Bourne Posted November 20, 2008 Report Share Posted November 20, 2008 Alright before I begin, I was bored and opted to have a little fun with this game thread, especially since it will be my first. Thus if you want to skip ahead to the actual information, the scroll down otherwise enjoy or mock me for my lack of creativity, whatever works for you. -------------------------- Tonight – or still tomorrow for some – we have the second meeting between two exceptionally unique teams. At home you have the Ottawa Senators, currently the league’s most successful team at losing; having won twenty of their last fifty-seven games; fans and media everywhere wonder how they manage to continue such an effective streak, despite an impressive roster. “After having been so dominating in the past, we feel it necessary to show some pity for Toronto otherwise people may start to believe there is only one team in Ontario” claims Jason Spezza, Ottawa’s “star” player thus far this season. Craig Hartsburg has been quite vocal about Spezza’s performance as of late, as he has contributed immense to their success of not being able to score goals, thus costing them games. Some believe it is the curse of Tampa Bay, which arose when Tampa won the Stanley Cup with one of the most dominate lines in the NHL back in 2004 only to become one of the weakest teams since. Of course people are left bewildered, questioning Senators GM Bryan Murray considering Ottawas must be confused as they never won a cup to begin with… Then you have the Montreal Canadiens, a team filled with such young impressive talent that they have decided it would be a rather boring season if they simply blew away every team as it seemed to be expected league wide. Thus they have apparently decided upon the uphill struggle strategy, battling from behind or taking pity on the bottom dwellers with only a have hearted effort; although strangely enough both the Islanders and Senators were subjected to the actual talent the Canadiens can muster, leading us to believe there is a dislike between the teams similar to the “love” shown to Mikhail Grabovski of Toronto who reports: “They really are mean.” My apologies to why there is no further updates from Grabovski, I had to leave in disgust after an insult like that. In an exclusive interview with Canadiens’ coach Guy Carbonneau, he claims this is all part of the Canadiens’ strategy. “Last season we were the underdogs, the team no one expected to do anything and look at what became of that. Now all twenty-nine teams expect us to challenge them game after game and frankly this goes against my master plan. I want the league to once again believe we are nothing, which is when we will pounce. It is what I call playing possum. It was effective last season and it shall be again!” Carbonneau says “look for the tie” as a sign of when the Canadiens will begin their wanton destruction of every team in the NHL. There you have it hockey fans, two teams vying for the bottom of the barrel. Tonight will be a true test as one time must win. Who will forgo their strategy? Will the Canadiens’ dislike of Ottawa prove too much for them or will Ottawa attempt to redeem themselves, going against everything they have worked so hard for? This video we have located proves just how willing each team is to defend their strategy! -------------------------- Montreal Canadiens Last Game GA: 2 SA: 48 SV: 46 SV%: .958 Overall Record: 8-4-1 SV %: .920 GAA: 2.56 8-9-17 +6 | 6-10-16 +9 | 1-13-14 +3 Alex Tanguay - Saku Koivu - Alex Kovalev Chris Higgins - Tomas Plekanec - Guillaume Latendresse Andrei Kostitsyn - Robert Lang - Sergei Kostitsyn Mathieu Dandenault - Steve Bégin - Tom Kostopoulos Andrei Markov - Josh Gorges Roman Hamrlik - Ryan O'Byrne Francis Bouillon - Patrice Brisebois Healthy scratches: Maxim Lapierre, Georges Laraque Injuries: Mike Komisarek Apparently no changes in Habs lineup vs. Ottawa Senators Last Game GA: 1 SA: 27 SV: 26 SV%: .963 Overall Record: 5-5-2 SV %: ..926 GAA: 2.14 10-8-18 -2 | 4-13-17 +2 | 6-9-15 -1 Currently unaware of Ottawa's lineup however both Chris Neil and Mike Fisher are out with respective knee injuries. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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