GreekHockeyCoach Posted January 13, 2009 Report Share Posted January 13, 2009 @ bruins tim thomas Habs Jaro Les Etoiles / The All stars GAME REPORT from Yahoo sports http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Aqik...ype=team_report The intense rivalry between the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins should be taken up a notch when the teams meet Tuesday night in Boston. The teams are battling for first place in the Northeast Division, and the Bruins reached the halfway point in the season with a healthy 10-point lead over Montreal. The Bruins have won two of their first three games against Montreal this season and, if the Canadiens have any realistic hope of catching the Bruins, they have to win the three remaining games between the teams. The Canadiens finished first last season because they swept the eight regular-season games against Boston. But the Bruins got some much needed confidence when they took the Canadiens to seven games in the opening round of the playoffs. The playoffs were a coming-out party for rugged forward Milan Lucic. He has been particularly effective in distracting Mike Komisarek, throwing the defenseman off his game. Earlier this season, coach Guy Carbonneau decided to fight fire with fire and matched tough guy Georges Laraque against Lucic. A similar matchup is unlikely Tuesday. Lucic has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury and might be back, but Laraque has been out since Christmas with a groin injury. The Canadiens will have to be aware of David Krejci, who has eight goals and 14 assists in his last 14 games, and former Hab Michael Ryder, who is up to 17 goals after a slow start. The Boston game should mark the return of captain Saku Koivu, who has missed 13 games because of a high ankle sprain. He was hoping to be ready for the Saturday game against Washington, but it was decided to give him a few extra days. Jaroslav Halak is expected to make his sixth consecutive start in goal. He is 4-1-0 since replacing the injured Carey Price. Canadiens 5, Capitals 4: Sergei Kostitsyn scored the winning goal with 21.2 seconds left as the Canadiens won their fourth consecutive game. Tomas Plekanec scored two goals and the Canadiens’ power play continued to show signs of life as Robert Lang and Andrei Kostitsyn scored with the extra man. Alexander Semin scored two goals for Washington, but the Canadiens limited Alex Ovechkin to one assist. Notes, Quotes • The Canadiens’ power play scored two goals for the third consecutive game as Montreal went 2-for-6 with the extra man. The power play is 6-for-18 in the last three games. • Washington went 1-for-4 on the power play and gave up a shorthanded goal. • This was the third of four games between the clubs this season, and the Capitals hold a 2-1 edge. • The win gave the Canadiens a better winning percentage than the Caps had at the midway point in the season, and that means Guy Carbonneau will be an assistant coach for the Eastern Conference at the NHL All-Star Game in Montreal on Jan. 25. The head coach is Boston’s Claude Julien, the man the Canadiens fired to make room for Carbonneau. Quote To Note: “I felt I owed a debt to the team.”—Sergei Kostitsyn, who scored the winning goal against Washington. He was in the penalty box when Michael Nylander tied the game at 4-4. Roster Report Goaltenders: Jaroslav Halak, Marc Denis, Carey Price. Defensemen: Andrei Markov, Mike Komisarek, Roman Hamrlik, Josh Gorges, Francis Bouillon, Patrice Brisebois. First Line: Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Alex Kovalev. Second Line: Andrei Kostitsyn, Robert Lang, Sergei Kostitsyn. Third Line: Guillaume Latendresse, Maxim Lapierre, Tom Kostopoulos. Fourth Line: Steve Begin, Kyle Chipchura, Matt D’Agostini. Player Notes: • C Tomas Plekanec scored two goals, including a shorthanded goal in the first period. Plekanec has nine goals this season and three of them have come when the Canadiens have been a man short. He has two goals and two assists in the last three games. • G Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 of 35 shots for his fourth consecutive victory. He improved his season record to 9-6-1. • C Robert Lang scored on a power play to tie the score at 2-2 early in the third period. He leads the Canadiens with 16 goals. • LW Andrei Kostitsyn scored his 13th goal and added an assist. He has four goals and four assists in his last four games. • RW Sergei Kostitsyn scored for the second consecutive game. His eighth goal of the season was his first game-winning goal in the NHL. Medical Watch: • RW Alex Tanguay left the Tampa game on Dec. 30 in the first period with a shoulder injury after he was checked into the boards by Evgeny Artyukhin. He’ll be out of action for at least six weeks. • G Carey Price went into the Dec. 30 game in Tampa with a sprained ankle. He was a 2-1 winner in a shootout but was sore when he reported back to practice on Jan. 1. The Canadiens say he’s day-to-day but he hasn’t practiced with his teammates in the new year. He has skated lightly but only once with full equipment. • D Mathieu Dandenault suffered a broken arm when he was checked into the boards by Calgary’s Dustin Boyd on Dec. 9. He underwent surgery to repair a compound fracture and he’s out until mid-February. • LW Christopher Higgins suffered a shoulder injury when he was checked into the boards in the Dec. 9 game against Calgary. He suffered a shoulder injury similar to the one suffered by Mike Komisarek. He will be out for another 7-10 days but Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said Higgins probably won’t play until after the All-Star game. • C Saku Koivu left the Dec. 11 game against Tampa Bay with an ankle injury. He has resumed skating and the Canadiens are hoping he’ll be able to play Tuesday in Boston. • RW Georges Laraque continues to occupy a place on the injured reserve list with a strained groin. Laraque has missed 24 games this season, 17 of them because of the recurring groin injury. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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