Monday, January 16, 2012

Habs/Rangers, Bourque, Playoffs and More

David Desharnais - New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens
Morning puck addicts.

That was an impressive performance by the Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the league leading New York Rangers by the score of 4-1.

The trio of Cole-Desharnais-Pacioretty was once again superlative, combining for nine points on the night.

Even Scott Gomez, with a nice feed to Michael Blunden, added an assist.

Beyond the offensive contributions, though, the Canadiens played one of their grittier games of the year, matching the Rangers hit-for-hit and seeing Travis Moen drop the gloves.

Rene Bourque was a force although he was held pointless, getting three shots on goal and four hits on the official statsheet.

While it may not be the most talented or successful bunch, the Habs have big wingers up and down their lineup with the acquisition of Bourque and the presence of Cole, Pacioretty, Kostitsyn, Moen and Blunden.

Pierre Gauthier gets his fair share of flack, but he has done well to bulk up his team.

Habs News - Writers Weigh In: The Cammalleri Deal, Part 1

Hockey Inside / Our - About last night...

La Presse - L'élimination peut attendre

Montreal Gazette - Canadiens better than Rangers, for one night anyway

Theory of Ice - Defending Byzantium

Hockey News

Fox Sports - Oshie having career-best year for Blues

Sports Illustrated - Inside the NHL

(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images North America)


Strong game by Gomez I thought. Yes he had an assist but he also looked dangerous a few times.

The problem is that this team will not win going forward if Gomez centers our 4th line....thats just a recipe for disaster.

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