Monday, February 02, 2009

The Morning Skate for Monday, February 2nd

Bullet points for what you missed while dreaming of winning your sixth Super Bowl...
  • Not a good Super Bowl Sunday for the Habs. Lang hurt (maybe for the season), Gui! hurt, a benched Kovy, a fashion faux pas and a 3-1 loss to the Bruins do not a fun party make. Oy. More later;
  • Ovie gets a hat trick in a 7-4 win over the Sens.
Hell of a game. The football game, I mean.

8 comments:

Perplexed in Montreal said...

The only consolation about yesterday is that the Bruins really aren't all that. They played the trap all game long, and rarely showed any creativity.

They'll win the conference with their steady play, but they won't make it to the Stanley Cup finals.

Too bad about Lang.

Limerick Dude said...

So, what'd I miss. I seized about five minutes into the game from the buzzing unis. Just released from emergency. Anything exciting happen? I'm sure I didn't miss anything interesting like a bone-headed turnover in the last nanosecond of the first or tendons getting sliced....right?

That was (I assume) a morphine enduced phantasmagorical hallucination...

Go Habs. Superbowl on soon?

Tom said...

Perplexed,

Julien pointed out during the intermission that the Habs were going with a 1-4 neutral zone scheme, which is arguably even more conservative than the trap. Carbo dictated the terms of engagement, basically offering the Bruins a 2-1 type of game from the beginning, which is his prerogative as home coach. That's why you didn't see a "creative" flow to the game -- and why the Habs lost 3-1 instead of 8-3. The Bruins only needed a strong puck-possession game (which they got) to know that the odds were in their favor.

Will they make the Finals? Who knows. But it won't be for lack of ability to win any kind of game their opponents want to play.

Perplexed in Montreal said...

Poor Claude Julien - forced to play boring defensive hockey against every fibre of his being.

Limerick Dude said...

And the axe falls in the nations capital.

Yeah right....it's Hartsburg's fault.

HabsFan29 said...

@LD - i was just writing the post when you commented. So close to a lap dance for you!

Araev16 said...

Perplexed, don't worry your little head about Claude. He'll be ok. I don't think he lost a lot of sleep last night about the boring his non "all that" team played yesterday.

Number31 said...

I found it amusing that Lucic was checked 5 times in a row, even by Markov, just after the CBC did a thing about how much players fear him. Whatever. The biggest loss is LANG. Fuck the 2 points, the team just got shot in the Achilles heel, literally...

Hope he heals and wants to play after. Too good a guy to just suddenly stop like that.