday.


Guillaume Latendresse scored a pair of goals in Montreal's 5-2 win at Washington on Dec. 20.


The Canadiens have win six of seven overall against the Capitals, and are 7-1-1 with one tie in their last 10 home games in the series.


Associated Press



Credits of this game thread goes to ColRouléBleu who did the French game thread.
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Guest King-Carey-31

well, im glas breezer is sitting this one out, the caps are a speedy team and he is just incapable of performing well in these conditions, also why is he wearing #71 instead of #43 i never got that memo

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Guest habsfan_10

Good job on the Game day! JL got me all ready for the game! :) GO HABS GOOOOOOOOOO really like the way we are playing............always cheering my HABS!

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Guest HabsFanStuckInToronto!

I think I remember Brisebois talking about why he took # 71 but I can't remember what he said. Additionally, I am glad he is not in the lineup because despite a bad giveaway in his previous outing, Gorges deserves to play more and strut his stuff. Also, like someone said, speed and Breezer don't mix well.

Should be an exciting game and the fans will be fired up for another home game which is no doubt a sell out. Montreal's "checking line" of Ryder, Higgins and Lappiere have to continue their offensive play to limit Ovechkin's chances.

- Pressure the Capital Defense with Smart Skating (Exploding at the right times, finding open areas)

- Continue great mix of offense and defense

- Don't panic if Montreal doesn't get the first goal

I expect Price to have a STRONG game and I know Montreal can win this game. GO HABBYS GO!

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For those interested, it will be a very special game for Carey Price. Olaf Kolzig owns the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, the team where Carey played his junior hockey career. He got to know Olie the goalie who became a bit of a mentor for Price. I'm sure the two are looking forward to facing each other and there will be a whole lot of mutual respect at both ends of the ice the whole game.

Here's hoping that the protege can beat the mentor.

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I think I remember Brisebois talking about why he took # 71 but I can't remember what he said. Additionally, I am glad he is not in the lineup because despite a bad giveaway in his previous outing, Gorges deserves to play more and strut his stuff. Also, like someone said, speed and Breezer don't mix well.

Should be an exciting game and the fans will be fired up for another home game which is no doubt a sell out. Montreal's "checking line" of Ryder, Higgins and Lappiere have to continue their offensive play to limit Ovechkin's chances.

- Pressure the Capital Defense with Smart Skating (Exploding at the right times, finding open areas)

- Continue great mix of offense and defense

- Don't panic if Montreal doesn't get the first goal

I expect Price to have a STRONG game and I know Montreal can win this game. GO HABBYS GO!

Is it possible that he is born in 1971? That would make him 37, but brisebois doesn't look very young TBH. ;)

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For those interested, it will be a very special game for Carey Price. Olaf Kolzig owns the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, the team where Carey played his junior hockey career. He got to know Olie the goalie who became a bit of a mentor for Price. I'm sure the two are looking forward to facing each other and there will be a whole lot of mutual respect at both ends of the ice the whole game.

Here's hoping that the protege can beat the mentor.

hmm very interesting.... One would think that maybe some hints will be given to both teams(olie/price)

I wont be able to watch this game OR the worldJRS....ugh work is so evil!! :angry:

I know our boys can pull this off, keep it simple and play smart. Also hope that price is on his game.

oh and nice gamethread JL, fancy fancy

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Guest lfrommtl

nice game thread

ill be in attendance, theyve won twice when ive gone this year(ive been 6 times) so im hoping they can win while im there that being said

GO HABS GO

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Guest d80jcrant

A.Kostitsyn - Plekanec – Kovalev

Latendresse - Koivu - S.Kostitsyn

Higgins - Lapierre – Ryder

All three of these lines are actually kind of scary

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Guest WindsorHab#10

Price hasn't played for a while so the pressure is on to produce. The team has been playing great and hopefully they'll continue. Does anyone know if CBC is carrying the game? GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!

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Price hasn't played for a while so the pressure is on to produce. The team has been playing great and hopefully they'll continue. Does anyone know if CBC is carrying the game? GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!

Nope I don't think so, Just RDS

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Guest Blockoman

The Capitals sweeping the Senators is impressive, but I need to remind myself that Ottawa is basically a one line team. If you shut down the Heatley-Alfredsson-Spezza line, the Sens are a pretty average team.

The Habs, on the other hand, are very well balanced and have three lines that can produce consistently. The Capitals will definately have their work cut out for them.

GO HABS GO!!!

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Guest HabsfanfromtheROCK

A matinee game, my first habs game missed in 2 years :mellow: . Damn this basketball tournament, i shouldnt go, we lost yesterday 72-16 ! ROFL

GO HABS GO!!!!!!

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Guest HabSteve

looking at the poll results, we don't even need to play this one

:lol:

this is way too early for a saturday game...

anyway, let's get 2 points!

GO HABS GO!

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Anyone else worried about this one? The lads stink out loud in afternoon games.

Bad habits of the past seem to be changing , the 'lads used to stink out loud' during the holiday trips and they did well this year so I'm hoping for a change in afternoon performances as well ;)

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